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August 27, 2012
  Join us at 8:15 a.m. today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton, who is in China with the UCLA basketball team, and Times sports editor Mike James. [ Update at 8 a.m. : The chat has been canceled because of technical difficulties. Our apologies for the cancellation.] The trip to China represents a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.
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October 28, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Playing basketball away from Pauley Pavilion shouldn't keep UCLA from making itself at home wherever it goes in the Pacific 12 Conference. At least that was the assessment of conference media members who picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 title in a close race with California and Arizona. UCLA, which will play most of its home games at the Sports Arena this season while its permanent home receives a makeover, received 14 first-place votes to Cal's 13 and Arizona's 11. "It doesn't help us win one game," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Friday at L.A. Live during Pac-12 media day. "All it does is make the bull's-eye even bigger, and you've already got the bull's-eye because you have those four letters on your chest.
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September 10, 2011 | By Chris Foster
San Jose State running back Ben Thompson , the son of former UCLA running back Daniel Thompson , knows all about Westwood. "Diddy Riese [Cookies], Pauley Pavilion, I have been around all of that," Ben said. A redshirt freshman from Temecula Valley High, Ben made his college debut on special teams against Stanford last week and is working his way up the depth chart. Daniel Thompson, the Orange County player of the year at Huntington Beach High as a senior, played at UCLA from 1985-88.
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October 8, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Tyler Gonzalez's college athletic career got considerably more interesting Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. Gonzalez, a senior, spent the last two falls as the manager for the UCLA men's soccer team. Yet there he was, suddenly being depended on to kick field goals and extra points in a Pacific 12 Conference football game between the Bruins and Washington State. Gonzalez hadn't taken part in a football game since his senior year at Fullerton High, when he made six field goals and 22 conversion kicks.
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September 19, 2011 | Associated Press
Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory over host Arizona in a game that ended late Saturday night. Stanford, 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 12 Conference, struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second. Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-for-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth.
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October 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Oregon is without its starting quarterback and tailback — and it doesn't seem to matter much. Against Colorado, freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for a pair of touchdowns while stepping in for Darron Thomas , who sat out because of an injured knee. Junior Kenjon Barner rushed for a pair of touchdowns in place of LaMichael James , who missed his second game because of an elbow injury. That left Colorado Coach Jon Embree with his mouth agape following his team's 45-2 loss to the Ducks.
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August 1, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Ten things you may, or may not, know in advance of the 2011 season: 1. A "Whoa Nellie" rule change takes effect this year that could take away a game-winning touchdown by your favorite player. Excessive celebrations by players before they reach the end zone will be ruled "unsportsmanlike conduct" and marked from the spot of infraction, negating the points. "Well," Arizona State Coach Dennis Erickson said, "If they want to stop the excessive celebration, this is the rule that will do it. I guarantee you that.
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November 6, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Nick Holt wasn't trying to be flip or funny. Based on his experience, Washington's defensive coordinator was just calling it the way he saw it. "I'd rather play USC than Oregon, quite honestly," Holt told reporters on Saturday night after Oregon defeated the Huskies, 34-17. With the Huskies coming to the Coliseum on Saturday, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian said, "we have to get right and get right fast. " Count on Sarkisian and Holt to have the Huskies prepared.
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September 19, 2011 | By Chris Foster
First came a blistering postgame lecture from UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel after the Bruins' 49-20 loss to Texas at the Rose Bowl. Then, UCLA players said, came an optimistic reminder: "We're 0-0 in [Pacific 12] conference play. " UCLA (1-2) gets a fresh start, opening conference play at Oregon State on Saturday. The Bruins, though, tote along extra baggage on this trip: They are 2-11 in conference road games since Neuheisel became coach. UCLA plays three of its first four Pac-12 games on the road this season.
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September 30, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC is looking to rebound from last week's turnover-plagued loss at Arizona State, which knocked the Trojans out of the Associated Press Top 25. Teams included in those rankings have not been kind to Arizona, which has lost to three top-10 teams. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the game's issues and matchups: Mystery team No one is quite sure what to make of Arizona. The Wildcats are 1-3, but their losses came against No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Stanford and No. 9 Oregon.
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