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NCAA rules UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad eligible

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UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad looks on while sitting on the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Indiana State in Los Angeles, Nov. 9, 2012.

LOS ANGELES — The NCAA has ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play.

The NCAA said Friday that UCLA's sanctions against Muhammad, who starred at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, were sufficient after the university required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits.

The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.

Muhammad will be in the lineup when the No. 13 Bruins (3-0) return to action Monday night in New York against Georgetown at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The NCAA announced Nov. 9, less than two hours before the Bruins' opener, that Muhammad was ineligible. UCLA filed a formal appeal Wednesday.

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