After a long-running legal battle with more than 4,000 players and their families over what the NFL knew about head injuries in football, the league decided to settle for $765 million on Thursday. The money, according to reports, will go to medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, as well as the court costs (which we're guessing are a hefty bundle).

News of the settlement immediately sparked debate across social media. But how do actual NFL players feel about it? Some questions from outspoken Oakland punter Chris Kluwe:




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Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson was heading to the mound in the second inning of his squad's game against the Rays when he met something everyone on national television dreads: A random patch of turf that tripped him.

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Luckily, he managed to dust off the embarrassment ... and express his regret for running into the imaginary bump on Twitter.


The Angels, despite Wilson's issues, won 6-5.

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The youngest American tennis star isn't 23-year-old Jamie Hampton or even 20-year-old Sloan Stephens.

Hampton and Stephens are promising, sure, but they're a little old. Micaela Bryan, on the other hand, hasn't even celebrated her second birthday and she's already scored a deal with Prince. Or, at least, that's what her Twitter account would lead you to believe.


Micaela, who was born on Jan. 31, 2012, has become somewhat of a phenomenon on Twitter. She's already got more than 12,000 followers, and her tweets humorously and adorably chronicle her travels with her famous father and uncle.




Micaela's Twitter following has even resulted in the creation of groupies. On a recent day at this year's U.S. Open, Micaela was spotted signing autographs in Flushing Meadows.

Autograph hounds and 12,000 Twitter followers? Not bad for a 1-year old.

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NEW YORK -- On the court, Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic has plenty of accomplishments. She has a French Open title, three Grand Slam Finals appearances and 11 WTA titles. Although she has struggled in recent years, the former world No. 1 is seeded 13th at this year's U.S. Open.

Off the court, the bombshell has also made a name for herself. In 2010, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also made fashion appearances in FHM, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Vanidades, Grazia and other publications.

In her romantic life, Ivanovic twice dated the 2013 Masters champion, Adam Scott.

Last Tuesday, the 25-year-old took her next step in pop culture. She created a Twitter account.

"I had people trying to persuade me to start for months and years, actually," she said. "I have been very resistant, but I did join and I'm enjoying it."

Ivanovic had clear trouble at first, as her initial tweet featured only a lowercase a.

The botched tweet was taken down Thursday night and replaced with a selfie. Ivanovic appeared to be in full makeup with her hair done and New York City in the background.


A variety of fellow and former players tweeted at Ivanovic, including Rafael Nadal, Laura Robson, Marion Bartoli and Kim Clijsters.

"It's a lot of fun and it's interaction with people," she said. "It's just a different world for me. I'm having fun. I didn't regret my decision."

Ivanovic's decision leaves 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur as the only player in the top 20 to not have a Twitter account. The 29-year-old Aussie was already 22 upon Twitter's inception.

Two of the most popular tweeters in sports are men's No. 1 and No. 2 overall players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, Ivanovic's fellow Serb could be of help to the novice tweeter.

"I actually haven't had a chance to speak to him much, but I definitely will," she said.

As for her social media relation with both Djokovic and Nadal, Ivanovic looks forward to communicating.

"Hopefully we can have some interactions, and, you know, you guys can see a little bit lighter side of things."

Nadal already reached out to Ivanovic, although he does not appear to be talking lightly. He gave her a workmanlike welcome last week.


Djokovic and Nadal are likely to stick around the players' lounge for much of the fortnight. Ivanovic, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2012, will need to keep on winning to talk Twitter with them.

On Tuesday, she started things off with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Anna Tatishvili of Georgia. She will take the court for her second-round match on Thursday against Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania.

Stosur is also in Ivanovic's quarter of the bracket, which means one important thing: A potential quarterfinals matchup between the new tweeter and the non-tweeter looms.


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ESPN's Skip Bayless has built a career by mastering the art of going against the grain, although a less generous interpretation says that he is simply a troll.

So even when Bayless apparently has a simple case of brainlock and forgets the fact that Seattle Seahawks left the AFC West for the NFC West in 2002, there must be speculation about an ulterior motive.

After the Seahawks roughed up the Broncos in a preseason game 40-10 on Saturday, Bayless tweeted this analysis in which he pegs Seattle as an AFC powerhouse.


A media goof such as this confusion of conferences would probably generate plenty of attention regardless of the source. But coverage figures to be all the more intense because Bayless is a national figure that marks himself as an inviting target with what many fans consider to be his smug on-air persona.

While this blunder hardly casts Bayless in a favorable light, anytime he does something that is bound to draw more attention to himself, the possibility remains that he was making a calculated move all along.

Maybe everyone is a having good laugh at Skip Bayless' expense right now with this Seahawks-in-the-AFC faux pas. But maybe he is laughing at everyone who fell for his troll bait and put the spotlight, for better or for worse, right on Skip Bayless yet again.

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Apparently ESPN's social media accounts haven't gotten any friendlier with hockey teams after its unfortunate exchange with the San Jose Sharks last month.

On Thursday ESPN's SportsCenter account tweeted that Alfonso Soriano is the king of New York, not Kendrick Lamar, the rapper who declared himself the king of the Big Apple earlier this week.

The Rangers, who tweeted that their goalie Henrik Lundqvist is the king of New York earlier this week, seemed to take offense at the tweet (stick with this one, Twitter wars are sometimes hard to follow) and snarked back the following:


While it may seem like a strange fight, ESPN often draws the ire of hockey fans who believe the network deliberately ignores their sport.

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It's safe to say the world is a better place because Phil Jackson is on Twitter.

From his confusing-but-brilliant first tweet to his refreshing honesty, the legendary coach is doing wonders in his short time on the social media platform.

And on Tuesday Jackson once again showed why he is a must-follow for sports fans.

For those who missed it, the rapper Big Sean released a new single this week called "Control." The track features Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. In his verse, the Los Angeles native Lamar name-checks Jackson, saying:

"If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin' me. I'm uncoachable, I'm unsociable."

The lyric can be heard at the 3:52 mark of this video:

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The lyric is a reference to several events. Jackson called Kobe Bryant "uncoachable" in his book "The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul" before returning to the Los Angeles Lakers and winning two more titles with Bryant. Jackson has also been known to leave the game and return, and he nearly came back to guide the Lakers as recently as last season.

Lamar's verse drew a positive response from many on Twitter.



Jackson heard the lyric as well, and rather than praise he had advice for Lamar:


Well played, Phil. Very zen and very true. There's a reason this man won 11 NBA titles.

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Jessica Hardy, a gold medalist in swimming at the 2012 London Olympics, recently lost and found her engagement ring in the span of one half hour.

And she can thank Twitter for the assist.

After she finished competing at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Hardy handed her backpack to one of the event's volunteers. The only problem was Hardy had forgotten to take her ring out.


With the competition over and Hardy on her way out of Barcelona, she didn't have much time to spare.


Fortunately for Hardy her tweeting may have saved her. Half an hour after posting her original message, she sent this out:



Hardy's fiancee, Swiss swimmer Dominik Meichtry, had some fun with his soon-to-be-wife in a tweet later that night:


(H/T to For The Win)

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John Axford is a man who knows what he wants. And, just as importantly, he knows how to get it.

As the Wisconsin State Fair took place this weekend, Axford was holed up at Miller Park for the Brewers' series against the Washington Nationals. So how could Axford, a reliever, get his hands on some of the famed Krispy Kreme Donuts?

Axford, like other professional athletes in need, took to Twitter in a time of trouble.


A woman named Kathy Darrow responded to Axford's request, and the two worked out the details via Twitter:


About three hours after Axford's original tweet, he posted this photo:


And yes, if you're wondering, those are Krispy Kreme hamburgers with bacon-covered chocolate. Yum.

It's unclear which games Darrow got tickets for, but it appears she attended Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at Miller Park:


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