The Sports Report: UCLA retains Northwestern to move to Sweet 16

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From Ben Bolch: The scene inside the UCLA locker room looked like what you might expect after a long road trip ended in late January.

Players sat at their lockers, some looking at phones, others lost in conversation with teammates, with no one celebrating at the Golden 1 Center on Saturday. The only reminder that it was a special time of the year was the large NCAA tournament bracket positioned at one end of the room, the Bruins having moved forward, allowing designated sticker slapper Russell Stong IV to take UCLA through the round following.

As a reporter asked senior guard David Singleton what the team was going to do to commemorate this latest triumph in another deep run in March, Stong raised a triumphant fist in the air from his three-locker seat. further away.

“Team movie session and recovery,” said the extra.

It’s who they are. That’s what they do.

For the third time in as many seasons, UCLA has reached the Sweet 16.

The Bruins can keep playing because another trend persists: the final minutes continue to be winning times.

Shaking off a huge Northwestern rally that erased a 13-point second-half deficit, second-seeded UCLA held off the seventh-seeded Wildcats for an intense 68-63 second-round win .

It was a redemption-filled triumph for the Bruins.

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Men’s Tournament Results, Schedule
All Pacific Hours
Second turn
Saturday’s results

Regional South
No. 1 Alabama 73, No. 8 Maryland 51

#5 San Diego St. 75, #13 Furman 52

No. 15 Princeton 78, No. 7 Missouri 63

Regional West
No. 8 Arkansas 72, No. 1 Kansas 71

No. 2 UCLA 68, No. 7 Northwest 63

Regional East
No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52

Midwest Regional
No. 1 Houston 81, No. 9 Auburn 64

No. 2 Texas 71, No. 10 Penn St. 66


Regional East
No. 3 Kansas St. vs. No. 6 Kentucky, 11:40 a.m., CBS

Marquette No. 2 vs. Michigan State No. 7, 2:15 p.m., CBS

No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson, 4:45 p.m., TruTV

Midwest Regional

Xavier No. 3 vs. Pitt No. 11, 9:10 a.m., CBS

Indiana No. 4 vs. Miami No. 5, 5:40 p.m., TNT

Regional South

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 6 Creighton, 4:10 p.m., TBS

Regional West

No. 4 UConn vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s, 3:10 p.m., TNT

Gonzaga #3 vs. TCU #6, 6:40 p.m., TBS

women’s tournament

From Thuc Nhi Nguyen: Charisma Osborne was not yet ready to say goodbye to the Pauley Pavilion.

The senior guard led UCLA to a 67-45 rout of No. 13 Sacramento State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday to give the No. 4 Bruins one last chance to play in front of their home crowd this season.

UCLA will face No. 5 seed Oklahoma on Monday at 7 p.m. PDT for a spot in the Sweet 16 after the Sooners beat No. 12 Portland 85-63 on Saturday.

Osborne showed the versatile skill that could make her a high WNBA draft pick this season with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Forward Emily Bessoir had 14 points and eight rebounds while rookie Kiki Rice had a team-high 15 points, including 10 first-quarter points that tied Sacramento State’s first-quarter total score.

UCLA (26-9) is now 7-0 in NCAA Tournament first-round games under coach Cori Close. A win on Monday would send UCLA to its fifth Sweet 16 of Close’s 12-year tenure and the first for its current players.

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All Pacific Hours
First round
Saturday’s results
Regional (Greenville 1)
No. 4 UCLA 67, No. 13 Sacramento State 45

No. 5 Oklahoma 85, No. 12 Portland 63

Regional (Greenville 2)
No. 1 Indiana 77, No. 16 Tennessee Tech 47

No. 4 Villanova 76, No. 13 Cleveland State 59

No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast 74, No. 5 Washington State 63

No. 9 Miami 62, No. 8 Oklahoma State 61

Regional (Seattle 1)
#2 UConn 95, #15 Vermont 52

No. 3 Ohio State 80, No. 14 James Madison 66

#4 Tennessee 95, #13 St. Louis 50

No. 12 Toledo 80, No. 5 Iowa State 73

No. 6 North Carolina 61, No. 11 St. John’s 59

No. 7 Baylor 78, No. 10 Alabama 74

Regional (Seattle 2)
No. 3 Duke 89, No. 14 Iona 49

No. 4 Texas 79, No. 13 East Carolina 40

No. 5 Louisville 83, No. 12 Drake 81

No. 6 Colorado 82, No. 11 Middle Tennessee 60

Regional (Greenville 1)

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 8 South Florida, 10 a.m. ABC

No. 3 Notre Dame 82 vs. No. 11 Miss. St., 12:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Arizona, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Regional (Greenville 2)

No. 2 Utah vs. No. 10 Princeton, 4 p.m., ESPN2

No. 3 LSU vs. No. 6 Michigan, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Regional (Seattle 1)

No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 South Dakota St., 2 p.m., ESPN2

Regional (Seattle 2)

No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 10 Georgia, noon, ABC

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Second turn
Schedules, TV TBA

Regional (Greenville 1)

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Oklahoma

Regional (Greenville 2)

Indiana No. 1 vs. Oklahoma State No. 8

No. 4 Villanova vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast

Regional (Seattle 1)

No. 2 UConn vs. No. 7 Baylor

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 North Carolina

No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Toledo

Regional (Seattle 2)

No. 3 Duke vs. No. 6 Colorado

No. 4 Texas vs. No. 5 Louisville


From Broderick Turner: The news that Kawhi Leonard was not playing Saturday afternoon for the Clippers against the Orlando Magic due to managing right knee injuries was already a blow with so few games left in the regular season and LA jockey for playoff position in the upside-down-turvy Western Conference.

Then, after the Clippers lost 113-108 to the Magic at Arena, coach Tyronn Lue was unable to explain why it all went wrong because he didn’t feel not well enough to talk to the media.

It was left to associate head coach Dan Craig to provide the answers as to why the Clippers crumbled in the fourth quarter.

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From Helene Elliott: When the Lakers needed him most on Friday, Anthony Davis let them down.

As they trailed Dallas by four points with 7.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter and needed him to be smart, he foolishly contested a three-point shot from Maxi Kleber and was called out for a foul. Kleber, who had made just 24 free throws heading into Friday and made 58% of them, hit all three to cut the Lakers’ lead to one point.

When they needed Davis to hit a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left, he converted just one, leaving the Lakers up two. And when Dallas then touched the ball, Davis got lost defensively, shutting down far too late to prevent Kleber from sinking a 27-foot jumper for the difference in a 111-110 win over the Lakers that stunned the box office crowd. closed at Arena.

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From Kevin Baxter: The Galaxy lost two goals to video criticism and their starting keeper was injured on Saturday, settling for a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps that left the team winless for three games in a season for the first time since 2009.

The Whitecaps goal came in the 14th minute when defender Tristan Blackmon headed a ball past Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from a Julian Gressel free kick. The goal was achieved after a short review.

The Galaxy (0-1-2) tied that in first-half stoppage time when Vancouver goalie Yohei Takaoka failed to correlate a left-footed chip from Raheem Edwards, pushing it instead at the feet of Galaxy defender Kelvin Leerdam, who pushed the ball into the net for his first goal since September 2020.

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Two of the Western Conference favorites relied on their goaltenders as Seattle’s Stefan Frei and LAFC’s John McCarthy posted shutouts in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Frei made three saves and McCarthy had four as each fended off limited scoring chances for two of MLS’ powerhouse clubs.

LAFC went undefeated at 2-0-1, while Seattle slipped to 2-1-1.


Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal, Thatcher Demko made 38 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Kings 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night at Arena.

Carl Grundstrom and Alex Edler scored for the Kings (40-20-10), who got a point and tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division. Joonas Korpisalo made 15 saves.


For a map of street closures during Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon, please click here.

Till next time…

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