November 23, 2013 |
These were the perceptions: UCLA was a weak crosstown underling to USC. Arizona State was undisciplined and would fade like a cheap paint job in the Tempe, Ariz., sun. These were things you could set your Rose Bowl watch by. Recognizing change can take time. As Arizona State and UCLA meet at the Rose Bowl on Saturday in a crucial Pac-12 Conference game, they are two highly regarded football programs getting image makeovers under second-year coaches. Todd Graham's No. 19 Sun Devils, 8-2 overall, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, can clinch the South Division with a victory.
January 8, 2014 |
There remains an eerie consistency to UCLA's basketball rivalry with Arizona. "Their fans didn't like us and the feeling was vice versa," said Ed O'Bannon, who played for UCLA from 1992 to 1995. Said Jordan Adams, who leads the Bruins in scoring this season: "Their fans don't like us much and we don't like them. " Some things never change, and hard feelings when UCLA and Arizona play are one of them. The Bruins and Wildcats have clawed at each other for 20 years. Conference titles, be it as part of the Pac-10 or Pac-12, have hung in the balance.
February 2, 2014 |
CORVALLIS, Ore. - What is said in the locker room, stays in the locker room … as a rule. But when the angry words seem to burst through brick and mortar, there was no way to ignore the significance. UCLA flat-out stunk Sunday. BOX SCORE: Oregon State 71, UCLA 67 Coach Steve Alford made that clear during a verbose 10-minute instant-review to his team following a 71-67 loss to Oregon State that denied the Bruins a chance to move closer to first-place Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
February 1, 2014 |
Life is a little harder on the road. UCLA learned that in a men's basketball loss to Utah two weeks ago, and received a refresher course at Oregon on Thursday. The difference was the Bruins won in Eugene. It took a village - Jordan Adams , Tony Parker , Travis Wear , etc. But it certainly could not have been accomplished without junior guard Norman Powell . What the 6-foot-4 Powell does on the court has an effect away from home. He scored 17 points in UCLA's 70-68 victory over Oregon, 15 coming at the free-throw line or within inches of the rim. "He drives the ball so hard and is great in transition," Coach Steve Alford said.
November 19, 2013 |
Freshman linebacker Myles Jack resided under the media spotlight again Tuesday. A Sports Illustrated writer dropped by to chat, and Jack did a lengthy interview with Fox to be used before the Arizona State game Saturday. Jack has been an outstanding defensive player all season. His interception with 16 seconds left allowed UCLA to hold on to beat Utah, 34-27. But playing a little running back got everyone to perk up. "It's definitely a little overwhelming," Jack said. "This is a team effort.
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.
September 10, 2012 |
BEIJING — Somewhere around the sixth or seventh photograph, Joshua Smith struggled to keep that big smile on his face. It was still early in the UCLA basketball team's recent swing through China, a stretch of three exhibitions in seven days, and the Bruins had already grown accustomed to drawing attention. At the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, on the streets and in shopping malls, people crowded around. A large group that had been celebrating some or other occasion with bottles of beer approached Smith during lunch at a popular restaurant.
February 22, 2014 |
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
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October 18, 2013 |
UCLA's policies and procedures are inadequate to deal with increasing complaints of racial bias among faculty - nearly all of whom surveyed said they had experienced some level of discrimination, according to an internal report obtained by The Times. The report also found that allegations of overt racism were not investigated and, if they were, they rarely resulted in sanctions or punishments. The review, which was launched by Chancellor Gene D. Block in 2012 after he was approached by a group of concerned faculty, found that university policies regarding racial bias and discrimination were vague and insufficient.
October 11, 2011 |
Welcome to Kenny Washington's house, home of the powerful running back who broke the modern-day NFL color barrier. Just watch where you walk. The scruffy field at the downtown Lincoln High is beset by gopher holes and dirt craters. And watch where you sit. The Lincoln bleachers, which rise and recede into steep darkness, were once condemned. And, oh yeah, be prepared to have no idea what is happening on the field. The tiny Lincoln scoreboard is shrouded in trees, and there is no public address system or press box for an announcer.