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We haven't done the roundup thing this week. Let's get back to it starting with a little baseball news. Post season awards keep coming in for the baseball team. This time its freshman Gabe Cohen who was named to the Freshman All American team:

UCLA freshman outfielder Gabe Cohen has earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, the baseball newspaper announced Wednesday. Cohen joins three other Pac-10 freshman on the All-America team.

Cohen has registered a .348 batting average with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, 34 runs and a .556 slugging percentage as a freshman this season. The Woodland Hills, Calif., resident captured Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year honors and earned a selection on the All-Pac-10 team at the conclusion of the regular season.

Cohen has played in 54 of the Bruins' 59 games, has made 49 starts (all in right field), and has started in each of UCLA's last 41 games. His 10 home runs are the most by a freshman at UCLA since Wes Whisler belted 18 round-trippers his freshman season. In Cohen's first collegiate start (Feb. 4 vs. Winthrop), he finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam home run and a career-best five RBI.
Congrats to Gabe. Let's hope he and his team-mates can keep the momentum going by getting couple of wins in the OC this weekend.

Switching over to football Dohn had an interesting note on Bruin safety Chris Horton:
I ran into Bruins free safety Chris Horton on campus and he said he was all set to graduate and would walk later this month during the ceremony. The fifth-year senior said he was in the process of choosing classes for the fall, but said ballroom dancing wouldn't be one of them. however, he will be taking a yoga class.
Chris will need all that meditation to keep himself calm and composed, if his head coach keep coming up with the same results of last four years.

Lastly speaking of next year. The TV schedule for Dorrell's crew is out. Take a look:
Three of UCLA's 2007 football games are on the list of Fox Sports Net's or its sublicensee's early selections of Pac-10 Conference contests.

The Sept. 1 opener at Stanford will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. FSN will also televise UCLA's game on Oct. 27 at Washington State, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

UCLA's home opener against BYU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by Versus. FSN has sublicensed five Pac-10 games to Versus, which is available in over 70 million U.S. television homes.

That brings to eight the number of UCLA games that have been pre-selected for television.

ABC will televise the Oct. 6 home game against Notre Dame as part of its Saturday night package. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. The Bruins' game at Arizona on Nov. 3 will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.

The season finale against USC at the Coliseum on Dec. 1 will be televised nationally by ABC. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

UCLA's Sept. 15 game at Utah will be televised by Versus as part of that network's agreement with the Mountain West Conference, beginning at 3:00 p.m. MT/2:00 p.m. PT.
If you are wondering WTF is "Versus" you are not alone. Apparently "Versus" is now what used to be the OLN: Outdoors Life Network. I am pretty sure the Comcast Digital package we have in our area (Mid Atlantic Region) carried the OLN network. So we probably have that channel in our package. I will have to check. But needless to say it sounds a little silly and no doubt will hurt MWC from appearing as a legit conference. JazzyUte over at Block U (our colleague covering the Utes) is not happy about it.

From my perspective again it doesn't really matter what channels I am watching our football team on. I couldn't care if Dorrell's team was playing on Lifetime network. None of it is going to matter until he lives up to our expectations and show us he is a legit coach. Until he does that I am not going to worry about what TV network I am watching UCLA football games on.