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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Zags have line on success

Good evening. Media day earlier today and I took a deeper look at the correlation between free throws attempted and winning basketball. Gonzaga and other successful teams thrive on their ability to get to the free-throw line. Here's a link to my notebook that will…

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Faisal Aden's college career is over 15 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The news on Faisal Aden's knee is the worst possible. He's torn the ACL in his left knee, and will miss the rest of his senior season. Tough break for the Cougars, and even tougher for Aden, who was playing the…

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Around the Big Sky

When the Bracketbuster pairings were revealed Monday afternoon, you had to feel happy for the Eagles, who get a nice winter trip to Los Angeles when the play at Cal Irvine on Feb. 18. Two seniors, Laron Griffin and Tremayne Johnson, are getting something special…

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Sweet decisions coming soon 

A GRIP ON SPORTS On this last day of January, 2012, I would like to commit to having a chocolate doughnut for breakfast. In a few minutes, however, I may switch my commitment to a glazed one. By the time I'm done writing, though, I…

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Third Idaho football assistant leaves

John McDonell, a Spokane native and the offensive line coach at Idaho last year, has left the Vandals' football program for the same position at Tulane University in New Orleans. Tulane announced the hiring in a release over the weekend. Read on for more on…

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Preps this week 

The postseason is upon us in Idaho and Washington wrestling and boys and girls basketball. From here until the first weekend in March it's going to be a roller coaster for yours truly. But I love - LOVE - this time of the winter season.…

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Zags back in A.P. poll at 24 

Gonzaga returned to the A.P. rankings at No. 24. The Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 WCC) are 26th in ESPN/USA Today's latest poll. The Bulldogs have a big week as they visit WCC newcomer BYU on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. Saint Mary's, which thumped BYU on…

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The Axe may fall on Lumberjacks

It was a busy weekend in the Big Sky, on and off the court, highlighted in Cheney by a nice 69-52 win for EWU over Montana State. Here's my story on the game. The Eagles travel to Northern Arizona for a Thursday game against an…

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My letter of good intent

We always seek the truth here, and my story yesterday on EWU football recruiting didn't quite hit the mark. In that story, I mentioned four quarterbacks who were considering Eastern. One of them, Andrew Berg of Kamiak (Mukilteo), rates EWU as one of four favorites,…

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A Monday morning rant from the woods 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We've said this more than once. Monday mornings after NFL season are the light days when it comes to sports on the web. But does that deter us? No way. We've found enough items to make your morning interesting. To make…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012

Looking back on a hoop Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It seems like about the same time every morning I hear sirens near the old homestead. It doesn't matter whether it's a weekday or weekend, about this time some sirens pop up in the background and heads off into the distance.…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012

Chiefs go to battle in OT win over Ice

The Spokane Chiefs picked up another two points in the standings on Saturday night after grinding out a 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice. My unedited story from the game is below. I'll follow up with some extras from the game tomorrow, so…

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EWU leads Montana State

Eastern Washington used an 18-3 run midway the half to take a 37-28 halftime lead over Montana State in a Big Sky basketball game Saturday night. Eastern guard Cliff Colimon led all scorers with nine points, while Laron Griffin and Parker Kelly added eight apiece.

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Pregame notes from Wells Fargo Arena 

COUGARS FROM TEMPE, Ariz. -- There's really nothing quite like the feeling of sitting in an empty arena a few hours before the game starts. Everything is calm, quiet. You can watch the arena staff get everything ready to go. Team staffers are playing 2-on-2.…

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