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Suicide bombing targets medical facility near main US air base in Afghanistan

A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility on Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said, and six Afghans were reported wounded.

The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the U.S. military said. There were no coalition casualties and the base remains secure, the statement added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group stage near-daily attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

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Damaged shops are seen after an attack near the Bagram Air Base In Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.  (AP)

Outside the sprawling base, several homes, mostly belonging to the poor, were destroyed. A large mosque in the area was also badly damaged,.

Shortly after the bombing, Afghan troops, special forces and intelligence officers cordoned off the perimeter of the base with armored personnel carriers. Heavily armed soldiers kept residents far from the gates to Bagram Air Base.

Within minutes of the suicide bombing, U.S. fighter aircraft bombed the area, according to witnesses

Earlier reports suggested that a U.S. military convoy might have been the target of Wednesday’s attack.

Dr. Abdul Qasim Sangin, a physician who heads the main hospital in the province, said the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire. It wasn’t immediately clear if any foreigners were inside the hospital.

Gen. Mahfooz Walizada, police commander of Parwan province where the base is located, confirmed the attack but offered no details on casualties.

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Security stand guard near the site of attack near the Bagram Air Base in Parwan province of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. A powerful suicide bombing Wednesday targeted an under-construction medical facility near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Sangin said his hospital received six wounded, all Afghans. Five were in stable condition and one was critical, he said. Scores more were treated and released by medics at the scene. Most were suffering cuts and bruises from flying glass and debris.

The Taliban control or hold sway over nearly half of Afghanistan, staging regular attacks that target foreign and Afghan forces, as well as Kabul government officials, but also kill scores of civilians.

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Farm bill panned as mass ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants heads to vote in House

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As all eyes are on the House impeachment inquiry, elsewhere an agricultural bill that would provide a path to legal status for millions of illegal immigrants is rumbling through the chamber — leading immigration hawks to accuse lawmakers of trying to sneak in an amnesty while the nation is distracted.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, passed in the House Judiciary Committee last month, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor Wednesday. The bill provides a process for illegal immigrant farmworkers to seek a temporary five-and-a-half-year “Certified Agricultural Worker” status if they have worked for approximately six months in the industry in the last two years.

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That status can either be renewed indefinitely, or workers (along with their spouses and children) can begin a path to permanent legal status in the form of a green card. That path, according to the legislation, includes background checks and $1,000 fine.

To secure the green card, those who have worked in agriculture for 10 years or more must work for four more years, while those who’ve spent less than a decade in the sector would have to work eight more years. Once workers receive a green card, they are then free to pursue work in fields outside of agriculture.

The bill also streamlines the H-2A agriculture visa program, cutting processing time and costs for visa petitions. And it calls for the Department of Homeland Security to set up a pilot program that would give H-2A workers the ability to change jobs within the sector if they find work within two months.

“The men and women who work America’s farms feed the nation. But, farmworkers across the country are living and working with uncertainty and fear, contributing to the destabilization of farms across the nation,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said in a statement. “Our bill offers stability for American farms by providing a path to legal status for farmworkers. In addition, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act addresses the nation’s future labor needs by modernizing an outdated system for temporary workers, while ensuring fair wages and workplace conditions.”

It’s also strongly backed by a number of farm groups. The United Fresh Produce Association said it brings “much-needed reforms to secure a stable and legal workforce in agriculture, allowing current farmworkers to attain legal status and reforming the H-2A guest worker program to ensure a future source of workers on American farms.”

The bill has the support of at least 23 Republicans, a number of whom are co-sponsoring the legislation — likely assuring its passage in the House and raising the possibility that a form of such a bill could have a shot in the Republican-controlled Senate.

But immigration hawks have dismissed the claim that it is a modernization bill, instead calling it a thin cloak for yet another amnesty measure in the agricultural sector — similar to one in the 1980s that saw more than 1 million workers seek protection from deportation, and one that was seen as rife with fraud.

“A true Farm Workforce Modernization Act would encourage mechanization and automation through subsidies, not amnesty illegal aliens and guarantee a steady flow of cheap foreign labor,” RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told Fox News.

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Such groups say that automation, not amnesty, is what the agricultural sector needs.

“Cracking down on cheap foreign labor would save the federal government and states billions, help American Workers, and prevent future illegal immigration,” Hauman said. “Agricultural automation is the future of the industry – another amnesty and massive expansion of a guest worker program isn’t. When will lawmakers understand this?”

The Heritage Foundation, meanwhile, described the bill as a “clear cut example of amnesty,” warning that it “threatens the legal immigration system’s legitimacy and incentivizes aliens and farmers to ignore the legal immigration system in the future if it best serves their needs.”

While the bill has bipartisan support, it has also faced criticism from other Republicans lawmakers. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., cited estimates from liberal groups that as many as 2.7 million illegal immigrants could get legal status if the bill passes.

“While the 224 pages of H.R. 5038 make many more changes to the H-2A program — some good and some bad — one need look no further than the first few pages to figure out the real point of this bill: a path to citizenship for an unknown number of illegal immigrants who do some work in agriculture, along with their families,” he said at the Judiciary Committee markup last month.

He also said the bill’s document standards are low and could allow illegal immigrants with multiple DUI convictions and a history of Social Security fraud to get legal status.

As with most bills that include a path to legalization for those in the country illegally, there are some enforcement parts of the bill as well, but they are particularly flaccid in this instance.

While the bill would establish mandatory E-Verify (a DHS-run verification system for employers that has been seen as the holy grail for employment enforcement) for all agricultural employment, Lofgren’s office notes that that would be “phased in” and only “after all legalization and H-2A reforms have been implemented and included necessary due process protections for authorized workers who are incorrectly rejected by the system.”

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This aspect is fueling concerns from immigration hawks that this bill goes the path of past “immigration reform” measures that pursue “amnesty first, enforcement later.”

Mark Krikorian, of the Center for Immigration Studies, argued in a recent op-ed that E-Verify would no longer be needed if the bill passes, “because with this kind of sweet deal, who’d bother to hire new illegals?”

Other conservatives warned that lawmakers were trying to push the bill through while attention was on impeachment. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin accused lawmakers and groups in favor of open borders of “trying to ram this abomination through while [the] nation is distracted with bread and circuses.”

Should the bill pass and find support in the Senate, it is far from clear how President Trump would respond. He has pledged support for American farmers but has also promised to protect American workers from the flood of cheap labor from abroad.

If a version of the bill finds its way to the White House, that latter promise would face a high-profile test, possibly in an election year. So far the White House has not indicated whether or not it would veto the bill.

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Greta Thunberg named TIME’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental activist, is Time Magazine’s 2019 “Person of the Year,” the publication announced on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old Thunberg has gained worldwide exposure for raising awareness of climate change and is now the youngest individual to ever be named TIME’s “Person of the Year.”

She became a sensation last summer by sailing across the Atlantic from England to New York and speaking at the United Nations. Since then, Thunberg has traveled around the world advocating for climate change awareness and action.

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Thunberg and President Trump, who was named “Person of the Year” in 2016, were among the finalists along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Women’s World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe and the anonymous whistleblower who helped ignite the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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Sweden-born teen activist Greta Thunberg is Time Magazine’s 2019 “Person of the Year.”

“Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: ‘School Strike for Climate,’” TIME wrote. “In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history.”

TIME noted that “Thunberg is not a leader of any political party or advocacy group” and “has no access to traditional levers of influence,” adding that she is “an ordinary teenage girl who, in summoning the courage to speak truth to power, became the icon of a generation.”

She famously scolded world leaders during a speech at the United Nations, saying the world was in the beginning of a “mass extinction” but all leaders focused simply on money.

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“How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet, I am one of the lucky ones,” she said.

TIME continued its praise: “Her image has been celebrated in murals and Halloween costumes, and her name has been attached to everything from bike shares to beetles. Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc.”

Along with fame, Thunberg’s activism has also come with criticism. In September, Trump sarcastically praised the teen for her activism, sharing a clip of her speech. “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” the president tweeted.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tuesday Thunberg a “brat” after she tweeted about indigenous people who had been murdered while trying to protect the Amazon from deforestation.

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“Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon,” Bolsonaro told reporters. “It’s impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that.”

Last month, she dismissed the idea of meeting with President Trump during an appearence on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“”I don’t see what I could tell him that he hasn’t already heard, and I just think it would be a waste of time, really,” Thunberg said.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who received worldwide attention for pushing gun control following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 people, was also a finalist along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Hong Kong protesters who have resisted China’s proposed amendments to strengthen extradition powers over Hong Kong citizens.

TIME’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal penned a column explaining the choice.

“Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet—and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington,” Felsenthal wrote.“For sounding the alarm about humanity’s predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borders, for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads, Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year.’”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Unmasks Tree And She’s Tough To Top (Spoiler)

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The Tree got chopped from “The Masked Singer” on Tuesday.

The elimination reduced costumed competition on the Fox series to five contestants in the semifinals on Wednesday: Fox, Thingamajig, Leopard, Flamingo and Rottweiler.

The Tree stood tall in defeat, delivering a funny bit about how her name has been mispronounced all these years.

So who was this tinseled celebrity who had spruced up the competition?

In her clue package, she said she missed “the collaboration” and “I miss my friends.” She also said she needed “the cheers more than ever.”

She hit some high notes on “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga. 

But the Tree got axed, and it was time for the big reveal:

It was former “Saturday Night Live” trouper and “Wine Country” star Ana Gasteyer.

Oh, and it’s pronounced Ah-Nah, “like turn on a light, turn on a switch.”

Thanks for playing, Ana. And happy holidays!

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What to Watch For at a Senate Hearing on the F.B.I.’s Russia Inquiry

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The Justice Department inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, will appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss his new report, which harshly criticized F.B.I. investigators over serious errors in the Russia investigation but concluded that they acted without political bias. Attorney General William P. Barr immediately challenged Mr. Horowitz’s finding that F.B.I. officials had adequate reason to open the case, guaranteeing a politically charged atmosphere at Wednesday’s hearing where Mr. Horowitz is likely to face a barrage of tough questions from senators.

Expect Mr. Horowitz to try to focus on surveillance problems, not politics. Still, Democrats will likely try to get him to say explicitly that no F.B.I. plot to sabotage President Trump’s campaign existed. Republicans are likely to attack some of his other key findings, including that F.B.I. officials acted without political bias.

Mr. Horowitz will probably be forced to defend his conclusions and face tough questioning from Republicans echoing Mr. Barr’s deep skepticism about the opening of the Russia investigation.

Mr. Horowitz confirmed that the F.B.I. opened the inquiry in July 2016 as stolen Democratic emails spilled out and investigators learned that a Trump campaign aide bragged that he had been told that Russia had information that could damage Hillary Clinton. Shortly after opening the investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, the F.B.I. began looking at four Trump campaign associates to try to determine whether any of them were conspiring with Russia’s election interference.

One of Mr. Horowitz’s biggest findings dealt with whether any Justice Department or F.B.I. official let their political views affect the opening of Crossfire Hurricane or any investigative steps they took. The inspector general found no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions” to open the investigation.

Republicans will probably attack this conclusion. They have long pointed to texts among F.B.I. officials involved in the investigation — uncovered by the inspector general — that indicated anti-Trump sentiments as evidence that the officials acted with bias. Though Mr. Horowitz disagreed, he has said the texts demonstrated bad judgment and cast a cloud over the F.B.I.

Both sides are likely to praise Mr. Horowitz for unearthing a litany of serious problems with the F.B.I.’s pursuit of a court order to wiretap a former Trump foreign policy adviser, Carter Page. Mr. Horowitz found 17 significant errors or omissions in their application for the court order and three renewals of it, according to his voluminous report.

Republican lawmakers will almost certainly question Mr. Horowitz about materials that investigators relied on to apply for the court order, namely a dossier of unverified, salacious information about Mr. Trump compiled by a British former spy, Christopher Steele, whose research was funded by Democrats. Many of the problems that Mr. Horowitz uncovered centered on investigators’ use of the dossier as part of the materials submitted to the court to show they had probable cause to suspect that Mr. Page was an agent of a foreign power.

Mr. Horowitz found that the initial application relied on four claims from the dossier and that their credibility eroded over time, but that law enforcement officials failed to update the court as they sought renewals of the wiretap. Republicans will want to know whether a judge would have approved the renewal applications had investigators been clearer about the status of that material. Investigators appeared to overstate the strength of their applications, Mr. Horowitz said.

Look for Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Republican chairman of the committee and one of Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters, to pose tough questions about the use the dossier.

Mr. Barr has played down the inspector general’s findings about what prompted the opening of the Russia investigation, citing limitations like Mr. Horowitz’s power to talk only to current and former law enforcement officials and inability to compel people to answer questions.

Mr. Barr said he was relying on John H. Durham, a veteran prosecutor whom he appointed to re-examine the Russia inquiry, to determine whether F.B.I. officials or anyone else in the intelligence community worked against Mr. Trump.

Mr. Horowitz will probably field questions about Mr. Durham’s investigation, which is a criminal inquiry. This could be the most intriguing part of the hearing. After the inspector general released his report, Mr. Durham issued an extraordinary statement, saying that he “advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the F.B.I. case was opened.”

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USC passed on Ed Orgeron because of the way he sounds, college football insider theorizes

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Before Ed Orgeron got the job with the LSU Tigers, he spent eight games as the interim head coach of the USC Trojans.

Orgeron replaced Lane Kiffin as head coach for eight games in 2013. He led the Trojans to a 6-2 record and the team finished No. 19 in the final Associated Press top 25 rankings that season. However, he was passed over for the permanent role and left the program.

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Steve Sarkisian, a former Pete Carroll assistant, became the head coach for USC, but it wasn’t clear exactly why Orgeron was snubbed, especially with his sudden rise to prominence at LSU. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, a college football insider, had one theory about why Orgeron was not given the opportunity to take over USC. He said in an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Monday that Orgeron didn’t fit the certain profile USC officials were hoping for.

“I really think it’s a USC issue,” Feldman said. “A lot of people at USC, especially back in that [former USC athletic director] Pat Haden regime who couldn’t get past what Ed Orgeron sounded like. They didn’t listen to the players. They didn’t listen to the staff. I think at the end of the day … Ed Orgeron is not a country club guy.”

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Orgeron, who is from Larose, La., was hired as LSU’s defensive line coach in 2015 and was the replacement for Les Miles after Miles was fired in September 2016. Since then, he‘s put the Tigers back into the national spotlight and has them on the brink of a national championship game this season.

In four seasons at LSU, Orgeron is 38-9 and is 2-1 in bowl games. The team is ranked No. 1 this season and has a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup with Oklahoma.

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Meanwhile, Sarkisian lasted less than two seasons at USC. The Trojans have not been in the mix for a national championship since the Carroll days and were under .500 in 2018 for the first time since 2000.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Unmasks Tree And She’s Tough To Top (Spoiler)

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The Tree got chopped from “The Masked Singer” on Tuesday.

The elimination reduced costumed competition on the Fox series to five contestants in the semifinals on Wednesday: Fox, Thingamajig, Leopard, Flamingo and Rottweiler.

The Tree stood tall in defeat, delivering a funny bit about how her name has been mispronounced all these years.

So who was this tinseled celebrity who had spruced up the competition?

In her clue package, she said she missed “the collaboration” and “I miss my friends.” She also said she needed “the cheers more than ever.”

She hit some high notes on “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga. 

But the Tree got axed, and it was time for the big reveal:

It was former “Saturday Night Live” trouper and “Wine Country” star Ana Gasteyer.

Oh, and it’s pronounced Ah-Nah, “like turn on a light, turn on a switch.”

Thanks for playing, Ana. And happy holidays!

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What size TV should you buy? Here’s the formula to use

In the tech world, bigger is better — and TVs are no exception. Screens are larger than ever, and sizes that used to be out of reach for most households are astonishingly affordable.

In fact, Walmart offered a 50-inch TV for less than $200 on Cyber Monday. Finding a deal is great, but some things aren’t worth the cash at any price. Tap or click for 6 stupid ways you’re wasting money on tech.

New televisions come with all the high-tech bells and whistles, but they also come equipped with cameras and microphones that hackers can access to watch your every move. Tap or click for a dire warning from the FBI to secure your smart TV.

When you’re ready to update your television, don’t just go for the biggest model you can afford. Grab a tape measure and find out if the screen of your dreams really makes sense for your home.

Expectation versus reality

While fitting a massive discounted 90” TV into your living room sounds nice in theory, there are several factors, in addition to room size and budget, to consider:

  • Television size
  • Viewing distance
  • Viewing angles
  • Screen resolution

Let’s take a look at how each can affect what size television you should purchase.

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Size does matter

If you plan to mount your new TV on the wall, it’s time to measure the space’s height, width and even depth if you have a surrounding entertainment center or something similar.

Tip in a Tip: The screen size of a TV is measured diagonally, either from the bottom left corner of the screen to the top right screen corner or bottom right up to the top left.

The size of the screen itself matters, but don’t forget about the bezel surrounding it. While screen size is constant, the actual measurement of your TV can vary a bit depending on the frame.

If you plan to put your new TV on a cabinet or console, measure that too. The stand or feet of the television must rest entirely on the furniture, as any part that extends over the edge could lead to disaster if bumped.

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Come a little closer

The ultra-high definition (UHD) of today’s TVs translates to double the resolution of traditional HD sets. What does this mean for you as a viewer? You can sit closer than you would with an older model television and not discern individual pixels.

Yes, the higher pixel density allows you to watch a larger screen seated a little closer.

If you’re not sure where to start, use this tried and true formula to determine the ideal screen size for your viewing distance:

Viewing distance (in inches)/2 = recommended TV size.

For example, if you sit 10 feet from the TV, that’s 120 inches (10 feet x 12 inches) divide that by 2 and you should get a 60” TV. Remember, select a television that meets your space measurements, regardless of suggested TV size determined with viewing distance calculators.

There’s not a bad seat in the house

If you plan on buying a standard HDTV, you need to consider viewing angles. This is especially true if you have multiple seating areas for viewing the television. To ensure the image quality doesn’t degrade for those sitting off to the side, look for a TV that offers wide-angle viewing.

While the viewing angle is an issue associated with LCD TVs, it should not be a problem with UHD/4K sets.

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Of course you want the most sizable screen for your available space and budget. The problem is if you opt for a cheaper big screen from a lesser-known brand, you may be forced to sacrifice picture quality.

The better choice would be to go with a big-name model that offers a smaller high-quality screen for a comparable price. You will find the better picture quality makes up for any loss in size.

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College basketball player scores 100 points in NAIA game

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A college basketball player with NBA bloodlines scored 100 points in a game on Tuesday night.

J.J. Culver, who players guard for the NAIA’s Wayland Baptist, became the fourth collegiate player to score 100 points or more when he reached the century mark against Southwestern Adventist.

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Culver was 34-of-62 from the field, 12-for-33 from three-point range and 20-for-27 on free throws. He also had nine rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and an assist.

The NAIA, or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities across North America, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. It is separate from the NCAA, which is reserved for large schools and is separated into different divisions.

Culver became the first player to score 100 points in a game since NCAA Division III player Jack Taylor scored 138 points in 2012 and 109 points in 2013 for Grinnell College. It’s the second most in NAIA history behind Clarence “Bevo” Francis who scored 113 points for Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1954.

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“We always script our first couple of plays, and J.J. scored on the first three or four,” Wayland Baptist coach Ty Harrelson said after the game. “The guys realized he was hot and kept going to him. We figured as long as he’s taking good shots and shots out of philosophy that he had a chance to do something special tonight.”

Culver is the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarrett Culver. Jarrett led the Texas Tech Red Raiders to the NCAA championship in April.

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J.J. Culver was a first-team NAIA All-American and the South Atlantic Conference player of the year as a junior, averaging 17.5 points per game last season. He is currently averaging 36.1 points per game.

NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, became the only pro player to score 100 points in a single game. He accomplished the feat in March 1962 in Hershey, Pa., against the New York Knicks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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