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Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers UCLA football, basketball and every other sport on campus. He previously covered Bruins basketball from 2010-11 but doesn't believe he deserves any blame for his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack temporarily halting John Wooden's run of national championships in 1974 when he was 2 months old.

Recent Articles

  • Clippers lose another free agent as Cole Aldrich agrees to sign with Minnesota

    Clippers lose another free agent as Cole Aldrich agrees to sign with Minnesota

    The Clippers lost another free agent they wanted to keep on Sunday when backup center Cole Aldrich agreed to a three-year, $22-million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Keeping Aldrich was considered something of an uphill climb for the Clippers because they did not own his so-called Bird...

  • Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers are in; Durant is out for Clippers

    Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers are in; Durant is out for Clippers

    The Clippers received some disappointing, albeit not surprising, news Saturday: Kevin Durant will not join them. The team learned that the superstar free agent had eliminated it from consideration as he continued to meet with suitors and narrowed his choices. Durant informing the Clippers they...

  • Clippers' meeting with Kevin Durant 'went very well'

    Clippers' meeting with Kevin Durant 'went very well'

    The Clippers have made their pitch to Kevin Durant. Now the waiting begins. They unveiled a four-hour presentation to the former NBA most valuable player on Friday evening in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., in hopes of landing what would be the most prized free agent in their history. One person...

  • Clippers lose Jeff Green, who agrees to one-year, $15-million deal with Orlando Magic

    Clippers lose Jeff Green, who agrees to one-year, $15-million deal with Orlando Magic

    The Clippers lost one of their top free agents Friday afternoon when veteran forward Jeff Green agreed to a one-year, $15-million contract with the Orlando Magic, a person close to the situation confirmed. Green was the Clippers’ biggest in-season addition last season, joining the team in February...

  • Clippers will do what it takes to get Kevin Durant

    Clippers will do what it takes to get Kevin Durant

    The Clippers have started their wooing of free agents. Now comes the biggest pursuit. They will be among the first teams to make their pitch to Kevin Durant, meeting with the superstar free agent Friday in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. Durant is scheduled to convene with a contingent of Clippers...

  • Clippers will be among the first teams to meet with free agent Kevin Durant

    Clippers will be among the first teams to meet with free agent Kevin Durant

    The Clippers’ pitch to Kevin Durant will be among the first the superstar forward hears in free agency. Durant is scheduled to meet with a contingent of Clippers officials in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., on Friday, the same day he is expected to meet with representatives of the Golden State...

  • Clippers prepare for pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency

    Clippers prepare for pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency

    The Clippers wouldn’t mind if their roster looked radically different in the coming weeks. They also would be just fine with it remaining essentially the same. The drastic change would involve landing Kevin Durant, the prize of this summer’s free agency.  Staying intact would mean retaining most...

  • Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    The Kobe Paras era at UCLA appears to have ended before it began. The incoming freshman guard, who was conditionally admitted to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university after failing to meet certain academic requirements, the school announced Wednesday. See the most-read stories in Sports this...

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