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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Sacre, Olynyk with Canadian national teams

Gonzaga's Robert Sacre and incoming recruit Kelly Olynyk are playing summer basketball on Canadian national teams. More on Sacre and the senior national team here and more on Olynyk, MVP of a tournament in France, and the U19 team here. Incoming recruit Manny Arop is…

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Af2 keeps 16-team playoff format 

Arenafootball2 will retain the 16-team playoff format it used in the 2008 season. That means 8 American Conference and 8 National Conference teams will advance to the playoffs. There had been discussion of trimming the field to 12 teams.On the topic of the ArenaCup possibly…

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Wake Forest on GU's schedule 

Some news out of Colorado Springs where Mark Few is serving as a court coach for the U19 and World University Games team tryouts. Sounds like Wake Forest will visit the Kennel this season with a return game also planned.Read on.

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Spokane’s Jeff Van Orsow tries to block a point-after attempt, but the kick was good.   (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Van Orsow likely out for season

I put together a notebook after attending Shock practice Wednesday at the Arena. Some injury news (that's Jeff Van Orsow pictured above) to catch up on and an update on where the ArenaCup might be played. Find the article here.

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EWU's Earlywine announces new recruits

Eastern Washington University's men's basketball coach Kirk Earlywine announced the addition of five new recruits to his roster on Tuesday. The announcement came as a huge surprise, considering the Eagles signed four players to letters of intent earlier this year.As is turns out only one…

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

For all of his appeal, Austin Daye’s stay at Gonzaga was bound to be a short one. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Daye makes it official 

Back with more on Austin Daye's decision to remain in the NBA Draft. I talked with Mark Few and Daye for a few minutes this afternoon and filed this unedited article that will run in Tuesday's S-R. Also, Saint Mary's Patty Mills is staying in…

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Daye staying in NBA Draft 

Austin Daye took the deadline clock down to the final hour before announcing he will keep his name in the NBA Draft.About an hour before Monday’s 2 p.m. (PST) deadline, Daye informed Gonzaga's coaching staff by telephone that he will forgo his last two years…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

Shock dust Stockton, 88-27 

Spokane moved to 10-0 and set a couple of franchise records along the way, crushing Stockton 88-27 at the Stockton Arena on Friday night. The top-ranked Shock set a franchise record for points scored and they also forced nine turnovers, including six interceptions. Stanley Franks…

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Shock put Williams on IR

Aaron Williams, a key member of Spokane's defensive secondary, has been placed on injured-reserve. Williams has been battling a knee injury for several weeks and it appears surgery is likely. More here.

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Unbeaten Shock face Stockton

The Spokane Shock (9-0) tangle with Stockton for the third time this season. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday in Stockton. Spokane won the first two meetings and are 9-0 all-time against the Lightning.Read on for an unedited game advance. UPDATE (9:01 p.m.): Stockton quarterback…

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Daye leaning toward NBA 

Austin Daye had a conversation with the Associated Press writer in Charlotte, N.C. and appears to be leaning toward skipping his final two seasons at Gonzaga. Read the AP story here.

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Spokane Shock #11 Justin Warren pounces on a loose ball, which he returned for a second-quarter TD against Tri-Cities on Saturday, April 11, 2009 in the Spokane Arena.   (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock get back to business

After a bye week, Spokane returned to the practice field Tuesday. We caught up with some of the players to see how they spent the week off and who will/won't be able to play in Friday's road game at Stockton. Read on for an unedited…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

WSU assistants get raises

COUGARS We have a short story for tomorrow concerning the salaries of Ken Bone's three main assistants, Jeff Hironoka, Ben Johnson and Curtis Allen. The group is making quite a bit more than Tony Bennett's three main assistants made last year. For the unedited version,…

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It's tough to see high school end 

This job is adrenalin filled, just like the competition I watched and wrote about during the year. From September through May the days are long and the weeks run six days and when it ends, as senior athletes can attest, there is a letdown as…

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OSU running back Jacquizz Rodgers, right, turns the corner past WSU’s Xavier Hicks (26) and Andy Mattingly during the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU's Hicks cited again 12 

COUGARS Starting safety Xavier Hicks missed the first three games of last season. It wasn't because he was injured. It was because he had been suspended by coach Paul Wulff after pleading guilty to attempted third-degree assault and third-degree theft in an incident involving a…

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Looking at WSU's basketball changes 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 3:30 P.M. The basketball roster news that was announced at Washington State yesterday gives us an opening to exam a couple aspects of last year's team that we haven't written about before in depth. If you're interested, read on.

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CdA’s Amy Warbrick shoots against Shadle Park’s Bianca Pope (25) and Gonzaga Prep’s Tia Presley. Special to  (Bruce Twitchell Special to / The Spokesman-Review)

Region tops Metro

All streaks, someone once said, come to an end.Such was the case Monday when the Region, winless in the 15 previous Jack Blair Memorial Classic girls basketball all-star games, knocked off the Metro. Click here to read more.In the picture above, Amy Warbrick of Coeur…

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Budget decisions postponed at WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 A.M. Yesterday was June 1, the day Washington State University President Elson Floyd had originally earmarked for the school departments to submit budget cuts. But last week Floyd gave everyone an extension, so don't expect anything to happen for a week…

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