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USC, UCLA received about $21.3 million each from Pac-12 Conference

USC and UCLA each received about $21.3 million from the Pac-12 Conference during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the conference’s federal tax return.

The conference provided the return in response to a request from The Times.

The reporting period covers July 2013 to June 2014.

The Pac-12 reported total revenue of $374 million, an increase of about $41 million from the previous year.

All Pac-12 schools except Utah received more than $21 million. Utah received $16.1 million.

Commissioner Larry Scott earned total compensation of about $3.5 million.

 

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Jonah Bolden recovering after knee surgery

UCLA basketball player Jonah Bolden underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee on Tuesday morning.

A team spokesman called the tear slight and said Bolden, a sophomore, is expected to make a full recovery.

The timetable for his return is approximately six to eight weeks, or by mid-July, well before the start of the basketball season.

Bolden is expected to be a key contributor for the Bruins next season, especially with the departure of forward Kevon Looney to the NBA draft. Bolden, a four-star recruit who grew up in Australia, is listed as a 6-foot-10 combo guard/forward, though his size makes him a fit to assume Looney’s role as a forward.

Bolden sat all of last season after being ruled a partial-qualifier by the NCAA but was allowed to practice with the team in January.

After the season, he participated in workouts with the team in Pauley Pavilion.

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UCLA's baseball team wraps up Pac-12 title

Chris Keck and Brett Stephens each drove in two runs and UCLA clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference baseball championship with a 5-3 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

The second-ranked Bruins (40-12 overall, 21-6 in conference play) have won or shared the title three of the last five seasons.

UCLA wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fifth inning. Stephens’ two-run single tied the score before Keck singled to center for a 4-2 lead.

Cody Poteet pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief for the victory. He has a 5-1 record on the season. David Berg went 1 2/3 innings for his 12th save.

UCLA also won the Pac-12 title in 2011 and 2012.

 

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UCLA baseball has share of Pac-12 title in hand, looks for more

UCLA can clinch a share of the Pac-12 baseball championship with a victory over Arizona at Jackie Robinson Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.

The second-ranked Bruins (39-12, 20-6) moved a step closer their third title in five seasons with a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday. Grant Watson pitched seven shutout innings for his 30th career victory, moving him into second behind Trevor Bauer's 34 wins on the school’s all-time list.

UCLA won the Pac-12 title in 2012 and 2011. The Bruins won the national championship in 2013.

Watson (8-4) allowed four hits and struck out six. The Bruins have shut out the Wildcats, the Pac-12’s top-hitting team, all 19 innings through the first two games of the series. James Kaprielian and David Berg combined to no-hit Arizona on Friday.

Brett Stephens had three hits and drove in a run. Ty Moore has a bases-empty home run, his sixth homer of the season, to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning.

UCLA has a nonconference game Tuesday at UC Irvine and closes...

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UCLA's James Kaprielian, David Berg combine for no-hitter against Arizona

James Kaprielian continues to roll toward draft day.

The UCLA pitcher made a showcase start Friday, combining with reliever David Berg to no-hit Arizona in a 1-0, 10-inning victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Kevin Kramer’s sacrifice fly scored Christoph Bono with one out in the 10th inning to give the second-ranked Bruins a stranglehold on first place in the Pac-12. UCLA (38-12, 19-6) has a 3 1/2-game lead with five conference games remaining.

The evening belonged to Kaprielian. He struck out 11 and walked four. He retired 14 consecutive batters from the third through seventh innings, six on strikeouts.

Kaprielian, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the major league draft in June, has thrown 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over three starts. He lowered his earned-run average to 1.94. He leads the conference with 105 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings this season.

Arizona (28-21, 12-16) was the Pac-12’s top hitting team entering the game, with a .304 batting average. The Wildcats’...

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UCLA baseball maintains Pac-12 lead with series win at Arizona State

Arizona State had to have something new on Sunday, with UCLA having already won the weekend series at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, assuring that the Bruins would remain in first place in the Pac-12 baseball standings.

UCLA had done it in dominant and deflating fashion, winning the series opener, 9-0, and taking a drama-filled, 17-inning marathon that lasted deep into Saturday night.

So junior starting pitcher Brett Lilek decided to break out a new pitch -- one he hadn't used since early in his freshman season. Facing the Bruins' left-handed-heavy lineup, the southpaw began throwing a slow, looping curveball, particularly early in the count.

It worked.

Lilek allowed just three hits and one unearned run in his first career complete game. He struck out seven batters and walked just one in a 2-1 Arizona State win that helped the No. 11 Sun Devils (30-17, 15-9) salvage a weekend that had previously been all UCLA (36-12, 18-6). The Bruins' Hunter Virant pitched admirably in a spot start, giving...

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