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At least they are still playing

April 18, 2014 8:03 a.m. - Updated: 8:24 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is amazing what gets fans worked up some times. Just amazing. Read on.

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Friday morning Pac-12 links

April 18, 2014 6 a.m.

From Pullman — One of the true position battles this spring has taken place at center, where Riley Sorenson and Sam Flor are seeing equal time with the first string. Our story from yesterday's practice takes a look at that particular competition and we've got a recap of the team's 10th practice. We also reported the news yesterday that Washington State will play Gonzaga in Spokane again next season.

A Washington running back has overcome three ACL tears to get back on the football field … Here is a Q&A with Utah's defensive coordinator … Jordan Adams will put off the NBA draft another year … USC could start a true freshman on the offensive line.

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Spring Practice Report: Day 10

April 17, 2014 7:36 p.m. - Updated: April 18, 8:33 a.m.

From Pullman — Today, much like Led Zeppelin, I was a Fool in the Rain. And boy did it ever rain. The Cougars had their most inclement practice of the spring on Thursday. Find out which of my notes survived the tempest after the jump.

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WSU to play Gonzaga in Spokane next season

April 17, 2014 6:25 p.m. - Updated: 6:30 p.m.

From Pullman — Football practice meant that I couldn't get this blog post up until now, but earlier I tweeted the news that Washington State will play Gonzaga in Spokane for the second straight year next season as part of a three-year contract. The terms of the contract say that Gonzaga will host WSU the first year (this past season), the teams will play a “neutral site” game at Spokane Arena in the second year (next season) with a game in Pullman during the third and final year.

It's likely that the schools will split the revenue from next year's game but I haven't been able to confirm that. I should have more tomorrow.

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Sabonis signs with Gonzaga

April 17, 2014 4:01 p.m. - Updated: 4:14 p.m.

Domantas Sabonis, the 17-year-old son of former Portland Trail Blazer center Arvydas Sabonis, has signed with Gonzaga. Article here.

It's a big get for the Zags, who bolstered their frontcourt and added a highly skilled forward to go with Przemek Karnowski, Kyle Wiltjer and Angel Nunez. As GU's release indicates, Ryan Edwards has told coaches he plans on redshirting next season.

The word that came to mind watching Sabonis on this highlight tape is smooth. He has polished moves and scores in a variety of ways. He's probably similar to Wiltjer in many ways, minus the 3-point accuracy at this point. Sabonis moves well and should only get bigger and stronger as he ages. He speaks fluent English (Spanish, too).

Numerous tweeters have asked if he'll play right away. My guess is he'll see a lot of playing time.

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One loss that seems like more

April 17, 2014 8:34 a.m. - Updated: 8:57 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's only one game. OK, maybe it is more than that. Read on.

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links

April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

From Pullman — There weren't any signing day surprises for Washington State basketball fans on Wednesday, but new coach Ernie Kent still has more than a month left to fill out his four remaining roster spots. It was a somewhat slow day for WSU news but we held another live chat and put up our Five Questions blog post with defensive lineman Xavier Cooper. CougCenter has a good look at WSU scholarship situation. We're getting closer to the NFL Draft and Deone Bucannon is visiting teams

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis gives his take on Cal's coaching hire … A pair of Bruins make their decision to go pro official … As did Arizona State's Jahii Carson … Washington receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow received his sentence yesterday.

Bonus Link: This story on Yasiel Puig's defection from Cuba is great.

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Five Questions with Xavier Cooper

April 16, 2014 1:18 p.m. - Updated: 1:18 p.m.

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Live WSU Chat

April 16, 2014 10:42 a.m. - Updated: 10:42 a.m.

 

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One change causes more in Pullman

April 16, 2014 7:40 a.m. - Updated: 8:04 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When Bill Moos decided to make a change at the top of the Washington State basketball program, we all knew the ripples would be felt throughout the program. We are just finding out, however, how far. Read on.

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