| Mar 23, 2014
| 11:14 PM
The NCAA selection committee is to be commended for giving us on Sunday one of the best national title games every contested.
Oh what drama, passion and intensity.
It ranked right up there with Houston versus North Carolina State in 1983.
| Mar 16, 2014
| 7:34 PM
New coach, new freedoms, new fun ... all of it dancing toward the same old crushing chomp.
The good news for UCLA fans is that their freshly minted Pac-12 tournament champions will open the NCAA tournament next weekend down the street in San Diego...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 11:04 PM
LAS VEGAS — It was a blizzard in the desert, UCLA's white jerseys swirling around Stanford in torrents.
The Bruins hit rainbows from the corner, tips from the paint, pump fake bank shots down the middle, and full-court fastbreak layups that ran...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 9:44 PM
March Madness came a week early on Friday night in the opening round of the new Southern Section Open Division tournament.
From No. 1-seeded Santa Ana Mater Dei requiring overtime to outlast No. 16 Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 66-59, to No. 3 Los...
| Mar 24, 2012
Only his number is retired — 33, in the Lakers' purple and gold that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wore to glory on the basketball court. The rest of him is still working away, most recently on his latest book. At UCLA, in blue and gold, Abdul-Jabbar was a...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:25 PM
I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky.
I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day...
| Oct 17, 2012
I'm watching Kansas basketball players dancing across their court Gangnam Style. I'm watching Tom Izzo marching across his Michigan State court dressed like Iron Man. From all corners of the country, I'm hearing of screeches and laughs while feeling the...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 10:01 PM
P; Player; Ht; Wt; Statistics
G; Ron Baker; 6-3; 218; 8.6 ppg
F; Cleanthony Early; 6-8; 215; 13.7 ppg
F; Carl Hall; 6-8; 238; 6.9 rpg
G; Tekele Cotton; 6-4; 202; 6.4 ppg
G; Malcolm Armstead; 6-0; 205; 10.9 ppg...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:10 PM
I know the look. For the last three decades, every year at this time, I get the look.
A friend or family member will slowly approach with a piece of wrinkled paper, a chewed-off pencil and a wistful stare. It's always someone who doesn't follow sports....
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:45 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Top collegiate athletic directors need many things but should not live without a back-door office exit or a secret list of coaching candidates in advance of their next football and basketball openings.
It doesn't matter if your...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:30 PM
SALT LAKE CITY -- Arizona is thrilled to be playing Harvard on Saturday on its way to next week's West regional in Los Angeles.
No one can say that, but it's only human Tucson nature.
Wanting to play No. 14 instead of No. 3 to reach the Sweet 16 is a...