Monday, January 22

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf entered UCLA as ESPN's No. 13 commit in the class of 2016, and after he led UCLA with 16.3 points to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, declared for the NBA draft on March 24. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Wang’s Word: NBA should not be done with one-and-done rule

D’Angelo Russell, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. All three NBA players were – or in Fultz’s case, will be – highly touted high school recruits and top-two NBA draft picks after spending only one year in college. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward T.J. Leaf entered UCLA as ESPN's No. 13 commit in the class of 2016, and after he led UCLA with 16.3 points to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, declared for the NBA draft on March 24. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf entered UCLA as ESPN's No. 13 commit in the class of 2016, and after he led UCLA with 16.3 points to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, declared for the NBA draft on March 24. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams called HB2, which required transgender individuals to use bathrooms that match the genders on their birth certificates, a "stupid rule" that led the NCAA to pull several events out of the state. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

The Dam Truth: NCAA should stay out of North Carolina until HB2 bill fully repealed

North Carolina squeaked out more than just a basketball win Monday. The state came out on the right side of a controversial repeal of HB2, a bill that left many across the country, and in the state, rightfully outraged. Read more...

Photo: North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams called HB2, which required transgender individuals to use bathrooms that match the genders on their birth certificates, a "stupid rule" that led the NCAA to pull several events out of the state. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams called HB2, which required transgender individuals to use bathrooms that match the genders on their birth certificates, a "stupid rule" that led the NCAA to pull several events out of the state. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

The Dam Truth: Sexual assault cases at Baylor should not be minimalized, dismissed

There are a lot of actions that could change the culture of Baylor University, a school riddled in sexual assault cases and cover-up claims dating back to 2012. Read more...

Photo: Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

Freshman guard Lonzo Ball is predicted to go within the first three picks in many mock NBA drafts, but his father's recent comments comparing him to reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry have drawn criticism. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Wang’s Word: LaVar Ball shouldn’t be criticized for being proud of his son

Few people have personalities that outsize a 6-foot-6-inch, 300-plus pound frame. LaVar Ball is one of them. Call him a loudmouth or a nuisance, but he’s still the root of freshman guard Lonzo Ball’s success. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard Lonzo Ball is predicted to go within the first three picks in many mock NBA drafts, but his father's recent comments comparing him to reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry have drawn criticism. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman guard Lonzo Ball is predicted to go within the first three picks in many mock NBA drafts, but his father's recent comments comparing him to reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry have drawn criticism. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank spoke at UCLA after announcing a 15-year, $280 million with the athletics department. But Plank recently came out and called President Donald Trump an asset to the country, leading to widespread backlash from Under Armour athletes like Stephen Curry and Misty Copeland. (Daily Bruin file photo)

The Dam Truth: UCLA needs to speak up against Under Armour CEO’s pro-Trump comments

Nothing is politics-free these days – not even sports gear. The lines in the sand have been clearly drawn between those who have spoken up to defend equality and those who are staying silent. Read more...

Photo: Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank spoke at UCLA after announcing a 15-year, $280 million with the athletics department. But Plank recently came out and called President Donald Trump an asset to the country, leading to widespread backlash from Under Armour athletes like Stephen Curry and Misty Copeland. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank spoke at UCLA after announcing a 15-year, $280 million with the athletics department. But Plank recently came out and called President Donald Trump an asset to the country, leading to widespread backlash from Under Armour athletes like Stephen Curry and Misty Copeland. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Lonzo Ball is among the top candidates to win the Naismith Trophy, given annually to college basketball's player of the year. The freshman guard is averaging 15.1 points and 7.8 assists per game this season. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Wang’s Word: Lonzo Ball is the best candidate for the Naismith Trophy

The midseason top-30 candidates for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Trophy will be announced Thursday, but one player should top the list. Lonzo Ball. Read more...

Photo: Lonzo Ball is among the top candidates to win the Naismith Trophy, given annually to college basketball's player of the year. The freshman guard is averaging 15.1 points and 7.8 assists per game this season. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Lonzo Ball is among the top candidates to win the Naismith Trophy, given annually to college basketball's player of the year. The freshman guard is averaging 15.1 points and 7.8 assists per game this season. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA football's running game struggled mightily last year, averaging 2.9 yards per carry, the second lowest among all FBS teams. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Wang’s Word: New UCLA football recruits unlikely to redeem future of 2017 season

For those of you looking for a UCLA football renaissance next season, don’t. While returning to a bowl game is a possibility – Holiday Bowl tickets aren’t on sale yet, sorry – Jim Mora’s squad won’t come close to another double-digit win season in the near future. Read more...

Photo: UCLA football's running game struggled mightily last year, averaging 2.9 yards per carry, the second lowest among all FBS teams. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA football's running game struggled mightily last year, averaging 2.9 yards per carry, the second lowest among all FBS teams. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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