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One important key for No. 8 Washington State this season? ‘We love each other, man’

UPDATED: 10:37 p.m.

WSU is getting more production out of the QB position than it did last year. The offensive line is allowing fewer than a sack a game. The receivers are a year older and better. The defensive numbers haven’t dipped, either, and many of them have done the opposite. But the most important part of the formula – cliché or not – could be team chemistry.

Chiefs storm back for overtime road victory over Seattle

Luke Toporowski scored with a minute left in overtime, and the Spokane Chiefs rallied late to stun the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 Tuesday in Western Hockey League play at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

One important key for No. 8 Washington State this season? ‘We love each other, man’

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

WSU is getting more production out of the QB position than it did last year. The offensive line is allowing fewer than a sack a game. The receivers are a year older and better. The defensive numbers haven’t dipped, either, and many of them have done the opposite. But the most important part of the formula – cliché or not – could be team chemistry.

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Hotel labor dispute could impact Gonzaga’s, fans’ Maui trip

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

The Maui Invitational annually serves up stunning scenery, warm ocean breezes and the best holiday tournament college basketball has to offer. That won’t change next week with a loaded field that includes No. 1 Duke, No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 9 Auburn, but several teams, including GU, and their fans might experience some disruptions at the island paradise due to a hotel workers strike.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks missing 4th-quarter magic this season

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 7:18 p.m.

For most of his career, the fourth quarter is where Russell Wilson has thrived. His late game heroics of leading comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime to win games take up nearly an entire page of Seattle’s weekly game notes.

Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead fishing, but anglers are reminded to check for emergency fishing rule changes before heading out.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer gets 1,000th career win

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games when the Scarlet Knights beat Central Connecticut State 73-44. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 1,000-victory club.

Oakland’s Bob Melvin, Atlanta’s Brian Snitker voted top managers

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award for leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish.

Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to L.A. due to field

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

The NFL has moved the Los Angeles Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league made its decision just six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year. Recent rains and several big events at Azteca combined to damage the field, and the league determined it was unplayable.

MLB investigation racism claims against Mariners

Major League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Mariners by Seattle’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players. The Mariners denied the allegations following the social media postings from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.”