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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/18/17

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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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LaVar Ball downplays Trump's role in getting his son released in China, prompting response from WH social media director

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — President Donald Trump’s social media director responded to comments by LaVar Ball which downplayed the president’s role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations.

Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted Saturday that Lavar Ball “knows if it weren’t for President @realDonaldTrump his son would be in China for a long, long time.”

Scavino was apparently responding to LaVar Ball’s comments to ESPN that downplayed his son’s shoplifting incident in China and Trump’s involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN, when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China, landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening and addressed the media on Wednesday before being indefinitely suspended by the team.

LiAngelo Ball said at that time that he “didn’t exercise my best judgment,” adding, “I’ve learned my lesson.”

The freshman player also thanked Trump and the U.S. government for helping and said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, said he had raised the issue of the three players with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week.

The players had been questioned last week about allegedly stealing from three high-end stores, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Friday.

They were released on bail early Nov. 8 and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou prior to flying home.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.”

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long,” LaVar Ball said. “That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

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Here’s what’s happening on this weeks Lone Star Outdoors Show!

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We discuss the mountain men and early hunters of the 1700 and 1800s with hall of fame outdoor writer J Wayne Fears. It’s a wonder they survived without the fancy high tech gear and advanced weapons that today’s hunters enjoy.

Then we talk all things axis deer with Eze Axis Deer Call creator and long time guide Eric Harrison. Texas is spoiled for riches when it comes to these beautiful and tasty deer that inhabit much of the Hill Country.

Join us Saturday Morning at 8, on Texas Thunder Radio!

Cable Smith
Owner/Host  Lone Star Outdoors Show
www.lonestaroutdoorshow.com

South Carolina women decline White House invite

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By Anthony Pucik

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — On Friday, President Donald Trump is hosting the collegiate sports champions of the past year at the White House. The South Carolina women’s basketball team, however, will not be in attendance.

“We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday’s] event, but we will not be able to attend,” Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said in a statement. “As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

When South Carolina won its first ever national championship back in April, Staley said her team would go to the White House because of what it stood for, and it’s what national champions before her team did. However, as of September the team had not received an invite to go to the White House, and Staley said she was unsure she would accept an invite given recent events that had transpired.

The White House did not provide a list of the teams that will be attending Friday’s reception. The 2017 national champion North Carolina men’s basketball team will also not be in attendance, but said earlier in the year they could not agree on a date for a visit. President Trump previously hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers in June.

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Paralympic gold medalist Victoria Arlen discusses how her time as an athlete helped her succeed on "Dancing with the Stars"

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Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Victoria Arlen is just 23-years-old and has already checked some major goals off her bucket list, all while serving as an inspiration to so many.

When Arlen was 11, she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which took away her ability to speak, eat, and walk for years.

After a miraculous recovery, she won a gold medal in swimming at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, was hired by ESPN as an on-air talent, and most recently made it to Week 9 of “Dancing with the Stars” alongside her dancing partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

Chmerkovskiy and Arlen performed the Charleston, and completed a contemporary routine dedicated to her parents based on Arlen’s recovery from her illness. They finished the latter performance with a score of 27, failing to advance past the semifinals.

Arlen and Chmerkovskiy recently spoke with ABC Radio about their performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” saying her time as an Olympic athlete contributed to her success on the show.

“My swim coach was very tough on me and I respond well to that training… being pushed to my limit,” Arlen says, discussing how Chmerkovskiy pushed her to perfect her dance routine.

Arlen dedicated a lot of time to learning her new craft—approximately four to five hours a day—saying she took the discipline that she had as an athlete and applied it to dancing.

She looks to perform at the highest possible level in whatever she tries, and “when [she doesn’t] meet that goal, it’s devastating.”

Chmerkovskiy realized what he was working with in Arlen: an athletic dancer with a commitment to excellence.

“Athletes don’t take the process personally, and that makes it awesome… They’re coachable,” says Chmerkovskiy, who had previously danced with another Olympian, Laurie Hernandez. He adds, “Their competitive nature was secondary to their humility and them as people.”

Chmerkovskiy also praised Arlen’s character, saying, “This is the next million dollar baby story. There’s an Oscar in her future.”

Arlen told ABC News that she is open to whatever opportunity life presents next, whether or not that includes dancing. Next year, she will check another box off her bucket list when she becomes an author, as she is set to release a new book.

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