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TUESDAY, OCT. 31, 2006

Zimmerman out; drug testing in

CHIEFS, WHLSpokane defenseman Sean Zimmerman has been suspended for another game by the Western Hockey League, so he'll miss Wednesday's home game against Portland. There is more on this on Jeff Bunch's blog.••••••••••According to Everett's WHL notebook, drug testing will start soon in the league…

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Meet the man behind Nike U.

HUSKIESJumping ahead in my usual schedule of teams, but had to get this up as soon as possible.The Huskies travel down I-5 this Saturday to face the University of Oregon, or as it's known in some parts (re: the rest of the Pac-10): Nike U.So…

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MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2006

Zags bigs take the spotlight

GONZAGAAfter watching the first part of GU's practice today, it's obvious there is an emphasis on big-man play. And rightfully so.Though the Zags return Sean Mallon and Josh Heytvelt, they lost J.P. Batista and that's a big hole to fill. So how will the Bulldogs…

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Polls are losing credibility

COLLEGE FOOTBALLThis story is why polls don't work - and why we really need a playoff system.You'll read near the end of this piece about Ray Ratto voting for Wyoming in the AP Top 25. Yes, I know the AP poll doesn't figure into the…

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Chiefs' streak reaches seven

CHIEFS, WHLThe Chiefs have now lost seven consecutive games – thanks to a 4-1 defeat to Vancouver on Saturday night – and a once-promising start to the season is slipping away.And, with the rebounding fortunes of Portland, the WHL's U.S. Division cellar isn't too far…

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Fall seasons winding down

PREPSThe state football playoffs start on both sides of the border this weekend (well, in Washington it's really not the playoffs, it’s the final game of the regular season for some teams and a play-in game for others).In Idaho, Lake City and Coeur d'Alene will…

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Getting back into the groove

MISCELLANEOUS FROM WEEKEND, COUGARSIf you're wondering about SportsLink from the weekend, let me just say it was a combination of many factors kicking my butt, not the least of which was having one son home for the weekend and daylight savings time heading out the…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 2006

The key part is how high ...

QUESTION OF THE DAYAfter blowing out UCLA in the Rose Bowl behind Alex Brink and coach Bill Doba (pictured; Associated Press photo) and becoming bowl-eligible, it seems there is one WSU question that must be asked: Do you think the Cougars should be ranked, and,…

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WSU at UCLA: Fourth Quarter III

COUGARSIt might have been the biggest play of the season for the Cougs.When Eric McNeal intercepted Brink's pass, the Bruins were in business. Until Jason Hill rushed past and knocked the ball loose and Brandon Gibson recovered the fumble, keeping the ball in WSU's possession.Write…

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WSU at UCLA: Fourth Quarter I

COUGARSWhen I wrote throw back earlier, I meant DeMaundary Woolridge (OK, so I didn't but that's my story now and I'm sticking too it).The last two runs Woolridge had on the drive that gave WSU a 30-15 lead with 11:49 left looked like runs Woolridge…

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WSU at UCLA: Third Quarter I

COUGARSHas it seemed to anyone else that the third quarter has been a throwback? No, I don't mean like in old school, but like what you do when you're fishing and what came into the boat was something you don't want.So you throw it back.Until…

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WSU at UCLA: Second Quarter II

COUGARSI was out of the house for a while on a personal errand, but got back in time to see the UCLA touchdown.The play - and ensuing two-point attempt - got me thinking.The first revolves around safeties who want to deliver the big hit, not…

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WSU at UCLA: Second Quarter I

COUGARSA Cody Boyd sighting.The big tight end, who has been out with a injury, finally made his presence known with a 18-yard catch on a fourth-down play. That led to Brink's 6-yard scoring pass to Brandon Gibson that gave WSU a 7-6 lead - after…

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WSU at UCLA: First Quarter II

COUGARSHow important is the kicking game? The Cougars, seemingly in control early, miss a 37-yard field goal.The Bruins, seemingly inspired, come through with two big Patrick Cowan pass plays: 24 yards to Marcus Everett and 28 on a screen to Chris Markey. Then they stall.…

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WSU at UCLA: Pregame Part I

COUGARSSo I'm not in sunny Southern California. Like you, I'm in sunny Spokane.It's too nice a day to be inside watching football. Outside, yes, but in front of the TV, why?Well I'm getting paid for it - as long as you have your computer on.The…

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Rivalry games make it tough to advance

PREPSNo one should ever want a postseason berth to hang on a rivalry game. There's just too much emotion on both sides.Such was the case last night in the Valley, where Central Valley stopped U-Hi 20-17 and ensured a postseason berth for Lewis and Clark.If…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2006

Huard may not play this week

SEAHAWKSInjury news, good for a Hawk fan for once: The Chiefs may have a rookie quarterback Sunday. Damon Huard, who is filling in for an injured Trent Green, suffered a groin injury Thursday (to go with a bad hamstring) and may not be able to…

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Thanks goodness Arizona has a bye

COLLEGE FOOTBALLIt's time for my Pac-10 picks.They should be better this week, if only because Arizona has a bye and I won't be picking the Wildcats to win (bye is favored by 2 ½ points – but, even if the Cats were to lose, Jim…

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What's with the Chiefs' five-game losing streak?

CHIEFS UPDATED: 12:05 P.M.With Seattle coming to town tonight (7 p.m.; 790-AM), Jeff Bunch took the time to analyze the Chiefs' five-game losing streak.Jeff's statistic-filled analysis highlights the team's major problems (penalties) and a strength you might not have know it has (rookie goalkeeper Dustin…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2006

Seattle makes change in defensive backfield

SEAHAWKSIt doesn't have the same cachet as Bledsoe and Romo, but the Hawks have their changing of the guard (actually safety).Michael Boulware (on the ground at right; Associated Press photo) is out of the starting lineup at strong safety, replaced by Jordan Babineaux. And there…

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