LAS VEGAS -- UCLA went into the season with the uncertainty that comes with a new coach. Joe Barksdale Jersey
. The Bruins suffered their share of setbacks, a notable one just a week earlier. Once the Pac-12 tournament got rolling, the Bruins took off. Now, after trading body blows with one of the nations best defensive teams, UCLA takes home a Pac-12 championship in its first season under Steve Alford. Outlasting one of the best closing teams in basketball, UCLA knocked off No. 4 Arizona 75-71 in the conference tournament final on Saturday. "Weve got an edge to us now, its a lot of fun," Alford said. "To win a championship means a lot to us." They definitely earned this one, emerging from a battle of the Pac-12s best teams that featured big plays, big blows and floor burns. The Wildcats locked UCLA down in the second half after an offensive show in the first. The Bruins countered by doing the same thing to Arizona down the stretch, and then made the big plays against the big-play Wildcats to finish it off. UCLA point guard Kyle Anderson was at his all-around best, finishing with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Jordan Adams made a big 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and scored 19 points. Norman Powell scored 15 points and combined with David Wear to hit four free throws in the final five seconds. After three games in three days, the Bruins are Pac-12 champions and on a big roll headed into the NCAA tournament. "This gives us the confidence that we not only play with anybody, but beat anybody," Alford said. "But youve got to get hot and stay hot." Arizona (30-4) started flat defensively, clawed back behind its offence and shut down the Bruins through most of the second half. The Wildcats were unable to finish it off for one of the rare times this season, hurt by 10 missed free throws and questionable shot selection down the stretch. Nick Johnson led Arizona with 22 points and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12. Aaron Gordon had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Wildcats, who may have lost out on a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with the loss. "We lost a game we could have won," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Jordan Adams hit a great shot and I believe some of the things we learned in todays game will better serve us for the biggest prize, why we all do this, and thats to hopefully advance next week in the NCAA tournament." After 10 games in three days, the Pac-12 tournament came down to UCLA and Arizona, the top two seeds, on a big roll since arriving in Sin City. Arizona, the conferences regular-season champion, overwhelmed its first two opponents with its dont-let-them-breathe defence. The Wildcats raced into the tournament record books with their 32-point win over Utah in the quarterfinals and cranked up the highlight reel in the second half of its semifinal rout over Colorado, allowing 82 combined points in the two games. UCLA swamped Oregon in its opener, turning what was supposed to be a track meet into a stomping. The Bruins did the same thing to Stanford in the semifinals, all but putting the game out of reach in the opening five minutes. These teams met once during the regular season, Jan. 9 in Westwood. Arizona ended a three-game losing streak to the Bruins in that one, escaping with a 79-75 win despite 17 turnovers and blowing a 13-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes. UCLA had the advantage early in the rematch by doing what two previous tournament opponents couldnt: Score on the Wildcats. Pushing the pace at every turn, the Bruins got shots seemingly wherever and whenever they wanted. UCLA used a 12-0 run to go up 14-3 and kept pouring em in against one of the nations best defences. The Bruins hit 18 of 31 shots and scored 43 points in the first half -- more than Utah did the entire game against Arizona and matching Colorados total. "They came out and punched us in the mouth," Johnson said. The Wildcats kicked their offence into gear to get back in it, shaking off some questionable shots in the opening minutes with a string of 3-pointers, including three by Gabe York. Arizona shot 16 of 30, including 5 of 8 from the arc, to close to 43-40 at the half. The game turned from an offensive show to a defensive shutdown in the second, every possession a struggle to get off a pass, much less a good shot. Travis Wear and Gordon typified the effort of the entire game late in the half, sprinting from beyond midcourt, simultaneously diving and skidding across the floor for a loose ball. Wear came up with the ball and the Bruins the win, giving them a big notch on the belt in their first season under Alford. Brandon Mebane Jersey
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. This weeks topics include his take on the Kevin Pillar incident, All-Star snubs, the firing of Padres general manager Josh Byrnes and more. MIAMI -- Miami Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez waved his arms, stomped his foot and pounded the dugout railing, trying to coax one final out from the San Diego Padres. The right-hander-turned-cheerleader succeeded in both roles Monday, helping the Marlins beat San Diego 4-0. Fernandez pitched a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and allowed only two hits. Then he watched anxiously from the bench as Steve Cishek entered the game with two on and two out in the ninth to preserve the win. "I get excited," the 20-year-old Fernandez said. "Were winning by four runs, but its the big leagues, man. With two outs, anybody can score 10 runs. Ive seen it happen." Victories have been especially elusive for the Marlins, who began the week with the worst record in the majors. But since June 1 theyre 16-10, and theyve won six of their past seven games. "We were losing games 2-1 and 3-2. We would hit the ball right at people," Fernandez said. "Now were playing really good baseball, and the team feels great." The Marlins have matched a season high with three consecutive wins while allowing a total of three runs. Jeff Mathis delivered the big hit for the second game in a row, raising his batting average to .154. He hit a three-run double in the sixth, when the Marlins scored four unearned runs off Jason Marquis. Mathis ninth-inning grand slam beat the Padres on Sunday. With seven RBIs in two games, he doubled his season total. San Diego lost for the seventh time in nine games. Padres shortstop Pedro Ciriaco helped Marquis with two fine defensive plays early, but his errant throw in the sixth led to the unearned runs. "You have to be focused and make routine groundballs," Ciriaco said. Fernandez (5-4), who might be the Marlins representative at the All-Star Game, said his stuff ranked with the best he has had all year. He equaled a career high in strikeouts, walked one and threw 100 pitches. "After about four innings I was sitting there going, Man, we just need to get a run for this kid. Hes got great stuff," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He was overpowering some of their guys, and they werent taking real good swings." Fernandez improved to 3-1 with an ERA of 1.34 over his past six starts. "You can ttell why the Marlins like this kid," Padres manager Bud Black said. Melvin Ingram Jersey
. "He has a lot of talent. For 20 years old, hes pretty advanced." When Fernandez came off the field after pitching the eighth inning, he tried to hide from Redmond at the far end of the dugout, hoping to stay in the game. After Redmond found him and told him he was being pulled for a pinch-hitter, Fernandez became the most animated player on the bench as he watched the ninth. "This kid wants it," Redmond said. "Hes having fun. Hes like a little kid out there, and thats what I love about him." Cishek retired Kyle Blanks for his 15th save in 17 chances, completing a three-hitter. Miami won despite going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Marquis (9-4) issued a career-high seven walks in 6 1-3 innings but lowered his ERA to 3.74 because he allowed no earned runs. "He did what he always does," Black said. "He battles and works his way through a game, but he was just outpitched by their guy." The game was scoreless when Ed Lucas reached leading off the sixth on Ciriacos wild throw. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and Marcell Ozuna singled home a run after his foul pop dropped just beyond the reach of catcher Yasmani Grandal near the Padres dugout. "When youre going good, you get those breaks," Redmond said. With runners at second and third, Derek Dietrich was intentionally walked, and Mathis double cleared the bases to make it 4-0. Carlos Quentin doubled with two outs in the first, and that was the Padres only hit until Blanks singled with two outs in the seventh. Fernandez stumbled and fell on a pickoff attempt to first base in the third inning, and his throw sailed wildly for his first error of the season. Logan Forsythe went to second on the play, but Chris Denorfia lined out to end the inning. NOTES: After the game, the Marlins optioned 1B Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans and recalled INF Donovan Solano. ... Miami RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to make his 2013 debut when he starts Thursday at Atlanta. The Marlins havent said whose spot in the rotation hell take. RHP Ricky Nolasco, the subject of trade speculation, is scheduled to pitch Wednesday. ... The Padres won the season series 4-3. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys
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