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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Chiefs extend lead over Portland

Eric Williams stopped all 13 shots he faced in the second period Wednesday night and Adam Helewka scored to give the Spokane Chiefs a 3-1 lead over the Portland Wiinterhawks in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Helewka scored a little more than 5…

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Zags entertain BYU

Gonzaga returns to WCC play and tries to put the tough loss to Butler in the rear-view mirror when it entertains BYU on Thursday night. Here's my game preview that will run in Thursday's S-R. There's a bit more on the game and a note…

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Chiefs lead on two late goals

Dylan Walchuk scored at 17 minutes, 27 seconds of the first period and assisted on Brenden Kichton's goal at 18:23 Wednesday night to give the Spokane Chiefs a 2-1 lead over the Portland Winterhawks. The shots are 13-12 for Portland, but the Chiefs only had…

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Chiefs, Winterhawks prep for middle game

The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks are warming up for tonight's Western Hockey League game at the Arena. The teams met Monday in Portland, a 5-2 Chiefs win, and will also play Friday at the Arena. Portland is on a season-high three-game losing streak but…

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Prince George hires new coach

The Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars have a new coach. The Spokane Chiefs won two of three games from Prince George in late October. The teams don't meet again until the final week of the regular season, March 12 in Spokane. Read story

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 (Christian Caple)

Pregame thoughts from Eugene

COUGARS FROM EUGENE -- We've arrived at Matthew Knight Arena, the big, shiny building that sticks out like a sore thumb among the college-town-type business that surround it. And then there's that court. Anyway, we have thoughts, so read on.

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Former Chiefs prospect opts for college

Rhett Gardner, the Spokane Chiefs' second-round selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft, has decided to play hockey at the University of North Dakota and not play for the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Chiefs traded Gardner, Marek Kalus and two draft picks to Brandon two weeks…

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Winning isn't the only thing today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really want you to read Christian Caple's super blog post this morning. Read it even more than mine. After all, Christian is a friend and I hate the organization behind "A Grip on Sports," so when I got up this…

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Heading to Eugene 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Should be on an airplane in Spokane by the time this posts. Call it the early-bird special, except I'm not a bird (or all that special). Anyway, we'll be in Portland and then Eugene before too long, but we have some…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Verlin on the Vandals

We caught up with Idaho coach Don Verlin on Tuesday afternoon with the Vandals preparing for a four-game home stand that will likely determine if UI gets back near the top of the WAC standings – or stays in the lower tier of the 10-team…

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Portland comes to Spokane for two

The Portland Winterhawks, who own the best record in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, will play at Spokane on Wednesday and Friday nights. Portland has experienced a rare dip in the last few days, losing three consecutive games. Read story:

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GU-Butler series on hold

When you witness a game as entertaining as Gonzaga-Butler on Saturday, it's natural to wonder if the series will continue at some point. The teams have met the last two years and Saturday's game in Indianapolis was an instant classic. For now, it looks like…

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Tuesday notes from WSU

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Ken Bone's press conference was cancelled today -- he was supposed to return from a recruiting trip in Seattle this morning but his travel plans got muddied -- but he still was available on the Pac-12 coaches' call. We have some…

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The NBA is headed back to Washington 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:50 A.M. The NBA has never held any real fascination for me. There was a time when I was real young and the Lakers were the league's continual bridesmaids, then I was an NBA fan. Later, when I shared…

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Tuesday's light on links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The WSU basketball team departs in a few hours, and will make the relatively brief trek from here to the Willamatte Valley for Wednesday's game against Oregon. Before that, coach Ken Bone will meet with the media, as usual. Right now,…

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MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

Have a great holiday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We wrote a lot about a couple different subjects yesterday morning, so today we'll keep it a little simpler, mainly because we're a little burned out, not because it's a holiday. Read on.

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The streak continues (plus links) 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- There was nothing wrong with the quality of basketball played at Beasley Coliseum yesterday. But for fans of the WSU women's team, there was something wrong with the outcome. Hint: it's the same thing that's been wrong since 1995, as far…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2013

Day after Butler 

Planes to catch, an inbound play to scrutinize from several perspectives. We'll start with the links: My game story, Indianapolis Star coverage here, here and here, USA Today,, and A.P. Read on for my day-after Butler post.

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Did that really happen? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS When I got up this morning, I was looking for the answer to one two-part question. After more than an hour of searching, I'm still not sure I found what I was looking for. Read on.

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Day after Colorado (and day of UW) 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We have our usual next-day recap of our coverage of Washington State's basketball game against Colorado on Saturday, as well as a look around the Pac-12. And today, we'll be in attendance to see whether the WSU women can end their…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013

Butler steals win away from Gonzaga 

Not much to write about after that one. Holy moly, I could have penned a couple of chapters on the final 2 minutes alone with all the plot changes. As it is, this was maybe the longest game story I've ever put together -- but…

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