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Thu., March 5, 2009, 6:22 p.m.

Rochestie practices with WSU

Rochestie (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Rochestie (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:50 P.M., 8 A.M.

Just a quick post tonight. Another day, more economic bad news. But here on SportsLink, we've got our head in the sand. Everything's coming up roses as far as we can see. For some good news (though I gave it away in the headline), read on.

UPDATE: After Cal's win at Arizona, UCLA's victory over Oregon State and USC's win at home over Oregon, the Pac-10 tournament seeding has cleared up - for Washington State. As far as I can tell, I put up some incorrect information last night in the case of a three-way tie with USC and UA (presuming all three win Saturday). I read the Pac-10 multiple team tiebreaker rule one way (2a), as the "results of collective head-to-head-competition" as winnowing the multiple team tie down to two teams and then invoking rule 2b "If at any point the multiple-team tie is reduced to two teams, the two-team tie-breaking procedure will be applied." Because USC would be 3-1, UA 2-2 and UWSU 1-3 in the three-team tiebreaker, that's the way the seedings would fall, though I want to double-check that today. Of course, if WSU wins and either USC or Arizona loses, then it goes to the two-team tiebreaker. As we said, WSU wins that tiebreaker over UA (due to ASU wins) but loses to USC (0-2 against the Trojans). Of course, WSU could lose to the Huskies. If that happens, then there are other possibilities, explained by Dan below.

• OK, I said I would pass along good news, so I will. Taylor Rochestie practiced today, his jammed fingers well enough for him to go through drills and all the prep. The Cougars will head over the Seattle tomorrow and practice at Hec Ed in the evening. With the 2:30 starting time Saturday, there won't be any chance of getting on the court the day of the game.

Now for the bad news. The good old S-R is laying off more people, including three in the newsroom. None however, in sports. Still, three journalists out looking for work in a toxic environment. In the same vein, it looks like the P-I may keep a website open. Though none of the people earmarked for the site, in this story, are from sports.


• That's it for now. We're headed downstairs to watch Stanford play ASU. We'll be back in the morning. Until then …

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