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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 101, Portland 81Cleveland 119, Brooklyn 109Charlotte 129, Washington 124; OT  Miami 104, Boston 98L.A. Clippers 116, Atlanta 103N.Y. Knicks 108, Toronto 100Minnesota 124, Orlando 118New Orleans 107, San Antonio 90Houston 125, Denver 95Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 91Dallas 95, Memphis 94Utah 110, Chicago 80Milwaukee 113, Phoenix 107; OT  Sacramento 113, L.A. Lakers 102NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEN.Y. Rangers 6, Carolina 1Minnesota 5, Buffalo 4Florida 2, Toronto 1; SO  Vancouver 5 , Pittsburgh 2Columbus 1, Calgary 0; OT  N.Y. Islanders 4, Philadelphia 3; OT  Washington 5, Ottawa  2Boston 3, New Jersey 2; SO  Edmonton 6, Detroit 2Tampa Bay 3, Chicago 2; OT  Nashville 3, Montreal 2; SO  Colorado 3, Dallas 0San Jose 3, Arizona 1Winnipeg 2 , L.A. Kings 1Vegas 4, Anaheim 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLNC 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 53Tennessee 78, (18) Purdue 75; OT  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The sports doctor accused of molesting young athletes while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault.Clad in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Dr. Larry Nassar appeared in court in Michigan's Ingham County where he agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were younger than 13 and as old as 15.The plea deal calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but the judge could set the minimum as high as 40 years.Nassar, 54, answered “yes” to questions during the hearing about whether he penetrated each of the seven girls using his finger without gloves. He acknowledged that his actions were not for any legitimate medical purpose and were against medical protocol."I think this is important to have what I've done today to help move the community forward and away from the hurting and let the healing start," Nassar said in a statement to the court Wednesday morning. "I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into forest fire out of control."Nassar will be sentenced Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. ET and the victims will have an opportunity to speak, the judge said."You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way to abuse children. I agree that now is a time of healing, but it may take them a lifetime of healing," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in response to Nassar's statement. "I'm not going to speak for them; they're going to have that opportunity at sentencing, and that will strengthen and heal them. I agree and I'm glad you recognize that, but it does fall very short.""But they are strong in numbers, and I'm proud of them. They are superheroes for all of America, because this is an epidemic," she added.Nassar had previously pleaded "not guilty" in connection to these seven counts. The charges relate to Nassar’s time when he was a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1997 to when the university said he was fired in 2016 after the allegations surfaced.Nassar's attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.He is also facing lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls, mostly gymnasts.Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have publicly said they were abused by Nassar as well.USA Gymnastics said in a statement it is “very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar. Upon first learning of athlete concerns about Nassar in 2015, USA Gymnastics reported him to the FBI and relieved him of any involvement with USA Gymnastics. Federal and state authorities ultimately charged Nassar with multiple crimes, leading to his incarceration and now his admission of guilt to charges of criminal sexual conduct. We note that affected women contacted by Michigan prosecutors supported resolution by plea, and USA Gymnastics also views Nassar’s guilty plea as an important acknowledgment of his appalling and devious conduct that permits punishment without further victimization of survivors.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, North Carolina) -- Jaidyn Covington, 10, is a die-hard Giants fan, but he lives in Concord, North Carolina, and has never been to a game.As an early Christmas present, his mom, Emily Covington, surprised him with tickets to see them play at MetLife Stadium — in person. Jaidyn, who absolutely adores Odell Beckham Jr., couldn’t believe his eyes."I was so surprised," Jaidyn Covington said of opening the tickets.After following a trail of clues all day that finally led him to a giant box, he discovered balloons inside that were attached to the tickets. Once he realized what was happening, he began sobbing tears of joy.“I had no idea he was going to react like that, so it was really special,” Emily Covington, 32, told ABC News. “We knew he’d be excited, but the tears and stuff were pretty surprising. We were taken aback because he normally tries to act like such a macho man.”The hints leading up to the big surprise started in the morning with a handwritten poem teasing the big reveal.Then an unsuspecting Jaidyn received pieces to an airplane puzzle all day – some in his lunch box, some after school – before completing the puzzle with his grandmother. He still didn't know what to expect.“I was kind of confused about the airplane, but when I opened the box I saw the balloons and the little baggy, so I opened it up and the tickets were there,” Jaidyn said. “First of all, I just saw some players. I thought we were just going to a Panthers game or something. But then I read them and it said the New York Giants versus the Chiefs. That’s when I figured out I was going to New York.”The excited mother and son flew to New York the next morning and apparently Jaidyn couldn’t stop crying the whole wait to the airport."The next morning on the way to the airport he was still crying," Emily Covington said of her son.“It was really sweet. I’ve never seen him react to something like that,” his mom said. “He’s not a big crier or a super emotional kid.”The two of them had the time of their lives watching the Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.“I’ll never forget this,” said Jaidyn.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(BEVERLY HILLS) -- The lifestyle of the rich and the famous was too much to bear for one youth soccer administrator in Beverly Hills, who called parents "disrespectful" and "entitled" before resigning from his post.In an email sent to parents last week titled "Advice for how to end the season and move into the elimination rounds," Avery Krut, a referee administrator and game scheduler for the Beverly Hills American Youth Soccer Organization, announced that he was quitting at the end of the season due to the behavior on the sidelines by parents and coaches. The emails were provided to ABC News by an organization employee and parent."Your behavior on the sidelines has, for far too long, been disrespectful and you are damaging the children," Krut wrote. "You have said nasty things to and about too many referees and it must come to an end."Krut wrote that while the "vast majority" of those on the sidelines are "wonderful people," he added that he has come to "despise" many of the offenders due to their "[despicable]" and "threatening" behavior."I can no longer be involved with so many people who feel so entitled," he wrote.Krut had been a volunteer with the organization for about 15 years, first as a parent and coach and later as a referee and referee administrator, LA Weekly reported. The position is unpaid, the paper says.The soccer league's regional commissioner, Alex Grossman, later sent a message titled "Unfortunate E-mail today," informing parents that Krut's personal opinions do not represent the opinions of the board."We on the Board value, respect, and appreciate all of the hard work the volunteers in our Region put forth to help the kids in our community play a game they enjoy with their friends," Krut wrote. "We look forward to a fun and successful end of the season."Krut wrote that he will continue to referee but will no longer be involved in administrative matters after Dec. 17. He "may consider a return" if there is a "concerted effort to change the culture in Region 76.""You may not like my tone, but everything I have written is the truth," he said. "Let’s enjoy the playoffs and let’s be respectful."Krut did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump lashed out again at LaVar Ball, the father of the UCLA basketball player who was detained in China with two of his teammates.Ball is an “ungrateful fool” and “a poor man’s version of Don King,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the controversial boxing promoter, “but without the hair.”Trump also added that he secured the release of UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jaden Hill, who were arrested on accusations of shoplifting Nov. 7 while scheduled to play their season opener in Shanghai.“LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China,” Trump said Wednesday.After their arrest, the three college basketball players were released on bail but required to remain in their hotel in China until the legal process was over.While in Asia on a foreign trip at the same time, Trump personally appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping for their release back to the United States. The three players returned to the United States Nov. 14 and apologized in a news conference the next day, admitting to shoplifting and thanking Trump for securing their return home.“I’m grateful for this UCLA team that stood strong beside us and made it possible for me to be sitting here in front of you all today," LiAngelo Ball said in the news conference alongside teammates Riley and Hill.He added, "I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well."When asked Friday about Trump’s involvement in the situation, LaVar Ball told reporters, “Who? What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."In response to Ball’s comments, Trump tweeted Sunday that he should’ve left the UCLA players in jail.Since his son’s release, Ball has refused to thank President Trump.“You know where my boy is at right now because of me,” Ball said in an interview with CNN Monday evening, adding, “Don't come in one time and think you did something for my son.”He added, "I don't have to go around saying 'thank you' to everybody.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONL.A. Lakers 102, Chicago 94NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEVancouver 5, Philadelphia 2St. Louis 8, Edmonton 3Dallas 3, Montreal 1TOP-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 76Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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