October 30, 2011 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Louisiana State visits Alabama in one of those "game-of-the-century" moments that remind people why college football's regular season is so special. The winner has a fast track to the national title while the loser will no doubt be pining for a rematch. 2. Go tell it on the mountain. A week after its thrilling, prime-time Saturday overtime loss, USC plays a rare Friday night game in Boulder against a Colorado team that has struggled all season with altitude sickness.
May 10, 2011 |
Gus Johnson is leaving CBS, where he was noted for his enthusiastic play-by-play calls of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and coming to Fox Sports. Johnson and Charles Davis will be Fox's new No. 1 college football announcing team, according to Eric Shanks, co-president of Fox Sports Media Group. Davis has worked for the Big Ten Network and as a college football analyst for TBS among his broadcast jobs. Shanks said Johnson and Davis will do about 15 college football games during the regular season as well as the Cotton Bowl.
September 10, 2011 |
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.
October 24, 2011 |
Highly touted freshman quarterback Brett Hundley was not ready to play had UCLA needed to replace Kevin Prince against Arizona last week, Coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday. "I'm not afraid to play Brett Hundley," Neuheisel said. "My concern is Brett being ready to play. " Neuheisel said he "thought briefly" about using Hundley, but it was junior Nick Crissman who warmed up late in the game. Crissman didn't play because the Wildcats ran out the clock in a 48-12 victory.
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.
February 25, 2012
at Long Beach State 64, UC Riverside 40: Casper Ware scored 17 points for the 49ers, who are undefeated in 14 Big West Conference games. T.J. Robinson recorded his 52nd career double-double, with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Phil Martin had nine points and 10 rebounds to lead the Highlanders, who trailed, 41-18, at halftime. Riverside committed 19 turnovers. at UC Davis 78, Cal State Fullerton 75: In a game they never led, the Titans pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies hung on for the victory, which ended Fullerton's six-game winning streak.
October 31, 2011 |
The last time USC lost in triple-overtime, the Trojans came back the next week and began a 34-game winning streak. Heading into Friday night's game at Colorado, Coach Lane Kiffin has more modest goals coming off a triple-overtime defeat against Stanford. "We're just trying to get one in a row," he said Monday. "We're not worried about 34 right now. " This is the Trojans' first trip to Boulder, Colo., since 2002, when quarterback Carson Palmer led USC to a 40-3 victory in the second game of the season.
October 28, 2011 |
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.
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.
September 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- USC's near decade of dominance in what has become the Pacific 12 Conference was not without Trojans missteps and major upsets. From 2000 to 2010, USC lost to nearly every team that made up the former configuration of the conference. Every team except one. USC has defeated Arizona State 11 consecutive times, a streak the No. 23 Trojans hope to extend tonight at Sun Devil Stadium. Linebacker Chris Galippo, a usually insightful fifth-year senior, came up empty when asked if he had any theories to explain the Trojans' domination of the Sun Devils.