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LaVar not backing down ... 3 soccer officials banned for life by FIFA ... Agreement expected today between MLB and Japanese counterpart

November 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball isn’t backing down from his questioning the extent of President Donald Trump’s involvement in securing the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players from custody in China after they allegedly shoplifted. In a CNN interview, Ball criticized Trump, saying, “That’s on your mind, that a father didn’t say ‘Thank you’? And you’re the head of the U.S.? Come on.” Trump had tweeted that he should have left the three players in China because Ball didn’t thank Trump.

GENEVA (AP) — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes have been banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee. They are former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam and former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has extended its deadline by a day to 8 p.m. tonight for an agreement on a new posting system between Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart. It’s a deal that would allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Ohtani to be put up for bid. MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball reached agreement several weeks ago on the framework of a new deal.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for baseball’s Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon.

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say former NFL receiver Terry Glenn died when he was thrown from his vehicle in a one-vehicle accident early Monday near Dallas. Officials say Glenn’s vehicle struck a concrete barrier and rolled. The 43-year-old’s fiancée was slightly hurt. Glenn caught Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass with the New England Patriots in 2001.

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