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Blanchette: At least it was entertaining

The union-label Shock fell to the union-label Iowa Barnstormers 69-63 at the Spokane Arena, surviving four turnovers to get the game to overtime, only to have one more beat them. …


Blanchette: Karr ruling didn’t cause polar shift in NCAA world

LAS VEGAS – Lots happening here at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament. Kevin Pangos is trending. Rob Sacre is back insisting that Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s hate each other, …


Karr ruling didn’t cause polar shift

Before the start of practice back in October, the faceless monolith of college athletics ruled that Taelor Karr would not have to sit out this season at Gonzaga after transferring …


Blanchette: Gonzaga came out ready, steady against BYU

LAS VEGAS – Here in Multiple- Bid Land, life is always good. The question then becomes, inevitably, is it too good?


Blanchette: Not the version of ‘Moneyball’ we would pick

So finally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets a clue and puts a baseball movie up for Best Picture. Except they make it “Moneyball.”


Blanchette: Not the version of ‘Moneyball’ we would pick

So finally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets a clue and puts a baseball movie up for Best Picture.


Blanchette: Stinson’s ‘Remembering the B’ fulfills its purpose

There are 400,000-some words in his book and even the most devoted reader may not have the capacity to digest them all. But Jim Stinson didn’t get any as precise, …


Blanchette: Hayford’s team stays on right side of wall

Really, who needs BracketBu- sters? Not Eastern Washington. Not Northern Colorado. Nobody in the Big Sky Conference.


Blanchette: Crews, 23 others aiming for Olympics berth

At the orientation meeting Sunday for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, the participants were first asked if there were any questions. “Can we get a free meal?” …


Crews leads contingent of Olympic hopefuls

Franchon Crews is in the spotlight as 24 eager aspirants arrive for the U.S. women’s Olympic boxing trials at Northern Quest Casino.


Blanchette: Women’s boxing finally arrives

For the participants in the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, the view from Spokane rivals the one from atop Everest – with one cruel irony. “For most …


Blanchette: GU women develop new identity with similar results

Steal, pass, layup. It can still be that elementary. In the deciding moments of Gonzaga’s 69-58 women’s basketball victory over San Diego on Saturday, it happened twice in the space …


Blanchette: BYU enjoys WCC, for now

If you dialed up last weekend’s Saint Mary’s-Brigham Young basketball game to gauge what Gonzaga’s up against in the West Coast Conference’s ménage of the Id, Ego and Super-ego – …


Chiefs’ promotion packs a punch

The Chiefs will play the Portland Winterhawks at the Arena tonight and 2,000 fans and all full-season ticket holders will play with their new toys depicting Darren Kramer, their favorite …


Daugherty’s Cougars approach next hurdle

Smart coaches beg, borrow and steal from smarter coaches. June Daugherty also bought.


Daugherty’s Cougars approach next hurdle

In her fifth season, June Daugherty’s WSU women’s basketball program has made plenty of strides and the next biggest step presents itself Saturday _ beating Washington.


Blanchette: Two games isn’t enough to decide title

Someone out there in the mediaverse had a great analogy the other day as to why anybody humbugging the rematch of LSU and Alabama tonight has it all wrong, and …


BCS might as well play best-of-seven

In trying to determine a national football champion we’ve gone from the Stone Age of arguing over the legitimacy of polling writers and coaches to The Now of arguing over …


Blanchette: Marquise back on the marquee

Students are not even close to being back yet – a quirk of the calendar has second semester at Gonzaga starting in March this year – so it doesn’t seem …


Blanchette: So far, the water is just fine for EWU men’s basketball

His commute to the gym is 24 miles longer now and takes him close by his old one, a daily reminder of the plunge he’s taken. “I went from fresh …


Blanchette: Cougars welcome Moore’s leadership

All but the last three points of what once was a double-digit lead had been planed away, and time was ticking away on what was shaping up to be another …


Palmquist: Old faces in new places will keep section humming

In the past 24 years, I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding journalists in The Spokesman-Review’s sports department. Saturday was the official last day for five of …


Blanchette: ‘E’ is for Electric in Seattle faceoff

SEATTLE – No one was writing anyone off, not with a week of Christmas shopping still remaining, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs had reached a point – as they seem to …


Seahawks still have time to help selves

SEATTLE – There’s a lot of NFL football yet to be played in 2011, so maybe the Seattle Seahawks aren’t out of it yet. Maybe they can still get a …


Blanchette: Wulff’s view of his work blurs reality

SEATTLE – As the curtain fell on another Mediocrity Cup, the great disconnect of football at Washington State was again revealed. Today or Monday, Cougars athletic director Bill Moos will …


In his defense, Wulff has made progress

The record invites choler, but you know what really infuriates the football faction that demands Washington State file for divorce from Paul Wulff? He reminds them that they’re finally getting …


Blanchette: Only a snow bowl for Cougars

PULLMAN – The glass can be either half full or half empty, but the bowl, well, there are no half measures. So for the Washington State Cougars, empty.


Blanchette: GU freshmen show how it’s done

It has not been a game for the faint of heart, this Wazzu-Zag U business, nor much for freshmen. Kevin Pangos pretty much changed that Monday night. In fact, he …


Blanchette: Sensational game makes QB talk of town

PULLMAN – Look, it isn’t as if Paul Wulff pulled a guy out of the stands at Martin Stadium in desperation and hustled him into a uniform to save the …


Got plans for Halliday?

Connor Halliday, a redshirt freshman, came in and strafed the Pac-12’s No. 4 pass defense for 494 yards and four touchdowns in WSU’s win over Arizona State late Saturday. And …