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Trump calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool'

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool."

In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players after they were accused of shoplifting while in China for a basketball game.

Tweeting from his Florida vacation home, Trump said: "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME."


Beverly helps NC State top No. 2 Arizona

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But it was Beverly - who missed the first two games in an NCAA eligibility dispute tied to his attending summer courses at Ohio State before coming to N.C. State - who led the way in the critical moments.


Freshman Bowen won't play for Louisville

Louisville said that freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school and that the Cardinals have parted ways with men's basketball associate coach Kenny Johnson.

The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with Louisville in June but had been held out of practice and games since the school announced in September that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of bribery in college basketball . Ten people, including four assistant coaches and Adidas executive James Gatto, were initially charged in the investigation.


Vols top No. 18 Purdue in OT in Bahamas

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Tennessee kept attacking the glass and playing aggressive defense on No. 18 Purdue's shooters.

Once Grant Williams got going, the Volunteers had enough scoring punch, too.


No. 5 Villanova pulls away, beats WKU

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Fifth-ranked Villanova failed to speed up Western Kentucky's controlled tempo and struggled to make shots through the first half of its Battle 4 Atlantis debut.

In the second half, the Wildcats looked far more like the high-scoring bunch that had cracked 100 points in each of their past two games.


Walker shaky in return home, Miami wins

READING, Pa. (AP) A line of fans wearing Reading High School state championship sweatshirts had formed more than 90 minutes before tipoff. They were eagerly awaiting a chance to get inside and see the local kid who has brought so much pride to this struggling town.

That Lonnie Walker IV didn't shoot well didn't damper the enthusiasm on a night that was bigger than basketball.


Chaminade stuns Cal 96-72 in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Chaminade's players raced from the bench for hugs and chest bumps. The theme song from "Hawaii 5-0" blared through the Lahaina Civic Center as the Silverswords gathered on the Maui Invitational logo at midcourt and mugged it up for the TV cameras.

There was plenty of reason to celebrate. Another giant had fallen under the `Swords.


PK80 tournament opens with stacked field

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The hometown teams have the toughest paths in the PK80 tournament.

Portland State will face top-ranked Duke on Thanksgiving Day, while the Portland Pilots open the tournament against defending NCAA Tournament champion North Carolina.


Michigan ends with 11-0 run to beat VCU

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) An opening loss put a damper on Michigan's trip Maui, leaving no chance of returning with a championship. The Wolverines could at least win two of three games and that's just what they did with a gritty performance for fifth place.

Moritz Wagner scored six points during Michigan's closing 11-0 run, helping the Wolverines beat VCU 68-60 on Wednesday for fifth place in the Maui Invitational.


Bohannon, Cook help Iowa end skid at 2

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Jordan Bohannon made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points, Tyler Cook added 29 points and Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak at the Cayman Islands Classic with a 95-85 victory over UAB on Wednesday.

The sophomores set career highs in scoring to help Iowa win the seventh-place game. Cook hit 8 of 11 field goals and 13 of 16 free throws in topping his previous high of 24 points. Bohannon was 9-of-12 shooting, including 6 of 8 from distance, and sank all six of his free throws to best his 25 points in Iowa's final game last season.

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