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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

Spangler sidelined with broken pinky

Back with my Gonzaga notebook from today's media day. As mentioned before, Ryan Spangler will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken pinky finger. More details on that and a few other notes here. Also, Gonzaga coach Mark Few mentioned shortly after Finals week that the…

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Arizona's Jesse Perry (33) defends as Gonzaga's Ryan Spangler (15) reaches for a rebound during the first half Saturday's game in Seattle. (Kevin Casey / Fr132181 Ap)

Spangler out 2-3 weeks with broken finger

Good afternoon. A quick post after attending media day earlier today. I tweeted a couple hours ago ( that freshman forward Ryan Spangler broke the pinky finger on his left hand in Monday's practice. He'll have surgery this afternoon and will probably miss 2-3 weeks.…

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Preps this week

In Greater Spokane League boys basketball tonight, the co-leaders - Gonzaga Prep (8-4 overall, 8-2 league) and Central Valley (9-3, 8-2) meet at CV. Tipoff is at 5:30. CV romped past G-Prep 60-41 in the first meeting Dec. 9. I'll be covering the G-Prep/CV boys…

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Eagles fly home, face PSU next

We're not even at the halfway mark, but the Big Sky basketball race is shaping up. Well, Weber State is shaping up to dominate the conference. The Wildcats, who have many more weapons besides national scoring leader Damian Lillard, moved into sole possession of first…

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It's Tuesday with all that entails 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really thought I would wake this morning to a covering of snow. And yet, nothing. I know 80 miles south of here, in Pullman (my home away from home the past five years), there is a covering of the white stuff…

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012

Zags fall out of rankings

As expected, Gonzaga dropped out of the Top 25 in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today rankings. GU was 21st in A.P. and 23rd in ESPN/USA Today a week ago before going 1-1 on its road trip. The Bulldogs slipped to 29th in A.P., T-30th in…

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Looking back at a near-perfect Sunday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There is nothing better than spending a Sunday having breakfast, getting comfortable, watching football, having a nice dinner and then hitting the sack early with an engrossing book. Yes, everything was perfect yesterday except a stretch between 5 and 6 p.m.…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

Postgame quote sheet: UW 75, WSU 65 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- It's going to be a long, slow drive back to Pullman tomorrow morning, and we're hitting the road early to take full advantage of the daylight. So here are some quick quotes from each team after Washington's 75-65 win over WSU.…

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Day after Loyola Marymount 

Greetings from snowy Sea-Tac Airport. It doesn't snow here often, but you can pretty much count on me being at Sea-Tac when it does. I put together this day-after LMU post on the first leg of the trip. Here's a link to my game story…

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Sunday morning in the Northwest 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Can't say I joined what was probably most of you in your main activity yesterday. Nope, I didn't get to watch the NFL playoffs, most notably the game of the century – as of now, anyway – in San Francisco. Missed…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012

Idaho fades down the stretch

All in all, Don Verlin has to be happy with the longest WAC road trip, in miles, for the Vandals. They gutted out an overtime win at Louisiana Tech on Thursday -- their first-ever victory in Ruston -- and tonight they hung with one of…

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Zags bounce back with win over LMU

Two days after getting thumped by Saint Mary's, Gonzaga dug out a 62-58 road win over Loyola Marymount tonight at Gersten Pavilion. Elias Harris had 19 points and Gary Bell Jr. was outstanding at both ends of the court. He had a season-high 16 points…

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A darn full Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a big day in the Northwest yesterday and the biggest aspect of it didn't hit until late afternoon. That's when news began to leak about the Mariners' trade of Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher/designated hitter…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

WSU officially announces football assistants 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- Yes, Seattle. We were driving when an email popped into our inbox announcing the official hires of Mike Leach's assistant coaches. And then wrote this story from the front seat of our Honda Civic while parked on Elliott Avenue. There are…

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