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Thu., Jan. 22, 2009, 7:54 a.m.

UCLA starts six-game test for WSU


A tough six-game stretch tips off tonight for the Washington State Cougars, starting with Pac-10-leading UCLA coming to Beasley Coliseum. It's been a long time since WSU has defeated the Bruins – eight consecutive games – and even longer since the Cougars have won in Pullman – the last win over UCLA was in LA in 2004. After the Cougars host UCLA and USC, they head on a four-game road swing, with two in Arizona and two in the Bay Area. We've got links. Read on.

• We put up our feature on Aron Baynes and some notes last night here, though you can find the edited version that ran in the paper here. There are also advances from the West Side papers, with Bud Withers' piece in the Times and freelancer Howie Stalwick's story that runs in a bunch of West Side papers. ... We linked the LA Times advance last night, but here is Brian Dohn's story from the Daily News.

• UPDATE: We also had a brief on freshman football player Anthony Laurenzi, who was arrested last week. Here is the link.

• In other football news, there's this short from the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. Former Cougar John Rushing is moving from an assistant at Utah State to the Green Bay Packers.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back this afternoon – remember the game starts at 6 – with our pregame post. Till then ...

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