Nevada Starting Guard Pleads Innocent To Shoplifting

RENO (AP) - Nevada starting guard Brandon Fields has pleaded not
guilty to a shoplifting charge stemming from an incident earlier this month at a Sparks sporting goods store.

In the same case involving a Scheels store, freshman point guard London Giles pleaded guilty Wednesday to petty larceny, and was fined $350 plus court costs of $107, while freshman forward Ahyaro
Phillips is scheduled for arraignment Monday.

Fields, a 6-4 junior from Arlington, Texas, awaits trial Nov. 3 in Sparks Municipal Court.

Fields, who started all but one of Nevada's games last season, was the team's third-leading scorer with a 12.4 average and was selected to the Western Athletic Conference's all-academic team.

A lawyer for Giles says the 6-3 guard from Dallas is remorseful and taking responsibility for his mistake.

Giles lawyer Thomas Viloria says the criminal complaint does not specify what the three players are accused of taking, and he declined further comment.

All three players have been suspended indefinitely by coach Mark Fox.

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