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FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2007

Put another candle on the birthday cake

PREPSThe Yakima Herald Republic has a story today about the 20th anniversary of the 3-point shot in high school basketball.It doesn't seem that long, but it was in the 1987-88 season when the long-range shot was put in the prep game (so it's really not…

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Davey steps down at Santa Clara

WEST COAST CONFERENCE, GONZAGAThere was some big news yesterday in the Bay Area, with the dean of WCC coach, Dick Davey, announcing he will step down at Santa Clara at the end of the season.Davey has been the Santa Clara head coach for 15 years…

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Eastern's loss hits hard

EAGLESAs losses go, this one probably hurts more than usual.According to Dave Trimmer's story in today's S-R, Eastern played tough defense, had a lead just before halftime and still saw it all slip away when Montana State threw in some tough long-range shots.The loss means…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 1, 2007

WSU digs deep and comes out with a sweep

COUGARS, 72-66Two nights in a row I've watched local teams face tough circumstances on the road. Both nights they came through with big wins over ranked teams.Wednesday night it was Gonzaga at Stanford. Thursday night it was WSU at Arizona. The Cougars dug out the…

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Weaver starts fast

COUGARS,40-35 Ever get the feeling coaches challenge kids in the locker room? Like Kyle Weaver, who comes out and scores the Cougs first four points?Or Lute Olson with Mustafa Shakur?If that is the case, both coaches' talks worked.

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Cougs need to slow down UA offense

WILDCATS, 19-15At its essence, WSU success has to do with tempo. All year long the Cougars have forced faster-paced teams to play at their speed.Thus far tonight, that's not happening.No, Arizona isn't running a fast-break clinic, but the Wildcats are playing faster than they did…

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Questions for both teams tonight

COUGARS PREGAMEThe last time WSU faced Arizona, in a game the Cougars won 77-73 in overtime, junior Derrick Low had a game he would rather forget.The usually sharp-shooting guard was 1 for 12 from the field and finished with four points. He did, however, hit…

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Live in the moment with these Cougs

COUGARSSomewhere in the back of your mind there's that little doubt, isn't there? As a Cougar fan, you just can't get rid of it.Is this team really as good as its record? Or are the last nine Pac-10 games going to expose their its weaknesses?…

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Story captures the thrill of victory

BULLDOGS UPDATED: 10:30 A.M.Why do we send reporters on the road with local sports teams? So we can put you, the reader, in the stands and in the locker room after the game.Which is exactly what Steve Bergum did with this story of Gonzaga's victory…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2007

Will Pendo's shot be the most important?

CARDINAL, 50-49David Pendergraft isn't one of GU's 3-point threats. Coming into Wednesday's game, he's shot seven this season, making two.But with 12:28 left and Stanford having wrested back the momentum, Pendergraft didn't hesitate. He rose up and buried the 3-pointer.If GU goes on to win…

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Zags in at the half

CARDINAL, 32-27The good news is the Zags pulled themselves off the floor, dug in defensively, and got back into the game, closing to two at one point.The bad news is Stanford has been a second-half team recently. Just ask UCLA. The Cardinal trailed by as…

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Gonzaga faces a much-improved Stanford

BULLDOGS UPDATED: 5:05 P.M.UPDATE: Before you get into the story about the present which follows, go ahead and read this story about the future, 6-foot-8 sophomore Brock Osweiler. Now, back to the present ...Back in December, while the Zags were flailing all over the East…

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Whitworth widening NWC gap

COLLEGE BASKETBALL, HUSKIESThe Whitworth Pirates lost a Northwest Conference road game last weekend, but still gained ground on second-place Puget Sound, because UPS lost twice. The Whits' loss to Lewis and Clark did drop them to 13th in this week's NCAA Division III poll.And the…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2007

Another opinion of the event

U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPSHow was Spokane perceived nationally?Well, read this Philip Hersh story that ran in Tuesday L.A. Times and tell me.It seems Hersh, who told me how much he loves Spokane, feels the skating event was well run, appreciated and, overall, a success. But…

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A poor year for area Division I women's teams

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALLDave Trimmer's Tuesday morning roundup of local Division I women's basketball is chock full of good news today.Not really. But it's not Dave's fault. The local Division I teams – other than Gonzaga – aren't doing well again.WSU is at the bottom of…

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Lineman commits to Idaho

VANDALSRobb Akey's personality has won the day again.Akey has attracted one of the Tacoma-area's best lineman to Moscow, as Lakes' Bilal Liggins committed this weekend to attend the school."Coach Akey really impressed him," Bilal’s father, Earl Liggins, told the Tacoma News Tribune. "He’s really good…

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MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2007

I've never had a better playing partner

COLUMNI don't put the column I write each week for the newspaper here very often, but I thought I would tonight.This will appear in Tuesday's Spokesman-Review.The only reason I'm posting it is because it's important to me. You'll see why when you read on.And, if…

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Koprivica out for season

COUGARSI had put this as an update on the earlier Cougar post, but it's too important to be buried.Glenn Kasses' has word on his blog Nikola Koprivica has been lost for the year with a torn ACL.This is a blow to the Cougs despite Koprivica's…

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Herald rakes the Hawks a little bit

SEAHAWKSThe Everett Herald took time today to editorialize about the Hawks' decision to not to come to Cheney this summer.The paper gives the team a hard time - rightfully - for leaving a year earlier than they stated previously.I've got an idea. A stupid idea,…

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Akey talks about the future

VANDALS, EAGLES UPDATED: 11:40 A.M.Not much in the way of hoop information right now, but we do have some football news for you.The Idaho Statesman's Nick Jezierny took time with new coach Robb Akey for a conversation on Sunday and he shared it with the…

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