UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’

President Donald Trump was looking for a thank you — and he got it. At a news conference on Wednesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting expressed their gratitude to Trump for intervening on their behalf — efforts which included a personal appeal to China’s President, Xi Jinping. “To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” said Cody Riley, one of the three arrested players. “We really appreciate you helping us out.” Riley’s sentiment was echoed by the other two Bruins who were implicated — LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill. Ball is the most well-known of the three players, as he is the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — whose hyperbolic promotion of his sons has made him a household name. Continue reading "UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’"

Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’

The three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting have been released, following personal intervention from President Donald Trump — who discussed the topic with China’s President, Xi Jinping. Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball — who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the U.S. with the matter reportedly having been resolved. Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi. “I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump said. “What they did was unfortunate. You are talking about long prison sentences. They dont play games.” Trump appeared to condemn the actions of the three players charged with Continue reading "Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’"

Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China

Last week, three UCLA basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. President Donald Trump is now reportedly stepping in to try to resolve the case. According to the Washington Post, Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping to try to bring closure to the situation. UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill have been forced to remain in China as the rest of their team flew back to the U.S. Ball is the brother of highly-touted L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — who has become a household name due to his over-the-top promotion of his sons, specifically Lonzo. This past weekend on Saturday Night Live, LaVar, portrayed by Kenan Thompson, was mocked during Weekend Update. According to an ESPN report, LaVar scrapped plans to hold a press conference on the matter due Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China"

Bobby Knight Rails Against Indiana in Bonkers Interview: My Firing Was ‘Absolute Bullsh*t’

Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight, who won three National Championships and went to five Final Fours during his 30-year stint as head coach at Indiana University, has never been one to hold back on any subject. In 2016, Knight became a lightning rod for his boisterous support of President Donald Trump. And in a new bonkers interview, Knight is sounding off on a number of topics which are clearly gnawing at him. In a conversation with Joe Buck set to air on DirecTV Wednesday night, the coaching legend known as “the general” is going off on the school he helped bring to college basketball’s promised land. Knight discussed his run-in with former Indiana student Kent Harvey, whom he grabbed by the arm — an incident which led to Knight’s ouster.
Some kid came up to me and said “Hey Knight, what’s going on?” That kid Continue reading "Bobby Knight Rails Against Indiana in Bonkers Interview: My Firing Was ‘Absolute Bullsh*t’"

‘Let These Kids Play’: Twitter Not Thrilled With Officiating in National Title Game

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 8.14.07 AM A year after losing the National Championship game on a heartbreaking buzzer beater, North Carolina defeated Gonzaga 71-65 to win the program’s sixth title. But the game was, frankly, a mess. And that was largely due to the officiating. The refs called the contest extremely tight, putting multiple players for both teams in foul trouble and never allowing them to get into the flow of the game. They also went to the replay monitor numerous times on what should’ve been routine calls. And then, remarkably given their prudence throughout the night, they blew a crucial call late which helped seal the deal for the Tar Heels. Basketball players, fans, and pundits were less than thrilled. They took to Twitter with their grievances.

How to Watch North Carolina vs Gonzaga NCAA Championship Game Live Stream Online

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 9.14.48 PM (2) Sixty-two games down, one to go. It’s the National Championship showdown between college basketball blue blood North Carolina and Gonzaga — one of the great upstarts over the past two decades. North Carolina needed two last-second rebounds off of free throw misses to hang on for the win against Oregon on Saturday night to advance to the title game. The Tar Heels have had a few close calls in the tournament, and probably will need to raise their game to another level to get past the Bulldogs on Monday. Gonzaga, meanwhile, turned away a tough South Carolina team, which went on a 17-0 second half run to take the lead. But the Zags hung on, and are now one win away from what would be a history-making title win. For as much as many college fans consider the Bulldogs a power team, they hail from the West Coast Conference, hasn’t Continue reading "How to Watch North Carolina vs Gonzaga NCAA Championship Game Live Stream Online"

How to Watch North Carolina vs. Oregon NCAA Final Four Live Stream Online

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 9.14.48 PM (2) Saturday night’s National Semifinal doubleheader concludes with a showdown between South Region champion North Carolina, and Midwest Region victors Oregon. North Carolina comes in off of their thrilling Elite Eight win over Kentucky. Luke Maye knocked down a shot from the left elbow with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels the stunning 75-73 victory. Now, they sit two wins away from capturing the title that was ever so close to being theirs last year. Oregon, meanwhile, played an outstanding defensive game last Saturday to take out Kansas in the Elite Eight. On Monday night, they’ll look to cut down the nets in Phoenix for what would be the program’s first National Championship since Tip-off is scheduled for approximate 8:49 PM ET on CBS. The game can be streamed online free with a cable subscription via NCAA March Madness Live. It can also be streamed via the March Madness Continue reading "How to Watch North Carolina vs. Oregon NCAA Final Four Live Stream Online"