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MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2014

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

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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