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Bruins Nation Jul 3, 2015

LA County DA Won't File Felony Charges Against Diddy For Fight With UCLA's Alosi

The rapper still may face misdemeanor charges from the LA City Attorney. Variety.com is reporting that the Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file filing felony charges against Sean "P. Diddy" Combs on Thursday for his confrontation with UCLA Strength & Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi on June 22nd. Instead, the case is being referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. The City Attorney could decide to file misdemeanor charges against Combs. Combs' attorney Mark Geragos issued the following statement: We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected Felony charges in...
Bruins Nation Jul 2, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Thomas Welsh's Desire is Second to None

Third in a series. Focusing on the only Bruin playing right now, the USA Under 19 Team Center Thomas Welsh. Desire.  It is a factor and concept often overlooked in a basketball player.  Never was it overlooked more strongly that Joshua Smith.  Smith had more ability than any center at UCLA probably since Bill Walton.  He also had less desire to play basketball than any player in my memory.  Smith was a Smith could potentially offer an NBA team more than a slimmed-down physique capable of jostling with a legion of 7-footers. Said Newell: "Joshua's too big to arm guard. You might as...
Bruins Nation Jul 2, 2015

When Life Gets In The Way

It's easy to get lost it the routine of every day, but every so often life throws you a curveball. That just happened to the family of Brandon Huffman. For those of you who aren't familiar with Brandon and his work, he is the National Director of Recruiting for Scout.com. His articles about UCLA recruits will almost always show up on Bruin Report Online. At the same time, Brandon has been a great friend of Bruins Nation. Brandon and his wife Amanda just found out that their six-year old daughter Avery has an inoperable brain tumor which will likely take her life. A GoFundMe page has been...
Bruins Nation Jun 30, 2015

2015 Women's World Cup Semifinal 1 - USA vs. Germany

The top two teams in the world--Germany and the USA--battle today for a place in the 2015 Women's World Cup final. Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday will rejoin #USWNT on Tuesday after missing quarterfinal win over China. pic.twitter.com/kTKnvZ7SR4— ESPN (@espn) June 27, 2015 The top two teams in the FIFA rankings meet today in the first of the 2015 Women's World Cup semifinals. Germany, the top-ranked team in the world, will battle #2 USA today for the right to face the winner of tomorrow's semifinal between Japan and England in the tournament final. Although the USA is a slight...
Bruins Nation Jun 29, 2015

Will UCLA Athletics Finally Ditch adidas For 2017?

UCLA's contract with adidas is up in June, 2017, but the exclusive negotiating period ends on April 2, 2016 and, not a moment too soon, as others are pointing out what Bruins Nation has known for a long time: adidas is a sports apparel laughingstock. For years, Bruins Nation, collectively, and many of the denizens of the BN, individually, have explained in various forms that the uniforms furnished by Adidas were awful. Sometimes, the explanations were calm. Sometimes, they've been out and out rants. All were carefully reasoned, however, and pointed out things like the fact that the jerseys...
Bruins Nation Jun 29, 2015

UCLA Football To Face Fresno State At Rose Bowl In 2021

Bulldogs announce the addition of a 2021 road game to their future schedule. This morning, Fresno State announced that they have signed a single-game contract to play UCLA at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2021. This is in addition to the single-game already scheduled for September 15, 2018 game at the Rose Bowl. It's also in addition to the three opponents UCLA announced a few weeks ago. Let's hope that the UCLA Athletic Department doesn't go advertising either of these games like they did the last time the teams met at the Rose Bowl by trying to bring more Fresno State fans south to...
Bruins Nation Jun 29, 2015

BOOM! Jalen Hill Commits To 2017 Class For UCLA Basketball

Hill joins LiAngelo Ball as the second commit of the 2017 recruiting class. Jalen Hill announced his commitment to UCLA tonight and, in so doing, became UCLA's second commit for the 2017 basketball recruiting class. Thanks to all the coaches that recruited me but I would like to announce that I have committed to UCLA #blessed pic.twitter.com/SNRJvjk8r3 — Jalen Hill (@KingJ_Hill) June 29, 2015 Hill attends Corona Centennial HS and also plays for the Compton Magic AAU team. Hill was a part of the USA Basketball U16 team which won the FIBA Americas gold medal just two weeks...
Bruins Nation Jun 28, 2015

Fox 71's Day Off

Nothing about P D***y here. We don't live in a perfect world. Here in the Bizarro Universe, we have celebrities with no discernable talent who are celebrities simply because they're celebrities. When Al Gore and I invented the internet back on our home planet, it was used for the greater good of all. We didn't imagine that in the Bizarro Universe, it would lead to the creation of "social media" which allows narcissists everywhere to indulge their belief that people really want to know what they're doing every minute of every day. Only in the Bizarro Universe would there be such an...
Bruins Nation Jun 26, 2015

Women's World Cup, Day 15 - USA vs. China

The USWNT will be without Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe today for a quarterfinal match against China. Today we continue to #ComeTogether as #OneNationOneTeam to cheer for the #USWNT as they take on China! #GoTeamUSA pic.twitter.com/fqmY6d91d2— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) June 26, 2015 Action from the 2015 Women's World Cup resumes today with the first pair of quarterfinal matches. In the early game, two of the tournament favorites--France and Germany--will battle for a spot in the semis, and in the late game, China and the USA will play for a semifinal spot against the winner of...
Bruins Nation Jun 26, 2015

BOOM! UCLA's Norman Powell Selected In The NBA Draft By Milwaukee Bucks Then Traded To Toronto

Milwaukee gets a steal with the 46th pick then trades Powell to Toronto for Greivis Vasquez. Norman Powell was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 46th overall selection in tonight's NBA Draft. In a time where "one-and-done" is the norm rather than the exception, Powell stayed at UCLA for four years. He was a trooper during his time who became the leader of this year's team. He’s headed to Milwaukee! Norman Powell has been chosen No. 46 by the @Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft! pic.twitter.com/XgS6ylQPgj — UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) June 26, 2015 You can watch one of his most...
Bruins Nation Jun 25, 2015

BOOM! UCLA's Kevon Looney Picked #30 by the Champion Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Draft

Congratulations Kevon - another outstanding Bruin in the NBA. You are a champion! UCLA Bruin Kevon Looney only had one year on UCLA's basketball team, but showed what an incredible talent he is, especially in the Stanford game.  The championship Warriors are really fortunate that Kevon landed in their laps. Kevon is an outstanding player and young man and will bring Lamar Odom type talent without all the baggage.   While the coach of UCLA's men's basketball team chose to not draw up plays for their #1 talent, I'm sure Steve Kerr.won't make the same mistake. To read more about this...
Bruins Nation Jun 25, 2015

UCLA Players Take Up For Coach Alosi

With the Diddy PR machine running full speed to save itself by discrediting UCLA, a former Bruin linebacker gives his full support to Sal Alosi's professionalism and character. Coach Alosi is the foundation of success to UCLA's football program. I hope people can one day realize how much of an impact he has had on everyone who trains with him, who has worked alongside him, and has had the pleasure of being in his presence. He is a blue-collar, no nonsense man that is exactly what UCLA needs and will always need. It is a shame to see a helicopter parent attempt to discredit this man's...
Bruins Nation Jun 25, 2015

Open Draft Thread: UCLA Basketball Kevon Looney and Norman Powell to be NBA Bound

Best of luck to Norman Powell and Kevon Looney as they go on to the next phase of their careers Tomorrow night on ESPN at 4 p.m. Pacific time the draft get underway.  UCLA will have two players drafted tomorrow night and, one of them, Kevon Looney will be in the room. UCLA forward Kevon Looney is among 19 players that have been invited to spend some time in the Barclays Center green room during the NBA draft on Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y.  An invitation to the green room is reserved for players expected to be selected in the first round. . . . Potentially joining Looney in the draft day...
Bruins Nation Jun 24, 2015

Really? Alosi Accused Of "Psychological Warfare"?

This report is so ridiculous that it's almost laughable. It sounds like an attempt to win in the court of public opinion and affect the possible the jury pool. They say that when a lawyer can't win on the facts, he should win on the law. But what happens when he can't win on that either and his client is a hip-hop mogul and celebrity facing felony charges in Los Angeles County? Well, he tries to win in the court of public opinion, of course! After all, it worked for Orenthal James? That and Johnny Cochrane proclaiming "If they don't fit, you must acquit." It looks like Diddy may just be...
Bruins Nation Jun 24, 2015

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero Working On A Partial Fix For "One-And-Done"

As chair of the NCAA Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, Guerrero is working on a watershed proposal that could be in place for the 2016 NBA Draft. We here at Bruins Nation have a tendency to give UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero a lot of grief. Most of the time, it's well-deserved. But, every once in a while, he does something that actually deserves some praise. This is one of those times. According to an article on ESPN, the NCAA Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, which Guerrero chairs, has proposed allowing college underclassmen to return to school after declaring for the NBA....
Bruins Nation Jun 24, 2015

NBA Draft Profile: Kevon Looney — UCLA Basketball's 5th Option, NBA 1st Round

Part 2 of 8 reviewing the players. Kevon Looney was the most talented and second best player for UCLA last season. Why was he not an offensive option? Kevon Looney is going to be an NBA first round draft pick.  All the experts agree: he has a tremendous amount of potential. But what does this mean for UCLA?  First off, Kevon represents the biggest worry for UCLA to replace next year.  UCLA has two players coming next season, Prince Ali and Aaron Holiday, to potentially replace Norman Powell.  To replace Kevon they have a big Jonah Bolden who wants to play three.  Those are big shoes...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2015

Former UCLA Coach Neuheisel Weighs In On Diddy Incident

CoachingSearch.com has one of the more interesting takes on the P. Diddy incident. Former Bruin Coach and Current Bruin Dad Rick Neuheisel discussed the situation on his SiriusXM College Sports Nation radio show. In general, he supported the statement issued by Coach Mora, but he went on to say some other interesting things. The article quote the elder Neuheisel: What I learned was they were going to let this go, because the UCLA folks didn’t want to press charges. But when the campus police arrived on the scene, they looked at the film. Neuheisel also discussed his recruitment of...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2015

Justin Combs Posts Photo Thanking Diddy For Fighting Alosi

At a time when most would try to stay out of the spotlight, Justin Combs has pointed it at himself. After yesterday's incident, Justin Combs' future at UCLA may be in doubt. That much was clear after the arrest of his father Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. But, today, Justin has posted the following to Instagram: I thank God for having a father that's always there for me.. Love you pops! A photo posted by Justin Dior Combs (@princejdc) on Jun 23, 2015 at 1:39pm PDT The caption on the photo reads: I thank God for having a father that's always there for me.. Love you pops! I can understand...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2015

BOOM! #2 Punter Bailey Raborn Commits To UCLA

First, we had the #2 Placekicker in JJ Molson commit two weeks ago. Today, the #2 Punter in the country Bailey Raborn committed to UCLA as well. Raborn announced his commitment this morning on Twitter: Words can't describe how excited I am to receive a offer from UCLA, and also be able to commit to such an amazing school. #GoBruins — Bailey (@BaileyRaborn) June 23, 2015 Like Molson, Raborn looks pretty amazing in his Chris Sailer Kicking highlight videos. The first video shows him punting around the 2:13 mark. The second video shows him focusing on placekicking, but it's still...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2015

Bruin Bites: UCLA Football's New Bruins are On Campus, Soso, the NFL, & Emmys

UCLA Football's 2015 class arrived on campus this week and mini-camp has begun for our Bruins in the NFL. Welcome back football fans. With 74 days to go until the 2015 UCLA football season begins, things are coming back to life over at Spaulding. While the intent of this article is to welcome the new class of Bruin football players  to campus, their arrival seems to have been overshadowed just a bit by another event at the football facility yesterday. There are two main reasons for this overshadowing as far as I can tell.  First, the other event involved a famous father, an arrest, TMZ...

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