Former UCLA football star Kenny Washington will be honored today at Lincoln High, as his prep alma mater dedicates a square in his name in northeast Los Angeles.
Washington was the Bruins’ first All-American in football, and his No. 13 jersey was the first to be retired by the team. He broke an unofficially segregated NFL in 1946, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Rams to break a 13-year color barrier. Lincoln High’s auditorium will host a retrospective ceremony at 10 a.m., with the square dedication starting at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of North Broadway and Lincoln Park Avenue.
You can read more about Washington here, or find out more about Thursday’s event here.
UCLA big man Tony Parker’s 13-point outing at Stanford last Saturday was his best offensive showing in nearly a month. It also included just one foul — his first game with less than two since Nov. 24. It’s part of a small but not insignificant trend.
Through his first seven Pac-12 games as a sophomore, Parker committed 9.26 fouls per 40 minutes. Continue reading →
Barr ran his 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.63 seconds on his two tries — not bad times by any means, but hardly close to the 4.46 he claimed last summer.
Far better was his 6.82-second three-cone drill, the third-best time among linebackers. That number may be a better measure of his pro potential anyway; rarely will a defender be asked to chase someone 40 yards, but short-area quickness and agility is crucial on nearly every play. He only mustered 15 bench reps, though players with longer arms usually don’t perform as well.
Right now, Barr’s top competition to be the first linebacker taken is Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, who has put up similar numbers at the NFL Combine.
“Barr’s a little bit longer,” NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. “I think (Mack is) more ready to play today.”
Tony Parker didn’t mince words Saturday evening. Still smarting from an 83-74 loss at Stanford, the UCLA forward lamented the fact that his team look ready to play.
The Bruins allowed the Cardinal to shoot 62 percent from the field, easily the highest of any team they’ve faced. For the third time this season, they lost the tail end of a Pac-12 road trip.
“This one is exactly the same thing,” said Parker, who had 13 points and three rebounds. “It’s a huge loss for us. It’s a huge loss. … We’ve got to learn. This is the third time this has happened. We’ve got to pick it up and learn from it. These are big losses. We’re taking hits for these.
“It’s tournament time. It’s February. We’ve got to turn it up. It’s actually time for us to be turning it up and going, but we take two steps back.”
STANFORD, Calif. — With just over a minute left, the UCLA defense broke down again. Josh Huestis, left all alone, flushed in an emphatic two-handed dunk.
Some 30 second later, the forward snuffed out the Bruins hopes again — this time by blocking Kyle Anderson at top of the arc. Maples Pavilion rose to its feet, cheering an 83-74 victory that never felt all that difficult.
UCLA’s window for catching Pac-12 leader Arizona got a little bit smaller as they filed another deflating road performance. Continue reading →