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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

Day after Augustana

Back with the day after post from Gonzaga's 79-40 rout of Augustana. A few links here -- S-R gamer that was posted last night, Colin Mulvany's photos and a recap from the Quad-City Times -- and the rest of the post below.

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WSU and Idaho, the day after 11 

COUGARS There wasn't a lot of time after the game last night for in-depth analysis, either from those involved or on this space. The late start meant no one had much time to talk, with deadlines looming or early classes. But we have a few…

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Big trade in WHL

A four-player, three draft pick trade came down in the Western Hockey League Wednesday between Lethbridge and Regina. For details, and a nice tip of the hat to the Seattle Thunderbirds for raising money for the Lakewood Police Guild, check out Gregg Drinnan's blog. That's…

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WSU fights past UI 

COUGARS We're done with the game story. UI coach Don Verlin wasn't too happy with his team and ripped into them pretty good in his postgame comments. Ken Bone? He was pleased as you might expect. Read on.

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Zags cruise past Vikings 

Gonzaga got an easy win and a brief injury scare. The Bulldogs routed NCAA Division III Augustana 79-40 Wednesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior guard Matt Bouldin collided with an Augustana player on the baseline with 6:54 left in the first half. Bouldin stayed…

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WSU, UI get ready to face off

COUGARS There are only four nonconference games left on the Washington State schedule, with Pac-10 play opening the last day of the month. This is also the Cougars final appearance on campus until conference begins. And it should be a good one. Read on.

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Verlin on Cougs, other things

The Vandals have a chance to collect a very good non-conference road win tonight at Washington State -- something they were able to do at Utah. But they also stumbled at Texas Southern and Cal State Northridge. So what to expect? It's hard to say,…

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WSU at home on the road 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 12:30 P.M. One time this football season, in the course of travel covering Washington State, I ended up sleeping in a different place six consecutive nights. Talk about never feeling at home, even though a couple of those evenings were spent with…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009

WSU, Idaho get ready to meet - again 

COUGARS We're back with more basketball news heading into WSU's six consecutive "home" games. On the link we have the unedited version of our notebook for tomorrow's S-R in advance of the Cougars game with Idaho on Wednesday night. We also have a piece of…

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Welcome to women's basketball  

I hesitate to start writing this because I know once I do the avalanche begins.However, welcome to our women's basketball blog. We do this because there is no longer enough room to get all the news and notes into the newspaper related to women's basketball…

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And more GU notes

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I put together a notebook/advance for Wednesday's S-R. The first topic deals with how the GU-Augustana game came about, followed by a couple of other items, including a shorter version of the Elias Harris' note from Monday's post. Read on…

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Chiefs face PG

The Spokane Chiefs face Prince George tonight at the Arena and it is the last chance to see standout defenseman Jared Cowen this year.Hope that didn't make any hearts flutter. Notice it said this year, not this season. Cowen heads for Canada's World Junior tryout…

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QB, two others join Shock

Spokane announced the addition of three players, including 6-foot-5, 238-pound quarterback Chris Crane, who was in training camp with the Indianapolis Colts over the summer. Crane backed up Matt Ryan at Boston College before taking over as the starter as a senior. He doesn't have…

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009

GU notes 

I was at GU's media day today, but the full-fledged notebook won't run until Wednesday, when the Bulldogs entertain Augustana. In the meantime, read on for a couple of items.

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Akey talks about contract extension

Robb Akey just wrapped up a teleconference with reporters about the Humanitarian Bowl and said he and athletic director Rob Spear have talked about a contract extension -- as recently as this morning. Akey was out last week recruiting and is gone again, so he…

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Alfred second-team All-Pac-10 

COUGARS The All-Pac-10 football teams were just announced, and WSU senior center Kenny Alfred was a second-team selection on the offensive line. He was the only Cougar to earn anything but honorable mention. There were five of those: junior punter Reid Forrest; senior free safety…

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Bulldogs drop to 21st 

Gonzaga slipped four spots in the A.P. Top 25, falling to No. 21 after losing to Wake Forest on Saturday. GU (6-2) is one spot behind Wisconsin, despite a convincing win over the Badgers in Maui, and two spots behind Cincinnati, whom the Zags beat…

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Fall prep sports officially over 15 

Fall prep sports officially ended with the conclusion of the 4A state football game late Saturday evening.And what a game it was. Skyline is arguably the best team I've seen in 25 years of covering prep sports for The Spokesman-Review. I realize most of those…

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Idaho football basks in bowl invite 

I took care of basketball duty tonight and John Blanchette will have a column on the football developments as far as Idaho is concerned. But I was able to sit in on an impromptu press conference with Robb Akey and several players during halftime. Keep…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2009

Idaho smokes Portland on big night 

The final score says Idaho 68, Portland 48. But it wasn't really that close, which should tell you all you need to know about this night for the Vandals. They beat their first ranked team since 1982 on a night when the football team accepted…

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H-Bowl hopes to make announcement 

Humanitarian Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald said this afternoon that he hopes to make an announcement on which WAC team will play in the game after this evening's BCS selection show. It's also possible that both teams for the Dec. 30 bowl in Boise could…

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Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin takes a shot to the chops from Wake Forest's David Weaver in the second half. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Wake Forest 

Good Sunday morning. Had my morning scrap with the computer (explorer can't connect to this web site), but I can finally post the day-after offering from Wake Forest's 77-75 win over Gonzaga.Lots more on Elias Harris, Kong, etc. below, but first the links. Here's my…

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PSU pounds Eastern in Big Sky opener

Eastern Washington got an early -- and ugly -- taste of Big Sky Conference men's basketball action Saturday night, losing on the road to Portland State.You can read the game story that appeared in Sunday's S-R here; access the Oregonian's gamer here, and check out…

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