Three UCLA men’s basketball players — including LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — were released on bail early Wednesday morning in Hangzhou, China, after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday afternoon, ESPN.com reported. Police told Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill to stay at their hotel until the legal process is finished. The three will not play when the Bruins open the season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, said coach Steve Alford . . . Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl said he couldn’t comment on a report that states he hasn’t been cooperating with the school’s internal investigation into the program. ESPN reported that university officials have told Pearl he could lose his job if he doesn’t cooperate. Auburn fired associate basketball coach Chuck Person, who was indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy and fraud charges. The school said Person was fired on Oct. 18, but Auburn just announced the move. . . Boston College ranked sixth in the nation in overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to the NCAA’s most recent GSR report . . . A diversity report shows that leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools continue to be dominated by white men. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave top-level college sports a grade of D+ for race and gender hiring in leadership positions, with a D+ for racial hiring and an F for gender. It examined the race and gender of college presidents, athletic directors and faculty athletics representatives for the 130 FBS schools.
Vikings put Bridgewater on active roster
The Minnesota Vikings took quarterback Teddy Bridgewater off of the physically unable to perform list, adding him to the active roster for the first time in more than 14 months since his left knee was dislocated during practice. The team placed quarterback Sam Bradford on the injured reserve amid continued trouble with his left knee . . . Quarterback Jameis Winston said consulting renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews about his sore throwing shoulder was "standard protocol." It's not an indication the injury is worse than he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially believed . . . The NFL players union unanimously passed a resolution calling on everyone in the league to honor a two-minute Veterans Day moment of silence this weekend. With Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, the players union voted to ask everyone in the NFL community to observe this moment of silence Sunday prior to kickoffs.
US women top Canada in hockey
Kendall Coyne and Megan Bozek each had a goal and an assist and the United States women’s hockey team beat Canada, 4-2, in a physical game at the Four Nations Cup in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Cayla Barnes and former Boston College star Alex Carpenter scored to help the Americans win their second game as they try to win this event for a third straight time and eighth overall . . . Carmelo Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul will stand, but the NBA rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City’s loss to Portland last Sunday. The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and Thunder coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for their criticisms of the officials after the call against teammate Anthony . . . Aric Almirola was officially named Danica Patrick's replacement at Stewart-Haas Racing. The move was expected after Smithfield Foods moved its sponsorship from Richard Petty Motorsports to SHR for 2018. Patrick said after Smithfield announced it was moving that she would not be back with the team next year . . . Sun Young Yoo carded a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA golf tournament in Hainan, China . . . The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the PGA Championship in 2028 and the Ryder Cup in 2032. The announcement adds to the growing list of major golf events on the West Coast, which typically have stronger television ratings because they can be shown in prime time on the East Coast . . . Atlanta midfielder Julian Gressel was voted Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year . . . Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin had his indefinite doping suspension from the WBC cut to one year, but he still must pay a $250,000 fine . . . Craig Carton, co-host of WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, pleaded not guilty to fraud charges stemming from a ticket reselling business. He vowed to show a jury that the government’s accusations against him are false. Carton was arrested in September and is free on $500,000 bail.