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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr., left, and Devonte Lacy scramble for the ball at McCarthey Athletic Center. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bell receives medical clearance

Gonzaga's roster is complete again with the return of guard Gary Bell Jr. It's been a while since the Zags have had their entire roster available. Bell, who broke his right hand on Dec. 28, was out for nearly four weeks and he missed six…

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WSU recruiting Q&A part 1

​With signing day fast approaching, college football coaches are scrambling to fill out their 2014 recruiting classes. While these last couple weeks can be a whirlwind of activity, Washington State has received verbal pledges from a number of recruits, and only have a few spots…

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Nightmares are part of the game 

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you've read this column for any length of time – and we are in our third year here – you know there are only two things I root for when covering a football game: A quick contest and that no…

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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- Well, Deone Bucannon sure is making quite the impression. He's in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl and is meeting with NFL teams. The All-American safety from Washington State surprised scouts with his size when he showed up, but has still managed…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Idaho's Dean doubtful for Thursday

Idaho has just one game this week (Thursday at Grand Canyon) and one game next week (vs. Seattle on Feb. 1). It's a good thing, too. The Vandals are banged up. Starting point guard Glen Dean missed the Vandals' last two games with a sprained…

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Bell nearing return

Media day earlier this afternoon and Gary Bell Jr.'s status for this week's games was the first item in my notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Bell, who broke his right hand Dec. 28, hopes to play against San Diego on Thursday and BYU…

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NFL teams meeting with Deone Bucannon

Thought Deone Bucannon displayed best press technique & jam in one on ones, which surprised considering he's a safety. — Alex Brown (@OS_AlexBrown) January 21, 2014 Deone Bucannon's career as a Washington State football player may be over, but his professional journey is just beginning.…

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Lacy on the road to recovery

From Pullman -- Washington State men's basketball coach Ken Bone provided an update on injured player DaVonte Lacy during Tuesday's teleconference. Lacy, WSU's leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, has been out since the ASU game with a rib injury. Doctors told him at…

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Is it baseball season yet? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's pretty simple to figure out the main topic of discussion the next two weeks. Spring training. No, just kidding, though the annual rite – and all the promise that comes with it – is not too far away. Nope, we're…

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Tuesday morning Pac-12 links 

From Pullman -- It's the start of another week in Pac-12 basketball, and we took a look at how the conference is shaping up in our power rankings ... With just a couple weeks to go until football recruits sign their letters of intent things…

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MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2014

Pac-12 basketball power rankings

From Pullman -- The first third of the Pac-12 basketball season is over and the conference is starting to take shape. The Pac-12 has four teams that comprise the first tier, with a noticeable drop off in talent among the remaining squads. Some teams have…

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Gonzaga’s Sam Dower, right, puts up a shot over Pepperdine’s Stacy Davis in second half. (Associated Press)

Dower named WCC player of the week 

Senior forward Sam Dower Jr., who had 46 points and 22 rebounds in Gonzaga’s two road wins and became the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, was named WCC player of the week. Dower, nearing full strength after suffering a lower…

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Seahawks are Super Bowl-bound – again 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The second trip to the Super Bowl ever. A hard-fought, down-to-the-wire NFC Championship game with a couple of major injuries and enough highlights to overload SportsCenter for weeks. And all anyone wants to talk about afterward is a minute-long interview? Really?…

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Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- Well, at least the Seahawks won. It's small consolation on a day that the Washington State women's basketball team suffered its first conference loss, falling in the final seconds to Utah. Even worse, it was the Utes' first Pac-12 win. Still, it's…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

This is even bigger than St. Nick

A GRIP ON SPORTS Can you believe it? It's finally here. No, not Christmas. That flew by last month with hardly a ripple in our household. I'm talking about today's NFC Championship. Heck, I think we bought more foodstuffs for this afternoon than we purchased…

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Sunday morning Pac-12 links 

From Berkeley -- The Washington State men's basketball team couldn't build on an impressive first half and fell to Cal on Saturday. On SportsLink we've got videos up of Ken Bone as well as players D.J. Shelton and Royce Woolridge. We've also got the box…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 18, 2014

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