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SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2014

Idaho loses another nail-biter

It hasn't been a fun holiday stretch for Idaho. Four straight losses. The last three at home by nine combined points. And each crowd at Cowan Spectrum progressively smaller than the last. Idaho fell 57-55 to Chicago State on Saturday night in front of 785…

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Zags thump Tigers for 4-0 WCC start

Gonzaga polished off a 4-0 home stand to open the WCC season with an 86-64 win over Pacific on Saturday. Kevin Pangos and Drew Barham each scored 16 points, David Stockton had 15 and Sam Dower Jr. added 13 for the Bulldogs (14-2, 4-0). My…

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Saturday morning Pac-12 links 

From Tempe -- The WSU women defended home court to open Pac-12 play with a win over No. 24/25 Arizona State. It was the second win over a ranked win for the Cougars (7-6, 1-0 Pac-12), who also beat No. 10 Nebraska earlier this season.…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

Zags wrap up busy week

Gonzaga's Mark Few said earlier this week that every game worries him as a coach. One could see why Saturday's matchup with Pacific would really worry Few. Pacific is a capable team stocked with seven seniors. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season…

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Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski blocks a shot attempt by Brad Waldow of Saint Mary's on Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley)

Day after Saint Mary's

In a twitter hurry last night, I had a typo that Gonzaga was leading Saint Mary's 238-20 late in the first half. (Well done by Gabe Ayers' swift re-tweet: "That really escalated quickly.") Turns out I wasn't too far off. It was a mind-boggling night…

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Friday morning Pac-12 links 

From Tempe -- Here's a travel tip for those of you who may want to fly south for the winter. If you're in Tucson at midnight and are thinking about driving to Tempe with a quarter tank of gas and a fuel cap that won't…

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WSU falls, hard, to No. 1 Arizona

From Tucson -- A perfect storm of injured players, anemic shooting, a hostile crowd and great defense combined as the Cougars had a historically bad offensive night. 25 points. Says it all, really. Still, WSU coach Ken Bone and the players requested by reporters came…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Karnowski, Zags thump Gaels

Przemek Karnowski's parents have been in Spokane for nearly two weeks over the holidays and they will see four of Przemek's games before leaving after Saturday's GU-Pacific contest. They've witnessed two of their son's best games as a Zag. Karnowski had 11 points and eight…

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WSU AD's son a freshman All-American

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has put together quite the biography. By revolutionizing college football marketing at Oregon he put the Ducks on a course for success that routinely has them playing in BCS bowls. His attempts to do the same at Washington State…

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links 

From Tempe -- Did you get a wink of sleep last night? Me neither. Not with Pac-12 basketball finally about to begin. We've got our conference power rankings and a look at how the conference has returned to the college basketball spotlight. The Cougars will…

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Zags gear up for Saint Mary's 

Gonzaga-Saint Mary's has been the WCC's best matchup for the better part of the last decade and early on in the 2013-14 conference season it appears nothing has changed. The rivals collide Thursday at the MAC with the winner remaining unbeaten in WCC play (LMU…

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Vandals start WAC basketball play

Here's a tricky New Year's Day question: Name at least half the schools that play basketball in the revamped WAC? OK, how about a three of the nine that are the lone holdovers from last season? That's not so hard -- Idaho, New Mexico State…

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Pac-12 basketball power rankings

The Pac-12 is asserting itself as one of the better basketball conferences in the country. After five years as a mid-majors in wolfs' clothing, the Conference of Champions has finally replenished the exodus of talent that left in the 2007 and 2008 NBA drafts. It's…

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It never seems to rain on this day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's another New Year's Day. Another Rose Bowl game. And, I'm sure, another perfect afternoon in Pasadena. Before the week is done, another 10,000 folks from the Midwest will make plans to move to Southern California. Read on.

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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links 

From Pullman -- Boston College running back Andre Williams beat out Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Washington's Bishop Sankey for the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back. How staunch, how breach-less, then, the Arizona run defense must have been to hold the…

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