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December 16, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr is expected to remain at UCLA and not declare for the NFL draft. Barr, a junior, emerged as one of the top linebackers in the nation this season after moving from receiver in the spring. He has 13.5 sacks, the most in the nation, and 20.5 tackles for a loss, the fourth-most nationally. Barr said, "Nothing is set in stone. " But he said coming back is "where my heart is. " The last piece to his decision will come after receiving an NFL draft evaluation.
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November 27, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr has been terrorizing quarterbacks for weeks. But against Stanford, he was put in reverse. Barr spent most of Saturday's game tied up with Cardinal tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo . And Barr can expect more of the same when the Bruins play Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game Friday. "That's what they have asked me to do, so that's what I'm going to do," Barr said. "Those guys are not only physical blockers, they are primary receivers. " Ertz, who is 6 feet 6, 252 pounds, and Toilolo, who is 6-8, 265, are too much for most defensive backs to handle.
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November 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Rob Gronkowski's arm injury may not be season-ending, but it could be regular season-ending or close to it. But for the New England Patriots, that might not be that big of a deal. The Pro Bowl tight end left late in the fourth quarter of the team's 59-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a game in which he led the Patriots with seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Bill Belichick did not mention the injury, which was identified by the team as simply affecting one of the player's arms.
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November 19, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Down … Set … What? The New England Patriots lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski to a broken arm because they left him on the field for a meaningless point after touchdown, the 59th point in their 59-24 blowout of Indianapolis? The Philadelphia Eagles lost their best offensive player, running back LeSean McCoy, to a concussion because he was still in the game in the final two minutes of a 31-6 loss to Washington? As the NFL season heads into its stretch run, the injuries are piling up, and some of them are more senseless than others.
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November 11, 2012 | By Gary Klein
It's a matchup of rivals fairly competitive in most major statistical categories. But there is at least one major divide between No. 21 USC and No. 17 UCLA as they head into Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl, which earns the winner a trip to the Pac-12 Conference title game. USC, featuring quarterback Matt Barkley and a fleet of speedy receivers and nimble tight ends, ranks 17th nationally in passing offense. UCLA is a lowly 103rd defending the pass. And it might be worse for the Bruins had they not benefited from a Pac-12 scheduling cycle that allowed them to miss top-ranked Oregon and quarterback Marcus Mariota , the nation's passing efficiency leader.
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November 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein
This was supposed to be a game with Bowl Championship Series title implications for both teams. But only No. 2 Oregon remains a contender heading into Saturday's Pac-12 Conference game at the Coliseum. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the matchups and story lines: Dynamic duo Fans are advised not to leave their stadium seats or couches at home regardless of which team has the ball. Because there is a high probability of missing a spectacular play. After amassing 469 all-purpose yards against Arizona, USC's Marqise Lee vaulted into third place in one weekly poll of Heisman Trophy voters.
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October 22, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Tight end Chris Cooley re-signed with the Washington Redskins on Monday to fill the void left from Fred Davis' season-ending Achilles injury suffered Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants. Cooley was released by the Redskins on Aug. 28. Davis was the team's leading receiver with 24 catches for 325 yards. "I had a lot of things I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it," Davis said. "It's very discouraging. " Cooley, 30, has spent his entire eight-season career with the Redskins.
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October 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Every time linebacker Keishawn Bierria of Harbor City Narbonne steps onto the field, he looks ready to run through a brick wall. It's his way of honoring his father, Lowell, who died from cancer when Bierria was 8, leaving behind four boys who loved to play sports. "It's been real tough," Bierria said. "He was always there for us. " You can see Bierria's intensity when he slams down a ballcarrier. You can feel his effort when he turns on the speed to run back a punt. You can sense his leadership skills when he tries to inspire a teammate.
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September 18, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Kellen Winslow Jr. has agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to a report Tuesday morning on ESPN.com. Winslow is an eight-year veteran tight end who made the Pro Bowl with the Cleveland Browns in 2007, when he caught for a career-high 1,106 yards to go with 82 receptions and five touchdowns. He has hit the five-touchdown mark two other times, in 2009 and 2010 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After catching 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs last season, Winslow was traded to Seattle during the off-season but was cut by the Seahawks earlier this month.
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September 18, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA faces Oregon State, something of a mystery team, in the Pac-12 football opener for both teams Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Getting a line on the Beavers is hard. Game tape? The Beavers have played one game, a 10-7 upset win over then-13th-ranked Wisconsin. Oregon State is coming off a bye week and its opener against Nicholls State was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac. It leaves UCLA coaches a little in the dark. "You see more multiple tight end sets," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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