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DeepMind’s AI gamer is a better teammate than human players

Technology 30 May 2019 DeepMind’s AI can capture the flagid Software By Donna LuArtificial intelligence can already beat humans at video games like StarCraft II and Dota 2, but now they’ve also mastered the art of working cooperatively. DeepMind has trained AIs to team up to play Quake III Arena, a first-person shooter video game.…

Players, refs tone it down; on tech free streak

3:39 PM ETBrian WindhorstESPN Senior Writer CloseESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two booksAfter tensions between referees and players led to a huge volume of technical fouls and a records for ejections in the first round of the NBA playoffs, tempers have cooled dramatically on both sides and…

Auriemma: Most coaches ‘afraid’ of their players

6:33 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.On the eve of his 20th appearance at the Women's Final Four, UConn's Geno Auriemma said many coaches have become "afraid" of upsetting players…

Drake invests in eSports betting startup Players’ Lounge

Drake’s latest collaboration isn’t with Kanye or Kendrick, it’s with Marissa Mayer. The rap superstar has joined a bevy of Silicon Valley investors including Strauss Zelnick, Comcast, Macro Ventures, Canaan, RRE, Courtside and Marissa Mayer to fund Players’ Lounge, an eSports startup looking to pit gamers against each other in their favorite titles with some…

McIlroy holds off Furyk to snag Players victory

8:38 PM ETAssociated Press PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish.Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face an island that never looks…

Eight Ole Miss players take knee during anthem

6:54 PM ETESPN News Services Eight players from the Ole Miss men's basketball team knelt during the national anthem before Saturday's home game against Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena.Minutes before the game, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As "The Star-Spangled Banner" began, six Rebels players -- who appeared…

Serie C crisis club field seven players, lose 20-0

Pro Piacenza were down 16-0 at half-time. Ian Walton/Getty ImagesSerie C crisis club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 at Cuneo on Sunday after being able to field only seven players to start the match, the minimum number needed for a game.Six of Pro Piacenza's players, including their captain and coach for the day, Nicola Cirigliano, were…

Jordan: Six titles tougher than players’ streaks

playJordan: Winning 6 titles tougher than Harden's, Westbrook's streaks (0:37)When asked which streak is harder between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Michael Jordan jokes that his six titles were the toughest accomplishment. (0:37)1:25 PM ETAssociated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan said James Harden's streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook's 10 straight…

Ranking the top 53 players in Super Bowl LIII

playPro Bowlers predict Super Bowl LIII (0:37)Several NFL players at the Pro Bowl cast their predictions for Super Bowl LIII. (0:37)8:00 AM ETPro Football FocusESPN Insider Close Specializes in NFL player evaluation Analyzes every player on every play of every NFL game Provides their data and information to multiple NFL teams and agentsAfter two incredible…

Bioware’s ambitious Anthem is off to a rough start as players...

The gaming world is excited to play Anthem, BioWare’s answer to Destiny and other big-budget online shooters — but an exclusive preview weekend for the mech-flying game has struggled to get off the ground. Of course, it wouldn’t be a game launch these days without a few hiccups to spice things up, but it is a…

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