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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2006

Grabner back in Spokane

CHIEFSWe called your attention Wednesday to Jeff Bunch's Chiefs blog post about Michael Grabner.Well, Grabner is expected to be back in Spokane tonight and to play Saturday against Tri-City, according to Bunch's blog. The Chiefs aren't the only team with a returner from the NHL.…

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UW tough on third down

HUSKIES, COLLEGE FOOTBALLAs UW gets ready for the University of Arizona, the defense is ready to build on an impressive third-down performance against UCLA.The Husky defensive unit yielded first downs on just four third-down attempts by the Bruins, according to the Times' notebook today. There…

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What the CdA and LC coaches think

PREPSGreg Lee sat down at different times with Coeur d'Alene coach Shawn Amos and Lake City coach Van Troxel recently to talk about Friday's game.Greg shares their comments on this blog post.If you're interested in the game, check this out.

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Eneberg a tackling machine

EAGLES, VANDALSWhile watching the Eastern game at Montana State last Saturday, I was struck by how often No. 40 was around the pile, even when he wasn't in on the tackle. It might have been every play, even passes down the field – though there…

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Showdown night in Coeur d'Alene

PREPSFriday night is the big showdown in Coeur d'Alene. The Vikings (4-1) of CdA host the Timberwolves (4-0) of Lake City. The winner is in first in the 5A Inland Empire League. Greg Lee takes a look at one of the state's last great rivalries.…

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Maybe we could fund the debate team

PREPSI want to thank everyone who has taken the time to write on the issue of Bellevue's booster club's $55,000 a year payment to the football coach.This is just the type of well-thought-out, adult discussion I was hoping to foster here. Too often web site…

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T.O denies suicide attempt

PRO FOOTBALLWhen you got up this morning and headed for work, all you could hear on sports talk radio was Terrell Owens' attempted suicide. Whatever happened last night in Dallas was dissected from 1.73 million angles, though none were from the eye of the hurricane…

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Grabner becomes a millionaire

CHIEFSIt's not too often a millionaire takes the ice for the Spokane Chiefs, unless owner Bobby Brett puts on the skates. And even then I'm not sure.Sometime in the next couple of weeks, there will be a millionaire with a Chiefs' sweater on. Michael Grabner…

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There's more important things than games

PREPS UPDATED 1:55 P.M.; 2:05; 5:35We're starting today with some non-event news.Coeur d'Alene High girls basketball coach Dale Poffenroth is undergoing open heart surgery today in Spokane. Poff, as he's known, has been an institution in the Inland Northwest's girls basketball scene the past 20-plus…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2006

We all know UA got robbed - somehow

COLLEGE FOOTBALL, HUSKIESWell, foiled again. I really thought I would get some responses on a college top 5, but the optimism was misplaced.Wait a minute. I get it now. No one disagreed with my list. That's it. It was perfect. I have earned so much…

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Meet Adam Shackleford

SHOCKNew coach Adam Shackleford came to town yesterday and met the press.Shackleford wasted no time staking out his position: He's not Chris Siegfried.Actually, Shackleford wants to win as often as Siegfried did, he's just going to do it his way. And Shackleford's way has been…

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Erickson's search for answers isn't as tough as some

VANDALS, EAGLESDennis Erickson is searching for answers – and offense. The University of Idaho coach, however, doesn't think the way to answer those questioning his offense is to change quarterbacks, according to Jim Meehan's WAC notebook in today's S-R.Meehan points out Idaho doesn't have the…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2006

UI looks to regroup

EAGLES, VANDALSThe Vandals are reeling after the shutout at Oregon State and there might be some changes.Coach Dennis Erickson told Jim Meehan today that the quarterback job is still in the hands of Steve Wichman, but backup Brian Nooy is ready to play if needed.…

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We want your top five

COLLEGE FOOTBALLEveryone and their brother has a top 25 nowdays, so why should we in the Inland Northwest not join the rush? Given your interest in college football, we might as well come up with our top five, at the least.For background, here is the…

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Maybe the Rose Bowl talk wasn't premature

HUSKIESThere were some great stories out of Seattle concerning UW's win over UCLA on Saturday, the best being the ones that focused on Dan Howell's game-clinching interception – and not because it was the game clincher.Howell lost his father recently, so the big play came…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2006

What do you think of Saturday's action?

QUESTION OF THE DAYSaturday was a busy day for the Northwest's college football teams. Whether you root for the Cougars or the Pirates, the Eagles or the Vandals, your team had a key game yesterday.Which brings us to our Question of the Day ... What…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 2006

EWU at MSU, halftime

Who would have thought Brett Bergstrom's right leg would be the most important appendage in EWU football, circa 2006?Bergstrom, a senior, kicked three field goals in the first half – including a 53-yarder that tied for the fourth longest in Eastern history. The nine points…

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EWU at MSU, Pregame

EAGLES UPDATED 11:45OK, we've covered most everything else, so it's time to get to the game at hand.Desperate is the only word that can describe these two teams. Montana State is 1-2, with its only win one of the most celebrated upsets of the year…

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The Bruins a litmus test for UW

HUSKIESAre the Huskies for real? Is their 2-1 record built on smoke and mirrors, or is it a true measure of a tough team.According to the Seattle Times, we'll find out today when they host UCLA in a late-afternoon game. The Bruins are 2-0 and…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2006

Let's laugh and have a good chuckle too

MISCELLANEOUSStart your day with a couple laughs about the M's.The first comes courtesy of John Blanchette, as he comments on the (sad) news Ron Fairly won't be back with the M's broadcast team next year.The second comes from Tacoma's John McGrath, as he writes about…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 2006

Spokane picks a new coach

SHOCKSpokane will hire Adam Shackleford as the Shock's head coach, according to general manager Adam Nebeker. According to Jim Meehan's story in Thursday's paper, the hire becomes official after approval from the arenafootball2 office, an approval that shouldn't be too long in coming, according to…

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What is the coach's responsibility?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL, WHL UPDATED 3:35 P.M.There is a good story from USA Today on a coach's responsibility relative to their scholarship athletes following NCAA rules. To a man, the coaches interviewed in this piece felt it was nearly impossible to police everything.It seems like the…

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