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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Mike Ladd won't play against OSU 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- As if there wasn't enough pressure on Washington State already, the Cougars now must try to defeat Oregon State without the services of starting point guard Mike Ladd, who will miss tonight's game with a left knee injury. Read on for…

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GU women await big Saint Mary's rematch

The biggest remaining game of the West Coast Conference women's basketball season is Thursday at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (10-1 WCC) can take a huge step toward wrapping up their ninth consecutive conference title by avenging last month's loss at Saint Mary's (8-2 WCC). Gonzaga has…

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Ken Wilson hired as WSU LBs coach 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State officially announced Wednesday that Ken Wilson has been hired as the team's linebackers coach. Wilson, who spent the last 23 seasons at Nevada -- 19 as part of the coaching staff -- replaces Jeff Choate, who left after the…

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A misguided decision 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Let's get right to the crux of the matter. I am not a huge wrestling fan but the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games is incredibly stupid. And borders on the criminal. Read on.

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OSU, Part 2 for WSU

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State has played every team in the conference exactly once. Tonight, the Cougars begin their seven-game second go-round with a home matchup against Oregon State. We have some links to start your day, so read on.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013

UT Arlington makes change ahead of Idaho game

The Idaho Vandals will see a different UT Arlington team for Thursday's Western Athletic Conference road game. Coach Samantha Morrow resigned on Tuesday, never able to recreate the success she had with high school teams. The third-place Vandals beat UT Arlington 70-52 on Jan. 19…

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Rough Hitmen descend on Spokane

The Calgary Hitmen brought their rugged style of play to Kennewick on Tuesday night, piling up 31 penalty minutes while dispatching the Tri-City Americans 6-2. Calgary put Tri-City on the power play eight times. Both Americans goals came with a man advantage. Now Calgary will…

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Bone: "I need to do a better job" 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- As the criticism of coach Ken Bone and his Washington State basketball team increases, so too does the speculation about whether Bone might not be around next season. And while the coach says he doesn't read the blogs and message boards…

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Four words that signal a rebirth

A GRIP ON SPORTS Is it warmer outside? Is the sun shining brighter? Is there a spring in your step? All those things should be true. After all, spring training is starting today around the country. Summer is just around the corner. Read on.

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WSU gearing up for Oregon State 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State is back to its normal-but-not-really schedule of playing on Wednesday and Saturday this week, which means the Cougars' game against Oregon State is now a mere 36-ish hours away. Ken Bone and WSU players will meet with the media…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Zags expand options at '3'

Studied up a little more on Gonzaga-Saint Mary's today by watching the replay of the first game. Drew Barham and Kyle Dranginis didn't step on the court last month but they figure to be in the mix in Thursday's rematch. We talked about that and…

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It's poll season 

A GRIP ON SPORTS After spending the first Sunday since September without the NFL, we spend the first Monday since then without NFL news. Which means today is sort of slow. Read on.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013

Crooks carries Royals past Chiefs 

Jamie Crooks scored twice to guide the Victoria Royals to a 5-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena on Sunday night. The Chiefs and Royals began the night tied for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Victoria won its fifth…

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Royals lead Chiefs 2-1 after one period

Goals by Jamie Crooks and Jack Walker have given the Victoria Royals a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena. Victoria, leading 2-0, was on a 4-minute power play when Spokane's Dylan Walchuk tallied a shorthanded goal for his 15th score of the…

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Chiefs, Royals will snap tie

The Spokane Chiefs and Victoria Royals are tied for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference with 66 points apiece. The teams will meet in 15 minutes at the Arena to break that tie. This is the second of four meetings between the…

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Gonzaga forward Elias Harris goes under Loyola Marymount forward Godwin Okonji. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Day after Loyola Marymount

LMU, overwhelmed in an 88-43 loss to Gonzaga in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, looked like a different team Saturday. The Lions battled throughout, but GU still claimed a 74-55 win. The day-after LMU links: S-R gamer, S-R photos, AP and Kitsap Sun. More below.

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Day after UCLA 

COUGARS FROM LOS ANGELES -- Washington State lost its ninth game in 11 tries last night. We have to fly back to Spokane this morning, but first have some links to last night's coverage. Read on.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013

Whittingham steps up to ignite Chiefs

Riley Whittingham had his first two-goal night as a member of the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday during a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Americans at the Arena. The Chiefs led 2-0 after two periods, both goals courtesy of Whittingham. The night started with the Chiefs…

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