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SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009

A cup of coffee and WSU links 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 12:15 P.M. What a beautiful morning. As I look out from the dining room I can see buds on the plants, a little yellow bird flitting around the new growth and sunshine everywhere. Another perfect day in the Northwest. As I look…

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Offensive line impresses in UI scrimmage 

The Vandals completed their third scrimmage in absolutely beautiful Palouse weather Saturday morning. The biggest storylines? The offensive line and running game looked the sharpest, particularly Deonte Jackson and Princeton McCarty. Two defensive linemen (Oga Faumui and Fonomanu Sekona) left the scrimmage on crutches with…

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Talking WSU football in April 11 

COUGARS Another day, some more thoughts on the probable Apple Cup move. Say whatever you want about the idea, it sure has people all over the state talking about Washington State football in the middle of April. How often does that happen? Read on for…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

Unbeatens square off in Boise

Spokane puts its unbeaten record on the line against Boise, which is also 2-0 on the young season, on Saturday at Qwest Arena in Boise. It's the first road game of the season for the top-ranked Shock.Read my unedited preview below.

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Everyone one has an Apple Cup comment 45 

COUGARS As one might expect, the links today are going to take you to a variety of opinion and commentary on the possible Apple Cup move. And it's possible possible isn't the right word. Maybe probable would be better. Anyhow, there are links on the…

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WSU hears it about Apple Cup 12 

COUGARS Well there's been a day to let the news soak in. To organize. To try to influence the decision. And we had a day to talk with the WSU football players about the possibility of playing the Apple Cup in Qwest Field instead of…

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Does Apple Cup belong at Qwest Field? 23 

<a href ="" >Should Seattle's Qwest Field be the yearly site for the Apple Cup football game between Washington and Washington State?</a> <br/> <span style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;"> (<a href =""> online surveys</a>)</span>

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WSU fans cheer on the Cougs during the Apple Cup in Pullman Saturday November 18, 2006.  They needed first aid after dropping a 35-32 heartbreaker to the University of Washington. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

More on Apple Cup move for WSU 77 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:40 A.M.; 1:30 P.M. What do you think is the most commented-about story on the web around the state of Washington right now? Could it be the possible move of the Apple Cup to Qwest Field each year? Newspaper and fan sites…

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Austin Daye of Gonzaga bends down the rim with a second half dunk  against Akron in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Daye makes it official 13 

Back with my unedited article on Austin Daye's decision to enter the NBA draft. Here's the best link I've found that has an assortment of mock drafts as well as other draft info. Read on.

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Daye will submit name for NBA draft

Gonzaga sophomore forward Austin Daye will submit his name for the NBA draft, but doesn't plan on hiring an agent, The Spokesman-Review has learned.Daye is expected to make the announcement official later today. By not hiring an agent, the 6-foot-11 Daye keeps open the option…

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Shock remain No. 1

Spokane continues to stay atop the arenafootball2 coaches poll. The unbeaten Shock (2-0) visit No. 5 Boise (2-0), which climbed five spots from last week, on Saturday. Arkansas (3-0), coached by ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried, is No. 2.

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A slightly taxing WSU post 17 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:45 A.M. Some news and notes for tax day, which, by my reckoning, should be a national holiday, complete with parades, a special dinner and free major league baseball on the tube. Read on.

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WSU defensive back #21 Chima Nwachukwu gets just enough of the pass to knock it away from San Diege State tight end #81 Steve Schmidt in the endzone Saturday September 8, 2007  at QWest Field in Seattle.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

A different day at WSU 

COUGARS Practice is over for the day and I've put my story together for tomorrow. I had intended to write about one thing, but the news of the day necessitated shifting gears and putting together a notebook. Read on.

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Spokane’s Justin Warren lowers the boom on Tri-Cities QB Joe Ayoob in the first quarter. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock notebook

Back with a Shock notebook. Topics of the day include Andy Olson's knee, Adam Shackleford's review of the Tri-Cities game and the af2 schedule that has Spokane facing Boise, Tri-Cities and Stockton three times each for the second straight season. Read on for the unedited…

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GSL baseball not quite like last year

Having watched a handful of Greater Spokane League games and corresponding with followers of other leagues, it is becoming apparant how special last year was, even if the GSL didn't advance anyone to the state's Final Four. Pitching is average at best, which will make…

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Tax day is also a basketball letter day 11 

COUGARS How was everybody's Monday? Mine, you ask? Well, I got my civic duty done yesterday. Yes, I finished my taxes and sent Uncle Sam his portion of the family income. In other words, my day was an abomination. But enough of that. On to…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

Coeur d’Alene High School senior Amber Coburn practices her pitch Monday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Handle Extra sports 

Here's a feature story on Coeur d'Alene pitcher Amber Coburn that appeared in Sunday's Handle Extra.Also, here's the first North Idaho track and field honor roll, which was published in Sunday's Handle Extra.

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Former Gonzaga University basketball star Frank Burgess, left, will have his No. 44 retired in ceremonies today in the McCarthy Athletic Center. 
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Burgess: Star on court and in court

Happy Easter and hope you have a few minutes to read this article on Gonzaga legend Frank Burgess, authored by former S-R staffer Dave Boling in today's Tacoma News Tribune. (Burgess is pictured above during the retirement ceremony of his No. 44 at the McCarthey…

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Ben McCombs of the Shock pressures Tri-Cities QB Joe Ayoob.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock, Fever, Burn, Cowbells

A follow-up post to Spokane's 62-32 win over Tri-Cities on Saturday. Find the game story I posted last night here, game stats, game photos from Dan Pelle and John Blanchette's column that brings together cowbells, Gene Frenkle and armpit farts. Tri-Cities coach Richard Davis declined…

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A WSU link hunt for Easter morning 

COUGARS Given the surprising overlap of seasons – the spring football workouts were scheduled long ago; the new coach taking over the basketball offices was not – Holy Week was a lot more complicated this week than we ever could have expected. But it's over…

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Serious injury mars EWU's first spring scrimmage

Eastern Washington University's first spring football scrimmage was cut short Saturday afternoon because of a seriouis leg injured suffered by cornerback Will Edge.It was hard to see what happened to Edge from the sidelines, but as soon as the pile cleared away, his teammates started…

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Busch will leave EWU

Chris Busch, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior forward, who averaged 4.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and just over 15 minutes of playing time per game for Eastern Washington's men's basketball team last winter, has decided to transfer."It was just a mutual thing between Coach (Kirk Earlywine) and…

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