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WHL notes: Class action lawsuit targets CHL

Oct. 21, 2014 10:41 p.m. - Updated: 10:46 p.m.

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with a class action lawsuit filed in Toronto last Friday that seeks $180 million in compensation for outstanding wages for past and present Canadian Hockey League players, including those in the WHL. The CHL said it will “vigorously defend” the way its teams operate, claiming that league players are amateur student-athletes. Read story

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WSU defense prepares for Arizona’s race car offense

Oct. 21, 2014 9:29 p.m. - Updated: 9:32 p.m.

After practice Mike Leach said that turnovers weren't any particular point of emphasis on Tuesday, but the defensive ones and twos seemed to make it a priority forcing three consecutive fumbles at one point in practice.

Taylor Taliulu got things started with a big hit on a wide receiver, then the next two were forced by group of defenders all converging on the ball carrier.

“(Upcoming opponent Arizona is) the Indy 500 of offenses,” defensive line coach Joe Salave'a said. “Tempo never slows down one bit so I think our tempo in our practices is going to be critical and our work this week is going to be critical. We don't half-step anything and we're trying to keep up with the pace of the offense.”

Lineman Darryl Paulo capped a solid day for the defense with a pair of consecutive sacks and Darryl Monroe, who was recently passed on the depth chart by Peyton Pelluer, had the hit of the day on running back Austin Hall as the ball carrier tried to bounce a run outside only to be met by Monroe in the backfield.

We have more from practice after the jump.

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(Update) Report: Squally Canada has left WSU

Oct. 21, 2014 1:15 p.m. - Updated: 6:16 p.m.

(6:15 p.m. Update: After Tuesday's practice Mike Leach confirmed that Canada has left the program. The running back was not listed on the practice roster.)

Chris Shaw, who covers Washington State football for Cougfan.com, reported on Twitter that freshman running back Squally Canada has left the WSU program. Canada's departure is surprising given that he has played well for the Cougars during underclassmen scrimmages and has drawn a lot of praise from the coaches. Canada, along with some other players including regular contributors, was absent from Saturday's bye-week practice.

I haven't been able to confirm Shaw's report but the Cougars practice at 3:30 so we'll ask the coaches after that.
  

 

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This Fall Classic should be classic

Oct. 21, 2014 8:05 a.m. - Updated: 8:38 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The weather, so nice and warm over the weekend, is going to begin to turn today, making its inexorable march to the depths of winter. You know what that means, right? Tonight must be the start of the World Series, when the Boys of Summer finish their season in the Fall Classic. Read on.

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USC at WSU to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Yesterday the Pac-12 announced that Washington State's home game against USC will kickoff at 1:30 p.m., making it the earliest WSU game of the season. It comes on the heels of WSU's first day game, this weekend's contest against Arizona, which starts at 3 p.m., a time that Mike Leach said on Wednesday is “probably the perfect time to play, really.”

The Cougars put a badly-needed bye week behind them yesterday by getting back to the normal game week routine and that meant a Monday press conference. We have video and highlights from Mike Leach's appearance as well as video of players Cole Madison, Jamal Morrow and Destiny Vaeao. We also have game notes and a first look at Arizona.

More links are after the jump.

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WSU vs. Arizona game notes, depth chart

Oct. 20, 2014 7:30 p.m. - Updated: 7:40 p.m.

Washington State's game notes for this week's matchup against Arizona are out, along with a new depth chart that shows Peyton Pelluer as the starting Mike linebacker over incumbent Darryl Monroe. Monroe, a junior, has started every game following a redshirt season his first year on campus but has been somewhat limited in practice this week. While no other significant changes are listed on the depth chart, it will be interesting to see if players like Kalafitoni Pole and Charleston White are available after not practicing last week.

Destiny Vaeao has practiced at nose tackle in Pole's place, and today said that Pole “is down” during a press conference. Cornerback Kevin Griffin is not listed on the depth chart but practiced with the twos on Sunday.

The notes are after the jump, the depth chart is on page 11.

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Video: Jamal Morrow speaks to the media

Oct. 20, 2014 6:47 p.m. - Updated: 6:49 p.m.

Here's running back Jamal Morrow at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:

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Video: Destiny Vaeao speaks to the media

Oct. 20, 2014 6:44 p.m. - Updated: 6:46 p.m.

Here's defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU athletics.

  

 

 

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Video: Cole Madison speaks to the media

Oct. 20, 2014 5 p.m. - Updated: 5:04 p.m.

Here's offensive lineman Cole Madison at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:

 

 

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Mike Leach Monday press conference

Oct. 20, 2014 4:53 p.m. - Updated: 4:59 p.m.

 

Washington State football coach Mike Leach addressed the media during his Monday press conference. The video above is courtesy of WSU Athletics and the highlights are transcribed after the jump.

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