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Ben Bolch

Ben Bolch has been a Los Angeles Times staff writer since 1999. He is serving his second stint as the UCLA beat writer, which seems fitting since he has covered almost every sports beat except hockey and horse racing. Bolch is the author of the upcoming book “100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” scheduled for release in August. He previously covered UCLA basketball from 2010-11 before going on to cover the NBA and the Clippers for five years. He happily traded in gobs of hotel points and airline miles to return to cover UCLA basketball and football in the summer of 2016. Bolch was once selected by NBA TV’s “The Starters” as the “Worst of the Week” after questioning their celebrity journalism-style questions at an NBA All-Star game and considers it one of his best moments.
UCLA quarterback directs hurry-up offense against California

You weren’t imagining things if it seemed like UCLA quickened its offensive pace on the way to its first victory of the season.

After an 0-5 start, UCLA defeats Cal for Chip Kelly's first victory as Bruins' head coach

The revelry continued in the locker room after the Bruins’ 37-7 victory over California on Saturday at California Memorial Stadium. Players sang the school’s fight song so heartily that it could be heard outside through thick doors.

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