Talking Points: Huskies' recruiting class rated No. 11

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Washington's football recruiting class is rated at No. 11 in the country by Jake Worthen, West analyst for FoxSports/Scout.com.

"It would be their best class in the last couple of years if things stood where they are now,'' Worthen told the Seattle Times.

However, USC's class is ranked No. 9 nationally, and UCLA's is No. 10, he said. Stanford is recruiting only a small class, but also a very good class.

Signing day is in February, and a lot can happen between now and then. The Huskies and UCLA appear to be the finalists for Bellevue super linebacker Myles Jack.

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Former University of Washington star and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is predicted to have a much better year for the San Francisco Giants in 2013.

Well, at least according to ZiPS, a projection system based on four-year averages as well as similar players in ability, age and other trends.

Lincecum was 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA in 2012. ZiPS projects he will be 15-11 with a 3.60 ERA in the coming season, a contract year for the 28-year-old.

Lincecum's fastball velocity will never return, but he's expected to learn how to make his best pitch, the changeup, not so hittable in 2013.

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