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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Day after WSU

Good morning. Let's start with the links from WSU's 81-59 humbling of Gonzaga: S-R gamer, Blanchette column, S-R photos. Here's a day after post from WSU beat writer Vince Grippi.Read on for my day after post.

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WSU routs Gonzaga, 81-59 

WSU scored the game's first eight points and led 25-6 with 7:15 left in the first half. Gonzaga rallied within six at half but the Cougars, behind Klay Thompson's 21 second-half points, pulled away, leading by as many as 29 points before settling for a…

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Chiefs crush Winterhawks 9-3

Chiefs roll to 5-0 lead in first period and whip first-place Portland 9-3. Stars are Brenden Kichton, Steve Kuhn and Mike Aviani. Box score reflects corrections, Vanscourt gets another assist and a goal, giving him a four-point night. Here is the story.

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WSU leads 30-24 at half 

COUGARS Washington State used a near-perfect run of 3-point shooting to open a 19-point first half lead Wednesday, but the Cougars' Achilles heel started to show as the half wore on. Read on.

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Trufant signs with Jets' practice squad

Isaiah Trufant, a former Eastern Washington Eagle and Spokane Shock defensive back, is now a member of the New York Jets practice squad. He signed Wednesday.Trufant was the UFL defensive player of the year for the 2010 champion Las Vegas Locomotives. More here.

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Shock sign OL, lose QB

Spokane has added offensive lineman Vladimir Richard, a former University of Tennessee product who was briefly with the Tampa Bay Bucs, but the Shock are in the market for a backup quarterback.RJ Archer is leaving the Shock after being signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice…

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Rogers’ Deavon Daniels, left, blocks a Nick Bettinson shot. (Colin Mulvany)

Rogers boys trip up Shadle 

If the Rogers/Shadle Park boys basketball opener Tuesday is a harbinger of what Greater Spokane League play will be like - and I think it is - it should be a fun roller coaster this winter.Here's a link to my game story. Rogers' Deavon Daniels…

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Zags, Cougs ready for 145th meeting  

Gonzaga will make the 90-minute drive (weather permitting) south to face Washington State tonight. S-R Cougar beat writer Vince Grippi filed this preview. More previews in the Lewiston Tribune and Seattle Times.Remember, in-game updates at

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

WSU, GU face off Wednesday 

COUGARS Gonzaga makes the trek down U.S. 195 to Pullman tomorrow, and with the Spokane weather report calling for sleet and ice, it may not be that easy. We have an advance of the big local non-conference game on the link, so read on.

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GSL boys basketball

For those who want to follow along, I will be tweeting ( at the Shadle Park/Rogers boys game tonight.So much for a transition between fall and winter!

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Eags Sherritt, Jones named to AFCA All-Ameria Team

EWU's senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and junior running back Taiwan Jones have both been named to the College Football Coaches Association's FCS All-American.You get a quick read on the related story on the S-R's website here; you can see what Eastern's sports information department posted…

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All-Pac-10 awards announced 

COUGARS The coaches' final All-Pac-10 team was announced this morning and there were no Washington State players on either the first or second team. With a 1-8 conference record that is not surprising. But there was one big surprise, to me anyway, so read on.

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Chatting GU-WSU 

Friend and colleague Ryan Collingwood, who covers WSU basketball for the Lewiston Tribune and runs the paper's WSU basketball blog, sent me about a dozen questions on the GU-WSU game. He stuck my answers on the Trib's blog, so I'm sticking them on my blog.Here's…

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Coach Jim Redmon appears to be surrounded by talent again at LC. (Dan Pelle)

GSL girls: Lewis and Clark favored

The Lewis and Clark girls basketball team is not only favored to win the Greater Spokane League championship, but the Tigers should make a strong run for a state championship. Here's our preview story here. LC coach Jim Redmon is pictured above.Here's our GSL glance.Here's…

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Hoops takes the stage at WSU 

COUGARS Transition time. And by that, I mean it's time to start the gradual transition from football news to basketball news dominating the morning posts. Like the slow transition from fall to winter – except this year when Mother N. decided to dump a foot…

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Gonzaga notes

Media day this afternoon at the MAC and I put together a notebook that will run in Tuesday's S-R.The first topic is GU's 4-3 start, the worse season-opening seven-game record in Mark Few's 12 seasons. That's followed by a note on Steven Gray being the…

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Vandersloot, Loper honored, EWU game changed 

News today is shocking, I tell you, shocking. After averaging more than 30 points a game in easy road wins over the two supposedly best teams in the Big Sky Conference, Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot is the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.Enough of…

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Vandals place one on All-WAC first team

Idaho punter Bobby Cowan was the only Vandal honored on the All-WAC first team, the conference announced this morning. Four other Vandals -- Eric Greenwood, Shiloh Keo, Aaron Lavarias and Daniel Hardy -- were second-team selections. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and Nevada QB Colin…

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