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Husky fans in Spokane plan trip down Palouse ahead of Apple Cup matchup

The Washington Huskies have a series edge over the Washington State Cougars, but this year all eyes have been on Pullman and the Cougs’ unexpected performance to top the Pac …

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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts up its dukes in true championship form

They didn’t win the national championship. It only felt that way.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga uses hot-shooting start, lock-down-defensive finish to down No. 1 Duke, win Maui Invitational title

With the clock seemingly in slow motion over the last 8 minutes, Gonzaga’s lead, once at 16 points, dwindled to six, then two, before Duke finally tied it with 1:40 …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Gonzaga-Duke: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 89-87 victory over the Blue Devils at the Maui Invitational

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 89-87 win over Duke on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

Former Gonzaga athletes react to Zags’ win over No. 1 Duke in Maui Invitational final

After Gonzaga finished off an 89-87 win over Duke in the championship game of the Maui Invitational former Zags athletes took to Twitter to celebrate the victory.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

TV Take: Defense down the stretch gives Gonzaga perfect ending to Maui Invitational with title win over Duke

This is what everybody wanted, right? No. 1 Duke versus No. 3 Gonzaga for the championship of the best early-season tournament of the year, the Maui Invitational. And the game …

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Nov. 22

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Nov. 22

Reader photo: Urban Blue Jay

Buck Domitrovich took this photo of a blue jay near Steptoe Butte on Saturday. According to the Audubon Society, the raucous and colorful bird is slowly expanding its range into …

Colt McCoy comes home to Texas, seeking Redskins win over Cowboys

Washington quarterback Colt McCoy hasn’t started a game in four years. His next one will be on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys, the last team he beat in a start …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:09 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: It’s the Apple Cup and everything else this weekend

It’s rivalry weekend, and one game trumps the rest. Tune into the Civil War if you’d like, check out the Territorial Cup if you’re so inclined, but just make sure …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Remembering ’88: Members of Washington State’s 1988 Apple Cup-winning team reflect on their historic comeback

When No. 7 WSU and No. 16 Washington kick off Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium, it’ll have been three decades – and 30 Apple Cups – since the …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

Check station reports low success for Washington’s late deer season

Washington’s late deer season closed Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

No extra hype needed as Gonzaga opens Vancouver Showcase against top-ranked Notre Dame

Playing Notre Dame in the Vancouver Showcase offers the Zags a glance at what is to come following conference play in the NCAA tournament: big-time teams with big-time players.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Gonzaga downs top-ranked Duke to win Maui Invitational championship

Follow along here for updates and analysis as the Gonzaga Bulldogs play the Duke Blue Devils at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. You can watch the game on ESPN.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

Washington State’s Mike Leach named semifinalist for Coach of the Year award

Mike Leach has guided Washington State to its first 10-win season in 15 years and the coach was recognized on Wednesday, being named one of 18 semifinalists for the George …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 2:57 p.m.

Bust a move: Seahawks WRs lead league in TD celebration creativity

The Seahawks’ wide receivers may not come close to leading the league in catches because of Seattle’s run-first offense. But they’re tops when it comes to touchdown celebrations.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s Aaron Best named Co-Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

The second-year head man helped the fourth-ranked Eagles (9-2) earn a share of the Big Sky title and a No. 3 seed and first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.

Streaking Saints, Drew Brees seek to ground sagging Falcons

The latest chance for Saints fans to voice their gratitude to Drew Brees for the many triumphant moments and fond memories he’s brought them comes on Thanksgiving night. The Saints …

Mitchell Trubisky doubtful for Bears’ Thanksgiving matchup with Lions

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears will meet for the second time in 12 days – yet this matchup already looks a lot different. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago’s starting quarterback, is …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Apple a day has kept Washington State away as Washington’s Chris Petersen has thrived against Mike Leach

In Chris Petersen and Mike Leach’s four previous meetings, the Huskies have held Washington State to an average of 13.5 points and forced 18 turnovers.

Duke has been a defensive nightmare for Gonzaga in three previous meetings

Over the years, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team has faced Duke three times – all Blue Devils victories. The No. 3 Zags hope the fourth time will be the charm …

Reward offered in Idaho grizzly poaching case

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Citizens Against Poaching are each offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of whoever shot and killed a …

Suspension of steelhead season spawns unease

A crowd of more than 80 people at a Riggins community meeting over the looming closure of the steelhead fishing season in Idaho heard mostly bad news Tuesday night.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Good Zags show up to replace Bad Zags in Maui Invitational semifinal win

In normal circumstances, there might be occasion to bask in the glow of Tuesday’s 91-74 sprint past Arizona a smidgen longer – just to appreciate the fulfillment of taking something …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:49 p.m.

Analysis: Second-half surge carries Gonzaga past Arizona, into Maui Invitational title game

Every bucket – and there was an endless supply of them for Gonzaga in the second half – brought a louder roar than the one before.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Noah Dickerson leads Washington to win over Texas A&M at TCL Vancouver Showcase

Jalen Nowell added 14 points for the Huskies (4-1), who trailed 38-33 at halftime.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

TV Take: Duo of Jay Bilas, Dan Schulman doesn’t miss much in Gonzaga’s comeback win over Arizona at Maui Invitational

Every great comeback consists of two parts. There is the building of a deficit, the mistakes, the shortcomings, whatever goes wrong to build a hill to scramble over. And there …

NHL Capsule: Oilers top Sharks 4-3 in OT in Hitchcock’s 1st game as coach

Leon Draisaitl scored 51 seconds into overtime and Connor McDavid had his 100th career goal to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Ken …