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NFL seems to dominate all year these days

April 24, 2014 8:28 a.m. - Updated: 8:53 a.m.

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Let me check the calendar. It is April, right? Seems like there is a heck of a lot of NFL news for April. Read on.

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Eastern Sports chat, noon (Apr. 24)

April 24, 2014 6 a.m. - Updated: 3:26 p.m.

 

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links

April 24, 2014 6 a.m.

From Pullman — The Cougars won't be in pads when they take the field today for their final tune-up before Saturday's spring game at 1 p.m. in Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium. The Tuesday practice following that scrimmage will officially mark the end of spring football and will mean our Cougars coverage is going to really start winding down, sans the occasional baseball story.

But the Washington State football team is still making news, such as yesterday's announcement of a 2018 game against Eastern Washington. In case you missed it we have a profile of Mitch Peterson, a former walk-on safety turned scholarship linebacker. When I was in Spokane for the NCAA tournament I met ESPN's newest contributor to the Pac-12 blog, Chantel Jennings and she has her first WSU story up, a look at Vince Mayle.

That old so-and-so Christian Caple takes a look at where Washington is with spring practice in the books … The Pac-12's new coaches have been the story of spring … In its spring game Oregon will finally have to try and stop itself … The Beavers are seeing some movement in the running back depth.

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Petrino: UI has exceeded expectations

April 23, 2014 10:41 p.m. - Updated: 10:41 p.m.

If Idaho's Silver and Gold game on Friday night (7:30, Kibbie Dome) goes as well as the first four weeks of spring practice, Paul Petrino will walk away a happy coach. Asked about where the Vandals are relative to his expectations for the spring, Petrino had this to say on Wednesday evening: “You know what? I think we’re ahead of them. I think we’ve had a better spring than I hoped to (have). I’m happy. We’ve done better than I thought we would at this point. And so, it’s been good. It’s been real good.”

We have the full Q&A that Petrino had with a handful of reporters after a practice that he labeled as “really good.” Read on.

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WSU to host Eastern in 2018

April 23, 2014 1:29 p.m. - Updated: 1:32 p.m.

From Pullman — Washington State announced on Wednesday that the school will host the Eastern Washington football team for a game on Sept. 15, 2018. The release from the school is below.

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Vijil helping train Shock players

April 23, 2014 10:13 a.m. - Updated: 10:20 a.m.

Raul Vijil, one of the Shock's all-time greats, isn't grabbing touchdown passes anymore but he still has an important role with the team.

Vijil, now with APX Strength, helps guide Shock players through strength and conditioning drills, often at the conclusion of the team's practices early in the week. He was joined Tuesday by another ex-Shock great, Kevin McCullough, who recently purchased a home near the practice facility.

More on Vijil's role and other Shock notes here.

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The changing of the guard continues

April 23, 2014 7:34 a.m. - Updated: 7:59 a.m.

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There are some questions that are impossible to answer definitively. Like why the M's are so mediocre year-in and year-out. Or why Pete Carroll is always smiling. Or why kids decide to leave one college for another. Read on.

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Spring Practice Report: Day 12

April 22, 2014 8:29 p.m. - Updated: 8:58 p.m.

From Pullman — Rain, rain, go away. Today's torrent drove reporters and athletic support staff into the upper bleachers to seek refuge beneath the overhang. Refuge was not to be found. I could go on about the weather but then we'd both be in a stormy mood.

Practice report is after the jump.

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Kent lands his first recruit

April 22, 2014 10:12 a.m. - Updated: 10:28 a.m.

From Pullman — Multiple recruiting websites are reporting that East Los Angeles CC power forward Aaron Cheatum (6-7, 240) made a verbal commitment to Washington State last night, making him the first recruit for new basketball coach Ernie Kent at WSU.  Assistant coach Greg Graham reportedly took the lead on Cheatum's recruitment.

He joins Tramaine Isabell as the second member of WSU's class of 2014. According to Cougfan.com's Braulio Perez, WSU sophomore guard Que Johnson and Cheatum were AAU teammates in high school.

According to Cheatum he chose the Cougars over scholarship offers from Central Florida, Tulane, Idaho and others. He becomes WSU's 10th scholarship player, meaning Kent has three more spots available should he choose to use them.

Cheatum was a sophomore this past season and will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU as well as a redshirt year available. The 2013 South Coast Conference Player of the Year averaged 15.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

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Hawks hope Midas touch works with Pryor

April 22, 2014 7:24 a.m. - Updated: 7:44 a.m.

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Terrelle Pryor, lined up in the slot receiver position, goes in motion. He receives a handoff from Russell Wilson and it looks as if he's going to pass. But instead he takes off running. Ten yards, 20, 30, 40 and he's run out of bounds at the San Francisco 8. A spike, a few words and … darn, there's the alarm. Time to go to work. Read on.

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