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    UCLA’s Lonzo Ball won’t face NCAA sanctions for apparel website

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    LOS ANGELES — UCLA’s Lonzo Ball won’t face NCAA sanctions for his connection to a family apparel website that was using Ball’s image.

    UCLA asked the family to remove Lonzo’s photo from the website bigballerbrand.com  after it received a call from rival University of Southern California, said LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s father. Tim Tessalone, USC’s sports information director, confirmed that USC called UCLA but that UCLA said it already  was aware of the matter “and working on it.”

    UCLA would not address specifics of the situation.

    The NCAA on Saturday provided USA TODAY Sports a joint statement from the NCAA and UCLA indicating the eligibility of Ball, UCLA’s starting point guard whose image no longer is on the site, is not at risk.

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    “NCAA eligibility is assessed at the beginning of every student-athlete’s academic year and then re-evaluated as needed based on a change in circumstances,’’ the statement said. “This evaluation can include a review of NCAA rules, facts related to specific situations, or a school’s request for interpretations and waivers from the NCAA.

    “Like many schools, UCLA has frequently worked with the NCAA to determine what is and is not allowed within the member-adopted rules. While neither the NCAA nor UCLA will address details of a specific student-athlete’s situation, both are comfortable the appropriate measures have been taken to…

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