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SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2009

Eagles land at-large berth in FCS playoffs 

Eastern Washington University, after winning its final four regular-season games, was awarded on of the eight at-large berths in the 16-team Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Sunday.The Eagles (8-3) will travel to Nacogdoches, Texas, on Saturday to face Stephen F. Austin (9-2), which earned an…

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Four football teams still standing

Four area teams are one win each away from realizing a dream - playing Dec. 4 or 5 in Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome.Ferris - as improbable as it was expected, the Saxons are in their third straight State 4A semifinal. Three weeks ago…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 21, 2009

Forbes leads EWU men past Mavericks

Eastern Washington's men's basketball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 72-68 road win over Texas Arlington on Saturday. You can read details supplied by EWU's sports information department here, and check out what UT Arlington's sports info department posted on the game here.Next…

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Washington State quarterback Kevin Lopina fumbles the ball after scrambling away from the rush of linebacker David Pa'Aluhi III while WSU tackle Micah Hannam and center Kenny Alford, right, watch during the fourth quarter. Oregon State won 42-10. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

WSU falls to OSU 

COUGARS Yes it takes me a while to get this stuff put together. You can't rush mediocrity. But I'm done now. So if you want to read our game story and notebook, the unedited versions of both on the link. Read on.

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Eags win wild one, keep playoff dreams alive 

Eastern Washington University rolled up a hugh halftime lead over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Saturday, but needed a late touchdown to turn back the Lumberjacks 49-45 and keep their FCS playoff hopes alive.You can read the game story supplied by EWU's sport information office…

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Ferris tops Eisenhower 

The Ferris football team moved within a win of playing for the 4A state football championship with an impressive victory over Eisenhower in Yakima.Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

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Vandals race past North Dakota St.

The Idaho men's basketball team rediscovered its offensive groove today, cruising past North Dakota State 81-69 in Fargo. Steffan Johnson scored 19, Luiz Toledo had a coming out party with 18 points and eight rebounds and the Vandals shot a blistering 57 percent against a…

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WSU trails 21-10 at half 

COUGARS Really, could Washington State ask for much more? Sure, the Cougars are down by 11 points. And Martin Stadium is empty. But WSU is keeping it closer than anyone could have imagined. With only about 14 healthy bodies on defense, one of whom, Brandon…

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Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne's Ben Botts (12) is pressured by Gonzaga's Steven Gray, right, and Robert Sacre in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center Friday night. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Mastodons 

I admit I just wanted to write 'Mastodons' one more time. Here's the day after post following Gonzaga's 90-55 blowout of IPFW on Friday night. Game story here and photos here.Much more below.

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Looking ahead to WSU's game with OSU

COUGARS It's football game day. The last one, in fact, in Pullman this year. Last night, as I wandered around town, the mass exodus of students – school is closed for the next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday – made me wonder how many…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009


Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne's Ben Botts (12) is pressured by Gonzaga's Steven Gray, right, and Robert Sacre in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center Friday night. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags roll past IPFW, 90-55 

Gonzaga moved to 2-1 with an easy 90-55 win over IPFW on Friday. The Mastodons (1-3) lost by 19 at WSU on Thursday.The Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Rob Sacre and Matt Bouldin each scored 15 points.Read my unedited game story below and…

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The breath of WSU running back Dwight Tardy steams as he looks to the scoreboard and the instant replay as UCLA builds a 26-0 halftime lead over the Cougars during their game in Martin Stadium at the Pullman, Wash. campus. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU says goodbye to seniors 

COUGARS Doing what reporters do a lot, sitting, waiting for phone calls to be returned. While I'm enduring that, I figured I could post our advance for tomorrow along with our game-day items. Then you have all evening to read them. Weather prediction for kickoff…

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Spear: No ADs have asked about Akey

Things are pretty quiet with Idaho football these days because of the bye week, but I wanted to pass along this note. I asked UI athletic director Rob Spear yesterday if any schools had called seeking permission to talk to coach Robb Akey (UNLV is…

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EWU announces early basketball signees

Eastern Washington University men's basketball coach Kirk Earlywine has announced the signing of three high school recruits to national letters of intent and confirmed that JC transfer Tremayne Johnson, who was expected to be available this winter, will enroll at Eastern in January after clearing…

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Eags looking for road win, FCS playoff berth

Eastern Washington University's closes its 2009 regular-season football schedule against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Saturday.I've have attached an unedited version of the game advance that will appear in Saturday morning's S-R below, and I've included this link to the game notes supplied by EWU's…

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Mastodons come into focus

IPFW, Gonzaga's opponent tonight in the Kennel, lost by 19 to Washington State on Thursday. The Mastodons had no defensive answers for WSU, which shot 54 percent, and Klay Thompson, who scored 37 points. S-R gamer here, IPFW write-up here and GU-IPFW game notes here.

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Keep your ticket stub from WSU's win

COUGARS The announced attendance in Beasley Coliseum last night was 5,399. It seemed like less than that. But down the road, when Klay Thompson's name is mentioned among the greats of WSU basketball – and it will be – you know you'll run into about…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009


WSU leads 44-31 at half

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9 P.M. Sorry this is late but ... anyhow, Klay Thompson is putting on a clinic, rising above 6-foot-3 Zach Plackemeier to hit 10-of-12 shots and score 22 first-half points. At one point Thompson had 15 of WSU's 22 points. The WSU…

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WSU gets ready to face Mastodons 

COUGARS We're sitting at midcourt in Beasley waiting for the teams to come out for pregame warmup, so we thought we would share our thoughts. Remember, they're free. And mom always said you get what you pay for. Read on.

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