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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

WSU's Moore ready for Huskies 

COUGARS One game this week. In Seattle. Against UW. A place Reggie Moore would have been happy to attend coming out of Rainier Beach High, when he didn't feel he wanted to leave home. But he had already committed to Fresno State, was stuck and…

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No Seattle game in 2010 for WSU 

COUGARS Wondering which game on the football schedule will be played in Seattle this fall? Well wonder no longer. There won't be one this season. Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk said Wednesday that the school couldn't work out the logistics for a Seattle game.…

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This and that from WSU 10 

COUGARS It's kind of funny, isn't it? We're still seven months from a football game, but there's only a week until most fans think the season – or seasons – will be a success or not. Yes, a week from today those all-important football letters…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Bone talks about his WSU team 

COUGARS Washington State took the day off practice today, but that doesn't mean it was an empty few hours. Coach Ken Bone held his two teleconferences this morning, and we have a summary on the link. Read on.

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Cougar women prepare for Huskies

The women's basketball notebook (below) takes a quick look at Washington State with the Huskies visiting Pullman for a televised game on Friday.Eastern's Kyla Evans is the Big Sky Player of the Week and Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot was recognized by the West Coast Conference.

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WSU earns a day of rest 

COUGARS Like any Tuesday, this one will start slowly, with just a few links, then build momentum, what with WSU coach Ken Bone's presser this morning and the Pac-10 media call. But then it will stop completely, as the Cougars have the day off from…

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Report: Idaho offers Akey new deal 

According to the Idaho Stateman, Idaho AD Rob Spear has offered football coach Robb Akey a new deal and is waiting to hear back on the deal. Akey led the Vandals to an 8-5 season and an Humanitarian Bowl victory. He has been occupied by…

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Crazy happenings in Moscow

It was an unbelievable ending here in Cowan Spectrum, where Idaho failed to hold onto a nine-point lead late in the game after Boise State's Anthony Thomas stunned the crowd with a buzzer-beating 3 to send the game into OT. The Broncos wound up winning…

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Half: BSU 25, Idaho 22

Boise State and Idaho spent most of the first half in terrible shooting droughts and chucking the ball to the wrong team, which led to a low-scoring 20 minutes of action. BSU leads 25-22 after trailing 12-5 inside the 9-minute mark. The Vandals shot just…

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Vandals, Broncos ready to tip

Before Idaho's biggest home game of the year starts, I wanted to check in and offer a few pregame observations. The student section is already packed and yelling obscenities at BSU, and it should be the biggest crowd of the year here at Cowan Spectrum.…

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Zag notes 

I touched on a variety of subjects -- the Super Bowl, GU's defense, a health update and how closely the Bulldogs follow the national rankings -- in a notebook i just filed for Tuesday's S-R. Read on for the unedited version.

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GU up to 8th, 13th 

Gonzaga's 2-0 WCC week propelled the Bulldogs up a couple spots in both polls -- to No. 8 in ESPN/USA Today and No. 13 in A.P.Saint Mary's received two votes in A.P. and 11 votes in ESPN/USA Today. Two of the three teams the Zags…

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Monday morning around WSU 

COUGARS An interesting Monday morning ... and not just because it's snowing/raining in Spokane. No, it's interesting on a couple of fronts, with basketball news from around the West Coast and football news out of Eugene. Read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2010

Day after LMU

After being a dad for most of the morning (and for the rest of the day), I've put together the day-after post from Gonzaga's 85-69 win over LMU on Saturday. Here's the S-R gamer and photos.Read on for more.

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UCLA forward Reeves Nelson is fouled by Washington State guard Marcus Capers during the second half.   (Associated Press / Fr139655 Ap)

WSU's UCLA loss, the day after 19 

COUGARS Not only did Saturday's loss at UCLA – the Bruins first win on a Saturday this season – deny Washington State a rare sweep in Los Angeles, it also denied the Cougars a chance to ensure a winning record in the Pac-10 Conference's first…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2010


USU douses Idaho, gives Morrill No. 500

The Idaho Vandals lost for the fifth straight time Saturday night, scoring just 18 points in the second half of a 60-48 loss to Utah State. But it wasn't so much about their off-kilter performance as it was Utah State's brilliant defense and precise execution.…

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Zags defeat LMU, 85-69

The big three of Elias Harris (22 points), Matt Bouldin (19) and Steven Gray (18) helped Gonzaga break away from a halftime tie and register an 85-69 WCC victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga led by seven early and by…

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Half: USU 35, Idaho 30

The Vandals trailed by as many as 10 points early against Utah State but clawed back thanks to the stellar play of three players -- Marvin Jefferson, Kashif Watson and Steffan Johnson. The trio has 25 of Idaho's 30 points. Utah State has feasted on…

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WSU can't zone in, loses to UCLA 

COUGARS Is it as goes Klay Thompson, so goes WSU? It was Saturday, as Thompson struggled mightily against a UCLA zone defense that was keyed to stop him (see the comment from Tyler Honeycutt in the game story) and only Reggie Moore came to his…

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WSU loses, 74-62 

COUGARS Patience is never a strong suit of the young and it certainly wasn't Saturday afternoon for WSU. UCLA's matchup zone demanded patience and accurate shooting and the Cougars had neither, though the former may have led to the latter. Even when WSU showed patience…

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WSU trails UCLA 30-27 at half 

COUGARS Well that was interesting. The pace of the first half was glacial at times, as both teams emphasized transition defense and retreated into zones – the entire half for UCLA, much of the middle for WSU. That pace made it hard for the Bruins…

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New era for WSU, UCLA? 

COUGARS Remember the recent Washington State vs. UCLA match-ups since Ben Howland's arrived in Westwood? And how most of them finished in the 50s or low 60s? Then there was the 82-81 game here last February. And the dynamic has changed. With Ken Bone taking…

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WSU hopes sweep is a slam dunk 

COUGARS When Washington State headed off to Southern California this weekend, the second half of the trip probably seemed easier, what with UCLA coming off a beatdown from USC at home. But that was so last week. Now the Bruins look like a tough out,…

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Idaho tangles with Aggies

A year ago this weekend, the Vandals were 8-10 -- two games worse in the loss column than they sit right now. But why does it feel so different around Moscow this time? It's all about expectations, and a four-game losing streak.Read on for more…

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