PHOTOS: Women’s water polo falls to Stanford in NCAA semifinals

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Click on the photo above (or here) to see photos from UCLA’s semifinal loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament Saturday. The Bruins will play Michigan for third place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The final is between USC and Stanford at 5:30 p.m.

Above clockwise from top left: Stanford’s Cassidy Papa and UCLA’s Lizette Rozeboom; UCLA’s Kelsey O’Brien; UCLA’s Mackenzie Barr; UCLA goalie Alex Musselmann and Stanford’s Dani Jackovich. (Photos by Steve McCrank // Daily Breeze)

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Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.

Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.

Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.

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Men’s basketball starts home-and-home series with Michigan

The UCLA men’s basketball team announced a home-and-home series with Michigan on Friday, which will start in the 2016-17 season.

The Bruins will host Michigan this year at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 10, then travel to Ann Arbor in December 2017. It will be UCLA’s first game in Ann Arbor since 2007.

“This will be a fantastic matchup for college basketball fans, given the opportunity to watch a pair of tradition-rich programs from two marquee conferences battle it out before league play,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “I know our players are already looking forward to the challenge.”

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Women’s water polo, men’s tennis host NCAA tournaments

Mackenzie Barr leads the UCLA women's water polo in its bid for a national championship this weekend at home. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

Mackenzie Barr leads the UCLA women’s water polo in its bid for a national championship this weekend at home. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

The women’s water polo team will host the NCAA championships at the Spieker Aquatics Center from Friday to Sunday. The Bruins start the tournament at noon on Friday with a game against UC San Diego.

Here’s our preview of the tournament, focusing on No. 1 USC and No. 2 UCLA and the epic championship matchup that could be on Sunday between the cross-town rivals.

You can watch all the water polo matches online at NCAA.com. Here is the full bracket. Continue reading

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UCLA football links: Jordan Payton, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Cleveland Browns

  • Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton has an old connection to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, which then connected him to his current head coach Hue Jackson in Cleveland.
  • Former UCLA running back DeShaun Foster is in his first year as Texas Tech’s running backs coach. Foster was the subject of Texas Tech’s latest “mic’d up” series from spring practice.

  • Not directly UCLA-related, but in a story from USA TODAY Sports, a Tulane professor proposed a possible solution to the issue of college athletes and endorsement deals. Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, presented a paper to the to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Tuesday contending that endorsement deals and education don’t have to be mutually exclusive. He offered some suggestions for how to make paying college athletes work, like allowing athletes to have product endorsement and receive pay for personal appearances and autographs, but only if they are in good academic standing.
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