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.
July 24, 2011 |
The retro UCLA jersey was endangered the moment it entered Shabazz Muhammad's house. The basketball prodigy's mother had purchased the replica of the jersey that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wore when he was with the Bruins as a gift for her middle-school son, only to later find it hanging in his closet with a large hole cut in the middle. Muhammad's father couldn't resist the urge to snip on. He played basketball for USC. "My wife was hot with me," said Ron Holmes, a wing player for the Trojans from 1981 to 1985.
October 21, 2011 |
The Pacific 12 Conference on Friday handed down suspensions to six UCLA football players and four Arizona players for their participation in a fight during Thursday night's game. UCLA defensive tackle Cassius Marsh will serve a two-game suspension, and wide receivers Taylor Embree, Randall Carroll, Ricky Marvray and Shaquelle Evans were suspended for one game. Guard Albert Cid will serve a half-game suspension. All four of Arizona's suspended players are defensive backs. Shaquille Richardson and Jourdon Grandon will sit out one game; Mark Watley and Lyle Brown received half-game suspensions.
October 8, 2011 |
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.
November 5, 2011 |
Quarterback Kevin Prince and wide receiver Nelson Rosario connected on a 76-yard scoring pass in a 29-28 victory over Arizona State at the Rose Bowl Saturday, UCLA's longest touchdown pass since its 2007 season opener. A pump fake by Prince suckered two defensive backs, leaving Rosario running free. The play gave the Bruins a 23-14 lead early in the third quarter. The last UCLA scoring pass that was longer was a 77-yard connection between Ben Olson and Joe Cowan against Stanford more than four years ago. Rosario finished with five receptions for 151 yards, moving him into 11th place on UCLA's career receptions list and 10th in receiving yards.
September 19, 2011 |
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.
October 25, 2011 |
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.
August 1, 2011 |
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.
November 6, 2011 |
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.
November 6, 2010 |
UCLA found a high-profile running back it could stop ? finally. Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers came into the game ranked 14th in rushing in the nation, averaging 105.7 yards per game. He also had a productive history against the Bruins, with 112 yards rushing last season and 144 in 2008. But the Bruins, who have been trampled by some of the best this season, held Rodgers to 67 yards in 14 attempts in their 17-14 victory Saturday. "We knew we were a better defense than we have showed," linebacker Akeem Ayers said.