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FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013


Zags await practice opener

Gonzaga and area D-I schools can begin practicing as early as today (Saturday in GU's case) so we put together a short preview for Friday's S-R. Under a new NCAA rule, teams have 42 days before their season opener to conduct 30 practices. Teams can...

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Roundup of Idaho football, hoops news

For just the second time this season, the Idaho football team is at home -- for homecoming, no less. It plays host Temple on Saturday (2 p.m., SWX), and the Vandals and Owls will kick off about the time the Idaho basketball team ends its...

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Care to make it three in-a-row? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For consecutive days we've had pretty spirited discussions here. The first was on my misbegotten thoughts – to some – concerning the women's basketball tournament. The second was about the best detective shows of the 1970s. Talk about eclectic. Read on.

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Friday links from Pullman 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We're off to Seattle in a few hours -- both for Saturday's game and for the foreseeable future -- but not before putting together a few links while we wait for the movers to arrive. Let's get to it.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013



Eastern and Big Sky links

GameDay and Lee Corso won't be there, but Saturday's Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State game is plenty big. Here's my preview, along with a story and a look back to last year's playoff game from the Huntsville (Texas) Item. Want more links? Here's the preview from...

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Practice notes and Thursday links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Volleyball duties pushed our schedule back last night, which means that instead of posting our practice notes late at night when nobody is going to read them, we saved them for this bonus-filled morning post. Because, well, sometimes we have good...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2013

Aviani scores four times as Chiefs romp again

The Western Hockey League season couldn't have started any better for the Spokane Chiefs, who are 3-0-0-0 after Wednesday night's 6-1 victory at Victoria, British Columbia. Spokane defeated Tri-City 6-2 to open the season on Saturday and posted an identical score during Tuesday's win at...

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Eastern and Big Sky links

So how is the new group of Eastern Washington receivers faring this fall? Just fine, thanks in part to the leadership of senior captain Ashton Clark. Here's my profile of Clark, the Eagles' leading receiver this season. I'm working on a few other pieces before...

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Practice notes and Thursday links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Volleyball duties pushed our schedule back last night, which means that instead of posting our practice notes late at night when nobody is going to read them, we saved them for this bonus-filled morning post. Because, well, sometimes we have good...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Chiefs improve to 2-0 with second rout

Sometimes repetition can make people feel as if they're in a rut. But the Spokane Chiefs' brand of repetition for the young 2013-14 Western Hockey League season is anything but oppressive -- unless the view is from Spokane's opponent. The Chiefs registered their second consecutive...

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We switch gears this morning 11 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Mondays are usually the quietest days of the week, at least in the area sports scene. Oh sure, there is the occasional Monday Night Football game in CenturyLink that has some drama (see Packers vs. Seahawks, circa 2102) but other than...

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Eastern and Big Sky links

The Eastern football players are back with a vengeance - but they're not calling it that. According to head coach Beau Baldwin, it's only human nature - not revenge - to want a little payback against Sam Houston State. Here's my report from Monday's practice...

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WSU back to practice on a Tuesday

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Preparation for Stanford begins for Washington State later this afternoon. Well, it probably began yesterday on a handful of iPads -- that's how players watch film these days -- but the Cougars return to the practice field at 3:30 p.m. after...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013



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