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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.

In another sport where we used to be competitive before Guerrero

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UCLA finished tied for 33rd in men's track and field, just missing out on the all-important tie for 31st with Cornell. UCLA finished tied for 37th in women's track and field, just getting nudged for 32nd by East Carolina. This program continues its death spiral under Doughnut's "watch".

Guerrero will need to search for a new temporary "home" for UCLA Basketball

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The LA Sports Arena may be torn down to make way for the George Lucas Museum. That would mean that Guerrero would need to find a new home for the inevitable next remodeling of OPUG. I can see his minions poring over maps of Southern California, overlaying Krispy Kreme outlets and community college gymnasiums with at least 2,000 seats.

Bruins Move Up to 6th place in the Directors' Cup

UCLA has had a banner spring in non-revenue sports. This has pushed the Bruins up from 25th spot in the winter standings (thanks, Alford) to 6th in the most recent Directors' Cup standings.

Bruins In Good Shape After the 2014 Draft

UCLA Baseball has been hammered in recent MLB drafts, as recruited players jumped up in the draft charts, and lower draft choices received major bonuses. This year, there were no unpleasant...

Rise and shine- 11 am football games are coming to the Pac-12

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The Pac-12 chancellors and university presidents wrapped up their summer meeting over the weekend. The link covers what they talked about, including opening up a slot at 11am for conference football games. All to avoid as many night games. Chancellor Block probably thought the games were already at 11, since he doesn't care about football. But for the rest of us, this means that we will have to fire up the grill very early for the pregame tailgate.

UCLA's top baseball recruit will get $6.5 million signing bonus

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This is obviously great news for Aiken. But it is further bad news for the UCLA pipeline. His $6.5 million is $1.4 million below the assigned value for the #1 pick. That means the Astros will have $1.4 million more to throw at other draft choices, including fellow UCLA commit Jacob Nix, who was drafted by Houston in the 5th round.

Updates: Day 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft

UCLA Baseball had two more recruits and two current players taken on the second day of the 2014 MLB draft. Today will be a mad dash to the finish, with 30 rounds to go. Hopefully, the Bruins can...

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UCLA Baseball 2015: MLB Draft Claims Two Recruits

The UCLA Baseball recruiting class of 2015 took an immediate hit from yesterday's MLB draft. Two pitchers in the class of 2015 were selected, Brady Aiken with the 1st overall pick and Grant Hockin...

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