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SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 2006

WSU at UCLA: Pregame Part I

COUGARSSo I'm not in sunny Southern California. Like you, I'm in sunny Spokane.It's too nice a day to be inside watching football. Outside, yes, but in front of the TV, why?Well I'm getting paid for it - as long as you have your computer on.The…

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Rivalry games make it tough to advance

PREPSNo one should ever want a postseason berth to hang on a rivalry game. There's just too much emotion on both sides.Such was the case last night in the Valley, where Central Valley stopped U-Hi 20-17 and ensured a postseason berth for Lewis and Clark.If…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2006

Huard may not play this week

SEAHAWKSInjury news, good for a Hawk fan for once: The Chiefs may have a rookie quarterback Sunday. Damon Huard, who is filling in for an injured Trent Green, suffered a groin injury Thursday (to go with a bad hamstring) and may not be able to…

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Thanks goodness Arizona has a bye

COLLEGE FOOTBALLIt's time for my Pac-10 picks.They should be better this week, if only because Arizona has a bye and I won't be picking the Wildcats to win (bye is favored by 2 ½ points – but, even if the Cats were to lose, Jim…

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What's with the Chiefs' five-game losing streak?

CHIEFS UPDATED: 12:05 P.M.With Seattle coming to town tonight (7 p.m.; 790-AM), Jeff Bunch took the time to analyze the Chiefs' five-game losing streak.Jeff's statistic-filled analysis highlights the team's major problems (penalties) and a strength you might not have know it has (rookie goalkeeper Dustin…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2006

Seattle makes change in defensive backfield

SEAHAWKSIt doesn't have the same cachet as Bledsoe and Romo, but the Hawks have their changing of the guard (actually safety).Michael Boulware (on the ground at right; Associated Press photo) is out of the starting lineup at strong safety, replaced by Jordan Babineaux. And there…

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Morrison's fantasy stock still on a rollercoaster

MORRISON WATCH UPDATED: 2:25 P.M.As I predicted here earlier, the up-and-down Adam Morrison fantasy advice just keeps on coming. This fantasy column is part of the down advice, calling Morrison one-dimensional. If that one dimension is 20-point-a-game, that would seem to be OK with…

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Stuckey on Wooden Award preseason list

EAGLES, VANDALSEastern's Rodney Stuckey (right; Associated Press photo) has already earned some impressive honors in his one season playing for the Eagles. But being named one of the 50 preseason finalists on the Wooden Award list may be the most prestigious.Stuckey is one of eight…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2006

Where would you like to spend the holidays?

COLLEGE FOOTBALLThe Cougars are just one win away from becoming eligible for a bowl game. And being that the Pac-10 is locked into more bowls than your Tupperware salesperson, one more win will almost assuredly ensure them a trip somewhere.And where would you like that…

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Sun Devils are back - finally

HUSKIESThe Arizona State Sun Devils will be playing at Husky Stadium on Saturday (4 p.m.; FSN) for the first time since, well in this millennium.The Devils last played in Seattle in 1999 under then-coach Bruce Snyder. But, thanks to the Pac-10's strange scheduling (see: Oregon…

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Larsen film a fan's delight

BASEBALLIf you are a baseball fan, you have to check this link from USA Today.It's Duke Snider batting against Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, from the only known film of the TV broadcast (see this story about the collector).The film is worth spending…

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WSU defensive change adds up to success

COUGARS UPDATED: 2:45 P.M.The Cougar D is, to paraphrase our best wordsmith, John Blanchette, receiving nothing but A's this season thanks to being more flexible at math.The defense is playing a 3-4 front more than ever in the Bill Doba defensive-era, and it's paying off…

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Morrison's role might be evolving

MORRISON WATCHThe Charlotte Bobcats finally got an exhibition win and Adam Morrison may have a new role.The Bobcats defeated the Pacers 101-89 Tuesday night in Columbia, S.C.Morrison came off the bench to hit 5 of 14 shots from the field and all six free throws…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 2006

Standing up for your old school

MORRISON WATCHAdam Morrison is going to change the world one basketball fan at a time. At least how they pronounce Gonzaga.According to this little notes column from the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, Morrison is trying to get the Bobcat fans to pronounce Gon-zag-a the way…

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The Wallace rush is on

SEAHAWKSWhen the news about Matt Hasselbeck came out yesterday, it became obvious the Seahawks would have Seneca Wallace under center for at least the next three games.Which set off a flood (of stories) in Seattle.The Seattle Times' ran an internet poll - the winner this…

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Thunderbirds lose a key player

WHL, CHIEFSSeattle is trying to recover from the decision by 20-year-old Kyle Pess to leave the team last week.As this Everett Herald WHL notebook explains, Pess' decision leaves the Thunderbirds empty from a trade they made last year.The Portland Winter Hawks did something Sunday the…

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Injuries take a bite out of WSU defense

COUGARSThe injury bug has bitten, and bitten hard. It's worse than that wolf spider that scurried across the basement floor last night.At least for WSU.Glenn Kasses goes down the list of injured Cougars in a story in today's paper and on his blog (there's a…

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MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2006

What is at the core of a good rivalry?

FROM THE PAPERIf you had the chance to read my column in Tuesday's Spokesman-Review concerning the nature of rivalries, thanks for keeping me employed.If you didn't, here's a link to it. But, hey, it's only 50 cents.Anyhow, what's your feeling about rivalries? Where do they…

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The mess in Seattle

SEAHAWKSIs this the Sunday we'll look back at and figure it's when it all fell apart?Will we moan about the low hit that cost the Hawks their quarterback? Or the 95-yard run as the beginning of the end of the defense's dominance?Only time will let…

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Looking toward the postseason

PREPSThe football playoffs are on the mind of fans, coaches and sportswriters right now.Mike Vlahovich covers the football postseason, but goes beyond it as well in his piece in today's Spokesman-Review, with soccer, volleyball and cross country state playoffs beginning as early as today.Some of…

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