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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Day after Oral Roberts

An abbreviated post with travel and a GU-Arizona preview to get to. Read on for the day-after Oral Roberts post and check back later for my Battle in Seattle advance. Here are the links: S-R game story and photos.

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Another Friday from WSU 

COUGARS This is the silly season of college football and the fun part of college basketball. The silly comes from the game of musical chairs played by coaches, though it doesn’t seem all that silly to the families involved. The fun comes from the interesting…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Zags hold off Oral Roberts, 67-61

Interesting game at the MAC tonight as Gonzaga went from having a comfortable lead to fighting off an Oral Roberts' comeback. Mike Hart, 0 of 6 on 3s this season and 0 of 4 on 3s last season, hit a big 3-pointer and Gary Bell…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Chiefs win in overtime

The Spokane Chiefs didn’t exactly erase all the bad taste from a pair of bad home losses but they took a step in the right direction. Playing the lowly Everett Silvertips (5-21-1-5, 16 points), the Chiefs (15-9-3-2, 35) got a nifty goal from Steven Kuhn…

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Tidbits from the Spokane Chiefs

Bet you didn't know former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Spurgeon is the leading scorer among blue-liners for the Minnesota Wild. On the home front, Brenden Kichton is returned from the Team Canada camp but Dominik Uher will be headed to join the Czech Republic for…

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Gonzaga women No. 25 in coaches' poll

The Gonzaga women return to the Top 25. ESPNW also provided an in-depth look into the rise of the Bulldogs to national prominence, powered by Courtney Vandersloot. Washington State is hosting Louisville next Monday and it's Native American Appreciation Night.

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Finals week final exam: Oral Roberts

It'll be the 100th game at the McCarthey Athletic Center when Oral Roberts (7-3) visits Gonzaga (5-2) on Thursday night. GU is 92-7 in the building and has never suffered consecutive losses. The Bulldogs lost to Michigan State last Saturday. Gonzaga won 38 straight to…

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Shock hosting tryouts

The Spokane Shock will hold the first of three tryout camps Saturday at the Shock Center (3212 N. Eden Road, Suite B, Spokane). Registration begins at 9 a.m. Players should wear workout gear and bring appropriate shoes for artificial turf. They will be tested in…

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Got some time this morning? 

COUGARS We once worked for a boss who talked often about saving our readers' time. It was the one thing, he said, they had a finite amount of. Then we began blogging and found most of those same readers love to spend that finite amount…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Zags welcome special guest at practice

Media day today and I’ll have more in Thursday’s S-R, but I wanted to pass along a heart-warming scene from Tuesday’s practice. Gonzaga had a special visitor in 11-year-old Brandon Bird, a two-time cancer survivor who is battling a third recurrence. Please read on below.

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WSU in the midst of finals 

COUGARS It's finals week in Pullman (and the senior football players who graduated over the weekend have all said goodbye and left town) so it's kind of quiet and dull. But we did find a few items to pass along. Read on.

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

Idaho offensive coordinator Axman retires

Idaho offensive coordinator Steve Axman, who faced increased scrutiny during the Vandals' 2-10 season, has retired, the school announced this evening. Axman was UI's top offensive coach for five years -- including the ultra-successful 2009 campaign in which the Vandals won the Humanitarian Bowl and…

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Zags drop out of rankings 

Gonzaga's two-game losing streak has cost it a spot in the Top 25. GU, 23rd in last week's A.P. poll, dropped to 32nd (receiving votes category) in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today's rankings. Michigan State, which defeated GU on Saturday, moved into the A.P. rankings…

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Everything's slow on a Monday 10 

COUGARS Monday morning in Spokane. Attended a party, and an after-party party, last night. Though we woke up early this morning, there was no way we could stare at a computer screen for an hour or so. But time passes and the vision clears. Read…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011

Idaho clobbers Seattle U at KeyArena

Maybe the Vandals should jam more three-game weeks into their schedule. They capped a frenzied five-day span on Sunday with their second decisive win in a row -- a 73-62 triumph at Seattle University. Their only loss during the stretch was a last-second home defeat…

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Gonzaga's David Stockton is roughed up in the second half against Michigan State's Adreian Payne. (Dan Pelle)

Day after Michigan State 

Good morning. Let's get right to the day-after Michigan State post. It's been a rough stretch for Gonzaga. The Zags lost to Michigan State, picked third in Big Ten preseason poll, and Illinois, picked sixth, both by seven points, seven days apart. Here are the…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

Green's 34 points carry MSU past Gonzaga

Back with game story from Gonzaga's 74-67 home loss to Michigan State on Saturday night. The Bulldogs are running out of non-conference resume-building opportunities after suffering back-to-back losses to Illinois and MSU. GU has a home date with Butler, Arizona in Seattle and then a…

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Chiefs prove to be too charitable

It was a night for charity and the Spokane Chiefs were most obliging. After producing a record number of stuff toys on Teddy Bear toss night, the Chiefs coughed up a 3-0 lead to the Prince George Cougars and lost 4-3 in a shootout. stars:…

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GU-MSU hour to tip 

Gonzaga and Michigan State are less than an hour from tipping off at the MAC. I had some kids' duties earlier today, so I haven't been able to post ex-Zag Jeremy Pargo signing with Memphis and former Zag Ronny Turiaf being traded to Washington. GU-MSU…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Gonzaga women edge EWU

Not sure how many more computer issues I can take, I think I'll have to find a new line of work. After writing the local angle from the National Finals Rodeo, my soon to be ex-computer wouldn't let me blog. But now, safely home getting…

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Vandals net big Pac-12 upset 

Coming into the year, Idaho coach Don Verlin looked at this week -- with games at home against Washington State and at Oregon State separated by three days -- and knew it would be telling for the Vandals. Could they hang with two Pac-12 schools?…

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