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No revelations from Cougs or Commish

Pacific-10/12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott made a drive-by – he would turn up across the state at Oregon State-Washington later Saturday night – to speak eloquently about the revenue sharing/division …


Blanchette: Luchs’ revelations serve little purpose

So you didn’t think there was any upside to Washington State being the Officer Barbrady of college football these last couple of years? Wrong, scandal-breath.


Blanchette: Can’t duck Cougars’ progress

If Wazzu was overmatched in its 43-23 loss to the Ducks at Martin Stadium – and, yes, that’s still the case – the Ducks did not have to be coaxed …


John Blanchette: Klitschko’s radar spots Welliver

In the ring together, Wladimir Klitschko and … Chauncy Welliver?


John Blanchette: No defense for WSU’s

If Reggie Bush had played against a defense like Washington State’s, he would have been too sheepish to accept the Heisman Trophy in the first place, never mind being shamed …


John Blanchette: Taking both sides in EWU turf debate

Eastern Washington’s new football turf? I love it. It’s wild. That ridiculous red rug? I hate it. It’s just another gimmick in a gimmicked-up world.


John Blanchette: Cougars will take it

The wearing of hair shirts and the hurling of high, hard ones can resume soon enough this week in and around Washington State. For a few hours, at least, the …


Teens age well with the Indians

Age may be the most malleable commodity in sports, with the possible exception of attendance figures.


John Blanchette: Cougs at competitive disadvantage again

Is it already time to reconsider the “Maybe it won’t be as bad as we think” season of Washington State football?


Blanchette: Disappearing helps Turiaf find self

This is the summer Ronny Turiaf got lost. And found. All this since he was last in Spokane in May, collecting his degree from Gonzaga University in possibly the most …


Grays fingerprints all over this one

LAS VEGAS – His right elbow was Saran wrapped in ice, where before a sleeve of white tape had buttressed the joint bruised by a crash to the floor both …


John Blanchette: At least in Spokane, pigs fly

Perhaps it’s time for a seat upgrade on Jeremy Abbott’s flying pig.


John Blanchette: Big Sky commissioner drops the ball

For Eastern Washington University’s football community, there was no consolation in the Big Sky Conference’s acknowledgement Tuesday that Harpo, Chico and Groucho had infiltrated the officiating crew for Saturday’s loss …


John Blanchette: His family circle

Family matters to Frank Morton Jr., who has a big one that seems to grow by the year. “I think of family as people that have genuine love for you,” …


Blanchette: Chiefs get more than an assistant

Jon Klemm has been hired to coach and coach he will, as Hardy Sauter’s new assistant with the Spokane Chiefs. But frankly, he could be on salary as example-in-residence.


Blanchette: These two can manage more than a few stories

One has his name on a stadium and the other a bronze bust just inside the gate. We are up to our helmet earholes in gray eminence during the college …


Stockton takes fame to next level

That must be quite the pickup game they get together in the old gym at Gonzaga University. In a little over a month, they’ve sent one player to the NBA …


March Madness hardly that without Zags

Thank heavens for Meech Madness. Because March Madness is on life support.


John Blanchette: It ain’t the ballet …

Try this: pile the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans on separate buses, have them meet halfway in Lind, herd them into the high school gym and lock the doors. Pair …


John Blanchette: Cut through the baloney to The Wørd

The shame of Alex Rodriguez’s soulless mea pee-in-a-culpa Monday – or one shame, since there is so much to go around – is that he spilled it (sorry) for Peter …


John Blanchette: USD reflects on hard times

Sometimes the window of opportunity is propped open with nothing more than jackstraws, and you’d better dive through before it closes like a guillotine. But, man, the degree of difficulty …


Aches gone, but memories still fresh for Hornung, Sayers

Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers share assorted memories and stories, membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an agent, 40-year-old aches and duties as the featured guests at Sunday’s …


Blanchette: GU, Saint Mary’s prove patience pays

Sheesh, these Games of the Century sure come around fast. Not even 11 months have passed since the West Coast Conference staged its previous one. Now we could be looking …


Blood is back; so are Spokane’s hopes

Not quite a year ago, as Spokane and Tri-City engaged in their slippery debate as to which was the best team in the Western Hockey League, Americans coach Don Nachbaur …


Blanchette: WSU navigates toward its identity

PULLMAN – Manning the tiller, Tony Bennett will not pick a wave and navigate by that, knowing it’s merely a passage to being lost at sea. Or how is it …


Eastern’s recent stumble just doesn’t make sense

It is neither fair nor correct to suggest that what’s happened to Eastern Washington’s 2009 basketball season is subtraction by addition. But something isn’t adding up.


Blanchette: In defense of GU, its defense shines

The score crawled across the bottom of TV screens from Ocosta to Ocala, followed by the inevitable chorus. “That’s Gonzaga,” they said, “in that soft-touch league of theirs.”


Chiefs didn’t need big deal to be big deal

The Western Hockey League’s trade deadline came and went at 2 p.m. Saturday, and it likely will come as a disappointment to the vocal legion that clamored for the Spokane …


Blanchette: Zags’ meltdown came at inopportune time here

The mercury didn’t drop this fast the week before Christmas. The snow – all 80 inches of it – hasn’t fallen with such force.


Huskies expose Cougars’ flaws

PULLMAN – The sweat and grit of defense so purposefully rubbed into the finish of Washington State basketball over the past several seasons had a curious, perhaps even intentional side …