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FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2014

Chiefs can't crack Winterhawks

It's become automatic in the last year: If the Spokane Chiefs are playing the Portland Winterhawks, the Chiefs aren't going to exit the building with a win. Friday was more of the same, a 6-0 Portland win in the Rose City that marked the Winterhawks'…

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Shadle's George Pilimai is sandwiched between defenders Matt Belles (20) and Jared Christy of Ferris during the first half of a boy's high school basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Shadle Park High School. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Ferris vs. Shadle Park

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Ferris' victory over Shadle park, 54-46, in the high school boy's basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Shadle Park High School. Check out his big picture gallery.

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Not all that much longer now 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Second by second, it's getting closer. Thank goodness. If we have to read another story on how great Peyton Manning and the Denver offense is, or how stout Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense is, we may just explode like the…

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Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- There is a new coach on the Palouse, his name is Steve Nugent and he's taking over the Washington State soccer program ... The Pac-12 is full of talented freshmen in men's basketball, and we take a look at some of the…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) takes a shot as Santa Clara Broncos Katie Hawkins (10) and Santa Clara Broncos Vanessa Leo (45) right, defend during the first half of a women's WCC college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga vs Santa Clara

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Gonzaga's victory over Santa Clara, 89-37, in the women's college basketball game, Thursday, January 30th 2014, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Check out his big picture gallery.

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Steve Nugent named WSU head soccer coach

From Pullman -- Washington State announced on Thursday that Steve Nugent will take over as the Cougars new head coach, following the departure of Keidane McAlpine in December. Nugent becomes the sixth head coach in the program's history and has spent the last three seasons…

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A look at the Pac-12's top freshmen 

From Pullman -- Arizona's Aaron Gordon entered college with considerably more hype than any other first-year player and as the presumptive favorite for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. But does he really mean more to his team than UCLA's Zach LaVine or Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss?…

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Day after Santa Clara

Slow-starting this morning, a little like last night's Gonz ... Wait, that's too predicable. Let's just get right to Wednesday's game that Gonzaga won, lost and won again on Sam Dower Jr.'s clutch 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. The final count of 54-52 gives an…

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links 

From Pullman -- It's Thursday and that means its time for our weekly 4 Corners look at Washington State's upcoming game and notebook of the local college basketball teams. We've even got a blog post examining why one WSU starter doesn't seem to be getting…

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It couldn't get much sweeter for Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs have had some exciting wins among their 31 victories this Western Hockey League season, but Wednesday's has to rank as the grandest, most thrilling of all. Spokane's odds of winning were astronomical after the Chiefs fell behind 5-2 after two periods. First,…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, 2014

Dower's 3 lifts Gonzaga past Broncos

Sam Dower Jr. hasn't shot too many 3s this season, but the big man has range. He showed it again Wednesday night, at the most opportune time. Dower canned a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to carry Gonzaga past Santa Clara 54-52. More on Dower's…

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Railey's low minutes due to lack of offense 

From Pullman -- Washington State center Jordan Railey has been a mainstay in the Cougars’ starting lineup, handling the opening tipoff in 18 of the team’s 20 games. But while getting on the court has been a given for the 7-footer, staying there has been…

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Chiefs ready for No. 1 Rockets

The Spokane Chiefs will play the Kelowna Rockets in a little more than 2 hours at Kelowna. The Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday that Kelowna is still the No. 1 team in its Top 10 rankings. Portland and Edmonton are the other Western Hockey League…

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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links 

From Pullman -- The Washington State Cougars could really use a win on Saturday, both for team morale and to keep fans interested. With that in mind, it would perfect game for WSU to regain the services of leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Yesterday coach Ken…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014

Holmberg back on track for Chiefs

The last 2 1/2 weeks have been a challenge for Spokane Chiefs offensive leader Mitch Holmberg. The Western Hockey League's leader in goals scored and assists had been held to one goal (last Friday against Moose Jaw) and one assist (Jan. 11 against Seattle) in…

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Stephen Madison poured in 26 points to pace Idaho on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Stat-stuffing year for Idaho's Madison

Idaho's Stephen Madison has improved in each of his four years in Moscow. That seems like a fair summary of a fine career for the 6-foot-6 small forward out of Jefferson High in Portland, and it's something that coach Don Verlin appreciates. "I couldn't be…

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Gonzaga Prep's Hannah Caudill looks to the basket during the first half of a GSL girls basketball game, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, at Gonzaga Prep. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga Prep vs. Mead

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Gonzaga Prep's victory over Mead, 68-41, in the high school girls basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Gonzaga Prep. Check out the big picture gallery of his photos!

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Zags opens WCC second half at SCU

Gonzaga begins the second half of the WCC season on the road, and that will be a familiar theme until the end of the regular season. GU has held serve at home with a 6-0 mark in conference games. BYU (3-0) is the only other…

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Washington State guard DaVonte Lacy leads the Cougars in scoring average at 20.3 points per game. (Associated Press)

Lacy trying to return for UW game

From Pullman – With a home game against the Huskies, Beasley Coliseum should finally fill up on Saturday. The Cougars are hoping that extra energy in the gym can give them a boost against their rivals. But not nearly as big a boost as the…

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Gerard Coleman knows he has to fight for his minutes as players return to health on a deep Bulldogs team. (Dan Pelle)

Zags still not quite whole

If it's not one thing it's another. For Gonzaga, the roster is close to being whole again but a nasty flu bug keeps popping up, even as the team's injury list shrinks. Here's more on the health picture and how it will factor into playing…

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