Pedestrian fatally struck by SUV in Huntington Beach

A person struck by an SUV while crossing Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach died Monday, Nov. 30.

The collision happened in southbound lanes of Beach, north of York Avenue at about 6:12 p.m., Huntington Beach Police said in a news release. Preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian was headed west and outside of a crosswalk when a white Mitsubishi Outlander collided with him.

He was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he was later died of his injuries. Coroner’s officials were working to determine his identity Monday evening, although police described him as a “…transient, known to Huntington Beach,” in a news release.

The SUV that struck him was driven by a 59-year-old woman from Corona del Mar, police said. She waited at the site of the crash for investigators, who do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

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UCLA football finding what works under pandemic constraints

While the UCLA football program continues to go without some players as a result of coronavirus contact tracing, the team has found a successful balance with its offense and defense complementing one another.

On offense, UCLA’s backfield has carried a majority of the load the past two week while starters such as quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson remain out.

The duo of Demetric Felton and Brittain Brown have kept the offense moving forward on the field and on the scoreboard.

Felton has set career-highs in several rushing categories over the last two games, including the 206 yards he had against Arizona on Saturday.

“I was really happy for (Felton),” Kelly said. “He’s worked extremely hard since he moved to running back and has really turned himself into a quality back.”

Brown scored two touchdowns for the Bruins, including a 16-yard reception off a pass from quarterback Chase Griffin, that produced the lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the evening. It was just the second touchdown catch in the grad transfer’s career, with the first coming in 2018 when he played at Duke.

Kelly has also been impressed with the way others have contributed in order to help the duo move the ball down the field.

Griffin, made his second straight start for the Bruins, and managed the offense in the victory.

“It’s pretty awesome” Griffin said. “As a quarterback, I’ll play in any situation, but to have two backs who are really ready to go, and an offensive line and tight ends up front who are ready to block, and receivers on the outside who are ready to make plays, it makes it a whole lot easier.”

Arizona defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who spent the past two seasons as the Bruins’ defensive back coach, was well aware of the Bruins’ potential on offense.

“(Rhoads) made some really good adjustments at halftime,” Kelly said. “They did a couple of things. And then we had to counter their counter.”

The Bruins scored 20 points in the first half but were shut out in the third quarter and held to seven points in the fourth, which came on UCLA’s last possession of the game.

“We shut them down until that last drive,” Arizona linebacker Anthony Pandy said. “(Rhoads) made the adjustments that we needed. He’s a great (coordinator). And we came out and played hard.”

Pandy was the Wildcats’ second-leading tackler with nine tackles. Rhoads’ defense produced three tackles for a loss but did not record a sack Saturday against the Bruins.

The Bruins’ defense were presented with an unexpected situation than they’d prepared for throughout the week, after Arizona’s starting quarterback Grant Gunnell went down on the first play from scrimmage with an injury. Freshman Will Plummer would finish out the rest of the game for the Wildcats but it didn’t change what the Bruins did defensively.

“I think that the way they used Plummer was the same way they’d used Grant,” Kelly said. “They weren’t afraid to put him in there and put him in the mix.”

The Bruins applied pressure throughout the game on Plummer, forcing him to scramble. He finished the night with 49 yards and was the Wildcats’ second-leading rusher.

“They were pressuring from a lot of off the edge pressure, corner blitzes, internal pressure,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Obviously, his mobility helps him in those situations to escape and he utilized that.”

Defensive back Obi Eboh and linebacker Mitchell Agude each recorded a sack on Plummer. Agude also forced two fumbles.

The secondary also took advantage of opportunities through the air, intercepting two of Plummer’s passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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Demetric Felton has career game in UCLA’s victory over Arizona

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Elisha Guidry #30 of the UCLA Bruins locks away a pass intended for wide receiver Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins sacks quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by defensive back Rhedi Short #24 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Choé Bryant-Strother #9 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Elisha Guidry #30 of the UCLA Bruins locks away a pass intended for wide receiver Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after sacking quarterback Will Plummer (not pictured) of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Choé Bryant-Strother #9 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a first time against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins sacks quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins looks on against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins scrambles against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after sacking quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Bo Calvert #33 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins scrambles against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a first time against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

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PASADENA — Running back Demetric Felton led UCLA  in Saturday’s 27-10 victory over Arizona in Pac-12 South play.

Felton rushed for a career-high 206 yards, breaking his previous high of 167 set last week against Oregon. He would exit the game after a slight limp running for a first down late in the fourth quarter. The status of his injury is unknown. He had 32 carries and was two shy of matching his career-high of 34 from last week.

Running back Brittain Brown said Felton looked fine after the game and was just taken out as a precaution.

UCLA ran for at least 200 yards for the third straight game, including 281 against Arizona and ran for at least 200 yards in eight of its last 12 games dating back to last season.

With the win, UCLA (2-2) has won seven of its last nine meetings against Arizona (0-3), including the last five against the Wildcats at the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins did not let their turnover struggles carry over into the Rose Bowl, winning their second straight home game. Turnovers have proven costly for the Bruins, especially in the pair of losses against Colorado and Oregon on the road.

Redshirt quarterback Chase Griffin managed the Bruins’ offense in his second start while Dorian Thompson-Robinson remained sidelined due to coronavirus contact tracing.

Coach Chip Kelly was pleased with the effort of his quarterback and how the offense protected the ball.

The Bruins took the lead in the second quarter when Griffin threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Brown.

Brown also scored on a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. He has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games.

“It’s a lot of fun being a 1-2 punch (with Felton),” said Brown, who added 72 yards on 16 carries. “He’s shown what he can do and I’ve shown what I can do. Our offensive line also does a great job creating big holes for us.”

When Arizona turned the ball over on downs in the second quarter, Felton would add to the lead on a six-play drive punctuated with his one-yard touchdown run for a 17-7 lead and the Bruins would lead 20-10 at half.

The Wildcats suffered their 10th straight loss under coach Kevin Sumlin, as starting quarterback Grant Gunnell went down with an injury on the first play from scrimmage.

Will Plummer entered the game in relief of Gunnell but was unable to get the Wildcats on the scoreboard.

But he got help from Michael Wiley, who scored on a 3-yard touchdown run that gave the Wildcats their only lead, 7-0, after the Bruins had failed to convert a fourth down on their own 22. Arizona was held to a field goal in the third quarter.

The Bruins have outscored each of its opponents in the fourth quarter this season and allowed just three points in the final period of the season-opener against Colorado.

The defense has come alive this season behind its ability to get behind opposing offensive lines and pressure the quarterback.

The Bruins entered the game averaging nine tackles for loss per game but only recorded five against Arizona.

Defensive back Obi Eboh had two of the five tackles for a loss and also had a sack.

“You’ve got to give credit to the game plan that (defensive coordinator Jerry) Azzinaro and (assistant head coach Brian) Norwood put together for us,” Eboh said.

What the Bruins lacked in tackles for a loss, they made up for with two second half interceptions.

Junior defensive back Stephan Blaylock made his first career interception while redshirt junior defensive back Elijah Gates added his second career interception. Gates also had an interception against the Wildcats in 2018.

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Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, Nov. 28

The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Saturday, Nov. 28 for horse racing at Del Mar.

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USC-Colorado football game canceled because of Trojans’ coronavirus cases

USC managed to avoid any coronavirus-related issues for the first three weeks of its pandemic-shortened Pac-12 season. But the Trojans’ good fortune ended this week and their showdown against Colorado on Saturday at the Coliseum was canceled Thursday.

“After consultation with USC, the Pac-12 Conference announced the game involving Colorado at USC … will not be played,” the conference said in a statement. “This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football policy due to USC not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game at a specific position group as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols. The game will be declared a no contest.”

The position group is the offensive line, according to ESPN.

USC (3-0) announced earlier in the day that, in addition to two players who tested positive earlier in the week, a third was being tested because he had come down with possible COVID-19 symptoms. Practice was canceled and a virtual meeting was to be held instead.

Coach Clay Helton said Tuesday an unidentified player had tested positive and was symptomatic and quarantined. The player traveled with the Trojans for last Saturday’s game against Utah and contact tracing began in conjunction with medical authorities following his positive test.

Practice was canceled Tuesday.

Further testing revealed a second positive case, and that unnamed player and five others who had been identified through contact tracing were quarantined. The Trojans were cleared to resume practice Wednesday by medical officials, but then were forced from the practice field again Thursday.

“We are disappointed for our players and fans and those from Colorado that Saturday’s game will not be played, but the health and safety of everyone in both programs is of the utmost priority,” Helton said in a statement. “Our players have worked hard since the summer not only to prepare for this season, but to do so in a safe manner by following all health protocols. I applaud their discipline and sacrifice in doing so. We will continue to test and monitor our players, coaches and staff and take guidance from health officials as we prepare for our remaining games.”

USC has scheduled games against Washington State and UCLA remaining on its six-game schedule.

The Trojans-Buffaloes game was the third Pac-12 contest to be canceled this week because of the coronavirus concerns, following the Washington-Washington State and Utah-Arizona State games. Overall, nine Pac-12 games have been canceled in only four weeks of play.

The positive tests of USC players also puts the Trojans’ game Dec. 4 against Washington State at the Coliseum in jeopardy since Los Angeles County Health Department guidelines call for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to be quarantined for at least 14 days.

Additionally, this is Colorado’s second game in as many weeks that has been canceled, after their contest last Saturday against ASU was canceled. Instead of sitting idle for a second consecutive Saturday, the Buffaloes (2-0) reportedly will play host to San Diego State in a nonconference game.

San Diego State (3-2) had its scheduled Mountain West game Friday against Fresno State canceled because of coronavirus concerns at Fresno, one of at least 97 games called off or rescheduled this season, according to a list compiled by CBSsports.com.

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Short-handed UCLA loses to San Diego State in season opener

  • San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell shoots as UCLA guard Jules Bernard, left, defends during the second half of Wednesday’s season opener in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr., left, is called for charging on San Diego State guard Terrell Gomez (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego State guard Jordan Schakel, left, drives to the basket as UCLA guard Jules Bernard defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA coach Mick Cronin yells during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) dribbles behind his back as San Diego State guard Trey Pulliam defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell drives to the basket as San Diego State guard Trey Pulliam defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, right, drives to the basket as San Diego State guard Trey Pulliam defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Chris Smith (5) blocks a shot from San Diego State guard Jordan Schakel (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard, left, reaches for the ball as San Diego State guard Jordan Schakel (20) looks to pass it during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Chris Smith (5) drives to the basket as San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell (11) defends, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, right, loses control of the ball as San Diego State forward Nathan Mensah (31) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA coach Mick Cronin yells during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell, right, drives to the basket as UCLA guard Chris Smith (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell shoots during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell, center, tries to get possession of the ball between UCLA guards Chris Smith, left, and Tyger Campbell during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego State forward Joshua Tomai scores during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA coach Mick Cronin, center, watches during the final minute of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA forward Cody Riley is fouled by San Diego State forward Joshua Tomai during the second half of Wednesday’s season opener in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego State players on the bench react during the final minute of the team’s 73-58 win over UCLA in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • UCLA plays San Diego State in front of empty stands at Viejas Arena during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Expected starters Johnny Juzang and Jalen Hill were ruled out of UCLA’s season opener two hours before tipoff on Wednesday night due to injury. The absence of Juzang, known for his offensive skill set, and Hill, the team’s second-leading returning scorer, left preseason All-American Chris Smith with a lot of scoring responsibility.

The problem is, foul trouble sidelined Smith for much of the game and host San Diego State took advantage in its 73-58 season-opening victory over short-handed UCLA in a Viejas Arena that was otherwise empty due to COVID-19 protocols.

The 22nd-ranked Bruins will remain in San Diego for Thanksgiving and take on Pepperdine (1-0) on Friday at noon.

Smith, the Bruins’ only senior, finished with 10 points (all in the first half) in 27 minutes. When he was on the bench with foul trouble the Bruins struggled offensively.

“Two starters not out there didn’t help,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said.

San Diego State had two big runs. One in the first half to take the lead, and the other in the second half to balloon it. The game had just one lead change. When Smith picked up a second personal foul and had to sit, San Diego State went on a 13-2 run that turned its three-point deficit into a 25-21 lead with just under six minutes left in the opening half.

During that stretch, UCLA was 1 for 8 from the field in an eight-minute window, which included a four-minute scoring drought.

San Diego State eventually extended its lead to 34-28 by halftime.

In the second half, Smith picked up his fourth personal foul at the offensive end. forcing Cronin to take him out again. The Aztecs, who played suffocating, disruptive defense, went on a 10-2 run that pushed their lead to 58-42, with 9:20 left. The closest UCLA got for the rest of the night was within 13.

Smith eventually fouled out with 4:47 left.

On top of UCLA’s offensive woes, Cronin was disappointed by the team’s defensive performance.

“Our defensive effort, mentally and physically, was atrocious,” said Cronin, whose team went 19-12 last season and was picked to win the Pac-12 this season.

“We got outplayed physically. I’ve been doing this a long time. … You go on the road and just get physically beat up the way we got beat up, and our defense was atrocious. We didn’t follow the scouting report at all. We got beat off the dribble, we walked away from shooters, we did mind-boggling stuff, to be honest with you. Like, total regression. I don’t know if that’s borne out of overconfidence – I don’t know what that’s borne out of. But obviously, I have to fix that immediately.”

San Diego State’s deep roster was definitely a recipe for trouble for the short-handed Bruins.

“We have great depth,” SDSU coach Brian Dutcher said. “We used a lot of guys, 10 guys, and we don’t drop off much. This might be as deep a team as we’ve ever had. UCLA was short-handed. They were missing two players, potentially two starters, so I just think we wore them down. We picked them up full court the entire game and I think we just wore them down to the point where maybe they were on tired legs by the end of the game.”

The Aztecs were led by Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel, with 15 points apiece. They each made three 3-pointers, and the Aztecs, picked to repeat as Mountain West Conference regular-season champions, finished 9 for 23 from behind the arc.

Aguek Arop and Terrell Gomez added 10 points each for SDSU, which was 30-2 last season and expecting its highest seed ever in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the Bruins with 17 points and six rebounds. Forward Cody Riley pitched in 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“I don’t really care about the stats and stuff,” Jaquez Jr. said. “I just play my hardest.”

UCLA emphasized a goal of faster play this season but couldn’t get its transition game going and had just one fast-break point.

“We couldn’t get a stop, and when we did get a stop, we couldn’t get a rebound,” Cronin said. “There are facets of the game where we have to be solid and physically tough. We aren’t a team full of (NBA) lottery picks.”

One of the most glaring statistics to Cronin was UCLA’s turnovers (15) and how many more shots that gave San Diego State. The Aztecs attempted 58 shots to UCLA’s 43.

“It was total regression tonight,” Cronin said with disappointment. “Total regression.”

Juzang has been ruled “week-to-week” with a stress reaction in his right foot. Hill, a 6-foot-10 swingman, is “day-to-day” with right knee tendinitis. Hill could play in Friday’s game.

CROWD NOISE

Asked if his players were bothered by the faux crowd noise at usually raucous Viejas Arena, Cronin said: “The problem wasn’t the crowd noise. The problem was San Diego State, their toughness, their execution.”

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Private property’s harvest

I’m thankful.

Yes, we’ve got the pandemic, lockdowns, a worsening deficit, etc.

But we still live in a relatively free country at the most prosperous time in human history.

The pandemic showed that when people are faced with crises, we adjust. Restaurants switched to takeout and outdoor dining. Grocery stores began curbside pickup. Companies mass-produced masks, hand sanitizer, ventilators and, now, vaccines. I hide from COVID-19 by staying home; yet, thanks to new services such as Zoom, I can research this column and make my weekly videos from my couch.

That’s brought benefits. I no longer have to deal with traffic congestion.

Traffic jams are a good example of what ecologist Garrett Hardin called the “Tragedy of the Commons.”

Because roads are free, more people drive, and roads are often congested. If roads were subject to “peak-load pricing, charging higher prices during times of peak demand and lower prices at other times,” Hardin wrote, then we’d have fewer traffic jams.

I bring this up now, before Thanksgiving, because a similar Tragedy of the Commons nearly killed the Pilgrims. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they started a society based on sharing.

Sharing sounds great.

But sharing, basically, is collective or communal farming, which is socialism. Food and supplies were distributed based on need. Pilgrims were forbidden to selfishly produce food for themselves.

That collective farming was a disaster. When the first harvest came, there wasn’t much food to go around. The Pilgrims nearly starved.

Since no individual owned crops from the farm, no one had an incentive to work harder to produce extra that they might sell to others. Since even slackers got food from the communal supply, there was no penalty for not working.

William Bradford wrote in his “History of Plymouth Plantation” that the colony was ridden with “corruption” and “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

People eager to provide for their families were less eager to provide for others. Bradford wrote, “young men, that were most able and fit for labour, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.”

Ultimately, said Bradford, shared farming “was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.”

The Pilgrims “begane to thinke how they might raise as much corne as they could, and obtaine a beter crope (so) they might not still thus languish in miserie.”

Languishing in misery is what people in Venezuela do now.

The Pilgrims’ solution: private property.

In 1623, the collective farm was split up, and every family was given a plot of land. People could grow their own food and keep it or trade it. “It made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.” wrote Bradford. “Women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability.”

The Pilgrims flourished because they turned to private property.

So, this Thanksgiving, be grateful for private property, a foundation of capitalism.

Your grocery may not have the small turkey you wanted this year, but they have much more of what you want than people in the Soviet Union ever got.

When you’re shopping for dinner or stocking up for Lockdown 2.0, be glad that you have so many options available.

If government controlled the production of turkeys and toilet paper, this would be a very, very unhappy Thanksgiving.

John Stossel is author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.”

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Ex-Rosary basketball star Asia Avinger, now at San Diego State, suffers knee injury

The start to Asia Avinger’s promising collegiate basketball career will be delayed.

The San Diego State freshman from Rosary High announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that she recently suffered a torn ACL that will require surgery.

The Aztecs are scheduled to open their season Wednesday against Washington at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“A few days ago, I had a freak accident and ended up tearing my ACL completely,” Avinger wrote on her Instagram. “I know this is in God’s plan and he gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. … This is just one obstacle that I have to overcome but best believe I’ll come back stronger than ever.”

Avinger, a 5-foot-7 guard, arrived at San Diego State coming off an outstanding senior season in which she earned Register player of the year and female athlete of the year honors.

The highest-ranked recruit under eighth-year coach Stacie Terry-Hutson, Avinger was selected the preseason freshman of the year in the Mountain West Conference.

Last season, Avinger led Rosary to its second consecutive CIF State Division 1 final before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the championship game.

She averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists to earn Trinity League MVP.

San Diego State was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference behind favorite Fresno State, San Jose State and Boise State.

Avinger’s twin brother, Noah, a senior at Servite, has committed to San Diego State for football.

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Bicyclist struck and killed Monday evening in Fullerton

A 33-year-old bicyclist was fatally struck in a traffic crash in Fullerton on Monday evening, the Fullerton Police Department reported.

At about 5:43 p.m., officers responded to the area of Bastanchury Road and Lancer Way to the crash and began administering life-saving measures along with the Fullerton Fire Department. The bicyclist was transported to a local trauma center where he was pronounced deceased, the Police Department reported.

The driver of the involved vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated investigators. Investigators do not believe drugsor alcohol was a factor in the collision, police said in a news release.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Orange County Coroner’s Office, police said.

Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to contact Accident Investigator H. Barclay at 714-738-6815.

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Whicker: Goff’s bodyguards keep his jersey clean enough to beat Bucs

The Rams are 7-3 this morning because they had the better quarterback on a field that also included Tom Brady.

The main reason Jared Goff was the better quarterback on Monday night is the capable friends he brought, even with a close one left behind.

The Rams won, 27-24, when Jordan Fuller intercepted Brady at the end, on a night when Goff threw 51 times at Raymond James Stadium. Without injured left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who was carted away from last week’s victory over Seattle, they could have been putting Goff in the same danger zone that engulfed him in Miami.

Instead, Goff never was sacked and probably has had 18-hole rounds that were more painful. The Bucs’ defense only hit him three times. The cushion he was provided, to find Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and the rest of the crew, was why the Rams put up just enough points to win.

Joe Noteboom got the call to replace Whitworth. To his right, in order, were Austin Corbett, Austin Blythe, David Edwards and Rob Havenstein. Of that group, only Havenstein was manning the same position he played in the Rams’ Super Bowl loss to Brady and New England. Havenstein also committed the only penalty of the game for the offensive line (holding) and nobody on the unit false-started against a Tampa Bay rush unit that averages 3.2 sacks, fourth in the league.

“Joe Noteboom had a great game at left tackle,” Woods said. “You gotta think about whose position he’s filling. He had Shaq Barrett and JPP (Jean-Pierre Paul) to deal with.”

Since the Rams put their running game on hold, Goff concentrated on rhythmic short passes against a dynamic young Tampa Bay secondary. His two touchdown passes went to rookies Cam Akers and Van Jefferson, but Kupp and Woods were able to run profusely whenever they caught the ball short, and that doesn’t happen without drone-type accuracy from the quarterback. Those two combined for 23 catches for 275 yards.

“I really loved what Cooper and Robert did,” McVay said. “They really created a lot of stuff on their own.”

If the Rams can lean on that big-boy foundation and keep improving their efficiency, they have much to anticipate.

Their defense was special again Monday night, even though they rarely got to Brady. They stuffed Ronald Jones for 24 yards in 10 carries, with Micah Kiser perhaps foretelling the future when, on Tampa Bay’s first play, he hit fifth gear almost immediately and stuffed Jones at the line of scrimmage. Except for Mike Evans’ touchdown when Jalen Ramsey wasn’t guarding him, the Rams generally stopped the Buccaneers’ receivers in their tracks.

Evans’ 18-yard play was the longest for Tampa Bay all night, and the numbers would have looked much better if not for three pass interference penalties.

In the past two weeks, the Rams have dealt QB ratings of 57 and 62.5 to Russell Wilson and Brady.

After the Rams took a 17-14 halftime lead, they put Brady in neutral for the entire third quarter, giving Tampa Bay only 8 yards. But they allowed this to stay a seven-point game for a little too long, and when Jordan Whitehead closed strongly and intercepted Goff’s throw down the middle, it came time for Brady to call back the years.

He hustled the Bucs to the tying touchdown, finding Chris Godwin for the final 13 yards as Darious Williams couldn’t get to him fast enough. That put the onus on Goff and the Rams to see if their quick-pitch offense could work when it mattered most, with 3:53 remaining.

The Rams ran only five times in the first half, and Goff piled up the stats with short shots to Kupp and the rest.

Here, Goff used play-action and fired 25 yards to Woods on first down, the 11th ball Woods had caught. Then Goff rolled out and found Kupp for 18 yards, which was Kupp’s 11th reception as well. It was also Goff’s 50th attempt and his 39th completion.

Then the Rams picked a surprising time to revert to the running game, and wound up with a fourth-and-8 situation. Matt Gay, who was 1-for-2 beforehand, converted a 40-yard field-goal attempt for a 27-24 lead with 2:36 remaining, and with Brady holding one time out.

History indicates that Brady is somewhat lethal when given those options. But maybe current events are catching up with Brady. He tried to get a chunk of yardage with a down-the-middle throw to Cameron Brate, but it floated.

Fuller, who had already intercepted Brady once, stood there and watched the ball come to him. For the Rams, it was like a pillow mint that enabled a peaceful flight, and night.

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