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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

Former Bruin heading to WSU?

The news that former Bruin Aaron Porter appears to be transferring to Washington State has been out for awhile but I'm just now getting to it after helping out with some preps coverage elsewhere. But in case you missed it this afternoon, WazzuWatch's Britton Ransford…

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

Shock hold off Thunder, 58-48

Spokane got back into the win column on Friday, holding off Portland 58-48 at the Arena. The victory ended Spokane's three-game losing skid. The Shock improved to 6-5 while Portland slipped to 3-8. My unedited game story is below.

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Retooled Shock take on Thunder

The Shock made a number of roster moves this week, several of which should be on display tonight when Portland visits the Arena. Here's my game preview and the view from Portland. Crazy as it sounds, if Arizona (10-0) beats San Jose (7-3) on Saturday…

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014


Cougars have a prime time game on ESPN

The @wsucougfb game at Nevada on Sept. 5 is officially set to be broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. #GoCougs — WSU Cougars (@WSUCougars) May 28, 2014 Washington State's football game at Nevada on Friday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. will be televised on ESPN.…

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Meikle leaving Gonzaga

Luke Meikle, who rarely saw the court as a freshman, won't return for his sophomore season. Gonzaga announced on Tuesday that Meikle has been granted his release to pursue other opportunities. The 6-9, 203-pound forward from Tacoma's Bellarmine Prep logged just 60 minutes in 15…

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Wayne Phipps to lead WSU track and field 

Wayne Phipps will take over as the director of the cross country and track and field programs at Washington State. He comes to WSU after 19 years of coaching at Idaho, including four years as the director of cross country and track and field. He…

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A normal day – as it should be 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I don't know about you, but we spent the holiday enjoying a quiet, relaxing day. You know, mowing the lawn, weeding, barbecuing, listening to the M's win, reading, playing with the dogs, watching the Heat, eating ice cream, taking in a…

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MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Where did everybody go? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Ever been around Spokane on Memorial Day weekend? I'm guessing not. Because there is nobody here. Driving around town yesterday I was struck again on how this place empties out on the first unofficial weekend of summer. Read on.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

Idaho O-line coach Carvin leaves staff

For the fifth consecutive season, the Idaho football team will have a new offensive line coach this fall. Jon Carvin, who held the post last season in Paul Petrino's first year as head coach, has left the program, the school confirmed on Saturday. He'll be…

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One injury can change an entire season

A GRIP ON SPORTS That was predictable. The difference between winning and losing in the Arena Football League is as thin as an X-ray. In the Spokane Shock's case, the X-ray of Erik Meyer's shoulder. Since Meyer, the best quarterback in the league, went down…

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Shock drops third straight

Spokane did many of the same things Friday its been doing the last three games -- and that's proven to be an unsuccessful formula. Spokane dropped its third straight game, the latest a 52-34 loss to visiting San Jose. The Shock cut down their turnovers…

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Three WSU football players no longer on the roster

I have confirmed that safety Markell Sanders and defensive linemen Emmitt Su'a-Kalio and Gerald Sterling are no longer members of the Washington State football team. Their absence on the roster was first noted by Britton Ransford of Coach Mike Leach and the athletic department…

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DaVonte Lacy heads back to China

Washington State senior guard DaVonte Lacy has been chosen to participate as one of 13 Pac-12 men's basketball players who will play in a four-game All-Star tour of China this summer. The tour is part of the conference's Globalization Initiative, which aims to market the…

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

Big one for Shock, San Jose

Spokane will try to get back in the win column when San Jose visits on Friday. Brian Zbydniewski is expected to become Spokane's fourth different starting quarterback in the last four games. No. 1 quarterback Erik Meyer was injured in the first half against L.A.…

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