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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2009

Zags bury turnover-plagued Eagles

Gonzaga University, showing no lingering effects of the lopsided loss it suffered against Duke nine days earlier, dismantled Eastern Washington 94-52 Monday night in front of a subdued sellout crowd at the McCarthy Athletic Center.The Bulldogs (9-3), who took control early and led by upwards…

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GU moves up, down rankings

Gonzaga hasn't played since the Dec. 21st poll came out, but that didn't stop the Bulldogs from dropping out of the A.P. Top 25 and moving up a couple notches in the ESPN/USA Today. Go figure. The newest rankings were released today. Gonzaga went from…

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Back with batteries fully charged 

COUGARS Momentum can be such a funny thing. A lot of coaches deny it even exists, then there are others who are doing their best to build it as conference play draws closer. Some see the Christmas break as a way to recharge it, others…

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Two days and counting for Vandals

There is just a little over 48 hours until the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, and John Blanchette and I will be there to provide coverage. Before then, we've got links of note (including interviews at other schools for Idaho assistants) and leftover quotes from my…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2009

Portland rallies past Chiefs

Same ol' story at the Arena Sunday night - for the fourth (and final time) in four visits, Portland comes away with the win, rallying with three third-period goals to defeat the Spokane Chiefs 5-4.The win came despite an amazing performance from Spokane goalie James…

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Gu women back on track 

Stopped in to watch the Gonzaga women's basketball team, not expecting much of a game and it wasn't, a 30-point romp for the Bulldogs over UC Irvine. Just wanted to see if there was an lingering affects from the disappointment of a lost weekend in…

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Holidays over for Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs return from Christas break tonight and we welcome them back with a feature on goalie James Reid. The Chiefs face Portland in less than an hour are already behind 3-1 - three Spokane players absent playing in the World Juniors to just…

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Zags, Eags clash Monday

Back from a furlough week and I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Below is an unedited advance of Monday's Gonzaga-EWU game, as well as some notes that didn't make the preview. Read on.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2009

Akey's loyalty shines through 

As part of our bowl coverage of the Vandals, I've written a profile piece on coach Robb Akey. It touches on him being adopted as a baby, his long road to becoming a head coach and relationship with Mike Price -- among other things. You'll…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 2009

Ho ho ho WSU fans 

COUGARS • UPDATE: 11 P.M. Let's get the list. Check it twice. Beard? Check. White hair? Check. Pleasantly plump? OK, if that's how you want to describe fat, check. Jolly? Ya, most of the time, so, check. That's it. We've officially morphed into Santa Claus.…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2009

Vandals focus on BGU's Barnes

While the first two weeks of bowl prep focused on everything other than Bowling Green, game planning started in earnest today for the Idaho Vandals. That's the lead item in a notebook that will appear in tomorrow's paper. You can see an early look below.

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Meyer joins Shock 

Former Eastern Washington standout quarterback Erik Meyer will take his shot at arena football with the Spokane Shock. Meyer threw for 10,261 yards and 84 touchdowns with only 17 interceptions in 42 games with Eastern, winning two Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year…

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Eagles stagger home for Christmas 

The members of Eastern Washington University's men's basketball team head for Christmas break in a major funk after losing to previously winless Jackson State in the Las Vegas Classic on Wednesday.You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Thursday…

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Johnson makes Team USA

Spokane Chiefs forward Tyler Johnson made the USA Hockey 22-player roster the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask. Click here for the press release.

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WSU's win over LSU, the day after 15 

COUGARS The nonconference portion of Washington State's basketball season is now officially behind us. The Cougars' record after a dozen games? 10-2, with the losses at Gonzaga (ranked) and Kansas State (ranked even higher). After last night's win over LSU, only the second BCS school…

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Shoot! Eagles can't; lose again

Eastern Washington men's basketball coach Kirk Earlywine was probably wondering how his team would respond following last Saturday's 91-34 loss to Brigham Young.In any event, he found out Tuesday evening, when the cold-shooting Eagles were upset by lowly Chicago State in the opening round of…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2009

WSU wins 72-70 

COUGARS Behind the support of 15,341 in Key Arena and numerous free throws in overtime, Washington State rallied to stop LSU on Tuesday night. The Cougars couldn't hold on to an eight-point second half lead but got the last basket in regulation to force 5…

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Portland rolls past Idaho

How quickly fortunes can change. Two-plus weeks after dismantling Portland, Idaho visited the Pilots tonight and got thrashed, 82-52. It was a 50-point turnaround from the earlier meeting, when UI notched a 68-48 win. The cold-shooting Vandals mustered just two 3-pointers and had 19 turnovers.…

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WSU leads 36-30 at the half

COUGARS A quick halftime note. Yes, the crowd here is loud – at times. The loudest may have been when the guy wearing purple was put down on the court by Butch during a time out. During the game, the loudest was after Marcus Capers'…

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WSU and LSU at the Key

COUGARS The talk around the Key Arena is that this place is going to be packed. I've been in here for a Sonics game when it was pretty darn full, but not a college game. So it will be interesting to hear the crowd. Read…

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Vandals prep for Portland ... again

It was just over two weeks ago that the Idaho Vandals surprised most everyone by pasting then-No. 25 University of Portland 68-48. Tonight, the Pilots get another shot at Idaho (this time in Portland), and it would be shocking if this isn't a much more…

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Plenty of women's basketball news

Sorry for the delay in posting information - it's holiday time.Below is the unedited notebook I filed for Wednesday's paper and my vote for the AP top 25.A couple of links for you enjoyment. A look at the Las Vegas tournament Gonzaga just play, which…

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