UCLA prepares to start season without Shabazz Muhammad | College basketball
It is not known when the NCAA will decide whether heralded UCLA freshman swingman Shabazz Muhammad is eligible; the No. 13 Bruins begin their season Friday.
UCLA prepares to start
season without Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad is physically "real close" to being able to play his first game for 13th-ranked UCLA after losing time because of a shoulder injury. When the NCAA decides whether the freshman swingman is eligible is up in the air.
Muhammad has been relegated to watching from the sideline as the Bruins prepare for their season opener Friday against Indiana State at renovated Pauley Pavilion. He strained his right shoulder during practice Oct. 25.
Coach Ben Howland said Muhammad is able to shoot the ball and "physically, there's a possibility for sure" he could be ready by Friday.
But Muhammad has been given no timeline for a resolution of the NCAA investigation involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his Las Vegas AAU program.
2 Hoosiers to miss 9 games
The NCAA has agreed to reinstate two freshmen at No. 1 Indiana after they serve nine-game suspensions and repay a portion of the impermissible benefits they received before arriving on campus.
Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea must pay back about $1,590 to a charity of his choice. Center Peter Jurkin will be required to repay $250 to a charity of his choice.
NCAA enforcement officials said AAU coach Mark Adams gave Mosquera-Perea $9,008 in benefits and Jurkin $6,004 in benefits. Benefits included plane tickets, meals, housing, electronic devices and clothing.
Adams is considered an Indiana booster because he donated a total of $185 to the Varsity Club from 1986 to 1992. Boosters cannot legally provide benefits to players.
Carrier game has new date
The game between No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway has been moved from Friday night to Sunday because of a strong chance of rain. The new tipoff time is 1 p.m. Sunday.
Duda suffers unusual injury
Outfielder Lucas Duda of the New York Mets broke his right wrist while moving furniture last month at his apartment in Southern California and had surgery Monday in New York. Duda, 26, is expected to be ready in time for spring training.
Book examines stadium costs
Taxpayers spent about $10.8 billion more on stadiums and arenas for pro teams than was forecast, according to a new book by Judith Grant Long, Harvard urban planning associate professor.
The costs of land, infrastructure, operations and lost property taxes add 25 percent to the taxpayer bill for the 121 sports facilities in use during 2010 — increasing the average public cost by $89 million to $259 million, up from the $170 million commonly reported by the sports industry and media, she writes in the book "Public/Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities."
Labor negotiations resume
Negotiations between the league and the players' association resumed at an undisclosed location in New York and lasted more than seven hours.
Some owners and 13 players — including Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby — joined league commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr in the talks, which are to resume Wednesday.
• Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sounded pessimistic after a 2-2 draw with visiting Ajax of Amsterdam in a UEFA Champions League soccer match.
Manchester City, the English Premier League champion, is winless after four matches and sits at the bottom of Group D.
"It's finished," Mancini said of City's chances. "I always believe in my team, but now I think it is very difficult."
In another Group D match, Real Madrid of Spain and Borussia Dortmund of Germany tied 2-2.
In Group A, Paris Saint-Germain routed Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia 4-0 and Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine and FC Porto of Portugal played to a scoreless draw.
Olimpiakos of Greece beat Montpellier of France 3-1 and Schalke of Germany and Arsenal of England tied 2-2 in Group B.
In Group C, Anderlecht of Belgium beat Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia 1-0 and AC Milan of Italy and Malaga of Spain played to a 1-1 draw.
Porto and Malaga became the first teams to advance to the round of 16 in the 32-team tournament.
• Roger Federer of Switzerland opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title, defeating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 in a Group B tennis match at the eight-player ATP finals in London.
David Ferrer of Spain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
• South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of American Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO after failing a doping test.
• Drug tests of horses running in the 15 Breeders' Cup races last week at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., showed no violations.
• Blayne Barber, who advanced from the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying school, took himself out a week later for signing an incorrect scorecard in the second round. He wasn't sure if he brushed a leaf in a bunker but decided to assess a one-stroke penalty; he later learned the penalty for such an infraction is two shots but played the final two rounds. Barber, 22, called Tour officials Friday and was disqualified.
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