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SATURDAY, JAN. 18, 2014

Bulldogs hold off LMU, 82-72 

Good evening from Los Angeles. Haven't seen a cloud in three days but I did witness two interesting basketball games. GU worked over Pepperdine on Thursday, but Saturday wasn't as easy against a short-handed Loyola Marymount squad. The Zags had to work from start to…

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Hobbled Vandals host Bakersfield

After six losses in their last seven games -- four of them to conference opponents -- the Idaho Vandals find themselves in last place in the WAC heading into tonight's tilt with Cal State Bakersfield (7 p.m., Cowan Spectrum). Idaho is 7-12 and 1-4 in…

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Saturday morning Pac-12 links 

From Berkeley -- Sometimes a loss serves as a big enough wakeup call. Sometimes an extra intense practice full of shouting and punitive conditioning isn't the best motivational tool at a coach's disposal. Washington State's men's basketball coaches are subscribing to that philosophy, and had…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

Bobby Ratliff leaves WSU 

Washington State wide receiver posted on his Instagram account that he is done playing football today. Ratliff, who would have been a redshirt senior this upcoming fall, posted: Football has been everything and the only thing to me for the last 14 years. But with…

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Day after Pepperdine 

It wasn’t too long ago that Gonzaga’s offense was drawing national attention (from ESPN's Jay Bilas and others) and ranked highly in several statistical categories. That hasn't changed, but the offense has taken a backseat to the defense, which has emerged as the main reason…

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Friday morning Pac-12 links 

From Berkley -- Though the Cougars rested, it was elsewhere an eventful day in Pac-12 hoops. Colorado's struggled to deal with its recent rash of injuries in a 69-56 loss to UCLA ... Utah's offense returned to form in an 84-66 win over USC ...…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Zags return to form in easy win

This one looked a lot more like Gonzaga's four-game home stand than Gonzaga's lackluster performance at Portland. The Bulldogs rebounded from last week's loss to Portland by blowing out Pepperdine 70-53 on Thursday. Sam Dower Jr. led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds,…

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The day after Stanford

From Palo Alto -- Que Johnson tied his career high with 21 points last night, and has scored 14 or more points in five of WSU's last seven games. Royce Woolridge also had a strong first half. Thus ends the good news following Washington State's…

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Time is winding down 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Tick. Tick. Tick. That's a non-digital clock marking the seconds until Sunday's NFC title game in Seattle. It also may be counting down some other things as well. Read on.

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links 

From Palo Alto -- You take two steps forward, one step back. Such describes Washington State's past three men's basketball games. After a couple of good outings last week, the Cougars struggled mightily against the Cardinal. On the blog we've got video of Royce Woolridge,…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

Michaelson makes seamless transition

Brian Michaelson arrived at Gonzaga as a walk-on in 2001-02, then rejoined the program in 2008 as an administrative assistant. A few years later he became assistant director of basketball operations. In July, Michaelson was promoted to assistant coach, replacing Ray Giacoletti, who took the…

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Shock ownership changes hands

Back with more on the sale of the Spokane Shock to an ownership group led by Seattle businessman Nader Naini. Here's my updated article. The obvious question on the minds of many Shock followers is whether the team will stay in Spokane. I asked that…

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