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LiAngelo Ball to pull out of UCLA...Steelers lose Shazier on their way to another Cincy win...Seattle advances KeyArena renovation

December 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he’s withdrawing his son from school so he can prepare to play in the NBA. LiAngelo told “Access Hollywood” in an interview aired this morning on the “Today” show that his UCLA suspension is “just a long time of doing nothing. I’d rather be playing.” He and two fellow players were suspended indefinitely for a shoplifting incident in China last month.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier stayed overnight in a Cincinnati hospital with a back injury while the rest of the team headed home with yet another improbable comeback in hand, one that was so much like all the rest at Paul Brown Stadium. Antonio Brown caught a game-tying 6-yard touchdown pass while taking a hit to the head — one of many that crossed the line — and Chris Boswell kicked a 38-yard field goal on the final play for a 23-20 victory over the stunned-again Bengals.

SEATTLE — Seattle is moving forward with efforts to renovate the aging city-owned KeyArena into a premier venue that could be ready for an NBA or NHL team within three years. The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to privately finance a roughly $600 million remodel that would nearly double the square footage of KeyArena.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC executive board is meeting to decide if Russian athletes can compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics despite evidence that the country ran an orchestrated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games. The International Olympic Committee did not bar Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and instead asked sports governing bodies to decide which athletes could compete. Stricter sanctions would allow Russians to compete only as neutral athletes.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled to take place this morning in the trial of three men facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a promising high school football player in Knoxville, Tennessee. Zaevion Dobson, who played for Fulton High School, died in December 2015, shielding girls from gunfire. He received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPYs.

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