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UCLA football regains rhythm in second spring camp under Chip Kelly

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen LOS ANGELES — Players flowed effortlessly between drills, shouting in unison before jogging across Spaulding Field to the next station. They barked out “B-R-U-I-N-S” as they pumped through jumping jacks with machine-like precision. Even the mid-practice hydration break, during which nearly the entire team suddenly stopped for a drink at midfield,…

Orange County baseball top 25 rankings, March 5

By Steve Fryer Steve Fryer’s Orange County baseball rankings: ORANGE COUNTY TOP 25 (Records through Monday; PRV is previous ranking) 1. Cypress (7-1; PRV: 3) Centurions defeated last week’s No. 1 team Orange Lutheran, won Loara Tournament two weeks ago. 2. Orange Lutheran (4-2; PRV: 1) Lancers will be better once injuries, illness subside. 3.…

Ducks defensive change under Bob Murray has paid off

By Elliott Teaford GLENDALE, Ariz. — Something had to change. The Ducks lost seven consecutive games and were outscored 37-8 before General Manager Bob Murray fired Randy Carlyle and assumed the coaching duties himself Feb. 10. Their defensive play had to improve, so Murray tweaked their game plan. In the simplest terms, the Ducks ceased…

Jessica Mendoza hired as Mets adviser but keeps ESPN job

By Associated Press By RONALD BLUM NEW YORK >> Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams. She will be involved in player evaluation, roster…

Military investigating Marine blackface video out of Miramar

By Erika I. Ritchie MIRAMAR — Military officials have launched an investigation into two Marines who were involved with a blackface video first posted on Snapchat. The video, which originally appeared Feb. 23 on Snapchat and has since gone viral on Twitter, shows two white Marines dressed in their combat uniforms. Both of the Marines…

VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week

By Staff report Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (including the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective…