In largest strike of 2022, California academic workers walk off job
Some 48,000 teaching assistants, postdocs, researchers, and graders on the front lines of teaching and research at California’s prestigious public university system, are seeking a minimum annual salary of $54,000 and increased child-care benefits, saying they do not earn enough to live in the state. They also accuse the university of not bargaining of good faith with their union, the United Auto Workers.washingtonpost.com
AP Top 25: Tide retakes No. 1 from UGA; Kansas snaps drought
Alabama reclaimed No. 1 from Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll in one of the closest votes in the recent years, and six teams — including Kansas — made their season debut on Sunday. The Crimson Tide received 25 first-place votes and 1,523 points in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, two points more than the Bulldogs. Georgia received 28 first-place votes to become the first team since Alabama in November 2019 to have the most first-place votes but not be No. 1.news.yahoo.com
Three American tourists die mysteriously at Bahamas resort
Authorities are investigating the sudden deaths of three American tourists at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas. Police said they don't suspect foul play, but investigators continue to examine the deaths closely. Lilia Luciano has more.news.yahoo.com
UCLA's Jules Bernard to enter NBA draft, won't hire agent
UCLA guard Jules Bernard has declared for the NBA draft, although the senior won’t hire an agent to preserve his eligibility. Bernard has one year of eligibility remaining after the NCAA allowed an extra year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are supporting Jules every way that we can, and we are excited for him to go through his evaluation and workout process over the next month," coach Mick Cronin said.news.yahoo.com
Turns Out the Megacomet Is More Than 80 Miles Wide—and It's Headed Our Way
NASA, ESA, Man-To Hui (Macau University of Science and Technology), David Jewitt (UCLA); Image processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI)Last year, the monstrous Bernardinelli-Bernstein comet (also known as C/2014 UN271) was discovered by the eponymous University of Pennsylvania astronomers Gary Bernstein and Pedro Bernardinelli. The pair called it the “nearly spherical cow of comets” in their paper about the discovery, but it wasn’t long until the world dubbed it the “megacomet” for being an absolute uninews.yahoo.com
UCLA avoids upset with late surge, holds off Akron 57-53
Tyger Campbell rescued UCLA from a potential upset, scoring eight straight points late in the second half, and the fourth-seeded Bruins rallied for a 57-53 win over No. 13 seed Akron in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. With the Bruins down 51-47 with 3 1/2 minutes left, Campbell took control and helped his team avoid getting bounced on the opening day of the tournament. Campbell hit a corner 3-pointer to pull UCLA within one, knocked down a 15-footer for the lead and added a 25-footer as the shot clock was expiring to put the Bruins ahead 55-51 with 1:17 left.news.yahoo.com
No. 2 Arizona throttles No. 16 USC to win Pac-12 title
A return to regular-season Pac-12 Conference glory for No. 2 Arizona was not an occasion for wild celebrations, loud roars or proud proclamations. A convincing 91-71 victory over No. 16 Southern California was more of an arm-around-your-shoulder moment as the Wildcats won their first regular-season conference title in four seasons. Arizona used a business-like approach to knock of the second-place Trojans with the help of a little perspective.news.yahoo.com
What To Watch: Remaining Final Four spots up for grabs
… Gonzaga is seeking to become the first team to make it to the Final Four unbeaten since Kentucky in 2015. 11 seed UCLA (21-9), East Region final, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. … UCLA is back in a regional final for the first time since earning three straight Final Four berths from 2006-08. 6 seed Texas (21-9), Hemisfair Region final, Alamodome, San Antonio. … Texas is in a regional final for the first time since 2016 and seeking its first Final Four appearance since 2003.
The Latest: Appleby cleared to play for Florida
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):___7:45 p.m.Florida guard Tyree Appleby has been cleared to play and was in the starting lineup for No. 1 seed in the second round for a third time, joining the 2000 team against Arizona and the 2017 squad against Villanova. Sister Jean Delores Schmidt gave an inspirational pregame prayer to her Loyola Chicago team before the eighth-seeded Ramblers met top-seeded Illinois in Sunday’s second round. UCLA and Abilene Christian face off Monday, assuring that at least one double-digit seed will reach the Sweet 16. This is the first time four teams seeded 13th or worse made it to the second round.
Coronavirus doesn't care that it's the NCAA Tournament
The Indiana Farmers Coliseum scoreboard goes dark after a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game between Iowa and Grand Canyon Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)If you didn’t pay attention to college basketball until the NCAA Tournament, the good news is you didn’t miss much. The loss marked the second time in the Cavaliers’ last three NCAA Tournament appearances — this time as a No. “He kind of got his legs under him and he was really, really good in the second half,” Self said afterward. “I mean really, really good.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and updated bracket: https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket
NBA star Russell Westbrook scoring big with own philanthropy
Russell Westbrook is known for his magic on the basketball court, his finely honed fashion sense and his media interviews that have spawned memes and GIFs across social media. Last month, he unveiled plans to expand his Russell Westbrook Why Not? Ad___Q: The name of your foundation is called The Russell Westbrook Why Not? That’s where the Russell Westbrook Why Not? ___Q: You recently partnered with the LA Promise Fund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not?
Stanford climbs to No. 2 in women's AP Top 25 behind UConn
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer talks to her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA in the Pac-12 women's tournament championship Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Buoyed by an impressive run to the Pac-12 Conference championship, Stanford jumped two spots to No. The Cardinal won three games in the conference tournament by an average of 31 points, including a 20-point victory over then-No. Stanford (25-2) trails only UConn in the AP Top 25. 3 after edging Louisville for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Charlisse Leger-Walker leads Wash St over No. 5 UCLA 67-63
Washington State guard Charlisse Leger-Walker (5) shoots next to UCLA guard Chantel Horvat (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pullman, Wash., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)PULLMAN, Wash. – Freshman star Charlisse Leger-Walker helped Washington State knock off its highest-ranked opponent ever. “My shot felt good the whole game,” Leger-Walker said. She called Charlisse Leger-Walker mature beyond her years. AdThe Bruins led 22-16 after the first quarter despite 11 points from Charlisse Leger-Walker.
UCLA gymnast wows the crowd with viral routine, earns praise from Simone Biles and others
UCLA senior gymnast Nia Dennis performs a near-perfect floor routine with the stylings of Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Missy Elliott last Saturday. Gymnast Nia Dennis, a college senior originally from Ohio, incorporated “black excellence” in her floor routine, adding artists such as Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliott for her minute-and-a-half performance. https://t.co/eDntwMpC4R — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 24, 2021The routine went viral and found its way to Olympic gold medalist and Houston-native Simone Biles, who cheered for the UCLA senior. How Nia Dennis' viral routine isn't the only part of this season that's exciting. — Ashley Ross (@Ashbrookeross) January 25, 2021How am I just discovering UCLA gymnastics & Nia Dennis?!?
Stanford passes first real test, remains atop women's Top 25
Stanford players celebrate during a timeout as they jump ahead of UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NEW YORK – Stanford faced its first real test of the season and passed to remain the top team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. 10 UCLA 61-49 on Dec. 21, pulling away late in the only game between ranked opponents last week. The Huskies won their lone game last week, routing Villanova, but lost two points in the voting. It was a relatively quiet week because of Christmas, as women's basketball teams took off from Dec. 23-26.
Broussard, Jefferson headline AP All-Pac-12 football team
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Colorado's Jarek Broussard ran for 301 yards in one game and averaged more than six yards per carry. Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson averaged more than 145 yards per game and scored seven touchdowns. Broussard and Jefferson were voted co-offensive players of the year by a media panel in The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team released Friday. Broussard had the fourth 300-yard game in Colorado history when he went for 301 yards against Arizona on Dec. 5. He added 11 catches for 126 yards and was second among FBS freshmen with 144.6 all-purpose yards per game.
No. 1 Stanford women overcome 10th-ranked UCLA 61-49
Stanford guard Kiana Williams (23) drives past UCLA forward Emily Bessoir during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. 1 Stanford survived its closest game of the season to beat 10th-ranked UCLA 61-49 on Monday and remain undefeated. Stanford cruised past its first six opponents, winning by a whopping 48.2 points per game while scoring an average of 93.2 points. Stanford raced to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, holding UCLA to 23% shooting from the floor. UCLA: The Bruins are off for nearly two weeks before visiting Oregon State on Jan. 1 in their second Pac-12 road trip.
CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas
FILE - This Jan. 2, 2017, file pool photo, shows an aerial view of the empty Rose Bowl stadium before to the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game between Southern California and Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. The Rose Bowl asked the state for an exception to the restriction, but was denied twice, including earlier this week. Hancock said it had not yet been determined if the semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington would still be called the Rose Bowl. The first Rose Bowl was played Jan. 1, 1902. The last time the Rose Bowl game was played outside Pasadena, California, was 1942.
2 Pac-12 football games canceled as virus problems linger
Friday's announcements from the Pac-12 capped the most tumultuous week of COVID-19 disruptions of the college football season. Fifteen games of the 59 games (25%) scheduled for Week 11 have been called off. The Sun Devils' home opener was nixed because of several positive COVID-19 tests among the team's players and coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards. The Pac-12 said the canceled games will be declared a no contest. So far, 63 games involving schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic since late August.
Week 10: Pac-12 begins in first monster schedule of season
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)The final major college football conference to begin its season gets going Saturday. The Pac-12 kicks off at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with Arizona State at No. Instead of Pac-12 after dark it’s Pac-12 for lunch. The Hawkeyes will try to avoid that in this unique conference-only season at home against Michigan State. Arkansas State also had a marquee upset early in the season, beating Kansas State.
3 scientists win Nobel physics prize for black hole finds
This combination of 2020 and 2015 photos shows, from left, Reinhard Genzel, astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics; Andrea Ghez, professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, and Roger Penrose, of the University of Oxford. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, they shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for advancing our understanding of black holes. (Matthias Balk/dpa, Elena Zhukova/UCLA, Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
State auditor: UC wrongly admitted well-connected students
The audit examined admissions policies and practices over the six academic years from 2013-2014 to 2018-2019 at four of the UC's nine campuses — UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. It identified at least 13 applicants improperly admitted as student athletes to UC Berkeley, four each at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara and one at UC San Diego. Howle said she believes the findings have barely scratched the surface of problems in the UC admissions process. The audit's findings go beyond those investigations, known as Operation Varsity Blues, which had previously identified at least three students at UCLA and UC Berkeley who were improperly admitted. At UC Berkeley, at least one student was known to have been admitted with fraudulent test scores, prosecutors allege.