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Live chat, Marks, practice and links

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FROM PULLMAN — We'll get back on our live chat game this afternoon, though it will be later than usual — 2:30 p.m. — so we can chat with a WSU baseball player for a story later this week. Read on for links.

WSU ready to return to practice


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Washington State gets back to work today after their first day off of the fall. The Cougars will go through another two-a-day, with practice starting at 8:30 this morning. The second will be at 3:30 this afternoon. Before they get underway, we have some news for you, so read on.

WSU responds to expansion


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We’ve spent the afternoon getting Washington State reaction to the addition of Colorado to the Pac-10 Conference. We put together a couple stories for tomorrow’s paper, one on the overall news and the WSU response, the other on the financial bump the school may receive if the conference expands to 16 teams, as has been talked about all week. For both, read on.

USC, Pac-10 expansion and WSU


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It could be D-Day for USC today. Or Pearl Harbor, if that’s your leaning. Whatever, it looks like the Trojans are in trouble. It also seems we’re getting closer to some sort of landslide toward expansion and realignment of the conferences. Those items are discussed on the link. Read on.

• UPDATE: The expansion train is rolling. Colorado accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10. See post above.

WSU posts a clean APR


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The NCAA’s APR numbers were announced today and Washington State was just fine. We have a short story on the link, so read on.

WSU baseball season ends


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Well, that’s that. The most successful baseball season in recent memory is over, with Washington State falling 7-2 to Arkansas last night in Fayetteville. We have some thoughts, some links and some notes on the link, so read on.

WSU vs. Arkansas game thread


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Check the link below for an inning-by-inning update of the Washington State NCAA baseball game. We’ll update it as the innings end.

WSU alive, Big 12 might be toast


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A quite full Monday morning, what with the Washington State baseball team still playing – that looked doubtful early Sunday – and Pac-10 commissioner getting the go ahead from the conference presidents Sunday to pursue expansion and to do it quickly. We have items for you on both those subjects, so read on.

WSU stops Arkansas, will play Monday


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There was nothing easy about this Sunday for the Washington State baseball team. First the Cougars had to win a loser-out game with Kansas State. They did, 9-6. Then they had to face the host Arkansas Razorbacks knowing they had to beat the top seed twice to advance to next weekend’s super regional. They did, 10-7. WSU scored first, led 2-1 before a five-run fifth gave them some breathing room. But Arkansas wasn’t about to go away, scoring five runs over the next three innings to cut the lead to 7-6. Some poor Razorback fielding helped the Cougars score three times in the top of the eighth. Over, right? Especially with Chad Arnold throwing for WSU. Not really. Arkansas rallied with two outs in the eighth for a run. But Arnold tightened up and shut the Razorbacks down the rest of the way for a season-extending victory. Derek Jones picked a great day to get hot, hitting a big three-run home run the opener and finishing with five RBIs. In the nightcap, he added four hits and two RBIs. With Arnold throwing parts of four innings Sunday, will the Cougars turn to Adam Conley on Monday? We’ll see. You can find our story here.

WSU stays alive with win over KSU


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A quick post to update you on what’s going on with Washington State’s baseball team in the NCAAs. The Cougars fell behind 6-1, then rallied with eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined before holding on for a 9-6 victory. Derek Jones was the big bat, with five RBI including a three-run home run in the sixth. WSU will face Arkansas starting at 5 tonight. They must defeat the Razorbacks twice to keep their season alive. We’ll keep you abreast of tonight’s result as well.

WSU has a long day ahead


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Washington State’s baseball team will be back at it today with a possible doubleheader. First the Cougars will face a noon (PDT) rematch with Kansas State, a 9-8 winner over Grambling on Saturday, before – if they win – having to face host Arkansas at 5. To win the regional, WSU will have to win three consecutive games. For more on yesterday’s 6-4 defeat to the Razorbacks, read on.

WSU falls 6-4 to Arkansas


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Washington State struggled to solve the puzzle of Arkansas’ Drew Smyly and, what was even more puzzling, had some uncharacteristic defensive lapses as well. But despite two crucial errors, the Cougars went into the bottom of the eighth trailing by just two runs, 5-3. And the left-handed Smyly was gone despite giving up just three hits and the three runs. Despite the best efforts of relievers DJ Baxendale and Geoff Davenport, WSU couldn’t take the lead, scoring once without an out – on a bases-loaded walk – but leaving the bases loaded against Jordan Pratt. That was the Cougars’ last hurrah as the Razorbacks played add-on in the ninth and won 6-4. WSU will have to come back through the loser’s bracket tomorrow, facing Kansas State once again to start the day. Here is the link to our story.

WSU’s victory and a goodbye


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Once again the morning is full of … stories. Ya, that’s it. Stories. From baseball to a basketball legend to the Pac-10’s future. We cover them all on the link, so read on.

WSU wins 8-6


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Cody Bartlett, the 5-foot-8 second baseman we wrote about in this morning’s S-R, pounded a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth and Washington State rallied to defeat Kansas State, 8-6, the Cougars’ 19th come-from-behind victory of the season. They led 3-1, fell behind 6-3, tied it at 6, and then got the big bomb from Bartlett to move on in the NCAA regional. They’ll face host Arkansas tomorrow in the winner’s bracket game.

Here is the link to our story.

WSU news on a Friday morning


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There are a few things to cover this morning related to Washington State and Pac-10 athletics, so let’s get right to them. Read on.

WSU baseball and Pac-10 expansion


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We have some more on the NCAA baseball regional that begins tomorrow, but probably of more interest is a Rivals.com report about Pac-10 expansion. This story seems to be getting some traction. Read on.

WSU sees its story in Kansas State


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The more you read about Washington State’s opponent Friday, Kansas State – and there is another story on the link – the more you understand why WSU coach Donnie Marbut keeps saying the Wildcats are a lot like his Cougars. However, there are significant differences. Read on.

Examining WSU’s late surge


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The Washington State Cougars’ baseball team was as hot as anyone down the stretch of the Pac-10 season, winning 9 of its final 12 conference games. We have a story examining one of the main reasons behind the surge for tomorrow’s S-R, but you can read the unedited version on the link now.

• UPDATE: With Ken Griffey Jr.’s retirement this afternoon, the space in the paper devoted to the following story was turned over to that topic. The story on the link will now run in the S-R Friday morning.

Counting down to WSU’s regional appearance


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As we get closer to the weekend, there will be more Washington State baseball news, of course. But we already have some for you, so read on.

Some WSU links


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Washington State will practice in Pullman today then get on a plane tomorrow for the trip to Arkansas and the NCAA baseball tournament. If the Cougars can survive the four-team regional, they would probably head to Tempe and a super regional showdown with Pac-10 rival ASU (if the Sun Devils win, of course). We have some baseball links and notes for you so read on …

WSU’s thoughts on NCAAs


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We talked with some of the Washington State baseball players and coach Donnie Marbut this morning and put together a story for tomorrow’s S-R. You can read the rough draft on the link if you want.

WSU headed to Arkansas


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Washington State earned a two seed and will be heading for Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the NCAA baseball tourney will start Friday. I am always astounded by the way the NCAA seeds teams, with Stanford a two seed at Cal State Fullerton. Though WSU finished ahead of Stanford, they end up with the longer trip because Fullerton is considered a higher seed than Arkansas, I’m sure. The four-team regional includes host, No. 3 seed Kansas State (WSU’s first-round opponent at 36-20) and No. 4 seed Grambling, which has a losing record. WSU played Arkansas at Norman last year in the NCAAs and lost 10-3. It was the fourth loss of the season to the Razorbacks. The Pac-10 received eight bids. We’ll have more after we talk with a couple Cougar baseball players and head coach Donnie Marbut. Until then …

Waiting for WSU baseball


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We are sitting, waiting for the announcement of where Washington State and the other 47 schools will be heading in the NCAA baseball tournament (of course we know where 16 schools, the hosts, will be going). The last ESPN mock bracket has the Cougars returning to Norman but I would be astounded if that happened. We’ll see in a half hour or so. When it happens, we’ll post. Until then. …

Big Memorial Day weekend for WSU


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Looking forward to your long weekend? It starts today for the Washington State baseball team, as the Cougars try to help their NCAA seeding with wins against No. 7 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. We also have a track link for you and some news on a former WSU basketball player. Read on.

Some WSU links for Monday


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I know this is a little later than usual but … heck, no excuses. It’s just late. We have some links and notes so read on.

WSU handles USC again


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Covered WSU’s 8-2 win over hapless USC on Sunday, a win that gave the Cougars a series sweep of the Trojans – their first ever – and virtually assured Washington State of an NCAA tournament spot. For the unedited version of my story, read on.

WSU baseball, basketball news


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A short post for you this morning, with our story on Xavier Thames’ new home and a couple of links. Read on.

Long layoff ends with WSU news


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We’re slowly rounding back into midseason form after our injury-lengthened layoff, but it’s obvious we’ve got some work to do. Too many adjectives, a misplaced modifier here and there and a little too reliant on clichés. All things that should work itself out as the rust wears off. We have some baseball news and other notes, so read on.

Back from the brink


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Well, we’re back. Sure, it’s about a week later than we wanted to return, but we’re back. For the reasons behind the late arrival, and a little Washington State news, read on.

WSU readies for second scrimmage


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A crowded weekend in Pullman continues this morning with Washington State’s second spring scrimmage, starting a little after 10. After today’s workout, the Cougars will have five more practices, the Spring Game on April 24 and be done. That’s for next week and beyond, however. This weekend has enough, including last night’s baseball victory over top-ranked ASU. For links on that and more, read on.