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TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Zags welcome addition of BYU to WCC 

The conference shuffle reached the WCC on Tuesday with BYU announcing it will join the conference in basketball and many of its other sports. Gonzaga applauded the addition of BYU, a traditional power in basketball. The Cougars will become independent in football.More on GU's reaction…

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Showers, cool conditions don't slow WSU

COUGARS Today's practice was cold. No, the players had their usual intensity – though a new defensive drill went a session longer than it was scheduled for because the coaches weren't happy with the execution – but the weather was damp and a little cold.…

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Seattle, Tacoma football

Mason Kelley at the Seattle Times has posted several previews of Seattle-area football teams. Check it out here.Doug Pacey is doing likewise in Tacoma at the Tacoma News Tribune. Check it out here.

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Schedule change for Shock, AFL

As mentioned in a previous post, the AFL has adopted an 18-game schedule for the 2011 season. In an article posted below, find out when the games will fall on the calendar and how the longer season will impact bye weeks and player rosters. Read…

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Andrei Lintz follows own path to WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:55 P.M. A quick post before we hit practice later tonight. We have two items for tomorrow's S-R, a feature on a player we believe will have a breakout season for Washington State, sophomore tight end Andrei Lintz, and our first look…

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Nevada QB could be handful for Eags 

Eastern Washington's defensive coordinator, John Graham, admitted recently that his team faces a difficult challenge in trying to deal with Nevada's starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior.Kaepernick is one of two 1,000-yard rushers returning for the Wolfpack this fall, and has somehow managed…

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WSU announce Saturday's lineup 

COUGARS OK, it's time for my Navin R. Johnson imitation – and if you don't know who that is, look it up – though it's just a paraphrase. "The new two-deep is here, the new two-deep is here." For some thoughts on that, read on.

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AFL adopts 18-game schedule

The Arena Football League will play an 18-game regular-season schedule in 2011.The move likely means some changes in the number of players on each teams' rosters. The AFL season will get underway earlier and teams will have two bye weeks during the season. We'll touch…

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TNT's preseason grid rankings

The Tacoma News Tribune's prep guru, Doug Pacey, posted his preseason football rankings.Click here to see them.Gonzaga Prep is ranked fourth and Central Valley seventh in 4A; Mt. Spokane is ranked ninth in 3A; Clarkston is tabbed second in 2A and West Valley is fifth;…

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University High head coach Bill Diedrick is back in the GSL after nearly three decades coaching college and in the (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Preps ready for official kickoff 

A handful of North Idaho football teams got the jump on the area last weekend, but this week marks the official start of the fall season.Click the tab below for more.Pictured above is University coach Bill Diedrick, whose Titans open at home Friday against Ferris.

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Monday morning WSU, Pac-10 links 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:50 A.M. It's Monday morning and I am waiting to do an Oklahoma City radio show, so, as I wait for the phone to ring, it seemed like a good time to get to the links. If you are so inclined, read…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 29, 2010

Chiefs win, lose in shoot-out

Returning players make a good showing as the Spokane Chiefs wrapped up training camp with their Red-White scrimmage. All six goals were scored by veterans before the Western Hockey League team decided the game, played before more than 2,600 fans, at the Arena Sunday afternoon.…

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WSU rests up for the week ahead 

COUGARS Saturday was fan appreciation day in Pullman (if you weren't there, you can experience it vicariously here and here) and photo day for the Washington State football team. Today is a day of rest for the players. But not here at SportsLink. We have…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2010

Tough day for Zags at world championships

Canada lost to Lebanon and Germany fell to Argentina on Saturday at the FIBA world championships. Gonzaga's Robert Sacre and Kelly Olynyk are playing for Canada. In limited playing time, Sacre had 2 points and Olynyk had a rebound. Elias Harris had six points, one…

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Vandal linebackers mesh well

Our Idaho football season preview will run in the paper tomorrow, highlighted by a lengthy profile piece of the Vandals' new-look linebacker corps -- JoJo Dickson in the middle and Robert Siavii and Homer Mauga on the outside. Read on for the feature and Idaho's…

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WSU starts preparing for OSU 

COUGARS Washington State had a short practice this morning, with the emphasis on the mental more than the physical. The Cougars were in shorts, T-shirts and helmets and worked on, for some of the time, the game plan for Oklahoma State. For more on the…

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A face-saving catch by WSU receiver

COUGARS It was a somber Washington State football team that took the practice field yesterday afternoon after being told the news concerning teammate LeAndre Daniels. But football being football and young men being young men, the attitude didn't last long. After a quick, light practice,…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010

Lake City starts well

The Lake City football team got out to a nice start, topping Lakeland 41-7 in a season opener.Here's a link to our game story.In other scores Friday:Coeur d'Alene 42, Moscow 19; Wallace 60, Clark Fork 12; Kootenai 48, Mullan 0.

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