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CHICAGO (AP) — Top-ranked Duke is meeting number-two Michigan State tonight in the Champions Classic in Chicago. It’s an early-season barometer for two schools with hopes of a college basketball championship. The Blue Devils, led by Marvin Bagley III, opened with two easy victories. The Spartans, who feature Miles Bridges, routed North Florida in their opener. The Chicago event also features fourth-ranked Kansas against number-seven Kentucky.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.” Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the Bruins played Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the UCLA team returned to Los Angeles last Saturday without the three.
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he plans to play tonight at Brooklyn after missing a game with a minor facial fracture. Irving was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday early in a victory over Charlotte. He sat out Sunday when the Celtics beat Toronto for their 12th straight victory. Irving will wear a mask on the court and says he may need to play in it for a couple of weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty owner James Dolan says he’s looking to sell the team, one of the original eight WNBA franchises. Dolan has owned the team that plays at Madison Square Garden for 21 years. New York, led by Tina Charles, finished first in the Eastern Conference after a 22-12 season in the 12-team league. The team began in 1996 and has not won a title.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Mass shootings across the nation have prompted Marist College in New York to drop Shooter as the nickname for its sports mascot. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Marist College came up with a new name for the costumed mascot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s basketball teams after last month’s mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas. The school’s athletics department settled on Frankie, a nod to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.