Tuesday, April 24

Arizona Stadium in Tucson has turf and the Rose Bowl has grass, but that's just the start the differences between Arizona's stomping ground and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Gott’s Thoughts: Five reasons why UCLA’s Rose Bowl is lackluster

After spending most of college working my way up through the ranks of the Daily Bruin Sports section, I finally got my first chance to travel for the paper Saturday. Read more...

Photo: Arizona Stadium in Tucson has turf and the Rose Bowl has grass, but that's just the start the differences between Arizona's stomping ground and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Arizona Stadium in Tucson has turf and the Rose Bowl has grass, but that's just the start the differences between Arizona's stomping ground and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

The UCLA men's basketball team was eliminated in the Sweet 16 last year after an exciting regular season. That team isn't the only one in Westwood who did well, but not well enough to win it all. (Daily Bruin File)

Gott’s Thoughts: The search for No. 114 affirms good-not-great status of UCLA athletics

I grew up a Dodgers fan, so I’m used to watching my team lose in the playoffs. When I got to UCLA, I thought that was going to change. Read more...

Photo: The UCLA men's basketball team was eliminated in the Sweet 16 last year after an exciting regular season. That team isn't the only one in Westwood who did well, but not well enough to win it all. (Daily Bruin File)

The UCLA men's basketball team was eliminated in the Sweet 16 last year after an exciting regular season. That team isn't the only one in Westwood who did well, but not well enough to win it all. (Daily Bruin File)

The 2017 outdoor track and field season was then-freshman Rai Benjamin's first full season as a Bruin but it was also his last – despite being one of UCLA's highest ranked sprinters. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA’s track and field program fails to keep another of its star athletes

Hurdler Rai Benjamin is yet another example of a worrying trend at Drake Stadium. The rising sophomore recently announced halfway through his stunning collegiate track and field career that he will be transferring from UCLA to USC. Read more...

Photo: The 2017 outdoor track and field season was then-freshman Rai Benjamin's first full season as a Bruin but it was also his last – despite being one of UCLA's highest ranked sprinters. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

The 2017 outdoor track and field season was then-freshman Rai Benjamin's first full season as a Bruin but it was also his last – despite being one of UCLA's highest ranked sprinters. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior guard Aaron Holiday is one of just five upperclassmen remaining from last year's men's basketball team, which lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 opener. This season, the Bruins will open conference play with a pair of home games.(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Smith Says: Men’s basketball has better prospects for conference title this season

UCLA men’s basketball will open its 2017-2018 conference schedule with a lot less stress than it did last season. In 2016, the Bruins began conference play in Oregon, where they dropped their first game of the season following a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Ducks forward Dillon Brooks. Read more...

Photo: Junior guard Aaron Holiday is one of just five upperclassmen remaining from last year's men's basketball team, which lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 opener. This season, the Bruins will open conference play with a pair of home games.(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior guard Aaron Holiday is one of just five upperclassmen remaining from last year's men's basketball team, which lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 opener. This season, the Bruins will open conference play with a pair of home games.(Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Freshman point guard Lonzo Ball was ESPN’s No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2016. His presence on UCLA's team alongside ESPN's No. 13 recruit, freshman forward T.J. Leaf, lifted the Bruins to national prominence. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Wang’s Word: NBA superteams should not be condemned for dominating playoff games

My finals week starts Thursday. While most students are at least a week away from hunkering down at 24-hour Powell or chugging cups of coffee that make 7-Eleven’s Big Gulps look like shot glasses, I’ll be sacrificing sleep and my grades to watch the “three-match” between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. Read more...

Photo: Freshman point guard Lonzo Ball was ESPN’s No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2016. His presence on UCLA's team alongside ESPN's No. 13 recruit, freshman forward T.J. Leaf, lifted the Bruins to national prominence. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman point guard Lonzo Ball was ESPN’s No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2016. His presence on UCLA's team alongside ESPN's No. 13 recruit, freshman forward T.J. Leaf, lifted the Bruins to national prominence. (Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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