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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.
Two former UCLA basketball stars die tragically, leaving questions behind

Billy Knight and Tyler Honeycutt were former UCLA basketball stars who died within weeks of each other. Knight, who had been charged with sexual assault, committed suicide. Honeycutt died from what the coroner ruled was a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with SWAT officers.

In this case, Bruins want to actually snap

Nearly two weeks into training camp, UCLA’s struggles don’t so much involve learning the nuances of a complex offense as they do mastering one of the most fundamental motions in football.

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