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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Day after Saint Mary's

Good afternoon from sunny L.A. Travel went fairly smoothly until that 40-person line at the Hertz counter, but we've had some time to put together a day-after Sant Mary's post, following the Gaels 83-62 runaway over the Bulldogs on Thursday. First, the links: Game stories…

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Lorenzo Romar talks Cougs

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It's just about time to get on the road, but first, some quick notes from Washington coach Lorenzo Romar's conference call today. He addresses recruiting against WSU in the Northwest, Reggie Moore's transformation and WSU adjusting to life without Klay Thompson.…

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EWU and the Big Sky

The top teams in the Big Sky Conference preseason polls did a good job reinforcing that confidence, with the Eagles, picked third, keeping pace with a 65-60 win at Sacramento State. Montana, second in the preseason polls, burnished its image with an easy win at…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Gaels humble No. 21 Gonzaga

Good evening from McKeon Pavilion, which is about 15 degrees cooler than it was when the Gaels were busy crushing the visiting Bulldogs earlier Thursday evening. Saint Mary's beat Gonzaga in every conceivable fashion. Outside, with Matthew Dellavedova's 26 points and the team's nine 3-pointers.…

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Vandals pull out wild WAC road win

Conference road wins are hard to come by in college basketball, so the Idaho Vandals will no doubt relish their 90-88 overtime victory at Louisiana Tech tonight. Especially since it's Idaho's first win in program history at the Bulldogs' Thomas Assembly Center. Read on for…

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Jake Wiley of Newport uses his size and speed and cuts through the Lakeside defense to score. (Christopher Anderson)

Thursday Prep Page 

The Greater Spokane League boys reach the halfway mark of the season Friday and six teams are bunched at the top. Which team will emerge to win the title? Click the tab below to see this week's Prep Page menu.

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UPDATE: Dawson staying at K-State? 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The AFCA conference has ended, though there still hasn't been any official announcement from WSU regarding Mike Leach's assistant coaching staff. But a name has been added to the school's faculty directory. Read on for details. UPDATE: The Wichita Eagle is…

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BCS playoffs - a radical solution 

Before the "glow" wears off from the BCS title game, I just have to throw in my idea for playoff system for major college football. It's radically different from most proposals, because we should be asking less, not more, of the student/athletes/gladiators who make this…

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Big Sky roundup

I could blame Tim Tebow for this, but I forgot to catch a time change for Saturday's Eastern basketball game at Northern Colorado. The game is now scheduled at 3:05 p.m. Pacific time, one hour earlier than previously planned, to avoid aconflict with the Denver…

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More on GU-Saint Mary's

Some day I'll have to add up the hours/days/weeks I've spent at Sea-Tac Airport. I've got some time on my hands in the terminal and i noticed reading the S-R this morning that the last four paragraphs of my GU-Saint Mary's preview were cut. You…

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Can Idaho win at La. Tech or NMSU?

Winless in 12 games. That's what the Vandals are since joining the WAC in their 3,500 mile road swing to Louisiana Tech -- where they play today -- and New Mexico State. Can they breakthrough finally? I have much more on that below.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

It was physical inside as Gonzaga’s Sam Dower, left, and Elias Harris, above, battle Tim Williams and Rob Jones of Saint Marys for a rebound. (Christopher Anderson)

Zags, Gaels renew heated rivalry

I've been on hand for the last 11 Gonzaga-Saint Mary's games and every one of them has been fairly memorable. Gonzaga has won 8 of the 11. Both teams have won via blowouts (GU 83-58 in the 2009 WCC Tournament title game and the Gaels…

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Report: Levenseller joins Idaho staff 

UPDATED: 6:05 p.m. Mike Levenseller spent 19 years on the Washington State football staff, including the eight years Robb Akey was defensive line coach and defensive coordinator in Pullman. And now, according to, Akey has hired Levenseller to fill a vacant spot on his…

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Change may be coming to BCS 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was pretty obvious no one was real enamored of Alabama and Louisiana State meeting again in the BCS championship game. Heck, nearly two-thirds of the readers here would rather have watched LSU and Oklahoma State play. Well, it seems as…

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Follow me around the Big Sky

Now that I've covered my first two EWU basketball games, it's time to offer more: from here on out I will post interesting EWU and Big Sky news items at least three times a week, and I'll shoot for a 10 a.m. post each time.…

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Tuesday's happenings are Wednesday's links 

Who will have the biggest impact against the Huskies on Sunday? COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Woke up, looked out the window and saw some snow still on the ground, which can mean only one thing: it's almost time to drive across Snoqualmie Pass again. Speaking…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

The Spokane Chiefs are glad they have Darren Kramer, who is not adverse to mixing it up, in their corner. (Jesse Tinsley)

Nachbaur one away from 500 club

The Spokane Chiefs were quiet on trade deadline day in the Western Hockey League. Quiet in the traditional sense, that is. They did make some noise though. My Chiefs notebook, which will appear in tomorrow's paper, is below. And, hey, make a girl happy. Follow…

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Tuesdays with Ken Bone 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Ken Bone has concluded his weekly conference calls -- one with the local media, the other with media around the conference -- and we have a summary of both of them, plus some video, posted below. Read on.

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A big week for EWU, Big Sky

I came away impressed with the Eagles' resilience after they split their first Big Sky homestand of the season against Weber State and Northern Arizona. In both games, Jim Hayford's team struggled early, then fought its way back. True, that wasn't enough to beat preseason…

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