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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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SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2007

Have a nice Sunday

NEWSGood morning.Just a note to let you know I'll be taking the day off. I'm headed to breakfast with Kim and, when we get back, I might sit down and link to Cougar, Bulldog, Mariners, etc. news, but not in an in-depth manner.But if you…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2007

Cougars starting to frustrate Ducks

COUGARS, 52-47With less than eight minutes left, the WSU defense is starting to get in the Ducks' heads.Malik Hairston was barking at the officials at the media timeout after Robbie Cowgill forced him out of bounds on the baseline.The final seven minutes will be interesting.We'll…

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Zags take Dons apart

BULLDOGS, 72-56I got to the parking lot at the MAC and remembered something I forgot: The link to the GU game story.Well here it is if you still want it.If you have any comments about the game, you can leave them here or at Steve…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 26, 2007

Huskies pull back from the abyss

HUSKIES, COLLEGE BASKETBALLThe University of Washington may have saved its season last night – and helped Gonzaga's at the same time.The Huskies were about to disappear in the Pac-10 standings until their upset win over No. 7 Oregon in Seattle. Of course the Ducks were…

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Wipe that smile off your face

VANDALSThe News Tribune's Dave Boling had a question. How is Robb Akey doing at UI?He answers it in his column today, but not until he lays the background for the inquiry. It has to do with former head coaches Nick Holt and Dennis Erickson and…

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Eastern finds California a sunny place

EAGLESEastern seems to have found a combination that works: Play on the road.At least it worked again Thursday night against Sacramento State. The Hornets (7-13 overall, 2-5 in Big Sky play) were just what the Eagles needed to raise their record to 11-10 overall and…

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Sorry about that Chief

U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPSA housekeeping note before I move on to today's stories. In a skating blog post yesterday, which as I realize now was Thursday, I wrote the skaters' practice at the Convention Center would be free and open to the public "Thursday." That…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 25, 2007

Beavers hanging around

COUGARS, 52-47The Cougars have been a good second half team this year, especially in the first few minutes of the half.Oregon State has been a poor second half team this year.So why are the Beavers still hanging around?Because WSU can't stop Sasa Cuic, who now…

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