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FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

A touring Friday, preceded by links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Later this afternoon, we're joining a media contingent on a tour of the renovated press box/premium seating structure at Martin Stadium you may have heard something about. We'll pass along plenty from that, but first, there are links to read.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

The Spokane Chiefs are happy to see defenseman Brenden Kichton back in camp. (Colin Mulvany)

Notes from first day of Chiefs camp

After three scrimmages between a total of 63 players on fresh Arena ice, the first day of training camp is in the books for the Spokane Chiefs. There are 17 veterans playing (and two others who are healing from minor injuries - more on that…

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Cougars get some players back

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It was a bit of a hectic afternoon for yours truly. A meeting with athletic director Bill Moos took my attention away from practice for 15 minutes or so, but we do have some notes from the rest of it. Read…

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Take the time to relax today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It is about time. About time for a breather. After all the news this week, from the Seahawks' quarterback battle to the Mariners' winning streak, it's time for a day without too much news. And today's the day. Read on.

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EWU - one week to go

When the Eastern players close practice, the chant is always the same: "8/30" That's the date of the season opener at Idaho, now just a week away. But this is 8/23 (happy birthday to my wife and son!), so everyone is still getting ready for…

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No sleep 'til Provo 12 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- That's right. In just a week's time, the Washington State football team will wake up in a hotel in Utah, board a bus to LaVell Edwards Stadium and play its first football game of the 2012 season. But there is work…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2012

All quiet on the Pullman front

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- There won't be a practice report today for a couple of reasons. The first is that the Washington State football team simply didn't do much on Wednesday, conducting a brief walk-through -- similar to what they will do each Friday during…

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EWU, Big Sky roundup

As the Eagles prepare for the final two-a-day of fall camp, here's a quick look back at yesterday's stories in the S-R, including my practice roundup featuring punter Jake Miller, and my blog post from last night, which includes a couple of videos. Meanwhile, there…

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A fun night at Safeco

A GRIP ON SPORTS Safeco Field was rocking last night as Felix Hernandez knocked down another baseball truism: Pitchers coming off perfect games are less than successful. King Felix was at least princely Tuesday night as the M's moved within four games of .500 with…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

Kingma good to go, Johnson still waiting 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State officially confirmed the transfer of Brett Kingma from Oregon to play for the Cougars men's basketball team this season. He's enrolled in classes and is part of the team going forward. The big news: Kingma, a sought-after guard from…

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EWU football camp, Day 16

I'm back from football practice. Obviously, this has been a difficult couple of days for the football program and the Athletic Department, given the allegations of sexual assault against wide receiver Dalis Bruce. I've written a story for tomorrow's paper, but, in short, Bruce, a…

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Mariners are booming 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Earlier this month, while on vacation in Northern Arizona, we experienced some thunderstorms that were impressive in their intensity. The lightning strikes seemed to stretch for miles, fingers illuminating the sky, while the accompanying rain made it impossible to walk, let…

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EWU and Big Sky football

It was a dark and stormy morning, but my computer isn't fried yet, so here goes with a quick look at links to EWU opponents: First, in Pullman, Christian Caple reports that the starting WSU quarterback is almost certain to be Jeff Tuel. Furthermore. ...

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Links for a Tuesday morning 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Nine days remain until Washington State travels to Provo for its season opener. The Cougars continue practice today at 3:45 p.m., and we will again be there. But first, you know the drill.

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MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

EWU practice, Day 15

I'm just got home from practice; greeting me was an email from EWU Public Relations that true freshman wide receiver Dalis Bruce was arrested early Sunday morning for third-degree sexual assault. Bruce has been suspended indefinitely from the team pending the disposition of his case…

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Monday morning blues 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's sort of difficult to decide what to write about today. There are some choices, from the Seahawks to the Cougars to the Mariners. But no clear-cut favorite. Read on.

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EWU and the Big Sky

The Eastern Washington football players got a day off Sunday after Saturday's scrimmage (here's my story and blog post from that event). ... Practice resumes today with two-a-days at 10:30 and 3 p.m., and I'll be at the afternoon session. Be sure to follow me…

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School starts, football continues

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- For the first time this preseason, the Cougars have some classes to attend before they can head over to Rogers Field for football practice. Yes, it's the first day of classes at WSU, which means practices will start at 3:30 this…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2012

Mike Leach not pleased with effort on Day 16 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State's practices are officially closed to spectators and media, though we are still able to watch from the library above Rogers Field. And Sunday's practice had a frustrating feel to it, as far as Mike Leach was concerned. Read on.

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A team divided cannot stand 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There is one quote about quarterbacks I have seen attributed to many, many coaches. "A team with two quarterbacks," the quote goes, "has no quarterbacks." Or something like that. The meaning is clear. Football teams need to know who the starting…

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