UCLA football tix on sale

2010 Football single-game tickets are on sale Tuesday to the general public (excluding USC). Tickets start at just $19. The 2010 home schedule features five opponents who participated in bowl games last season (Stanford, Houston, Arizona, Oregon State and USC).

The rivalry game versus the Trojans on December 4th at the Rose Bowl is only available as part of a season ticket package.

To receive the best single-game seats, order online beginning Tuesday or call (310) UCLA-WIN!

For an updated 2010 UCLA Football schedule, click here.

Get the best seats in the house to all six home games, including USC, with a season ticket. To order a season ticket package, click here.

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UCLA Baseball gets No. 6 seed

From UCLA:

LOS ANGELES – UCLA has earned the No. 6 national seed in the 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament, marking the first time in school history that the Bruins have secured a national seed. Serving as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional, the Bruins (43-13) open tournament play at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday, June 4.

UCLA will face No. 4-seed Kent State (39-23) on Friday after the Regional’s opening game, featuring No. 2-seed Louisiana State (40-20) and No. 3-seed UC Irvine (37-19). Each of 16 NCAA Regionals features a four-team, double-elimination format.

Tenative game times for the Los Angeles Regional are slated for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If necessary, Monday’s elimination contest will be played at 6 p.m. (tentative).

The winner of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional will advance to the Super Regionals and will face the winner of the NCAA Fullerton Regional on June 11-13 or June 12-14. The eight-team College World Series will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., from June 19-29/30.

The Bruins earned their 16th NCAA Tournament berth, and fourth in the last five seasons, as an at-large selection after finishing second in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA totaled its most regular-season wins (43) in school history, and registered its highest Pac-10 finish since sharing a four-way Pac-10 title in 2000.

The Pac-10 Conference received eight berths to the NCAA Tournament, the highest-ever total for the conference.
Monday morning’s NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed on ESPN during a 30-minute “Selection Show,” beginning at 9:30 a.m.

UCLA opened its 2010 campaign with a school-record 22-0 start. Through the 56-game schedule, the Bruins won 10 of their 12 three-game weekend series, notching three-game sweeps of Nebraska, Oral Roberts, Cal Poly, Washington (road), USC and California (road).

Tickets to NCAA Regional games at Jackie Robinson Stadium will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets through UCLA’s Central Ticket Office (310-825-2101) or online via Ticketmaster. Beginning Tuesday, fans may only purchase All-Session Reserved ($80 adult/$65 student) or All-Session General Admission ($55 adult/$40 student) packages.

Single-game tickets will not be available until Friday. Reserved single-game tickets will cost $15 for adults and $12 for students. General admission single-game tickets will cost $10 for adults and $8 for students.

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Big days for UCLA softball, baseball

From UCLA:

Softball won its Super Regional and has advanced to the Women’s College World Series. They play Florida on Thursday on ESPN at 2:30 pm CT/12:30 pm PT..

Baseball has been selected to host a regional this weekend. We will know the other three times tomorrow.

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Happy Birthday, Pop

Hey guys,

It’s my dad’s 62nd birthday, and we’re about to head out to lunch, but I had to wish him a happy birthday here, too.

For seven years, he read every word I wrote for my high school and college newspapers before they went to print, and he remains my best editor. More importantly, best friend. If you are in any way a fan of my writing – queue the boos – he’s a major reason, if not the major reason. I’ve had a blessed career so far, and quite simply, I wouldn’t have if not for him.

Love you pop, happy birthday, enjoy the pastrami and chopped liver on rye you’re about to eat.

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Mojo ON: Respect

Have you followed USC’s major recruiting gains recently? Are you surprised by their success?
“Some of these kids…it’s no knock on them, they might like USC more than they like UCLA. But a lot of kids nowadays don’t want that challenge to be that guy who has to step up, to have to be the guy week in and week out. When you go to a school that’s already established, you just go out and play. It’s easy. You’re not going through anything tough. Everyone can play. When you go to UCLA, you’re rebuilding, and getting it together. That’s what I respect. Guys who go to schools like an Arizona State and bring them up, go to Baylor, get them up. Maybe TCU, and make them better. Those are the guys you can respect. I don’t like to knock kids, because they’re young and doing what’s best for them, but my big thing coming out of high school was turning somebody into a winner. I’d won so much in high school, I wanted to take what I learned there and bring it to a school that was on the verge of something great.”

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How do you think Rick Neuheisel’s done in his time at UCLA?
Maurice Jones-Drew: “He’s definitely bringing in a lot of good athletes from all over the country. They’re not just focusing on the West coast. They’re really going everywhere to grab kids and bring them over. They understand what it is to be a Bruin. He’s breeding that winning way. He wants hard workers, not just guys who can play. He doesn’t mind telling the guys if they’re not doing it right.”

What’s the next step for Neuheisel and the program?
“What I really think he’s done is built a foundation of players who want to play. That’s all you need in college. You want players who want to play and want to be great. When I was coming out – I came from De La Salle, a winning program – and I could’ve gone to USC, I could’ve gone to Texas, I could’ve gone to Oklahoma. I wanted to go someplace where my legacy could be left. I went to the school at 6-6, when I left, we were 10-2. We went through the adversity, we built all these good things. That’s what these kids are starting to understand: You become more of a man when you go somewhere that is not already established. You see who you are. When you have to go through that conditioning, when you lose 52-14 to Arizona when you’re No. 8 in the country, these are things you deal with. It builds character, and I think that’s what Coach Neuheisel is doing.”

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Maurice Jones-Drew ON: Winning

Talk about your status as an NFL running back now…
Maurice-Jones Drew: “My main thing now is just to do whatever it takes to win. The yards are cool and everything, but at the end of the day, I want to win a championship. That’s the attitude going around. Individual things are going to happen when your team is successful. You’re going to get all the accolades, everything you want. But you have to keep that team-first mentality. Winning has to be the goal.”

How has your attitude on winning changed the last couple years?
MJD: “My attitude towards winning has changed a little bit. I dunno, I’m just a sore loser, man. I hate losing. That’s what rubs people the wrong way. To me, the only thing that should matter is winning. You get into the NFL, you get money that comes in the way, family, guys have different attitudes. We clash a little bit. At the end of the day, I want to win. I could care less about anything else. The last year I won was really at UCLA.”

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