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SATURDAY, NOV. 28, 2009

Vandal men rock Eastern

Idaho played superbly in stretches in polishing off Eastern Washington 76-54 at Memorial Gym tonight. The Vandals were plagued yet again by turnovers (21 this time) but it didn't matter with Steffan Johnson's lights-out shooting. Click below for my game story that will appear in…

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Three for Gridiron Classic 

Three out of four teams have made it to the State football championship games.4A - Ferris defeated Skyview in an offensive shootout 46-41, thanks to a huge defensive play when the Storm, trailing 20-14, elected to pass rather than run out the clock at intermission.…

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Vandals succumb to Utah State

While watching the Idaho men's basketball team pour it on versus Eastern Washington (it's 59-31 as I write this), I thought I would post my game story of Idaho's 52-49 loss to Utah State. Crazy football game to end UI's regular season. Read on for…

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Eagles fall in playoff opener

For the second week in a row, Eastern Washington's defense had no answer to their opponent's passing game. This time, however, the offense failed to make up for that glaring defensive deficiency, and the Eagles saw their season come to end with a 44-33 loss…

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UW leads 13-0 at half 30 

COUGARSAre you loose? Think you might be available to play quarterback in the second half? Peter Roberts, are you at the game? Well, the way WSU quarterbacks are falling right and left - Kevin Lopina has left twice and Marshall Lobbestael once - anyone would…

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Vandals down 31-21 at half

The Vandals once again got off to a bumbling start this afternoon, falling behind 31-7 to Utah State before rallying to make it 31-21 at the half. Max Komar has caught two touchdown scores to help the Vandals stabilize after USU sliced through the UI…

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Last thoughts before WSU-UW 

COUGARS I've got a suggestion for future Apple Cups. Instead of holding them at Qwest Field, let's move them to Phoenix, or LA or Honolulu. True fans will show up and we can all be warm. It's a win-win for everybody. This cold crud has…

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It's Apple Cup day 10 

COUGARS Took it easy last night just so I could be up early and have this Apple Cup post waiting for you. You don't know how big a sacrifice it really was. But it is Apple Cup day, a day that comes only once a…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 2009

Only a few more hours to Apple Cup

COUGARS As I wait for the box score from WSU's 78-69 win over Nicholls State in the Great Alaska Shootout, I guess I can pass along the unedited versions of my Apple Cup game advance and the game-day items. To think, these are the final…

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Zags growing up in a hurry 

Good morning from sunny Portland. It's exactly the same here as it was in Maui - minus 35 degrees or so. I'm on the final leg of my trip home for a day-after Thanksgiving Day with my family.On the Zag front, last I saw there…

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Your views on the Apple Cup 

COUGARS One more day to Apple Cup 2009. It's now your turn to weigh in with thoughts about the outcome. Most people I talk with are resigned to a loss, but how do you feel about? After you check out the morning post, share your…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 26, 2009

Thanksgiving evening WSU post 

COUGARS Washington State's football team practiced early today then had a Thanksgiving meal together. Got some notes from the morning plus our story for tomorrow, the last in our family ties series. If you aren't too full, read on.

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EWU linebacker ready for second chance

The grandkids arrived early on Wednesday and arose early today, so I'm a little late with the post I promised with a link to the feature on Eastern linebacker Makai Borden.You can find the feature here, and feel free to check back on Friday for…

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Day after Cincinnati, Maui

The Maui News had a couple of nice photos -- one a Zags team gathered on the court after the victory on the front page, one of Rob Sacre hoisting the trophy on the front of the sports section and another of Cashmere Wright's last-second…

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A Turkey Day WSU post 

COUGARS Thanks for your Apple Cup memories. If you want to add yours, just click here. But now it's Thanksgiving and I want to get to other things. Family for one. Football for another. And the morning post for a third. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2009

WSU defeats Alaska-Anchorage 

COUGARS Washington State had little trouble with Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday, night, opening the Great Alaska Shootout with a 87-68 win. Read on for a game story. Because of early pre-Thanksgiving deadlines, this game story won't be in the paper tomorrow.

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Zags fight way to championship 

Usually games this physical have players in shoulder pads and officials throwing flags.Gonzaga fought past Cincinnati 61-59 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational. My unedited game story is below. Looks like we picked the wrong night to have early deadlines for Thursday's Thanksgiving paper!…

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Gonzaga guard Steven Gray, left, and Cincinnati guard Larry Davis dive for a loose basketball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Eugene Tanner / Associated Press)

Gonzaga wins title in OT 

Gonzaga outlasted Cincinnati 61-59 on Wednesday to capture the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Bulldogs lost in their previous Maui title appearance, falling to UConn in 2005. Gonzaga's Robert Sacre sent the game to overtime with a jumper from the middle of…

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Trufant still a WSU fan 

COUGARS Washington State practiced early this morning, so we have some notes for you. Plus, we have the third in our four stories about Apple Cup connections. And then later tonight will have some basketball coverage. Read on.

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Gives us your Apple Cup memories 15 

COUGARS What was your favorite Apple Cup? Was it the first one you remember? The Snow Bowl? Last year? As Apple Cup week wears on, just thought it would be a good idea to let you reminisce a little bit and share your most treasured…

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