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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
photo Cats primed for preseason debut

Members of the Arizona men's basketball team have been battling hard against one another for the past three weeks in practice, and tonight they finally get a chance to go against another opponent.

The Wildcats play host to Sonoma State tonight at 7:30 in McKale Center in their first exhibition game of the season.

Sonoma State came to Tucson last year for an exhibition game that the Wildcats won 105-80, and Arizona head coach Lute Olson said in his weekly press conference yesterday that much of the same team will travel to McKale Center showing many of the same looks. [Read article]

Football notes: Shorter, more intense practices paying off

With an emphasis on quality over quantity, the Arizona football team retooled its practice schedule last week before its 52-14 romp over No. 14 UCLA.

The changes have remained this week as the Wildcats prepare to host Washington on Saturday.

"We're healthy now, so we're looking more to getting better quality of reps," Stoops said Monday.

Last week, the Arizona coaching staff pitted first-string players against other first-stringers rather than the scout team, he said. [Read article]

A slice of bacon: Ahh, the memories

If you are the true Wildcats fan you tell yourself you are, "recovering" wasn't even the word to describe your early-morning Sunday routine after the Arizona football team busted up UCLA on Saturday.

It got me thinking as I was running alongside 5,000 of my closest classmates recently. Where does that game rank among my college memories: reporting, cheering or just reading?

Here's the list in descending order: [Read article]

photo Volleyball notes: Cats hope to earn high seed in NCAA tourney

With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, Arizona volleyball head coach Dave Rubio said it's crucial for the No. 6 Wildcats to remain humble and not get caught up in the distractions that surround a nationally ranked team.

"We've got to keep our eye on the ball now and not read our own press clippings and get too high and mighty on ourselves," Rubio said. "It's critical that we kind of stay blue-collar for me." [Read article]

Pastner's notebook: Wildcats sharpen their claws on court

In this edition of Pastner's Notebook, Arizona men's basketball assistant coach Josh Pastner discusses last week's Red-Blue Game, the squad's possible starters at center, the importance of rebounding and the induction of Miles Simon into the UA Sports Hall of Fame.

Wildcat: In what area has the team made the biggest improvements since the start of practices?

Pastner: In two areas: our pressing defense and our motion offense. We're learning what we're doing, how we're doing it, why we're doing it. The cutting, the reading of the defense, the reacting - I think that's where we're really becoming better at it. [Read article]

McClellan appeal denied by NCAA

Sophomore guard out until at least Dec. 17; will rehab ankle

Sophomore guard Jawann McClellan's second appeal to restore his academic eligibility for the fall semester was denied by the NCAA's appeal board yesterday afternoon.

McClellan, who was informed of the decision by the media at yesterday's men's basketball practice, can return to the team for its Dec. 17 game at Utah.

"I don't know what to say," he said. "I thought it was going to go through this time. The NCAA, I can't say nothing about that. How can you deny it twice when everybody else around the country feels it's wrong?" [Read article]

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