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UCLA football: LB Patrick Larimore out for bowl game

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UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore walked into practice Tuesday wearing a cast on his right hand and will not be able to play against Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday.

Larimore, who leads the Bruins with 80 tackles, had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb two weeks ago. He was injured during practice in August.

Larimore had hoped to be cleared to play against Illinois but was told Friday he would risk reinjuring the thumb.

The loss of Larimore leaves the Bruins thin at middle linebacker. Jordan Zumwalt will start in Larimore’s place, but backup Isaiah Bowens is academically ineligible for the game.

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Photo: UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore stops Houston running back Michael Hayes for a short gain. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

UCLA football: Oaks Christian CB Ishmael Adams commits to Bruins

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Westlake Village Oaks Christian’s Ishmael Adams, one of the top high school cornerbacks in the nation, said he will play at UCLA next season.

Adams, 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds, is ranked 10th nationally at his position by Scout.com and 12th by Rivals.com. He visited Notre Dame, Arizona State and California before committing to UCLA.

“UCLA just felt right,” Adams said. “I felt calm after making my decision. You can get a great education. I can be near home, so my family can see me play. I want to help change the program.”

Adams is the fourth high school player to commit to UCLA since Jim Mora was hired as coach.

Kenny Orjioke, a linebacker from Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter High, Taylor Lagace, a wide receiver from Arcadia, and Marcus Rios, defensive back from Elk Grove Oaks, have also committed in the last two weeks.

The Bruins have also picked up Alexandru Ceachir, a tackle from Santa Monica College.

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Photo: Ishmael Adams. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

UCLA football: Cid, Dye, Bowens and Brehaut ruled out for bowl game

Ucla-logo_300UCLA offensive guard Albert Cid, linebacker Isaiah Bowens and safety Tony Dye are academically ineligible to play against Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31.

Backup quarterback Richard Brehaut has been suspended for the game for violating team rules.

Cid’s loss will have the greatest impact on the Bruins. He was a starter at guard. Tackle Jeff Baca was moved to guard during practice Wednesday with Brett Downey playing Baca’s tackle spot.

The Bruins are thin on the line, having lost guard Chris Ward to a knee injury earlier this season.

Dye, the starter when the season began, was already out with a sprained ankle. He also missed eight games with a neck injury.

Bowens is a reserve linebacker who plays on special teams.

Brehaut started four games this season but has been out since breaking his leg against Washington State on Oct. 8.

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UCLA football: Mora says no to 'over-the-wall' days

UCLA-logoZero tolerance is UCLA Coach Jim Mora's stand on the Bruins’ tradition of going "over the wall."

UCLA players bolted from practice Tuesday, a tradition that dates back to 1980. Mora addressed it on Wednesday.

“It’s completely unacceptable and will not be part of the program going forward,” Mora said. “It’s a privilege, not a right, to play football for the UCLA Bruins. With the commitment you make when you sign on there comes a commitment to do what is asked of you by your coaches on a daily basis. I can just tell you in no uncertain terms that that tradition will not be part of tradition going forward.”

Mora said he and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero discussed such matters during the interview process.

“We both agree that the culture of UCLA football needs to change,” Mora said. “We’re going to do all we can to change it.”

Other UCLA coaches have tried to end the practice of ditching practice by negotiating alternatives. Karl Dorrell would schedule the day. Rick Neuheisel tried offering seniors a special day off.

Mora had a more direct approach in mind, saying, “I’m not about making threats and I’ll keep that between the players and myself, but I can tell you this, my general feeling is if they feel they want to skip out on practice and skip over the wall, they might as well keep going because they are not a part of what I want to be part of.”

-- Chris Foster

UCLA basketball: Bruins crush UC Irvine, 89-60

Ucla1From beneath a self-inflicted avalanche of embarrassment, UCLA has risen.

Above .500, that is.

The Bruins improved to 6-5 with a 89-60 win against UC Irvine on Tuesday at the Sports Arena, marking the first time this season UCLA’s win column had more notches than the loss column.

UCLA has won four straight ... but all against relatively creampuff competition: Pennsylvania, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and Irvine, which fell to 2-9 and has lost three straight.

In fact, the Bruins’ last two wins are especially unimpressive, considering Davis and Irvine, who both hail from the Big West Conference, have one combined win against a Division I team.

Still any win looks good for UCLA after it suffered double-digit losses in four of its first five games, including to Middle Tennessee State and Loyola Marymount, to shed its No. 17 Associated Press preseason ranking.

And the Bruins could certainly use the momentum as they have just one final non-conference tune-up – against Richmond on Friday -- before Pac-12 play begins next week.

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UCLA basketball: Bruins lead UC Irvine, 42-28, at halftime

42-28as the Bruins lead UC Irvine at halftimeon Tuesday night at the Sports Arena.UCLA is on pace to raise its record to above .500 for the first time this season

Full UCLA LOGOUCLA is on pace to raise its record above .500 for the first time this season, as the Bruins lead UC Irvine at halftime, 42-28, on Tuesday night at the Sports Arena.

The Bruins started the game sluggish, missing free throws and getting out-hustled for rebounds.

But behind their guards, the Bruins mounted an 18-3 run.

All but two of those points were scored by Norman Powell or Lazeric Jones, who each had eight during the run that gave UCLA a 28-15 lead with 7:15 left in the first half.

Powell hit a pair of three-point shots and Jones twice slashed to the basket for close-range shots. Later, Jerime Anderson and Tyler Lamb knocked down three-point shots to help put UCLA ahead, 40-23.

UCLA made five of nine shots from beyond the arc in the first half and shot 48% overall. 

Travis Wear returned after missing two games with a skin infection on his left foot and the Bruins' sophomore forward has two points and a rebound. His twin brother, David, scored eight.

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L.A.'s greatest sports moments No. 4: John Wooden bows out on top

 

We asked you to send in your picks for the greatest sports moments in L.A. history, and 1,181 ballots later we are unveiling the top 20 vote-getters. Each weekday we will unveil a new moment until we reach No. 1.

No. 4: John Wooden goes out a winner (74 first-place votes, 3,417 points)

Fitting a coach of his greatness, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden went out a winner on March 30, 1975, when UCLA defeated Kentucky, 92-85, to win the 1975 NCAA men's basketball title. It was the 10th time Wooden led the Bruins to the title.

When it was over, the crowd of 15,153 at the San Diego Sports Arena remained to give Wooden a standing ovation for about four minutes.

Wooden coached what would prove to be his final game in Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 1975, in a 93–59 victory over Stanford. After the Bruins defeated Louisville, 75-74, in the NCAA tournament semifinals, he announced he would retire following the title game. 

During his tenure with the Bruins, Wooden won 620 games in 27 seasons and 10 NCAA titles, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. His teams also had a record winning streak of 88 games and four perfect 30–0 seasons.

Wooden was named NCAA college basketball coach of the year in 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 and was named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year in 1972. He was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1973. Wooden died in June 2010.

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UCLA football: Marcus Rios becomes Jim L. Mora's first recruit

Full UCLA LOGONew UCLA Coach Jim L. Mora snagged his first recruit Sunday, as Marcus Rios, a cornerback from Elk Grove Oaks High near Sacramento, will attend UCLA.

Rios, 6 feet, 170 pounds, is ranked 19th by Scout.com and 20th by Rivals.com at his position. He is a physical player who could develop into a lock-down cornerback.

Mora and UCLA assistant Angus McClure were in Sacramento last week, Mora’s first recruiting trip since being hired.

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UCLA basketball: Bruins crush UC Davis by 43 points

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UCLA evened its record at 5-5 with a dominating 82-39 win against UC Davis on Saturday.

But this was as much of a game as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is actually butter. 

Speaking of butter, UCLA's performance at the Honda Center was about as smooth against the Aggies (1-9), whose only win this season came against Division III UC Santa Santa Cruz.

It's UCLA's largest margin of victory since beating Wyoming, 113-62, in 2008. 

UCLA crushed UC Davis in the first half, leading by as much as 35.

The Aggies actually outscored UCLA 12-11 to start the second half.

But UCLA answered with a quick 20-0 run to retake control.

The Bruins' lead stretched past the 40-point barrier on a Joshua Smith layup with 8:37 left in the second half, which put his team ahead, 68-27. 

With Travis Wear, UCLA's second-leading scorer, out for a second straight game because of a skin infection on his left foot, his twin brother David Wear stepped up and scored a career-high 15 points.

Center Smith also had a strong game, recording his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. He also had three blocks. 

Guard Tyler Lamb scored nine and recorded career-highs with seven assists and nine rebounds.  

UCLA shot 32 for 61 UC Davis shot 13 for 55. 

The Aggies were led in scoring by Tyler Les, who had nine points. 

UCLA faces UC Irvine (2-8) on Tuesday at the Sports Arena. 

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Joshua Smith, left, Jerime Anderson, Norman Powell and Lazeric Jones react from the sidelines during the Bruins' 82-39 win over UC Davis Aggies at Honda Center on Saturday. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images

UCLA basketball: Bruins dominate UC Davis, lead 43-15 at halftime

Forward Travis Wear (skin infection in his left foot) is missing the Bruins' game Saturday against UC Davis. Through the first half, the absence of UCLA's second-leading scorer hasn't been felt much.

In fact, it hasn't been felt at all.

The Bruins lead UC Davis, 43-15, at halftime here at the Honda Center.

Barring a monumental collapse, this one is over. And it sure looked that way right after tipoff. 

The Bruins led 10-0 before the Aggies scored their first basket at 14 minutes 37 seconds.

And it wasn't long before that lead ballooned to 31-5 with 8:35 left.

UCLA's lead passed the 30-point barrier when sophomore forward David Wear made a three-point shot with 6:47 left, putting UCLA ahead 36-5. 

UC Davis didn't break the double-digit scoring mark until two minutes before halftime.

Moreover, the Aggies scored seven points in the last two minutes after scoring eight in the first 18.

The Aggies have only one win this season and it wasn't against a Division I team. It was against UC Santa Cruz, a Division III team. And it was only by six points. 

UC Davis has missed 21 of 26 shots. UCLA has made 15 of 28. 

Bruins center Joshua Smith, who has struggled with conditioning issues this season, has looked impressive on both ends. He scored six of UCLA's first 10 points and looked determined.

He has 12 points and four rebounds.  

Wear has also looked good, scoring 11 points while making five of his six shots. 

For the second straight game, UCLA was the victim of an intentional foul, as Lazeric Jones was hammered on his way to the hoop with 12:09 left. He knocked down the ensuing free throws. 

-- Baxter Holmes

UCLA basketball: Reeves Nelson expected to join Lithuanian team

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Former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, who was dismissed from the Bruins last week, is expected to sign a contract to play professional basketball with a Lithuanian team as early as Friday, said his father, Brian.

Contrary to reports, Reeves has not signed a contract yet, but one is expected to arrive via e-mail soon. "I've been given an indication that something will be in place today," Brian Nelson said. 

If all goes through, Reeves Nelson could leave the day after Christmas.

His father declined to reveal the terms of the contract or the team it was with because it had not yet been received, but he did confirm that the team is in Lithuania. 

"He's ready to go," Brian Nelson said. "He has indicated to me, this is for the money now. He's taking it very seriously."

Brian Nelson said there were a few professional teams "that were quite frankly spread out" throughout the world that showed interest in Reeves, but based on the information, he decided to choose this one. 

"He does not have an agent at this point, but he has someone working on his behalf," Brian Nelson added.

Brian said his son "100%" plans to make himself eligible for the next NBA draft and is done playing college basketball. 

Gary Porter, Reeves Nelson's coach at at Modesto Christian, said he worked out with Reeves on Friday morning in Modesto,

"He just seemed grateful that he's going to get a chance to do something, maybe make some changes in his life," Porter said. "He seemed pretty excited about going over there, a place where maybe he can start over."

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