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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Zags set up home and home with Cowboys

The Gonzaga Bulldogs continue to fill out future schedules and they will hook up with a semi-familiar foe the next two seasons. GU will entertain Oklahoma State this season and visit Stillwater next year. Gonzaga has defeated OSU three times -- in Oklahoma City, Seattle...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010

To the delight of fans, Spokane Shock's Ed Ta'amu rumbles over several Tulsa defenders to dive into the end zone for a running touchdown. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Ta'amu makes most of Shock return

Ed Ta'amu has made Spokane his home since arriving in 2006, even when he played for Kansas City in 2007-08. The big reasons why: girlfriend Jessica and son Noa. Click here for more on Ta'amu.Meanwhile, there won't be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010


Shock thump Tulsa, 63-42

Spokane was strong on both sides of the ball en route to a 63-42 win over Tulsa at the Arena on Friday. Read on for a short game story and check back in an hour for a longer version.

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Meyer has pinched nerve

Game time in about 20 minutes, plenty of time for a quick injury update. Turns out Shock backup quarterback Erik Meyer isn't sick, as the team and head coach Rob Keefe have maintained the last two weeks. Meyer has a pinched nerve in his neck,...

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Rangers' top collegiate pick assigned to Indians

The Texas Rangers on Friday signed third baseman Mike Olt, their top collegiate pick from this month’s first-year draft, and assigned him to Spokane. Olt, who set the career home-run record at the University of Connecticut, was selected in the supplemental first round and the...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Wheaties honors Los Angeles Lakers with back-to-back NBA Championship victory box. Photo courtesy of General Mills. (General Mills)

Eat up the moment

Adam Morrison didn't get any playing time for the Lakers against the Celtics in the NBA finals, but he'll collect his second championship ring and true immortality -- his picture (look for No. 6), in a team photo, on a special-edition box of Wheaties.

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Division leaders collide at Arena

I put together a short preview of Friday's Spokane-Tulsa game at the Arena. You can access it here. (Programming note: A feature article on offensive lineman Ed Ta'amu will run in Sunday's S-R).UPDATE: Yet another ex-AFL franchise is coming back. Kansas City, following announcements earlier...

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Utah set to be welcomed into Pac-10 

COUGARS With the University of Utah poised to accept membership today in what will become the Pac-12 Conference, it seems as if the avalanche of expansion has petered out without too much damage to the status quo. Which might just be a good thing. Read...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010

Utah asked to make it a Pac-12 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 5 P.M. The expected (inevitable?) has happened. The Pac-10 has invited Utah to join the party. The Utes will accept their invitation tomorrow. The Pac-10 will likely become the Pac-12 either next year or the year after. Now all that seems to...

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Shock hold steady at No. 2 

For the third straight week Spokane is No. 2 in the AFL coaches poll. Jacksonville stayed in the top spot. Milwaukee is No. 3, followed by Arizona.UPDATE: On the expansion front, San Jose, one of the league's most successful franchises, is returning to the AFL....

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Vilarino schedules three visits

A quick update on former Zag guard G.J. Vilarino.Gerry Vilarino, G.J.'s father, said his son has at least three visits scheduled, one an unofficial trip to a university Gerry declined to identify.Vilarino will visit Appalachian State and another school (it's apparently not in the Northwest)...

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Details of Akey's deal released

A nearly $100,000 raise -- that is what's in store for Idaho football coach Robb Akey, who negotiated a new contract with UI after the team's most successful season in 11 years. Keep reading for all the details of the five-year deal, which will pay...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Harrell happy back on the field

Many of Clay Harrell's former AFL teammates aren't on the field this season because the league, after a one-year hiatus, returned with lower wages for the players. Find out why Harrell continues to play the game here.UPDATE: If you watched the NFL Network's AFL game...

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Poll: What should Pac-10's next move be? 

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A new Pac-10 and WSU 

COUGARS Let's see. I take a day off to play golf – one of the members of our scramble group not only missed a hole-in-one by an inch (I took pictures) he also rolled in birdie putt from the neighborhood of 70 feet but, alas,...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Expansion zenith this week? 

COUGARS It looks like the next 48 hours will define the future of college athletics as we know it. Now that isn't too apocalyptic, is it? But it just might be true. So where do we stand? We’re sure Colorado will join the Pac-10, Nebraska...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010

Championship rings and miffed Predators

Some Sunday reading material: John Blanchette says Shock ownership needs to step up to make sure the 2009 players get their rings for winning the ArenaCup championship. Meanwhile, Orlando, particularly defensive back Kenny McEntyre, wasn't too pleased with Saturday's loss to Spokane.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2010

EWU kicks off Red Turf Project

Former Eastern Washignton University all-American offensive tackle Michael Roos and his wife, Katherine, were on had at Woodward Field on Saturday to take part in "turf-breaking" ceremonies for the school's Red Turf Project.The project is expected to be completed in time for the Eagles to...

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