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Originally published May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM | Page modified May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

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Ryan Leaf has benign brain tumor removed / NW Briefs

Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was recovering in California Tuesday after doctors removed a benign tumor from his brainstem.

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Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was recovering in California Tuesday after doctors removed a benign tumor from his brainstem.

The 35-year-old Leaf had been experiencing headaches, dizziness and blurred vision before seeing a doctor May 18, his publicist, Margo Myers, told The Associated Press. Leaf had surgery a week later at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., and was released Saturday.

"I am looking forward to resting a bit and being with my family," Leaf said in the statement. "This was just another bridge for me to cross, and I will continue to live each day to the fullest and give back where I can!"

Leaf, a Great Falls, Mont., native, starred at Washington State before the San Diego Chargers made him the second pick of the 1998 NFL draft. He played for the Chargers from 1998-2000 and for the Dallas Cowboys in 2001.

Ex-Zags guard

to play football

Demetri Goodson, who announced a month ago that he was leaving the Gonzaga men's basketball program, told a Houston TV station that he's transferring to Baylor to play college football.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Goodson hasn't played football since starting as a varsity cornerback as a sophomore at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas.

He is the younger brother of Michael Goodson, former Texas A&M running back and current Carolina Panther.

Demetri Goodson started 68 of 69 basketball games at point guard for Gonzaga the last two seasons. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 assists last season.

Goodson said he believes he has a better chance at a pro career in football.

Notes

• Washington State sophomore first baseman Taylor Ard was named to the 16-player All-Pac-10 baseball team. No Huskies were named. Cal second baseman Tony Renda was player of the year and UCLA's Trevor Bauer was pitcher of the year.

• Pole vaulter Ryan Brown and distance runner Sarah Porter were named Western Washington University male and female athletes of the year.

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