The Sports Report: UCLA is holding Northwestern back for promotion to Sweet 16

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From Ben Bolch: The scene in the UCLA locker room was similar to what you would expect after a long trip in late January.

Players sat at their lockers, some looked at phones, others lost themselves in conversation with teammates, nobody celebrated Saturday at the Golden 1 Center. The only reminder that this was a special season was the large NCAA tournament squad positioned at one end of the room after the Bruins advanced and allowed sticker-slapper-designated Russell Stong IV to take UCLA into the next to lead the round.

When a reporter asked senior guard David Singleton what the team would do to celebrate this latest triumph as part of another deep run into March, Stong raised a triumphant fist in the air from his seat three lockers away.

“Team film session and recovery,” the walk-on interjected.

That’s them. They do.

UCLA made the Sweet 16 for the third time in as many seasons.

The Bruins were allowed to keep playing because another trend continued: the closing minutes were still winning time.

Second-place UCLA shrugged off a huge Northwestern rally that eliminated a 13-point deficit in the second half and held off the seventh-place Wildcats for an intense 68-63 second-round win.

It was a triumph of redemption for the Bruins.

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Tournament results men, schedule
All times Pacific
Second round
Saturday’s results

Region South
#1 Alabama 73, #8 Maryland 51

No. 5 San Diego St. 75, No. 13 Furman 52

#15 Princeton 78, #7 Missouri 63

west regional
#8 Arkansas 72, #1 Kansas 71

#2 UCLA 68, #7 Northwestern 63

east regional
No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52

Regional Midwest
#1 Houston 81, #9 Auburn 64

#2 Texas 71, #10 Penn St. 66


east regional
#3 Kansas St. vs. #6 Kentucky, 11:40 a.m., CBS

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

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

Regional Midwest

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

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

Region South

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

west regional

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

No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 TCU, 6:40 p.m. TBS

Tournament of women

From Thuc Nhi Nguyen: Charisma Osborne wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the Pauley Pavilion.

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

UCLA meets No. 5 Oklahoma for a spot in the Sweet 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT Monday after the Sooners defeated No. 12 Portland 85-63 on Saturday.

Osborne showed the all-around skills that could make her a top 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 freshman Kiki Rice had a team-high 15 points, including 10 points in the first quarter that equaled Sacramento State’s total in the first frame.

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

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All times Pacific
First round
Saturday’s results
Regional (Greenville 1)
#4 UCLA 67, #13 Sacramento State 45

#5 Oklahoma 85, #12 Portland 63

Regional (Greenville 2)
#1 Indiana 77, #16 Tennessee Tech 47

#4 Villanova 76, #13 Cleveland State 59

#12 Florida Gulf Coast 74, #5 Washington State 63

#9 Miami 62, #8 Oklahoma State 61

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

#3 Ohio State 80, #14 James Madison 66

#4 Tennessee 95, #13 Saint Louis 50

#12 Toledo 80, #5 Iowa State 73

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

#7 Baylor 78, #10 Alabama 74

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

#4 Texas 79, #13 East Carolina 40

#5 Louisville 83, #12 Drake 81

#6 Colorado 82, #11 Middle Tennessee 60

Regional (Greenville 1)

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 8 South Florida, 10 p.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)

#2 Iowa vs. #10 Georgia, Noon, ABC

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

Second round
Times, TV TBA

Regional (Greenville 1)

#4 UCLA vs #5 Oklahoma

Regional (Greenville 2)

#1 Indiana vs. #8 Oklahoma State

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

Regional (Seattle 1)

#2 UConn vs. #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 would not play for the Clippers against the Orlando Magic on Saturday afternoon due to a right knee injury was already a blow with so few games left in the regular season and LA battling for the playoff position in the Topsy -inverted Western Conference.

After the Clippers lost 113-108 to Magic at Arena, coach Tyronn Lue couldn’t explain why everything went wrong because he didn’t feel well enough to speak to the media.

It was left to assistant head coach Dan Craig to provide the answers as to why the Clippers fell apart in the fourth quarter.

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

In the fourth quarter, when they were four points clear of Dallas with 7.2 seconds left and needed him clever, he foolishly countered a three-point shot from Maxi Kleber and was called for a foul. Kleber, who had made just 24 free throws prior to Friday and was making 58% of them, hit all three to cut the Lakers’ lead to a point.

When they needed Davis to hit two free throws by 6.7 seconds, he converted just one, leaving the Lakers by two. And when Dallas subsequently brought in the ball, Davis lost defensively, closing far too late to prevent Kleber from sinking a 27-foot jumper for the difference in a 111-110 win over the Lakers that sold out the crowd stunned in the Arena.

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From Kevin Baxter: The Galaxy lost two goals to video reviews and its starting goaltender to injury on Saturday, settling for a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps, which saw the team tie in three games in a season for the first time since 2009 left without a win.

The Whitecaps’ goal came in the 14th minute when defender Tristan Blackmon headed a ball past Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond from a Julian Gressel free-kick. The goal stood after a short look back.

The Galaxy (0-1-2) achieved that in first-half injury time when Vancouver keeper Yohei Takaoka failed to contain a twisted left-footed chip from Raheem Edwards, instead shoving it at the feet of Galaxy defender Kelvin Leerdam, who nudged him into the net for his first goal since September 2020.

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

Frei made three saves and McCarthy had four as both erased limited scoring chances for two of the MLS powerhouses.

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


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

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


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