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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2006

Finally getting over the speed bumps

COUGARS UPDATED 9:15 A.M.; 10:25 A.M.The last name is appropriate.Washington State's Michael Bumpus (Spokesman-Review file photo) has endured a few bumps over the years in Pullman, but, as last week's performance in the USC loss shows, he may have risen over them.Glenn Kasses' chronicles Bumpus'…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2006

One-on-one and nearly perfect

BASEBALL PLAYOFFSI'm sorry, but you can take your left tackle trying to handle a speed rusher on the outside, or your shutdown corner locked on the receiver, or your quick guard taking the ball to the rim against a polished shot blocker, or your veteran…

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Not many like the NBA's new basketball

SONICS, SEAHAWKS, MARINERSThe biggest news in the NBA this week: the new ball.Exciting, huh.Anyway, the Sonics weigh in on the new rock from training camp. And they don't like how it feels wet.Back to the court, Rashad Lewis (Associated Press photo) has something to prove…

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Catch the Chiefs on TV

CHIEFS, INDIANSThe big news on Jeff Bunch's blog is the Chiefs will have six home games broadcast on Comcast cable. Which is good news for me.The way I figure it, if the Chiefs don't make the playoffs, maybe I can get part of the $100,000…

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Batman's offspring headed north

HUSKIESThere's a lot of Husky news today, appropriately so as UW is 4-1, they play the No. 3 team in the country (USC) and, in the eyes of Husky fans anyway, the Trojans must be vulnerable. After all, the Cougars almost beat them.Batman's son plays…

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Has PSU solved its quarteback problem?

EAGLES, VANDALSPortland State is only going to get better.That's the warning implicit in Dave Trimmer's Big Sky notebook that ran in today's paper. The reason? The Vikings were having quarterback problems. Brain White transferred in from Colorado last week, then almost led PSU to an…

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Swogger's return, Hill's departure

COUGARSThe paper was full of Pac-10 and WSU news this morning, even if it wasn't all about current Pac-10 or WSU players.Case in point: John Blanchette's column concerning the return this week of former Coug quarterback Josh Swogger (right; Associated Press photo). Swogger will be…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2006

WSU gets ready for Oregon State

COUGARSNot much on the Cougs game this week with Oregon State, but there is some.Glenn Kasses had his first look at the matchup in today's paper. He also has quite a few notes on his blog along with a spirited discussion about officiating.At the Times,…

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One of the year's best days is here

BASEBALLThis is one of the top five sports days in America.Three playoff baseball games, six teams that think they can win the World Series, 150 players trying to grab a ring.The TV is on, the radio is on, and America's team, the Minnesota Twins, is…

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Another commitment and a look back

PREPS UPDATED 11 A.M.There wasn't much on the prep plate in today's Spokesman-Review, but I did save a couple of things for you that appeared Monday.But before we get to those links, here's a link to our Fast Break column that appears on the front…

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MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2006

SUNDAY, OCT. 1, 2006

If Shaun had been healthy ...

QUESTION OF THE DAYWell that was pretty sad. The Seahawks faced their first big showdown of the season and were run down by the Bears. That brings us to …Our Question of the Day: What will it take for the Seahawks to bounce back from…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 2006

USC 28, Cougars 22 - Postgame

This was one they couldn't finish.Not that the Washington State Cougars didn't try. Not until freshman Taylor Mays from O'Dea High in Seattle gathered in Alex Brink's Hail Mary pass on the 4-yard line as time ran out did the third-ranked USC Trojans put away…

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USC 14, Cougars 12 - Halftime

As the score indicates, the Cougars are playing well.How well?Loren Langley has converted two field goals longer than 30 yards. USC offense has been stuck in first gear for most of the half. And Dwight Tardy has been a star.The freshman running back from Southern…

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The Coug negatives: Pregame Part III

3:10 P.M.I mentioned in an earlier post the Trojans have won their last 17 road games, including 12 in the Pac-10. Their last loss? In an overtime game in Pullman back in 2002.That's another Cougar positive, they've defeated a Pete Carroll-coached team in Pullman before.…

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UW worried as it enters Tucson on a roll

HUSKIESA quick look at UW's trip to Tucson shows the Huskies are worried, and they should be.Mostly about overconfidence, which we at SportsLink just don't understand. How can you be overconfident going into a game with the Pac-10's best team? But, according to Bob Condotta's…

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Favorites win in prep showdowns

PREPSFriday night as a big one in prep football, with a showdown to savor on both sides of the border. Both went to the favorites.In Idaho, Lake City coach Van Troxel wasn't happy, but his Timberwolves earned a 21-18 win over intracity rival Coeur d'Alene.At…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2006

It's a beautiful day and I'm about to ruin it

MISCELLANEOUSAfter a long week, and a long day coming our way tomorrow, we're hitting the golf course this afternoon. The brother-in-law has flown up from California and we're playing in the Spokane Regional Sports Commission's youth charity tournament this weekend. It combines two thinks I…

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The appetizer before the main course

PREPSAs we get closer to the weekend, the prep action begins to heat up, building to tonight's climax. Thursday was no different.In the lone Greater Spokane League football game, Lewis and Clark intercepted a pass on the game's first play, then proceeded to play better…

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