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  • Videos and elaborate stunts geared to signing day are changing the college football recruiting game

    Videos and elaborate stunts geared to signing day are changing the college football recruiting game

    Using a live animal was out. Been done. Another football recruit had used a bulldog to announce he'd signed with Georgia. And then there was the recruit from Ohio who used a dwarf caiman — closest thing he could find to an alligator, which aren't legal in Ohio — to illustrate his choosing Florida....

  • Some top high school football players undecided with signing day at hand

    Some top high school football players undecided with signing day at hand

    If college football recruiting was compared to a horse race, USC might typically be illustrated by Traveler busting loose from the middle of the pack and flying past the field down the stretch. The Trojans have annually been fast closers on national signing day, even when NCAA sanctions limited...

  • As signing day approaches, here's a look at UCLA's early signees

    As signing day approaches, here's a look at UCLA's early signees

    As of Tuesday, the day before signing day, UCLA’s recruiting class had earned the No. 10 ranking in the country, according to Scout.com. That’s the best in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins are awaiting a number of high-profile decisions, plus signed letters from their verbal commitments, but there...

  • UCLA lands big recruit: a 9-year-old living with a brain tumor

    UCLA lands big recruit: a 9-year-old living with a brain tumor

    The UCLA football team says it landed a top recruit this weekend. He’s been given a five-star rating, according to one UCLA assistant, which isn’t bad for a 9-year-old. His name is Cade Spinello. In December 2009, Spinello was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two brain surgeries led to a stroke, which...

  • UCLA's juggled lineup results in big win over Washington State

    UCLA's juggled lineup results in big win over Washington State

    UCLA Coach Steve Alford had seen enough. After consecutive losses in which the Bruins gave up 86 points apiece, Alford inserted sophomore forward Jonah Bolden into the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Washington State Cougars, hoping to spruce up what he called a "slow" frontcourt....

  • UCLA to face Washington schools while at crossroads of Pac-12 season

    UCLA to face Washington schools while at crossroads of Pac-12 season

    Steve Alford, the men's basketball coach at UCLA, had just finished his weekly news conference when he popped back toward a group of reporters. "Hey," he said, excitement rising. "You guys want to talk to Jonah?" Jonah Bolden, the forward from Australia, was walking by. "It's Australia National...

  • UCLA has to slow Washington's Andrew Andrews

    UCLA has to slow Washington's Andrew Andrews

    UP NEXT UCLA VS. WASHINGTON When: Thursday, 7 p.m. PST. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: FS1; Radio: 570. Update: The last time UCLA (12-8 overall, 3-4 in Pac-12 Conference games) played Washington (13-6, 5-2) —the league opener for both — Bryce Alford made three-pointers at the end of regulation...

  • UCLA's Jordan Payton off to good start in Senior Bowl

    UCLA's Jordan Payton off to good start in Senior Bowl

    Former UCLA receiver Jordan Payton got off to a good start at the Senior Bowl. Payton will go into Wednesday’s workout after making several impressive catches in the first practice on Tuesday, including one on a long pass from former USC quarterback Cody Kessler. “I’ve just got to be myself,” Payton...

  • Special teams prowess sent USC's Soma Vainuku on road to the Senior Bowl

    Special teams prowess sent USC's Soma Vainuku on road to the Senior Bowl

    The crumpled facemask served as a coach's memento, a reminder of a play that set Soma Vainuku on a path to the Senior Bowl. In USC's 2012 opener against Hawaii, the Trojans scored a touchdown on their first snap and then kicked off, setting the stage for a raw redshirt freshman fullback to make...

  • Oregon's speed and athleticism are too much for UCLA in Bruins' 86-72 loss at Eugene

    Oregon's speed and athleticism are too much for UCLA in Bruins' 86-72 loss at Eugene

    EUGENE, Ore. — UCLA did not have much hope remaining with about two minutes left against Oregon on Saturday. Jordan Bell extinguished any that might have lingered. A Ducks player drove into the lane and three UCLA defenders moved to cover him. Nobody saw Bell. He sneaked up the baseline, soared...

  • UCLA women end losing streak to California in dominant fashion

    UCLA women end losing streak to California in dominant fashion

    UCLA Coach Cori Close knows success can come down to simple math. The No. 20 Bruins beat California, 75-56, with a team effort that earned them 20 more shots than their opponent Friday night. “Twenty more shots is a huge advantage,” said Close. “‘We are a possessions team. We have consistently...

  • USC says win over UCLA and time off weren't to blame for loss to Oregon

    USC says win over UCLA and time off weren't to blame for loss to Oregon

    USC was minutes removed from one of its biggest victories of the season last week, and Coach Andy Enfield was stuck holding a door. By chance, Enfield had walked into a postgame interview room at the same time media members were filing in, a short time after USC's 14-point win against UCLA at Pauley...

  • UCLA's Bryce Alford is a barometer for team

    UCLA's Bryce Alford is a barometer for team

    UCLA's win on Wednesday against Oregon State was unusual. Guard Bryce Alford had an off shooting night, yet the Bruins won. That doesn't happen often. UCLA typically fares as well as Alford shoots. In wins, he is shooting 46%. In losses, 28%, by far the biggest swing of any UCLA starter. Forward...

  • Isaac Hamilton gives UCLA a shot of confidence in 83-72 win over Oregon State

    Isaac Hamilton gives UCLA a shot of confidence in 83-72 win over Oregon State

    Isaac Hamilton can sometimes judge his night on the first shot. Making it, he said, “keeps me in a groove.” It was a good sign then, when UCLA's game Wednesday began with Hamilton's confident three-pointer from the top of the key. He bounded down the court, as if on a pogo stick. The second half...

  • UCLA's basketball team is looking to put a stop to some porous play on defense

    UCLA's basketball team is looking to put a stop to some porous play on defense

    UCLA's basketball team knows it has a problem. The Bruins' low points in an up-and-down season correspond to their failings on defense. "We go a couple possessions in a row, or even a couple games in a row, where we play pretty decent defense," guard Bryce Alford said. "And then all of a sudden,...

  • New UCLA football assistants to operate under a new philosophy

    New UCLA football assistants to operate under a new philosophy

    UCLA's football team has some new coaches on offense, and with them a new philosophy, Coach Jim Mora said. "What you will see is a multifaceted offense incorporating tight ends and fullbacks into our schemes," Mora said Wednesday in a statement summarizing the coaching changes. "Our objective is...

  • Late-game heroics make Bryce Alford the Pac-12 player of the week

    Late-game heroics make Bryce Alford the Pac-12 player of the week

    After two dramatic last-minute shots last week, there was little drama surrounding Bryce Alford on Monday. Alford was named the Pac-12’s player of the week, in a less-than-shocking vote by conference media members. Alford averaged 21 points and five assists over two games against Arizona and Arizona...

  • USC and UCLA head into Wednesday's clash unranked

    USC and UCLA head into Wednesday's clash unranked

    Wednesday’s matchup between UCLA and USC will be the most significant basketball game the rivals have played in years. USC is second in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA has three signature wins this season. Both defeated then-No. 7 Arizona last week. The game at Pauley Pavilion will alter the Pac-12...

  • UCLA reportedly promotes Kennedy Polamalu to offensive coordinator

    UCLA reportedly promotes Kennedy Polamalu to offensive coordinator

    UCLA has promoted Kennedy Polamalu to offensive coordinator, according to a report from Fox Sports. Polamalu, 52, had served as the Bruins' running backs coach for more than two seasons. Polamalu’s promotion is one of several coaching changes for UCLA, as the team overhauls its offensive staff...

  • UCLA avoids a letdown with 81-74 victory over Arizona State

    UCLA avoids a letdown with 81-74 victory over Arizona State

    On Thursday night, right after UCLA had defeated No. 7 Arizona, UCLA Coach Steve Alford issued a challenge. He was still savoring the victory. But, he said, he would use Saturday's game against Arizona State as the week's measuring stick. The Bruins had already demonstrated they could beat top...

  • UCLA basketball players say inconsistency is linked to effort on defense

    UCLA basketball players say inconsistency is linked to effort on defense

    UCLA has some of the most impressive wins of any college basketball team. It has defeated Kentucky, Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., and, most recently, Arizona. UCLA also has turned in some of the most baffling performances of any team in the Pac-12 Conference. It was stomped by Washington State last...

  • Arizona bolsters security for college football championship

    Arizona bolsters security for college football championship

    The city of Phoenix will deploy more security personnel for the college football championship than for last year's Super Bowl as federal authorities warn about the risk of terror attacks at crowded public events. The title game follows recent attacks in San Bernardino and Paris that have raised...

  • Noel Mazzone officially leaves UCLA to be offensive coordinator at Texas A&M

    Noel Mazzone officially leaves UCLA to be offensive coordinator at Texas A&M

    Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has left UCLA for Texas A&M, which announced Friday that he was the Aggies' new offensive coordinator. Texas A&M has not made an announcement regarding UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone, who could join his father. Last season, Noel Mazzone received the second-highest...

  • Bryce Alford again pops the clutch to lift UCLA past No. 7 Arizona

    Bryce Alford again pops the clutch to lift UCLA past No. 7 Arizona

    Bryce Alford has a tell. Tony Parker knows it. He has played with Alford longer than any other Bruin, and he recognizes what to look for late in the game, with the clock running down — just like it was in UCLA's dramatic 87-84 win over No. 7 Arizona on Thursday at Pauley Pavilion. Alford gives...

  • UCLA to face No. 7 Arizona while trying to recapture early promise

    UCLA to face No. 7 Arizona while trying to recapture early promise

    Fortunes can change swiftly in the Pac-12 Conference. Follow the trajectory of UCLA's basketball team: one day, a top contender in the conference, with victories over a couple of the nation's best. A weekend later? The basement. That reality hit UCLA on Sunday evening. After a loss to Washington...

  • UCLA shows a lack of energy and effort in 85-78 loss to Washington State

    UCLA shows a lack of energy and effort in 85-78 loss to Washington State

    Tony Parker sat on the bench, still without his warmup sweats, still holding out hope that he might return to the game. He exited with more than six minutes remaining. But the minutes ticked by in UCLA's 85-78 loss to Washington State on Sunday, and Parker sat … and sat. He never reentered. The...

  • Bryce Alford will take the last shot for Bruins

    Bryce Alford will take the last shot for Bruins

    There were less than 10 seconds to play in regulation Friday, UCLA trailed Washington by three, and almost everyone on the court knew who would shoot the ball. For much of last season, the question of who takes the last shot for UCLA could at least be debated. This season, there is no debate. The...

  • Up next for UCLA basketball: at Washington State on Sunday

    Up next for UCLA basketball: at Washington State on Sunday

    When: 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Where: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, Wash. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Update: The Bruins (9-5, 0-1) have lost to Washington State (8-5, 0-1) 16 times, ever, compared with 103 wins. After losing in two overtimes to Washington on Friday, UCLA will look to salvage...

  • Predictions and winners of all 40 bowls, plus title game

    Predictions and winners of all 40 bowls, plus title game

    The binge-worthy college football bowl season is upon us, with 80 teams scheduled to begin play Saturday in a record 40 bowl games, plus the College Football Playoff championship game Jan. 11. With such a large number of bowls, organizers scrambled to fill slots with three teams that finished with...

  • UCLA is on wrong end of a thriller against Washington

    UCLA is on wrong end of a thriller against Washington

    UCLA Coach Steve Alford's voice, hoarse from two overtimes, 25 UCLA turnovers and 90 total free throws, carried out of the Bruins' locker room. “You've got to figure it out!” Alford said. For 10 days, UCLA had focused on sweeping its first Pac-12 Conference series, but the Bruins dropped the opener...

  • Letters: Season ends with a whimper, not a bang, for USC and UCLA

    Letters: Season ends with a whimper, not a bang, for USC and UCLA

    The Foster Farms Bowl was hardly finger-lickin' good; more like "the sky is falling" for the chicken little Bruins. I now know the answer to which came first. UCLA laid the egg. Jeff Black Beverly Hills :: Next time there's preseason talk about my Bruins contending for a national championship,...

  • Pac-12 basketball takedowns

    Pac-12 basketball takedowns

    Pac-12 basketball is on the rise, with several signature victories turned in by conference teams in the first two months of the season. Here are a few: Nov. 16 Oregon 74, No. 20 Baylor 67 Dec. 3, UCLA 87, No. 1 Kentucky 77 Dec. 5, Arizona 68, No. 13 Gonzaga 63 Dec. 5, Arizona State 67, No. 18 Texas...

  • UCLA opens Pac-12 play against Washington at Seattle on Friday night

    UCLA opens Pac-12 play against Washington at Seattle on Friday night

    When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle On the air: TV: Fox Sports 1; Radio: 570. Update: Last season, UCLA began its conference season with consecutive losses on the road. But the Bruins (9-4) are in better shape this season. They have won six of their last seven, and all five...

  • UCLA tackle Caleb Benenoch declares for NFL draft

    UCLA tackle Caleb Benenoch declares for NFL draft

    UCLA right tackle Caleb Benenoch has become the third UCLA player in four days to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. “My experiences at UCLA have provided me with great confidence and I can't wait to represent my Bruins in the NFL,” Benenoch tweeted Thursday. Benenoch’s departure...

  • Pac-12 basketball: 'There's so many darn good teams'

    Pac-12 basketball: 'There's so many darn good teams'

    Eleven months ago, USC was a bottom-dwelling team in what was widely considered a middling major-college basketball conference. The Trojans had sunk so low that, after one particularly dispiriting loss, Coach Andy Enfield used the post-game news conference for an impromptu defense of his program....

  • UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark declares for the NFL draft

    UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark declares for the NFL draft

    UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark will declare for the NFL draft and will forgo his senior season at UCLA, Clark announced Monday on Twitter. The loss of Clark, though not a major surprise, deals another blow to a UCLA run defense that was shredded by Nebraska in Saturday’s Foster Farms Bowl....

  • UCLA must find ways to protect quarterback Josh Rosen next season

    UCLA must find ways to protect quarterback Josh Rosen next season

    Late on Saturday night, after UCLA had lost the Foster Farms Bowl to Nebraska, freshman quarterback Josh Rosen stared straight ahead during the postgame news conference and picked at his fingers. Rosen had just finished a remarkable season. He threw for 3,670 yards with 23 passing touchdowns and...

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