In brief: Cougars, Whits play at home
Basketball: Washington State will play its first official home game of the 2011-12 season at 7:05 tonight when the Cougars host Sacramento State in the recently upgraded Beasley Coliseum.
WSU (0-1) began the season last Monday night with an 89-81 loss to 22nd-ranked Gonzaga in Spokane. Junior post Brock Motum led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Hornets are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2000-01 season and are led by 6-foot-6 wing Joe Eberhard. The transfer from Irvine Valley College is the current Big Sky Conference player of the week after averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists last week.
WSU added a center-hung scoreboard over Friel Court in the offseason and is in the process of making over aspects of the 28-year-old facility.
• Whitworth University, ranked 12th in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25 poll, will open its 2011-12 men’s basketball season at 7 tonight with a nonconference matchup against UC Santa Cruz in Whitworth Fieldhouse.
The Pirates, who have made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III tournament, beat the DIII independent Banana Slugs 92-61 last season and went on to finish 28-2.
UCSC finished 12-14 last year and returns just one starter from that team.
Source: Astros will move to A.L.
Baseball: A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball only agreed to the pending sale of the Houston Astros to businessman Jim Crane after he agreed to move the team to the American League.
Crane reportedly agreed in exchange for a drop in the $680 million sales price. Approval could be announced as early as today at a meeting of baseball executives.
The Houston franchise has played in the N.L. since its inception in 1962.