NCAA home attendance

Season average:

1. Utah 14,858
2. Alabama 12,086
3. Georgia 9,381
4. LSU 9,208
5. Auburn 6,188
6. Florida 5,850
7. UCLA 5,417
8. Oregon State 3,548
9. Michigan 3,032
10. Oklahoma 2,973

The Times

All those Utah fans have more social media to enjoy than any other team.

Greg Marsden:

I don’t know if I found him or he found me, but one of the things I have enjoyed most over the past few years is documenting our team’s journey with Kory Mortensen. He is a savant. His camerawork, editing skills, musicality and creativity come together in a way that uniquely captures the joy and athleticism of these incredible athletes. …

Click PLAY or watch a year end celebration video on YouTube.

Bruin Banter – Danusia Francis

It’s the end of an era, as Samantha Peszek hosts her final episode of #BruinBanter, passing the torch to new host Danusia Francis!

Thanks, Sam, for three great years of the show and five legendary years as a Bruin!

UCLA Gymnastics

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Max Parrot – Switch Quadruple Underflip 1620

Looks difficult and dangerous to me.

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Karl Kosztka – P Bars

Some cool combinations.

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Fun day at the gym, working on some new p-bar connections 💯 #progress #gymnastics #gsvideo

A video posted by Karl Kosztka (@karlkosztka) on

Thanks Hal.

turning leap drill

Al Fong posted a good drill.

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But our current Code of Points gives far too much reward for these elements. The take-off is often cheated. The landing is usually cheated. And most are simply not pretty to watch. :-(

human rights in Azerbaijan

It’s great that Ilham Aliyev, current President of Azerbaijan, is also head of their National Olympic Committee. Seems he loves sport.

Aliyev is a tyrant, however.

The Economist scored Azerbaijan as an authoritarian regime, at 140th place (out of 167) in its 2011 Democracy Index. …

In the 2013-14 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, Azerbaijan ranked 160th out of an overall total of 180 nations

They’ll be plenty of foreign journalist at the 2015 European Games in Baku. No doubt they’ll be doing some research, as well, as to what happened to the Azerbaijani journalists and activists jailed.

Rasul Jafarov, for example.

Rasul Jafarov (Photo: Melody Patry)
Rasul Jafarov (Photo: Melody Patry)

Rasul Jafarov, one of Azerbaijan’s best-known human rights activists and government critics, was sentenced on 16 April to six years and six months in prison on charges including tax evasion and abuse of power. He has also been barred from holding any office for three years following his release, reports contact.az.

The charges have been widely dismissed as trumped up and linked to Jafarov’s campaigning work in a country that has been continually criticised for its poor human rights record. …

Index on Censorship

Sport, as it’s done so many times in the past, should help move Azerbaijan forward in terms of human rights.

Uchimura, Tanaka, Kato

Japanese Championships

1. Kohei Uchimura 15.75 + 15.1 + 14.95 + 15.0 + 15.45 + 15.9 = 92.150AA
2. Yusuke Tanaka 15.3 + 13.75 + 14.8 + 14.8 + 15.8 + 15.650 = 90.100AA
3. Ryohei Kato 15.45 + 14.6 + 14.6 + 14.8 + 15.600 + 15.00 = 90.050 AA

Kohei can compete almost any Vault. This time he used a Li Xiaopeng. And it wasn’t great.

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(via gymnasts391)