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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,...

  • New UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch brings an attention to detail to the job

    New UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch brings an attention to detail to the job

    The playbook is different, the terminology new. Those are the recent rites of spring football at UCLA, where the Bruins are operating under their third offensive coordinator in three years. Jedd Fisch has implemented the usual cosmetic changes along with something novel: a clearer sense of direction....

  • UCLA's Ike Anigbogu declares for the NBA draft

    UCLA's Ike Anigbogu declares for the NBA draft

    UCLA center Ike Anigbogu has declared for the NBA draft, he announced Wednesday on Twitter, but Anigbogu has not hired an agent, meaning he will retain the option of returning to the team. Anigbogu’s announcement means that all three Bruins freshmen have declared for the draft, though guard Lonzo...

  • Linebacker Mique Juarez is back in the mix at UCLA spring practice

    Linebacker Mique Juarez is back in the mix at UCLA spring practice

    UCLA opened spring practice Tuesday and linebacker Mique Juarez officially returned to the field. Juarez entered training camp in August as a prized freshman recruit from North Torrance High but practiced only a few days before he walked away from the team because of a “mental breakdown,” he told...

  • UCLA's Josh Rosen has new perspective after injury-shortened season

    UCLA's Josh Rosen has new perspective after injury-shortened season

    With Josh Rosen, always expect the unexpected. Rosen delivered his latest surprise Tuesday after UCLA’s first spring football practice. The outspoken quarterback was uncharacteristically restrained, guarded almost, as he answered questions. He kept his inner LaVar Ball in check. Whatever visions...

  • Is UCLA's Josh Rosen ready to retake L.A. for the Bruins?

    Is UCLA's Josh Rosen ready to retake L.A. for the Bruins?

    Josh Rosen intended to lead UCLA back to national prominence. He’ll have to reclaim Los Angeles first. His record as a college quarterback is 11-8 after a freshman season that ended with the Bruins losing three of their final four games and a sophomore season that ended on an operating room table....

  • TJ Leaf leaves UCLA for the NBA

    TJ Leaf leaves UCLA for the NBA

    TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball seemingly did everything together. The UCLA freshmen simultaneously conducted interviews, traded lighthearted verbal jabs and even once pretended to play baseball behind a throng of reporters talking to teammate Bryce Alford, Leaf throwing an imaginary pitch while Ball swung...

  • UCLA's football opener against Texas A&M moved to Sunday, Sept. 3

    UCLA's football opener against Texas A&M moved to Sunday, Sept. 3

    UCLA announced Wednesday that its football season opener against Texas A&M at the Rose Bowl has been pushed back one day to Sunday, Sept. 3, to give the game more of a featured television time slot before the start of the NFL season. The game will start at 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. PDT on a station to...

  • Connecticut women turn back UCLA, 86-71

    Connecticut women turn back UCLA, 86-71

    The UCLA women’s basketball team played hard until the final buzzer, but couldn’t muster enough steam to power through a Connecticut-built brick wall. If it wasn’t Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier making shots through the lane, it was forward Gabby Williams knocking down jumpers. If it wasn’t...

  • UCLA's basketball future might depend on its family ties

    UCLA's basketball future might depend on its family ties

    There was a theme that transcended the red eyes and vacant stares of a despondent locker room late Friday night inside FedExForum. It could be heard in the voices of UCLA players who sounded as if the bond they had forged over 31 victories could not possibly be shattered by one season-ending defeat....

  • Lonzo Ball wasn't sharp, and Twitter users take aim

    Lonzo Ball wasn't sharp, and Twitter users take aim

    Freshman star Lonzo Ball scored only 10 points in UCLA's loss to Kentucky on Friday night, far short of the 39 scored by Wildcat counterpart De'Aaron Fox. The disappointing performance gave Twitter users a chance to have some fun at the expense of the Bruins' young point guard: ALSO March Madness...

  • UCLA can't keep pace with Kentucky and is beaten at its own game in Sweet 16

    UCLA can't keep pace with Kentucky and is beaten at its own game in Sweet 16

    They chased and chased, until there was no point in running anymore. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Lonzo Ball walked to one corner of the court and bent over, gripping his shorts. Bryce Alford hugged his older brother Kory, his college career over. The team that had trampled others...

  • A UCLA team with Final Four hopes is battered beyond recognition

    A UCLA team with Final Four hopes is battered beyond recognition

    It ended as it has ended every spring for the last 22 years. College basketball’s greatest dynasty pushed around, shoved down, run over, knocked out. UCLA basketball put to sleep early, 11 national titles dusted over quickly, a world of promise ended suddenly in a faraway gym amid boos and jeers....

  • This is an NCAA tournament that could use a big finish

    This is an NCAA tournament that could use a big finish

    Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was 17 when he moved from Cherkasy, Ukraine, to enroll at Kansas, the school currently rampaging through the NCAA tournament. Initially, he couldn’t understand a word his teammates said. Three years later, the Jayhawks’ starting forward has learned to appreciate Applebee's,...

  • UCLA women facing tall order vs. mighty UConn in regional semifinal

    UCLA women facing tall order vs. mighty UConn in regional semifinal

    Several members of the Connecticut women’s basketball team fielded questions in a small locker room jammed with reporters on Friday. Meanwhile, an HBO television crew shadowed their coach and about half of the team sat around a table playing cards and laughing. Just another day at the office for...

  • Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Did you hear the story of the extremely successful Los Angeles basketball coach who coached an extremely talented 6-6 point guard , the top point guard in the entire country? Who then surprisingly resigned so he could be closer to his home? Or maybe he resigned because he could not cope with the...

  • NCAA South Regional preview: North Carolina vs. Butler; UCLA vs. Kentucky

    NCAA South Regional preview: North Carolina vs. Butler; UCLA vs. Kentucky

    A look at how the teams match up in the NCAA tournament’s South Regional semifinals in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday night. No. 1 North Carolina (29-7) vs. No. 4 Butler (25-8) Time: 4:09 p.m. PDT. TV: Channel 2 Bottom line: In a regional where the top four seeded teams all reached the round of 16 and...

  • Fickle UCLA fans cast a shadow over Steve Alford's great season

    Fickle UCLA fans cast a shadow over Steve Alford's great season

    The dude in the baggy blue UCLA sweats fired it up from midcourt, the soaring ball swished through the net, and Steve Alford thrust up his arms in triumph. It was his shot. The 52-year-old coach had just made UCLA’s most impressive basket in this NCAA tournament, draining a long ball during the...

  • UCLA basketball team has navigated distractions en route to regional semifinal

    UCLA basketball team has navigated distractions en route to regional semifinal

    They have soared over every obstacle, defeating each team on their schedule while restoring sheen to a brand that had dulled considerably in the more than two decades since the UCLA Bruins last ruled college basketball. Showtime, once the exclusive realm of the Lakers, has moved to Westwood, where...

  • UCLA vs. Kentucky: How the teams match up for the NCAA South Regional semifinal

    UCLA vs. Kentucky: How the teams match up for the NCAA South Regional semifinal

    A look at how the UCLA Bruins and Kentucky Wildcats match up for a South Regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament on Friday. WHO: No. 3 UCLA (31-4) vs. No. 2 Kentucky (31-5). WHAT: NCAA South Regional semifinal, Friday, 6:40 p.m. PDT. WHERE: FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn. TV: Channel 2; Radio: 570....

  • UCLA pro day gives former Bruins a chance to show off for scouts

    UCLA pro day gives former Bruins a chance to show off for scouts

    The big man would have given his right arm to be working out on that practice field. Alas, the right arm of UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley was in a sling Tuesday, with fresh bandages on either side of his shoulder from the labrum surgery he underwent the day after last month’s scouting combine....

  • UCLA women's basketball team warms to the idea of facing mighty Connecticut

    UCLA women's basketball team warms to the idea of facing mighty Connecticut

    Cori Close looked relieved. The UCLA women’s basketball coach, admittedly nervous before tipoff, had watched her team dominate its second-round game in the NCAA tournament and earn a shot at top-ranked, unbeaten-since-2014 Connecticut. “[UConn is] a great team; they obviously have our respect,”...

  • Bruins stay hot and roll into the round of 16 where UConn awaits

    Bruins stay hot and roll into the round of 16 where UConn awaits

    They’ve been allowed only to talk about what’s guaranteed. Now it’s a sure thing: UCLA will get its shot at the matchup it’s had its eyes on all along against top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut. The Bruins earned it by routing Texas A&M on Monday, 75-43, in a second-round NCAA tournament game...

  • With UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina, South Regional has a case of the blues

    With UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina, South Regional has a case of the blues

    They turned the Las Vegas Strip into a blue blob for one chilly night three months ago, fans from UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina commingling in jerseys and T-shirts bearing the famous hues of their schools. The banter was friendly and the jabs mostly good-natured, the powerhouse teams having...

  • Lonzo Ball and UCLA kick it into gear in second half to beat Cincinnati, 79-67

    Lonzo Ball and UCLA kick it into gear in second half to beat Cincinnati, 79-67

    UCLA was so unstoppable Sunday evening that the Bruins ran a give-and-go long after their most significant triumph of the season. As power forward TJ Leaf sat in front of his locker stall, reflecting on how he had elevated his game following a horrid first half, he received kudos from Lonzo Ball...

  • Bruins have a Ball while disposing of the Bearcats

    Bruins have a Ball while disposing of the Bearcats

    The ball went sailing. The Ball trotted backward. The blitz was on. After grinding through a half of burdensome basketball Sunday night, UCLA suddenly flicked Cincinnati off its shoulders with three quick whisks, in barely a blink, turning a 30-win team into dust in the wind. Lonzo Ball, trey....

  • Defense and rebounding will be UCLA's focus in NCAA second-round game against Texas A&M

    Defense and rebounding will be UCLA's focus in NCAA second-round game against Texas A&M

    Nicole Kornet knocked down a three-pointer to open a 20-point UCLA lead before Boise State missed a couple of shots and called a timeout. It was late in the third quarter of an NCAA tournament opener Saturday and the Bruins were in a comfortable spot. Their coach, however, wasn’t comfortable at...

  • UCLA women rout Boise State in NCAA tournament opener

    UCLA women rout Boise State in NCAA tournament opener

    The outcome never came into question. UCLA started fast, outmuscled, outhustled and outplayed Boise State from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Kelli Hayes made a jumper. Kari Korver knocked down a three-pointer. Kennedy Burke made a layup. Jordin Canada made a layup. And Monique Billings converted...

  • Bryce Alford and UCLA are in no hurry to end their tournament run

    Bryce Alford and UCLA are in no hurry to end their tournament run

    It will all be over for Bryce Alford in a matter of hours. One more final exam Monday and he will have completed his UCLA coursework toward a degree in political science. “I’m very excited about not having school anymore,” Alford said Saturday. He’s in no such rush to complete his college basketball...

  • UCLA vs. Cincinnati: How they matchup

    UCLA vs. Cincinnati: How they matchup

    A look at how UCLA and Cincinnati will match up in Sunday’s second-round NCAA tournament game in Sacramento. Who: No. 3 UCLA (30-4) vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (30-5). What: NCAA South Regional second-round game, Sunday, 6:30 p.m. PDT. Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento. TV: TBS; Radio: 570. Update: UCLA...

  • UCLA surges to win over Kent State with a flashy finish

    UCLA surges to win over Kent State with a flashy finish

    Outfought inside by smaller counterparts, overrun for stretches while offering little resistance, UCLA finally found a way to push back in a taut game against a heavy underdog. The Bruins turned into the can’t-miss favorites. Aaron Holiday made a layup. TJ Leaf buried a jumper. Isaac Hamilton...

  • Dynamic freshman duo again carry the Bruins to victory

    Dynamic freshman duo again carry the Bruins to victory

    Lurking underneath all the talk of UCLA’s teamwork and depth this season was a stark, tandem truth that nobody could deny. That reality surfaced Friday night at Golden 1 Center in ways that caused Kent State to stand and stare dizzily as if suffering from severe blue-and-golden flashes. UCLA is...

  • Kari Korver is UCLA's spiritual leader

    Kari Korver is UCLA's spiritual leader

    UCLA opens play in the NCAA tournament Saturday with the goal of extending its season, and the career of Kari Korver. Korver isn’t the Bruins’ best player, but she leads the team in motivation. “Shoot, I want to coach for Kari,” Bruins Coach Cori Close said after practice this week. “Kari has served...

  • Letters: Plenty of Madness to go around

    Letters: Plenty of Madness to go around

    My wife attended the University of Arizona. So you can imagine my disappointment upon reading expert prognosticator Bill “It Just Feels Right to Pick the Falcons to Win the Super Bowl” Plaschke's choice of U of A to win the NCAA tournament. Too bad, Wildcats, there's always next year. Konrad Moore...

  • UCLA teammates see two sides of freshman guard Lonzo Ball

    UCLA teammates see two sides of freshman guard Lonzo Ball

    There is another Lonzo Ball besides the one whose face is every bit as unreadable after a spectacular lob pass as it is following a turnover. He emerges before every game after the starting lineups are announced, his voice rising amid the din of the crowd and the UCLA teammates who surround him...

  • Steve Alford is master of deflection regarding Indiana job

    UCLA Coach Steve Alford spent a couple of minutes Thursday responding to questions about the Indiana coaching vacancy that was created by the firing of Tom Crean. One thing Alford didn’t say: that he wasn’t interested in returning to the school he led to the 1987 national title. “Obviously, that...

  • UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up

    UCLA-KENT STATE MATCHUP WHO: No. 3 UCLA (29-4) vs. No. 14 Kent State (22-13). WHAT: NCAA South Regional first-round game, Friday, 6:57 p.m. PDT. WHERE: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento. TV: truTV; Radio: 570. UPDATE: UCLA is back in the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence, intent on making a deep...

  • No. 3 hasn't been a charm for UCLA Coach Steve Alford in NCAA tournaments

    History has repeated itself in the cruelest way for Steve Alford as a heavy favorite in the NCAA tournament. The teams he’s coached have been awarded a No. 3 seeding on three previous occasions. They’ve lost in the first round twice. And that’s not even counting the time Alford played for Indiana...

  • UCLA's Isaac Hamilton is on the upswing at the right time

    Isaac Hamilton was like four quarters that jangled back into the coin hopper after UCLA had lost nearly everything in Las Vegas. The senior managed two strong performances in what was an otherwise dreadful Pac-12 Conference tournament for the Bruins guards, which could have a carryover effect for...

  • March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

    Before Kadeem Allen arrived at Arizona, West Coast basketball wasn’t on his radar. Allen grew up in Wilmington, N.C., where Duke and North Carolina games crackled onto the radio and beamed onto his television. For junior college, Allen hauled out to Hutchinson, Kan., where on game days, traffic...

  • Kent State, foe of UCLA in NCAA first round, is fresh from a startling tournament run

    Kent State’s countdown to the NCAA tournament went three, two, one. It was anything but clockwork. The Golden Flashes beat the teams with the top three seedings in the Mid-American Conference in succession last week to earn their first NCAA tournament berth since 2008. They will play UCLA in the...

  • UCLA will host Boise State in women's NCAA tournament opener

    Teams across the country held watch parties and celebrated as their seedings in the women’s NCAA tournament were announced Monday, but there was no such gathering at UCLA. Final exams are around the corner and the Bruins had to attend class. But UCLA on Saturday will host Boise State in a first-round...

  • Bruins have legendary programs on the horizon

    Just when you thought UCLA’s biggest roadblocks on its journey to a championship would be Lonzo Ball’s strained thumb and shooting jitters, two more gaping potholes appeared. One is Kentucky. The other is North Carolina. The Bruins, seeded third in the South region in the NCAA tournament pairings...

  • UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State: A look at how the Bruins and Golden Flashes match up in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Regional. FRIDAY AT GOLDEN 1 CENTER, SACRAMENTO How they got here: UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games but did not look sharp in the Pac-12 Conference tournament,...

  • UCLA hopes to recapture its swagger for NCAA tournament

    To get back up for the NCAA tournament, UCLA might want to contemplate what happened seven months ago Down Under. As the Bruins frolicked along the Gold Coast of Australia during a summer exhibition tour, center Thomas Welsh attempted to mount a surfboard. It became an unintended comedy routine...

  • NCAA tournament preview: South Regional boasts North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA

    A look at the NCAA tournament’s South Regional: :: FRIDAY: GREENVILLE, S.C. 1 North Carolina (27-7, at-large) vs. 16 Texas Southern (23-11, Southwestern Athletic Conference champion) Texas Southern Coach Mike Davis, who was Bobby Knight’s successor at Indiana, may be scowling more than usual as...

  • March Madness: Few would disagree with Villanova as No. 1, but there's room for griping

    There weren’t a whole lot of surprises when the field for the 2017 NCAA tournament was announced Sunday, but the selection committee still left room for a time-honored — if unofficial — tradition. Griping. March Madness gets its angry side from inevitable complaints about seedings, who got in and...

  • In 2015, the NCAA took a gamble. Now, it's scoring big

    College basketball had a problem. Teams were scoring less and less, physical defense had turned the area under the basket into a mosh pit and sluggish play was choking the life out of the game. So, in the spring of 2015, members of the NCAA rules committee sequestered themselves for days of tough...

  • UCLA's offensive and defensive woes resurface in 86-75 loss to Arizona

    Bryce Alford’s final shot was more than a chance to salvage an ugly stat line. The UCLA shooting guard spotted up from the corner and launched the ball, his team in need of points in a hurry. The ball sailed all the way over the rim. The third-ranked Bruins’ final game before the ones that matter...

  • UCLA loses the spring in its step and falls hard as March gets mad

    Madness, yes. March, not so much. The third-ranked UCLA basketball team was rudely shoved into the NCAA tournament Friday night with a Pac-12 tournament exit one day too early and dozens of shots too short. The regressing Bruins lost to relentless Arizona, 86-75, in the Pac-12 semifinals and now...

  • After a scary fall, Bruins’ TJ Leaf regains the spring in his step

    Other than the thin brace cocooning his left ankle on Friday evening, TJ Leaf showed only one, tiny sign of the sprained ankle that had nearly dealt a serious blow to UCLA’s Final Four aspirations at the start of March. Leaf began Friday’s Pac-12 tournament semifinal game against Arizona with a...

  • UCLA gymnastics has an Olympic aura surrounding its program

    Chalk dust rises in small puffs and floats through the air at the John Wooden Center as members of UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team await their turns at practice. The dust is an occupational hazard but it becomes an art form when one young woman offers a comforting hug to another who stumbled off...

  • Bruins get the win but know they have to play better

    USC could have won this game. USC should have won this game. UCLA needs to think about that as it advances into a postseason that is quickly making them skittish. And the NCAA tournament selection committee needs to think about that as USC goes home to wait for what should be not only a guaranteed...

  • It's UCLA by a nose over USC in Pac-12 quarterfinals

    UCLA didn’t need to fill a whiteboard with the intricacies of its high-scoring offense or its much-improved defense. The Bruins’ game plan heading into the Pac-12 Conference tournament was simple: Just do what they do, be who they are and don’t change a thing in the wake of a lengthy winning streak...

  • USC's NCAA tournament hopes are still alive despite loss to UCLA

    USC Coach Andy Enfield fully expects USC to make the NCAA tournament when the field of 68 is revealed on Sunday. He does not have a reason for concern. Right? The Trojans’ 76-74 loss to UCLA on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament squandered a chance for an emphatic...

  • USC edges UCLA, 4-3, in Dodger Stadium Baseball Classic

    Lars Nootbaar made a change by staying the same. It led to an extra-innings RBI double to push USC to a 4-3 win over UCLA in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic on Sunday evening. Normally when a pitcher gets two strikes against Nootbaar, the USC cleanup hitter will spread out his stance,...

  • Current, former UCLA football players unite to inspire children

    As he watched dozens of children flit about a field on the upper part of UCLA’s campus Saturday afternoon, Kenny Young saw younger versions of himself. “They’re bad, they’re energetic, they never get tired,” the Bruins linebacker said. “They like to play around. They remind me of my childhood for...

  • UCLA falls to Oregon State in Pac-12 women's basketball tournament semifinals

    Sydney Wiese made two three-pointers in the closing minutes, her first baskets of the second half, and finished with 19 points to help No. 6 Oregon State hold off No. 15 UCLA, 63-53, in the Pac-12 women’s basketball semifinals on Saturday night. Oregon State will play for its second straight conference...

  • Bryce Alford gets emotional in sendoff before UCLA's win over Washington State, 77-68

    The sobbing started after Bryce Alford had strolled about a quarter of the way across the Pauley Pavilion court. One arm around his mother, Tanya, the other waving to the crowd, the UCLA shooting guard briefly looked like he might prevail in an unwinnable battle with his emotions. Then his father...

  • Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women advance in conference tournament

    Jordin Canada scored 24 points, Nicole Kornet scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half, and No. 15 UCLA used a huge first quarter to beat Arizona State, 77-68, in the Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday. The fifth-seeded Bruins led by 19 after one quarter and by as many as...

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