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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