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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump and the father of one of the UCLA basketball players caught shoplifting in China have become engaged in a so-called war of words.

 Last week LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA players, Cody Riley and Jaden Hill, were detained in Shanghai after an incident that involved stealing a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. The incident coincided with Trump's Asia trip, and he brought the issue up with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Here's how the fallout unfolded.

Nov. 15
Trump made it clear that he wanted recognition for his help in securing the release of the players, dropping a not-so-subtle hint on Twitter.

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!" he wrote on Twitter.

During a news conference later that day, the three players admitted to shoplifting and each thanked Trump for his assistance in the matter.

Nov. 16

Trump then responded to the players in a series of tweets the following day.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote in two tweets.

Nov. 17

 LiAngelo Ball's father, LaVar Ball, was interviewed by ESPN and some interpreted his remarks as an attempt to downplay Trump's role in his son's release.

When asked about Trump's involvement, LaVar Ball said, "Who?"

"What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out," he said.

He went on, "As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from LA. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing. Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there."

LaVar Ball has gained national attention for some outlandish claims that he has made in the past, including one that made earlier this year when he said that he could have beaten NBA legend Michael Jordan back in the day (Ball played basketball in college).

Nov. 19

Those comments clearly struck a chord with Trump.

"Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!" Trump wrote in a tweet.

In another tweet he wrote, "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!"

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened up his legendary 18-year career in NASCAR, saying that despite retiring from competition, he hopes to "continue to be a part of the sport that I love."

"I want to continue to cover it, be a part of its health and growth," Earnhardt, 43, who will remain in the world of NASCAR as a commentator, broadcasting races from the booth next season, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Michael Strahan.

Moments before completing the final race of his career on Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida, Earnhardt said he felt "excited."

"Looking forward to the future," he added. "But definitely want to make this last one count ... I want to make sure I get it all out on this last race."

Earnhardt also opened up about the beginnings of his career, when he stepped out as a racer in the shadow of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., a seven-time NASCAR champion.

"He was this intimidator, man in black ... rough ... and tumble, blue collar," the junior Earnhardt said of his father. "He had this whole ... mystique and ... fans wanted that.

"They wanted 20 more years of ... Dale Earnhardt, the intimidator, and I couldn't be that," he added. "That's not who I was. I didn't want to be that. I didn't want to emulate him, and try to fit into that mold."

Earnhardt said that instead of trying to become his father, "I just went ahead right from the start, and just was myself."

"Maybe even more outspoken than I was comfortable with, just so people could get to know me," he added. "I think people found me relatable because of that."

Earnhardt, who has amassed 26 wins over the course of his decorated career, said that he attempted "to show people that I'm grounded and humbled and ... appreciate, you know, what good fortune I've got to be here."

In addition to discussing his retirement from racing, Earnhardt also opened up about another major life change coming up for him.

"My wife's pregnant with a little girl, we're going to have in May," Earnhardt told ABC News, adding that he is still processing all the emotions he feels.

"I can't tell what my emotions are," he said. "Cause there's so many great things happening in my life, but I'm really excited."

Earnhardt added that his wife, Amy Earnhardt, whom he wed in 2016, has "made every day in my life better"

"Amy has changed me," he said. "I became a better person, a better husband, a better friend, a better brother, a better son."

He said that he is looking forward to welcoming their first child together.

"I have no idea how this little girl's going to change my life," he said. "I'm getting all kinds of advice from everybody. But that is going to be an experience that ... I couldn't imagine ... how to describe it today."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto       100  Washington   91
Indiana       120  Miami        95
Golden State  118  Brooklyn    111
Detroit       100  Minnesota    97
Phoenix       113  Chicago     105
L.A. Lakers   127  Denver      109

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina      4  N-Y Islanders   2
 Final OT  Colorado      4  Detroit         3
N-Y Rangers   3  Ottawa          0
Anaheim       3  Florida         2
Vegas         4  L.A. Kings      2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
OT  New Orleans     34  Washington    31
OT  N-Y Giants      12  Kansas City    9
Baltimore       23  Green Bay      0
Minnesota       24  L.A. Rams      7
Tampa Bay       30  Miami         20
Jacksonville    19  Cleveland      7
Detroit         27  Chicago       24
Houston         31  Arizona       21
L.A. Chargers   54  Buffalo       24
New England     33  Oakland        8
Cincinnati      20  Denver        17
Philadelphia    37  Dallas         9

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump shot back at LaVar Ball, who downplayed the president's role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations.

"I should have left them in jail," Trump tweeted Sunday.

The president was apparently responding to LaVar Ball's comments to ESPN playing down his son's shoplifting incident in China and Trump's involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States last week.

"Who?" Ball told ESPN, when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China, landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening and addressed the media on Wednesday before being indefinitely suspended by the team.

LiAngelo Ball said at that time that he "didn't exercise my best judgment," adding, "I've learned my lesson."

The freshman player also thanked Trump and the U.S. government for helping and said he takes "full responsibility" for his actions.

Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, said he had raised the issue of the three players with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week.

The players had been questioned last week about allegedly stealing from three high-end stores, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Friday.

They were released on bail early Nov. 8 and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou prior to flying home.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing."

"Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long," LaVar Ball said. "That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there."

On Saturday, Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, weighed in, tweeting that Lavar Ball "knows if it weren't for President @realDonaldTrump his son would be in China for a long, long time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WADSWORTH, Ohio) -- Zach Patterson routinely breaks his leg on the football field but keeps coming back for more.

"I broke my leg again, like I always do," the suited-up teen said while on the sidelines cheering on his fellow Grizzlies as a diehard player on the freshman squad for Wadsworth High School in Ohio.

Zach was born with one foot deformed, his parents told told ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland.

“When he was 10 months old, we made the decision to have the foot amputated to give him the best possible life, chance, to walk, to run, to play sports," his mother, Cari Patterson, said.

The parents simply hoped Zach would walk one day.

"There’s no book. It’s hard," his father, Brian Patterson, said.

But their son grew to adore athletics and is now playing full-contact football.

Now, with a donated $40,000 athletic-performance prosthetic, Zach is competing and sometimes surpassing rivals.

Zach told WEWS-TV, "I can run 10 times as fast. I can do everything 10 times better."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Utah 125, Orlando 85
Charlotte 102, L.A. Clippers 87
Golden State 124, Philadelphia 116
Boston 110, Atlanta 99
Houston 105, Memphis 83
Dallas 111, Milwaukee 79
Portland 102, Sacramento 90

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT Calgary 5, Philadelphia 4
OT Arizona 3, Ottawa 2
Dallas 6, Edmonton 3
Winnipeg 5, New Jersey 2
L.A. Kings 4, Florida 0
Carolina 3, Buffalo 1
Toronto 6, Montreal 0
N.Y. Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 3
Chicago 2, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 3, Minnesota 1
Nashville 5, Colorado 2
OT St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3
Boston 3, San Jose 1

TOP 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 17
Kansas 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 7
Texas 28, (24) West Virginia 14
Wake Forest 30, (25) NC State 24

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Breathtaking photos and details are finally leaking out about Serena Williams' celebrity-filled wedding to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The bride wore a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown down the aisle Thursday, according to Vogue magazine.

Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, exchanged vows inside the Big Easy's Contemporary Arts Center. The couple chose French ball-themed nuptials with influence from "Beauty and the Beast." And apparently the groom chose New Orleans as the locale for the couple's highly-anticipated wedding.

"Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans," Williams told the fashion magazine. "It’s his favorite city besides Brooklyn. It’s got a heavy European influence; it’s fun and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe."

Guests included A-listers such as Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

And the wedding date, Nov. 16, was also very special to the groom -- it was his late mother's birthday.

"Obviously, we wish that she could be here for this, but choosing her birthday as our wedding date was a nice way of making sure she’s still involved and made us feel more connected to her on our day," the tennis star explained.

During the wedding reception, which featured a performance by R&B group New Edition, Williams changed into a Versace gown. And during the after-party, an entirely separate affair, she changed yet again to a shorter dress and tennis shoes -- of course! It was easier for the bride to enjoy a carousel that guests, including Beyonce, could ride.

The newlyweds became engaged last December with Ohanian announcing the news on Facebook.

Four months later, Williams revealed they were expecting their first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., whom they welcomed in September.

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Friday, President Donald Trump is hosting the collegiate sports champions of the past year at the White House. The South Carolina women's basketball team, however, will not be in attendance.

"We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday's] event, but we will not be able to attend," Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said in a statement. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament."

When South Carolina won its first ever national championship back in April, Staley said her team would go to the White House because of what it stood for, and it's what national champions before her team did. However, as of September the team had not received an invite to go to the White House, and Staley said she was unsure she would accept an invite given recent events that had transpired.

The White House did not provide a list of the teams that will be attending Friday's reception. The 2017 national champion North Carolina men's basketball team will also not be in attendance, but said earlier in the year they could not agree on a date for a visit. President Trump previously hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers in June.

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Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Victoria Arlen is just 23-years-old and has already checked some major goals off her bucket list, all while serving as an inspiration to so many.

When Arlen was 11, she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which took away her ability to speak, eat, and walk for years.

After a miraculous recovery, she won a gold medal in swimming at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, was hired by ESPN as an on-air talent, and most recently made it to Week 9 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" alongside her dancing partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

Chmerkovskiy and Arlen performed the Charleston, and completed a contemporary routine dedicated to her parents based on Arlen's recovery from her illness. They finished the latter performance with a score of 27, failing to advance past the semifinals.

Arlen and Chmerkovskiy recently spoke with ABC Radio about their performance on "Dancing with the Stars," saying her time as an Olympic athlete contributed to her success on the show.

"My swim coach was very tough on me and I respond well to that training... being pushed to my limit," Arlen says, discussing how Chmerkovskiy pushed her to perfect her dance routine.

Arlen dedicated a lot of time to learning her new craft—approximately four to five hours a day—saying she took the discipline that she had as an athlete and applied it to dancing.

She looks to perform at the highest possible level in whatever she tries, and "when [she doesn’t] meet that goal, it's devastating."

Chmerkovskiy realized what he was working with in Arlen: an athletic dancer with a commitment to excellence.

"Athletes don't take the process personally, and that makes it awesome... They're coachable," says Chmerkovskiy, who had previously danced with another Olympian, Laurie Hernandez. He adds, "Their competitive nature was secondary to their humility and them as people."

Chmerkovskiy also praised Arlen's character, saying, “This is the next million dollar baby story. There's an Oscar in her future."

Arlen told ABC News that she is open to whatever opportunity life presents next, whether or not that includes dancing. Next year, she will check another box off her bucket list when she becomes an author, as she is set to release a new book.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:
 
   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Boston    92  Golden State   88
 Final  Houston  142  Phoenix       116
 
   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Toronto         1  New Jersey     0
 Final  N-Y Islanders   6  Carolina       4
 Final  Pittsburgh      3  Ottawa         1
 Final  Tampa Bay       6  Dallas         1
 Final  Arizona         5  Montreal       4
 Final SO  Winnipeg        3  Philadelphia   2
 Final  Minnesota       6  Nashville      4
 Final  St. Louis       4  Edmonton       1
 Final  Colorado        6  Washington     2
 Final  Vegas           5  Vancouver      2
 Final  Florida         2  San Jose       0
 Final  Boston          2  L.A. Kings     1
 
   TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 Final  (23) South Florida   27  Tulsa   20
 
   NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
 Final  Pittsburgh   40  Tennessee   17

   TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final  (3) Arizona       91  CS Bakersfield   59
 Final  (8) Florida      108  North Florida    68
 Final  (11) Miami        90  Florida A&M      59
 Final  (12) Cincinnati   97  Coppin St.       54
 Final  (13) Notre Dame  105  Chicago St.      66
 Final  (15) Xavier       80  Wisconsin        70

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