Pac-12 links: Will there be a 2016 bowl game in Australia?

» College football teams will play in 42 bowl games to close out the 2015 season. If Australian officials have their way, the 43rd will be in Melbourne in 2016, hosting squads from the Pac-12 and Mountain West.

» Washington lost explosive receiver John Ross III to yet another injury, one that will sideline him for the entire 2015 season.

» Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe, the son of a former college coach, muses on whether or not salaries are nearing a tipping point. Continue reading

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Center Ike Anigbogu commits to UCLA’s 2016 class

UCLA missed on its last major target of 2015 when five-star wing Jaylen Brown struck the school off his list, but the Bruins’ next class looks to be in better shape.

Center Ike Anigbogu became the third member of UCLA’s 2016 class, verbally committing on Thursday night. Ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-9 big man was a defensive force for Corona Centennial this past season.

Scout.com also ranks Anigbogu as one of the top five centers in the west, and one of the top 15 nationally in his class.

He joins top point guard Lonzo Ball and Kobe Paras as the Bruins’ 2016 commitments.

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Norman Powell named UCLA’s MVP at basketball banquet

UCLA's Norman Powell defends Byron Wesley during the Bruins' Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga on March 27. Powell had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks to end his career at Houston's NRG Stadium. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

UCLA’s Norman Powell defends Byron Wesley during the Bruins’ Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga on March 27. Powell had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks to end his career at Houston’s NRG Stadium. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

UCLA men’s basketball held its year-end banquet last night. Here’s the list of awards the team handed out.

Norman Powell, Sr., G, 6-4, 215
John Wooden Award (most valuable player)

Kevon Looney, Fr., F, 6-9, 220
Seymour Armond Memorial Award (most valuable freshman)
Gerald A. Finerman Award (rebounding leader)

Tony Parker, Jr., F/C, 6-9, 260
Player Improvement Award Continue reading

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Report: UCLA out of running for five-star wing Jaylen Brown

UCLA’s 2015 recruiting class might be already be complete.

The Bruins’ biggest remaining target was five-star wing Jaylen Brown, a player who could have elevated the roster after it lost out on center Stephen Zimmerman. According to Bruin Report Online, however, Brown has cut UCLA from his list of potential schools.

This is one of the few indications of Brown’s future, which the Georgia native has kept close to his vest throughout his recruitment. Ranked the top overall recruit in 2015 by Scout.com, and No. 2 by Rivals, Brown announced eight finalists earlier this month.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said last Tuesday that Brown’s destination “could be be Cal or it could be Michigan,” but Brown said a day later that he had not cut his list.

UCLA’s incoming recruiting haul currently consists of four-star guards Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali, three-star forward Alex Olesinski, and JUCO transfer big man Ikenna Okwarabizie.

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VIDEO: Bill Roth explains why he left Virginia Tech for UCLA

Bill Roth spent nearly three decades at Virginia Tech, but left Blacksburg to become UCLA’s new play-by-play announcer this week. After the Bruins’ practice on April 23, he talked about why he decided to make the move, when he knew about the possibility, and some of his career influences.

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