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Morning links: Early lead slips away from Cougars

For about 10 minutes yesterday the Cougars looked like an upper-tier Pac-12 basketball team.

They hit their shots and played good defense, they just couldn't sustain it. Here is our story from the game and some postgame video of coach Ernie Kent. We also found out yesterday that defensive lineman Xavier Cooper will forego his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

Here are the links:

-- Here's another story on Cooper's decision to go pro.

-- It was a bad day for the Huskies, who lost both the bowl game and the basketball team's conference opener.

-- Arizona may be pole position but the Wildcats have plenty to work on.

-- Taking a look at Arizona State's season so far.

-- Here's a California story about yesterday's win.

-- Colorado beat UCLA for the first time in more than 52 years yesterday.

-- Lots of kudos for the Ducks after their Rose Bowl win.

-- Oregon State's Daniel Gomis is trying to cut down on fouls.

-- Stanford's football team could be known for its offense next season.

-- UCLA knocked out Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl.

-- Utah had an easy conference-opening win over USC.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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