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Sat., April 2, 2011, 7:46 a.m.

WSU ready for scrimmage


If you are attending Washington State's first official scrimmage this morning in Pullman, I suggest you take along two things. A bagful of towels and an umbrella. The scrimmage, set to start at 12:30 (a time change from earlier) and run about an hour, should be played in steady showers (the Weather Channel says 60 percent chance of that), thus the umbrella. The towels? So you can wipe off a Martin Stadium seat. No one wants to sit in a puddle. If you don't want to lug along either item, then bring binoculars. That way you can sit under the press box and still see what's going on down on the field. For more, read on.


• Washington State: That's what we do here at SportsLink, WSU edition. We give you news for life, to steal a line from one of my favorite radio hosts. ... As for other Cougar news, we summarized Ken Bone's press conference for you yesterday and we wrote this story for the S-R. ... If you have an opinion about Bone's grading, you can vote on a poll here.


• Around the Pac-12: Really no news that is conference-centric. However, I am trying something new. Only the schools with news are boldfaced in the rest of the paragraph. Hope this makes it easier for you. ... Washington: So, is Isaiah Thomas being smart or making a mistake? Percy Allen looks at both sides. ... Oregon State: With a battle on this spring to replace Quiz, one of the contenders has to drop out with an injury. ... Oregon: The Ducks win the CBI title, 71-69, thanks to E.J. Singler's last-second shot – and to the invisible half-court line that better be changed by next year or every coach in the Pac-12 should protest. ...  Colorado: Not a lot. ... Utah: Former Montana coach and star Larry Krystkowiak and former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried seem to be the finalists for the basketball job. ... The Utes held their first scrimmage Friday. They won.... California: Nothing here. ... Stanford: Same with the Cardinal. ... USC: Couldn't find anything. ... UCLA: Offensive lineman Jeff Baca has surgery on his broken ankle. ... Arizona State: Nothing for today. ... Arizona: This isn't breaking news, but after reading Greg Hansen's column from earlier this week, I thought I should pass it on. History teaches lessons we should never forget.


• That's all for this morning. We'll return after the scrimmage with a rundown and our story. If we don't drown. (And that my friends is a joke. I can swim. A little.) Until then ...

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