Eli Blumenthal USA TODAY Published 2:31 PM EDT Mar 18, 2019 College scholarships, six-figure average salaries and houses in Los Angeles with personal chefs, nutritionists and more at the ready. And training – hours and hours of training. Player Xmithie (pronounced "ex-myth-ie"), for example, practices Tuesday through Friday with games and tournaments on the weekend during the regular season and playoffs. Days start around 9:30 a.m., team meetings are around 10 a.m. with practices and scrimmages from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. His day typically ends around midnight. This is the lifestyle of a professional athlete. But these players are not playing football, basketball or baseball. They are playing for Team Liquid, an esports team that competes in "League of Legends," the popular multiplayer online game made by Riot Games, now a division of Chinese conglomerate Tencent, and a global esports phenomenon. Professional matches of "League of Legends," one of … [Read more...] about League of Legends for money? Video games can become six-figure career
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AP Updated 11:04 PM EDT Mar 16, 2019 TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a pressure situation. Just as he was adjusting to life in the United States, Yusei Kikuchi is back in Japan getting ready to make his major league pitching debut in front of a sellout crowd at Tokyo Dome. From his new teammates, to his Japanese fans to his family and friends, everyone will be expecting Kikuchi to come up with a dominant performance when he takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in Game 2 of the season-opening series against the Oakland A's. "I never thought I would be making my debut in Japan," Kikuchi said in Japanese. "It's like a dream come true. It's a new season for the team and new start for me so I want to pitch my best." In January, Kikuchi signed a four-year, $56 million deal with the Mariners that incudes club options that could make it worth $109 million over seven seasons. And if the pressure of opening the season in Japan wasn't enough, Kikuchi is following in the … [Read more...] about ‘Rookie’ Kikuchi in spotlight in major league debut in Japan
Kyler Murray, the 2018 Heisman winner, is choosing the NFL over a professional baseball career. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland A's for a $4.66 million signing bonus, money he'll have to pay back. Murray is eligible for this year's NFL draft, which starts April 25. Oakland started spring training workouts Monday and had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him."I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray tweeted Monday. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise … [Read more...] about Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball, Oakland A’s
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 10:26 AM EST Feb 6, 2019 Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing major rule changes that would impact the league on and off the field, an official with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing. The proposals were first reported by The Athletic. Some of the more dramatic changes include a universal designated hitter, a three-batter minimum for pitchers and a 20-second pitch clock. Other proposals include a trade deadline before the All-Star break, the expansion of rosters to 26 players – with a 12-pitcher minimum, draft benefits for winning teams and penalties for losing teams, regulations that would allow two-sport amateurs (like Kyler Murray) to sign major-league deals and a study to lower the mound in the majors. One of commissioner Rob Manfred's major initiatives during his tenure has been to … [Read more...] about MLB, union discuss major rule changes
This week, Democrats returned to Washington with the authority to investigate a Trump White House that is suspected of foreign collusion, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement of the federal government. How far will they go, asks Jason ZengerleAs political life kicked back into action in Washington this week, a number of letters were in circulation. All were sent by US Representative Elijah Cummings.One letter was jointly addressed to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, demanding the age, gender, country of origin, and current location of every child who was separated from his or her parents under the Trump administration’s immigration policy.Another will have gone to Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, asking for the identities of any senior White House officials who have used — as Hillary Clinton once did — nongovernment email accounts to conduct official … [Read more...] about Trump’s Inquisitors: How far will the Democrats go with their new found investigative powers?