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SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015

Gonzaga center Shelby Cheslek (44), Gonzaga guard Emma Stach (42) and Gonzaga guard Keani Albanez  celebrate a LMU turnover in the second half of the WCC tournament quarterfinal on Friday in Las Vegas (Colin Mulvany)

Zags open with USF; women thump LMU

Good morning from Las Vegas. Third day here, still haven't seen a cloud. Pulling double duty as always at the WCC tournaments. Gonzaga's women put together a big second half, thanks to a nice lift from its bench, to eliminate No. 8 LMU 70-50. Game...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015








Major league home run leader Nelson Cruz, who hit 40 for Baltimore in 2014, has signed to a four-year deal with Seattle. (Associated Press)

Cruz's power carries hope ... and trepidation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This time of year it's easy to look out the back window and see plants beginning to bloom. It's an annual symbol of rebirth, of hope. Personally, it doesn't compare in the hope category to watching Nelson Cruz launch a hanging breaking-ball about 400 feet down the left-field line. Read on.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015




Junior guard Shaye Swannack, left, and her freshman sister Sienna combined to average 15 points per game for the 22-1 Lakeside Eagles. (Colin Mulvany)

The final weekend of high school hoop is upon us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are quite a few subjects we could explore this morning, everything from NFL free agency to the M's to fixing college basketball – as if it needs it. But instead we make our once-a-year plea to have you support the State high school basketball tournaments. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015





Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos is a four-time All-WCC first-teamer. (Tyler Tjomsland)

What college hoops needs is a few more awards 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did you agree with all the Academy Awards, or did you like "American Sniper" more than "Birdman?" How about all the Grammys and Emmys? If you answered no (and even if you answered yes), then you may be happy with our column topic today: college basketball awards. Read on.

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Chiefs put past behind them

Despite a five-week stretch, mostly in January, in which they lost 11 of 14 games, the Spokane Chiefs have reached the 62-game mark of their Western Hockey League schedule with as many wins (31) as regulation, overtime and shootout losses (31). Read story

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