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About 36,000 runners hope to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday on Boylston Street, a year after the tragic events of last year’s race.
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Saturday, April 19
Boston, one year later, even stronger than we imagined | Bud Withers

Monday’s Boston Marathon will honor the courage the city showed last year, but the violence of 2013 is a painful reminder of the vulnerability at major sports events.

Wednesday, April 2

Ernie Kent needed the Cougars, and the Cougs needed him | Bud Withers

Kent was introduced as Washington State’s new basketball coach. He’ll make $1.4 million annually.

Monday, March 31

Ernie Kent at WSU: A rebuilding project unlike any other in the Pac-12 | Bud Withers

Ernie Kent, who is somewhat familiar with Houdini escapes from his days coaching at Oregon, accepted a challenge of a similar magnitude, that of rebuilding the sagging Washington State men’s basketball program.

Sunday, March 23

Arizona too much for Gonzaga in NCAA tournament game | Bud Withers

The Bulldogs slog through a forgettable first 15 minutes and are unable to recover as Arizona bounces Gonzaga from the NCAA tournament, 84-61, to reach the Sweet 16.

Saturday, March 22

Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski will be a key matchup | Bud Withers

With the Wildcats and Bulldogs set to do battle for the last spot in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 on Sunday, the team’s centers will prove crucial.

Tuesday, March 18

WSU fires Ken Bone, looks for coach who can rebuild program

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos says he expects the Cougars to be competitive in men’s basketball, to be in the NCAA tournament more often than not. Right now, that looks like quite a challenge.

Monday, March 17

Bracket racket: Bud Withers takes a look at the NCAA tournament

OK, maybe it was a tough season in our state for college hoops. But the states of Indiana and Illinois went a combined 0 for 23 in Div. I teams making the tournament.

Sunday, March 16

Gonzaga faces a tough out in Oklahoma State | Bud Withers

This time, there’s no quibble with where the Zags are playing (San Diego). But that opponent: Oklahoma State was preseason No. 8 in the AP poll, and by Thanksgiving week, it was No. 5.

Saturday, March 15

Gonzaga’s 16 straight NCAA tournament appearances: an impressive streak | Bud Withers

Gonzaga will make its 16th straight NCAA tournament appearance, a remarkable streak worth putting in perspective.

Tuesday, March 11

Teams make their case this week for NCAA tournament

Spots in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament are on the line this week as teams try to impress the selection committee with big wins in their conference tournaments.

Zags take WCC title | Bud Withers

Sam Dower Jr. had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Gonzaga defeated Brigham Young 75-64 for its 13th West Coast Conference title and 16th consecutive NCAA tournament bid.