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Jim Mora looking for more against the top teams

The Wall Street Journal ran a comparison of every top program football coach in terms of records against top-25 teams. Jim Mora ranks better than most of his conference peers, but is still only...

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UCLA's Chris Kluwe settles with the Vikings

Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings were able to settle his pending lawsuit out of court. As part of the settlement, the Vikings will make donations to various charities. Kluwe is another in a...

Bruin Bites: Women's Soccer, more

The UCLA women's soccer team opened play with an exhibition victory over Texas A&M, while current and former Bruins competed on the international and national stages in women's water polo and men's...

UCLA Football: The Playoff Selection Process

For UCLA to play in the football semifinals, the Bruins will need to perform on the field. But the Bruins will also need to receive the necessary support from committee members, including $C's Pat...

2014 UCLA Football: Thursday Practice Open Thread

UCLA returns to the practice field at 11:15 this morning in San Bernardino. The schedule calls for a single session today, before tomorrow's final double session at CSUSB.

UCLA Baseball players making their summer mark

UCLA Baseball players don't have much downtime in the summer. From the Team USA Collegiate All-Star touring squad to the Cape Cod League to the Northwoods League to the West Coast Collegiate league...

Ed O'Bannon wins his lawsuit against the NCAA

The judge issued her ruling yesterday in the Ed O'Bannon suit against the NCAA. And for the most part the plaintiffs won. We won't be seeing product endorsements, but NCAA athletes will be able to...

Steve Alford strikes out on a top recruit in Vegas

Steve Alford lost out on another top recruit, this time to Duke. Of the top six recruits who have announced so far, five are going to Duke or Arizona. Ouch.

Brett Hundley is on SI's cover- Good News?

Brett Hundley is the most recent in a long line of UCLA notables to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Should we run for the hills in fear, or should we see this as a sign of a special January...

Bruin Bites: UCLA Athletes on the National Stage

The Bruin teams are off this week, but individual UCLA athletes had solid performances on the national and international stage. And Dan Guerrero's athletic department only posted one athlete on the...

NCAA Men's Soccer Coaches Want a 9 Month Season

As NCAA men's soccer is bypassed with more frequency as a route for elite player development, the National Coaches Association is putting together a plan for a year-long schedule, instead of...

What happens next with Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix?

UCLA Baseball recruits Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix did not sign with the Astro's before yesterday's deadline. We try to unravel the pieces, and pay tribute to the incomparable ineptitude of the...

Astros and Rangers whiff on 3 UCLA signees

UCLA Baseball welcomes back David Berg, the NCAA record-holder closer, as he turns down the Rangers. And Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix, two stellar UCLA recruits, say no to the Astros. Whatever they...

Astros owner's loose words could harm UCLA recruit

As the Houston Astros and top UCLA recruit Brady Aiken continue negotiations up to today's signing deadline, the Astros owner uses terms which will raise flags for the NCAA. Thanks for nothing,...

Lauren Holiday, Redshirt Sophomore on UCLA Women's Basketball Team, to Retire

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Lauren Holiday, who started five games last year, has decided to retire after a series of head injuries. She will stay connected to her teammates as an undergraduate assistant, and will continue to hit the books for her degree. Lauren is Jrue's younger sister. Best of luck to Lauren in the future.

UCLA Baseball looks to add 2014 draftees

The UCLA Baseball 2015 recruiting class was hit hard by the June MLB draft. But with only 5 days left for pro teams to sign their draft choices, two UCLA standouts, Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix, are...

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UCLA's James Kaprielian puts his A game on display

UCLA's James Kaprielian is spending his summer with a team of collegiate all-stars, pitching for Team USA. And in his most recent outing, he blew away the competition. The Baseball America report...

Russell Westbrook opts out of USA Basketball to mend

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This is the right call, but it would have been great to see Russell do his thing for the USA. Maybe they will call up Bryce to fill the gap.

Brendel and Duarte on Short Award Lists

UCLA Football continues to receive preseason love, as Jake Brendel and Thomas Duarte were named to the watchlists for the Rimington (top center) and Mackey (top tight end) awards, respectively.

UCLA's Meb Keflezighi finds a unique way to raise funds for charity

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UCLA's Meb Keflezighi finished first in this year's Boston Marathon. He decided to see how a race looks to the rest of us by starting at the back of the pack in the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. His goal- to pass 22,500 runners and raise $75,000 for a local charity. He got it done. An elite runner running with the pack. Meb continues to show class.

Backhanded compliment from CBS for Alford's basketball program

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I think this was written to be good news about Jon Octeus. But whenever you see that somebody now enables UCLA to be the top challenger to Arizona in the conference, you know that TIARA fits right in with Doughnut's desire to "manage expectations". We are supposed to be at the top of the conference. Now we are a top challenger, instead of stuck in the middle. Baby steps.

UCLA Baseball Tabbed to Return to Omaha in 2015

Baseball America picks UCLA as one of the eight teams to watch for Omaha in 2015. After an injury-riddled 2014, the Bruins are seen with strong potential to return to Omaha for the 4th time in six...

Bruins finish 7th in 2013-14 Directors' Cup

UCLA finished 7th in the Directors' Cup, thanks to excellent finishes in sports led by coaches who were already in Westwood when Guerrero's reign of error began. His hires underperformed on...

Bruin (Football) Bites: "Off Season" Continues

UCLA Football's "off season" continues in full swing, as the Bruins host high school players at a series of summer camps, a 4 star running back recruit visits Westwood, and UCLA players rack up...

Jerry Rice Jr. signs with Redskins

Jerry Rice Jr. graduated as a Bruin in 2012. He has not given up on his dream of following in his dad's footsteps to the NFL. He is now one step closer after signing as an undrafted free agent with...

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UCLA Bruin WP Star Manga Santos Passes Away

Former UCLA Water Polo Star Manga Santos has passed away at age 28 from ALS. Truly a sad story for the Bruin community. Our thoughts are with his family.

Cal Athletic Director is shown the door

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It is amazing that Sandy Barbour lasted as long as she did- disastrous hiring of Karl Dorrell, disastrous hiring of Steve Alford, botched renovation of Pauley Pavilion, inability to resolve baseball facility status. Oh wait. That is our guy. At least Cal finally took action to remove their AD after a way overlong stay. If only Guerrero reported to somebody who cared.

World Cup 2014: Group C and D Puzzles Solved Today

Eight more teams complete group play today. Can Costa Rica win Group C? Can Italy survive the challenge from Uruguay for the other Group C spot? Will Colombia take Group D? And will Côte d'Ivoire,...

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Chancellor Block Sits at the NCAA High Table

Chancellor Block, who has demonstrated little if any interest in UCLA athletics (as evidenced by his benign support of our inept AD), is on the NCAA Executive Committee, as the Pac-12...

Marcos Giron becomes 3rd Bruin to be National Tennis Player of the Year

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Showing the depth of the UCLA men's tennis team, #2 singles Marcos Giron added the National Tennis Player of the Year award to his NCAA singles championship. Well done.

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