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Donor of $10 million to have name put on hedges of Rose Bowl field

A Rose Bowl by any other name would keep college football’s most iconic venue viable for decades to come. The Pasadena City Council has unanimously approved a proposal to put the name of a prominent UCLA alumnus on the hedges that surround the Rose Bowl field after Richard “Tod” Spieker agreed...

  • How UCLA matches up against the Memphis Tigers this weekend

    How UCLA matches up against the Memphis Tigers this weekend

    No. 25 UCLA (2-0) at Memphis (1-0) Saturday, 9 a.m. PDT, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn., TV: Channel 7. Radio: 570. Marquee matchup Memphis tailbacks Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. versus the UCLA run defense. The Bruins have allowed three tailbacks to exceed 100 yards...

  • Weekend college football viewers guide: Pick your Saturday late-afternoon pleasure

    Weekend college football viewers guide: Pick your Saturday late-afternoon pleasure

    Need some help deciding which college football games to watch? Look no further. Each Friday, Times’ contributor Chuck Schilken handicaps what’s worth watching, and skipping, on the weekend’s menu of games: FRIDAY Illinois (2-0) at No. 22 South Florida (2-0), 4 p.m., ESPN The game will take place...

  • UCLA could have two new starters at linebacker against Memphis

    UCLA could have two new starters at linebacker against Memphis

    Krys Barnes routinely hears it in practice, that he should prepare like he’s going to be a starter. It’s become more than a saying this week. Barnes could start at weak-side linebacker for No. 25 UCLA (2-0) against Memphis (1-0) on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium after teammate Kenny...

  • UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen lives up to the hype with a fast start

    UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen lives up to the hype with a fast start

    High above the Rose Bowl, UCLA’s only Heisman Trophy winner watched the team’s current quarterback founder for nearly three quarters in the season opener. Gary Beban was ready to vacate his suite inside the Terry Donahue Pavilion before halftime with Josh Rosen and the Bruins getting crushed, but...

  • When it comes to play calling, Bruins passing with flying colors

    When it comes to play calling, Bruins passing with flying colors

    UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said he doesn’t worry much about the Bruins’ mix of run and pass plays, only whether they are being efficient. They certainly have been over the past five quarters. Starting late in the third quarter against Texas A&M in its opener, UCLA’s drives have gone...

  • UCLA turns its attention to problems on defense following 2-0 start

    UCLA turns its attention to problems on defense following 2-0 start

    The usually punctual Tom Bradley was a bit of a straggler Saturday evening, entering the postgame interview room underneath the Rose Bowl a few minutes later than expected. He also didn’t make his typical jokes playing off reporters’ questions. There was no wondering why the UCLA defensive coordinator...

  • Oklahoma moves up to No. 2 in AP's college football poll; UCLA enters at No. 25

    Oklahoma moves up to No. 2 in AP's college football poll; UCLA enters at No. 25

    Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of Week 2. Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP top 25. The...

  • Josh Rosen has a career-best five touchdown passes as UCLA downs Hawaii 56-23

    Josh Rosen has a career-best five touchdown passes as UCLA downs Hawaii 56-23

    It was a continuance by design. Almost every pass completed. Plenty of touchdowns to go around. Enough yardage to nearly stretch from the Rose Bowl back to Westwood. The epic display fashioned by UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen late in a crazy season-opening comeback bled into an equally productive...

  • UCLA takes a beating, and gets hit with targeting penalties

    UCLA takes a beating, and gets hit with targeting penalties

    UCLA was involved with two potential targeting penalties Sunday. Neither worked out in the Bruins’ favor. Linebacker Kenny Young appeared to absorb a helmet-to-helmet blow from Hawaii tight end Metuisela Unga in the first quarter, but officials ruled the contact was only shoulder to shoulder and...

  • Bruins focus on their run game in preparation for Hawaii

    Bruins focus on their run game in preparation for Hawaii

    About two hours before the pandemonium at the Rose Bowl, there was mock applause. UCLA tailback Bolu Olorunfunmi took a handoff late in the second quarter Sunday, stutter-stepped outside the left tackle and plowed ahead for a seven-yard gain on second and six. It was the Bruins’ first first down...

  • Letters: What a comeback for Bruins! What a comedown for Dodgers!

    Letters: What a comeback for Bruins! What a comedown for Dodgers!

    After watching the Trojans and the Bruins this past weekend, can someone please remind me why Los Angeles “needed” two mediocre NFL franchises? Brian Lipson Beverly Hills :: Well, if you are too young to have seen the legendary 1963 Rose Bowl, chin up; you just saw a game about as good there. Andrew...

  • How the UCLA Bruins match up with Hawaii

    How the UCLA Bruins match up with Hawaii

    Hawaii (2-0) vs. UCLA (1-0) Saturday, 2 p.m., Rose Bowl, TV: Pac-12 Network. Radio: 570. Marquee matchup Hawaii running back Diocemy Saint Juste versus the UCLA run defense. Saint Juste became the first Rainbow Warrior to top 200 rushing yards in a game twice in his career after he pulverized Western...

  • UCLA's receivers were keys to success in comeback win over Texas A&M

    UCLA's receivers were keys to success in comeback win over Texas A&M

    Josh Rosen’s eyes momentarily shifted toward the television camera fixed on him before UCLA’s game Sunday, the quarterback winking as one corner of his mouth curled into a smile. It was as if he knew what was about to happen and who was going to help make it possible. Rosen’s career-best performance...

  • UCLA running back Bolu Olorunfunmi draws inspiration from his late father

    UCLA running back Bolu Olorunfunmi draws inspiration from his late father

    Bolu Olorunfunmi hears the message before every game. Sometimes he’ll play it on his iPhone. If the UCLA tailback worries he might get too emotional, he’ll just think about what was said. He long ago memorized every word from his father’s final voicemail. Sorry I can’t make it to your game today....

  • UCLA hopes to stay on the winning side of close games

    UCLA hopes to stay on the winning side of close games

    UCLA proved it could do something besides compile a crazy comeback against Texas A&M. The Bruins also showed they could finish. That was a persistent problem last season. In each of their first four losses, the Bruins could have tied the score or won the game in the final minute. They went 0 for...

  • College football: The Pac-12 won't be perfect after this weekend

    College football: The Pac-12 won't be perfect after this weekend

    At least one thing is certain as we head into the second full weekend of college football: Pac-12 Conference teams won’t go undefeated. Someone has to lose in Saturday’s showdown between No. 6 USC and No. 14 Stanford, precluding a repeat of last week’s 11-0 performance that began with Utah defeating...

  • Charting the biggest comebacks in college football history: UCLA is No. 2

    Charting the biggest comebacks in college football history: UCLA is No. 2

    UCLA’s comeback from a 34-point deficit late in the third quarter against Texas A&M on Sunday at the Rose Bowl represented the second-biggest comeback in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Here’s a look at the seven biggest comebacks, listed in order by deficit overcome: 35 — Michigan...

  • Bruins fans witnessed their worst nightmare. And then, the greatest comeback in UCLA history

    Bruins fans witnessed their worst nightmare. And then, the greatest comeback in UCLA history

    The game was over. The coach was cooked. The team was in tatters. The season was finished almost before it started. With two minutes left in the third quarter of the season opener at a boo-wracked Rose Bowl on Sunday night, UCLA trailed Texas A&M by 34 points. Thirty-four points. It was a humiliation,...

  • UCLA's dismal running game looks very familiar

    UCLA's dismal running game looks very familiar

    UCLA’s epic comeback didn’t feature much of a contribution from its running game. The Bruins gained 63 yards rushing and averaged only 2.5 yards per carry during their 45-44 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday at the Rose Bowl. Those numbers were even worse than the ones UCLA produced last season...

  • UCLA vs. Texas A&M: How the teams match up

    UCLA vs. Texas A&M: How the teams match up

    Texas A&M (0-0) vs. UCLA (0-0) Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Rose Bowl, TV: Channel 11. Radio: 570 Marquee matchup Christian Kirk was a recruit UCLA badly wanted, and the Bruins are going to get him … trying to run them off the Rose Bowl turf. The Texas A&M receiver and punt returner was held in check last...

  • UCLA hoping another opener against Texas A&M doesn't slip away

    UCLA hoping another opener against Texas A&M doesn't slip away

    The play happened late in UCLA’s last season opener, one calendar year and what might seem like a lifetime ago in the world of a college football player. It developed exactly as intended. Tight end Austin Roberts had the defensive back beat by a few steps on third and goal as he raced toward the...

  • Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel will be only a sideline away from his dream job this weekend

    Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel will be only a sideline away from his dream job this weekend

    Jerry Neuheisel will fulfill his desire to coach on Sunday. But he’ll be on the opposite sideline of his dream destination. The Texas A&M graduate assistant eventually wants to man the spot his father, Rick, did for four seasons, guiding UCLA to victory at the Rose Bowl. “Without a doubt,” the...

  • Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch took a long journey to Westwood

    Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch took a long journey to Westwood

    The job as equipment manager didn’t come through. Neither did a position as a student assistant. Failing to land another spot as a recruiting intern could have made Jedd Fisch feel like he had struck out in his attempts to gain an entry-level position in Florida’s football offices. He was only just...

  • Pac-12 football coaches again face strength-of-schedule issue

    Pac-12 football coaches again face strength-of-schedule issue

    It didn’t take long for the new college football season to revive a classic debate over strength of schedule and marquee programs padding their nonconference record with underdogs. Nick Saban — whose top-ranked Alabama team has taken the opposite tack, starting against third-ranked Florida State...

  • Families of two UCLA players are reported safe in Houston

    Families of two UCLA players are reported safe in Houston

    UCLA left guard Najee Toran and defensive back Will Lockett, both natives of Houston, reported that their families were safe amid the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Bruins coach Jim Mora said Tuesday. But one of the players UCLA is expected to face in its season opener Sunday...

  • UCLA athletics' enhanced branding and marketing efforts are starting to take shape

    UCLA athletics' enhanced branding and marketing efforts are starting to take shape

    UCLA’s offense is going to cover a lot more ground this week. Images of quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Darren Andrews adorning Metro Rail cars will whoosh along the Blue and Gold lines that run across Southern California. Rosen can be seen clutching a ball in his hands at the end of one car...

  • USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen get better than passing grades from NFL evaluator

    USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen get better than passing grades from NFL evaluator

    Not only does Los Angeles now have two NFL teams, but two of college football’s most intriguing quarterback prospects. At the scouting combine in February, there was already some buzz among evaluators about USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Greg Cosell, a senior producer for NFL Films, is...

  • Gary Beban is in a class by himself: The only UCLA player to win the Heisman Trophy

    Gary Beban is in a class by himself: The only UCLA player to win the Heisman Trophy

    Visitors to Gary Beban’s home never knew where they might find his Heisman Trophy, only that it would never be prominently displayed or featured behind glass. Once it did humble duty as a doorstop in his study. On other occasions, he would use it as a clothes hanger when perched on his desk or...

  • UCLA's Giovanni Gentosi proves to be perfect fit as fullback

    UCLA's Giovanni Gentosi proves to be perfect fit as fullback

    Giovanni Gentosi figured something unexpected might happen when he heard the plan. UCLA coach Jim Mora informed his players before the spring game in April that the halftime interview subjects at Drake Stadium would include center Scott Quessenberry, linebacker Kenny Young … and Gentosi. The first...

  • Letters: Dodgers' Rich Hill has the perfect attitude

    Letters: Dodgers' Rich Hill has the perfect attitude

    When Harvey Haddix had his 12-inning perfect game wiped out of the baseball records books by a typically inane rule change, his response was simply, “That’s OK, I know what I did.” That same silly rule also renders Rich Hill’s game not be a no-hitter. I’m sure he knows what he did too. Ron Reeve...

  • Circle these dates on your college football calendar

    Circle these dates on your college football calendar

    College football fans won’t have to wait long for big games this season. With elite programs thinking about strength-of-schedule in the playoff era, the marquee match-ups begin in Week 2 and keep coming: Sept. 2: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State — This rare opener between Top 5 teams, played...

  • UCLA offensive lineman Kenny Lacy likely out for season because of hip injury

    UCLA offensive lineman Kenny Lacy likely out for season because of hip injury

    The first significant injury of UCLA’s preseason socked an area where the Bruins were just beginning to establish some quality depth. Coach Jim Mora announced Thursday that offensive lineman Kenny Lacy had suffered structural damage to his hips that would require surgery and likely end his season....

  • UCLA walk-ons know their role and have the tweets to prove it

    UCLA walk-ons know their role and have the tweets to prove it

    Theirs was a story that had to be told, even at their own expense. A tweet tabulated their efforts during a recent football practice: One player logged a sprained ankle, more than 200 miles on a stationary bike and vomiting. Another player was credited with zero practice repetitions but 300 pushups...

  • UCLA will try to simulate game-day conditions Sunday at the Rose Bowl

    UCLA will try to simulate game-day conditions Sunday at the Rose Bowl

    UCLA resumed practice Tuesday after a two-day break, the Bruins having broken training camp without deviating from their routine of demanding workouts. “It was a little bit of a tease because we’re right back at it,” tailback Soso Jamabo said with a laugh after a two-hour session. “But we’re good...

  • UCLA players get much needed R&R after practice is canceled

    UCLA players get much needed R&R after practice is canceled

    UCLA opted for rest and recovery on what was scheduled to be its final day of training camp, abruptly canceling practice Sunday evening. That completed a yearlong transition from two-a-days to one-a-days to no-a-days. Bruins coach Jim Mora decided to give his players back-to-back days off after...

  • Tight end Caleb Wilson expected to be key weapon for UCLA

    Tight end Caleb Wilson expected to be key weapon for UCLA

    Caleb Wilson held his arms upright as he walked back toward the huddle near the end of a recent practice, pleading with quarterback Josh Rosen not to forget about him. Rosen had just forced a pass into coverage that fell incomplete while Wilson contemplated yards of open space around him in the...

  • Freshman UCLA offensive lineman fitting in with the starters

    Freshman UCLA offensive lineman fitting in with the starters

    Michael Alves feared there would be some accompanying bad news earlier this week when he received a text message from UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley informing him that he would be playing with the starters in practice the next day. “At first I was concerned, like, is someone injured or something?”...

  • It's a rough day for those competing to be Josh Rosen's backup at UCLA

    It was not the best of times for UCLA’s backup quarterbacks toward the end of practice Thursday. Devon Modster’s third-down pass was knocked away in the end zone and fell incomplete. Matt Lynch fired a pass over the middle that was intercepted. Austin Burton’s fourth-down pass was dropped. Back...

  • Christian Pabico's UCLA journey starts with walk and may end with a catch

    The play called for JuJu Smith-Schuster, then an All-American receiver at Long Beach Poly High, to serve as a decoy in favor of a teammate with great hands, decent speed and a tendency to make the big catch. The defense reacted as expected in the final minutes of a Southern Section playoff game...

  • UCLA's Josh Rosen says he's confident, feeling like 'my old self on the field'

    Josh Rosen provided verbal confirmation Tuesday of his visible return to form, saying he had recaptured the confidence he possessed before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last October. “I’d say about three or four days ago, I kind of felt that I was my old self on the field,” the UCLA...

  • Josh Rosen finding his rhythm in practice

    Jordan Lasley sprinted past the defensive backs, extending his arms to catch a 65-yard pass from Josh Rosen with only open field in front of him. The final play of UCLA’s practice Saturday afternoon resulted in a touchdown. It also felt like something pulled from the archives of recent days. Rosen...

  • A faster, more agile Bolu Olorunfunmi is leading UCLA's rushing attack

    UCLA appears to have identified a primary tailback. His name is well known but his lean build and quick burst don’t seem all that familiar. That’s probably a good thing for Bolu Olorunfunmi and the Bruins. Olorunfunmi averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season, part of a plodding Bruins rushing attack...

  • UCLA's Jim Mora sticks up for his quarterback and his school's standards

    Football and school may be incompatible, as UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen recently contended, but his university ranks among the finest in the country at maximizing the dual life of a major college athlete. Forbes this week graded UCLA as No. 2 on its list of the top 25 schools that excel academically...

  • Josh Rosen is right to question the value of student-athletes' education

    The season hasn’t even started, and already UCLA’s Josh Rosen is brazenly throwing into traffic. Mere days after making it clear he was going to take a more subdued approach this fall, the polarizing quarterback made headlines again this week with the publishing of an interview conducted last spring....

  • There's newness everywhere for UCLA basketball

    The sparkling courts and locker rooms inside UCLA’s soon-to-open Mo Ostin Basketball Center should serve as a fitting backdrop for the players who occupy them starting early next month. The Bruins are essentially a new team, with a six-man freshman class joining a handful of veterans in pursuit...

  • UCLA sophomore Lokeni Toailoa earns respect —  and perhaps a starting role

    UCLA linebackers coach Scott White has a mantra that his players might tire of hearing had it not helped a handful rise to prominence: Make it so we can’t leave you off the field. It led to Jayon Brown becoming a starter and eventual team captain. Now it appears to be having a similar impact on...

  • UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen says college football and studying are incompatible

    Just when it seemed as if the world might be spared another Josh Rosen think piece with the UCLA quarterback having gone into scramble-from-the-media mode, Bleacher Report released an interview Tuesday in which Rosen provided his opinion on what he considers the lunacy of playing college football...

  • UCLA wants to drop all the talk about missed passes

    Alex Van Dyke couldn’t quite pull in the deep pass from Devon Modster during a recent practice, falling to the artificial turf as the ball slipped through his hands. Van Dyke lingered on the ground for a moment, studying his outstretched fingers as if to ask, How could you do that to me? It would...

  • UCLA's deep defensive line mix could create matchup nightmares for opponents

    Every time he enters the practice field, Angus McClure might feel like a ravenous man stepping into an all-you-can-eat gelato shop. He’ll take a little bit of this, some of that, and ooh, yeah, don’t leave out a big scoop of that chocolate banana biscotti. McClure, UCLA’s defensive line coach,...

  • Freshman defensive end Jaelan Phillips could become UCLA's disruptor-in-chief

    There are times Jaelan Phillips slips into the backfield so easily and causes so much disruption that it feels like he’s the only player UCLA needs on defense. Once, when Phillips was in high school, he actually was the only player standing between the offense and a touchdown. Even then, no one...

  • UCLA's offensive linemen can't put up a false front

    UCLA’s offensive linemen did not toil in anonymity last season. They were repeatedly called out on message boards as the subject of fan angst after struggling to protect quarterback Josh Rosen or open even modest-sized holes for the running backs. If all goes well, the Bruins linemen will want...

  • Bruins show early signs of opening up the offense

    One of Josh Rosen’s first passes during the team portion of practice Friday was a flea flicker. It fell incomplete, but just the concept seemed enthralling for those who endured the monotony of UCLA’s play-calling last season. “Fun” and “creative” were not words associated with the Bruins’ offense...

  • Pac-12 football coaches see problems with early signing period

    One of the intended benefits of college football’s new early signing period is that it will allow high school players to lock in on a school in December, preventing two additional months of recruiting drama. That is, if it doesn’t lead to a different kind of fuss. “Honestly, what’s going to happen,...

  • UCLA coach Jim Mora is pleased with quarterback Josh Rosen's metamorphosis

    Josh Rosen may have set an unofficial record for being the talk of Pac-12 Conference media days without having said a word. Two years ago, there was buzz about UCLA’s hotshot freshman quarterback. Last year, it was his posts on social media lampooning Donald Trump and the money-grubbing nature...

  • Pac-12 Networks' revenue dwarfed by SEC, Big Ten counterparts

    Earlier this year, Bill Moos, Washington State’s athletic director, did what a lot of spurned Pac-12 Conference fans have done at one time or another during the last five years: He complained about the Pac-12 Networks. “We were hoping for $5 million to $6 million when we were launching,” Moos said...

  • Josh Rosen was humbled by setbacks of last season, UCLA Coach Jim Mora says

    Josh Rosen may have set an unofficial record for being a central topic at Pac-12 media days without having appeared before the media. Two years ago, there was buzz about UCLA’s hotshot freshman quarterback. Last year, it was his posts on social media lampooning Donald Trump and the money-grubbing...

  • Can USC raise the South to top of Pac-12 football?

    Someone will win the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division. The question is whether that football team can prevail in the game that really matters in early December at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Since the first Pac-12 championship game was staged in 2011, the North has gone 6-0. If the South intends...

  • Tough love, national championships made Jim Bush a UCLA legend

    Academics were never a strong suit for Leroy Neal, whose grade-point average was just high enough to remain eligible for cross-country and track at Fullerton High, Fullerton College and Occidental College from 1955-63. Even with an extra year at Occidental after his athletic eligibility expired,...

  • Legendary UCLA track coach Jim Bush dies at 90

    Jim Bush, a legendary track and field coach at UCLA and master at developing world-class 400-meter runners, died Monday, the school announced. He was 90. From 1965 to 1984, Bush guided UCLA to five NCAA championships. In the late 1960s, quartermilers Wayne Collett and John Smith became world-class...

  • A look behind the scenes as the Lakers prepared to draft Lonzo Ball

    The famous pancakes always came with strawberries, and LaVar Ball didn’t change that just because there were VIPs in his house. So after Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka watched Lonzo Ball go through a full day of his normal routine, they all...

  • Lakers take ex-UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in draft

    After Lonzo Ball’s dream came true, he finally admitted that he’d felt this coming. “Ever since my season at UCLA I kind of felt confident,” the former Bruins point guard said in a quiet moment between the constant stream of interviews and photo ops that come with being the No. 2 pick in the NBA...

  • TJ Leaf, UCLA's other freshman, is eager to live out his dream in the NBA draft

    On Thursday night at Barclay’s Center, a UCLA freshman will hear his name called, surrounded by his family and the people closest to him, ready to embark on a lifelong dream. No, not that one. This one is forward TJ Leaf, who is expected to be a mid-to-late first-round selection. Another one-and-done...

  • De'Aaron Fox's father can't help but respond to LaVar Ball's trash talk

    De’Aaron Fox’s father said of trash talk from Lonzo Ball’s dad: "I don’t even got to respond to that.” But he went ahead and did it anyway. “My son already ate his ass up twice,” Aaron Fox said of LaVar Ball's son. “[LaVar] can say what he wants to say. I just tell him to go back and watch the...

  • Lakers wrapping up research on top picks while keeping trade options open

    In New York, just after the Lakers secured the second overall pick in this year’s NBA draft through the lottery, general manager Rob Pelinka made it clear he’ll listen if teams want to talk about trades. He also noted it’s unlikely the second pick in the draft gets moved. In the month since then,...

  • Lakers need to trust their instincts and draft Lonzo Ball

    Whenever chaos engulfed the UCLA basketball team during games this past season, Lonzo Ball usually had the perfect response. Dribbling downcourt, instead of making his usual pass, he would suddenly stop from beyond the three-point line, trust his instincts, and fire. Moon shot, big splash, order...

  • UCLA faces a travel-heavy nonconference basketball schedule

    UCLA’s basketball team will travel the country — and to China — as part of a nonconference schedule announced Friday. The Bruins are set to open the season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Nov. 10 before playing their first home game Nov. 15 at Pauley Pavilion against Central Arkansas. UCLA...

  • USC's De'Anthony Melton, incoming UCLA freshman Kris Wilkes invited to Team USA tryout

    USC guard De’Anthony Melton and UCLA incoming freshman Kris Wilkes were among 28 high school and collegiate players invited to USA Basketball’s Under-19 training camp that will take place June 18-25. The invitees will travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where...

  • Lonzo Ball promises to bring 'winning atmosphere' to Lakers

    Lonzo Ball peered over his right shoulder when about 50 media members rushed onto the Lakers’ practice court Wednesday in a quest to dissect his first pre-draft workout and to hear why he should be selected by Los Angeles with the second pick in the NBA draft. Ball rose from the chair he had been...

  • It's Ball time with Lakers. Forget the dad and focus on the son.

    He didn’t bring his outlandish father. He didn’t wear his $495 shoes. He was not surrounded by an entourage. He wasn’t trailed by his two little brothers. He was not showered by nasty boos or derisive chants or anything other than squeaking sneakers and the rattle of a rim. When Lonzo Ball finally...

  • Statue of Jackie Robinson will be installed at the Rose Bowl this fall

    Jackie Robinson will have a permanent home at the Rose Bowl. A commemorative statue honoring the trailblazing sports icon will be installed this fall outside the main gate of the historic venue, according to Legacy Connections, the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The...

  • UCLA baseball season ends with loss to San Diego State in 13 innings

    UCLA had its pick of ways to extend its season Saturday afternoon. A ground ball, a fly ball, a walk, an error, a wild pitch, a passed ball or a base hit—any of them would have sufficed with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied in an NCAA baseball regional...

  • Washington ends UCLA's trip to Women's College World Series with 1-0 defeat of Bruins

    Rachel Garcia paced around the circle, adjusted her pants and grinned wryly. Pitching hours after an unusual, draining game earlier Saturday, with UCLA’s season on the line, Garcia had been asked to throw another 101 pitches. And UCLA’s second elimination game of the day had turned into a battle....

  • UCLA drops NCAA baseball regional opener 3-2 to Texas

    UCLA has been living a season on the brink almost from opening day. The Bruins’ record sat at five games below .500 in the middle of March, necessitating a sustained push for the next 2 1/2 months just to make the postseason. They were back in a familiar spot Friday, needing to stretch wins together...

  • After two close plays at the plate, UCLA drops to brink of softball World Series elimination

    Kelly Inouye-Perez trotted out of UCLA’s dugout to an area a few paces behind home plate, the spot where, in two flashes, the Bruins had been dropped to within a loss of elimination in the Women’s College World Series. UCLA’s coach stood, arms akimbo, as plate umpire Leah Bowen did most of the...

  • Griffin Canning's superb arsenal will be on display as Bruins open regional vs. Texas

    Griffin Canning’s pitching demeanor should come with a disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely intended. The UCLA junior right-hander doesn’t wear jersey No. 55 for symmetry’s sake. It’s a tribute to Orel Hershiser, the former Dodgers hero whom Canning tries to...

  • Bruins won't get caught up in the past when Women's College World Series starts Thursday

    UCLA has long ruled the Women’s College World Series, making 27 appearances and winning a record 11 NCAA championships, but in its trips the last two years the Bruins went 1-4 on college softball’s biggest stage. Last season, UCLA lost its only two games. However, painful flashbacks won’t be an...

  • Lonzo Ball's workout for Lakers is set for June 7

    Former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball plans to have a pre-draft workout with the Lakers on June 7, according to a person who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. The Lakers will have the second pick in the draft, which will take place in New York on June...

  • NFL draft: Quarterbacks get shot at succeeding two greats

    Make room for the understudies. Thirteen years ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger and the New York Giants acquired No. 1 pick Eli Manning in a trade with San Diego. Those quarterbacks went on to win two Super Bowls each. On Saturday, for the first time in four years, the Steelers...

  • Josh Rosen's return will be closely watched during UCLA's spring game

    The fun started almost immediately after UCLA’s coaches held a draft to divvy up teams for their spring game. Players scanned the rosters to see whether they would be competing alongside or against close friends and roommates. The talent level on each side was widely assessed. A prominent alumnus...

  • Adidas, Nike, Under Armour not interested in Lonzo Ball endorsement deal

    If the Ball family are looking for a shoe endorsement from the big three, they will have to look elsewhere. Adidas, Nike and Under Armour are not interested in an endorsement deal with top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball. This would be a first in which a shoe endorsement has stepped away from a potential...

  • UCLA might beat USC for the first player selected in this year's NFL draft

    So who will hear his name called first in the NFL draft, a player from USC or UCLA? In the Pete Carroll era, that was a no-brainer. USC dominated in that department. In three of the last four drafts, though, a UCLA player was taken before his USC counterpart. And it could happen again this year,...

  • Highly touted quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson commits to UCLA

    Dorian Thompson-Robinson, one of the nation’s most highly touted high school quarterbacks, announced on Twitter on Sunday evening that he had committed to UCLA, making him the heir apparent to Bruins starter Josh Rosen. The standout from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High tweeted his decision alongside...

  • UCLA promotes Tyus Edney to fill coaching staff vacancy

    The biggest cheers for UCLA’s basketball coaching staff during pregame introductions next season may very well be for an assistant. Former Bruins star Tyus Edney has been promoted from his role as director of operations to fill the vacancy created by the departure of assistant coach Ed Schilling,...

  • UCLA's spring football showcase expected to feature an actual game

    Fans may be the big winners at UCLA’s spring showcase next week. Bruins Coach Jim Mora said Thursday that he planned to stage a spring game on April 29 at Drake Stadium on campus as opposed to just drills and a scrimmage, as the team conducted last year, giving fans a more complete view of the...

  • UCLA's Ike Anigbogu picks an agent and is headed for the NBA draft

    Ike Anigbogu presumably wasn’t trying to be ironic when he wore a UCLA basketball shirt in a photo that was posted on Twitter on Thursday. The Bruins center smiled as he stood next to NBA agent Jason Glushon, whose agency, Glushon Sports Management, welcomed Anigbogu into its clientele with the...

  • DeShaun Foster begins tackling big problem: UCLA's running game

    The late afternoon sun is casting increasingly long shadows across UCLA’s practice field as the running backs converge near one sideline to commence a drill. Each tailback and fullback alternates taking handoffs, securing the ball snug to his body before sprinting toward an imaginary line of scrimmage....

  • Top recruit Pugh leaving UCLA soccer team

    Mal Pugh, who last summer became the youngest U.S. player to score a goal in Olympic soccer competition, is leaving UCLA to turn pro after playing just three spring games for the Bruins. Pugh, 18, who also scored in her international debut last year, enrolled at UCLA in the winter quarter and was...

  • UCLA assistant Ed Schilling headed to Indiana

    A UCLA basketball coach is headed back to Indiana, but it isn’t Steve Alford. Bruins assistant Ed Schilling has accepted a job as a member of new Hoosiers coach Archie Miller’s staff, the school announced, after having worked under Alford the previous four seasons since his arrival in Westwood....

  • UCLA adds versatile forward Chris Smith to its recruiting class

    UCLA added what is likely the final piece of its celebrated recruiting class Wednesday when Chris Smith signed a letter of intent, making him the sixth newcomer headed to Westwood next season. The 6-foot-8 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep picked the Bruins over a slew of other suitors who pursued...

  • UCLA basketball, set for a possible huge rebuild, has a strong recruiting class

    The once-in-a-generation point guard is gone, off to the NBA after one college season. So is the power forward who could make three-pointers as easily as he beat defenders with drives to the basket. Replacing UCLA’s freshmen and the other highly talented players leaving the program might seem intimidating...

  • UCLA's Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday will declare for NBA draft without hiring agents

    UCLA’s basketball team, already in flux, is facing a few more potential departures. Junior center Thomas Welsh and sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday are both declaring for the NBA draft, the school confirmed. Neither player is planning to hire an agent, thereby preserving their ability to return...

  • UCLA football bids farewell to San Bernardino, will hold training camp on campus

    UCLA finished 4-8 last season, but some of the heat is already off the Bruins. They will no longer hold a portion of their fall training camp in sweaty San Bernardino, Coach Jim Mora said Saturday, opting to stay exclusively on campus to utilize the new Wasserman Football Center and its two adjacent...

  • New sports agency poised to give Lonzo Ball a unique start in NBA

    Lonzo Ball’s basketball empire is expanding beyond pricey hats and highlight videos uploaded to YouTube. The former UCLA point guard may become the first player to enter the NBA with his own sports agency after telling The Times on Friday that he would be represented by fledgling agent Harrison...

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