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Sterling digging up dirt on fellow owners

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired four companies to dig up embarrassing information about NBA executives and fellow team owners, according to a person familiar with the latest escalation in Sterling’s seven-week battle to maintain control of his team. Sterling’s confidant claims the businesses already have uncovered allegations of racial discrimination by NBA officials that are as bad as comments Sterling made suggesting he did not want to see blacks at Clippers games. The ally, who declined to be named when discussing Sterling’s legal strategy, said he was not ready to reveal the early findings.

Idaho multievent athletes open strongly at WACs

Sophomore Drew Thompson stands in third place in the decathlon and senior Cait Rowland is in fourth place in the heptathlon to lead Idaho’s efforts after the first day of the Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships in Orem, Utah. Thompson scored 3,407 points during the first five events, posting career-best times in the 100 (11.43) and 400 (52.40). Also for UI, senior Tyler Bennett (3,265) is fourth, sophomore Ian Middleton (3,226) fifth and senior Colin Briggs (3,218) sixth.

Vandals can’t run with Antelopes in 86-73 defeat

PHOENIX – A 20-3 Grand Canyon run midway through the second half was too much for the Idaho men’s basketball team to overcome Thursday night in an 86-73 loss in Western Athletic Conference play. Idaho shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 40-37 at the break. The Vandals used a 7-0 run early in the second half to briefly take a 45-43 lead, but Grand Canyon answered with its barrage of points to take control of the game with a 63-48 advantage with less than 11 minutes to play.

Four corners: Idaho Vandals

COMING UP: Tonight vs. UMKC, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Chicago State, 7 OUTLOOK: Right from the start of WAC play, the Vandals will get a feel for the new teams in the conference. They host the University of Missouri- Kansas City tonight before taking on Chicago State on Saturday. The Kangaroos (3-9) and Cougars (5-8) are two of six new basketball-playing schools in the WAC for 2013-14. Idaho, New Mexico State and Seattle are the holdovers. The Vandals (6-8) play at Cowan Spectrum for just the third time since Dec. 7, and they’ve dropped each of their last two home games by one point. UI’s Stephen Madison is second in the WAC in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.6).

UI’s Charlston first-team All-WAC

Idaho women’s basketball player Alyssa Charlston earned a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference spot for the second consecutive season, while Vandals Stacey Barr and Christina Salvatore also received postseason WAC honors, the league announced Monday. Charlston led Idaho with 13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and a 46.1 field goal percentage during WAC games.

Vandals top Seattle U in WAC opener

SEATTLE – Idaho trailed for most of the second half and leading scorer Stephen Madison was hindered with foul trouble all night, but the Vandals rallied for a 71-64 victory at Seattle University in its Western Athletic Conference opener on Saturday. Idaho (5-6, 1-0 WAC) ended the game on a 14-4 run that included three-consecutive 3-pointers by junior guard Robert Harris to send Seattle (5-6, 0-1 WAC) to a loss in its first Western Athletic Conference game since joining the league this season. The win moves the Vandals to 5-0 in WAC road openers under head coach Don Verlin.

Spokane trio lead Vandals’ soccer success

The injury is almost forgotten now, unlike the memories Liz Boyden will carry forward after a bonus year of soccer at the University of Idaho. A broken leg three matches into the 2011 season led to a medical redshirt, and made her eligible for a lot more than just another season.

WAC expansion leaves open questions for Idaho

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference is the first Division I conference to give up on football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, but the 50-year-old league added two new members on Tuesday and hasn’t given up on keeping Idaho. Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley will be members beginning next season, but the WAC could lose Idaho to the Big Sky Conference.

WAC expansion leaves questions for Idaho

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference is the first Division I conference to give up on football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, but the 50-year-old league added two new members on Tuesday and hasn’t ruled out keeping Idaho in the mix.

Idaho beats New Mexico State for its first win of the season

MOSCOW, Idaho – Friday, Trey Farquhar got a surprise foot rub from an Olympic gold medalist. And Saturday, after Idaho’s 26-18 Western Athletic Conference football win over New Mexico State, he earned something almost as rare for a place-kicker. Praise from a quarterback.

Vandals well rested as they prepare for North Carolina

MOSCOW, Idaho – Before Idaho flew 2,500 miles to face Virginia last fall, Vandals coach Robb Akey wanted to know: Do college football teams that give themselves more travel time before a long trip play better? The answer, based on Akey and his staff’s research, was an emphatic yes.

Vandals to go it alone

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is ready to jettison the crumbling Western Athletic Conference and venture into new territory as a football independent. The Vandals’ other athletic programs, however, look to be headed to a familiar spot.

Idaho evaluating options after WAC defections

MOSCOW, Idaho – Two summers ago, after Boise State announced its departure from the Western Athletic Conference, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear emphasized the resiliency of the conference. Through all the turmoil, it always found ways to stay intact. On Friday, Spear shifted gears. With the WAC possibly in its final year as an FBS football conference, he still presented a reassuring message to the media.

Vandals lose close one to Hawaii as last-second FG comes up short

MOSCOW, Idaho – Trey Farquhar has booted long field goals before – longer than what he faced with eight seconds left on Saturday. That’s why Idaho coach Robb Akey had his arms in the air when Farquhar’s 53-yard attempt started sailing toward the goal posts. “I was confident we were going to make the play,” Akey said.

Nevada edges Fresno State for 15th straight home win

Cody Fajardo passed for 313 yards and a touchdown and ran for 61 yards and another score as Nevada held off the Fresno State Bulldogs for a 45-38 win Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference play at Reno, Nev. Fajardo’s 23-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left in the game proved to be the winner as Nevada (4-3, 2-0 in conference) claimed sole possession of first place in the WAC.

Vandals’ offense sputters in defeat to Bulldogs

MOSCOW, Idaho – By now, it’s more than an occasional occurrence. The Idaho offense slips into hibernation mode, the defense grows frustrated and weary, and the Vandals’ opponent pounces. It happened again Saturday in a 48-24 loss to Fresno State, only this funk was more inexplicable than others through the first month of the football season.

WAC markets geography, potential to schools

LAS VEGAS – The changing Western Athletic Conference wants enough schools to have two divisions and an annual title game, and is looking to boost membership by selling programs on geographic convenience and the chance to be college football’s next Boise State. “The WAC has shown that when you join the WAC, teams get better,” Commissioner Karl Benson said as the league previewed this year’s football season in Las Vegas. “You take advantage of the WAC and you take advantage of the assets of the WAC. History has shown that.”

Addition of Texas-Arlington gives WAC 10 members for 2012

The reshaping of the Western Athletic Conference continued Thursday with the addition of the University of Texas-Arlington. But don’t expect the membership changes to stop there. With UTA, which will move from the Southland Conference in July 2012, the WAC will have 10 members – seven that sponsor football and three that don’t – and much better geographic balance. Commissioner Karl Benson said the conference will attempt to add two more football-playing schools.