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THE MORNING PAPER: Anderson keeps his eyes on the prize

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In stark contrast to yesterday, there's not a lot out there today in Cougar news. But we do have updated track results from the NCAA championships to bring you.

Jeshua Anderson remains on course to defend his 400-meter hurdles title, advancing to tonight's final by posting the fastest time in the semis -- 49.27 seconds. He'll run the finals at 6:05 p.m. PDT, and you can actually catch the race LIVE on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV), which will be carrying the meet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT. (Channel 412 on Comcast in western Washington; 613 DirecTV.)

Also competing in finals today will be Melissa Tschida (javelin) and Trent Arrivey (high jump). Arrivey's event starts at 5 p.m., so you should be able to catch him on the broadcast; Tschida's event starts at 3:30 p.m., so you might not catch her.

Also advancing to the finals yesterday was discus thrower Matt Lamb, who had a season-best toss of 192-feet, 11 inches -- the sixth-best throw of the day. His final will be Saturday at 8 a.m.

In Pac-10 news, the Seattle Times' Bud Withers is reporting that the conference is in negotiations to potentially enter into a contract with the Alamo Bowl. If the bowl will bring its guaranteed payout up to the level of the Holiday Bowl, you would see an arrangement where the Alamo Bowl and Holiday Bowl would alternate the No. 2 and No. 3 Pac-10 team each year.

It might not seem like much, but this is a positive step. It would bring slightly more money to the conference, but would also bump the Sun Bowl to the No. 4 bowl -- probably the right move. Would you rather go to San Antonio or El Paso? That's what I thought.

All that controversy at USC finally prompted the athletic department to speak out in a video on the school's Web site. Pretty dull stuff, but mildly interesting if you've been following the situation.