101°F
weather icon Clear

NCAA rules UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad eligible

LOS ANGELES – The NCAA ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play Friday, and the former Bishop Gorman High School standout is set to make his Bruins debut Monday.

The NCAA said Friday that UCLA’s sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial recruiting visits to Duke and North Carolina.

Muhammad will be in the lineup when the No. 13 Bruins (3-0) return to action Monday in New York against Georgetown at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

"I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday," Muhammad said in a statement released by the school. "My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process, and I couldn’t have gone through this without them."

The NCAA announced Nov. 9, less than two hours before the Bruins’ opener, that Muhammad was ineligible. UCLA filed a formal appeal Wednesday.

"We are extremely grateful that this matter has come to a conclusion," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. "I want to recognize that a lot of long hours and tireless effort were put into this process by staff members from UCLA and the NCAA, as well as by Shabazz Muhammad’s family."

Muhammad led Gorman to three Class 4A state titles, averaging 29.4 points and 10.1 rebounds last season as a senior. He was the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Heat wave forces cancellation of horse racing cards

The New York Racing Association pulled the plug on Saratoga Race Course’s Saturday card, but the show will go on as Monmouth Park hosts the $1 million Haskell Invitational.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill cleared to report to training camp

Tyreek Hill has been cleared to report to Chiefs training camp next week after the NFL said Friday it would not suspend the star wide receiver under its personal conduct policy after a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son.

Lowry, Holmes share lead at British Open

Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open.

Today’s local and national sports

Here’s today’s local and national sports schedule, including television and radio listings.

Rainiers power past Aviators in Washington

Jose Lobaton socked a pair of three-run home runs, leading the Tacoma Rainiers to a 9-3 Pacific Coast League victory over the Aviators on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.