February 26, 2014 |
Everyone on UCLA's basketball team has a role. "Some," Coach Steve Alford says, "are more glamorous than others. " The headliners are easy to spot. Point guard Kyle Anderson directs as well as stars. Guard Jordan Adams also has a leading man's resume. The other starters in the chorus line provide some kick. And there have been important moments too when the understudies on the bench - Bryce Alford, Zach LaVine and Tony Parker - have found the spotlight. Alford, the coach's son, ignited a recent win over Colorado by making four three-pointers in a span of about five minutes to help push a two-point lead into a double-digit advantage.
February 7, 2014 |
Standout senior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright withdrew from school at Loyola High on Friday after admitting to academic misconduct, his father, Ramon, confirmed. "He feels bad. He's let down his teammates," Ramon said. Jackson-Cartwright, who signed with Arizona, met with school officials on Friday. The family decided to withdraw after learning of the punishment, Ramon said. The father declined to say the specifics of the infraction. Jackson-Cartwright is expected to enroll at another high school and finish up his academic studies.
January 24, 2014
The slump that UCLA Coach Steve Alford said was not a slump took a night off. Alford was adamant this week that the Bruins were not in an offensive funk, shooting 42% in their last four games. The Bruins, Alford said, were merely in "a hurry offensively" and a little "complacent. " The semantics could be given a rest Thursday. The Bruins were neither complacent nor in a hurry in a 91-74 victory over Stanford at Pauley Pavilion. "We got back to who we are," Alford said.
January 16, 2014 |
The core of "Jamesy Boy" - a juvenile delinquent's inside-the-pen coming of age - follows a too-familiar trajectory: Due to the toxic mix of broken family and corruptive friends, James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) has already earned a tracking device on his ankle and an impressive rap sheet boasting robbery, vandalism, assault and firearm possession. Fresh-faced and all tatted up, James acts out as if emulous of the rapper MGK. Instead of being scared straight, he thrives in jail and fights anyone who gets in his way or menaces the defenseless Chris (Ben Rosenfield)
December 30, 2013 |
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker issued an apology through the team Monday after a controversial photo of him surfaced over the weekend. In the picture, which is apparently several years old, Parker is seen posing with French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, with both men making a gesture that is known in France as a "quenelle" and considered by many to be anti-Semitic. "While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it," Parker wrote . "When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.
December 28, 2013 |
This is it. The important time of the season has begun for UCLA. The Bruins open Pac-12 Conference play next Sunday against USC, and in the final pre-conference tuneup for new Coach Steve Alford's team Saturday night, UCLA scored the final eight points to pull out a 75-67 win over a quick and athletic Alabama team at Pauley Pavilion. Center Tony Parker made two tiebreaking free throws with 56 seconds left after rebounding a missed three-point shot by Norman Powell, and Parker got a key rebound with 43 seconds left on a miss by Alabama guard Trevor Releford.
December 5, 2013 |
Answers start to be revealed in the new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as the movie picks up the scent of mysteries left open by the first film. That's particularly true in the matter of Peter Parker's father and his knotty past relationship with shady Oscorp, for which he once worked. The first movie left open what it is that the older Parker did for the company and why those doings led to his disappearance, but such events seem to be at the heart of this film's revelation and action.
November 13, 2013 |
All it took was a glance. Just that quickly, with a moment's eye contact, UCLA guard Norman Powell let teammate Bryce Alford know that he wanted the ball. "I just cut to the basket," Powell said. "He threw it up and I went and got it. " The one-handed alley-oop dunk served to punctuate an easy Tuesday night for the No. 24 Bruins, who cruised to a 91-60 win over Oakland at Pauley Pavilion. This wasn't a high-quality opponent, but it was the kind of victory that UCLA needed after barely escaping an upset against Drexel in the season opener.