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The Advocate 04 September, 2021 - 02:20pm

UCLA vs. LSU: Three things you need to know

Los Angeles Times 04 September, 2021 - 06:30am

Location: Rose Bowl.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV: FOX.

Weather forecast: 97 degrees, sunny.

Latest line: LSU by 2 ½ points.

About UCLA: Coming off their first nonconference victory since beating Hawaii in 2017, the Bruins hope to notch their first triumph over a Southeastern Conference team since their epic comeback against Texas A&M on Sept. 3, 2017, when they trailed by 34 points in the third quarter.

Chip Kelly and UCLA look for their biggest win since the Obama presidency while Ed Orgeron and LSU seek an opening victory after rare .500 season.

1. Watch the turnover tally closely. UCLA did not commit one against Hawaii, continuing a trend under coach Chip Kelly in which it has gone plus-17 in the turnover department in victories and minus-27 in losses. The Bruins committed 12 of their 13 turnovers in their four losses last season.

2. UCLA’s defense will have a hard time matching its efficiency in the opener, when it held Hawaii to 1.2 yards per rush and 3.6 yards per play while forcing two turnovers.

3. If recent history is any indication, the Bruins are already on their way to their first bowl game under Kelly. They have gone to a bowl game in each of the last six seasons in which they won their first game.

Running back Zach Charbonnet, who played two seasons at Michigan before transferring, left a slew of Hawaii defenders in his wake in his UCLA debut.

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Ben Bolch has been a Los Angeles Times staff writer since 1999. He is serving his second stint as the UCLA beat writer, which seems fitting since he has covered almost every sports beat except hockey and horse racing. Bolch is also the author of the recently released book “100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” He previously covered UCLA basketball from 2010-11 before going on to cover the NBA and the Clippers for five years. He happily traded in gobs of hotel points and airline miles to return to cover UCLA basketball and football in the summer of 2016. Bolch was once selected by NBA TV’s “The Starters” as the “Worst of the Week” after questioning their celebrity journalism-style questions at an NBA All-Star game and considers it one of his finer moments.

UCLA vs. LSU: Three things you need to know

Los Angeles Times 04 September, 2021 - 06:30am

Location: Rose Bowl.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV: FOX.

Weather forecast: 97 degrees, sunny.

Latest line: LSU by 2 ½ points.

About UCLA: Coming off their first nonconference victory since beating Hawaii in 2017, the Bruins hope to notch their first triumph over a Southeastern Conference team since their epic comeback against Texas A&M on Sept. 3, 2017, when they trailed by 34 points in the third quarter.

Chip Kelly and UCLA look for their biggest win since the Obama presidency while Ed Orgeron and LSU seek an opening victory after rare .500 season.

1. Watch the turnover tally closely. UCLA did not commit one against Hawaii, continuing a trend under coach Chip Kelly in which it has gone plus-17 in the turnover department in victories and minus-27 in losses. The Bruins committed 12 of their 13 turnovers in their four losses last season.

2. UCLA’s defense will have a hard time matching its efficiency in the opener, when it held Hawaii to 1.2 yards per rush and 3.6 yards per play while forcing two turnovers.

3. If recent history is any indication, the Bruins are already on their way to their first bowl game under Kelly. They have gone to a bowl game in each of the last six seasons in which they won their first game.

Running back Zach Charbonnet, who played two seasons at Michigan before transferring, left a slew of Hawaii defenders in his wake in his UCLA debut.

Get the latest on L.A.'s teams in the daily Sports Report newsletter.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Ben Bolch has been a Los Angeles Times staff writer since 1999. He is serving his second stint as the UCLA beat writer, which seems fitting since he has covered almost every sports beat except hockey and horse racing. Bolch is also the author of the recently released book “100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” He previously covered UCLA basketball from 2010-11 before going on to cover the NBA and the Clippers for five years. He happily traded in gobs of hotel points and airline miles to return to cover UCLA basketball and football in the summer of 2016. Bolch was once selected by NBA TV’s “The Starters” as the “Worst of the Week” after questioning their celebrity journalism-style questions at an NBA All-Star game and considers it one of his finer moments.

Leona Maguire and Mel Reid handed task of tackling Korda sisters

San Luis Obispo Tribune 03 September, 2021 - 05:00pm

“I’m excited,” said Maguire. “It’s obviously their golden pairing. There’s going to be a huge amount of pressure on them. Both myself and Mel are fighters, we will give it absolutely everything we have.

“This is what you prepare for. Obviously Nelly is the best player in the world right now. To be the best you have to beat the best. These are the matches you look forward to, I’m going to take this in my stride. There is really no pressure on us, everybody expects the Kordas to win. We hope to add to that pressure as soon as we possibly can.

“I feel like we can go out there with absolutely nothing to lose, which is a dangerous position to be in. That 1st tee will be like nothing I have ever experienced before but I’m just going to play my own game. I’ll do nothing differently to how I normally would.”

“It’s not really even her play this week, it’s been her play over the last probably year and a half,” said Matthew of Maguire. “I think she’s just a very steady player. Hits a lot of fairways, hits a lot of greens, makes a lot of birdies, great putter. Leona is a fantastic green reader and fantastic putter and Mel has perhaps got that little extra bit of length. I think they’re enjoying playing with each other [in practice] and their games will complement each other well in the foursomes.”

Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren will spearhead the European challenge against Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst. Match two sees Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall take on the American duo of Ally Ewing and Megan Khang. After Reid and Maguire combine in the penultimate game, Charley Hull and Emily Pedersen will face Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare.

Given travel restrictions, Europe has precious little support in Ohio. Maguire revealed she spoke to the former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley last week, who urged his compatriot to “embrace the silence.”

Thompson insisted the scale of backing for the US will not apply the p-word as emphasised by Maguire. The backdrop is almost entirely of stars and stripes. “It’s more of something that we enjoy,” Thompson said. “We love coming out and playing in front of the fans. I think that’s what makes golf so great and especially this event. It’s the biggest crowds we get, and it’s all about just enjoying the experience and realising we’ve made it to the highest level of representing our country. I can’t speak for everybody on the team but the more fans the better. It gives us a reason to play. It’s match play; anybody can win.

“There’s nothing like representing your country. It’s the highest honour that you can possibly have, and just to be here and to embrace all the fans on USA soil, there’s nothing like it. You just have to fully embrace it.”

That the US are clear favourites again needn’t necessarily trigger fear among the European contingent. Three of Hurst’s team – Mina Harigae, Jennifer Kupcho and Yealimi Noh – are making their debuts. The experience of Lizette Salas and Thompson – both have played in four Solheim Cups – contrasts with the fact Nelly Korda, Khang, Ewing, Ernst and Altomare have featured in just one. Ernst was part of the successful US team in Des Moines four years ago but for the others, there is stark contrast between 2019 in Perthshire and what may transpire in searing temperatures, in front of an expectant, whooping American crowd at the Inverness Club. Europe’s rookie contingent includes Sophia Popov, who has won the Women’s Open, and Maguire, who would have played long before now had she not extended an outstanding amateur career whilst finishing her degree. The combined number of Solheim Cups played by the US team is 17, versus 22 for the Europeans. Nonetheless, in basic terms the US team is the stronger. Their average world ranking is 25.8, versus 43.75 for the Europeans. “It’s about showing the world our game,” said Thompson. The stage is set.

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