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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

Portland becomes first to clinch

The Portland Winterhawks became the first team in the Western Hockey League to clinch a postseason berth by winning Tuesday. The Spokane Chiefs stalled Portland for a while, taking two of three games from the Winterhawks last week. Read story

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Gonzaga and game planning

Good morning. After watching Gonzaga's defense shut down the top two scoring on options on BYU's and San Francisco's teams (Haws and Davies; Doolin and Dickerson), I wanted to explore the Zags' approach to scouting. It was done in general terms -- how long they…

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It's hard to find super local connections 

A GRIP ON SPORTS One of the charges of this daily column is to highlight the local items. If you read it consistently, you'll find news and commentary related to all things local from the neighborhood prep ranks to regional professional sports. But big national…

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

Yesterday seemed a bit odd 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The NFL season ends and so does our typical Sunday, or at least the way our Sundays have become since September. Didn't it seem odd to not have any professional football to watch yesterday? OK, I'll give you the Pro Bowl…

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WSU links on another Monday 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We're back in Pullman and ready to gear up for another week. But as is usual with Mondays during basketball season, there isn't a ton of news. But there is, of course, enough to warrant a post, so read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2013

Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos (4) shoots against San Francisco on Saturday. He finished with 11 points. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Day after USF

Good morning. We'll get right to it because I get to be a fan of my kid's games today! The links: My game story, John Blanchette column, Tyler Tjomsland's photos and AP here and here. Read on for my day-after San Francisco post.

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Day after Oregon State 

COUGARS FROM PORTLAND -- It's another Sunday in the Pac-12, which means we look back at Saturday's games while also previewing the two games being played today. But, perhaps most importantly to this blog's readership, we also recap WSU's first road win of the season.…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013

Lanigan makes big saves to thwart Chiefs

Cam Lanigan, the reigning Western Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, stopped 55 shots and chalked up two rare assists Saturday night during the Medicine Hat Tigers' 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena. Spokane outshot the Tigers 22-7 in the second period…

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Barone's huge game carries Idaho

Kyle Barone is making a strong case for WAC player of the year honors. He followed a 27-point, 16-rebound effort on Thursday with 25 points and 16 rebounds tonight in a 74-70 win over UTSA. He also made the biggest play of the night when…

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GU's quick start buries another WCC foe

Gonzaga got off to another quick start, endured another somewhat sloppy second half and won another WCC home game. The Bulldogs knocked off San Francisco 66-52 on Saturday, following a similar pattern to their two previous conference home games. GU outscored Saint Mary's, BYU and…

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Medicine Hat makes most of its shots

Boston Leier and Hunter Shinkaruk scored second-period goals Saturday to give the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League play. Spokane outshot the Tigers 20-7 in the second period and just missed scoring seconds before Leier's goal…

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Fiddler's 34th gives Chiefs 1-0 lead

Todd Fiddler scored his Western Hockey League-leading 34th goal of the season at 17:15 of the first period Saturday night to give the Spokane Chiefs a 1-0 lead over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Arena. Mike Aviani assisted on the goal for his 50th…

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Rare look at Medicine Hat

The Spokane Chiefs are 25 minutes away from their only matchup of the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Medicine Hat hasn't played at the Arena since Dec. 3, 2010. The Tigers are hovering around .500, but they've won seven of…

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Tale of the tape: WSU 71, OSU 68 

COUGARS FROM CORVALLIS -- A physical, emotional game finally went the way of the Washington State Cougars, who won at Gill Coliseum today for the fourth consecutive time. We have our usual recap after the jump, so read on.

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I gave my heart years ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS What makes a relationship work? When a long history is shared and expectations have grown, sometimes it takes a lot of work to keep a relationship going, growing, and to keep it fresh. I'm in one of those relationships right now…

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