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Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Cowboys put franchise tag worth $12.8 million on Dez Bryant — IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver. Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years.

Lady Griz secure undisputed conference title — First they shredded Eastern Washington's interior defense, then they savored some celebratory net snipping. Given a chance to secure undisputed Big Sky Conference bragging rights on senior day Saturday, the Montana women's basketball team muscled up and made it happen.

Lady Griz lead Eagles 33-29 at half — Kayleigh Valley and Shanae Gilham have each scored eight points in helping the Montana women's basketball team build a 33-29 halftime lead on Eastern Washington Saturday at Dahlberg Arena. Montana struggled with its shooting early as EWU jumped to a nine-point lead in the first 12 minutes.

Montana's Selvig among best shot blockers in Big Sky history — The best part about watching Carly Selvig swat an unsuspecting shooter is the look that comes with it. No one in the Big Sky Conference blocks shots quite like the 6-foot-3 center for the Montana women's basketball team. Few players in the country, in fact, can lay stake to the claim of averaging almost three rejections per game.

Lady Griz secure share of Big Sky title — For 13 years coach Jon Newlee has tried to solve the puzzle that is the Montana women's basketball team. He's seen a lot of talented Lady Griz players come and go, first as skipper at Idaho State and the past seven years at Idaho.

Lady Griz clinging to two-point lead at halftime — The Montana women's basketball team is clinging to a 32-30 halftime lead on Idaho Thursday night at Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz, who can clinch the Big Sky Conference title with two home wins this week, led by as many as 10 points in the first half.

Los Angeles-area city celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL — INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The city of Inglewood has unanimously and emphatically approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for a return to the Los Angeles area of the NFL for the first time in two decades.

Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights — McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A federal government decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark because it may be disparaging infringes on free-speech rights and unfairly singles the team out, lawyers argued in court papers filed Monday.

2 members of Congress write Goodell about domestic violence — WASHINGTON (AP) - Two members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify whether teams can lose draft picks if they do not properly address domestic violence. In a letter sent Tuesday to Goodell, Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, and Rep.

Inglewood to consider approving plan for LA-area NFL stadium — INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The Inglewood City Council could decide Tuesday to approve plans to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles suburb, fast-tracking a $2 billion project in a sweepstakes that has seen similar proposals raise - and dash - hopes in surrounding cities.
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Feb 28, 2015

Here's a different take on Jon Krakauer's upcoming book "Missoula."ā€¦

Feb 28, 2015

Final score: Lady Griz 69, Eastern Washington 59. #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

RT @mappelgate206: Final: MSU 71, Idaho 62. 'Cats move to 8-9 in Big Sky. Now awaits the Idaho State-Weber State result for a tournament app. #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

Maggie Rickman will step to the free-throw line for Montana hoping to add to a 64-55 lead with 2:24 left. #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

RT @Bobcat_Beat: With 3:26 to play, this is shaping up for a tight finish as @msuwbb leads Idaho 59-57, MSU ball out of TO #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

Eagles enjoying a 5-0 run. They trail the Lady Griz 56-49 with 7:37 remaining. #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

Kayleigh Valley has 15 points and Maggie Rickman 13 for Montana. The Lady Griz lead 51-41 with 11:50 left.

Feb 28, 2015

McCalle Feller 3-ball ignites the crowd. The Lady Griz lead 49-39 with 13:26 left. #BigSkyWBB

Feb 28, 2015

UM guard Kellie Rubel is playing with three fouls. Her team leads 42-34 with 15:58 left.

Feb 28, 2015

Kayleigh Valley's 3-pointer prompts an Eastern Washington timeout. UM leads 42-34 with 16:20 left. #BigSkyWBB

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