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Huskies Receiver Isaiah Renfro Quits Football to Get Help

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PULLMAN, Wash.) — Washington Huskies receiver Isaiah Renfro officially announced that he will take a break from football to care for his depression and anxiety, ESPN reports.

Coach Chris Peterson said that Renfro, a sophomore, didn’t participate in the team’s spring camp because of “personal issues.”

In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Renfro explained that he was undergoing treatment at a hospital “in a special program for people like me, that taught me how to cope with my problems and what to do when I hit my lowest of lows.”

Been debating on posting this but this is me taking steps in the right direction to becoming myself again.. pic.twitter.com/ptE1k9oKKJ

— Isaiah Woods-Renfro (@WaveGodZay) May 29, 2016

Renfro also thanked his doctors and close friends for helping him get “out of a dark place before it was too late.”

Renfro said he would no longer attend the university as a student, according to ESPN.

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Three Soccer Share Secret to Social Media Success

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Soccer stars David Villa, Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies appeared on Good Morning America Monday morning share the secrets to achieving their large social media followings.

Edu has played 46 games for the U.S. National Team, Davies is the leading scorer for the New England Revolution and Villa is Spain’s all-time leading scorer.

All three now play with for Major League Soccer teams and also have huge followings on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Edu is known for posting photos of the 400 sneakers in his shoe collection.

“The beauty of Instagram and social media is you get to just be yourself, be authentic,” Edu said on GMA. “Me, I’ve grown up always liking sneakers and so naturally I post sneakers and other fashionable stuff like that.”

Villa has more Twitter followers than NBA star Stephen Curry.

“It’s great for me to meet the fans,” he said of his social media activity.

Davies is a new father known for sharing photos of his twin boys, Rhys Arthur and Dakota Charles, who were born on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The twins have been taken care of at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston ever since but Davies shared today that they are “almost ready to come home.”

The doctosr and nurses at Brigham and Women’s have done a fantastic job of raising our babies since they were premature and getting them to health,” he said.

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Warriors’ Remaining Game 7 Tickets Sell Out in Five Minutes

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Monday night’s Western Conference championship between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors has has the second-highest list prices for NBA Game 7 in the past five years at $960 per ticket, according to ticketing search engine TiqIQ.

ESPN reports that the only other Game 7 to top Monday night’s matchup in Oakland was the NBA Finals Game 7 in 2013 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Tickets for that game costed a whopping $1,346 each.

The few remaining tickets for Monday night’s game went on sale by the Warriors Sunday night, with prices between $230 and $2,150. ESPN reports those tickets sold out in less than five minutes.

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Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Found, Rescued Safely

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kidnapped Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was found and rescued safely by police, according to authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Rescatan sano y salvo al futbolista Alan Pulido https://t.co/uLl8rV5fnb pic.twitter.com/TLYWkGyXby

— GCTamaulipas (@GCTamaulipas) May 30, 2016

Pulido, 25, was kidnapped over the weekend by armed men after he left a party in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico, officials said.

The rescue happened shortly before midnight involving federal and state forces, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a statement released early Monday morning.

Pulido also received a medical evaluation, the statement said.

Gov. Egidio Torre Cantú visited the player to make sure he was OK and congratulated police for the successful operation, the statement added.

Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece. He was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2014.

The Greek team tweeted Monday morning that Pulido was with his family “safe” and “healthy.”

1/2 Ο Άλαν είναι υγιής και ασφαλής με την οικογένεια του. pic.twitter.com/pTNLJtDkNa

— Olympiacos FC (@olympiacos_org) May 30, 2016

Detail, including a potential motive, are still unclear.

Ruben Dario of the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office did not elaborate on the investigation, telling ABC News the family has requested privacy.

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Rookie Alexander Rossi Wins the 100th Indy 500

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Rookie Alexander Rossi has won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 24-year-old American driver from California managed to pull a victory from Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden, despite running out of fuel on the last lap.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” Rossi said after his car was towed to the victory lane.

Rossi, who was driving for car owner Bryan Herta and the Andretti Autosport team, spent the past several years racing in Europe’s Formula One.

“I’ll cherish the fact that at one point we were 33rd and we rolled the dice and we came through and we made it happen,” he said.

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Vacations with Fiance Ciara on Memorial Day

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage via GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Russell Wilson and Ciara jetted off to Mexico to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday.

The couple, shared photos from their enviable sun-soaked vacation on their social media accounts. Ciara, 30, and Wilson, 27, are seen getting on a private plane and later golfing.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback captioned one photo of Ciara and her 2-year-old son, Future: “Blessed & Grateful for these two. Best Memorial Day Weekend #FamilyTime.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer was even seen hoola-hooping and enjoying popsicles with the toddler.

Ciara accepted Wilson’s marriage proposal back in March, while the two vacationed in the Seychelles. They had been dating since April 2015.

There’s no word yet on when the two plan to wed.

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New Orleans Pelicans Player Bryce Dejean-Jones Shot Dead in Dallas

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(DALLAS) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot dead after he broke down the door to an apartment in Dallas, police said Saturday, according to ESPN.

Dallas police said a resident at the apartment was sleeping, and when he heard his door kicked open, he grabbed a gun. When Dejean-Jones began kicking the bedroom door, the resident fired, police said, according to ESPN.

Dejean-Jones, 23, played one season in the NBA.

“We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him,” the Pelicans said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers Advance to NBA Finals

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — One half of the NBA finals are set. The Cleveland Cavaliers secured their spot in the championship round after beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds on Friday night.

The team tweeted about the victory.

Back-to-back #ECF Champs.#ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/QedM9lLxfE

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 28, 2016

This will be the third finals appearance in team history for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lost to Golden State in six games last year and got swept by San Antonio in 2007.

For James, it’s his sixth straight trip to the finals, including four with Miami.

The Cavs will face the winner of the Western Conference finale Saturday night. Oklahoma City Thunder currently leads the series 3-2 over the Golden State Warriors.

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Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo Faces Suspension After Fourth Flagrant Foul

Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Raptors center Bismack Biyombo has hit his fourth flagrant foul of the postseason.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Biyombo elbowed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in the face in the first quarter and after official review, received a flagrant foul 1.

According to NBA rules, a fourth flagrant foul warrants an automatic suspension, and could cause the center to be suspended for Game 7.

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Ole Miss Responds to NCAA Allegations with Self-Imposed Penalties

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) — Ole Miss has acknowledged the 28 allegations of misconduct the NCAA made against the school in January by issuing self-imposed penalties Friday.

The school announced in a 154-page response to the NCAA that it had self-imposed the loss of 11 total scholarships for football starting with one last season and going into 2018, according to ESPN.

Ole Miss officials also asked the NCAA to delay the school’s hearing before the Committee on Infractions, according to ESPN, so they could investigate further allegations against Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil who confirmed in April that he had accepted money from the university.

The 28 allegations involved violations in football, women’s basketball and track and field. Sixteen of the alleged violations issued by the NCAA were Level I, the most serious. Ole Miss’ women’s basketball team has already served a postseason ban for the violations.

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