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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

Islanders won't sign Chiefs' Kichton

The New York Islanders have opted not to offer a contract to defenseman Brenden Kichton, their fifth-round selection in the 2011 NHL draft. Kichton, the Spokane Chiefs' captain during the 2012-13 season, won the Western Hockey League's defenseman of the year award this year. He…

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Another commitment for Cougars

COUGARS Make it five known commitments for Washington State in the class of 2014, as multiple outlets reported Thursday that Keith Harrington, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound prospect from St. Petersburg. Fla., has committed to play football at WSU. As Braulio Perez notes in this story, Harrington…

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Vandals add two defensive assistants

Eric Brown and Bam Hardmon have joined Paul Petrino's staff at Idaho, replacing two former Vandals who left after spring practice ended. Brown will be linebackers coach (a position held by Mike Anderson) and Hardmon will be defensive line coach (formerly Patrick Libey's post). Brown…

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Rowan pulling double duty

Taylor Rowan was a popular member of the 2010-11 Spokane Shock teams. Now, the kicker is back playing for his hometown team. Rowan makes Spokane his home year round and he holds down a full-time job with an engineering company owned by his father-in-law. Rowan…

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Three WSU game times announced

COUGARS The Pac-12 released its early television schedule today, and with it, three kickoff times for Washington State games this season. They are: -- 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at USC (FOX Sports 1) -- 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Arizona State…

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No charges in Mansel Simmons case

COUGARS Whitman County prosecutor Denis Tracy has declined to file charges against Idaho receiver Roman Runner or Washington State receiver Mansel Simmons for their role in a March 24 altercation in Pullman. Pullman Police concluded their investigation into the matter last week and recommended a…

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A few flakes among all the mud

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometimes I have this vision of myself as a gold miner in California, circa 1850. A crusty old guy with a filthy hat, overalls, a bad limp and a pie plate from Marie Calendar's. Bent over the waters of the Internet,…

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WSU picks up another commitment 

COUGARS Washington State picked up its fourth known verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, as multiple outlets reported that receiver Zaire Andre of Inglewood, Calif., has said he will play for the Cougars. Here's a story about Andre's commitment from, and his bio…

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

Mansel Simmons discusses his recovery

COUGARS Just a quick post this morning to point you to our long feature on former WSU receiver Mansel Simmons, who is making strides in his recovery from a facial fracture and severe concussion. Simmons gave his first interview last week since announcing his retirement…

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A day to remember 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Of all the holidays we celebrate each year, this is the one where the words "happy" or "merry" just don't fit as an adjective. Memorial Day is just that, a day for memories. Memories of those who gave their last full…

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

So it doesn't matter who caught the ball? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS An unimportant play in a completely forgettable season. That's what traditionalists – or apologists – might say about another obviously blown call in the Mariners' loss to the Texas Rangers. But there is another view, even if baseball may have trouble…

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

Shock pick up another road win

Spokane got it done on the road again, holding off San Antonio 61-48 on Friday night. The victory moves Spokane to 5-1 on the road and 7-3 overall entering a two-game home stand. Erik Meyer had seven touchdown passes and two TD runs. Adron Tennell…

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Rodgers explains decision to leave WSU 

COUGARS The feeling started last season, Jake Rodgers said, and only got worse as the offseason progressed. The former Washington State offensive lineman just wasn’t having fun anymore. “It wasn’t working out for me,” Rodgers said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I wasn’t enjoying myself…

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All atwitter about Urlacher

A GRIP ON SPORTS Social media is an interesting beast. Sometimes it can bear sharp teeth, ripping into, say, Sergio Garcia, after his ill-advised comments about Tiger Woods and a dinner entrée. And other times it can be a beauty, as it was yesterday when…

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Charges recommended in Mansel Simmons case 

COUGARS Pullman Police announced in a press release Wednesday that charges will be recommended against Idaho receiver Roman Runner and former Washington State receiver Mansel Simmons for their involvement in an altercation in the early hours of March 24. PPD recommends a second-degree felony assault…

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A weather guarantee

A GRIP ON SPORTS Want to know when it is going to rain? Just check with me. If I've scheduled a golf outing, it will rain. Been perfect 100 percent of the time this spring. I'm beginning to think the big guy upstairs doesn't like…

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TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Jake Rodgers leaves WSU 

COUGARS An offensive lineman has left Washington State’s football team. The school confirmed that Jake Rodgers, a fourth-year junior who attended Shadle Park High School in Spokane, has chosen not to play for the Cougars next season. His transfer destination has yet to be confirmed.…

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Just catch the dang ball

A GRIP ON SPORTS Three-run home runs are cool, sure, and oftentimes can be crucial to winning a baseball game. But catching a short flip from the first baseman very well may be more important. Read on.

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MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

Police: Mayes traffic accident 'relatively minor'

COUGARS Washington State linebacker/defensive end Logan Mayes was cited Thursday for hit and run, though Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant described the alleged traffic accident as "relatively minor." Tennant said an eyewitness called the police after seeing Mayes back his vehicle into another car in…

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An unexpected day in Cleveland 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Things you would expect to see in Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the house where they filmed "A Christmas Story," LeBron James haters. Things you wouldn't expect to see in Cleveland: a first-place baseball team, Kevin Costner, Felix…

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