UCLA right-hander Dan Klein, who serves as the baseball team's closer, has recorded a team-high five saves as the Bruins have won their first 21 ballgames this season. Klein has gone 1-0 in relief, registering 23 strikeouts in 16.0 scoreless innings.
To read more about Klein and the Bruins' success in a column by Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register, click here.
The No. 6 UCLA baseball team earned its 21st consecutive win on Tuesday night, defeating Pepperdine, 2-1, at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Closer Dan Klein struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth, securing his fifth save of the year. Right-hander Garett Claypool fanned nine batters, allowing one unearned run and two hits through 6.2 innings, to improve his record to 3-0.
UCLA's school-record start was featured in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times. To read the story written by Baxter Holmes and to watch the accompanying video (courtesy Fox Sports West), click here.
No. 6 UCLA (21-0) opens Pac-10 play against Stanford (12-7, 2-1 Pac-10) on Thursday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under).
UCLA Director of Sports Medicine Dale Rudd MS, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's 2010 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients.
This award recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession.Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, for at least 20 years; have been recognized for service to the profession of athletic training at the local, state, national and/or international level; exhibited distinguished service as a certified athletic trainer; and been recognized for unique contributions to the profession of athletic training not acknowledged elsewhere.
"Dedication, innovation, loyalty and leadership are common traits among MDAT recipients," said National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE."Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of certified athletic trainers."
"Dale is richly deserving of the award," said NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair Rochel Rittgers, ATC."Dale Rudd has dedicated his career to providing quality health care services and to the betterment of the athletic training profession."
The MDAT presentation will be made on June 24, 2010, at NATA's 61st Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in Philadelphia.
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) -Health Care for Life & Sport: Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. NATA supports the right of all patients to have equal access to the services of athletic trainers through the Athletic Trainers' Equal Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1137). Visit www.nata.org
The UCLA baseball team, at 20-0 overall, is off to its best-ever start in school history. The Bruins' 20-game win streak is the longest such streak in the baseball program's 91 seasons.
UCLA has climbed to the No. 2 slot in Collegiate Baseball's weekly top-30 poll, the Bruins' highest ranking in any poll since opening the 2008 season as the preseason No. 1 team by Baseball America.
In addition, UCLA has been ranked No. 5 by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and by Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com. Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) have tabbed UCLA as the No. 6 team, nationally.
The Bruins continue their season against Pepperdine (8-14) on Tuesday, March 30. Game time at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Admission for adults and children costs just $2 for all Tuesday night UCLA home games ("Two Dollar" Tuesday promotion).
UCLA defeated Cal Poly, 11-7, on Thursday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium to improve to 18-0, the Bruins' best-ever start to a baseball season.
The Bruins' record start was featured in today's Los Angeles Daily News. Click here to read the article.
ESPNLosAngeles.com's UCLA blog highlights several key offensive performances in the Bruins' 18th consecutive victory here.
The Los Angeles Times' website features video footage of the Bruins' series-opening win on Thursday here. Viewers can find the L.A. Times' video by scrolling down to the video portion of the website (left-hand side).
Former standout UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford has spent the last month playing in Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants (big-league camp). Crawford, a three-year starting shortstop for the Bruins (2006-2008), was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants.
To read a feature article about Crawford, click here.
Congratulations to UCLA sophomore Gregor Main who is currently playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Main earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Southern Amateur last summer at Colonial CC in Memphis.
High school basketball standout Josh Smith, who signed a letter of intent in November to attend UCLA, is one of 21 players who have accepted invitations to attend the 2010 USA Men's Basketball U18 National Team training camp.
The camp is scheduled for June 14-16 at University of Texas - San Antonio. Twelve players whill be selected for the team that will represent the USA at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
UCLA standout basketball point guard Darren Collison, now a rookie with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, is featured in today's L.A. Daily News.
Columnist Jill Painter discusses Darren's transition to the NBA and how he is averaging 19.5 points and 10.2 assists since moving into the starting lineup for injured Chris Paul. UCLA head coach Ben Howland is quoted in the story, as is Collison, his mother June and Hornets coach Jeff Bower.
Sophomore catcher Steve Rodriguez of the No. 12-ranked UCLA baseball team has been featured in a nine-question format on CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Rodriguez, who graduated from St. John Bosco High School in 2008, has been a key component of the Bruins' 13-0 start in 2010.
Rodriguez leads UCLA with five home runs, having started behind the plate in 12 of the team's 13 games. The native of Lomita, Calif., is batting .375 (15-for-40) with five homers, one triple, two doubles, 12 RBI and 13 runs. Rodriguez leads the club with an .850 slugging percentage.
To read the question and answer series with Steve Rodriguez click here.
No. 12 UCLA hosts Oral Roberts for three games beginning Friday, March 19, at the Bruins' Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time Friday is 6 p.m. The Bruins (13-0) and Golden Eagles (5-7) will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Wayne Collett, one of the greatest athletes in UCLA track & field history, lost a long battle with cancer this morning. He was 60 years old.
Collett was a spectacular quartermiler, but also excelled in the hurdles, sprints and relays. His college coach, Jim Bush, called him "the greatest athlete I ever coached."
In 1972, he won an Olympic Silver Medal in the 400 meters in Munich, Germany. Earlier that year, he ran the fastest 400 meter time in history at sea level in winning the U.S. Olympic Trials.
During his four-year UCLA career (1968-71), Collett won Pac-8 titles in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles and 440-yard dash. In NCAA competition, he anchored three straight mile relay championship teams. He also placed second in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 1970, fourth in the 440-yard dash in 1971 and fourth in the 220-yard dash in 1969. The Bruins won the NCAA team title in 1971.
A member of the UCLA Hall of Fame (1992), he still ranks in UCLA's all-time Top Ten in the 400 meters (fourth at 44.54, converted from a 440y hand time), 400-meter hurdles (fourth at 48.84, converted from a 440y hand time) and the 200 meters (ninth at 20.44, converted from a 200m hand time).
In Track & Field News' world rankings, Collett ranked in the top four in the 400 meters four times between 1967 and 1972, including second in both 1971 and 1972. He also ranked No. 3 in the intermediate hurdles in 1970.
Collett was an attorney who was very active in the UCLA community. He is survived by his wife, Emily; his sons Aaron and Wayne II; and his mother, Ruth. Wayne earned three degrees at UCLA - his Bachelor's in Political Science in 1971, his MBA in 1973 and his JD in 1977. He also served on the UCLA Alumni Assn. Board of Directors.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1949 in Los Angeles and passed at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Fans planning to watch UCLA Spring Football Practices should plan on coming to campus early or staying late to attend other athletic events.
The men's and women's tennis, baseball, softball, men's volleyball and men's and women's track and field teams all have competitions on at least one Spring Practice date. It's the perfect chance to create your own Bruin double or triple header.
The schedule for Spring Football practice is listed below, along with other on-campus athletic events on each date.
April 1, 20104:00-6:00 PM
Baseball vs. Stanford, 6:00 pm
April 2, 20104:00-6:00 PM
Men's Tennis vs. Cal, 1:30 pm
Baseball vs. Stanford, 6:00 pm
April 3, 201012:00 noon-2:00 PM
Men's Tennis vs. Stanford, 1:00 pm
Baseball vs. Stanford, 2:00 pm
April 6, 20104:00-6:00 PM
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, 6:00 pm
April 8, 20104:00-6:00 PM
M/W Track & Field: Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invite, All Day
April 9, 20104:00-6:00 PM
M/W Track & Field: Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invite, All Day
Sophomore offensive guard Stan Hasiak has been reinstated to the UCLA football team and will take part in Spring Practice, head coach Rick Neuheisel announced today. Hasiak was informed of his reinstatement on Monday afternoon.
Hasiak has been suspended from team activities since Dec. 21, when he was sent home for violation of team rules. He did not travel to the EagleBank Bowl with the team.
"Stan has done everything we have asked of him during the Winter Quarter," said Neuheisel. "He has made some mistakes and has tried to correct them, After speaking with our coaching staff and our players, I felt like he deserved one last chance to be part of our team."
Tight end Marcedes Lewis, who earned All-America honors and the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end at UCLA in 2005 and is currently playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, is hosting his annual FREE football youth camp on June 19.
The camp, for boys ages 7-17, will be held on the campus of his high school alma mater, Long Beach Poly. Registration will be held at the Long Beach Poly football stadium between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on June 19 and the camp will last until 1:30 p.m. Campers will receive instruction, lunch and a T-shirt. Supplies on the t-shirts are limited, so campers are encouraged to show up early.
Today's Los Angeles Times has an outstanding feature on UCLA alum Darren Collison, who has moved into the starting lineup as a rookie with the New Orleans Hornets due to an injury to Chris Paul.
Collison and the Hornets play the Clippers tonight at Staples Center. As a starter, DC is averaging about 18 points nine assists and three rebounds and was named the Western Conference Rokkie of the Month in february.
The article also talks about how he benefitted from staying four years at UCLA under head coach Ben Howland.
Dan Guerrero from the University of California, Los Angeles, Dick Baddour from the University of North Carolina, Gene Bleymaier from Boise State University; Mal Moore from the University of Alabama and Gene Smith from Ohio State University have been selected as nominees in the Athletic Director of the Year category for the 2010 Sports Business Awards presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.
The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from January 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010. Athletic directors from colleges and universities in the United States were eligible.
Winners will be announced at an awards gala that will be held Thursday, May 20, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. Please click on the link below for the nominees in all 15 categories. http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/65118
The National Football Foundation (NFF) has announced the names of 77 players and seven coaches who comprise the 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
UCLA alums (in alphabetical order) Randy Cross, Ken Norton Jr. and Jonathan Ogden are included on the list of players.
"Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport."
The ballot mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, the 13-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.72 million people have played college football," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 77 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today."
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live May 27 from the NASDAQ Times Square site in New York City during a noon press conference and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 7, 2010 at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel also in New York City. The May 27 press conference has been carried live on ESPNEWS for the past three years, and the same coverage is anticipated again this year.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60% of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period). If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school's geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee (formerly known as the Honors Review Committee) may make recommendations to Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago and coaches who have not won at least 60 percent of their games.
Of the 4.72 million individuals who have played college football, only 866 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 186 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
Here are brief bios on UCLA's three alumni:
Randy Cross, UCLA-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1975. Helped lead UCLA to a victory over top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl. First Team All-Conference selection in 1975. Starter in 28 of 34 career games including his final 23.
Ken Norton, Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987 First Team All-America, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins. Member of the 1985 conference championship team. Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Jonathan Ogden, UCLA-Offensive Tackle- Named unanimous First Team All-America and Outland Trophy winner in 1995. Led team to 1993 Pac-10 title. Won 1995 Morris Trophy as conference's best offensive lineman, allowing only one quarterback sack that season.
UCLA sophomore right-handed pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer have been featured on ESPNLosAngeles.com by writer Mark Saxon. Cole (3-0) and Bauer (2-0) lead the Bruins' weekend starting rotation in 2010 and have helped guide UCLA to a 10-0 start.
Cole is slated to start Friday evening against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Game time Friday is 6 p.m. (CT). Bauer will start for the Bruins on Saturday evening versus Mississippi State. Saturday's game is slated for 5 p.m. (CT).
It's not an NCAA tournament without a buzzer-beater or two, or three ... or 16. That's how many last-second, game-changing shots ESPN has collected for you to view at your leisure and remember exactly where you were and how you felt when the net snapped and the scoreboard hit 0:00.
One of those shots is Tyus Edney's coast-to-coast layup versus Missouri in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament that spurred the Bruins on to their 11th championship.
But watching isn't enough. You will also be voting on which buzzer-beaters should advance in the ESPN SportsNation bracket. Cast your votes and then watch SportsNation's Buzzer-Beater special on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2!
Opening round: March 10, 6 p.m. ET Quarterfinals: March 11, Noon ET Semifinals: March 12, Noon ET Finals: March 14, Noon ET
UCLA graduate and four-time All-American Tiffany Joh has earned a sponsor's exemption into the LPGA's first U.S. tournament of 2010 -- the Kia Classic in San Diego at La Costa Country Club, Mar. 22-28.
Joh's invitation was a planned surprise during a guest round at La Costa on Tues., Mar. 9. After receiving the invitation and finishing her round, she participated in the pre-tournament press conference.
Read Jill Painter's delightful column in today's Daily News.
Former UCLA All-American and Hall of Fame member Steve Pate became the oldest Nationwide Tour winner on Mar. 7 when he won the Bogota Open at the Bogota Country Club.
Pate traveled to Colombia for the opening of the first Bogota Open and won it on the second playoff hole with a par. After 72 holes, he was tied with Aaron Watkins at 11-under par 273. Watkins missed a three-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to give Pate his first victory since the 1998 CVS Charity Classic.
"It sure is nice to win anything. I haven't done that in a long time." said Pate, who is about three months shy of his 49th birthday. "Three-footers out here are not tap-ins. I feel bad for Aaron, but everyone missed a bunch of them this week."
Pate's victory ended an 11-year drought that spanned 245 starts (173 PGA Tour and 72 Nationwide Tour).
In the final round, Pate eagled the par-5 13th, draining a 35-foot putt, to pull within a stroke of Watkins. He grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the 17th. He had a chance to win at the par-5 18th, but his 25-foot birdie attempt burned the edge of the cup.
Pate earned $108,000 and is fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He will join the Champions Tour next year.
"I really don't have the desire to continue to grind it out on the PGA Tour. I just don't," he said. I'd love to play a handful of events and I'll do that if I get in (to a PGA event), but I don't want to do that week in and week out."
Former UCLA All-American and player of the year Kevin Chappell finished 19th and earned $8,400.
UCLA gymnast Brittani McCullough is featured on the Fox Sports West website. Courtney Jones of the UCLA Sports Report did both a video feature and a written Q&A with McCullough, talking with the Nursing major about overcoming injuries, juggling her demanding academic schedule with her gymnastics schedule and what it's like to represent African-Americans in the sport of gymnastics.
Have you seen U.S. News & World Report's list of the "World's Best Universities"?
UCLA is ranked No. 32 on the publication's latest rankings.
In terms of U.S. universities on the list, UCLA ranks No. 16. In addition, it is the No. 2 public university. Only Michigan, at No. 13 among U.S. universities, is ranked higher among public schools.
Below is the list of the Top U.S. Universities on the list.
The top American universities in the poll by ranking are:
1. Harvard 2. Yale 3. Chicago 4. Princeton 5. MIT 6. Cal Tech (all of the above ranked in Top 10 in world rankings) 7. Columbia 8. Pennsylvania 9. John Hopkins 10. Duke 11. Cornell 12. Stanford 13. Michigan (top public university) 14. Carnegie Mellon 15. Brown 16. UCLA (No. 2 public university) 17. Northwestern 18. California
The UCLA Office of Residential Life is hosting a student pep rally for the UCLA women's basketball team on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at 7:30 pm in the Sproul Lecture Room.
Bruin head coach Nikki Caldwell and the team will answer questions from the audience, and there will be giveaway items for the UCLA students in attendance.
UCLA will play its final regular season games this weekend in Pauley Pavilion. The 25th-ranked Bruins host Arizona State on Thursday at 7 pm and Arizona for senior day on Saturday at 12:30 pm. UCLA students will receive free pizza at Saturday's game. The Bruins enter the week with a 20-7 overall record and have won six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.
The NBA announced today that New Orleans Hornets point guard Darren Collison was selected as the Western Conference Rookie of the Month presented by T-Mobile for the month of February. The honor is the first of Collison's career and the first for a Hornet since Chris Paul won the award each month of his rookie season in 2005-06. Collison is the fifth Hornet in franchise history to win the award (Paul, Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, J.R. Smith).
"It is a huge honor for me to win this award," said Collison. "I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates, especially Chris Paul who is always there with advice and help for me, and the coaching staff for believing in me."
Among all rookies, Collison ranked first in scoring (21.6 ppg), assists (8.3 apg), steals (1.8 spg) and minutes (41.7 mpg) in February. He also recorded 3.9 rebounds during the month. Only one other rookie in the last 25 years had scoring and assist averages that high in the same month with a minimum of three games played: Allen Iverson (April 1997 -- 33.6 ppg, 8.7 apg).The rookie guard had seven straight games of at least 18 points and nine assists (2/8-2/24), only Oscar Robertson has had more consecutive games (8) of at least those numbers (1960-61 season).
The UCLA graduate recorded his first triple-double of his basketball career by collecting 18 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 102-93 win over Indiana on Feb. 19. Collison is the second rookie (Stephen Curry) to record a triple-double this season. Collison had a season-high 35 points (15-21 FG) and three assists in last night's 100-108 loss in Dallas. He recorded 26 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals in a 102-94 home win over the Houston Rockets on Feb. 21. In a 93-85 home win over the Boston Celtics on Feb. 10, he had 25 points, nine assists and four steals.
Collison has started 22 games, averaging 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.5 steals as a starter.