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MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

Leach lands seventh commit 

Adam Gorney reported on Twitter that Darrien Molton, a cornerback from Temecula, California has decided to play football at Washington State. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback plays for Chapparal High. rates him as a three-star cornerback and he claims scholarship offers from California, Colorado, Duke…

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Monday fast forward: Utah

Monday fast forward: Utah In Mike Leach's two full seasons as the Washington State football coach, no Pac-12 opponent has been as consistently memorable as Utah. In Leach's first season the Cougars were embarrassed 49-6 in Rice-Eccles Stadium, the sixth loss in an eventual eight-game…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

McClellan transferring to GU

Gonzaga has added another key transfer. Vanderbilt's Eric McClellan announced Sunday that he'll transfer to Gonzaga after he finishes up three classes this summer. Byron Wesley, a three-year standout at USC, announced last month that he'll join the Zags for the upcoming season. McClellan will…

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Spokane takes down L.A. again

Spokane thumped L.A. 64-46 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth. The Shock (8-7) advanced to the AFL playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Erik Meyer tossed six touchdown passes, rushed for another and pounced on a Rory Nixon fumble in the end…

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Twenty-five years of memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014



Boise cools off sizzling Spokane

Until Wednesday night, every Spokane Indians game at Avista Stadium this Northwest League season had the same outcome: an Indians victory. Eight games, eight wins. The last four wins came against the Boise Hawks, whose losing streak had reached seven after Tuesday's setback. But Boise…

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Kent lands first 2015 recruit

Well. I've committed to play for the cougars. #Wazzu — Jeff Pollard (@jpollard43) June 26, 2014 Ernie Kent has yet to coach a basketball game for Washington State but he's already made headway among recruits who won't be on campus until the season after next,…

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Williams back in the game

I went into the way-back machine yesterday for a profile on 2006 Shock coach Chris Siegfried. I left that door open for today's feature on Jimmy Williams, who had an interception last week in his first game action since 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons. Not…

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Hey, the M's won again

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are mornings when I sit at the computer and know exactly what I'm going to write about. And there are mornings when I don't. Read on and then guess what type of day this was.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Indians show no signs of slowing down

There's almost a feel in the air at Avista Stadium that the Spokane Indians are going to find a way to win. After Tuesday night's 7-3 win over Boise, the Indians are 8-0 at home and 10-1 overall to start the Northwest League season. Five…

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota can get an early start on the 2014 Heisman Trophy race with a good performance in the Alamo Bowl. (Associated Press)

Fast forward: Oregon 

​(Our series previewing the 2014 WSU football schedule continues with Oregon) A game against Oregon, the fastest, most efficient bully in college football, can quickly get out of hand. Washington State learned that last year when a commendable 34-24 halftime deficit turned into a 24-point…

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Chris Siegfried has the top-ranked Spokane Shock pointed in the right direction after wondering if his coaching days might be finished. 
 (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Siegried leaves coaching carousel

I caught up with Chris Siegfried, who coached Spokane to the 2006 arenafootball2 championship in the franchise's inaugural season, last week and the result was this Then & Now feature that ran in today's S-R. He's moved on from coaching after a couple of rough…

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Potent offense keeps Indians rolling

The hits started in the first inning and kept piling up. The Spokane Indians accounted for a season-high 15 hits Monday while improving their record to 9-1 with a 12-6 win over Boise in Northwest League play at Avista Stadium. Spokane had four hits, all…

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

The U.S. was oh so close 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Never in the history of athletics – now that's a loaded statement – has a team's fans been more deflated by a game their team didn't lose. At least it seemed that way last night. Read on.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Indians' start one for record books

You can tell these are heady days for the Spokane Indians when stories written about them contain references to events that occurred before World War II. By defeating Boise 6-2 on Sunday, the Indians (8-1) matched the 1937 Hawks for the best nine-game start in…

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Cougars add a late piece 

"Do not pay attention to recruiting, for that way madness lies." Williams Shakespeare spoke those words, or ought to have, anyways, because the twists and turns involved with populating a college football roster are enough to drive Poor Tom sane. Britton Ransford of reported…

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Indians improve to 7-1 with comeback

The Spokane Indians have been in control of many of their games during the early stages of the Northwest League season. Saturday night's game at Avista Stadium was different, as the Indians had to score twice in the bottom of the eight inning to dispatch…

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You can never look back 

A GRIP ON SPORTS This is it. Summer has officially begun. It happened early this morning, so early even I was asleep. But we are now in the hot-day-at-the-beach mode, so enjoy. To celebrate, we'll be talking baseball today and weaving in Don Henley lyrics.…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Shock roll past Talons, 70-30

It seemed like old times for the Spokane Shock. Erik Meyer was back at quarterback, the defense continued its strong play and the end result was a 70-30 dismantling of San Antonio on Friday at the Arena. Meyer was sidelined for five games with a…

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