Play it Forward March 12-18: True to TV, NCAA men’s hoop tournament gives UCLA an early start

first_img For Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts, coronavirus pandemic affects charities UCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers UFC 252: Stipe Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Daniel Cormier Arizona State (20-11) finishes conference play 8-10, losing five of its last six, and then gets ousted in the first round of the conference tournament, but it also benefits from some impractical jokers who allow it to advance to another play-in game and kicks to the curb 23-11 USC, which went to the Pac-12 Tournament final and finished with a 34 RPI ranking.The Trojans’ two-point loss to the Sun Devils (an RPI of 66) in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8 must have been the deciding factor? We may never know.What does appear to be evident: Teams on the bubble that ran into some FBI issues – that includes USC, Louisville and Oklahoma State – are trying to get their head around an NIT bid at this point, as well as four other Pac-12 teams.Meanwhile, Big West tournament champ Cal State Fullerton (20-11, 127 RPI), which lost to pre-season AP No. 10 USC by 42 points in the season opener and is among the teams given a 2500-to-1 shot at winning it all, is also in the NCAA East Region as a No. 15 seed, sent to play in Detroit, when that regional in San Diego would have been so much nicer.Also: NIT first-round games: UNC Asheville at USC, Tuesday, 8 p.m., TV TBDNO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET ANNOUNCEMENTDetails/TV: Monday, 4 p.m., ESPNUCLA (24-7) will likely be a first- and second-round host at Pauley Pavilion, as 16 campus sites are in play, starting Friday. The Bruins, who came up three points short in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, stand firmly at No. 9 in the latest rankings. CSUN (19-15) wormed its way through the Big West tournament to win and get in also. The target team again is unanimous No. 1 UConn (30-0), which logged a 78-60 win at UCLA back in late November. But the Huskies aren’t the defending champs – South Carolina is.The regional sites after this are in Lexington, Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri, Albany, New York and and Spokane, Washington, feeding into the Final Four at Columbus, Ohio on March 30, with the national title game on Sunday, April 1. More info: https://www.ncaa.com/womens- final-four/road-to-the- championshipNO. 3: RUNNING: 33rd CITY OF LOS ANGELES MARATHON Details/TV: Sunday, 6:55 a.m., Ch. 5 (coverage begins at 6 a.m.)This is the 10th year of the “Stadium To Sea” course – starting at Dodger Stadium, passing through Chinatown, the Hollywood landmarks, Rodeo Drive and the last six miles of Route 66 to end up at the Santa Monica Pier.The Dodgers’ Justin Turner is the official honorary starter, with his foundation as the official charity. Kenya’s Elisa Barno was the top runner of 18,892 finishers last year in two hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds. He was the fifth different Kenya runner to win this race over the last six years. More info: www.lamarathon.com.Start times: 6:30 a.m. for wheelchairs, 6:42 a.m. for handcycles, 6:45 for elite women, 6:55 a.m. for elite men and full field.NO. 4: NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES AUTO CLUB 400 Details/TV: At Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 11Kyle Larson, the 24-year-old pole-sitter in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy, outlasted Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., for the 202-lap victory last year – they needed two extra “overtime” spins because of another late caution flag.Truex, the eventual 2017 season champion, was strong at the start but finished fourth overall because, as he admitted afterward, a decision not to pit under the next-to-last caution flag didn’t play out in his favor. “We thought more guys would stay out there,” he said. “It was definitely a disadvantage at the end and just really tight. Holding on for fourth was good for points.” More info: http://www.autoclubspeedway. comAlso this week at Fontana: Fanfest and Hauler parade, Thursday at 4 p.m.; Practices and pole day, Friday starting at 11:35 a.m.; Xfinity Series NXS 300, Saturday at 2 p.m.NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS at WARRIORS Details/TV: At Oracle Arena in Oakland, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet, ESPN NBA: CLIPPERS at ROCKETS Details/TV: At Toyota Center in Houston, Thursday, 5 p.m., Prime TicketThe 51-16 Warriors will have had a couple of days to process back-to-back losses at Portland and Minnesota, which came while Steph Curry stayed back to rest an ankle injury. “I’m very confident in where we’re heading,” said coach Steve Kerr. “But we’re in the middle of a tough stretch.” Two of the Warriors’ three wins over the Lakers so far have gone to OT.Related Articles Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday, Aug. 16 Meanwhile, the Rockets, who’ve taken over the Western Conference lead in the meantime as the only other NBA team so far beyond the 50-win mark, handed the Clippers a 105-92 loss last month, win No. 14 during their recently ended 17-game victory streak.Also this week for the Lakers: At Staples Center vs. Denver, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., SSN; At Staples Center vs. Miami, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SSN.Also this week for the Clippers: At Chicago, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Oklahoma City, Friday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Staples Center vs. Portland, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.NO. 6: TENNIS: WTA/ATP BNP BARIBAS OPEN FINALS Details/TV: At Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Sunday, 11 a.m., ESPNBefore we get to the conclusion, there’s another historic moment here when Serena Williams meets Venus Williams in a third-round match on center court, a place they didn’t get to face off 17 years ago in the semifinals that led to an ugly spectator backlash and a family boycott of the event until 2015.This 29th career meeting (Serena leads, 17-11) will be on ESPNEWS  Monday at 7 p.m., with the 36-year-old Serena unseeded and in her first event since maternity leave and the 37-year-old Venus holding strong with the No. 8 seed.Also this week: Women’s semifinals are Friday at 7 p.m., ESPN2; men’s semifinals are Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPN.NO. 7: NHL: RED WINGS at KINGS Details/TV: At Staples Center, Thursday, 7 p.m., NBCSN NHL: RED WINGS at DUCKS Details/TV: At Honda Center, Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports WestThe Kings pummeled Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in a 4-1 decision at Detroit last Nov. 28 – in typical Kings’ fashion, they trailed 1-0 after the first period. Howard stopped the visiting Ducks, 2-1, on Feb. 13, making 15 saves in the first period. Howard, in his 11th season, ranks 10th all-time in NHL wins by an American-born goalie. He may never catch the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, who is seventh, or the Ducks’ Ryan Miller, who sits third.Also this week for the Kings: At Staples Center vs. Vancouver, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West; At Arizona, Tuesday at 7 p.m., FSW; At Staples Center vs. New Jersey, Saturday at 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestAlso this week for the Ducks: At Honda Center vs. St. Louis, Monday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. Vancouver, Wednesday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket; At Honda Center vs. New Jersey, Sunday at 6 p.m., Fox Sports West.NO. 8: COLLEGE BASEBALL UCLA at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Details/TV: At Matador Field in Northridge, Tuesday at 2 p.m. USC at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Details/TV: At Page Stadium in Westchester, Tuesday at 6 p.m.The Bruins and Trojans make a local trip outside their comfort zones against local Big West rivals prior to their first Pac-12 season openers at home.Also this week for UCLA: At Jackie Robinson Stadium vs. Washington State, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for USC: At Dedeaux Field vs. Utah, Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m., all on Pac-12 NetworkAlso this week for Cal State Northridge: At Ohio State, Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at noon, Sunday at 10 a.m.Also this week for Cal State Fullerton: At Titan Field vs. Grand Canyon University, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Long Beach State: At Blair Field vs. Washington State, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; At Blair Field vs. Tulane, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.Also this week for UC Irvine: At Anteater Ballpark vs. Utah Valley, Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for UC Riverside: At Riverside Sports Complex vs. Grand Canyon University, Wednesday at 6 p.m.; At University of Nevada, Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon.Also this week for Pepperdine: At Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu vs. New Mexico, Tuesday at 3 p.m.; Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at Gonzaga, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.Also this week for Loyola Marymount: Starting the West Coast Conference schedule at BYU, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at noon.NO. 9: MLB EXHIBITION BASEBALL DODGERS at WHITE SOX Details/TV: At Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, 1 p.m., SportsNetLA ROCKIES at ANGELS Details/TV: At Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Friday at 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports WestDid you know: The Angels’ Tempe Diablo Stadium was first opened in 1968 as spring training home for the Seattle Pilots in 1969, before their one and only season of existence in 1969. But the Pilots actually had two spring seasons in Tempe. The team went bankrupt and was in the process of being sold to Bud Selig in the spring of 1970. The sale wasn’t approved officially until April 1, six days before the start of the regular season. As players awaited their fate in Tempe, the team’s equipment was sitting in Provo, Utah with drivers waited to be told whether to take it to Seattle or Milwaukee. They ended up going to Wisconsin in a rush, and the players wore altered versions of their old Pilots uniforms. You can look it up.More schedule information: www.dodgers.com and www.angelsbaseball.com Dodgers edge Angels in 10th to take first two in Freeway Series AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTrue enough, it’ll take most Bruins and Titans followers about 68 extra seconds to find that do-we-have-it truTV channel on your TV menu, even if you’re culturally affected by “The Carbonaro Effect” or believe “Impractical Jokers” adds to the enrichment of humanity.That said, the lack of the Pac-12 Effect on this tournament is painfully evident – regular-season and tournament champion Arizona (27-7), a surprisingly low No. 4 seed in the South Region, is the only one from the league that could be alive when the big-boy field of 64 starts on Thursday and Friday?What’s wrong with that reality series?UCLA (21-11) must go through Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday to be allowed to advance as a No. 11 in the East Region against No. 6 seed Florida on Thursday in Dallas (again, truTV, approx.. 7 p.m.).Thanks? NO. 10: GOLF: PGA TOUR ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL Details/TV: At Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel, Channel 4The Tiger Woods Red Shirt Sundays are back. He has committed to this one coming off the tied-for-second, one-stroke loss last week at the Valspar Championship. If Woods prevails this one, things will get even redder – this event began a tradition last year by giving winner Marc Leishman a red cardigan sweater in Arnold Palmer’s honor. Ranking the top 10 sports events March 12-18 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENTFIRST FOUR: UCLA vs ST. BONAVENTURE Details/TV: At University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday at approx., 6:10 p.m., truTVFIRST ROUND: CAL STATE FULLERTON vs PURDUE Details/TV: At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Friday at 9:40 a.m., truTV Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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