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All eyes this weekend will be on …

Oct. 24, 2014 7:57 a.m. - Updated: 8:23 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know what happens this weekend? Summer ends, in a metaphysical way. See, this is the last weekend of baseball. The last gasp of summer's game. Of course, it won't be that big a deal. Saturday the nation's eyes will not be turned to Joe Dimaggio's successors, they will be tuned-in to Knute Rockne's descendants. And Sunday will be, as always, about the NFL. Read on.

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Eagle Madness at Reese Court

Oct. 23, 2014 10:03 p.m. - Updated: 10:05 p.m.

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered Eagle Madness at Reese Court at EWU.  Check out this big picture gallery of event photos.

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Highlights from each school’s Pac-12 media day session

Oct. 23, 2014 4:21 p.m. - Updated: 4:22 p.m.

USC: The Trojans have six new players this season, including highly-touted freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin. Head coach Andy Enfield expects McLaughlin, ranked No. 4 nationally among point guard recruits by ESPN, to contribute immediately.

“Jordan is a terrific student-athlete,” Enfield said. “He's a student of the game. He understands where his teammates need to be. He lead's by example, he's a very hard worker, he has an amazing attitude … We're expecting big things from him. I think he came to USC for that opportunity, to be relied upon as a freshman. He'll have that opportunity as a freshman.

WSU: DaVonte Lacy is known for feeling a kinship with the jungle's king. He has a huge lion tattoo on his left arm that reads “Soul of a Lion” and his philosophy on social media is that a “lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

It sounds like new Cougars coach Ernie Kent may have found his spirit animal as well.

“Having been out of (coaching) for four years, the definition I use, I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation and now you get a chance to come out and eat!” Kent said.

We have more Pac-12 media day highlights after the jump.

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Ambassadors of the Game premieres tonight at 7 p.m.

Oct. 23, 2014 2:30 p.m. - Updated: 2:37 p.m.

Ambassadors of the Game, a documentary about the Pac-12 All-Stars trip to China last summer, premieres on the Pac-12 Networks tonight at 7 p.m. We just got done watching an advance screening, and it was pretty cool. Washington State's DaVonte Lacy was on the team and is the most prominently featured player in the documentary. Highlights for WSU fans are lots of Lacy cameos, a few dunks and an impromptu singing of “I believe I can fly.”

However, you're not going to like what happens after he loses a game of H-O-R-S-E to Washington's Andrew Andrews.

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Ewu sports chat Oct. 23 (noon)

Oct. 23, 2014 11:58 a.m. - Updated: 8:15 p.m.

Read the transcript for today's chat on the extended portion of this post.

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Video: Ernie Kent and DaVonte Lacy at media day

Oct. 23, 2014 11:51 a.m. - Updated: 11:53 a.m.

Video courtesy of the Pac-12.

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Ernie Kent and DaVonte Lacy at media day

Oct. 23, 2014 10:44 a.m. - Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Here is a transcript of Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent and senior guard DaVonte Lacy's remarks to the media at Pac-12 media day:

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Eastern basketball picked high in the Sky

Oct. 23, 2014 10:28 a.m. - Updated: 10:57 a.m.

The Eastern Washington men's basketball team is picked for a high finish in the Big Sky Conference.

Despite missing the postseason the last two years, the Eagles are picked to finish second by Big Sky Coaches and third by the media,the conference announced Thursday.

Defending champion Weber State is picked to repeat at the top. The coaches selected Eastern Washington second, followed by Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. Eastern Washington earned one first-place vote and 100 points. Northern Arizona garnered two first-place votes and 99 points. Sacramento State received a first-place vote and 90 points. It marked the first time the Hornets have received a first-place vote in a Big Sky men’s basketball preseason poll. Portland State was selected fifth with 80 points.

 

 

 

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

Oct. 23, 2014 10:27 a.m. - Updated: 10:29 a.m.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott addressed the media before the players and coaches came to the podium at Pac-12 media day. Here is a transcription of his remarks, courtesy of the Pac-12:

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Pac-12 men’s basketball media poll

Oct. 23, 2014 9:26 a.m. - Updated: 9:32 a.m.

The Pac-12 men's basketball media poll was released today and, as expected, for the fourth consecutive season Arizona was picked to finish first, followed by Utah, Colorado and UCLA. Washington State was picked to finish No. 11 and Oregon State is projected to finish in last place by a wide margin.

The poll is after the jump.

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