Wednesday, January 29

Cronin fills first Pac-12 men’s basketball press day with lighthearted responses

Mick Cronin opened up his first Pac-12 media day cracking jokes. “We’re still undefeated,” the first-year coach said in his opening statement. “All the pressure right now is on Dave Roberts (on Wednesday) with the Dodgers.” The former Cincinnati coach represented UCLA men’s basketball at Tuesday’s Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Media Day alongside redshirt seniors guard Prince Ali and forward Alex Olesinski. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin (right) went 443-296 in his 13 seasons with Cincinnati. Cronin helped lead the Bearcats to nine straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back conference tournament championships. (Elise Tsai/Daily Bruin)

Report Card: UCLA football failing to live up to expectations at season midpoint

UCLA football is sitting at 1-5 halfway through coach Chip Kelly’s second season at the helm. With injuries, suspensions and comebacks defining the season so far, it’s time to take a look at how each position group is performing at the season midpoint. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (left) accounted for over 500 yards and five touchdowns in UCLA football’s lone victory this season. Thompson-Robinson started seven games his freshman season and has gone 2-10 as a starter since joining the Bruins. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)

Former partner countersues Ball family for fraud, exposes $80K sale of UCLA jerseys

The Ball family’s feuds have come back to Westwood. Former UCLA men’s basketball player Lonzo Ball allegedly sold his game-worn Sweet 16  jerseys and shoes for $80,000, according to court documents obtained by The Blast on Thursday. Read more...

Photo: New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball allegedly sold his game-worn UCLA men’s basketball jerseys and shoes for $80,000. The accusation came in the form of a countersuit by his former manager and co-founder of Big Baller Brand, Alan Foster. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Despite loss to Arizona, backup quarterback Austin Burton shows promise

The Bruins nearly forced overtime against the Wildcats on Saturday, but senior JJ Molson’s 39-yard attempt sailed wide right. And the 22-year-old kicker said he didn’t take the miss lightly. Read more...

Photo: Senior kicker JJ Molson is 2-of-5 on field goal attempts in 2019 after missing a 39-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter against Arizona. Molson was 14-of-19 on field goals in 2018. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)

Five Things: UCLA vs. Arizona

UCLA football had a chance to force overtime late in Saturday’s game against Arizona, but the Bruins wound up losing 20-17. Sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson injured his ankle late in the third quarter and the offense was unable to replicate its comeback effort from Pullman, Washington last week. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Austin Burton made his first career appearance Saturday night against Arizona. Burton went 5-of-9 with 48 yards through the air and eight yards on the ground. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)

UCLA football comes up short against Arizona after back-and-forth battle

This post was updated Sept. 29 at 11:32 p.m. TUCSON, Ariz. – Dorian Thompson-Robinson left the game and so did the Bruins’ late-game magic. UCLA football (1-4, 1-1 Pac-12) lost to Arizona (3-1, 1-0) 20-17 late Saturday night, despite having a field goal attempt to tie the game with 40 seconds left. Read more...

Photo: Coach Chip Kelly attempted three fourth-down conversions Saturday night against Arizona, but sent senior kicker JJ Molson out to tie the game on 4th-and-6 with 40 seconds remaining. Molson missed the kick and UCLA football lost to Arizona. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

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