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Ben Bolch

Ben Bolch has been a Los Angeles Times staff writer since 1999. He is serving his second stint as the UCLA beat writer, which seems fitting since he has covered almost every sports beat except hockey and horse racing. Bolch is the author of the upcoming book “100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” scheduled for release in August. He previously covered UCLA basketball from 2010-11 before going on to cover the NBA and the Clippers for five years. He happily traded in gobs of hotel points and airline miles to return to cover UCLA basketball and football in the summer of 2016. Bolch was once selected by NBA TV’s “The Starters” as the “Worst of the Week” after questioning their celebrity journalism-style questions at an NBA All-Star game and considers it one of his best moments.
UCLA suffers a regrettable loss to Belmont at Pauley Pavilion

The only time UCLA showed sustained fight Saturday was in accepting the blame for what went wrong.

UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips retires from football for health reasons

UCLA sophomore outside linebacker Jalean Phillips, one of the team’s top pass rushers, has medically retired after his season was cut short by a concussion, a school spokesman said Saturday.

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