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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three Final Fours, was fired Sunday, the school announced, ending the longest tenure for a Bruins coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record. He is coming off one of his best coaching performances, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship. Yet his star had fallen considerably since he took UCLA to consecutive Final Fours in 2006, '07 and '08. He was informed Sunday that he was fired.
April 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA guard Jordan Adams reversed himself and has declared for the NBA draft, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter. The turn of events means the Bruins have lost their two best players to the NBA. Point guard Kyle Anderson had already declared for the draft. Adams' decision, first reported on Yahoo Sports, deprives the Bruins of their leading scorer and one of the team's top defensive players. The 6-foot-5 sophomore from Atlanta averaged 17.4 points a game and finished with 95 steals last season.
January 4, 2012 | Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Gene Bartow, the successor to John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach who became the architect of a new and successful athletics program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, died Tuesday evening. He was 81. Bartow, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer two years ago, died at his Birmingham home, according to a university spokesman. Despite starting the athletics program at Alabama Birmingham and establishing the basketball program as nationally competitive, Bartow probably will be most remembered in Los Angeles as the man who replaced arguably the best coach in college basketball history and unarguably the most beloved and respected coach in this city's sports history when in 1975 he took over UCLA's program after Wooden's retirement.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was a bit flustered, something opposing defenses might not be able to cause this fall. Asked how the college football world will greet the Bruins when they return for August training camp, Hundley said, "Great question. With open arms?" Hundley turned serious, "That's a tough question to answer because what I expect is different from what everyone else will expect of us. " Actually, not so much. The bar will be set high for UCLA entering the 2014 season … in the locker room and in the public's eye. "We definitely should be considered as a big-time program," said linebacker Myles Jack.
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
July 9, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
UCLA fans better get used to the sight of Steve Alford. Win or lose, he's going to be around for quite some time. That's because UCLA's new head basketball coach is bound to the program - and it to him - by a $10.4-million buyout clause worth four times his annual pay. That stricture, unusually large by college coaching standards, is one of several eye-catching terms in Alford's contract , which had not before been made public but has...
July 12, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
The recent heated discussion over the merits of Steve Alford's salary to coach basketball at UCLA included a little analysis from reader Scott Ninegar. John Wooden was paid $6,000 to coach the Bruins in 1948, his first season at UCLA. In today's dollars, Ninegar calculated, Wooden's $6,000 would be $57,994 when adjusted for inflation. Wooden's final salary in the 1975 season, when he won his 10th NCAA title, was $40,500. Ninegar calculated that would now be $175,358. Alford's salary is $2.6 million a year for seven years.  Ninegar has that at 14.8 times what Wooden's $175,358 would have been after adjusting for inflation.
June 5, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre and David Wharton
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success" motivational program, has died. He was 99. Wooden died Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced. He had been hospitalized since last week for dehydration. Though the stern, dignified Midwesterner's fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.
April 4, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Here's something Blake Griffin might not know: The dunk shot, once banned from college and high school basketball, was reinstated 35 years ago this week. … Fans applauded the move as long overdue, but John Wooden lamented, "I think it would have been better to leave it out. " … Banished in March 1967, two days after sophomore Lew Alcindor led UCLA to the NCAA championship, dunks were not reinstituted until after the Bruins had won seven more. … "I hated to see them put the dunk out at the time," Wooden told the New York Times in 1976.
November 28, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
UCLA junior center Joshua Smith has quit the Bruins basketball team, the school announced Wednesday, thus ending his up-and-down career in Westwood that has been plagued by weight and conditioning issues.  “I have made the decision to leave the program for personal reasons,” Smith said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLA and am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here.” Smith has been...
April 25, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There are two ways to look at UCLA's spring game. There's the cleats-on-the-ground view: "We need to make sure we lock into everything," safety Anthony Jefferson said. "We need to make sure we're assignment perfect. " And there's a coach's big-canvas brush strokes: "I wouldn't put stock at all in the results of a spring game, who plays well and who doesn't," Coach Jim Mora said. "It's just a piece to the puzzle. " The Bruins wrap up spring practice with a scrimmage at the StubHub Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. Mora said he wanted a "real game" and divided the teams along traditional lines - first-team offense against first-team defense, second-team offense against second-team defense.
April 25, 2014 | By Chris Barton
If Chick Corea and B é la Fleck ever grow weary of touring the country and transfixing audiences with virtuoso musicianship, chances are a future as a two-man comedy team awaits. While the idea of a piano-banjo duet recital may sound unconventional to some, Corea and Fleck have collaborated numerous times before. After appearing on each other's projects beginning in the mid-'90s, the two came together most prominently on  the 2007 album "The Enchantment," which somewhat counter-intuitively earned a pair of Latin Grammy awards for the celebrated artists' already crowded mantles.
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was former high school standouts from Southern California who led USC to its seventh consecutive victory, a 10-0 win over UCLA, on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game Pac-12 series. Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park) threw eight shutout innings. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach Ocean View) hit a three-run home run. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills Ayala) had a three-run double. Jake Hernandez (Los Osos) had two hits and two RBIs.  
April 25, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene Washington, the dean of UCLA's medical school who also serves on the board of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. The world's biggest medical-products maker paid Washington more than $260,000 in cash and stock last year as a company director.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Anthony who? The armchair speculation about UCLA's defense this spring has centered on how the Bruins will replace Anthony Barr, the All-American linebacker who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL draft. The Bruins have devised two answers to fill that void: scheme adjustments and Myles Jack. Jack was named to the Freshman All-American team by the Sporting News last season, and was the Pac-12's defensive and offensive freshman of the year after a late season run at running back.
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
March 15, 2012
MUSIC Live up to the instrumental reputation of bassist-composer Charles Mingus? There's a tall order for any group. But Mingus Dynasty pulls it off with an adventurous spirit and devotion to Mingus' huge catalog (and the blessing of the legend's wife, Sue, who helped assemble the group). Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri. $20 to $60.
February 23, 2012
There may be no more dapper ensemble than Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester. The combo drinks deep from flapper-era jazz, Weimar Berlin and Irving Berlin alike for a sound both preserved in amber and entirely entrancing. The combo also has a cracking sense of humor — the banter is as witty as the arrangements. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Thu. $25 to $80.
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Eric Kendricks and Cameron Judge have missed UCLA's spring practice while recovering from shoulder surgeries. Isaako Savaiinaea sat out a week with a shoulder injury. It left the Bruins thin at the middle linebacker spots. Jayon Brown has made use of that opportunity “He got more raps and he went out there and messed it up and learned from it,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “There is no doubt it has helped his development.” Brown, who will be a sophomore, played in all 13 games last season, though relegated mostly to special teams.
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Standout 6-foot-2 junior guard Kennedy Burke of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon has committed to UCLA. She led Sierra Canyon to the state Division IV championship.  
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