Thursday, May 28

Claire-ification: Jameis Winston’s pick shows NFL continues to draft talent over character

With the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Jameis Winston, a quarterback from Florida State. In its description of the highly-touted recruit, Sports Illustrated labelled Winston as a player who “will stand in to make the throw even when he knows the big hit is coming.” By selecting a 21-year-old embroiled in controversy, the Buccaneers are standing in and making a play, all the while knowing that a big hit is coming. Read more...

Photo: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (top) was picked second overall in the 2015 NFL draft even though he does not have the baggage that comes with FSU’s Jameis Winston. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)


The Aubserver: Women’s tennis would benefit from a Pac-12 team tournament

For the third consecutive year, a UCLA player has won the Pac-12 championship singles title. Another championship for UCLA’s already packed trophy case. Well, not quite. Read more...

Photo: UCLA coach Stella Sampras Webster (right) hugged junior Catherine Harrison (left) after the latter won the Pac-12 singles championship. Sampras Webster said one of the reasons she’s in favor of the current format over a team competition format is that it gives players like Harrison the opportunity to face higher-ranked opponents. (Pac-12)


Bo Knows: Prospects bright for men’s basketball after season of growth

Losing in the NCAA Tournament always comes with a strange set of emotions. There’s the sorrow, of course, that pervades everything. The emptiness of a season’s or career’s end and the regret of missed opportunities. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Isaac Hamilton hadn’t played a collegiate game before this season, but showed signs of growth as the year went on. After going through a rough 2-for-24 shooting drought in January, Hamilton exploded for a career-high 36 points against USC in the Pac-12 tournament. (Brandon Choe/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Bo Knows: Senior guard Norman Powell’s contribution to team invaluable

HOUSTON — As the final seconds ticked off the clock at NRG Stadium Friday night, Norman Powell’s face disappeared behind a towel. Sitting on the bench for one last time as a Bruin, the senior guard shrouded his face behind the cloth as he tried to regain his composure. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Norman Powell watches the final seconds of the Sweet 16 game between UCLA and Gonzaga Friday night. The Bruins fell 74-62 to the Bulldogs despite a valiant effort from Powell, who tied for a team high with 16 points in his final collegiate game. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff


Bo Knows: Bruins capable of challenging title contenders with inside-out approach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When Steve Alford walked off the court at the KFC Yum! Center Saturday, he may have felt the need to pinch himself. Because surely, UCLA’s performance in its 92-75 win over the University of Alabama-Birmingham was the stuff of dreams. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward Kevon Looney played an integral role in UCLA’s dominance of UAB in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Saturday. Looney and his partner in the frontcourt – junior forward/center Tony Parker – accounted for 38 points and 23 rebounds. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Bo Knows: UCLA’s comeback win over SMU nothing short of miraculous

The basketball gods have a tender place in their hearts for UCLA. It’s the only logical explanation. Because nothing about UCLA’s illogical 60-59 comeback win over Southern Methodist University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament made much sense. Read more...

Photo: UCLA mounted an 8-0 scoring run in the final 1:06 to defeat Southern Methodist University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Bo Knows: UCLA is worthy of NCAA tournament bid at No. 11 seed

The Bruins had no doubts about whether they deserved an NCAA tournament bid following their loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 tournament semifinal. “I don’t think there’s any question,” said coach Steve Alford. Read more...

Photo: Though UCLA’s selection to the NCAA tournament was met with a fair share of dissent, the Bruins went 9-4 over their last 13 games, with two close losses coming to No. 2 seed Arizona. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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