Wednesday links: 18 ex-M’s on postseason rosters; Kevin Van Hook video and more says there are 18 former Mariners, including “Kitsap” Willie Bloomquist and Tigers’ pitcher Doug Fister, on the rosters of the eight teams that qualified for MLB’s postseason. The story breaks down what the M’s got in return for those players.

Here’s a YouTube video of former Central Kitsap/Olympic College basketball player Kevin Van Hook playing in the 2011 Thailand Open. He earned All-Star honors. Van Hook was MVP of the 2009 tournament and played in Korea last year.  A couple other local products, Bainbridge’s Steven Gray and Bremerton’s Miah Davis are just getting their European seasons under way. Gray, the former Gonzaga star, is coming off the bench for BK Ventsils of Latvia’s top league. Davis is starting for the Leuven Bears in Belgium’s top league.

Don’t know when the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement will be resolved, but there’s been talk about an Amnesty clause being included which would allow teams to waive one player and not have that contract count against the salary cap. If it happens, it’s been suggested that the Atlanta Hawks might waive Bremerton’s Marvin Williams, who’s owed $24.9 million through 2014.

NBA apathy? ESPN’s conducting a poll today on whether people cared if the NBA season started on time and 74% of those who voted said no.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times writes that Washington State has received a verbal commit from 3-star basketball recruit Richard Peters, a 6-10 inside force who was recruited by the Huskies among others.

Seahawks’ run defense shouldn’t get run over this time against the Giants, who hammered Seattle 41-7 a year ago. ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Seattle could have as many as 15 different starters in the lineup this time around.

Check out Keith Price’s NCAA QB ranking and compare the UW sophomore’s numbers to other QBs like Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Boise State’s Kellen Moore, who are both completing better than 70 percent of their passes. Price is at 68.23 percent. The Pac-12 has five of the top-20 ranked QBs: Luck is No. 7, Price No. 10, WSU’s Marshall Lobbestael No. 13, USC’s Matt Barkley No. 16 and Oregon’s Darron Thomas No. 17.

Here’s a look at the throwback uniforms the Oregon Ducks will wear against California on Thursday night. It’s the first of three straight Thursday night Pac-12 games being carried by ESPN. USC is at Cal on Oct. 13 and UCLA is at Arizona on Oct. 20. All start at 6 p.m.

Ooops: The South Kitsap-Bellarmine Prep game will be live streamed at (not Thursday’s Central Kitsap-Gig Harbor game; we got that one wrong in the print edition earlier this week).



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