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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2010

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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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010

Gonzaga's Elias Harris rips a rebound away from Pepperdine. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Harris makes immediate impact at GU 

As mentioned before, I put together a feature earlier this week on Elias Harris that was supposed to run Thursday, but has been pushed back to Saturday's S-R. There's also a sidebar with German national team coach Dirk Bauermann weighing in on Harris' future plans.…

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Purvis and Garcia

I forgot to mention this when the Shock signed WR Robert Redd earliier this week. Spokane has traded Neil Purvis, a defensive lineman who played a key role in the Shock's ArenaCup championship run in 2006, to Jacksonville for future considerations. Spokane signed Purvis a…

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Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points against Pepperdine. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Pepperdine

As coaches say frequently, there is no such thing as a bad win. Along those lines, some wins aren't as fulfilling as others and Gonzaga’s 91-84 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday probably falls in that category.First, the links: S-R gamer, John Blanchette column, S-R photos…

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WSU ecstatic about beating USC 

COUGARS We don't want to waste your time, so let's get right to it. By shooting 56 percent in the second half, including its last eight shots, WSU was able to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and get past USC last night in LA. As…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

WSU rallies for big Pac-10 win 10 

COUGARS Of all the non-televised games this season, this was probably the one that should have been shown in the Northwest. After playing ugly – put that on USC, it makes everyone play ugly – in the first half, trailing 34-24, and continuing that trend…

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Gonzaga alone on top of WCC

The Bulldogs beat Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday in a game that turned into a second-half shootout. The Waves, behind Keion Bell's 34-point half, outscored GU 55-50 in the final 20 minutes, but the Bulldogs built up a big enough lead in the first half to hold…

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WSU battles back, wins 67-60 

COUGARS To win on the road, even in a down year in the Pac-10, it would seem WSU needs to play as close to perfect as it can. Thursday night the Cougars were not even close and yet they won. They overcame a 15-point second-half…

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USC leads WSU 34-24 at the half 

COUGARS As I prepared to write this halftime post, the first thing I did was examine the WSU season lows for points in a first half (25 vs. ASU) and shots made (six vs. Kansas State). They got the latter with eight, four from Klay…

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Zags hold off Pepperdine, 91-84

Senior guard Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points as Gonzaga built a big early lead and held off scrappy Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center No. 15 GU (15-3 overall) took sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference at…

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Can WSU get over the .500 mark? 

COUGARS Some thoughts from the Galen Center prior to the USC game, in which the Cougars will try to improve on their 3-3 Pac-10 record (and their 13-5 overall mark). I've noticed from comments that people believe they've found the game on TV. As far…

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Eags get commitment from Stefo

Eastern Washington University's football team has received an oral commitment from one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Colorado.Christian Stefo, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior at Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo., visited the EWU campus last weekend and confirmed on Thursday that…

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Harris and his eligibility 

I mentioned in a previous post that I've put together an article on Elias Harris that will likely run sometime later this week. As luck would have it, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News had a blog post today concerning Harris' eligibility. The conclusion,…

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GU roundup

Back with some GU notes with tip-off against Pepperdine less than five hours away.(Programming note: I've put together a feature on Elias Harris that was supposed to run in Thursday's S-R. Instead, it's been pushed back, possibly until Saturday or even next week. I spoke…

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North Central’s Christy Grorud takes flight during her first-place effort on the balance beam. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Thursday prep page 

Here's a quick post with stories from the prep page. I'm beginning three days of U.S.Figure Skating coverage followed by a one-week furlough. I'll be back on the prep scene a week from Monday.Click the tab below.Pictured above is Christy Grorud of North Central at…

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Remembering Fitz

Ex-Gonzaga basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald, who died Tuesday night, was remembered in newspapers across the country. There were numerous worthy tributes to the man who entertained us with his stories and impressed us with his limitless generosity and compassion for anyone lucky enough to have…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

Eastern's turn in the spotlight 

Taking a basketball break between figure skating stories I surfed over to ESPN and saw Charlie Creme's bracketology and story. Holy smoke, Eastern Washington is in the field. Holy smoke, I forgot to blog my women's notebook, with the Eagles, unbeaten in Big Sky Conference…

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Shock add WR Redd

Spokane, already with an accomplished group of receivers on its roster, added another Wednesday in Robert Redd. He's a three-year AFL veteran who also played three seasons in NFL Europe. He was on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad in 2005.More below.

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WSU will try to weather LA trip 15 

COUGARS How often in January does one travel from Spokane, Wash., to Los Angeles, Calif., and arrive to much, much worse weather? Once, in my almost 30 years of doing just that. And this is the week. Left a clear, crisp 48-degree day in the…

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GU Head Coach Dan Fitzgerald gives an official his displeased look after a foul was called on the Zags during a game with San Diego.   The game was the last home stand for Fitz who retired after 15 years at the helm.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

The passing of a GU legend 

Dan Fitzgerald, described by his former assistant coach Dan Monson as the "founding father" of Gonzaga basketball, died Tuesday night at the age of 67. Fitzgerald, GU's coach from 1978-97 (taking four years off to concentrate on his A.D. duties from 1981-85) apparently suffered a…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

Bullpups trip up LC girls 

UPDATED, 10:15 p.m.The Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team, behind 63 points combined from Tia Presley and Lindsay Stockton, knocked off Lewis and Clark 75-71 on Tuesday.Click the tab below to read my unedited game story. I'll check back later and add some notes that I…

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