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Rick, Jerry Neuheisel to take their competition to the golf course

The Christmas break means one big thing to UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel.

“I’ll have the annual golf match where my dad will kick my butt and show me there is one sport where he’s still better than me,” Neuheisel said.

Rick Neuheisel, former UCLA quarterback and coach, has an annual foursome with his sons, Jerry, Jack and Joe.

“My dad and Joe are the only ones who get to play all the time,” Jerry Neuheisel said. “So it ends up being Jack and I hanging out while those two go at it.”

As for competing against his eldest son, Rick Neuheisel said, “All I can tell you is drive for show, putt dough. If it were a home run hitting contest, the kid would clearly win. But you don’t get to hit the ball to right and left field. It’s all center field, and that’s where I take him, and I take him consistently.”

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Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin hired by Notre Dame

Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin will have a gold helmet in his life. It just won’t say “UCLA” on it.

Franklin, whose NFL career with the Green Bay Packers was cut short by an injury, has been hired by Notre Dame as an administrator for student welfare and development. He will coordinate outreach programs and workshops for the athletes.

“I’m really excited, and blessed how it came out,” Franklin said.

Franklin created a LinkedIn account and was contacted by Mike Harrity, a senior associate athletic director for Notre Dame.

“They had me come out to Notre Dame for a weekend,” Franklin said. “I met a few people and by the time I left, they had offered me a job. I didn’t ask for an interview or even ask about a job. God always has a plan.”

Franklin gained 4,403 yards at UCLA from 2009-12, 85 more than Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, Autry Denson.

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Former Bruin Anthony Barr's rookie season with Vikings ends in injury

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr's rookie campaign will close with season-ending surgery.

On Friday, Minnesota Coach Mike Zimmer announced Barr would have a "very minor" surgery on his left knee, which will keep him out of the Vikings' final two games at the Miami Dolphins and against the Chicago Bears.

"It sucks," Barr said, according to KSTP radio in Minnesota. "But what am I going to do about it now besides get better and get ready for next year."

Barr originally strained his knee in a loss to the Chicago Bears, 21-13, on Nov. 16. The former Bruin played in two more games before he was shut down in December, missing Minnesota's win over the New York Jets, 30-24 in overtime, and its loss to the Detroit Lions, 16-14, last week.

Barr, 22, collected 70 tackles with four sacks over 12 games. He also forced two fumbles and recovered three, the biggest of which he returned 27 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8.

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UCLA's David Berg, James Kaprielian, Kevin Kramer preseason All-Americans

Time for pitchers and catchers to report … for the preseason All-American parade.

UCLA’s David Berg, James Kaprielian and Kevin Kramer were named to Collegiate Baseball’s preseason All-American team. Berg was named to the first team, while Kaprielian was on the second team and Kramer on the third team. The three are key elements in the Bruins push to return to the NCAA tournament after a year’s sabbatical.


FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this report stated that Kevin Kramer was named to the preseason All-American second team. He was on the third team.


Berg, a senior closer, has made a Pac-12 record 132 appearances. His 24 saves in 2013 were not only an NCAA single-season record, but also helped the Bruins win their first NCAA title.

Kaprielian, a junior starting pitcher, is projected as a high pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. He was 7-6 with a 2.29 earned-run average and 108 strike outs last season.

Kramer, a junior infielder, missed the 2014 season because of an...

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UCLA's Eric Kendricks wins Lott IMPACT Trophy

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks added the Lott IMPACT Trophy to his collection Sunday.

Kendricks is the second consecutive Bruins player to win the award, which is given to a defensive player for his performance on and off the field. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr won the award in 2013.

Alabama’s Landon Collins, Duke’s David Helton and Washington’s Hua’oli Kikaha were the other finalists.

Kendricks had 139 tackles and three interceptions this season. He set the UCLA career record with 471 tackles. He was named second-team Walter Camp All-American and won the Butkus Award, though Pac-12 coaches only named him second-team all-conference.

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UCLA players still feeling pain from Stanford loss

UCLA players and coaches surfaced publicly Friday for the first time since a 31-10 loss to Stanford that cost the Bruins a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

Two weeks later, there was still pain, which has wiped out the team's 24-hour rule to mentally move on from any game.

“You get tired of losing,” quarterback Brett Hundley said. “There are certain games where you need to come up with a victory. To come up short, for us to have a letdown like that, it hurts.”

Good, was Coach Jim Mora’s opinion.

“That one needed to hurt,” Mora said. “You have a 24-hour rule because you have to get on to the next game, the next week. That one still hurts. That one is not going to go away. Those don’t go away.”

Mora said that loss needs to resonate because “it was a game that had huge impact on what we are trying to achieve and we didn’t get it done. We failed. We failed. It should hurt, if you take pride in what you do, if you’re serious about what you do. That’s what I want them to understand.”

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