Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Ben:

UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson practices days after injury

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson practiced Monday, two days after leaving the Bruins' victory over Stanford for one play because of an injury. → Read More

Chip Kelly's job might be safe after UCLA beat Stanford

UCLA's gutsy victory over Stanford on Saturday might be enough to quiet speculation about coach Chip Kelly's long-term future with the program. → Read More

Dorian Thompson-Robinson wills No. 24 UCLA over Stanford despite shoulder injury

Dorian Thompson-Robinson's gutsy performance lifts UCLA to a 35-24 victory over Stanford, but the quarterback's shoulder injury could be cause for concern. → Read More

UCLA guard Will McClendon out for 2021-22 season with torn ACL

UCLA freshman guard Will McClendon will miss the 2021-22 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during preseason workouts. → Read More

Stanford QB Tanner McKee eyes second win over a hometown team when he faces UCLA

Centennial High alum Tanner McKee, who stayed focused on his future at Stanford throughout his Mormon mission, overpowered USC and is eager to play UCLA. → Read More

UCLA's Mitchell Agude shaped by near-death experience

UCLA linebacker Mitchell Agude's relentless effort on the football field is inspired by a catastrophic accident, volunteer work in Nigeria and his mother's unwavering voice. → Read More

Chip Kelly concedes UCLA secondary should have tightened coverage during loss

The UCLA defense's soft pass coverage helped Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener rally his team for a win over the Bruins in the Rose Bowl. → Read More

UCLA vs. Stanford: News, analysis and more leading up to the Bruins' next game

No. 24 UCLA is pushing to bounce back from a sobering last-minute home loss to Fresno State when the Bruins visit Stanford. → Read More

UCLA's Fresno State loss a buzz-killer for Westwood revival

Hype around UCLA's anticipated rise in the college football ranks got a major reality check after the Bruins' 40-37 loss to Fresno State on Saturday. → Read More

No. 13 UCLA stunned by Jake Haener and Fresno State in 40-37 loss

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener's late-game heroics proved too much for UCLA to overcome in a 40-37 loss at the Rose Bowl. → Read More

UCLA receiver Kazmeir Allen ready to run following COVID bout and other setbacks

Kazmeir Allen's star faded after a sensational debut as a UCLA running back three years ago. A switch to receiver helped unleash his world-class speed. → Read More

UCLA vs. Fresno State: Three things to know

A look at how UCLA and Fresno State match up for a nonconference game Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. → Read More

UCLA gymnast Samantha Sakti can thank her parents for $10,000 NIL deal

Largely by virtue of her given name, UCLA gymnast Samantha Sakti was one of four college athletes who recently signed name, image and likeness deals with warehouse retailer Sam’s Club. → Read More

Nan Wooden, daughter of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden, dies at 87

One of UCLA basketball’s leading ambassadors, Nan Wooden, the daughter of coaching legend John Wooden, died early Tuesday morning from natural causes. → Read More

UCLA vs. Fresno State: News, analysis and more as Bruins push to build on early success

UCLA is preparing to host Fresno State after a bye week, with an eye on improvement and avoiding a letdown after rising to No. 13 in the top 25 polls. → Read More

Concussions and depression nearly crushed Bo Calvert. Now he leads UCLA's defense.

UCLA linebacker Bo Calvert leaned on a tight bond with his father to fight through the darkest moments of his career and now is eager to build on the Bruins' success. → Read More

Idle UCLA makes a move in college football rankings, rising to No. 13 in both major polls

UCLA moved up three spots to No. 13 in both the Associated Press and coaches polls despite not playing over the weekend. → Read More

UCLA basketball player Jaylen Clark ready to cash in with unique cryptocurrency deal

UCLA sophomore guard Jaylen Clark is the first college athlete to release his own cryptocurrency — called $JROCK — he says will bring him closer to fans. → Read More

Roundtable: Will UCLA win the Pac-12? Is USC better? Can either reach the playoffs?

College football writers Ben Bolch, Ryan Kartje and J. Brady McCollough help put UCLA's early success and USC's potential in perspective during the Los Angeles Times' roundtable discussion. → Read More

At 2-0, UCLA steps into unfamiliar world of high expectations

For the first time in the Chip Kelly, the UCLA Bruins are 2-0 and garnering plenty of positive media attention. Kelly is confident his veteran team can handle the hype. → Read More