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1. Get ready to boogie when the Clumsy Lovers take the stage at Outback Jack's. 2. Storytelling guitarist Bill Mize will be at Auntie's Bookstore for a concert Saturday.
If this is the first week of March, it must be State B Tournament time. If the State B is here, Larry Wilson must be in the house. Yep. There he is, ensconced in his favorite seat on the end of the back row in Section 103 in the Arena.
Imagine a couple with a stormy marriage seeking a divorce, only to have a judge rule the union intact. Latrell Sprewell and the Golden State Warriors face a similar scenario. A day after an arbitrator reinstated Sprewell's contract with the Warriors and reduced his NBA suspension, the Warriors were left wondering how they'll handle the situation when Sprewell's suspension ends July 1. The Warriors will be able to trade Sprewell after his eligibility is restored, and teams such as the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets already have made it clear they're interested in the former All-Star guard.
Darrell Miller grew up in little Lamont, long after the local high school was shuttered. After the eighth-grade, students could choose their commute. And their culture. "We always said if you were an athlete, you went to St. John," he recalled. "And if you weren't, you went to Sprague. "Well, I had four great years at Sprague, so that kind of tells you something."
For Idaho, losing once to Boise State this season was distasteful and twice was almost unbearable. All of which made a third setback - a season-ending 73-61 decision in Thursday's semifinals of the women's Big West tournament - akin to a 2-hour root canal. If this was UI coach Julie Holt's last game, perhaps her only fond memory will be of a furious comeback that faded in the end. "Obviously we didn't play very well," said Holt, whose husband, Nick, left UI a few months ago to become an assistant football coach at Louisville. "There's such a rivalry between Boise State and Idaho, it's very intense. I wish we'd done our half."
Highlights A proposal for state regulation of "dairy nutrients" - commonly known as manure - won House passage at the urging of dairy farmers who fear federal intervention. Fish and Wildlife Director Bern Shanks acknowledged that his job may be on the line after lawmakers were jolted by an unexpected $17 million hole in the department's budget.
With U.S. hockey players maintaining a "conspiracy of silence" about trashed rooms at the Winter Games, a top Olympic official is considering teamwide sanctions that could ban the players from future competition. Since returning from Nagano, the 23 NHL players have kept silent about the culprits who caused $3,000 in damage to the three Olympic Village rooms, U.S. Chief of Mission Paul George said Thursday. "My feeling is, if no one is willing to own up to it then perhaps we have to consider serious sanctions against the team," he said. "I would hope that these people would recognize the error of their ways, and have the courage and character to come forth."
David Segui hit a two-run homer and Shane Monahan had three hits as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Thursday. Segui homered off A's reliever Dave Telgheder (1-1) in the top of the fourth to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead en route to their fourth straight exhibition win.
Idaho's Avery Curry was selected to the All-Big West first team announced Wednesday. The junior guard was joined by Pacific's Michael Olowokandi, Boise State's Roberto Bergersen, Long Beach State's Andrew Betts, Utah State's Marcus Saxon and New Mexico State's Louis Richardson. As expected, Olowokandi was voted player of the year by the coaches, but Curry and Saxon each got at least one vote. Utah State's Larry Eustachy was coach of the year and Cal Poly's Chris Bjorklund was freshman of the year.
Whitworth College will face Berea College (Ky.) in the first round of the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament, which starts next Wednesday at Nampa, Idaho. The pairings were announced Wednesday and placed the Pirates as the No. 8 seed in the 32-team tournament. Whitworth (18-7) takes on the Mountaineers (18-8) at 1:45 p.m. Should the Pirates win, they will face either Central Methodist (Mo.) or Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 9 a.m. Friday. Tickets for all games are available through the Northwest Nazarene College athletics department by calling (208) 467-8352 or on the Internet at www.naia.nnc.com.
Stocks suffered some profit-taking Wednesday, halting a record-setting streak, as investors grappled with renewed worries about corporate earnings, a concern sure to be heightened by a late warning from Intel. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 45.59 to 8,539.24, ending a five-session string of record highs that had added 215 points to the blue-chip barometer.
Lakers coach Del Harris is the subject of a story indicating he will be fired. Photo by Associated Press
Delta Air Lines will begin counting laptop computers as carry-on baggage in the latest effort in the airline industry to reduce on-board delay and discomfort. The policy change, which takes effect April 15, continues Delta's two-bag carry-on limit but counts laptops and duty-free shopping bags as baggage.
It was his first and only crack at the state tournament, so Adam Barringer was in street clothes Wednesday, his expression understandably glum. He tried to do what he could for the Cascade Christian Cougars - after leading them in scoring with 17 points a game - but he was limited. The right knuckle above his index finger was broken in a tri-district tournament game. His two fingers wrapped in a splint, Barringer watched his team go down to the North Beach Hyaks 55-48.
University of Idaho's Alli Nieman and former Mead High School star Stacy Clinesmith of UC Santa Barbara were chosen to the women's first team when the All-Big West Conference basketball teams were announced Wednesday in Reno, Nev. UI's Avery Curry was selected to the men's first team. University of the Pacific's Michael Olowokandi, Boise State's Roberto Bergersen, Long Beach State's Andrew Betts, Utah State's Marcus Saxon and Louis Richardson of New Mexico State joined Curry. As expected, Olowokandi was voted player of the year by the conference's coaches, but Curry and Saxon each received at least one vote.
The championship was five days old and her team just hours away from its first regional basketball game, but Mead's unfailingly optimistic coach Annette Wing was still bubbling. "It's so exciting as a first-year coach, it's hard to sum it up," she said. "The players worked hard and deserve the credit." Mead had finished third in league behind Ferris and Central Valley. Only one game and a handful of points, however, separated the trio.
Panther power took them to state. Front row, Brent Decker, Jeremy Decker; Row 2, Matt Troyer, Jonathon Brecto; Row 3, coach Ray Ricks, Tyson Lacy, coach Steve Altmeyer, Keith Bolster; Row 4, Eric Smith, Mike Spuler; Row 5, Derek Sandin, Jared Evans, Chad Meyers. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
Sonics coach George Karl said even if the Sonics clinch the Pacific Division, he will not tinker with his lineups and reduce playing time for anybody to rest them for the postseason. "I would do it only if a player requests it," Karl said. "I don't like the idea of resting a player.
The dollar rose against European currencies Wednesday as the Swiss franc sold off and the U.S. currency also gained against the Japanese yen on doubts about the strength of Asian economies. The Swiss franc's fall dominated European currencies, along with the rise of the British pound on speculation that the Bank of England will raise interest rates.
Bob Bender is used to making his case to the refs, but now the UW coach must turn his attention to NCAA Tournament selection committee members. Photo by Associated Press