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Thu., Feb. 25, 2010, midnight

Men’s basketball: Quincy Pondexter ended a television interview last Sunday night with a quick statement. “We’re going to win,” the UW senior forward said. It sounded like he was guaranteeing a victory in the Huskies’ rivalry game against Washington State on Saturday. But Tuesday, Pondexter denied doing any such thing.

“It was nothing like a guarantee,” Pondexter said. “I know it’s going to be a tough battle on Saturday night. It was a question that I felt I should have answered that way. I think if anyone (were) in the same position, they would have said the same thing.”

WSU coach Ken Bone was sympathetic to Pondexter.

“People can say what they want,” Bone said Tuesday. “People have made comments like that in the past, sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong. Quincy’s a great kid and he’s had a great year and I’m sure that’s what he believes.

“And that’s what he should believe.”

Vince Grippi

Mac’s brother: Drugs helped

Baseball: Mark McGwire’s estranged younger brother says he injected Big Mac with a variety of steroids and he thinks the home run king gained obvious strength from the drugs.

Jay McGwire’s book, “Mark and Me,” is scheduled for publication on Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Jay McGwire said his brother “knew that he was going to get the strength and endurance and size.”

When he finally admitted last month that he used steroids, Mark McGwire said it was only for healing. His brother said that was the initial purpose but it’s obvious the slugger also gained strength.

The McGwire brothers have not spoken in eight years.

Associated Press

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