Sergio Gonzalez / LaVar Ball on President Donald Trump’s role in UCLA freshmen’s release: ‘Who?’

LiAngelo Ball’s first public comments upon his arrival in the United States from China this week after being caught shoplifting were those of gratitude for those involved in getting him released, not the least of whom included President Donald Trump. But LaVar Ball isn’t quite ready to go that far.

In an interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Ball downplayed Trump’s role in intervening in the matter after three UCLA freshmen, including his middle son, were detained for shoplifting in China.

“Who?” said Ball of Trump. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

During a two-day trip to Beijing last week, President Donald Trump asked his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou. According to the Washington Post, which cited anonymous sources, Trump’s involvement helped move the process along and the shoplifting charges against LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were subsequently reduced.

In the wake of the expeditious treatment, President Trump sought — and later received — public gratitude from the three players. Now, the least surprising thing seems to be an inevitable Donald Trump tweet seeking the same from LaVar.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” 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.”

Sergio Gonzalez / NFL DFS: Best Week 11 DraftKings, FanDuel Daily fantasy football picks

For Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season, the daily Fantasy sports site DraftKings is running a $3.11 million Fantasy Football Millionaire Maker. FanDuel is running a $1.5 million Sunday Million.

Before you enter a daily fantasy football lineup for Week 11 on DraftKings or FanDuel, you need to hear what professional DFS player Mike McClure has to say.

McClure has more than $1 million in career DFS winnings and is rolling through this season, entering multiple lineups that have already cashed big in tournaments.

Last week, he was all over Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who was just $5,700 on FanDuel. The result? Shepard went off with a league-leading 11 catches for 142 yards (28.2 DK points), setting career highs in both categories. Anyone who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge DFS payout.

Now, McClure has exhaustively studied matchups, injuries and depth charts for Week 11 and has again locked in his optimal DFS lineup. And he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.

One player he absolutely loves this week: Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Many are staying away from any Denver receiver because of the issues at quarterback, but McClure sees an opportunity.

Brock Osweiler has been locking in on Sanders since taking over as the starting quarterback — targeting him 16 times over the past two weeks. That led to massive production for Sanders last week when he hauled in six catches and piled up 137 yards receiving.

Osweiler will again be under center this week, so expect the targets and production to keep rolling in for Sanders. And since the Broncos have lost five straight by double-digits, Sanders might get garbage time production as well.

Sanders is a complete steal at $5,200 on DraftKings and $6,300 on FanDuel, leaving you plenty of salary cap room to roster a big name like Rams running back Todd Gurley ($8,400 on DraftKings, $8,700 on FanDuel).

Gurley is a high-floor, high-ceiling play. In fact, last week he scored almost 20 DraftKings points without even finding the end zone. He’s topped 100 yards from scrimmage in all but two games this season and he’s tied for the league lead with seven rushing TDs. He also leads all running backs in attempts inside the five-yard line (12).

The Rams are going to need Gurley in both the running and passing attack against the Vikings in Week 11. Last week, the Vikings allowed 70 receiving yards to Redskins RBs. They also gave up two rushing touchdowns to Kirk Cousins.

Pay up for Gurley while others chase the box score of Mark Ingram.

McClure is also targeting a tight end in a dream matchup against a secondary that has proven it can’t cover that position. He knows this player will be the focal point of the offense and is in line for huge production. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your tournaments and going home empty-handed.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal DFS lineup this week? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NFL Week 11 optimal tournament lineup from a professional DFS player who nailed Sterling Shepard’s monster performance in Week 10 and has over $1 million in career winnings, and find out.

Sergio Gonzalez / Manchester United vs. Newcastle live stream info, TV channel: How to watch Premier League on TV, stream online

Manchester United is on the verge of being double digit points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, and United takes on Newcastle this Saturday with the top of staying within eight points or cutting the deficit if City slips up.

Here’s how you can watch the match and our prediction:

How to watch

When: Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App

Prediction

Manchester United gets a big performance from Romelu Lukaku to stay within striking distance of Manchester City.
United 2, Newcastle 0

Sergio Gonzalez / Barcelona vs Leganes stream info, TV channel: How to watch La Liga on TV, stream online

La Liga leaders Barcelona head to Leganes on Saturday, looking to keep a strong grip on first place. Lionel Messi and company are still undefeated in the league with 31 points, while Leganes is a respectable 9th with 17 points through 11 matchdays. 

Here’s how you can watch the match and our prediction:

How to watch

When: Saturday at 10:15 a.m. 
TV: beIN Sports
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App

Prediction

Messi scores an early goal, gets another in the second half and Barca cruises.
Barcelona 4, Leganes 0.

Pete Fiutak / ‘Pocket Hercules,’ 3-time Olympic champion, dies at 50

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as ”Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.

Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.

The weightlifter – 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall – won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.

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He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.

”I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. ”I do not know about silver or bronze.”

Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships.

He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.

Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.

Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.

He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.

When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.

Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.

He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.

He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007.

Pete Fiutak / Cashaw, Adams, Lapray post career highs in Rice’s 87-65 win (Nov 17, 2017)

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) Connor Cashaw scored a career-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Rice and its new coach, Scott Pera, to their first victory this season, 87-65 over Northwestern State on Friday night.

Pete Fiutak / Whiteside double-double helps Heat narrowly avoid blowing 25-point lead

Whiteside, Heat lead by 25, hold on to beat Wizards 91-88

Pete Fiutak / EP Bel Air vs. EP Andress | Football Friday

EP Bel Air vs. EP Andress | Football Friday

Pete Fiutak / Midland vs. EP Montwood | Football Friday

Midland vs. EP Montwood | Football Friday

Pete Fiutak / Leufroy forces overtime, Lehigh beats Siena 91-90 (Nov 17, 2017)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) Lance Tejada made four 3-pointers and scored 26 points, Kyle Leufroy added three 3s and 23 points, and Lehigh beat Siena 91-90 in overtime on Friday night.

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