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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014

WSU to play in 2015 Diamondhead Classic

ESPN Events released the field for the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Washington State, along with Auburn, BYU, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to compete in the tournament, which is hosted by Hawaii and runs from Dec. 22-25 at…

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Washington State guard Lia Galdeira (3) led the Cougars in scoring when they faced Stanford on March 2. (Associated Press)

Morning links: WSU women win again 

The Washington State women's basketball team is off to its best start in nearly 20 years. With yesterday's win the Cougars improved to 8-2 on the season, which is their best record through 10 games since 1995-96. After the jump we've got a couple more…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

Zags hold off Cal Poly

Gonzaga certainly didn't have its 'A' game, and probably not even its 'B' game, but still managed to win its fourth straight, a 63-50 victory over Cal Poly in front of 11,741 Saturday at KeyArena. Here's a link to my game story. Day-after post coming…

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Utah QB Travis Wilson has 7 TD passes and zero interceptions. (Associated Press)

Morning links: bowl season begins 

Bowl season begins today and the first team up from the Pac-12 is Utah. The Utes are two-point Las Vegas Bowl favorites over a Colorado State team Washington State fans will remember, even if they'd rather not. If you plan on watching Utah in the…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

Gonzaga, Cal Poly battle in Seattle

Gonzaga has put Finals Week in the rear-view and has one more task, Cal Poly in the 12th annual Battle in Seattle, before the players take a few days off prior to Christmas. Game time tonight is 7 at KeyArena. Here's my game preview.

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Shock open against 3-time champs

The AFL released the 2015 schedule and Spokane's first game will be on the road against three-time champion Arizona. The lid-lifter is Saturday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Pacific. Spokane has three matchups with Portland, San Jose, Las Vegas and Arizona during the 18-game regular…

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It's time to level the playing fields 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Want to perpetuate a two-tiered system in college sports, a system with haves and have-nots? Then just keep the rules the same. Want to promote more parity, lo level the playing field a bit? Then let's make some changes. Read on.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014

Ira Brown ( left ) and Josh Heytvelt (right ) combine to reject the shot of Jeremy Evans of Western Kentucky. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Global game for ex-Zags

My computer is off the DL and officially upgraded to day-to-day. Weird being without my computer for 24 hours but hoping it makes it through Saturday night and the Battle in Seattle. I caught up with former Zags' Ira Brown and Josh Heytvelt, now teammates…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

WSU says "Shalom" to Luani 

Introducing your newest WSU Coug, Shalom Luani! #GoCougs — WSUCougFootball (@wsucougfb) December 17, 2014 WSU added its second junior college signee on Wednesday afternoon when Shalom Luani sent in his letter of intent. More on Luani, after the jump. …

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Jeremiah Mitchell signs with WSU

Today is the first day that WSU can sign junior college football recruits, and Jeremiah Mitchell is the first to sign. Welcome to the WSU Coug Family, @Jus_Mitch99! #GoCougs — WSUCougFootball (@wsucougfb) December 17, 2014 More on the newest Cougar, after the jump. …

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Idaho adds 10 JUCO players during mid-year signing period 

Idaho football coach Paul Petrino announced the signing of 10 junior college football players during the mid-year National letter-of-intent day today. The class includes four defensive backs, three offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and a running back. Petrino expects many of them to contribute immediately.…

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Morning links: trading cleats for high-tops

On Sunday the Washington State basketball team will take the court against some football players. San Jose State has indefinitely suspended five players for violating a team rule. The benched players include the team's four leading scorers and since the suspensions are expected to last…

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Chiefs streak toward break

The Spokane Chiefs have followed a five-game winning streak with a five-game losing streak and three-game winning streak. They can make it four straight wins on Wednesday, their last game before the holiday break. Read story

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

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