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Trump to freed UCLA players: 'You're welcome'

7:36 AM ET ESPN news services President Trump had wondered if he’d receive thanks from the UCLA players after he helped secure their release from China following a shoplifting incident. He did. He had a response on Thursday. 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….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2017 ….your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and ...

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Trump hopeful of swift return of UCLA players

7:59 AM ET ESPN.com new services BEIJING — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s hopeful that three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting will be allowed to return home soon. President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested for allegedly shoplifting in Hangzhou, a source confirmed to ESPN. UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill could remain in Hangzhou, China, for “a week or ...

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Overwatch Devs On Toxic Players, Making A Real “Blizzard World” And Vaping

Overwatch has had a very busy Blizzcon this year. To help parse through the mountain of announcements (and to get a little more insight into the team’s decisions), I interviewed Overwatch principal designer Scott Mercer and technical artist Hak Lee about the biggest reveals at the show. We cover the inspiration for the newly announced hero Moira, the possibility of the new map Blizzard World becoming a real place, and which Overwatch character probably vapes. In addition, the devs discuss how they’re approaching both competitive rank changes and player toxicity. ...

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Football Manager 2018 Allows Players To Come Out As Gay

When it launches on November 10, Football Manager 2018 will become the first game of its kind to see in-game players come out as gay. Developer Sports Interactive did not announce the news as such, but with the beta currently out in the wild, fans have discovered messages similar to the one below informing them of players coming out. The move is of particular note since there are currently no openly gay professional footballers in any of the world’s major leagues, and homophobia remains an issue in the sport around ...

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How the NFL, players forged anthem detente amid gaffes, TV ratings concerns

6:45 AM ET Seth Wickersham Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior Writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine Joined ESPN The Magazine after graduating from the University of Missouri. Although he primarily covers the NFL, his assignments also have taken him to the Athens Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament and the NHL and NBA playoffs. Don Van Natta Jr. Close ESPN Senior Writer Member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national, explanatory and public service journalism Author of three books, including New York Times best-selling “First Off the Tee: ...

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FIFA 18 Had A Lot Of Players During Its First Weekend

FIFA 18 launched on September 29 for all platforms and its release was a big hit, apparently. Electronic Arts has reported that first-weekend peak concurrent users reached 1.6 million across all platforms for the first weekend. “That’s a lot of people playing FIFA 18,” EA said in a tweet announcing the figure. That’s as specific as EA got regarding the figure. We don’t know how it compares to the first-weekend peak concurrent user figure for FIFA 17 or any other entry in the series. We have contacted EA in an ...

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Sherman: Many NFL players soured on fantasy

3:39 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman offered a critical take Sunday night on how, in his view, some fans dehumanize NFL players because of fantasy football, saying players “don’t care about your fantasy team.” “I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players even less like people because of fantasy football and things like that,” Sherman said. “You go and say, ‘Oh man, this guy got hurt.’ “You’re not thinking, ‘Hey man, this guy got hurt — ...

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The NBA's six most fascinating players this season

9:00 AM ET Even though the Warriors are going to curb-stomp everyone, developments outside the Bay still matter. The growth of one player, or one unexpected boom-or-bust trade, can bend the trajectory of an entire franchise. With that in mind, here’s our annual spotlight on six of the most intriguing players to watch in the upcoming season. We avoid superstars and obvious first- and second-year curiosities. The goal is to find guys in new roles, facing new challenges, who might emerge as X factors for solid teams. RODNEY HOOD, UTAH ...

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Barnwell: Verdicts on NFL players on pace for greatness — and failure

7:41 AM ET The idea of a player or team being “on pace” to do something is a joke until it isn’t. Through two weeks last year, Matt Forte was on pace for a 1,568-yard rushing season, while Ezekiel Elliott was on pace for 1,072 yards. Forte finished with 813 yards, just over half of what we saw coming after two games. Elliott ran for 1,065 yards — nearly hitting that full-season mark — over his next nine games. And yet, sometimes, pace does matter. Mike Evans had 169 receiving ...

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NFL players want month dedicated to activism

2:44 AM ET A group of four players sent the NFL a memo in August requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism, not long after commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had talked to several players regarding their game-day activism efforts. According to Yahoo! Sports, defensive end Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former Arizona Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin co-authored the 2,740-word document intended to push the NFL into efforts “similarly to what the league ...

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