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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(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 Saturday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONUtah 125, Orlando 85Charlotte 102, L.A. Clippers 87Golden State 124, Philadelphia 116Boston 110, Atlanta 99Houston 105, Memphis 83Dallas 111, Milwaukee 79Portland 102, Sacramento 90NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEOT Calgary 5, Philadelphia 4OT Arizona 3, Ottawa 2Dallas 6, Edmonton 3Winnipeg 5, New Jersey 2L.A. Kings 4, Florida 0Carolina 3, Buffalo 1Toronto 6, Montreal 0N.Y. Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 3Chicago 2, Pittsburgh 1Washington 3, Minnesota 1Nashville 5, Colorado 2OT St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3Boston 3, San Jose 1TOP 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 17Kansas 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 7Texas 28, (24) West Virginia 14Wake Forest 30, (25) NC State 24Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the top international body overseeing anti-drug efforts in sports, has ruled that Russia remains “non-compliant” with its code, harming the country’s chances of competing in the Winter Olympics this February in South Korea.At a meeting in South Korea’s capital on Thursday, WADA announced that it was unable to reinstate Russia’s national anti-doping agency, RUSADA, which was suspended after Russia was found to have run a massive state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. Russia was subsequently partially barred from the Summer Olympics and entirely from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.WADA’s decision raises the prospect that Russia could now suffer a similar fate at the Winter Olympics, taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide in early December what penalties, if any, to levy against Russia over the doping cover-up.WADA’s ruling will likely increase calls for the IOC to exclude Russian athletes from the Winter Olympics. It also substantially increases the likelihood that Russia will miss the Paralympics; the International Paralympics Committee has said previously Russia will not be allowed to compete again until WADA rules that it is compliant.On Thursday, WADA’s chairman, Craig Reedie, said that although Russia made progress in overhauling RUSADA, it failed to meet two requirements that would allow its reinstatement: that Russia publicly accept the findings of an independent WADA investigation last year that its doping cover-up had been state-sponsored and that Russia give access to athletes’ urine samples collected during the time of the cover-up.Russian officials disputed WADA’s decision. Sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said, “We believe that Russia has met every requirement for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.” He added that Russian athletes have been tested by foreign monitors for two years, meaning further doping could not go undetected.Russia has overhauled RUSADA, removing a number of its top officials who were implicated in the cover-up. But Russian officials have never accepted that the cheating was part of a state-sponsored system, instead arguing that it was the work of individual anti-doping officers, coaches and athletes. Russian officials and media have sought to cast doubt on the findings of the so-called McClaren report, an investigation by the Canadian law professor Richard McClaren that was commissioned by WADA and uncovered the scale of the doping scheme.Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin portrayed the doping allegations as an American-led plot meant to influence the country’s presidential election in March.“This is what is bothering me -- the Olympics start in February, and when are our presidential elections? In March,” the Russian state-news agency, RIA-Novosti, quoted Putin as saying. “There are big suspicions that all this is being done to create for someone the necessary conditions for discontent among sport lovers, athletes.”At the WADA meeting on Thursday, the president of Russia’s Olympic Committee and IOC member, Aleksander Zhukov, told the body's members that it is impossible for Russia to fully accept McClaren’s findings. McClaren’s investigation last year found an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by Russia’s sports ministry and aided by its intelligence services that allowed it to conceal positive tests from hundreds of its athletes from 2011-2015. The cover-up affected the “vast majority” of Winter and Summer Olympic sports, the report found.The findings saw Russia’s track and field team barred from all international competitions, including the Rio Olympics. The IOC ordered international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes could be cleared to compete in Rio, and hundr
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s games: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 111, Atlanta 104Boston 90, Charlotte 87Indiana 105, Chicago 87Milwaukee 94, San Antonio 87Oklahoma City 120, L.A. Clippers 111Orlando 128, Phoenix 112Miami 84, Utah 74Brooklyn 101, Portland 97NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEOttawa 4, Colorado 3Toronto 3, Boston 2Florida 4, Buffalo 1Carolina 3, Columbus 1Washington 4, Pittsburgh 1Dallas 5, N.Y. Islanders 0Vegas 5, Winnipeg 2TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALLStanford 30, (9) Washington 22TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(1) Duke 97, Elon 68(2) Michigan St. 98, North Florida 66(3) Arizona 101, N. Arizona 67(4) Kansas 92, Tennessee St. 56(5) Kentucky 73, Utah Valley 63(6) Villanova 75, Columbia 60(7) Wichita St. 109, UMKC 57(9) North Carolina 86, N. Iowa 69(10) Southern Cal 84, Cal St.-Fullerton 42(25) Texas A&M 88, (11) West Virginia 65(12) Cincinnati 107, Savannah St. 77(13) Miami 77, Gardner-Webb 45(15) Minnesota 92, SC-Upstate 77(17) Xavier 101, Morehead St. 49(18) Gonzaga 97, Texas Southern 69(19) Northwestern 79, Loyola (Md.) 75(20) Purdue 105, SIU-Edwardsville 74(21) UCLA 63, Georgia Tech 60(23) Seton Hall 90, Fairleigh Dickinson 68(24) Baylor 107, Cent. Arkansas 66Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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