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FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012

Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. (Christian Caple)

It's almost game time in Vegas

COUGARS FROM LAS VEGAS -- When you think of this city, you do not think of Sam Boyd Stadium. There is a reason for that. First of all, it's about a 25-minute drive from the strip, ensuring that otherwise semi-interested visitors won't bother attending games…

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Pac-12 power rankings, week 3

(Getting to these a little late, but here you go) 1. Southern California (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 1) – Some question about the Trojans’ lack of dominance last week against Syracuse. They can put those to rest with a convincing win over Stanford. 2.…

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No time for fun in Vegas 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a tweet from one of the Washington State football players last night – and no, I'm not going to rat him out – that said it all about playing a game in Las Vegas. The essence of the tweet…

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AFL won't return to Ironman days

The AFL pondered a return to the Ironman rules that were trademarks of the league until 2007, but decided to stay with the current format of free substitutions (read: one-way players). That was one of several news items to come from the league meetings held…

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Gameday links from Vegas

COUGARS FROM LAS VEGAS -- It's that time again. We'll see the Washington State football team play a game under coach Mike Leach for the third time later this evening. But first, some links, as usual.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2012

Five questions about UNLV 

COUGARS FROM LAS VEGAS -- To get a better feel for what we might see from UNLV on Friday, beat writer Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the Rebels. Read on for his…

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EWU and Big Sky links

Sorry, but owing to the bye week, there is no Live Chat today, but we'll resume next Thursday and do this thing the rest of the season here on SportsLink. In the meantime, here's a link to my Big Sky notebook. Speaking of the Big…

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It doesn't hurt to report injuries

A GRIP ON SPORTS Do you like Madden football? Do you like the way you can control the computer players, make them go exactly where you want, run the right pattern, hit the correct hole? If you do, you would make a great football coach.…

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Pac-12 pick 'em, week 3 

We'll get around to tabulating the standings from last week later. For now, here are your games to pick for week three. I need a straight-up prediction, as well as a prediction against the spread. Washington State at UNLV (WSU by 8.5), Friday California at…

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Off to Vegas 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- An early-morning drive from here to Spokane is on tap for yours truly, followed by a flight to Las Vegas. The team is heading down there today, too, but we have some links to share before making the trip. Read on.

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It's time to hit the road 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's an odd type of week. Washington State plays on the road Friday night, meaning a flight on Thursday. Eastern Washington has a bye. Idaho is traveling to the bayou to play LSU – as an aside, wouldn't it be cool…

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EWU and the Big Sky

Even though the Eagles ahve a bye this week, there's plenty to talk about. I was at practice Tuesday to catch up on things on and off the field, including progress on the new video scoreboard and the team's new matte-black helmets, which will be…

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It's Wednesday, and these are links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- But it's Thursday in the world of Washington State football. Yes, it's another odd week on the Palouse, with the team practicing one last time in Pullman today before departing for Las Vegas tomorrow. Read on for links. If you don't,…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012

WSU's Bucannon suspended for hit 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The Pac-12 announced Tuesday that Washington State safety Deone Bucannon will be suspended for the first half of WSU's game at UNLV on Friday. Bucannon was flagged for a late hit in the fourth quarter of the Cougars' 24-20 win over…

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Linking to Vegas

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Listen, here's the thing -- if you can't spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, you are the sucker. But there are no suckers in our morning links. Read on.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012

Furney being Furney is fine with Cougs 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- David Gilbertson shares Andrew Furney's sense of humor, so of course he could only joke when the timeout was called. Eastern Washington decided to try to "ice" Furney at the end of Saturday's first half, WSU leading 21-14 with a 60-yard…

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