Blue chip recruit Eddie Vanderdoes is eligible to play for UCLA this season after winning an NCAA appeal over his initial commitment to Notre Dame.
Vanderdoes signed a letter of intent with the Fighting Irish in February but decided in June he wanted to stay closer to home because of an ailing family member. The elite defensive tackle prospect played at Placer High-Auburn.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly declined to release Vanderdoes from his NLI, which meant that while he could attend UCLA this year, he could not play until 2014, and would have only four years to play three seasons. After winning his appeal, Vanderdoes will have the standard five years to play four seasons.
"We're excited to see Eddie on the field with the Bruins this season," UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
Detroit acquired point guard Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee for guard Brandon Knight and seldom-used Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov. Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game last season. The restricted free agent then agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons. Detroit has also signed free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome this offseason. Knight averaged 13.3 points and 4.0 assists per game last season.
Two-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Gomez agreed to terms with Florida on a one-year contract. The veteran center leads all active U.S.-born NHL players in assists (530) and points (701). Gomez, 33, has played for New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Montreal and San Jose. He had two goals and 13 assists in 39 games with the Sharks last season.
Ana Ivanovic ousted defending champion Dominika Cibulkova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad. Cibulkova was coming off a victory Sunday in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis played her first tour match since September 2007, teaming with Daniela Hantuchova for a 6-1, 6-1 win over Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak.