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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 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...

  • Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen strives to grow into his role as a leader

    Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen strives to grow into his role as a leader

    Josh Rosen has made the cover of Sports Illustrated, hobnobbed with Rams General Manager Les Snead and been widely projected as the top pick of the 2018 NFL draft. It would be easy for the UCLA quarterback to have gone Hollywood. Instead, he has apparently returned for his sophomore season humbled....

  • Lonzo Ball's UCLA debut will be an all-nighter

    Lonzo Ball's UCLA debut will be an all-nighter

    The debut of UCLA’s most highly prized freshman basketball player in recent years won’t exactly come in prime time. Lonzo Ball will play his first game as a Bruin at 2:30 a.m. PDT on Tuesday against Sydney University at Brydens Stadium in Sydney. The exhibition is part of a tour of Australia that...

  • Ainuu Taua, UCLA's long-haired 294-pound fullback, is a hirsute handful for tacklers

    Ainuu Taua, UCLA's long-haired 294-pound fullback, is a hirsute handful for tacklers

    Hairy situations used to be part of the football game plans at Lompoc High. The long, flowing locks that billowed out the back of Ainuu Taua’s helmet and down the back of his jersey were essential. Wearing his hair in braids, as Taua occasionally did, would get him upbraided. “You intimidate everybody,”...

  • Ishmael Adams a highlight at receiver in UCLA's final training camp practice

    Ishmael Adams a highlight at receiver in UCLA's final training camp practice

    Ishmael Adams sprinted off the line of scrimmage, found some separation in the secondary and cradled a Josh Rosen pass in his arms for a long gain. A fan nearby shouted a nickname that could stick, even if it’s long applied to a far more famous receiver. “Rocket Ishmael!” the fan yelled. Adams...

  • UCLA keeps its energy up with shortened training camp trip to San Bernadino

    UCLA keeps its energy up with shortened training camp trip to San Bernadino

    UCLA won’t leave San Bernardino until Saturday, but several players have already rendered a verdict on holding one week of training camp in the desert instead of the usual two. “I think the way they did it this year was awesome,” linebacker Kenny Young said Friday. The team started camp last week...

  • What's on the menu? For UCLA it's offense

    What's on the menu? For UCLA it's offense

    UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu calls the extensive package of plays that the Bruins will run this season “our menus.” They were formulated to let quarterback Josh Rosen do much of the ordering. Hungry for a mismatch? Rosen can dump the ball over the middle to Ainuu Taua and let the...

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