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November 14, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON
The friendship began almost a decade ago, when Earl Watson and JaRon Rush played in summer leagues and tournaments around Kansas City. They dreamed of teaming up in college. "We thought it would be Kansas or Oklahoma," Rush said. The buddies landed at UCLA instead, and their familiarity was evident in Thursday's exhibition against the Taiwan national team. Twice in the first half, Watson brought the ball up court and spotted Rush breaking to the basket. The result: two lob passes and two dunks.
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March 27, 2001 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Northridge can't afford to get sloppy now. Not with the start of Big West Conference play only days away. But the Matadors did Monday, fumbling away a one-run lead with three eighth-inning errors that contributed to UCLA's 5-4 victory at Northridge. Northridge (18-10), fresh off a three-game sweep of Pacific and primed to begin play in its new conference, appeared poised to notch its fourth consecutive victory.
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March 21, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was there really any other way for this to end? Unexpected was the only possible course, since it was like that all along: UCLA is shocked at the severity of the suspension given to JaRon Rush, UCLA doesn't expect him to play again this season, UCLA gets word on a Monday that he'll be able to play five days later after all, UCLA soars with his help. The Bruins spent almost as much time on their heels as those Maryland defenders. On second thought, no one has spent that much time backpedaling.
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March 23, 2001 | MIKE TERRY
Steve Lavin has never had a more trying season as UCLA coach. His team began the year 4-4, Athletic Director Pete Dalis had conversations with an available Rick Pitino (since hired by Louisville), and the Bruins looked very much in ruins after a 29-point loss to California. But UCLA still reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five seasons, and Lavin said this trip was the most gratifying.
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October 3, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Delvon Flowers cut through the UCLA defense, especially the secondary, worse than Coach Bob Toledo or the fans or the media ever could. Although there is always today. Flowers broke tackles and broke hearts. He turned what should have been a short pass play into a 49-yard touchdown with 23 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon to give Arizona State a stunning 28-27 victory over the Bruins before 54,048 at Sun Devil Stadium.
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October 29, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rather than starting to build, or rebuild, now for the 2000 season, UCLA Coach Bob Toledo said he will keep his seniors on the field. Toledo said the thought of decreasing the roles of seniors to allow younger players more experience has not even crossed his mind, no matter that this season is all but over and the next one is filled with potential. Of course, that also puts him in the minority among Bruins.
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November 19, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pep rallies preceding a weekend of college football rivalries may be tempered by the deaths of at least 11 Texas A&M students building a 40-foot pyre, but California college students proceeded Thursday with their traditional pregame blazes. At Stanford and UC Berkeley, students fired up their spirits for the "big game" at campus bonfires. UCLA undergrads ignited their traditional bonfire in preparation for Saturday's game against USC.
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September 14, 1999 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day the UCLA football team welcomed back several starters and key reserves suspended for using ill-gotten handicapped-parking permits, the Los Angeles city attorney's office filed a new round of charges against five more current and former players, Cade McNown and Skip Hicks among them. The widening scandal now involves 19 Bruins accused of using illegally obtained placards to get better parking spots on campus. Nine of them pleaded no contest to misdemeanor offenses in late July.
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March 4, 2000 | By SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER,
Three months, 13 wins, 11 losses, an unexpectedly harsh suspension and a surprisingly favorable appeal later, JaRon Rush returns to the UCLA lineup today against Stanford, after so much has happened and nothing has changed. The Bruins still appear to be a tournament team and are about to play a ranked team from the West.
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March 4, 2000 | By EARL GUSTKEY,
Registering its best effort in six weeks, UCLA halted a skid of poorly played games and ended Pacific 10 Conference leader Stanford's four-game winning streak with a 64-61 victory before 6,072 Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. Stanford (18-7, 11-4 in the Pac-10) dropped a game behind league leader Oregon. UCLA, which has three games left, is fourth at 16-9, 10-5.
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March 23, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
For the gutty little football school, the final insult occurred at halftime. When the members of the basketball school packed up their things and walked out. Time was, players from USC would pay to watch players from UCLA. On Thursday, they wouldn't even watch them for free. And so the Bruins' carnival ride of a season ended, perhaps unfairly but certainly unavoidably, in the dunking booth. They figured to be dropped by top-ranked Duke in the East Regional semifinals, and so they were, 76-63.
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March 22, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't simply another pep talk. UCLA basketball players received a spur-of-the-moment blessing from two L.A. stars of the game Monday morning as they wrapped up practice at Pauley Pavilion. Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, who arrived at Pauley for their own workouts as the Bruins were finishing, ducked into the locker room and gave the players a few words of advice for tonight's East Regional semifinal against Duke. So poignant was the send-off, some Bruins got goose bumps.
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March 22, 2001 | SAM FARMER
* STYLE OF PLAY: UCLA plans to press, and Duke players say they welcome that. The Blue Devils like to play at a playground pace with lots of fastbreaks. Watch for point guard Jason Williams to pull up from long range, or drive hard to the hoop then kick out passes to teammates behind the arc. * MATCHUP TO WATCH: Matt Barnes vs. Shane Battier. Both are fantastic defensive players, and Battier has great shooting range.
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March 22, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.P. Blevins searches for some telltale signs when he senses Kentucky's full-court press is causing an opposing team to crack. "You can see it in their eyes a lot of times," the junior guard said. "The fire's not there. They're not clapping. They're not talking much. You can just kind of see when teams start to wear down a little bit." The Wildcats are hoping to use their press to push USC to the brink of exhaustion--and beyond--tonight in an East Regional semifinal.
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March 22, 2001 | LARRY STEWART
There are half as many NCAA tournament games over the next two days than there were last Thursday and Friday, but CBS is still faced with a logjam. Tonight's East Regional games will be shown in their entirety, but the West Regional games at the Arrowhead Pond will not. The plan is for Los Angeles viewers to get all of the USC-Kentucky and UCLA-Duke games from the East Regional. As for the Maryland-Georgetown and Stanford-Cincinnati games in the West Regional, L.A.
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March 21, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
Same journey, different trips. The kid arrives at the Sweet 16 on skates, his hair shining, his rap flying. The NCAA tournament loves Steve Lavin, and the feeling is mutual. "It's like Pete Newell says," he said. "December is for show and March is for dough." The curmudgeon arrives at the Sweet 16 in a tank. He doesn't have any hair. Rap is something he does to his team when it stinks. The NCAA tournament has no idea what to make of Henry Bibby, and he couldn't care less.
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March 23, 2000 | By BILL PLASCHKE
Jamaal Tinsley is talking. He does this well. He does this as well as he dribbles between legs, around backs, across imaginations. "UCLA has a lot of talent," Tinsley says. "But it doesn't make sense to have a lot of talent if you don't play together." Earl Watson is listening. He does this well.
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January 6, 2000 | By SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Uh-oh. Seattle again. The UCLA Bruins return to the Emerald City to open Pacific 10 Conference play tonight against Washington, hoping for a win, wondering what else can happen to them here, and knowing it's bound to be something. "Hopefully, it will be an uneventful 2000," Coach Steve Lavin said. "That's our resolution. If it's possible." Not likely. In 1998, the Bruins overcame a 16-point halftime deficit and took a late one-point lead over the Huskies. But Todd MacCulloch, fouled by UCLA's J.
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March 12, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The UCLA basketball team is headed for the NCAA tournament as the No. 4 seed in the East region, a bracket rich with potential story lines. The Bruins are two victories away from facing top-seeded Duke, or maybe Georgia, whose coach--Jim Harrick--has some familiarity with the UCLA program. Oh, the possibilities. But the Bruins weren't about to let their minds wander Sunday. They have gotten in trouble that way before.
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March 4, 2001 | SAM FARMER
All of a sudden, Pauley Pavilion isn't such a quiet place. According to a sound meter placed courtside, the decibel count reached 110 during Saturday's game with Stanford. That's equivalent to a loud rock concert or thunderclap. Even some of the normally staid donors sitting in the lower level stood for part of the game, a highly unusual sight. For most of the game, the student section was standing.
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