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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

  • UCLA looking to counter loud with fast in season opener at Texas A&M

    UCLA looking to counter loud with fast in season opener at Texas A&M

    Texas A&M has long cherished the voluminous advantage created by Kyle Field, where fighter jet flyovers might go unnoticed because of the din of crowds that routinely exceed 100,000. Some of the recent noise around the Aggies hasn’t been nearly as pleasurable. Linebacker Josh Walker was suspended...

  • UCLA's Nate Iese will try to help neutralize Texas A&M's Myles Garrett

    UCLA's Nate Iese will try to help neutralize Texas A&M's Myles Garrett

    UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott versus Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett could be the most intriguing individual matchup of the Bruins’ Sept. 3 season opener. It probably won’t be entirely a one-on-one battle. Tight end Nate Iese will try to help McDermott keep Garrett out of the Bruins’...

  • Podcast | The Bear Facts: Josh Rosen's maturity, the Mique Juarez situation and a UCLA season preview

    Podcast | The Bear Facts: Josh Rosen's maturity, the Mique Juarez situation and a UCLA season preview

    Welcome to the first episode of “The Bear Facts,” our UCLA sports podcast featuring Times reporters Ben Bolch and Lindsey Thiry.   This week’s topics include: Josh Rosen moves past the hot tub in his dorm room UCLA’s three-headed running back What’s going on with Mique Juarez? Getting to know UCLA...

  • Freshman kicker J.J. Molson chose UCLA's Mora over Alabama's Saban

    Freshman kicker J.J. Molson chose UCLA's Mora over Alabama's Saban

    Tension hung in the air like Texas humidity as J.J. Molson lined up for the first field-goal attempt of UCLA’s training camp. “Hey, no pressure, J.J.,” one of his teammates bellowed, “except for in the game.” Molson took a few quick steps forward and booted the ball through the uprights. It wasn’t...

  • There's a youth movement in UCLA's kicking game

    There's a youth movement in UCLA's kicking game

    One is tasked with upholding a tradition and the others with reestablishing one. UCLA kicker J.J. Molson is replacing Ka’imi Fairbairn, the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer. Meanwhile, long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker and punter Austin Kent will try to elevate the Bruins’ punting game...

  • Top Heisman Trophy contenders hope to defy the odds

    Top Heisman Trophy contenders hope to defy the odds

    Picking the Heisman Trophy winner isn’t like wagering on Alabama versus the Slippery Rock practice squad. No one has any idea how it’s going to turn out. Even professional oddsmakers were way off the mark in their predictions before last season. Bovada made Texas Christian quarterback Trevone Boykin...

  • UCLA doesn't expect too much of a surprise from the Aggies' offense

    UCLA doesn't expect too much of a surprise from the Aggies' offense

    UCLA spent part of practice Tuesday teaching its freshmen on the scout team how to mimic the style of play the Bruins expect from Texas A&M during their season opener Sept. 3. What the Aggies unveil on offense probably won’t be much of a surprise. Noel Mazzone, Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator,...

  • Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Late night with Lonzo Ball started shortly before 3 a.m. Los Angeles time on Tuesday. The prized UCLA freshman had ventured halfway around the world to make his Bruins debut against Sydney University as part of his team’s three-game, late-summer tour of Australia. Ball entered the exhibition game...

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