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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013


The day before the letters 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- In another 24 hours or so, national letters of intent will begin to roll in around the country. By the end of tomorrow, Mike Leach's second recruiting class -- and the first that is truly his own -- is likely to…

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

GU trying to nail the boards

Media day today and we had a couple of topics for a notebook that will run in Tuesday's S-R. The first item is on Gonzaga being outrebounded by five of its last nine opponents, including San Diego winning the glass 38-32 on Saturday. It took…

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A Super Bowl to remember

A GRIP ON SPORTS This Super Bowl had everything. It was a rout, than it wasn't. There were big plays on offense, big plays on defense and a fourth-quarter call that really ticked off Jim Harbaugh – though, to be fair, the 49ers' Harbaugh seems…

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WSU trying to turn the page 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It's Monday. A new week. And, with nine conference games behind them and nine more until the end of the regular season, it's a new half-season for the Washington State Cougars. With that, we pose a question. Read on.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2013

Gonzaga forward Elias Harris dunks against San Diego during the first half. Harris led the Bulldogs with 18 points. (Associated Press)

Day after San Diego 

The race is on to get home before the Super Bowl kicks off, so we'll get right to my day-after post following Gonzaga’s 65-63 win over San Diego. The Toreros did three things extremely well. 1). They seemed to be the more energetic team. 2).…

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Day after Arizona

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The first half of the Pac-12 season is over. For Washington State, much was left to be desired, as was also the case in last night's 79-65 loss to Arizona. We have our usual assortment of day-after links, so read on.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2013

Zags hold off USD 65-63

Gonzaga had its hands full with San Diego, but held on for a 65-63 victory on Saturday. Elias Harris had 18 points and Kelly Olynyk 15. David Stockton delivered in crunch time with two assists and tear-drop from about 6 feet to help the Bulldogs…

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Vandals escape with ugly win

The Vandals beat a WAC team at home tonight, and coach Don Verlin was happy ... to a point. For him and the crowd of 950 at Cowan Spectrum, it was hard to know what to make of Idaho's 66-63 win over San Jose State.…

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Tale of the tape: Arizona 79, WSU 65 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State's 79-65 loss to Arizona here on Saturday night was unlike the Cougars' previous six conference losses. In each of those, they led at some point in the second half. In this one, they trailed by 10 points or more…

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First-place Gonzaga heats up from outside

Gonzaga hit a season-high 12 3-pointers Saturday to turn back Pepperdine in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 24 from long range, with Haiden Palmer, Taelor Karr and Keani Albanez hitting three apiece. Gonzaga won its sixth consecutive…

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Pregame thoughts before a white-out

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Fans are encouraged to wear white to tonight's game between Washington State and Arizona. Just how many will show up, well, that's another matter. But we're here, and we have some thoughts before the Cougars host another tough opponent. Read on.

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Palmer powers Gonzaga

Junior guard Haiden Palmer scored 17 points Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga remained in first place in the West Coast Conference with an 81-52 win over Pepperdine at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga had balanced scoring in a foul-filled game that turned testy at times. Story to…

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Gonzaga takes control with 3-pointers

Haiden Palmer has scored 11 points to guide Gonzaga to 38-25 halftime lead over Pepperdine in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday. Palmer has hit three of the Bulldogs' eight 3-pointers. GU leads the conference in 3-point shooting percentage and scoring…

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Gonzaga welcomes Pepperdine

Gonzaga's West Coast Conference home schedule is down to four games, including a sold-out matchup with the Pepperdine Waves that will start in 15 minutes at McCarthey Athletic Center. The first-place Bulldogs (17-5, 7-1) enter with a five-game winning streak, having won seven of their…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Kamloops drops Chiefs in standings

The Kamloops Blazers, who have won 20 of their 26 home games this Western Hockey League season, knocked off the Spokane Chiefs 7-4 on Friday night. The Chiefs have been holding steady in fourth place in Western Conference standings for several weeks, but Tri-City passed…

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San Diego coaches Bill Grier, right, and Mike Burns returned to familiar surroundings on Saturday.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Grier, struggling USD awaits Gonzaga

Good evening from San Diego. Hard to believe it's Bill Grier's sixth year as San Diego's head coach after 16 seasons on Gonzaga's bench. Grier's team is battling to stay above .500 overall (11-11) and in the WCC (4-3) heading into tomorrow night's contest with…

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WSU's Loftus arrested for alleged tequila theft 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State receiver Drew Loftus was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to steal two bottles of tequila from the Dissmore's grocery store on North Grand Ave. Loftus, 19, was taken to the Pullman Police Department and issued three…

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Day after Loyola Marymount

Coffee consumed, now able to move forward with my day-after Loyola Marymount post, followed by driving a couple of hours and writing a GU-San Diego preview. Had a nice visit with USD coach Billy Grier on Thursday, just before leaving for the LMU game. Links:…

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