UCLA play­ers face pun­ishemnt at home after China in­ci­dent

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES » Three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of shoplift­ing have been al­lowed to re­turn home, where they may be dis­ci­plined by the school as a re­sult of the in­ter­na­tional scan­dal.

Fresh­men LiAn­gelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Ri­ley were on a plane back to Los An­ge­les that was due to land late Tues­day af­ter­noon after a 12-hour flight from Shang­hai. Pac-12 Com­mis­sioner Larry Scott said the mat­ter “has been re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties.”

The play­ers were de­tained in Hangzhou for ques­tion­ing fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of shoplift­ing last week be­fore the 23rd-ranked Bru­ins beat Ge­or­gia Tech in their sea­son-open­ing game in Shang­hai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team re­turned home last Satur­day.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the Pac-12’s de­ci­sion said any dis­ci­pline in­volv­ing the trio would be up to UCLA. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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