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.
After the UCLA women’s water polo team knocked off then-top-ranked Stanford in April, the Cardinal returned the favor and then some Sunday.
No. 2 Stanford scored a goal with nine seconds left to take down No. 1 UCLA 8-7 in the NCAA tournament championship in Indianapolis. It’s the third time in four years that the Cardinal has won a national title over UCLA.
Maggie Steffens was the hero for Stanford as she came away with a steal with 14 seconds left to squash UCLA’s potentially game-winning possession and then scored the title-clinching goal.
UCLA never led in the game and trailed by three goals twice, but came back to tie with 51 seconds left. Maddie Musselman‘s tying goal, her third of the game, also gave her the UCLA freshman scoring record with 69 goals this year.
The Team USA Olympian was named first-team All-Tournament, along with Rachel Fattal and Carlee Kapana. Alys Williams also scored three goals against Stanford.
Stanford is now tied with UCLA for the national lead in NCAA championships across all sports with 113. UCLA’s last NCAA title came in 2015 from the men’s water polo team. UCLA still has the winningest women’s water polo team with seven national titles, but has not won one since 2009.