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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

GU satisfied with non-conference mark 

Back with some notes that I promised in a Wednesday evening post. I'm going to break 'em up. Below is an unedited version of GU-related notes that will appear in Friday's S-R. Topics include the non-conference showing, the rotation and Josh Heytvelt's visit.I'll be back…

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University’s Brandon Matlock (right) muscles Mead’s Andrew Basinger to the mat. (SR)

Thursday preps 

A few things to link to on the prep scene.Click the tab below.In the picture above, University's Brandon Matlock takes Mead's Andrew Basinger to the mat in their match Wednesday night.

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Zags await WCC opener

I meant to post this earlier, but I ran out of time and was busy shuttling a youngster to basketball practice. So better late than never here's my WCC preview that will run on Thursday's Four Corners college basketball page in the S-R.I'll have more…

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WSU ready for desert trip 

COUGARS As promised earlier today - when I made a stupid mistake I didn't realize I had made until one of you nice people pointed out to me without, and I appreciate this, telling me how stupid I was – I've got another post. This…

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United States' Tyler Johnson of the Spokane Chiefs is dumped by Canada's Alex Pietrangelo during the first period of the championship game of the world junior hockey championships Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Nathan Denette / Associated Press)

Chiefs' Johnson savors gold

Caught up with gold medal winner Tyler Johnson, a couple of hours of Team USA beat Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship.The unedited story I filed for Thursday's paper is below.A roundup of World Junior stories: Calgary Sun game story; column, review and Jordan…

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WSU spends extra day on UA 

COUGARS It's cold in Pullman. Ice – as in what's all over the cars – cold. Unlike Tucson, where the temperature dipped to what-the-residents-probably-think-is-freezing 41 this morning. That's where Washington State is headed tomorrow. Today, the Cougars are headed back to practice to get ready…

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Ferris boys stop Mead 

Here's a link to our featured Tuesday game involving the Ferris and Mead boys.Here's our Greater Spokane League girls roundup.Here's our area boys roundup.Here's our area girls roundup.Here's a roundup of Great Northern League wrestling matches.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2010

Same ol' story for Chiefs

First, congratuations to Chiefs Tyler Johnson and Jared Cowen for their medals at the World Junior Tournament. Johnson and Team USA ended Canada's five-year gold streak with a wild 6-5 win in the championship game Tuesday night in Saskatoon."It feels pretty good," said Johnson, who…

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Catching up with WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 4 P.M. Spent the morning watching Washington State get ready for what is quite possibly the toughest road trip in the Pac-10. First the Cougars get an Arizona team at home coming off a split in Los Angeles and a 30-point whupping…

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WCC, WAC open league play

Starting to get overwhelmed by figure skating preparation and with three hockey games this week women's basketball posts and links are a bit thin.Our unedited notebook follows, as well as the Top 25 vote, with quite a bit of shakeup at the bottom. Gonzaga and…

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Poling transferring  

Gonzaga redshirt freshman forward Andy Poling has decided to transfer, Poling's mother, Jenny, confirmed.The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Poling played 23 minutes in six games. He was seeing limited minutes behind Rob Sacre, Elias Harris, Will Foster, Kelly Olynyk and Bol Kong, who has played some at…

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A quick post from WSU 

Just wanted you to know the Cougars are practicing early this morning - school doesn't start again until next Monday - and then it's right to coach Ken Bone's press conference for us. We'll put together our usual morning post then.

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San Jose St. drops Vandals

A taut, back-and-forth contest swung in San Jose State's favor late, as the Spartans nipped Idaho 78-75 in WAC men's basketball action. There were 28 lead changes and 12 ties in the game. Mac Hopson and Steffan Johnson again flourished offensively for UI -- combining…

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010

One last look at the WSU call 15 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 5:20 P.M. After spending the day waiting for some clarification, I'm ready to take a final run at the technical foul from the Oregon game. I have put together some web-only stuff, which includes the Pac-10's response to WSU's questions about the…

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2010 WSU, Pac-10 schedule out 

COUGARS The Pac-10 has finally released its 2010 football schedule. There are no surprises with Washington State's schedule but there are a couple of anomalies. The Cougars play nine consecutive weeks to open the season, then have byes in two of the next four weeks,…

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GU rises in polls after 3-0 week

Gonzaga is back in the A.P. Top 25 and climbing up in the ESPN/USA Today rankings.The Bulldogs, who defeated Eastern Washington, Oklahoma and Illinois last week, are No. 19 in A.P.; No. 18 in ESPN/USA Today. The Zags were 26th in last week's A.P. poll…

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Monday prep thread 

Well, the holidays are in the rear view mirror. That means we're back to work at prep central. Not sure what the new year will bring for me, what with this combined Eastern Washington/North Idaho prep gig. But I'm excited nonetheless.Anyway, use this thread to…

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Another tough one for Chiefs

Can anyone figure out the Spokane Chiefs?Playing short-handed, they run their Western Hockey League losing streak to five games, including a New Year's Eve loss at Tri-City, before beating Vancover (with this nice blog item) and Seattle back-to-back on the road with backup Michael Tadjedeh…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2010

Day after Illinois

Danger: I'm watching the GU-Illinois replay and putting together the day-after Illinois post. I need to grab the paper to make it a trifecta.First, the links: S-R gamer, photos, Chicago Tribune gamer, sidebar and photos, and Chicago Sun-Times gamer. Read on.

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UI notches win in WAC opener

After a bumpy nonconference season, the Idaho Vandals opened WAC play with a solid 59-52 victory at Hawaii late last night. UI coach Don Verlin called it the best defensive performance in his two years with the school, and for good reason. Hawaii shot just…

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Washington State guard Marcus Capers slams home a second-half shot.  (Associated Press)

WSU win over Oregon State, next-day edition 11 

COUGARS Let's see. After the first weekend of Pac-10 basketball, Oregon and USC sit atop the conference standings. Everyone who saw that happening, stand up. You, ya you, wearing the Garfield pajamas. Sit down. You didn't predict this. No one did. Not even Ernie Kent…

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