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October 29, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
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March 17, 2014 | Chris Foster
This was Selection Sunday for most. This was do-over Sunday for UCLA and its coach. The Bruins were rewarded for their Pac-12 tournament championship. The NCAA selection committee made them the fourth-seeded team in the South Regional and allowed them to stay on the West Coast. UCLA (26-8) will play Tulsa (21-12) on Friday in the Viejas Arena on the San Diego State campus. It's the time of year college basketball players make memories ... or try to expunge them. A year ago, sixth-seeded UCLA was bounced from the NCAA tournament by Minnesota in the first round.
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July 19, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN
Mohini Bhardwaj has a tattoo. She has many pierced body parts. She owns up to a youth spent drinking too much, smoking too many cigarettes, hosting and attending too many parties, missing too many curfews. She has cut class--in high school and college--overslept, understudied. She has abused her athletic talent and then found religion--in the form of discipline, a team and a coach who gave her boundaries and limits.
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March 17, 2014 | Nathan Fenno
Twenty years ago, Ed O'Bannon's geography skills suffered an unfortunate lapse after the UCLA star learned the Bruins would play Tulsa in the NCAA tournament's first round. "To tell you the truth," O'Bannon said at the time, "I didn't even know Tulsa was in Oklahoma. " Then-UCLA coach Jim Harrick added: "California guys are like that. They don't know past Yuma, Ariz. " In response, Tulsa provided a lesson in both location and basketball, scoring 112 points to end UCLA's tournament in 1994.
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December 25, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't as though athletic superiority was a physical requirement in a marriage partner. It just happened to work out that way. Ann Meyers' athletic prowess in women's basketball is legendary. Don Drysdale is a legend. Nor was their betrothal part of a scientific experiment in the reproduction of herculean offspring--Drysdale is 6 feet 6 inches, Meyers 5-9. That just happens to be working out, too.
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April 1, 1995 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Meyers has come back to basketball at the same moment basketball was looking for him. He teaches the game, the way Coach Wooden did. For an hour a week the last four weeks at the Temecula Recreation Center, it's drills and more drills--the same ones from Meyers' salad days at UCLA. Meyers enjoys these Friday afternoons working with kids, some of whom are literally knee high. He can pass along knowledge in the sport he loves in a setting he loves.
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April 23, 1990 | GLENN F. BUNTING and TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On two occasions in 1985, prominent UCLA basketball booster and millionaire contractor Sam Gilbert told his son to deliver several large boxes to a bank president in Encino. No words were exchanged in the parking lot when Michael Gilbert pulled the sealed boxes from the trunk of his BMW and loaded them into a Mercedes-Benz driven by Jules Huppert, the head of Valley State Bank. Neatly stacked inside the boxes, court testimony would later reveal, was $1.
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June 3, 2006 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
This fall 4,852 freshmen are expected to enroll at UCLA, but only 96, or 2%, are African American -- the lowest figure in decades and a growing concern at the Westwood campus. For several years, students, professors and administrators at UCLA have watched with discouragement as the numbers of black students declined. But the new figures, released this week, have shocked many on campus and prompted school leaders to declare the situation a crisis.
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June 4, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Of the countless words written and spoken about Billy Don Jackson a quarter-century ago, few were complimentary and none predicted a future for the former UCLA defensive lineman that would include marriage, a family and steady work. In 1982, Jackson was Exhibit A for all that could potentially go wrong in the winning-is-everything atmosphere of college athletics.
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December 16, 1999
UCLA police on Wednesday asked the public to help locate a UCLA freshman who mysteriously disappeared from his dorm room Friday, leaving behind his wallet, jacket and possibly his shoes. Michael Negrete, 18, of San Diego, logged off his computer at 3:40 a.m. Friday while his roommate was asleep and hasn't been seen or heard from since, campus officials said. "We've searched door to door, talked to his friends," said Nancy Greenstein, a campus police spokeswoman.
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January 6, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
Coach told us to make each day our masterpiece. But at times this felt like a finger painting. Coach told us that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. But how many people could prepare for something they didn't even know was on the schedule? The annual tribute to the greatest basketball coach in history was held Thursday night in a game between two struggling teams in a half-empty arena that bore little resemblance to the man who inspired it. The 18th John R. Wooden Classic was barely about Wooden, and not quite a classic, and enough is enough.
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December 22, 2010 | BILL PLASCHKE
It was yet another empowering landmark reached by an amazing group of athletes, yet it felt hollow and forced. Because, once again, a triumph by women was measured against something achieved by men. Everyone is chortling about the University of Connecticut women's basketball team breaking the UCLA men's record 88-game winning streak Tuesday, except, well, they didn't. Different game. Different league. Different records. Everyone is yakking about how Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma is the new John Wooden except, well, he's not. Different game.
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December 4, 2010 | Gary Klein
Neither a conference title nor a bowl bid, Rose or otherwise, is on the line for either team. But both embattled programs need a victory to claim even a modicum of success this season. Staff writer Gary Klein previews the game as UCLA and USC meet in football for the 80th time: -- 1 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION You could say that bad blood between UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel and USC Coach Lane Kiffin, and between Kiffin and UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, was dissipated when UCLA played at Tennessee last season.
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August 11, 2010 | Chris Foster
End Datone Jones broke his right foot in practice Monday, leaving UCLA without one of its best defensive players until at least October. Jones was injured during an individual drill on the artificial surface at the Bruins' practice facility. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays. "We'll have to wait and see the significance," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He just took a step, which caused the deal. He was wearing the same shoes he wears all the time, so it wasn't a shoe issue.
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February 26, 2010 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's postseason destination, if any, this basketball season, still has fill-in-the-blank possibilities. The Bruins still have high hopes -- the NCAA tournament -- with a low-rent possibility -- a first-round home game in the NIT -- as well as the unacceptable, as the $60,000 per home game guarantee the College Basketball Invitational demands is probably too steep of a price. A 65-56 victory over Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion Thursday may not inspire many whimsical NCAA tournament daydreams, but in Westwood these days, a win is a win. The Bruins teetered, and Tyler Honeycutt propped them up. The Beavers cut a 12-point Bruins lead to 50-49 with 4 minutes 42 seconds left.
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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Foster
It's never too early to plan for the Pacific 10 Conference tournament, unless you play for USC this season. For UCLA, there is considerable work to be done with six regular-season games remaining. The Bruins, 11-13 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10, had the luxury of knowing that an NCAA tournament invitation was set aside for them each of the last five seasons. This season, UCLA will have to be able to string together at least three consecutive victories in three days to win the Pac-10 tournament.
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April 26, 1988 | TIM BROWN
Don MacLean, a center at Simi Valley High School, announced Monday that he has signed a letter of intent to attend UCLA. Reading from a prepared statement, the 6-foot 10-inch MacLean drew cheers from the estimated 150 in attendance at the Simi Valley gym when he announced his decision.
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November 14, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
The UCLA School of Dentistry was hit by separate scandals Tuesday involving allegations of favoritism toward relatives of deep-pocket donors and student cheating on licensing examinations, university authorities acknowledged. The American Dental Assn. is investigating allegations of cheating by at least a dozen UCLA students as well as students from USC, Loma Linda University and New York University, UCLA officials said.
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February 13, 2010 | By Chris Foster
After two weeks, four games, and a lot of wheel spinning, UCLA's basketball team is facing the exact same situation as before. The Bruins play five of their last seven games before the Pacific 10 tournament on the road while trying to remain relevant in the conference race. So reclaiming the conference championship will need to be done away from Pauley Pavilion. That makes the spin easy heading into Sunday's game at USC. "At home, you want to get going, you want to make a shot, you want to hear the roar of the crowd," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said.
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February 7, 2010 | By Chris Foster
The pregame lead-up at Pauley Pavilion includes a video message from Coach Ben Howland, who says, "This is our house." The Bruins' players, in the locker room before home games, always remind each other, "This is the place we've got to protect," forward Nikola Dragovic said. Yet, life under those 11 national championship banners has been anything but business as usual this season. UCLA proved that again Saturday in a 72-58 loss to California that had spectators flying for the exit as if the arena's renovation was to begin at the final buzzer.
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