Three UCLA players returning from China after shoplifting incident

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are coming back home after being detained in China for the past few days.

The trio generated international headlines after being arrested in Hangzhou during the team's season-opening trip abroad. The rest of the Bruins returned to the United States on Sunday, while Ball, Riley and Hill were held at a hotel in China.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the players had boarded a flight home.

Their release comes following a day when it was reported that President Donald Trump reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the matter.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott released the following statement:

"The three UCLA men's basketball student-athletes involved in the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China are on a flight back home to Los Angeles, and the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities. We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university.

"We are grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played, and for the courtesy and professionalism of the local authorities. We also want to acknowledge UCLA's significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes. Finally, we want to thank the President, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution."

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