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SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2010

Cal rallies past WSU, 86-70 

COUGARS Though they gave it their best effort, or near their best, it wasn't to be for the Cougars on Saturday. The Cal Bears had too many weapons down the stretch, and one of those was Patrick Christopher's defense. After being blitzed by Klay Thompson…

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WSU, shooting well, leads 45-34 

COUGARS Guess we should have seen that coming. It's been awhile since Klay Thompson has gone off. But with dad Mychal in the stands, he hit his five 3-pointers, attacked the basket when needed and had 23 points before halftime. He finished the half 8…

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Tough task looms for WSU

COUGARS We'll say it right up front. This one could get ugly. Which means, according to my up-is-down Pac-10-2010 logic is WSU might just win. But honestly, of all the games I've been at this year, that outcome seems the least plausible to me. Read…

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A big Saturday for WSU 

COUGARS The guard will be changing in Pullman and I don't mean guys playing inside in football or outside in basketball. We're talking about athletic director Jim Sterk leaving. And, yes, he is taking the San Diego State job and no, he wasn't forced out.…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Eagles snap seven-game skid

Dean Glen scored seven points in the last 66 seconds of the game to lead Eastern Washington to a 74-69 Big Sky Conference win over Montana State at Reese Court.You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Saturday morning's…

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CdA girls headed to state

The Coeur d'Alene girls basketball team handled Lake City to earn a state berth.Click the tab below to read my unedited game story and blurbs on the other state-qualifying district tournaments.

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WSU's Sterk takes SDSU AD job 

COUGARS I've been spending the last couple hours putting together the story about Jim Sterk leaving Washington State University of San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference. You can access the story here. We'll have more on this major change at WSU over the…

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Johnson's status for GU game uncertain

I talked with San Diego coach Billy Grier for a few minutes about an hour ago. The former GU assistant said senior guard Brandon Johnson's status for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs won't be known until tomorrow. Johnson (groin injury) didn't play in Thursday's loss…

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Verlin reprimanded by WAC

After making critical comments on the officiating of Wednesday's loss to Nevada, Idaho coach Don Verlin has been reprimanded for violating the WAC's sportsmanship code. Said commissioner Karl Benson, "Coach Verlin's comments criticizing the officials clearly violated the WAC sportsmanship code and will not be…

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Gonzaga's Robert Sacre celebrates the Zags' last second basket in the first half much to the agony of St. Mary's Matthew Dellaved, Feb. 11. 2010 at the McCarthy Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Saint Mary's

I watched the GU-SMC replay into the early hours and was sleeping soundly when the phone rang this morning with a radio interview request. So, the Z's will come later and the day-after post sooner.Here are the links: S-R gamer, John Blanchette column on Omar…

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WSU loss to Stanford, the day after 21 

COUGARS It's the day after a tough loss. Which means, I'm sure, it was a tough night to fall asleep for those connected to the Washington State basketball team. But it's on to Cal for a FSN-televised 1 p.m. game Saturday. Before we turn our…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Zags alone in first after thumping SMC 

OK, I've had enough computer problems to last a month, but we're sort of back in business, so here's my unedited game story from Gonzaga's 80-61 win over Saint Mary's.Read on for more and check back -- computer willing -- for a day-after post.

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Zags stand alone

It took nearly 25 minutes, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs finally put the clamps on Omar Samhan and, essentially, Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs, riding a balanced offense and a defense that grew stingier as the game progressed, pulled away for an 80-61 men’s basketball victory Thursday…

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WSU blows lead, falls 60-58 18 

COUGARS As much as WSU did right Thursday night, it's hard to believe the Cougars lost. But they did, throwing away a lead that was 18 points with 11 minutes and 43 seconds left. But from that point until Jeremy Green hit his fifth 3-pointer,…

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WSU leads 33-18 at the half 

COUGARS What is it about Stanford and first halves? For the second time this season, WSU played a superlative first half – or, if you're a half-empty type of guy, the Cardinal played a terrible half. For my money, you half-empty guys are more right…

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Hey, it's still winter, right?

I know the winter sports season has yet to conclude, but I came across this link to maxpreps.com that features a look from their perspective of the best baseball teams state by state. Look which team has been tabbed among the best in Idaho.Here's the…

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Post Falls High School basketball player Katelyn Loper, a junior, shares a laugh during practice. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Thursday prep page 11 

Here's a feature on the rise of the Central Valley girls basketball team.Post Falls senior Katelyn Loper, pictured above, is the subject of my column.Here's a look at Washington state-qualifying regional wrestling tournaments.Here's a notebook that includes a look at the final night of Greater…

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Gonzaga's Demetri Goodson (3) drives to the basket against Saint Mary's Omar Samhan during the first half of the West Coast Conference men's tournament championship NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas tonight. (The Spokesman-Review)

View from Bay Area

A couple of articles regarding tonight's GU-Saint Mary's game in the California papers. Here's one on Gaels center Omar Samhan and another on the GU-SMC matchup, I also included this article on Portland, which takes on San Diego tonight and Saint Mary's on Saturday, because…

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Dean surpassing expectations at EWU

Sorry about the lack of recent posts, but a week-long forced furlough sandwiched between a pair of minor medical procedures -- although its now five painful days after the fact and I'm starting to question the sanity of anyone who considers a hernia repair "minor"…

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WSU hopes to heat up at Stanford 

COUGARS Talk about strange. It's actually colder here in San Jose than it is in Seattle (yes, I checked). As I write this, it is 41 degrees outside. According to my phone – and really, when is your phone ever wrong? – it is 45…

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