UCLA center Thomas Welsh makes final USA Basketball U19 roster

UCLA center Thomas Welsh will wear red, white and blue this summer.

The soon-to-be sophomore made the final cut for USA Basketball’s U19 team on Wednesday, becoming one of 12 players who will represent the United States at the FIBA World Championship later this month. He is one of two centers to make the team, the other being Purdue’s five-star signee Caleb Swanigan.

Competition will be held June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete. The medal-round quarterfinals are on July 3, with the semifinals and finals taking place the following two days. Continue reading

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UCLA schedules home-and-home series against Georgia in 2025-26

UCLA football has put another big name on its schedule.

The Bruins announced on Wednesday that they will play a home-and-home series against Georgia in 2025 and 2026, both of which will be played as season openers. UCLA will host first at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 30, 2025, and travel to the Bulldogs’ Sanford Stadium on Sept. 5, 2026.

The series is the Bruins’ third against an SEC opponent in the next decade. The program is also set to play against Texas A&M (2016-17) and LSU (2021, 2024).

UCLA also announced a nonconference home game against Southern Alabama on Sept. 17, 2022. That game comes a week after the Bruins start a home-and-home series against Michigan at the Big House.

Here are the nonconference opponents UCLA has scheduled through 2026: Continue reading

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Myles Jack named a Sporting News preseason All-American

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA's 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA’s 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was picked as a preseason All-American by the Sporting News, his second such honor this month.

The junior was a second-team selection, echoing his spot on Phil Steele’s list two weeks ago, and was the only Bruin picked.

Three Pac-12 players made the Sporting News’ preseason All-American first team: Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and USC safety Su’a Cravens.

Joining Jack on the second team are Cal kick returner Trevor Davis, Utah punter Tom Hackett, and USC center Max Tuerk and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

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Pac-12 links: Amy Van Dyken recovering after ATV accident

» Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen injured her spine in an ATV accident a year ago. Here’s the Arizona Republic’s story on her journey to try and walk again, as well as the Pac-12 Networks’ feature on her from January:

» New Washington quarterback Tony Rodriguez is “probably the biggest steal at any position out of junior college,” according to CCSF coach Jimmy Collins — clearly an unbiased observer.

» Hale Irwin, a former Colorado cornerback and golfer, reflects on his U.S. Open win 25 years ago — one that made him the tournament’s oldest champion. Continue reading

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UCLA’s David Berg named top relief pitcher in college baseball

UCLA closer David Berg pitches against Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Super Regionals on June 7, 2013. Berg won the first of his two NCBWA Stopper of the Year awards later that month. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA closer David Berg pitches against Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Super Regionals on June 7, 2013. Berg won the first of his two NCBWA Stopper of the Year awards later that month. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

When UCLA’s season ended earlier this month, John Savage wanted to make something clear: David Berg was finishing his career as the greatest reliever in college baseball history.

Berg certainly has a good argument. On Saturday, he became the only two-time winner of the NCBWA’s Stopper of the Year award, given each year to the top reliever in the country. The Bruins’ star closer had also won during his team’s title run in 2013, when he set an NCAA single-season record with 24 saves.

As a senior, he was just as good, also earning him his second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award. He only had 13 saves — playing in fewer close games — but was second in the country with a 0.68 ERA. He allowed just one run in conference play, notching a 0.22 ERA in 22 appearances. He paired with eventual first-round pick James Kaprielian for the first no-hitter in school history.

Earlier this week, Berg was taken in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, justifying his decision to turn down a 17th-round selection by the Texas Rangers last year and return for his senior year.

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