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Heading toward the stretch run


FROM PULLMAN — If there's such a thing as a stretch run in spring practice, the Cougars are getting there. Just five more practices before they pack it up and call it a spring. We have news and notes from the latest session — as well as other places — so read on.

Our story for today's newspaper focused on the emphasis being placed on WSU's screen game. We also had a blog post wrapping up Thursday's practice, a short item about the assault citation of Spencer Waseem, and a story about Derek Jones taking over as WSU's new home run king. … Klay Thompson scored 24 points in a loss for the Warriors last night.

Elsewhere around the Pac-12 … Arizona may have gotten better after losing two players. The Wildcats welcome a recruit from the Northeast. A redshirt freshman linebacker is picking things up quickly. … Some spring football notes from Arizona State. … Legendary Washington coach Tippy Dye passed away at age 97. Lorenzo Romar says new recruit Mark McLaughlin can help UW right away. … Oregon State is unsettled at running back, its secondary is jelling and Mike Riley doesn't want freshmen enrolling early. … Oregon's quarterback competition continues. Taking a look at the Ducks' tight ends. … There's no clear favorite in UCLA's quarterback competition. There's plenty of buzz over Shabazz. … A USC defensive back was granted a medical hardship waiver. The Trojans want to force more turnovers. … California signed a basketball player. … Stanford's spring game will be highlighted by dueling quarterbacks. … Utah's defensive coordinator likes what he's seen so far. Want to know what it's like to be a walk-on? Some closure to Utah's public-relations fiasco. But when will the Utes' revolving door stop spinning? … Interesting stuff from Bud Withers about some changes in the Pac-12's basketball officiating structure. … A young Colorado running back is ready to step his game up. The Buffaloes are targeting higher season-ticket sales. Some more Colorado notes.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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