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Serbian forward ruled ineligible for 10 games of U.S. college season

The Associated PressPublished: November 7, 2006

LOS ANGELES: First-year forward Nikola Dragovic of Belgrade, Serbia, will miss UCLA's first 10 basketball games because he played on a team defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association as professional.

UCLA said that while Dragovic wasn't paid for the 10 games he played with Mega Ishrana, an unknown number of players were compensated.

"Nikola and his father tried to do everything the right way to keep his amateur status," UCLA coach Ben Howland said Tuesday. "They were unaware that anyone on the team had accepted money. This is very unfortunate, but we will comply with the NCAA's ruling."

Dragovic will be reinstated in time for the Bruins' 11th game of the season, a home contest against Michigan on Dec. 23. UCLA, ranked sixth in the AP's preseason poll, will open its season against Brigham Young University at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 15.


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