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Wooden remembered by U.S. World Cup captain

June 5, 2010 | 10:49 am

It didn't take long for news of John Wooden's death Friday at the age of 99 to reach South Africa, where U.S. World Cup team member Carlos Bocanegra, a former UCLA player, reflected on his brushes with the legendary Bruins basketball coach.

"I did get to meet him when I was at school there," said Bocanegra, who wore the captain's arm band in a 3-1 U.S. win over Australia in the team's final Cup warmup Saturday. "A lot of people called him the greatest coach ever. It was a sad loss.

"Walking around UCLA, he had kind of an aura when he'd be on campus and come back to visit. I think a lot of people will be saddened."

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg