UCLA at NFL minicamps

Linebacker Myles Jack had a tough introduction to the heat and humidity in Florida where he made the rookie mistake of coming to practice wearing a long-sleeved shirt. He soon ditched the sleeves.

The Jaguars website has a video practice report on Jack.


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Kevin Love, in fact, not snubbed for high five by LeBron James

Former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love struggled in Cleveland’s season-saving Game 5 win on Monday against Golden State, which left him as the butt of internet jokes. Most notably, there was a Vine that showed LeBron James apparently leaving Love hanging for a high five.

However, the situation wasn’t what it appeared. In an extended clip, it shows James and Love simply having a discussion.

James and Kyrie Irving carried the Cavs to a Game 5 win while Love had only two points and three rebounds in 33 minutes. Cleveland still trails 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday.

No matter the team that wins the NBA Finals, a Bruin will become a champion. Kevon Looney, who played one season for UCLA, plays for the Warriors, but he has only appeared in five games, averaging 1.8 points and two rebounds.  

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UCLA links: Alumna Lauren Fendrick heading to Rio Olympics

Lauren Fendrick will be making her first appearance in an Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)

Lauren Fendrick will be making her first appearance in an Olympic Games. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)

UCLA volleyball alumna Lauren Fendrick will make her Olympic debut this summer as the former Bruin indoor volleyball player qualified with Brooke Sweat for the beach volleyball competition with Team USA.

“Competing with USA on my back is always an honor, but to do it at the Olympics on the biggest stage and in a city with such a rich beach volleyball tradition is truly a dream come true,” Fendrick told USA Volleyball. “I feel honored and privileged to get to compete for my country.”

The duo is one of two U.S. women’s teams heading to Rio: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross going as the top U.S. team.

Fendrick played in 127 matches for the UCLA women’s indoor volleyball team from 1999 to 2002 and is 18th in program history in kills (1,356) and ninth in total attacks (3,710). She led the Bruins in kills her last two seasons and was a three-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention. She made the jump to the beach immediately after her collegiate career.


Other links:

  • UCLA coaches were on out at the Empire Showcase satellite camp this past weekend in Railto.

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UCLA football recruiting: Five-star DT Marvin Wilson has UCLA in top 10

A few big recruits in the class of 2017 released their top college choices Saturday and UCLA was a popular school among them.

The big fish of the group is five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Episcopal, Bellaire, Texas). The 6-foot-4, 329-pound rising senior is the top recruit in the state of Texas, the top defensive tackle in the nation, and third overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. Rivals has him as the No. 1 recruit in the nation.


Four-star athlete CJ Holmes (Cheshire Academy, Hamden, Conn.)


Three-star receiver Emmanuel Greene (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.)


Three-star tight end/defensive end Moses Robinson-Carr (Antelope Valley HS, Lancaster)

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Four Bruins selected in Day 3 of MLB Draft

Four more UCLA players went off the MLB Draft board on Saturday: infielder Luke Persico (352nd pick, 12 round, Oakland Athletics), outfielders Eric Filia (587th pick, 20th round, Seattle Mariners), Kort Peterson (703rd pick, 23rd round, Kansas City Royals) and Christoph Bono (1,115th pock, 37th round, San Francisco Giants).

Combined with pitcher Grant Dyer, who went in the eighth round on Friday, UCLA had five players selected in the 2016 MLB Draft along with four commits from the incoming freshman class. Three commits went on the first day, and Michael Toglia was selected on Saturday as the 1,040th pick in the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies.

Persico and Peterson are both juniors, while Filia and Bono just finished their UCLA baseball careers.  Continue reading

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