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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Zags entertain Michigan State 

Gonzaga's tough non-conference home schedule heats up big-time when Michigan State (7-2) visits Saturday night. The Spartans aren't ranked, but they're one of the storied programs in college basketball. Here's my advance that will run in Saturday's S-R.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Linfield no match for Eagles

Collin Chiverton scored a game-high 25 points and four of his teammates also finished in double figures Thursday night as Eastern Washington University blew away NCAA Division III Linfield College 102-54 at Reese Court. You can get an early look at the game story that…

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Eags up big at halftime

Collin Civerton scored 13 points, Cliff Colimon added 12 and Cliff Ederaine chipped in 12 at Eastern Washington cruised to a 52-29 halftime lead over NCAA Division III Linfield College at Reese Court Thursday night. This one was over early as Eastern scored at will…

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Moore's jumper sinks UI, 66-64 

COUGARS We're back after talking with Ken Bone, Reggie Moore, Dexter Kernich-Drew and listening to Idaho coach Don Verlin. That allowed us to get our story on Washington State's 66-64 road victory together. Read on.

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Dickau joins Trail Blazers

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Dan Dickau is leaving the broadcast table to become a player development assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. Dickau, who had two stints with Portland as a player, joined Greg Heister and ex-Zag Richard Fox for Gonzaga men’s basketball broadcasts on KHQ,…

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WSU about to take on Idaho 

COUGARS We spent quite awhile this morning waiting for a call from the new football coach, but it never came. So now, as we prepare to cover tonight's basketball game in the Cowan Spectrum on the University of Idaho campus, we're waiting again. Just call…

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Central Valley's Brooke Gallaway, right, gets a hand on the ball as Lewis and Clark's Taylor Howlett shoots during the Bears’ 75-55 GSL home victory on Tuesday night. (Colin Mulvany)

Tuesday night prep hoops

I'm tardy in posting links to Tuesday's prep basketball stories. The Central Valley girls played well in a 75-55 win over defending 4A state champ Lewis and Clark. Read about the game and the other GSL openers here. Pictured above are LC's Taylor Howlett and…

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Green making her mark in Montana

Under the radar is a good description for Alysha Green but the Mead grad has made her mark in college basketball. She's the subject for the weekly basketball notebook. For a couple of other notes, including some that ended up on the cutting room floor,…

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A jam-packed Wednesday morning 

COUGARS Sure hope you freed some time this morning. As weekday mornings in December go, I can't remember more good stories to read than the ones grouped on the link. From Mike Leach's public coronation in Pullman to San Diego State becoming part of the…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Akey in offseason mode

Robb Akey spoke Tuesday about the importance for his players and coaches to take a breather after Idaho's forgettable 2-10 season. Although I get the sense the coach is not relaxing all that much, if at all, he also said he was "grateful the season…

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More on Leach's big day 

COUGARS We're back in our palatial Pullman apartment with the heater going full blast, the sun that shined most of the day a distant memory. We have a few thoughts, along with links to our stories from Mike Leach's introduction, so read on.

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Bell, Zags back to work 

Gonzaga returned to practice Monday in preparation for Saturday's date with Michigan State. The Spartans defeated visiting Gonzaga 75-71 two years ago. Checked in with Gary Bell Jr., who was one of the first players on the practice floor Monday, for an update on his…

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Leach ready to make WSU debut 

COUGARS OK, where were we? Oh ya, Mike Leach is in the Inland Northwest, arriving Monday afternoon by private plane in Spokane. He'll be in Pullman most of the day today before flying over the Seattle this evening. Read on.

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

This week in preps 10 

Well, we've turned the corner. I can officially call this the winter sports season. Greater Spokane League boys and girls open league play Tuesday. We ran our season previews last week. Our wrestling preview package will be published Thursday. GSL teams open league duals on…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2011

Gonzaga falters down stretch

USC shuts down the high-octane offense of the Gonzaga women's basketball team and pulls away down the stretch. In other games, Idaho loses at Colorado. On Saturday Eastern Washington picks up a win in the Arizona State tournament and on Friday Gonzaga won at Riverside…

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Day after Illinois

Gonzaga brings out the best in Illinois. A couple of Illinois-based reporters told me Illinois played its best game of the season by far in defeating Gonzaga 82-75 Saturday. They said the same thing about Illinois' win last year in the Battle in Seattle. The…

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Summing up WSU's week 

COUGARS It's been a long time since I've written a morning post from Spokane. But that's where we find ourselves on this nicer-than-average Sunday in early December. We only have one question for you. Is your Christmas shopping done? Read on.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2011

WSU runs over Eastern, 75-49 

COUGARS On Wednesday, Washington State pounded a Grambling team that had seven players on the bench. On Saturday afternoon, the Cougars pounded Eastern Washington, but this time it was WSU that was short-handed. Read on.

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Idaho's season ends with ugly loss 

The Vandals lost four games this year by a touchdown or less, prompting coach Robb Akey to continually insist his team was close. But there was nothing positive -- or competitive -- about Idaho's effort in its season finale, a 56-3 defeat at Nevada. We've…

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