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Scoreboard roundup — 11/22/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:
   
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 101, Portland 81
Cleveland 119, Brooklyn 109
Charlotte 129, Washington 124; OT  
Miami 104, Boston 98
L.A. Clippers 116, Atlanta 103
N.Y. Knicks 108, Toronto 100
Minnesota 124, Orlando 118
New Orleans 107, San Antonio 90
Houston 125, Denver 95
Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 91
Dallas 95, Memphis 94
Utah 110, Chicago 80
Milwaukee 113, Phoenix 107; OT  
Sacramento 113, L.A. Lakers 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
N.Y. Rangers 6, Carolina 1
Minnesota 5, Buffalo 4
Florida 2, Toronto 1; SO  
Vancouver 5 , Pittsburgh 2
Columbus 1, Calgary 0; OT  
N.Y. Islanders 4, Philadelphia 3; OT  
Washington 5, Ottawa  2
Boston 3, New Jersey 2;  SO  
Edmonton 6, Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 3, Chicago 2; OT  
Nashville 3, Montreal 2; SO  
Colorado 3, Dallas 0
San Jose 3, Arizona 1
Winnipeg 2 , L.A. Kings 1
Vegas 4, Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NC State 90, (2) Arizona 84
(5) Villanova 66, W. Kentucky 58
(13) Notre Dame 67, (6) Wichita St. 66
(8) Kentucky 86, Fort Wayne 67
(10) Southern Cal 88, Lehigh 63
(11) Miami 57, La Salle 46
(12) Cincinnati 78, Wyoming 53
Tennessee 78, (18) Purdue 75; OT  

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Lakers 102, Chicago 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 5, Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 8, Edmonton 3
Dallas 3, Montreal 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Kansas 114, Texas Southern 71
(6) Wichita St. 80, Marquette 66
(12) Cincinnati 75, Richmond 48
(13) Notre Dame 92, LSU 53
(14) Minnesota 100, Alabama A&M 57
(16) Texas A&M 98, Penn St. 87
(19) Louisville 84, S. Illinois 42
(22) Baylor 65, Creighton 59
(23) UCLA 72, Wisconsin 70
(25) Alabama 77, Texas-Arlington 76

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LaVar Ball on why he refuses to thank President Trump

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LaVar Ball downplayed reports that he is feuding with President Donald Trump in an interview on Monday, but he declined to thank the president for helping to get his son, LiAngelo Ball, home from China.

“You know where my boy is at right now because of me. Because I spent all that time and love for him,” LaVar Ball said in an interview with CNN Monday evening. “Don’t come in one time and think you did something for my son.”

“I don’t have to go around saying thank you to everybody,” he added.

LiAngelo Ball and two other freshman UCLA basketball players — Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — were arrested in China earlier this month after they reportedly shoplifted items from three different stores, including Louis Vuitton. The players were detained in their hotel in Hangzhou during the president’s 12-day Asian tour.

“Just because people say things, they’re supposed to be true? Like he stopped them from [serving] 10 years?” the elder Ball said Monday. “Maybe we were doing some talking with some other people before he even got there.”

“If I was going to thank someone, I would probably thank [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping],” he added.

LaVar Ball, who said his son returned the stolen merchandise and wrote an apology letter, said he did more than Trump to get the players home safely.

“I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation when we first jumped on there,” Ball said. “I keep those people in mind.”

He also downplayed reports that he and Trump were engaged in a war of words.

“Why would I be at war with the most powerful man in the world? That’s my question,” LaVar Ball said. “What do you mean take on Donald Trump? Take him on for what?”

Trump indicated that he wanted recognition for his help in securing the release of the players, who he says were facing 10 years in jail, in a tweet last Wednesday.

The three players, who admitted to shoplifting in a news conference later that day, thanked Trump for his assistance in the case, but LaVar Ball has seemed to downplay Trump’s role ever since.

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!” Trump wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful,” Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet more than five hours later.

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Elizabeth Warren compares Trump presidency to ‘dog years’ in ‘Late Show’ interview

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, compared President Donald Trump’s presidency to “dog years” in an interview with “The Late Show” on Monday.

The comment came after “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert pointed out that she hadn’t been on the show since the start of Trump’s presidency.

“Oh, I remember those days,” Warren said with a smile. “How long has he been president now?”

“Forty-five years … If my bone density is any indication,” Colbert replied.

“That’s right. They were dog years, now they’re Trump years. It’s going to be hard,” Warren joked.”

Warren also hit back at Trump for referring to her as “Pocahontas” in a tweet earlier this month.

“Donald Trump thinks if he’s going to start every one of these tweets to me with some kind of racist slur here that he’s going to shut me up,” the senator said. “It didn’t work in the past, it’s not going to work in the future.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about retirement, says he hopes to still ‘be a part of the sport that I love’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened up his legendary 18-year career in NASCAR, saying that despite retiring from competition, he hopes to “continue to be a part of the sport that I love.”

“I want to continue to cover it, be a part of its health and growth,” Earnhardt, 43, who will remain in the world of NASCAR as a commentator, broadcasting races from the booth next season, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Michael Strahan.

Moments before completing the final race of his career on Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida, Earnhardt said he felt “excited.”

“Looking forward to the future,” he added. “But definitely want to make this last one count … I want to make sure I get it all out on this last race.”

Earnhardt also opened up about the beginnings of his career, when he stepped out as a racer in the shadow of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., a seven-time NASCAR champion.

“He was this intimidator, man in black … rough … and tumble, blue collar,” the junior Earnhardt said of his father. “He had this whole … mystique and … fans wanted that.

“They wanted 20 more years of … Dale Earnhardt, the intimidator, and I couldn’t be that,” he added. “That’s not who I was. I didn’t want to be that. I didn’t want to emulate him, and try to fit into that mold.”

Earnhardt said that instead of trying to become his father, “I just went ahead right from the start, and just was myself.”

“Maybe even more outspoken than I was comfortable with, just so people could get to know me,” he added. “I think people found me relatable because of that.”

Earnhardt, who has amassed 26 wins over the course of his decorated career, said that he attempted “to show people that I’m grounded and humbled and … appreciate, you know, what good fortune I’ve got to be here.”

In addition to discussing his retirement from racing, Earnhardt also opened up about another major life change coming up for him.

“My wife’s pregnant with a little girl, we’re going to have in May,” Earnhardt told ABC News, adding that he is still processing all the emotions he feels.

“I can’t tell what my emotions are,” he said. “Cause there’s so many great things happening in my life, but I’m really excited.”

Earnhardt added that his wife, Amy Earnhardt, whom he wed in 2016, has “made every day in my life better”

“Amy has changed me,” he said. “I became a better person, a better husband, a better friend, a better brother, a better son.”

He said that he is looking forward to welcoming their first child together.

“I have no idea how this little girl’s going to change my life,” he said. “I’m getting all kinds of advice from everybody. But that is going to be an experience that … I couldn’t imagine … how to describe it today.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/18/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Utah 125, Orlando 85
Charlotte 102, L.A. Clippers 87
Golden State 124, Philadelphia 116
Boston 110, Atlanta 99
Houston 105, Memphis 83
Dallas 111, Milwaukee 79
Portland 102, Sacramento 90

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT Calgary 5, Philadelphia 4
OT Arizona 3, Ottawa 2
Dallas 6, Edmonton 3
Winnipeg 5, New Jersey 2
L.A. Kings 4, Florida 0
Carolina 3, Buffalo 1
Toronto 6, Montreal 0
N.Y. Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 3
Chicago 2, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 3, Minnesota 1
Nashville 5, Colorado 2
OT St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3
Boston 3, San Jose 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(1) Alabama 56, Mercer 0
(2) Miami 44, Virginia 28
(3) Oklahoma 41, Kansas 3
(4) Clemson 61, The Citadel 3
(5) Wisconsin 24, (19) Michigan 10
(6) Auburn 42, Louisiana-Monroe 14
(7) Georgia 42, Kentucky 13
(8) Ohio St. 52, Illinois 14
(9) Notre Dame 24, Navy 17
Kansas St. 45, (10) Oklahoma St. 40
(11) TCU 27, Texas Tech 3
(12) Southern Cal 28, UCLA 23
(13) Penn St. 56, Nebraska 44
(14) UCF 45, Temple 19
(16) Washington 33, Utah 30
(17) Mississippi St. 28, Arkansas 21
(18) Memphis 66, SMU 45
(20) Stanford 17, California 14
(21) LSU 30, Tennessee 10
(22) Michigan St. 17, Maryland 7
Texas 28, (24) West Virginia 14
Wake Forest 30, (25) NC State 24

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Trump family’s hunting history reexamined in light of new elephant trophy policy

Yves Adams/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump Jr. caused an uproar among some when pictures surfaced of him holding the tail of a dead elephant after a big-game hunt in Africa years ago. Now, new policy changes
proposed by his father’s administration may allow Americans to bring the carcasses of elephants and lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

The importing of so-called hunting trophies was banned by former President Obama in 2014, but the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will allow Americans to bring back elephant and lion
trophies. Fish and Wildlife officials said they would begin issuing permits on Oct. 20.

The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

During the press briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the change in policy stems from a study that was initiated during the Obama administration.

She said the study determined that both Zambia and Zimbabwe met “strict international conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries.”

Sanders noted the ban on imported ivory remains in place.

Neither of Trump’s sons have spoken about the policy changes yet, but both Donald Trump Jr. and President Trump have publicly spoken about their family’s hunting history in the past.

Controversial 2012 safari trip

Back in 2012, years before their father ran for president, photos surfaced of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump’s hunting trip to Zimbabwe.

Photos released by the safari company at the time, which were later published on TMZ and elsewhere, showed the brothers posing next to various dead animals that were killed as part of their hunt.
Donald Trump Jr. was 34 years old at the time, and Eric Trump was 28.

Various photos show the brothers flanking a crocodile hanging from a tree, smiling behind the horns of a killed waterbuck, and standing together as Eric held a dead leopard. Donald Trump Jr. was
pictured sitting next to a dead buffalo while holding a gun and wearing an ammunition belt, and Eric Trump can be seen sitting on one of the dead animals with guns resting on its horns.

The Trump brothers were not pictured with any dead lions in 2012, but Donald Trump Jr. was pictured next to a dead elephant while holding its severed tail.

A spokesperson for the Trump sons did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on the recent policy change. It remains unclear if the brothers brought back any animal trophies from
their safari trip, as it was legal to do so at the time.

Donald Trump Jr. has spoken about the 2012 trip in the past.

In a 2012 interview with a Forbes contributor, Donald Jr. reportedly told him that it was African tradition to cut off an elephant’s tail and use its hair to make bracelets, and that it is seen as
a sign of respect for the animal.

Following the uproar caused by the photos, Donald Jr. and Eric released a statement to E! News, calling themselves “avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our grandfather who
taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted.”

“We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We
love traveling and being in the woods—at the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart,” the statement read.

That didn’t stop critics from going after Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter, and he responded in kind.

“I AM A HUNTER I don’t hide from that,” he wrote in one tweet to a critic.

More recently, Donald Trump Jr. has shared a number of photos from domestic hunting trips, including one in Montana earlier this month. He also shared a photo from a bow hunting trip in the Yukon
“earlier this fall,” and went pheasant hunting in Iowa with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in October.

Family feelings

President Trump commented on his sons’ love of hunting to TMZ after the photos were released in 2012. At the time, Donald Trump defended his sons but acknowledged he felt differently about hunting.

“My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it,” Trump told TMZ at the time.

“I know that anything they did was 100 percent okay in terms of the hunting community,” Trump added to TMZ.

Donald Trump Jr. echoed that sentiment in his interview with Forbes in 2012, saying that his father “really doesn’t understand why Eric and I hunt. However, he is open-minded and so always allowed
us to go hunting.”

The brothers said their interest in hunting came from Ivana Trump’s father.

“Our maternal grandfather was Czechoslovakian. When we were young, he would have us to his place in Czechoslovakia for a month or more during summers…He loved to hunt and fish and taught us how,”
Donald Trump Jr. told Forbes in 2012.

But Ivana Trump herself has spoken out about her sons’ hunting, writing in her book published just last month, “Raising Trump,” that she was “not fond of” it.

“I don’t object to their going to Patagonia to shoot birds. There are a million of them there, enough to spare,” Ivana Trump wrote. “But why go to Zimbabwe to shoot Bambi and Dumbo? I don’t blame
people for giving them a hard time about it.”

Citing sons in gun policy

While President Trump may not “understand” his sons’ interest in hunting, he has referenced it when appealing to gun rights supporters both during the campaign and since he has taken office.

A month before Donald Trump announced his candidacy, he tweeted about his sons’ ties to the National Rifle Association.

“My two sons, Eric & Don, have long been expert hunters & marksmen @NRA. They go on safaris & give animals to the poor & starving villagers!” he tweeted.

And while the president never talks about hunting himself, he said he does own a gun. In his 2015 book, Trump wrote that he “owns guns. Fortunately, I have never had to use.” According to publicly
accessible records, President Trump has had a concealed weapons permit since 2010.

“I’m a member of the NRA. My sons, Don and Eric, are members of the NRA for a long time. They’re hunters. They’re great members of the NRA,” Trump said during an MSNBC town hall event in February
2016.

He has specifically mentioned his sons’ NRA membership in speeches he has given to the gun rights group, both as a candidate in 2016 and as president earlier this year.

“I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, Fifth Avenue,” he said in his April 2017 speech to the NRA.

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ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas on being inspired by a boy with Treacher Collins and the book ‘Wonder’: Reporter’s Notebook

ABC News(RENO, Nev.) — One of my favorite things to do with my children is to read to them.

A few years ago, the bedtime book was “Wonder,” and it was hands-down one of the best books we read together. So, a few years later when my mother forwarded me an email from a member of her book club, I took notice. “Has Elizabeth heard of the book ‘Wonder?’” the email read. “If so, I have the real-life wonder boy in my class.” I jumped for the phone.

We made contact with the Newman family, living in Reno, Nevada, and spent the next two and a half years following Russ and Magda and their sons Nathaniel and Jacob. Nathaniel, now 13, had been born with a severe case of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a genetic condition that radically affects the bones in Nathaniel’s face. Russ and Magda were shocked when Nathaniel was born – they had no warning anything was wrong.

They are incredibly brave people, who have been through so much. But they made a pledge to each other, and to Nathaniel, that they would not hide him from the world, or the world from him, and they allowed my producers and me to follow them for more than two years. We were along with him on his first day of middle school, where students had all gotten a letter from Nathaniel explaining his condition, along with a picture, so they could prepare themselves.

We were along when the family met a man with this rare condition, who was able to explain what Nathaniel will probably face in his teenage years. And we and our cameras were there when the Newmans decided to try a risky and revolutionary surgery that might allow Nathaniel to breath without a trach tube in his throat. Magda Newman calls the surgery barbaric, and honestly it was. But no one was braver than Nathaniel, who chose to take the risk.

Shadowing a family like this for as long as we did with our cameras is a delicate thing. We assigned one of our best producer/shooters for this, Jeff Schneider. After the first few hours of recording, he was able to make the Newmans so comfortable, they could almost forget he was there. We captured some truly intimate moments with this family – the worry about how other kids would treat their son, the anguish as they carried him into the operating room for yet another surgery. My producers, Sean Dooley and Jen Joseph, and I all became very close to the Newmans. They are remarkably candid about their most difficult moments, about their worries and their fears. I interviewed them almost half a dozen times over the two years.

Getting to know Nathaniel was wonderful. He is a sensitive boy, but so very strong. He was four years old when he first realized he looked different. Sometimes, he told me, in moments of pure joy, he can forget for a moment what his face looks like. But he knows he will always look this way, no surgery can correct it, and that there will people who will at times be cruel.

But one thing has made life easier for Nathaniel: the book “Wonder,” by RJ Palacio. Russ Newman says that book has done more than anything in the world to ease the way for children like his son. The Newmans could not believe the story when they read it. It is their story. As Russ told me, “Was RJ spying on us?” RJ likewise told me that when she met Nathaniel, she exclaimed, “It’s Auggie Pullman come to life.” It really stretches credulity, the similarities between art and life are so strong.

We interviewed RJ about how she got the idea for the book, and how she never expected it to be the phenomenon it has become: Five million copies sold around the world, translated into 45 languages, and now a blockbuster movie.

If the book has eased the way a bit for Nathaniel and other children like him, we hope our hour Friday night will do the same. It is so much easier to be humane, to be kind, when the person in front of you is someone you know. We are excited to introduce our viewers to Nathaniel, and the Newman Family.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/16/17

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:
 
   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Boston    92  Golden State   88
 Final  Houston  142  Phoenix       116
 
   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Toronto         1  New Jersey     0
 Final  N-Y Islanders   6  Carolina       4
 Final  Pittsburgh      3  Ottawa         1
 Final  Tampa Bay       6  Dallas         1
 Final  Arizona         5  Montreal       4
 Final SO  Winnipeg        3  Philadelphia   2
 Final  Minnesota       6  Nashville      4
 Final  St. Louis       4  Edmonton       1
 Final  Colorado        6  Washington     2
 Final  Vegas           5  Vancouver      2
 Final  Florida         2  San Jose       0
 Final  Boston          2  L.A. Kings     1
 
   TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 Final  (23) South Florida   27  Tulsa   20
 
   NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
 Final  Pittsburgh   40  Tennessee   17

   TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final  (3) Arizona       91  CS Bakersfield   59
 Final  (8) Florida      108  North Florida    68
 Final  (11) Miami        90  Florida A&M      59
 Final  (12) Cincinnati   97  Coppin St.       54
 Final  (13) Notre Dame  105  Chicago St.      66
 Final  (15) Xavier       80  Wisconsin        70

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Death of Former East Texas Firefighter Being Investigated as Homicide

MARION COUNTY – The Memorial Day weekend shooting of a Cass County resident, former Marshall firefighter, and TxDOT employee, Danny Duncan, is now being investigated as a homicide, Marion County officials confirmed. According to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger, the family of Danny Duncan said his death was listed as “homicide” on the death certificate, and they are hoping justice will be served for their loved one. The death certificate indicates that Duncan died of a “gunshot wound to the back.” Marion County Sheriff David McKnight said last Tuesday that he will not comment on the case, only that the investigation is still an active one. He confirmed that the Texas Rangers are also assisting.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/22/17

Posted/updated on: November 23, 2017 at 3:12 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:
   
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 101, Portland 81
Cleveland 119, Brooklyn 109
Charlotte 129, Washington 124; OT  
Miami 104, Boston 98
L.A. Clippers 116, Atlanta 103
N.Y. Knicks 108, Toronto 100
Minnesota 124, Orlando 118
New Orleans 107, San Antonio 90
Houston 125, Denver 95
Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 91
Dallas 95, Memphis 94
Utah 110, Chicago 80
Milwaukee 113, Phoenix 107; OT  
Sacramento 113, L.A. Lakers 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
N.Y. Rangers 6, Carolina 1
Minnesota 5, Buffalo 4
Florida 2, Toronto 1; SO  
Vancouver 5 , Pittsburgh 2
Columbus 1, Calgary 0; OT  
N.Y. Islanders 4, Philadelphia 3; OT  
Washington 5, Ottawa  2
Boston 3, New Jersey 2;  SO  
Edmonton 6, Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 3, Chicago 2; OT  
Nashville 3, Montreal 2; SO  
Colorado 3, Dallas 0
San Jose 3, Arizona 1
Winnipeg 2 , L.A. Kings 1
Vegas 4, Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NC State 90, (2) Arizona 84
(5) Villanova 66, W. Kentucky 58
(13) Notre Dame 67, (6) Wichita St. 66
(8) Kentucky 86, Fort Wayne 67
(10) Southern Cal 88, Lehigh 63
(11) Miami 57, La Salle 46
(12) Cincinnati 78, Wyoming 53
Tennessee 78, (18) Purdue 75; OT  

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/21/17

Posted/updated on: November 22, 2017 at 2:14 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Lakers 102, Chicago 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 5, Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 8, Edmonton 3
Dallas 3, Montreal 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Kansas 114, Texas Southern 71
(6) Wichita St. 80, Marquette 66
(12) Cincinnati 75, Richmond 48
(13) Notre Dame 92, LSU 53
(14) Minnesota 100, Alabama A&M 57
(16) Texas A&M 98, Penn St. 87
(19) Louisville 84, S. Illinois 42
(22) Baylor 65, Creighton 59
(23) UCLA 72, Wisconsin 70
(25) Alabama 77, Texas-Arlington 76

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LaVar Ball on why he refuses to thank President Trump

Posted/updated on: November 21, 2017 at 7:09 am

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LaVar Ball downplayed reports that he is feuding with President Donald Trump in an interview on Monday, but he declined to thank the president for helping to get his son, LiAngelo Ball, home from China.

“You know where my boy is at right now because of me. Because I spent all that time and love for him,” LaVar Ball said in an interview with CNN Monday evening. “Don’t come in one time and think you did something for my son.”

“I don’t have to go around saying thank you to everybody,” he added.

LiAngelo Ball and two other freshman UCLA basketball players — Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — were arrested in China earlier this month after they reportedly shoplifted items from three different stores, including Louis Vuitton. The players were detained in their hotel in Hangzhou during the president’s 12-day Asian tour.

“Just because people say things, they’re supposed to be true? Like he stopped them from [serving] 10 years?” the elder Ball said Monday. “Maybe we were doing some talking with some other people before he even got there.”

“If I was going to thank someone, I would probably thank [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping],” he added.

LaVar Ball, who said his son returned the stolen merchandise and wrote an apology letter, said he did more than Trump to get the players home safely.

“I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation when we first jumped on there,” Ball said. “I keep those people in mind.”

He also downplayed reports that he and Trump were engaged in a war of words.

“Why would I be at war with the most powerful man in the world? That’s my question,” LaVar Ball said. “What do you mean take on Donald Trump? Take him on for what?”

Trump indicated that he wanted recognition for his help in securing the release of the players, who he says were facing 10 years in jail, in a tweet last Wednesday.

The three players, who admitted to shoplifting in a news conference later that day, thanked Trump for his assistance in the case, but LaVar Ball has seemed to downplay Trump’s role ever since.

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!” Trump wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful,” Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet more than five hours later.

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Elizabeth Warren compares Trump presidency to ‘dog years’ in ‘Late Show’ interview

Posted/updated on: November 21, 2017 at 8:19 am

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, compared President Donald Trump’s presidency to “dog years” in an interview with “The Late Show” on Monday.

The comment came after “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert pointed out that she hadn’t been on the show since the start of Trump’s presidency.

“Oh, I remember those days,” Warren said with a smile. “How long has he been president now?”

“Forty-five years … If my bone density is any indication,” Colbert replied.

“That’s right. They were dog years, now they’re Trump years. It’s going to be hard,” Warren joked.”

Warren also hit back at Trump for referring to her as “Pocahontas” in a tweet earlier this month.

“Donald Trump thinks if he’s going to start every one of these tweets to me with some kind of racist slur here that he’s going to shut me up,” the senator said. “It didn’t work in the past, it’s not going to work in the future.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about retirement, says he hopes to still ‘be a part of the sport that I love’

Posted/updated on: November 20, 2017 at 9:04 am

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened up his legendary 18-year career in NASCAR, saying that despite retiring from competition, he hopes to “continue to be a part of the sport that I love.”

“I want to continue to cover it, be a part of its health and growth,” Earnhardt, 43, who will remain in the world of NASCAR as a commentator, broadcasting races from the booth next season, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Michael Strahan.

Moments before completing the final race of his career on Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida, Earnhardt said he felt “excited.”

“Looking forward to the future,” he added. “But definitely want to make this last one count … I want to make sure I get it all out on this last race.”

Earnhardt also opened up about the beginnings of his career, when he stepped out as a racer in the shadow of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., a seven-time NASCAR champion.

“He was this intimidator, man in black … rough … and tumble, blue collar,” the junior Earnhardt said of his father. “He had this whole … mystique and … fans wanted that.

“They wanted 20 more years of … Dale Earnhardt, the intimidator, and I couldn’t be that,” he added. “That’s not who I was. I didn’t want to be that. I didn’t want to emulate him, and try to fit into that mold.”

Earnhardt said that instead of trying to become his father, “I just went ahead right from the start, and just was myself.”

“Maybe even more outspoken than I was comfortable with, just so people could get to know me,” he added. “I think people found me relatable because of that.”

Earnhardt, who has amassed 26 wins over the course of his decorated career, said that he attempted “to show people that I’m grounded and humbled and … appreciate, you know, what good fortune I’ve got to be here.”

In addition to discussing his retirement from racing, Earnhardt also opened up about another major life change coming up for him.

“My wife’s pregnant with a little girl, we’re going to have in May,” Earnhardt told ABC News, adding that he is still processing all the emotions he feels.

“I can’t tell what my emotions are,” he said. “Cause there’s so many great things happening in my life, but I’m really excited.”

Earnhardt added that his wife, Amy Earnhardt, whom he wed in 2016, has “made every day in my life better”

“Amy has changed me,” he said. “I became a better person, a better husband, a better friend, a better brother, a better son.”

He said that he is looking forward to welcoming their first child together.

“I have no idea how this little girl’s going to change my life,” he said. “I’m getting all kinds of advice from everybody. But that is going to be an experience that … I couldn’t imagine … how to describe it today.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/18/17

Posted/updated on: November 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Utah 125, Orlando 85
Charlotte 102, L.A. Clippers 87
Golden State 124, Philadelphia 116
Boston 110, Atlanta 99
Houston 105, Memphis 83
Dallas 111, Milwaukee 79
Portland 102, Sacramento 90

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT Calgary 5, Philadelphia 4
OT Arizona 3, Ottawa 2
Dallas 6, Edmonton 3
Winnipeg 5, New Jersey 2
L.A. Kings 4, Florida 0
Carolina 3, Buffalo 1
Toronto 6, Montreal 0
N.Y. Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 3
Chicago 2, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 3, Minnesota 1
Nashville 5, Colorado 2
OT St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3
Boston 3, San Jose 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(1) Alabama 56, Mercer 0
(2) Miami 44, Virginia 28
(3) Oklahoma 41, Kansas 3
(4) Clemson 61, The Citadel 3
(5) Wisconsin 24, (19) Michigan 10
(6) Auburn 42, Louisiana-Monroe 14
(7) Georgia 42, Kentucky 13
(8) Ohio St. 52, Illinois 14
(9) Notre Dame 24, Navy 17
Kansas St. 45, (10) Oklahoma St. 40
(11) TCU 27, Texas Tech 3
(12) Southern Cal 28, UCLA 23
(13) Penn St. 56, Nebraska 44
(14) UCF 45, Temple 19
(16) Washington 33, Utah 30
(17) Mississippi St. 28, Arkansas 21
(18) Memphis 66, SMU 45
(20) Stanford 17, California 14
(21) LSU 30, Tennessee 10
(22) Michigan St. 17, Maryland 7
Texas 28, (24) West Virginia 14
Wake Forest 30, (25) NC State 24

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Trump family’s hunting history reexamined in light of new elephant trophy policy

Posted/updated on: November 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm

Yves Adams/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump Jr. caused an uproar among some when pictures surfaced of him holding the tail of a dead elephant after a big-game hunt in Africa years ago. Now, new policy changes
proposed by his father’s administration may allow Americans to bring the carcasses of elephants and lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

The importing of so-called hunting trophies was banned by former President Obama in 2014, but the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will allow Americans to bring back elephant and lion
trophies. Fish and Wildlife officials said they would begin issuing permits on Oct. 20.

The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

During the press briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the change in policy stems from a study that was initiated during the Obama administration.

She said the study determined that both Zambia and Zimbabwe met “strict international conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries.”

Sanders noted the ban on imported ivory remains in place.

Neither of Trump’s sons have spoken about the policy changes yet, but both Donald Trump Jr. and President Trump have publicly spoken about their family’s hunting history in the past.

Controversial 2012 safari trip

Back in 2012, years before their father ran for president, photos surfaced of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump’s hunting trip to Zimbabwe.

Photos released by the safari company at the time, which were later published on TMZ and elsewhere, showed the brothers posing next to various dead animals that were killed as part of their hunt.
Donald Trump Jr. was 34 years old at the time, and Eric Trump was 28.

Various photos show the brothers flanking a crocodile hanging from a tree, smiling behind the horns of a killed waterbuck, and standing together as Eric held a dead leopard. Donald Trump Jr. was
pictured sitting next to a dead buffalo while holding a gun and wearing an ammunition belt, and Eric Trump can be seen sitting on one of the dead animals with guns resting on its horns.

The Trump brothers were not pictured with any dead lions in 2012, but Donald Trump Jr. was pictured next to a dead elephant while holding its severed tail.

A spokesperson for the Trump sons did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on the recent policy change. It remains unclear if the brothers brought back any animal trophies from
their safari trip, as it was legal to do so at the time.

Donald Trump Jr. has spoken about the 2012 trip in the past.

In a 2012 interview with a Forbes contributor, Donald Jr. reportedly told him that it was African tradition to cut off an elephant’s tail and use its hair to make bracelets, and that it is seen as
a sign of respect for the animal.

Following the uproar caused by the photos, Donald Jr. and Eric released a statement to E! News, calling themselves “avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our grandfather who
taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted.”

“We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We
love traveling and being in the woods—at the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart,” the statement read.

That didn’t stop critics from going after Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter, and he responded in kind.

“I AM A HUNTER I don’t hide from that,” he wrote in one tweet to a critic.

More recently, Donald Trump Jr. has shared a number of photos from domestic hunting trips, including one in Montana earlier this month. He also shared a photo from a bow hunting trip in the Yukon
“earlier this fall,” and went pheasant hunting in Iowa with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in October.

Family feelings

President Trump commented on his sons’ love of hunting to TMZ after the photos were released in 2012. At the time, Donald Trump defended his sons but acknowledged he felt differently about hunting.

“My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it,” Trump told TMZ at the time.

“I know that anything they did was 100 percent okay in terms of the hunting community,” Trump added to TMZ.

Donald Trump Jr. echoed that sentiment in his interview with Forbes in 2012, saying that his father “really doesn’t understand why Eric and I hunt. However, he is open-minded and so always allowed
us to go hunting.”

The brothers said their interest in hunting came from Ivana Trump’s father.

“Our maternal grandfather was Czechoslovakian. When we were young, he would have us to his place in Czechoslovakia for a month or more during summers…He loved to hunt and fish and taught us how,”
Donald Trump Jr. told Forbes in 2012.

But Ivana Trump herself has spoken out about her sons’ hunting, writing in her book published just last month, “Raising Trump,” that she was “not fond of” it.

“I don’t object to their going to Patagonia to shoot birds. There are a million of them there, enough to spare,” Ivana Trump wrote. “But why go to Zimbabwe to shoot Bambi and Dumbo? I don’t blame
people for giving them a hard time about it.”

Citing sons in gun policy

While President Trump may not “understand” his sons’ interest in hunting, he has referenced it when appealing to gun rights supporters both during the campaign and since he has taken office.

A month before Donald Trump announced his candidacy, he tweeted about his sons’ ties to the National Rifle Association.

“My two sons, Eric & Don, have long been expert hunters & marksmen @NRA. They go on safaris & give animals to the poor & starving villagers!” he tweeted.

And while the president never talks about hunting himself, he said he does own a gun. In his 2015 book, Trump wrote that he “owns guns. Fortunately, I have never had to use.” According to publicly
accessible records, President Trump has had a concealed weapons permit since 2010.

“I’m a member of the NRA. My sons, Don and Eric, are members of the NRA for a long time. They’re hunters. They’re great members of the NRA,” Trump said during an MSNBC town hall event in February
2016.

He has specifically mentioned his sons’ NRA membership in speeches he has given to the gun rights group, both as a candidate in 2016 and as president earlier this year.

“I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, Fifth Avenue,” he said in his April 2017 speech to the NRA.

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ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas on being inspired by a boy with Treacher Collins and the book ‘Wonder’: Reporter’s Notebook

Posted/updated on: November 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

ABC News(RENO, Nev.) — One of my favorite things to do with my children is to read to them.

A few years ago, the bedtime book was “Wonder,” and it was hands-down one of the best books we read together. So, a few years later when my mother forwarded me an email from a member of her book club, I took notice. “Has Elizabeth heard of the book ‘Wonder?’” the email read. “If so, I have the real-life wonder boy in my class.” I jumped for the phone.

We made contact with the Newman family, living in Reno, Nevada, and spent the next two and a half years following Russ and Magda and their sons Nathaniel and Jacob. Nathaniel, now 13, had been born with a severe case of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a genetic condition that radically affects the bones in Nathaniel’s face. Russ and Magda were shocked when Nathaniel was born – they had no warning anything was wrong.

They are incredibly brave people, who have been through so much. But they made a pledge to each other, and to Nathaniel, that they would not hide him from the world, or the world from him, and they allowed my producers and me to follow them for more than two years. We were along with him on his first day of middle school, where students had all gotten a letter from Nathaniel explaining his condition, along with a picture, so they could prepare themselves.

We were along when the family met a man with this rare condition, who was able to explain what Nathaniel will probably face in his teenage years. And we and our cameras were there when the Newmans decided to try a risky and revolutionary surgery that might allow Nathaniel to breath without a trach tube in his throat. Magda Newman calls the surgery barbaric, and honestly it was. But no one was braver than Nathaniel, who chose to take the risk.

Shadowing a family like this for as long as we did with our cameras is a delicate thing. We assigned one of our best producer/shooters for this, Jeff Schneider. After the first few hours of recording, he was able to make the Newmans so comfortable, they could almost forget he was there. We captured some truly intimate moments with this family – the worry about how other kids would treat their son, the anguish as they carried him into the operating room for yet another surgery. My producers, Sean Dooley and Jen Joseph, and I all became very close to the Newmans. They are remarkably candid about their most difficult moments, about their worries and their fears. I interviewed them almost half a dozen times over the two years.

Getting to know Nathaniel was wonderful. He is a sensitive boy, but so very strong. He was four years old when he first realized he looked different. Sometimes, he told me, in moments of pure joy, he can forget for a moment what his face looks like. But he knows he will always look this way, no surgery can correct it, and that there will people who will at times be cruel.

But one thing has made life easier for Nathaniel: the book “Wonder,” by RJ Palacio. Russ Newman says that book has done more than anything in the world to ease the way for children like his son. The Newmans could not believe the story when they read it. It is their story. As Russ told me, “Was RJ spying on us?” RJ likewise told me that when she met Nathaniel, she exclaimed, “It’s Auggie Pullman come to life.” It really stretches credulity, the similarities between art and life are so strong.

We interviewed RJ about how she got the idea for the book, and how she never expected it to be the phenomenon it has become: Five million copies sold around the world, translated into 45 languages, and now a blockbuster movie.

If the book has eased the way a bit for Nathaniel and other children like him, we hope our hour Friday night will do the same. It is so much easier to be humane, to be kind, when the person in front of you is someone you know. We are excited to introduce our viewers to Nathaniel, and the Newman Family.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/16/17

Posted/updated on: November 17, 2017 at 1:46 am

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:
 
   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Boston    92  Golden State   88
 Final  Houston  142  Phoenix       116
 
   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Toronto         1  New Jersey     0
 Final  N-Y Islanders   6  Carolina       4
 Final  Pittsburgh      3  Ottawa         1
 Final  Tampa Bay       6  Dallas         1
 Final  Arizona         5  Montreal       4
 Final SO  Winnipeg        3  Philadelphia   2
 Final  Minnesota       6  Nashville      4
 Final  St. Louis       4  Edmonton       1
 Final  Colorado        6  Washington     2
 Final  Vegas           5  Vancouver      2
 Final  Florida         2  San Jose       0
 Final  Boston          2  L.A. Kings     1
 
   TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 Final  (23) South Florida   27  Tulsa   20
 
   NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
 Final  Pittsburgh   40  Tennessee   17

   TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final  (3) Arizona       91  CS Bakersfield   59
 Final  (8) Florida      108  North Florida    68
 Final  (11) Miami        90  Florida A&M      59
 Final  (12) Cincinnati   97  Coppin St.       54
 Final  (13) Notre Dame  105  Chicago St.      66
 Final  (15) Xavier       80  Wisconsin        70

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Death of Former East Texas Firefighter Being Investigated as Homicide

Posted/updated on: October 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

MARION COUNTY – The Memorial Day weekend shooting of a Cass County resident, former Marshall firefighter, and TxDOT employee, Danny Duncan, is now being investigated as a homicide, Marion County officials confirmed. According to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger, the family of Danny Duncan said his death was listed as “homicide” on the death certificate, and they are hoping justice will be served for their loved one. The death certificate indicates that Duncan died of a “gunshot wound to the back.” Marion County Sheriff David McKnight said last Tuesday that he will not comment on the case, only that the investigation is still an active one. He confirmed that the Texas Rangers are also assisting.

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