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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

A Friday morning scratching post 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Always thought there was no greater distraction working at home than a young child wanting attention. But now we have a cat. A pushy, needy, demanding cat. The cat is worse. It won't stay in its crib. Read on.

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2012

A road trip and an epiphany 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Slept in a bit today – after all, it is Sunday – after staying up late last night. Well, late for me. But despite the extra hour or so of sleep, we have a lot to cover and we want to...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012

Another near-perfect Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Another beautiful Saturday is here. Aren't Saturday's always beautiful no matter what the day is like? If the week was a high school, Saturday would be the quarterback of the football team, the head cheerleader, the coolest teacher. Yep, Saturdays are...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Basketball news on a Wednesday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 8:50 A.M. Tuesday is the day the local college basketball coaches talk with the media, from Mark Few at Gonzaga to Ken Bone at Washington State. That results in stories from the S-R staff concerning those coaches' teams. A...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

It's Tuesday with all that entails 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really thought I would wake this morning to a covering of snow. And yet, nothing. I know 80 miles south of here, in Pullman (my home away from home the past five years), there is a covering of the white stuff...

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012

Looking back at a near-perfect Sunday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There is nothing better than spending a Sunday having breakfast, getting comfortable, watching football, having a nice dinner and then hitting the sack early with an engrossing book. Yes, everything was perfect yesterday except a stretch between 5 and 6 p.m....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Change may be coming to BCS 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was pretty obvious no one was real enamored of Alabama and Louisiana State meeting again in the BCS championship game. Heck, nearly two-thirds of the readers here would rather have watched LSU and Oklahoma State play. Well, it seems as...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

A championship Monday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's official. The voters have spoken. It's time to congratulate to winner, console the loser and unite as American sports fans, working together for the greater good of our community. Personally, I'm ticked. But, hey, isn't that the way the system...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010

Rivalry gets boost

The not-so-surprising hire of Don Nachbaur adds spice to the Western Hockey League rivalry between the Spokane Chiefs and his former employer, the Tri-City Americans, as John Blanchette's column points out.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

Nachbaur to Chiefs premature

Spokane Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz denied reports that former Tri-City Americans coach Don Nachbaur has been hired to coach the Western Hockey League team.According to veteran reporter Gregg Drinnan in Kamloops, citing two sources, Nachbaur is all but signed to replace Hardy Sauter."It could...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

Chiefs still seeking coach

It sounds as if the Spokane Chiefs are about halfway through the process of finding a coach to replace Hardy Sauter. Sauter was let go on May 4, general manager Tim Speltz said he hoped to have a replacement by the end of the month....

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

Sauter and other Chiefs related notes

Doing a little reading from the weekend, picked up these tidbits from my favorite hockey source, Gregg Drinnan:"Also heard some speculation that Hardy Sauter, dumped as head coach of the Spokane Chiefs earlier in the week, could end up as the head coach of the...

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

Hardy Sauter meets the media as the Chiefs’ new head coach.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Chiefs let Sauter go

Spokane Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter will not return for a third season as head coach in the Western Hockey League.General manager Tim Speltz informed Sauter on Tuesday that the team would not pick up its option for a third season.Spokane put together two solid regular...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010

Ex-Chiefs assistant loses job

Edmonton Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau, a former assistant coach with the Spokane Chiefs (2006-07), was fired Tuesday along with assistant coach Rocky Thompson. Pleau was 67-116-12-21 in three seasons, with one playoff appearance. This year's record was 16-43-4-9Among the early names mentioned are...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Time to question Chiefs

We have an opportunity for Chief fans to get some questions answered.Spoke to general manager Tim Speltz this week, hoping to wrap up the recently completed Western Hockey League season and look ahead to next year. That, however, will have to wait."I always want to...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

Cowen gets penalty in NHL debut

Spokane Chiefs defenseman and captain Jared Cowen played 6-minutes, 46-seconds his National Hockey League debut with the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.The Senators' firsts-round pick last June picked up a penalty in the 4-3 shoot-out loss at Tampa Bay.Ottawa had Cowen join the team after the...

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Spokane’s Jared Cowen fights off Portland’s Taylor Aronson (37) and Stefan Schneider during the first period Saturday.  (Dan Pelle)

Cowen debuts in NHL

Spokane Chiefs' defenseman and captain Jared Cowen (above) is making his National Hockey League debut tonight at Tampa Bay, according to the Ottawa Senators' website.The story is below.

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