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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No. 8 Kentucky finally gets decisive win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Nick Richards had career highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds, and 70 percent first-half shooting propelled No. 8 Kentucky to an 86-67 rout of Fort Wayne on Wednesday night.

Kentucky's 19-of-27 shooting before halftime countered the Mastodons' eight 3-pointers that kept them close for a while. Once Fort Wayne started missing, it couldn't match the length or speed of the young Wildcats (5-1), who eventually led 78-48 with 6:50 remaining on the way to their most decisive win this season.

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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.

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Clark leads No. 12 Cincy to Cayman title

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Gary Clark scored 17 points, Kyle Washington had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 12 Cincinnati won the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic with a 78-53 victory over Wyoming on Wednesday night.

Clark was named the MVP of the three-game event with 49 points, 28 boards and seven assists.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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