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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Q&A with Vandal WR Eric Greenwood 

Saturday, along with 14 other Idaho seniors, Eric Greenwood will play his final game as a Vandal. The 6-foot-6 wide receiver from Edmonds, Wash., was the first recruit to sign with Robb Akey after the coach took the job before the 2007 season, and he's…

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WSU pounds cold Sac State 

COUGARS The Sacramento State Hornets didn't prove to be much of a test for Washington State on Tuesday night. But there were a few interesting aspects of the 84-36 Cougar win that we didn't get into our game story, so read on.

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WSU leads 47-17 at the half 

COUGARS We promised a halftime post so here it is. But really ... Washington State broke out to a 27-0 lead before Sacramento State scored. Antoine Proctor did the honors with a drive at the 10:02 mark. By then eight Cougars had scored. The closest…

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Zags crush EWU 

Gonzaga rolled to a 49-20 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way, defeating Eastern Washington 86-57 on Tuesday. Steven Gray hit his first six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Rob Sacre and Mathis Monninghoff each had 13 and Sam Dower added 11.…

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A double-duty WSU post 

COUGARS OK, so we're out of the bubble and into Beasley, trying to get ready to cover tonight's basketball game with Sacramento State. My guess is the crowd will be somewhere around 125 non-students, considering the condition of the roads, but Whitman County folks are…

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Colfax's Tyler McNannay hangs onto Adna's Bubba Lara after Lara caught a pass during the third quarter of the state 2B high school football championship game in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Adna won 32-24. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)

Gridiron Classic schedule 

Click the link below to see the schedule for the Washington football state championship games Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.QUESTION: Which teams do you think will win? I'll share my predictions Thursday in my Pick 6 feature.Pictured above is Colfax defensive back Tyler…

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Lewiston at CdA girls ppd

The anticipated early showdown between three-time defending Idaho 5A state girls basketball champ Coeur d'Alene and runner-up Lewiston, scheduled for tonight at CdA, has been postponed because of the storm passing through the area. No makeup date has been announced.In fact, it looks like most…

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WSU puts in a little extra time for UW 

COUGARS Talking to Myron Beck after practice last night, he said it took him 8 hours to get home to Seattle for Thanksgiving break. Which is about as long as practice seemed Monday, as Washington State didn't hit, but it spent a lot of time…

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Final: Ferris 14, BP 10

Ferris will return to Tacoma for second time in less than a week as the Saxons' defense throws a shut out in the second half.The third-ranked Saxons (13-0) will return home tonight and make trek back to Tacoma on Friday before facing two-time defending champ…

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Zags' bench up and down

Good evening. I put together a look at Gonzaga's bench production through the first five games of the season. It's no coincidence GU is 3-0 when its bench has outscored its counterparts; 0-2 when it hasn't -- it should be pointed out that Gonzaga's losses…

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Colfax 21, Waitsburg-Prescott 14

Colfax needed a second-half rally - much like Ferris - to knock off Waitsburg-Prescott 21-14 at Martin Stadium in Pullman.Colfax (12-0) advances to state final for second year in a row and will meet South Bend on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Kickoff is at…

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Final: Colfax 21, W-Prescott 14

Colfax needed a second-half rally - much like Ferris - to knock off Waitsburg-Prescott 21-14 at Martin Stadium in Pullman.Colfax (12-0) advances to state final for second year in a row and will meet South Bend (10-2) on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Kickoff is…

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Spurgeon called to NHL, Cowen by Team Canada

As first reported by Gregg Drinnan (see below), former Chief Jared Spurgeon could make his National Hockey League debut tonight for Minnesota. He'll be wearing No. 26 at Calgary.The question is, what's bigger news, that or current Chiefs captain and defenseman Jared Cowen getting invited…

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Zags drop out of A.P. Top 25

Gonzaga (3-2) dropped out of the A.P. Top 25 poll. The Zags, No. 22 last week, went 1-1 at the CBE Classic, losing to No. 4 Kansas State before defeating Marquette.GU received 51 points, checking in at No. 28. West Virginia and Louisville are 26th…

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Roundup of women's basketball news 

Is Washington State's women's basketball team better than early indications or is Gonzaga not quite ready for prime time? That's the question after the Cougars took the Zags to the wire in Hawaii before Gonzaga pulled it out by two.There are multiple ways to answer…

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Blanchette: City drops snowball 

Our columnist John Blanchette weighed in on the postponement of the semifinal games at Albi Stadium. I suspect a certain city employee has gotten a few nasty e-mails and voice mails the past couple of days. Anyway, here's Blanchette's column.NOTE: I will be tweeting updates…

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A lot to chew on before Apple Cup 

COUGARS There must be a hundred little birds in the tree outside my window, all there to eat from the small pods that have turned our sidewalk and street a light brown. It's the world's tallest bird feeder and it's even shaped like an out-of-kilter…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

Zags edge Cougars in thriller, Idaho wins 

Late post ... is the end of the holiday weekend or the start of the holiday season? For basketball, it's the start since teams often have Thanksgiving and Christmas tournaments to go to.Idaho and Gonzaga both finished 2-1 in tournaments. Idaho improved to 5-1 by…

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Apple Cup could be sweet for UW 13 

COUGARS The stage is set. Saturday's Apple Cup game (4 p.m. in Pullman) will be for the whole pie. At least for the Huskies. A Washington win and it goes bowling and possibly to someplace nice like San Diego, home of the Holiday Bowl. A…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 27, 2010

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