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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Sarbaugh transfers to NIC

As you could probably tell by the absence of blog posts and tweets the last couple of weeks, I've been on vacation, with a little golf tab mixed in. We're back at it and we'll go ahead and round up all the GU happenings of…

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EWU opponents are busy

While the Eagles opened their first two-a-day practice on Monday (here is my story and blog post), the Eagles have been nusy as well. Here is the latest from the Palouse and the Big Sky Conference:

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Day 11 at WSU

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Another day, another practice for Washington State. We were there, as usual, to observe and pass along some notes. They are below.

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Blackman named Idaho starter

What was evident Saturday in the Vandals’ scrimmage became reality today. Idaho coach Robb Akey said Dominique Blackman will start the season opener vs. Eastern Washington. Blackman beat out Taylor Davis, who started three games last year but is now in a battle for the…

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EWU practice report, Day 8

Yes, this really is Day 8, since the conditioning and orientation sessions last Monday and Tuesday count toward the NCAA-mandated maximum of 29 practices. Actually, two-a-days count as two practices and there are five of them, so the Eagles have 25 practice days before Idaho.…

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So long to London 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For the past two weeks or so, the Olympics have not only held our attention spans in sway, but have given me something to write about – if need be – each morning. But that is over now. London 2012 is…

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EWU two a days ... and then some

The Eastern Washington University football team begins two-a-days this morning, and in that spirit, we'll try to step it up as well, with a morning blog on SportsLInk, a practice report and an evening blog, also on SportsLink. And follow me on Twitter at @srjimallen…

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Pac-12 links before WSU gets back at it

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State resumes training camp with its 11th practice later this afternoon. And while there's not a whole lot out there in the Cougar department with the team having yesterday off, there's plenty of reading to do around the conference.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

Watching and writing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:05 A.M. My attention is split right now. No, I haven't developed a second persona. I am trying to watch the gold medal basketball game while I write. Thus part of me is a writer, part of me a…

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Links for a day off 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State won't be on the practice field this afternoon for the first time since beginning camp. But we're on the blog again to pass along some links from yesterday's scrimmage, as well as our usual stroll around the Pac-12. Read…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2012

Notes from a WSU scrimmage

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Big plays dominated Washington State's scrimmage. Big plays that involved a few different receivers and both of the Cougars' competitors for the starting quarterback job. Read on for more.

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Is Vandals' QB race coming to end?

After two scrimmages and 10 days of fall camp, things are coming into focus for the Idaho Vandals. Most notably, the quarterback competition -- which heated up in the spring -- seems to have titled in Dominique Blackman's favor. That was abundantly clear today at…

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Why rant on a day like this? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really don't have anything to rant about today. Sorry. Though I did notice the stars of the Arena Bowl seemed to be all former Shock players. And Tiger Woods is in position to win another major. And the Mariners threw…

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A scrimmage awaits WSU 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- A better practice on Friday preceded the first scrimmage of camp for Mike Leach's Washington State football team. Here are some links to supplement such information.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

The kid's still shining at WSU camp

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- If you polled observers of Washington State's training camp and asked who has impressed the most on the offensive side of the ball thus far, the answer would probably be the same across the board. And Gabe Marks continued his tear…

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EWU football camp, Day 3

I've just filed my story (on the increased role of the tight ends) from this morning's practice, which will be posted later this afternoon. In the meantime here are a few more observations, starting with the resurgence of running back Demetrius Bronson, whose hamstring injury…

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Still the world's greatest athlete? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The names rolled off the tongue like a rap song – though rap hadn't been invented yet. Names like Jim Thorpe, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner. They were the winners of the Olympic decathlon and they were considered…

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Cougs look to bounce back on Day 9

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Though it was a typical practice for much of the day, Washington State started to feel the effects of playing tired toward the end of Thursday's practice. We'll see if they can correct their mistakes today. But first ... links.

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EWU and Big Sky football

As you read this, the Eastern players are prepping for the third day of camp. Practice begins at 9 a.m., which should be a bit cooler than Thursday's practice. Other teams are busy too, including Washington State, where things got a bit heated ...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

EWU football camp, Day 2

I've just filed my story from Day 2 of camp, which is mostly a look at some of the incoming freshmen. Look for it online shortly and on your doorstep tomorrow morning. ... Thursday's two-hour session was definitely ramped up in tempo; throw in some…

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