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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

Tampa Bay coach steps down

Tampa Bay's Tim Marcum, the winningest coach in AFL history, stepped down this morning, three days before the beginning of training camp. Last month, it was reported that Marcum had pornographic and racist emails on his work computer, after he was deposed in a lawsuit...

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WSU faces tough task tonight 

COUGARS Of all the tasks awaiting a visiting Pac-10 basketball team, none may be greater than trying to win in McKale on a Thursday night. Unless it's trying to win at Hec Ed on a Sunday. But the former is what faces Washington State today...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

USD gives GU's title hopes a boost 

I deliberately waited to post my article that will run on Thursday's Four Corners page in the S-R. The topic was the importance of earning a No. 1 or No. 2 seed as it relates to WCC Tournament success. Gonzaga entered the night with an...

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Bjorklund could return to action soon

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt gives an encouraging update on the status of Angie Bjorklund, who has missed five games with a foot injury the school said was a sprain but speculation said was a stress fracture. She is not expected to play Thursday night against...

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WSU heads to Arizona 

COUGARS From snow to sun. Though the latter won't last long, as the U.S. Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for the Valley of the soon-to-be-hiding sun. Looks like rain for the weekend. Oh well. A high of 67 still looks pretty good...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

Idaho's Verlin eyeing No. 2 seed

The Idaho men's basketball team plays just once this week -- at reeling Montana State in a BracketBuster game. But it's the WAC race for the top four seeds that's most intriguing, and we've got thoughts on that below as well as a summary of...

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WSU, Casto's ankle and a tweet 10 

COUGARS It's funny. A big part of this job is working hard to get information first. Then you get scooped on a story when you are part of it. Weird. More on that and DeAngelo Casto's status for Thursday, so read on.

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Shock lose WR Lyons to Steelers

Spokane Shock receiver Wes Lyons has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Shock open training camp on Saturday. Lyons is an intriguing prospect at 6-feet-8, 240 pounds. He had 42 career catches at West Virginia.

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Akey hires veteran assistant McDonell

Last week Idaho coach Robb Akey hinted he had a target in mind to replace departing offensive line coach Dan Finn, and it turned out to be well-traveled offensive coach John McDonell. The Spokane native coached at Washington State from 1989-2000 (part of that time...

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Galloway comes home

The latest in the on-going women's basketball series on the careers from the area Class of 2007, Jenna Galloway of Ferris and Northern Arizona (NAU photo above in action against Montana). That and plenty of news and notes in our weekly notebook.

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Chiefs' Reid closer to playing

The Spokane Chiefs have upgraded goalie James Reid’s status to day-to-day and returned backup goalie Adam Iwan to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Reid, Spokane’s all-time leader in wins with 79, has missed the last 10 games after being injured Jan. 23 in Portland. Mac...

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One sign of spring at WSU

COUGARS Despite the snow covering most of Pullman, Division I college baseball opens this weekend. Washington State, coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time since the Reagan presidency, heads to central California to face Cal State Bakersfield. Use that as background when...

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Arizona beckons WSU this week 12 

COUGARS One day of practice then it's on to Arizona for the Washington State Cougars. The longest road trip of the Pac-10 year starts Thursday night in Tucson. We'll be there. But before we leave tomorrow, a lot to get done, starting with this morning's...

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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Gonzaga rejoins AP Top 25

A smattering of women's basketball news today, starting with Gonzaga's return to the Top 25 and Bulldog star Courtney Vandersloot taking another step among the nation's elite, making the midseason Naismith cut (as did Tennessee senior Angie Bjorklund from U-Hi) and winning the local SWABS...

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CBBN district tourney update

PREPS I got on the Tri-City Herald website ( to see how the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A and 3A district tournaments are progressing. Click the tab below for more information.

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Awards keep coming for EWU's national champs

Eastern Washington's 2010 NCAA Division I football champions dominated this year's SWABs awards voting. You can find out which Eagles were honored in this story that will run in Tuesday morning's S-R, and you can read more details on the team's annual Awards Banquet that...

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Ferris’ Chris Wilson, left, Jordan Tonani, rear, and Riley Stockton, right, try to steal the ball from Mead’s Garrett Swanson at the end of OT. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Final GSL scoring leaders 

Click the tab below to see the final Greater Spokane League boys and girls scoring leaders. Pictured above in a 2010 photo is Mead's Garrett Swanson, who finished atop the boys leaders. He came back in early January after suffering a displaced knee cap. In...

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Don't forget, it's Valentine's Day 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:20 P.M. As usual on a Monday morning, there are only a few items to discuss, including the fall from grace of Arizona State and the rise of its archrival. For more on that on other things, read on.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 13, 2011

Day after Pepperdine 

Greetings from Portland, roughly two-thirds of the way home. I put together my day-after post on the first leg of the trip and you can find it below. Here's a link to my game story that ran in Sunday's S-R from GU's 63-44 win over...

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Courtney Vandersloot makes a pass away from Pepperdine's Skye Barnett, left, in the first period of play  on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2011, at Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Vandersloot and plenty more news

Updated: with Blanchette's Vandersloot column The afternoon belonged to Courtney Vandersloot and Gonzaga, the night belong to the rest of the area D-I teams as Idaho, Eastern Washington and Washington State came up with road wins. Each was significant, the Vandals sweeping Boise State for...

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Chiefs Johnson Best in four categories

As if we didn't know this already, but Spokane native and Spokane Chiefs star Tyler Johnson is Best of the West. Johnson was voted Top Defenive Forward, Best Over-Age Player, Best Skater and Best Faceoff man in the Best of the West 2011 poll compiled...

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WSU's win over Cal, next-day edition 

COUGARS Driving from Pullman to Spokane late last night, the wind was blowing so hard out of the south, my car seemed to be flying. I swear I must have gotten about 45 miles to the gallon in the old Honda. But the fact the...

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