UCLA basketball freshmen fly home after one-week detainment in China

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They did not travel home with the rest of the team, but the Wall Street Journal reported that the young men were seen at a Chinese airport Tuesday night checking into a flight bound for Los Angeles.

Trump Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has already been in touch with the families of the three players as well as university officials including UCLA coach Steve Alford.

Riley, Hill and Ball were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from three high-end stores in a shopping center next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou but were released on bail November 8.

A senior White House official said the players had been given relatively light treatment due to Trump's intervention.

Their release comes shortly after President Donald Trump reached out to Chinese president Xi Jinping asking him to help resolve the players' legal cases.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported.

Duke Basketball: Star Freshman Bagley Makes Early Impression on ACC
Bagley returned to the Duke bench for the second half but he didn't participate in the second-half warmups with the team. Bagley averaged 24.5 points per game and 10 rebounds for Duke through the first two games.

Asked about the case Tuesday, China's foreign ministry said it had no additional comment.

Since the matter did not occur on the court, it would be up to UCLA whether the players will be punished, Scott said. "And hopefully everything is going to work out", Trump said on board Air Force One, before word of the trio's return appeared. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the USA were in contact over the matter.

The UCLA shoplifting case has reportedly reached the highest levels of both the American and Chinese governments.

UCLA beat Georgia Tech 63-60 without the three freshmen. UCLA is scheduled to host Central Arkansas Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.

ESPN reported that authorities have surveillance footage of the players stealing from three stores.

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