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July
15th

A change to the News Tribune’s blog format

Starting Thursday all of our sports blogs will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.

We hope you like the new look as we

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June
24th

Looking at Robert Upshaw’s projected status on eve of NBA draft

Washington's Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington’s Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

There was a time early in the 2014-15 season when it seemed former Washington Huskies center Robert Upshaw had a chance to hear his name called in the first round of the NBA draft, which commences 4 p.m. Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (ESPN).

And while that’s still considered possible, many projections have Upshaw, the 7-footer who set UW’s single-season blocks record in just 19 games, somewhere in the second round, where he’s viewed as a “boom or bust” prospect.

That seems to be somewhat of a consensus — that Upshaw’s talent as a shot-blocking defensive star earns him consideration as a first-rounder, but that his troubled past, including dismissals from both Fresno State and Washington, might make teams a little nervous about investing in him with a guaranteed contract. He’s since opened up about battling drug addiction, which he speaks about in some depth in this Fox Sports story. An excerpt: Read more »

June
22nd

Huskies QB Cyler Miles retiring from football due to injury

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington announced today that quarterback Cyler Miles will not return to the team, which in itself is not surprising news.

But it’s a bit of a surprise that the stated reason for Miles’ retirement, per UW, is a persistent hip injury that apparently bothered the Centennial, Colorado, native throughout his career.

UW announced on March 13 that Miles was taking a voluntary leave of absence for unspecified reasons, and after he missed all of spring football, it appeared increasingly unlikely that he would return to the team.

That notion was only bolstered when the Huskies added junior-college transfer Tony Rodriguez earlier this month, a signing that now assures the Huskies will have four scholarship quarterbacks available when fall camp begins.

“I am grateful to Coach Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said in a statement released by the school. “I am disappointed that my hip injuries will not allow me to continue playing, but I am committed to earning my UW degree and will leave the program with many great friendships and valuable lessons learned.” Read more »

April
30th

Marcus Peters drafted No. 18 overall by Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus Peters, the former Huskies cornerback, was selected No. 18 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft.

Peters is the second Husky to be taken today. Danny Shelton went No. 12 overall to the Cleveland Browns. They become the first UW duo to be drafted in the first round since RB Napoleon Kaufman (No. 17) and TE Mark Bruener (No. 27) were each taken in the first round in 1995.

Peters was dismissed by Huskies coach Chris Petersen in November for repeated rules violations, but was widely viewed as one of

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April
27th

Junior Jernard Jarreau to transfer from UW

And the players keep leaving the Huskies basketball program. On Monday, UW announced junior  Jernard Jarreau will transfer from the school, which has officially granted him a release from his scholarship.

Jarreau, a 6-foot-10 forward from New Orleans, averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2014-15 for the Huskies. He is the fourth player – Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Gilles Dierickx are the others — to transfer since the end of the season. This also comes on the heels of the Huskies losing respected assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger to Iowa State.

 

March
29th

Morning links: Arizona, last Pac-12 team standing, bounced by hot-shooting Wisconsin

Arizona guard T.J. McConnell hugs head coach Sean Miller as he leaves the game against Wisconsin during the second half of a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Arizona guard T.J. McConnell hugs head coach Sean Miller as he leaves the game against Wisconsin during the second half of a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Pac-12 sent three teams to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but the conference will not have a Final Four participant.

Arizona, the last Pac-12 team standing, lost 85-78 yesterday to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight. UCLA lost to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16, and Utah lost to Duke in the Sweet 16. That means Stanford, which faces Old Dominion on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals, is the only Pac-12 team still playing.

Also, a reminder that the Huskies begin spring football practices on Monday morning. In a departure from recent years, coach Chris Petersen will not have a press conference to preview the spring, but is scheduled to speak with reporters following the conclusion of Monday’s practice. On to some links: Read more »

March
22nd

NCAA tournament at KeyArena: Gonzaga advances to Sweet 16 for first time since 2009 with dominant 87-68 win over Iowa

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, right, embraces Kevin Pangos after the team beat Iowa in an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Seattle, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Gonzaga won 87-68. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, right, embraces Kevin Pangos after the team beat Iowa in an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Seattle, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Gonzaga won 87-68. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE – Disappointment visited the Gonzaga Bulldogs in each of the past five seasons, each endeavor hopeful until the NCAA tournament’s first weekend.

That’s where Gonzaga lost, five years running, nary a Sweet 16 to show for a half-decade span that otherwise featured noteworthy performance.

Byron Wesley played in exactly zero of those games. Yet he had no choice but to embrace the sting.

“That’s pretty much the talk around town, is that Gonzaga, they always win their league, they always win the league championship, but in the tournament, they always fold and lose early,” said Wesley, a Gonzaga senior guard who transferred after playing his first three seasons for USC. “So I think it’s definitely frustrating when you hear that so much, and people always talk about how they just can’t get to that next level.”

They will not be saying it on Monday morning. Not here. Not in Spokane. And certainly not in Iowa City, where the Iowa Hawkeyes must now return after Gonzaga buried them on Sunday afternoon beneath an insurmountable pile of 3-point jumpers and easy interior buckets, the Bulldogs racing to a thoroughly dominant 87-68 victory before a sellout crowd of 14,901 at KeyArena that amounted to equal parts excitement and catharsis.

It’s now on to Houston, where 2nd-seeded Gonzaga (34-2) will face a familiar opponent – 11th-seeded UCLA, which GU defeated by 13 points, in Los Angeles, on Dec. 13 – in its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. Read more »