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December 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA wanted a leader, and Xavier Su'a-Filo figured he knew where to look to become one. Google.com. "I printed out a list of sayings," said Su'a-Filo, the Bruins' star offensive lineman. All his coach did was laugh. "He's young, and he thinks you have to be rah-rah," said Adrian Klemm, UCLA's line coach. "He doesn't understand sometimes guys are just barking. What he does on the field leads. When he does speak up, guys listen. " Klemm and Su'a-Filo came to UCLA four years apart, yet had the same mandate upon arrival: make the offensive line better.
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December 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo were named the team's defensive and offensive most valuable players. Barr, a senior, was considered among the top defensive players in the nation this season. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top defensive lineman or linebacker. He was named to the Walter Camp All-American team. Su'a-Filo, a junior, was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection. He played tackle and guard this season. Quarterback Brett Hundley was named the winner of the team's Paul I. Wellman Award for All-Around Excellence.
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December 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC tight end Xavier Grimble, one of several draft-eligible players, is looking forward to playing in his hometown in the Las Vegas Bowl  and to playing for the Trojans next season. "I feel like with everything that happened this season, I think it would be best for me to stay in school," Grimble, who was slowed by injuries much of the season, said after practice on Monday. "So that's probably what I'm going to be doing. " Grimble, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior, has 23 receptions, two for touchdowns.
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December 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo will file paperwork to assess their NFL prospects. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft. “I'll take everything in, get evaluated, and talk with my family and others,” said Hundley, a third-year sophomore. “It's not just the draft evaluations. There are a lot of things that go into this.” Su'a-Filo, a junior, is also in the information-gathering stage. Both will consult with Coach Jim Mora, who spent 25 seasons in the NFL. "I have sat in on 25 drafts,” Mora said.
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December 5, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Lakers tonight AT SACRAMENTO When: 7 PST. Where: Sleep Train Arena. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 9-9, Kings 4-12. Record vs. Kings: 1-0. Update: The Lakers will use a point-guard-by-committee approach with Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash sidelined by injuries. Starter Steve Blake resumed shooting with his right hand in practice after suffering a hyperextended right elbow and will be backed up by Xavier Henry.
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December 1, 2013 | Wire reports
Senior point guard Xavier Thames scored a career-high 29 points as San Diego State held off a late rally to beat No. 25 Marquette, 67-59, in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night at Anaheim. The score was tied at 53-53 with 3 minutes 25 seconds left at Honda Center, but then the Aztecs (5-1) went on a 14-4 run to knock off their second top-25 opponent in two games. Thames, who was selected the tournament's most valuable player, made seven of 16 shots, including five of six three-point attempts.
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November 24, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost Dwight Howard , but then their free-throw shooting improved drastically. Actually, no. They were 28th in the NBA in free-throw accuracy as of last week, almost as bad as last season despite no longer employing the charity-stripe-challenged Howard. But then came a three-game winning streak, hand in hand with better free-throw shooting. Did one cause the other? Probably not. A contributing factor at best. But the Lakers will take it, their margin of error so small and their free-throw percentage looking so bleak a few games ago. They made 12 of 15 from the line Sunday against Sacramento in a 100-86 victory, 13 of 17 against Golden State and all 10 from the line against Detroit.
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November 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
They were four players everybody wanted, and then almost nobody did. Jordan Hill was considered one of the mightiest power forwards in his draft … only to be nudged to the back of the big-man class in New York and Houston. Xavier Henry was a brainy, knockdown shooter … who quickly figured he didn't have much of a future in Memphis or New Orleans. Wesley Johnson was celebrated for his 7-foot-1 wingspan and 37-inch vertical leap … which produced underwhelming numbers in Minnesota and Phoenix.
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November 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Xavier Henry will start in place of Nick Young on Sunday night against Atlanta, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said. The Lakers' third-leading scorer was an unheralded off-season signing but outperformed Young through three games. Henry is averaging 13 points and shooting 40%. Young is averaging 8.3 points and shooting an abysmal 27%. "Just [trying] to find a better spot for Nick, maybe get a little bit more production out of him," D'Antoni said. "[Henry] has played as well if not better than anybody.
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November 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Nick Young wasn't upset about losing his starting job. Or was he? "No bad blood," he said. "What's the ice-skater lady?" That would be Tonya Harding . Young was joking. He's too kind to strike someone in the leg with a metal instrument. Not to mention that he and Xavier Henry are friendly with each other. And sit next to each other in the locker room. "It's too early to try to start some controversy. I'm going with the flow…. That's my man," Young said.
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