Lonzo Ball and the UCLA men’s basketball team had three head-to-head wins against USC, which helped the Bruins win the Crosstown Cup. (Scott Varley/Staff Photographer)
UCLA has clinched the Crosstown Cup, winning the annual rivalry across all sports with USC 105-85, UCLA announced Tuesday.
USC still leads the all-time Crosstown Cup series 10-6. Since the Trojans won five consecutive Cups from 2007-12, USC and UCLA have alternated victories with the Bruins winning three of the past five.
For the 19 sports in which UCLA and USC both field teams, the school that wins more head-to-head matchups gets 10 points. When teams split the head-to-head matchups, they share the points evenly with five apiece.
The Bruins earned the full share of points from women’s volleyball, men’s volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s cross country, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s track and field, and baseball. The schools split the points between women’s tennis, women’s water polo and men’s tennis.
USC won in football, men’s water polo, women’s swim and dive, beach volleyball, women’s rowing, men’s gold and women’s track and field.
Ball learned of the stroke during a UCLA practice when he received a text message from a relative. His father, LaVar Ball, was upset with the relative because he was waiting to tell Lonzo about his mother’s condition in person that evening at his brothers’ basketball game.
Lonzo said he sees his mother four or five times a week and her condition is improving.
“She can’t really talk right now, but I mean, she definitely, she knows what we’re saying,” Lonzo said. “She smiles all the time, so that’s a good thing.”
LaVar Ball, 49, was attending to his wife at home and didn’t make the trip to Memphis, Tenn., for UCLA’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal, Lonzo’s last collegiate game before declaring for the NBA draft.
The UCLA men’s track and field team brought back two individual Pac-12 titles from the conference championships in Eugene, Ore., as freshman Isaiah Holmes won the high jump and sophomore Rai Benjamin won the 400-meter hurdles.
Holmes’ 6-foot, 11.5-inch high jump ranked ninth all-time for UCLA, while his personal best of 25-feet, 11-inches in the long jump earned the freshman second place.
Benjamin dethroned two-time defending conference champion CJ Allen of Washington State with a personal best 49.52 seconds, besting Allen by a mere 0.02 seconds. The time ranks fifth in UCLA history as the sophomore claimed his first Pac-12 title.
The men’s team finished third and the women’s team finished fifth as the Bruins head to the NCAA West Regional Championships, which begin Thursday in Austin, Texas.
UCLA advanced to the Women’s College World Series last year after upsetting Oregon in the Super Regional in Eugene. The Bruins are the No. 5 seed in this year’s tournament. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)
One day after polishing off a sweep of No. 22 Arizona State to finish the regular season, the UCLA softball team earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament Sunday and the opportunity to host a regional round this weekend.
The Bruins (42-13) start postseason play at Easton Stadium on Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Lehigh (TV: ESPN2). San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton are the other two teams in the Los Angeles Regional. If UCLA advances, it will host the winner of the Oxford regional, which is led by 12th seeded Ole Miss.
UCLA went to the Women’s College World Series as the 12th seed last year after upsetting Oregon in the Super Regional.
The Pac-12 sent eight teams to the tournament, led by No. 2 seed Arizona and No. 3 Oregon. UCLA has regular-season series victories over both the Wildcats and Ducks.