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Thursday / October 17.
  • LaVar Ball backpedaled somewhat late Saturday after initially dropping another doozy on the national news media regarding his son Lonzo Ball.

    “All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” the elder Ball told ESPN on Saturday night. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”

    He added: “I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team. But I’d like him to play for the Lakers because it’s home, and I’d love him to learn from Magic [Johnson]. He’s the best guard ever to me, and nobody better for Lonzo to learn from than Magic Johnson.”

    LaVar had initially said on the Kevin & Mike Show on SportsRadio1290, “My son will only play for the Lakers.”

    LaVar Ball has made a habit of making over-the-top statements regarding his son, including recently saying that Lonzo will be better than Steph Curry.

    By TIM REYNOLDS

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Miami, pregame was all about the seniors.

    The freshman was the story from there.

    Freshman Bruce Brown from Vermont Academy scored 25 points, and Miami held No. 10 Duke a staggering 32 points below its season average on the way to beating the ailing Blue Devils 55-50 on Saturday in the Hurricanes’ home regular-season finale.

    “Growing up, me and my dad used to watch Duke all the time,” Brown said. “I just wanted to come out and perform and help my team win.”

    That’s precisely what he did.

    A week ago, Josh Hart said winning a share of his fourth straight Big East regular-season championship wasn’t good enough.

    He and his Villanova teammates wanted to win the crown outright.

    “We have the tie now and hopefully we can get out of that position,” Hart told FanRagSports.com after Villanova’s win over Seton Hall on Feb. 18.

    Now they have it.

    With No. 2 Villanova’s 79-63 victory over No. 23 Creighton on Saturday, the Wildcats (27-3, 14-3 Big East) ensured their fourth straight outright league championship.

    It marked the last home game for the seniors Hart and Kris Jenkins (15 points). Fellow senior Darryl Reynolds (ribs) missed the game but is expected back for the Big East Tournament.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half, Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds and No. 11 Kentucky rallied past No. 13 Florida for a 76-66 victory Saturday to take over the Southeastern Conference lead.

    While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. And they can thank Monk for making it happen as he scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining.

    Adebayo scored six straight points before Monk added seven more in between lobbing a pass to Adebayo for a 70-60 lead with 4:04 left.