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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012



Another near-perfect Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Another beautiful Saturday is here. Aren't Saturday's always beautiful no matter what the day is like? If the week was a high school, Saturday would be the quarterback of the football team, the head cheerleader, the coolest teacher. Yep, Saturdays are...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Chiefs beat Tri-City on the road

Beating the top team in the Western Hockey League on home ice is one thing. Doing it on the road is another. Less than a week after beating the Tri-City Americans at the Arena, the Spokane Chiefs scored the encore they were looking for on...

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Mike Aviani scored earlier for Spokane, but missed this golden opportunity – as the Chiefs did often – against Seatte goalie Calvin Pickard. (Dan Pelle)

Chiefs take on Tri-City tonight

Before a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Spokane Arena on Monday put out the Spokane Chiefs' fire, they ingnited the ice last Saturday to defeat the top team in the Western Hockey League - the Tri-City Americans. New Chiefs' forward Dylan...

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No GSL basketball games tonight

All Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball games tonight have been postponed. "It was decided that the forecast was to threatening with the possibility of freezing rain on top of snow," GSL secretary Herb Rotchford said. Rotchford had hoped the games could be made...

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David Stockton, left, and Kevin Pangos, rear, of Gonzaga combine to stop the drive of Cody Doolin of San Francisco and cause a turnover. (Christopher Anderson)

Day after San Francisco

The words of warning have been issued and they finally came true last night. LMU, one of the teams outside the Big 3 of Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and BYU, rose up and smacked the Cougars in Provo last night. It probably won't be the last...

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Nothing but college hoop news 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a perfect night for Inland Northwest men's college basketball teams, despite the weather. Gonzaga handled USF rather easily at home and Washington State rallied from 13 down in the second half to top Pac-12 front-runner Stanford. It wasn't as...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Edi's 15 points help GU past USF

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 74-63 victory over San Francisco on Thursday. Guy Landry Edi gave the Bulldogs a big lift off the bench, scoring a season-high 15 points. Elias Harris and Robert Sacre each had 14 points and six rebounds. Kevin Pangos...

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The game that was: WSU 81, Stanford 69 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The 3,119 who came out to Beasley tonight are glad they did. The Cougars ripped off a huge second-half run to run away from the Cardinal with an 81-69 win, a nice response to their three-game losing streak. Read on for...

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GU-USF tipoff coming up in 40 minutes

The commute from my doorstep to the McCarthey Athletic Center took exactly an hour, essentially double what it usually takes. Unofficial count of rigs in the ditches: six, three on I-90, rest on side streets. We'll see how the storm impacts attendance, but the Kennel...

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Pregame from Beasley: WSU vs. Stanford 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN – The weather hasn’t improved any, but both teams are here and warming up before our 7:05 p.m. tip-off. No TV tonight, so if you’re not here, you can listen on the radio or at wsucougars.com. Read on for some thoughts.

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EWU football schedule, and a poll 

Eastern Washington released its fooball schedule on Wednesday, a front-loaded package that includes early trips to Idaho and Washington State plus an early matchup with Montana. Which poses an important question: Which Eastern football game is the most important to win this year?

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Zags back home for San Francisco

Gonzaga is back at the MAC tomorrow night and the Kennel Club, which has been on winter break for the last six games, should be back in full force, too. Here's my game preview of Gonzaga-San Francisco that will run in Thursday's S-R.

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Some notes and a Stanford scouting report 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- No matter your age, there always seems to be a little more excitement in the air when school gets canceled. That's what it feels like here, as WSU has canceled Thursday's classes due to inclement weather. We're still working, though, and...

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Big Sky TV - the morning after

The Big Sky Conference announced its new TV contract on Tuesday, calling it a win-win for everyone in the league. Indeed, the contract with Root Sports calls for up to 18 football games, including many double-headers, and up to 12 basketball games.Revenue will get a...

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Basketball news on a Wednesday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 8:50 A.M. Tuesday is the day the local college basketball coaches talk with the media, from Mark Few at Gonzaga to Ken Bone at Washington State. That results in stories from the S-R staff concerning those coaches' teams. A...

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Morning links on a Wednesday 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN – In Seattle, they’re losing their minds over the forecast of a few inches of snow. Here? The roads are coated and it’s business as usual. That applies to your morning links, too, so have at ‘em.

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