Talking Points: Salute to Kennedy Kithuka

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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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We would like to give a shoutout to Texas Tech cross country runner Kennedy Kithuka.

The defending NCAA champion was edged out by Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek in Saturday's championship race at Terre Haute, Ind.

As Kithuka closed out his collegiate career, we remember the Kenyan as the two-time NAIA champion from Wayland Baptist University in Texas who won his first two college titles on a course set at Fort Vancouver National Site in 2010 and 2011.

He definitely left his mark on the collegiate running scene.

2

Who would have thought that on the same day Washington State would become bowl eligible for the first time since 2003 that nationally-ranked Oregon would get wacked at Arizona, thus crushing its BCS bowl hopes.

"I'm not saying we weren't motivated enough, but we just came out flat," Oregon receiver Josh Huff said following the 42-16 loss.

The Cougs remain motivated. They know six wins isn't a guaranteed bowl. They want seven.

"We're not guaranteed anything," said safety Deone Bucannon. "We're going to attack next week (against the Huskies)."

3

Oh good. The Yankees still know how to spend money.

Next to put on the Pinstripes appears to be free agent catcher Brian McCann, formerly of the Braves.

He's getting a five-year deal for somewhere around $85 million, depending on which reports you'd like to believe.

That leads us two to questions:

1) What will the Yankees be offering Robinson Cano, if anything at all?

And ... 2) Are the Mariners going to be making any free agent noise before the pickings get slim?

We'd like to see the M's at least be in some of the discussions.

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