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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 flew back to Los Angeles and landed 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 person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options.

“I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” Block said in a statement.

“In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”

There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener tonight against Central Arkansas.

The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference today, but won’t take questions.

Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China. He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.

It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.

“We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.

Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA’s highly touted recruiting class.

Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court.

Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior.

The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft.

The Balls’ outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained.

Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.

The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that Cal and Yale will play in next year’s edition.


A sampling of bars in the Bay Area that cater to fans of NFL teams.

Arizona Cardinals: The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St., San Francisco

Baltimore Ravens: Thieves Tavern, 496 14th St., San Francisco

Buffalo Bills: North Star Cafe, 1560 Powell St., San Francisco

Carolina Panthers: Greens Sports Bar, 2239 Polk St., San Francisco

Chicago Bears: The Bar (On Dolores), 1600 Dolores St., San Francisco

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bus Stop, 1901 Union St., San Francisco

Cleveland Browns: R Bar, 1176 Sutter St., San Francisco

Denver Broncos: Nickies, 466 Haight St., San Francisco

Detroit Lions: Phoenix Irish Pub, 811 Valencia St., San Francisco

Green Bay Packers: Third Street Aleworks, 610 3rd St., Santa Rosa

Houston Texans: Cabin Bar & Lounge, 1750 Polk St., San Francisco

Miami Dolphins: The Blue Light, 1979 Union St., San Francisco

Minnesota Vikings: The Bell Tower, 1900 Polk St., San Francisco

New England Patriots: Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut St., San Francisco

New Orleans Saints: Black Magic Voodoo Lounge, 1400 Lombard St., San Francisco

New York Giants: Ace’s, 998 Sutter St., San Francisco

New York Jets: The Wreck Room, 1390 California St., San Francisco

Philadelphia Eagles: Jake’s Steaks, 3301 Buchanan St., San Francisco

Pittsburgh Steelers: Giordano Bros., 3108 16th St., San Francisco

San Diego Chargers: Danny Coyle’s, 668 Haight St.. San Francisco

Seattle Seahawks: The Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Blvd., San Francisco

Washington Redskins: Red Jack Saloon, 131 Bay St., San Francisco

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