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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

An odd way to begin GU's conference season

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's weird. You would think the West Coast Conference would do everything possible to keep Gonzaga's basketball program happy and content. After all, it is the Bulldogs that bring the most attention to a conference that, otherwise, would be the America…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

Time is flying - it's only nine days until the season opener at Oregon State - and so are the Eastern Washington receivers. Here's a look at this year's group. It's the penultimate (I love that word) day of two-a-days, and I'll be there for…

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Live chat today, plus links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We're shifting our weekly live chats to Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m., beginning today. This way, we can continue them on the same day throughout the season (since next Thursday will be a travel day). Anyway, continue for links.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

The view from the elevator tower on WSU's campus. (Christian Caple)

Notes from WSU's first closed practice

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State's practice earlier this afternoon had a distinct game-week feel to it -- though the Cougars' opener at Auburn is still 11 days away. And we watched practice from the elevator tower for the first time this season. So did…

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WCC schedule: GU home early, away late

Gonzaga will be home for its first four West Coast Conference men’s basketball games and on the road for its last four, including the regular-season finale against Saint Mary’s. The defending champion Bulldogs entertain Santa Clara to open WCC play Saturday, Dec. 28, followed by…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

Suddenly the Eagles have a few injuries, particularly at running back, but fortunately that may be their deepest position. Here's my report. I'll be out at practice this afternoon for some more interviews, including the team captains who were expected to be announced sometime today.…

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

Monday from WSU 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It's an off-day for the Cougars (on the practice field, anyway), but our camp coverage still rolls along. Links follow the jump.

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Eastern and Big Sky links

I'm heading out shortly for practice, but let's get the morning going with some links. First, here's my story from Saturday's scrimmage, plus a feature on how the school and the athletic department has worked to help keep student-athletes safer. It was a busy weekend…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

WSU does light work on Day 16 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It was a standard, in-season Sunday night practice for Washington State tonight -- that is to say, they didn't wear pads -- not even shoulder pads -- just jerseys, shorts and helmets, and did mostly scout and special-teams work. We do…

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Hops stop Indians again

If the Spokane Indians come up short in their bid to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs, two factors might stand out: their record against the Hillsboro Hops and their record on their home field, Avista Stadium. Spokane's 5-1 loss to the Hops on Sunday…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2013

WSU goes short on Day 15 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It was a brief practice for Washington State tonight, with some truncated drill periods preceding team session. The whole thing didn't last much more than an hour. We do have a few notes, so read on.

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My first AP ballot of the season 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- With the release of today's Associated Press Top 25 poll, I figured it would be a good time to pass along my ballot. It's my first year voting, and as many other writers around the country already do, I plan on…

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