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UCLA keeps winning games, but not the hearts and minds of bracketologists

UCLA could be forgiven for thinking this is starting to feel personal. The Bruins are ranked No. 5 in the country. They have beaten national powers Oregon and Kentucky. They have lost only three games, with no bad defeats. And yet their projected NCAA tournament seeding hasn’t budged in recent...

  • Steve Alford gets a bit defensive after UCLA takes care of Oregon State, 78-60

    Steve Alford gets a bit defensive after UCLA takes care of Oregon State, 78-60

    Steve Alford started his postgame remarks Sunday with a joke about his team’s defense, referencing an erroneous box score that lay on the table in front of him. “Best defense of the year,” the UCLA coach cracked, “holding them to 36 points.” It took just two questions from reporters about that...

  • Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women lose to Oregon State

    Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women lose to Oregon State

    Kobie Orum and Mikayla Pivec each scored 12 points and No. 9 Oregon State rebounded from a loss to unranked USC on Friday with a 68-61 victory over No. 15 UCLA on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.  Sydney Wiese had 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Oregon State (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12). With her second...

  • Sneak peek of March Madness bracket aims to give tournament an early boost

    Sneak peek of March Madness bracket aims to give tournament an early boost

    People in Kansas probably love seeing their Jayhawks ranked among the top teams in the nation. UCLA fans probably don’t like the idea of the Bruins traveling across country to start the NCAA tournament. A few smiles, a few grumbles, all of it works for the powers-that-be in college basketball. ...

  • One former UCLA champion recognizes current team's chemistry

    One former UCLA champion recognizes current team's chemistry

    Tyus Edney has seen this all before. The early season victory over highly ranked Kentucky. A feisty sixth man point guard. Freshmen who changed the complexion of the team. A disheartening road loss to Oregon for the first defeat of the season followed by an emotional home triumph over the Ducks....

  • College basketball: UCLA women upset by Oregon; USC upends Oregon State

    College basketball: UCLA women upset by Oregon; USC upends Oregon State

    Lexi Bando scored a season-high 25 points, including five three-pointers, Sabrina Ionescu had her fourth triple-double of the season and Oregon beat No. 15 UCLA, 84-74, on Friday night in Eugene.  Ionescu, a 5-foot-10 freshman, finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Ruthy Hebard,...

  • UCLA's bear mascot bares all during team's comeback against Oregon

    UCLA's bear mascot bares all during team's comeback against Oregon

    It was a comeback that left nothing to the imagination, including the furry backside of the UCLA mascot. The bear bared all Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.  Joe Bruin became an unexpected participant in UCLA’s rally when Oregon’s Jordan Bell shot the second of two free throws with 19.1 seconds...

  • UCLA finds its intensity against Oregon in crazy second half

    UCLA finds its intensity against Oregon in crazy second half

    On a night when UCLA honored legendary announcer Dick Enberg, the accompanying basketball game could be appropriately described in two words. Oh. My.  The trademark phrase printed on student T-shirts and uttered by Enberg at halftime perfectly fit everything else that happened around it. Oh my,...

  • UCLA wipes out 19-point deficit to defeat Oregon, 82-79

    UCLA wipes out 19-point deficit to defeat Oregon, 82-79

    Lonzo Ball evaded the defender with a stepback move, coolly launching the 30-foot jumper from the left side of his head. He stood impassively as the shot sailed through the air in a high arc, his team’s fortunes riding the same trajectory. The ball swished through the net. Ball could no longer...

  • Heading into rematch with Oregon, UCLA is not dwelling on loss to Ducks in Pac-12 opener

    Heading into rematch with Oregon, UCLA is not dwelling on loss to Ducks in Pac-12 opener

    Lonzo Ball does not relive the play in his head like some traumatic sequence. He is not haunted by Dillon Brooks taking a handoff from a teammate, dribbling frantically around a screen and launching a three-point shot with Ball’s hand in his face during the final second of UCLA’s Pac-12 Conference...

  • UCLA's defense is 'moving in the right direction,' Steve Alford says as Oregon looms

    UCLA's defense is 'moving in the right direction,' Steve Alford says as Oregon looms

    One metric that UCLA might want to track as it prepares for March isn’t its national ranking or projected NCAA tournament seeding. It’s the team’s adjusted defensive efficiency, a number that hasn’t been nearly as fun for the Bruins to monitor. It measures how many points a team allows per 100...

  • College basketball: Virginia upends short-handed Louisville

    College basketball: Virginia upends short-handed Louisville

    London Perrantes scored 18 points and No. 12 Virginia used a 22-5 run to begin the second half and beat fourth-ranked but short-handed Louisville, 71-55, on Monday night at Charlottesville, Va.  Isaiah Wilkins added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Cavaliers (18-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast...

  • Battle of star freshmen goes as advertised, but UCLA's Ball gets more support

    Battle of star freshmen goes as advertised, but UCLA's Ball gets more support

     In the days leading up to the most hyped individual matchup of freshmen in the Pac-12 Conference in years, Lonzo Ball insisted that what he did against Markelle Fultz shouldn’t be the primary talking point. “People are going to say what they want,” Ball said of the battle involving the players...

  • Star freshman point guards UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Washington's Markelle Fultz have contrasting styles

    Star freshman point guards UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Washington's Markelle Fultz have contrasting styles

    NBA executives pondering whether to take Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz with one of the top picks in the June draft might feel like art dealers choosing between Da Vinci and Van Gogh. It’s all a matter of taste. Fultz is a high-volume scorer who is so versatile he may not have a weakness besides...

  • Leaf scores 32 as No. 11 UCLA beats Washington State, 95-79

    Leaf scores 32 as No. 11 UCLA beats Washington State, 95-79

    TJ Leaf untucked his jersey and walked through the handshake line expressionless, as if it was just another game he had completed. The giveaways that something exceptional was afoot started when fellow freshman Lonzo Ball strode up to his UCLA teammate and chest-bumped him on his way to the locker...

  • UCLA's top two football recruits are tough and competitive defensive players

    UCLA's top two football recruits are tough and competitive defensive players

    Toughness and competitive greatness are qualities Coach Jim Mora says he seeks in his UCLA football recruits. There’s little doubt that the Bruins’ 18-member recruiting class announced Wednesday is topped by two players already displaying those characteristics: defensive end Jaelan Phillips from...

  • UCLA's 2017 football recruiting class

    UCLA's 2017 football recruiting class

    UCLA football signings Player, position, height, weight, school, comment Martin Andrus; DL;  6-2; 300; Los Angeles HS Rated as a three- or four-star recruit at tackle by the national scouting services. Was credited with 125 tackles, including 16 sacks as a junior. Austin Burton, QB, 6-3, 203, Winter...

  • Patriots' Malcolm Butler is ready for his next defining Super Bowl moment

    Patriots' Malcolm Butler is ready for his next defining Super Bowl moment

    Malcolm Butler etched his name into Super Bowl lore two years ago by intercepting a short Russell Wilson pass at the goal line, clinching the New England Patriots’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Butler was something of a mystery man at the time, an undrafted reserve cornerback who came up big...

  • UCLA freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf look to overcome recent struggles

    UCLA freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf look to overcome recent struggles

    If this is as bad as it gets for Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf, they might look back on it like world-class marathoners who stepped on a few wayward water cups in Mile 17. Oh, yeah. They remember that. Barely. The UCLA freshmen who maintained such a frenzied pace to start their college careers finally...

  • These football recruits have said they will sign with UCLA

    These football recruits have said they will sign with UCLA

    Here is a look at who has committed to UCLA’s 2017 football class: Player, position, height, weight, school, comment Martin Andrus, DT,  6-2, 280, Los Angeles HS Started his high school career on the junior varsity at Long Beach St. Anthony before he transferred. Austin Burton, QB, 6-3, 200, Winter...

  • Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    If you fish and have ever lost a big one — a four-digit-sized marlin kind of big — then you know how the football staffs at USC and UCLA are likely to feel this week. Wednesday is national signing day for football, when the very best high school football seniors will be officially accepting scholarships...

  • Hey, Coach Mora: Patriots’ Slater is willing to help out

    Hey, Coach Mora: Patriots’ Slater is willing to help out

    Matt Slater should be one of Jim Mora’s best recruiting tools for UCLA football, especially on the eve of national signing day Wednesday. Slater is a former Bruin who became a six-time Pro Bowl special teams player and will be seeking his second Super Bowl ring on Sunday with the New England Patriots....

  • Bruins take time to get refocused after back-to-back losses

    Bruins take time to get refocused after back-to-back losses

    Long after the final turnover and forced three-pointer that led to UCLA’s second consecutive defeat, there was the word play. It might have been even more telling about what plagued the Bruins. Phrases such as “unselfish” and “sharing the ball” that had become staples among players and coaches...

  • Senior Bowl gives standouts from USC, UCLA a chance to prove they are NFL-worthy

    Senior Bowl gives standouts from USC, UCLA a chance to prove they are NFL-worthy

    He made the statement two years ago, after deciding to delay the start of his NFL career despite being draft-eligible. “I don't want to be a second- to sixth-round pick,” Zach Banner said. “I don't even want to be a first round. I want to be the No. 1 overall pick.” Reminded of that quote early...

  • Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    After Sunday’s defeat by 49 points, the Lakers stood tall together and proclaimed, “Nobody beats the Lakers by 50 points.” Paul Kessler Century City :: In a Jan. 24 story about the Lakers,  Luke Walton said his team was better than it showed, knew the amount of work his team was putting in and...

  • College basketball: No. 3 Gonzaga rolls, sets sights on No. 1

    College basketball: No. 3 Gonzaga rolls, sets sights on No. 1

    Nigel Williams-Goss scored 25 points Thursday night as unbeaten and third-ranked Gonzaga rolled to a 79-43 victory over San Diego at Spokane, Wash., clearing one obstacle to a possible No. 1 ranking next week.  Johnathan Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have a good...

  • After Shaqquan Aaron's breakout game against UCLA, he went back to the gym

    After Shaqquan Aaron's breakout game against UCLA, he went back to the gym

    In case there were any doubt that he was serious, USC guard Shaqquan Aaron retreated to a side gym inside the Galen Center late Wednesday night, not long after USC’s upset win over No. 8 UCLA. Aaron brought a basketball to the post-game news conference, an unusual prop. He said he was planning...

  • UCLA holds a lengthy team meeting after fourth consecutive loss to USC

    UCLA holds a lengthy team meeting after fourth consecutive loss to USC

    UCLA wanted to talk more. Not like this. The chatter was supposed to be about help defense, not a cry for help. The words were meant to soothe, not inflame. Deliberations were intended to be about a mind-numbing quantity of points, not turnovers. The eighth-ranked Bruins did not emerge from their...

  • The USC-UCLA basketball rivalry is reminiscent of a long-gone era

    The USC-UCLA basketball rivalry is reminiscent of a long-gone era

    We missed this, didn’t we? There’s nothing like a meaningful local rivalry in college basketball, something Los Angeles was reminded of Wednesday night. The scene at the Galen Center was a flashback to a previous era, as the intimate decade-old arena rocked and roared as it did when O.J. Mayo was...

  • USC defeats UCLA, 84-76, extending its streak over crosstown rival

    USC defeats UCLA, 84-76, extending its streak over crosstown rival

    He knelt along the sideline, his back against a videoboard advertising a resort destination. UCLA Coach Steve Alford looked at the floor slats, put his hand on his temple and massaged. It had taken 38 minutes against rival USC, but his Bruins had finally found their speed. Trailing and needing...

  • UCLA's recruiting class continues to grow as signing day approaches

    UCLA's recruiting class continues to grow as signing day approaches

    UCLA recruiting is gaining momentum as signing day approaches.  Cornerback Elijah Gates announced his commitment to the Bruins on Monday. “I was so nervous,” Gates said after he put on a UCLA hat during a ceremony at Buena Park High. An Oregon hat also was on the table.  Gates, 5 feet 11 and 170...

  • It's a big game for UCLA and USC when they meet on the court

    It's a big game for UCLA and USC when they meet on the court

    As he watched his future rival dominate his future teammates game after game, TJ Leaf didn’t feel a surge of exasperation. He sensed opportunity. “It wasn’t so much being angry, but just more excited just to come in and try to make an impact,” the UCLA freshman power forward said Tuesday. He was...

  • Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf on lists for Oscar Robertson, Wayman Tisdale awards

    Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf on lists for Oscar Robertson, Wayman Tisdale awards

    UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf made the midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the national player of the year as selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Assn., and the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation’s top freshman. Balloting for both awards will be conducted among...

  • College basketball: No. 13 UCLA women turn back USC, 71-67

    College basketball: No. 13 UCLA women turn back USC, 71-67

    This rivalry game wasn't decided until the final minute, but the result was the same; another UCLA women's basketball victory over USC.  The previous matchup was vastly easier for the Bruins, but UCLA beat USC for the second time in four days, a 71-67 victory Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.  UCLA (15-4,...

  • UCLA gets a hard gut check against Arizona

    UCLA gets a hard gut check against Arizona

    Sure, it was a wakeup call, except the phone reached over and punched them in the gut. Yeah, it was a teaching moment, except it ended with them curled up under a blackboard and spitting out chalk. There are lots of ways to look at third-ranked UCLA’s deflating 96-85 loss to No. 14 Arizona at Pauley...

  • What the numbers show about UCLA's sparkling season

    What the numbers show about UCLA's sparkling season

    The numbers that tell the story behind college basketball’s Showtime offense cannot be found on the Pauley Pavilion scoreboard. They’re written on a whiteboard inside the UCLA locker room, where they are pondered, celebrated and occasionally met with disbelief. UCLA’s goal is to score 110 points...

  • UCLA's 2017 football schedule includes chance for revenge against Texas A&M in opener

    UCLA's 2017 football schedule includes chance for revenge against Texas A&M in opener

    UCLA’s 2017 football schedule was released Wednesday and includes a season opener on Sept. 2 against Texas A&M at the Rose Bowl in a rematch of a game that went to overtime last season, with the Aggies prevailing on the final play. The Bruins, who are trying to rebound from a 4-8 season that was...

  • UCLA's Bryce Alford has no problem with his dad's decision to sub him out against Utah

    UCLA's Bryce Alford has no problem with his dad's decision to sub him out against Utah

    Bryce Alford spent the final five seconds of the performances that would make him Pac-12 Conference player of the week on the bench. He wasn’t hurt. He wasn’t in foul trouble. He wasn’t celebrating a blowout victory. He just wasn’t the best defensive option. With UCLA leading Utah by one point...

  • Jim Mora appears poised to close UCLA recruiting campaign with another flourish

    Jim Mora appears poised to close UCLA recruiting campaign with another flourish

    Jim Mora learned long ago how to pursue and close. It was part of what made him a scrappy defensive back at the University of Washington. He has taken a similar approach to college football recruiting. A late push has helped the UCLA coach secure commitments from what’s shaping up as a top-25 recruiting...

  • UCLA football commitments list grows

    UCLA football commitments list grows

    UCLA football 2017 verbal commitments Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; School; Comment Martin Andrus; DT; 6-2; 280; Los Angeles HS; Started his high school career on the junior varsity at Long Beach St. Anthony before he transferred. Austin Burton; QB; 6-3; 200; Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange HS; A Boston...

  • Adrian Klemm is out as UCLA's offensive line coach

    UCLA has parted ways with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm less than three weeks before signing day, a person close to the situation confirmed Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information publicly. Klemm becomes the second Bruins assistant to depart...

  • College basketball: Ohio State gets first Big Ten win against Michigan State

    JaQuan Lyle made five of seven shots from behind the three-point line and scored 22 points as Ohio State pulled away down the stretch and beat Michigan State, 72-67, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, for the Buckeyes' first Big Ten Conference win this season.  Marc Loving and Jae'Sean Tate each added...

  • UCLA erases nine-point deficit in second half to edge Utah, 83-82

    The team known for its offense couldn’t win with its better half Saturday afternoon. UCLA needed a stop. First, the Bruins needed to disrupt. Trailing by a point in the final seconds, Utah inbounded the ball three times. Three times, UCLA fouled because the Bruins weren’t in the bonus and wouldn’t...

  • College basketball: UCLA women stop Oregon State's 12-game winning streak

    Jordin Canada had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 17 UCLA beat No. 10 Oregon State, 66-56, on Friday night, snapping the Beavers' 12-game winning streak.  Down five after three quarters, UCLA outscored the Beavers, 25-10, in the final quarter.  Monique Billings added 17 points for the Bruins...

  • UCLA's Alfords have something to prove in Utah

    Steve Alford has advanced to the NCAA tournament’s second week and failed to make it to the first day. He’s won a Pac-12 Conference tournament championship and crashed in the opening round. He’s earned a contract extension and given it back. There hasn’t been nearly as much contrast when it comes...

  • Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Not sure when the Statue of Liberty was relocated to L.A., but with the Chargers joining the Rams, the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” should be amended to include “your losing football teams.” Mark S. Roth Los Angeles :: If an NFL team is content spending two seasons...

  • Bryce Alford is a shooting star in UCLA's victory over Colorado

    A scoreboard video feature noted the elevation of 5,345 feet here in the minutes before tipoff, providing what it called a “pregame altitude warning.” UCLA also could have used some caution about attitude. Colorado was in desperation mode after dropping its first three Pac-12 Conference games and...

  • Colorado is no easy climb for UCLA

    The Pac-12 Conference’s newest members have added more than altitude and a time change. Colorado and Utah are also two of the conference’s pluckier basketball programs, routinely inflicting a Rocky Mountain low on some of their more storied counterparts. The Buffaloes defeated Arizona to win the...

  • Bryce Alford keeps climbing in the UCLA record books

    Bryce Alford was once derided as playing a starring role for UCLA only because his father, Steve Alford, coached the team. He’s about to experience a different kind of Bruins kinship. Remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Don MacLean and Reggie Miller? Bryce Alford is on pace to have his name alongside...

  • UCLA cruises to victory over Stanford

    There was a retro feel inside Pauley Pavilion on Sunday evening, as if UCLA had flipped the calendar backward for another mid-November game against an overmatched opponent from some lesser conference. The Bruins were only too happy for the reminder of what a relatively stress-free evening of basketball...

  • Power outage delays UCLA women's top 15 matchup with Washington

    A power outage has delayed the start of the women's college basketball game between No. 9 UCLA and No. 12 Washington by one hour.  The Pac-12 game Sunday in Seattle was originally was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m, but there was a massive power failure around the university district. Power was restored...

  • Bruins' big crowds could set Pauley Pavilion record

    Pauley Pavilion is no longer the greatest show of dearth. The crowds are back and so is the buzz about a UCLA basketball team that is packing its home arena at what could become a record level in the five seasons since it was renovated. Recent games against Michigan and California were both sellouts,...

  • Letters: How to end a season smelling like a Rose

    I have been a USC football fan since I was a kid in the ’40s. I have always thought that the greatest college football game I have ever seen was USC’s 55-24 victory over Notre Dame in 1974. With all due respect to Anthony Davis, Pat Haden, and J.K McKay, and the Trojans’ great defense that year,...

  • Kocian, Ross set to make history as UCLA opens gymnastics season Saturday

    Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross are expected to become the first Olympic gold medalists to participate in a college gymnastics meet when No. 4 UCLA opens its gymnastics season against No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Kocian, a freshman from Dallas, helped the United States...

  • UCLA almost takes it too easy in 81-71 victory over California

    Playtime was over. After the Snoop Dogg scoreboard video cameo, another insanely deep Lonzo Ball three-pointer before halftime that gave UCLA a 20-point  lead and a TJ Leaf dunk that instantaneously went viral on Twitter, the Bruins somehow still needed to win the game. What had been a 24-point...

  • UCLA's new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says running game will 'drive the train'

    Jedd Fisch used to make photocopies for Steve Spurrier as part of an unconventional rise from someone who never played football to a longtime college and NFL assistant coach. He’ll try to duplicate as little as possible in his latest stop. UCLA’s offense was among the worst in the Pac-12 Conference...

  • No. 4 UCLA faces California in Pac-12 home opener

    UCLA didn’t enjoy a total reprieve from coursework over its winter break. The Bruins have been busy with an informal lesson in communication studies. Coach Steve Alford wants his players to talk more on defense as part of their efforts to improve the team’s one perceptible weakness. “It’s as simple...

  • UCLA's Hamilton aims to 'bounce back' from shooting slump

    A lost weekend in Oregon is nothing new for Isaac Hamilton. It almost seems like part of his itinerary. The UCLA senior guard went scoreless against Oregon State on Friday, missing all 10 shots (including five three-pointers) while grabbing three rebounds. It was almost a replica of Hamilton’s...

  • UCLA expected to hire Jedd Fisch as new offensive coordinator

    Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch has emerged as UCLA’s top candidate to become the Bruins’ new offensive coordinator and his hiring could be imminent, a person close to the situation said Monday. Fisch, who has five years of experience as an offensive coordinator at the college and...

  • UCLA falls to No. 4 in AP ranking after loss to Oregon

    One loss cost previously unbeaten UCLA only two spots in the Associated Press ranking. The Bruins fell to No. 4 on Monday after they suffered their first defeat of the season last week against Oregon before rebounding with a victory over Oregon State. USC, which also lost to the Ducks while splitting...

  • UCLA bounces back from first loss with 76-63 victory over Oregon State

    Lonzo Ball had 23 points, including four three-pointers, and No. 2 UCLA rebounded from a loss to Oregon with a 76-63 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.  TJ Leaf added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Holiday had 14 points for the Bruins (14-2, 1-1 Pac-12), who led by as many as 14 points. ...

  • College basketball: No. 3 Kansas edges TCU on the road

    Frank Mason III scored 22 points and No. 3 Kansas won its 12th game in a row and 26th consecutive conference by beating Texas Christian, 86-80, to start Big 12 Conference play Friday night in Fort Worth.  Senior Landen Lucas had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help the Jayhawks (12-1,...

  • Sports letters: Fans take great offense at Rams' dismal offense

    The only thing more comical than the Rams' offense is the list of coaches they think might be interested in the head coaching position. Ryan Madden Huntington Beach :: Now that Jeff Fisher's gone, hopefully to be joined by all his offensive assistants, we mustn't give GM Les Snead a pass.  Snead...

  • Steve Alford says UCLA's game against Oregon State on Friday is a must-win

    Going from unbeaten overall to winless in the Pac-12 Conference has changed the dynamic for UCLA. A midseason game against middling Oregon State on Friday night at Gill Coliseum has taken on new meaning. “That’s a must-win for us,” Bruins Coach Steve Alford said Wednesday after his team dropped...

  • Second-ranked UCLA takes a harsh shot, losing in final second to No. 21 Oregon

    The boxing metaphor Coach Steve Alford likes to use finally came into play nearly two months into the season. UCLA discovered how it would respond after getting punched in the mouth Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. The Bruins rose with a bloody lip and a few wobbly teeth, delivering several...

  • Penn State players are on the ride(s) of their lives leading up to Rose Bowl

    Chris Godwin glanced at the race cars as they zoomed by with screaming passengers. The Penn State receiver, like many of his teammates, had never been to Disney’s California Adventure, or the state of California, and couldn’t wait to experience the rides, including Radiator Springs Racers.  But...

  • Pac-12 basketball is guaranteed fresh, but its first-year players come with a one-season sell-by date

    It’s the Year of the Freshman in the Pac-12 Conference. Too bad only a handful will become sophomores. Not since Kevin Love, James Harden, O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless and Ty Abbott roamed the hardwood nine years ago has the Pac-12 featured so many high-end freshmen. Enjoy them while they’re here....

  • Bruins to open Pac-12 play with 'target on our back'

    Maybe Lonzo Ball wasn’t just shushing a crowd when he held an upright finger in front of his mouth after making a shot on the road against Kentucky a few weeks ago. Maybe the UCLA freshman point guard was also expressing an opinion about his team’s stature. The Bruins might be the No. 1 team in...

  • Letters: Since when do colleges have an early-release program?

    Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette declining to play in their respective bowl games is only the beginning, folks. NCAA fans still haven’t realized that they’re simply underwriting the minor league careers of soon-to-be multi-millionaires who would play in empty stadiums and arenas if it...

  • UCLA is good enough against Western Michigan to keep its perfect start

    As UCLA piled up win after win in the season’s early going, players and coaches sounded the same refrain: The Bruins wanted to elevate themselves from a good team to a great one. They weren’t even passable for stretches Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. There were bad passes, missed shot after...

  • A look at the UCLA-USC rivalry in 1970-71, the last time both won so many games to start a season

    The last time UCLA and USC won this many games to start a season, the college basketball world was about to lose its pebbled leather grip. John Wooden’s Bruins, winners of four consecutive national titles, were being challenged for supremacy by Bob Boyd’s Trojans, who usually received second billing...

  • UCLA remains undefeated with 86-73 win over Ohio State in CBS Sports Classic

    A dozen games into the season, the question surrounding UCLA has shifted. It’s no longer what it’s going to take for the Bruins to keep winning but what will be required for them to lose a game. UCLA played a ragged, turnover-filled first half Saturday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena and didn’t shoot...

  • Henry Bibby launches weekend basketball camp for homeless kids

    Henry Bibby’s inspiring new endeavor started with a forlorn question: Where are all the homeless kids? The former UCLA standout guard and USC coach had long noticed the homeless adults in downtown Los Angeles but wondered where their children were. He learned there were 26,000 homeless kids in...

  • Ohio State up next on UCLA's torment the Big Ten tour

    UCLA will return here in three months, intent on winning the Pac-12 Conference tournament championship. First it wants to continue to torment the Big Ten. Nebraska tried to get physical with the Bruins only to get manhandled in the final minutes. Michigan ran with UCLA for a half before getting...

  • UCLA is switching sidelines at the Rose Bowl to get out of the sun

    UCLA will switch sidelines at the Rose Bowl next season, moving its players out of direct sunlight for games played in the afternoon. The Bruins will now stand on the side shaded by the press box and the Terry Donahue Pavilion. Quarterback Mike Fafaul acknowledged in November that it was “kind...

  • UCLA cruises over UC Santa Barbara, 102-62

    The many shades of TJ Leaf were on display in the first half Wednesday night. All of them were to UCLA’s liking. There was the finesse of a jumper in the lane. The precision of a three-pointer. The brawn of a put-back dunk. The resolve of a one-handed tip-in. Leaf packed a game’s worth of highlights...

  • Holiday shines in sixth-man role with Bruins

    Officially, he is UCLA’s sixth man. Coach Steve Alford calls him the sixth starter because he plays so many minutes. Whatever he goes by, Aaron Holiday seems to have a sixth sense about what his team needs. The sophomore point guard provided tenacious defense and savvy shot-making with Lonzo Ball...

  • College basketball: Florida State upends No. 21 Florida

    Dwayne Bacon scored 24 points, Terrence Mann added 16 and Florida State held on to beat Florida, 83-79, on Sunday in Tallahassee.  Bacon scored nine points during a 15-4 run early in the second half that helped the Seminoles (10-1) take control after it was tied at 38.  Florida State led by 13...

  • No. 2 UCLA makes Pauley Pavilion the place to be again

    Bryce Alford stuck his right hand high into the air and curled his fingers to the roaring crowd.  Higher … higher …  Alford kept his hand raised, kept his fingers wagging, and the sound stretched and expanded and filled new Pauley Pavilion with age-old echoes. Higher … higher …  On a throwback...

  • No. 2 UCLA embarrasses Michigan, 102-84, to send a message they're back

    The familiar letters echoed through the building in the final moments, making it feel like old times again for the basketball school that had resembled something else in recent years. U-C-L-A! The No. 2 Bruins rocked Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night, particularly during the second half of an electric...

  • No. 2 UCLA basketball looks to keep improving as it prepares to host Michigan

    Steve Alford, usually first to meet with the media, was last, appearing about 20 minutes later than normal as he stepped out of a Pauley Pavilion corridor on Thursday. UCLA’s basketball coach wasn’t running late so much as he had been held up. Four of his players wanted to spend extra time reviewing...

  • The buzz around the unbeaten UCLA basketball team is starting to build

    There was an extra delay before UCLA’s charter flight home from Kentucky could push back Saturday evening. Pilots had to get clearance from air traffic controllers … and their passengers. The Bruins called for an old school tradition after defeating the top-ranked Wildcats, players’ clapping hands...

  • UCLA rises to No. 2 in latest AP poll after victory over Kentucky

    Where does UCLA go after beating top-ranked Kentucky? Up, up, up. The Bruins rose nine spots to No. 2 in the Associated Press ranking Monday, their highest standing since they held the same position on Nov. 26, 2007. That season turned OK. UCLA went to the Final Four for a third consecutive time....

  • Podcast | The Bear Facts: UCLA's win over Kentucky, and freshman Lonzo Ball's impact on the offense

    Welcome to another episode of the Bear Facts podcast with Jesse Dougherty and Ben Bolch. This week’s topics include: A wrap up of the UCLA football season with the future of the Bruins and Coach Jim Mora UCLA basketball's win over No. 1 Kentucky How Lonzo Ball has helped create a ball-sharing offense...

  • Rest assured, Rivers will continue to sit players

    The schedule made it look like it might be a good time to rest a Clippers starter. The advanced metrics indicated everyone should be available to play. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers went with the more contemporary gauge of his players’ fatigue levels Sunday night at Staples Center, deciding not to...

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