Maurice Jones-Drew leads 2017 UCLA Hall of Fame Class

Maurice Jones-Drew (pictured in 2005) will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame this year. (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)

Three-time NFL Pro-Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew leads UCLA’s nine-member 2017 Hall of Fame Class, which was announced on Wednesday.

The group, which includes three Olympians and a combined 17 national championships, will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 and honored during halftime of UCLA’s game against Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 21.

Jones-Drew left UCLA in 2005 with school records in career and single-season all-purpose yards, touchdowns in a game, single-game rushing yards and single-season punt returns for touchdowns. His punt return average of 28.5 yards in 2005 is still the NCAA record. During his NFL career, he rushed for 1,000-yards three times, including a league-leading 1,606 in 2011.

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UCLA wins Crosstown Cup

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.

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UCLA links: Pac-12 revenue increases

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott talks to the media during the NCAA college football Pac-12 Media Day on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group has a full breakdown of the Pac-12’s finances for the 2016 fiscal year.

While reviewing the Pac-12’s federal income tax returns, Wilner found that revenue, distributions to schools, commissioner Larry Scott‘s compensation and Pac-12 Networks income all increased.

UCLA received $28,705,062 from the conference. Scott was paid $4.2 million, which was a 3.7 percent increase.

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Lonzo Ball confirms his mother suffered a stroke


Lonzo Ball said his mother Tina Ball suffered a stroke in late February, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

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.

LaVar wanted to keep news of the stroke from the public so things could stay quiet for his three sons as they finished basketball season. Continue reading “Lonzo Ball confirms his mother suffered a stroke” »

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UCLA weekend recap: Track and field wins 2 individual Pac-12 titles

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.

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