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The Latest: Some Dolphins players wearing Kaepernick shirts

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:57:48 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sports world reacting to President Donald Trump's remarks about pro football (all times ET): 11:45 a.m. A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups. The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front. Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.



Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:37:03 UT

The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem. The statements, from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league's game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years. Bisciotti said he "100 percent" supports his players' decision to kneel during the national anthem.



The Latest: Ravens WR Maclin cleared to return

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:23:39 UT

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season: 11:15 a.m. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been cleared to return in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium after being examined for a possible concussion. Maclin underwent the standard concussion protocol after hitting his head on the ground during the second quarter, but the team announced after the halftime break that he had been cleared by doctors. Maclin was hurt when Joe Flacco's pass came off his hands and was intercepted by A.J. Bouye, and the wide receivers head then seemed to bounce on the turf as he fell down. The Jaguars led 23-0 at halftime. ___ 10:40 a.m.



Ravens DE Urban questionable to return with foot sprain

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:37:05 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Ravens defensive end Brent Urban has a foot sprain and is questionable to return in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Urban came off the field limping after Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette picked up a first down on 4th-and-1 toward the end of the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room for further examination ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL



About two dozen players kneel for national anthem in London

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:51:20 UT

LONDON (AP) — About two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams' game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Other players on one knee during the performance included Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Mike Wallace and safety Lardarius Webb as well as Jaguars linebacker Dante Fowler, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.



LEADING OFF: After Maxwell takes knee, will others join?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:27:17 UT

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ ANTHEM PROTESTS Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. More players could follow — there's been a major backlash by athletes and executives after President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players at a rally on Friday. The Athletics quickly voiced support for Maxwell, tweeting shortly after the anthem that they "respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression" and "pride ourselves on being inclusive.



Oakland's Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:05:44 UT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, pulling the sport into a polarizing protest movement that has been criticized harshly by President Donald Trump. Before a home game against the Texas Rangers, Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland's dugout, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. The 26-year-old rookie catcher pressed his right hand against his heart, and teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell's shoulders, and the two hugged after the anthem finished.



Top 25 Takeaways: Super Saquon; TCU statement; upset dodging

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:56:31 UT

There was a moment Saturday afternoon when No. 2 Clemson was tied with Boston College heading into the fourth quarter and No. 5 Southern California was tied in the fourth quarter with California. No. 8 Michigan was struggling to score against Purdue and No. 14 Miami was struggling to stop Toledo. No. 12 Florida State had already lost. The college football season was all set to be turned upside down. Not so fast. Clemson cruised. USC answered the challenge. Michigan found some offense. Miami pulled away. Later, No. 3 Oklahoma held off winless Baylor and No. 4 Penn State made the greatest escape of all at Iowa — with a walk-off touchdown. No. 16 TCU ended up making the biggest statement of the day at No.



Mets ace Syndergaard returns, goes 1 shutout inning vs Nats

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:50:39 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tossed one scoreless inning Saturday night against Washington, throwing just five pitches in his first major league game since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30. "It was great. I put in a lot of time and work the past four months, five months to be back out there," Syndergaard said. Syndergaard drew a loud cheer from the crowd at Citi Field when his name was announced in the New York lineup, then reached 99 mph with his fastball. The Mets had said he would start and work only one inning in his return. Syndergaard retired Trea Turner on a flyball, gave up a single to Jayson Werth and got Daniel Murphy to ground into a double play.



Yankees clinch postseason berth by beating Blue Jays 5-1

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:10:56 UT

TORONTO (AP) — One year into a rebuild, the New York Yankees are back in the playoffs. Greg Bird, among the new generation of Baby Bombers, hit a three-run homer that led New York over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Saturday to clinch no worse than a wild card. "I feel like our motto in the offseason was: 'We're going to surprise people,'" Bird said. "Obviously, we had a good spring, but we knew that wasn't the real deal. We came out and played our game the whole year, and I feel like we showed people." Sonny Gray (10-11), among New York's midseason reinforcements, allowed one run and four hits in six innings as the Yankees won for the 11th time in 14 games and at 86-68 matched their season high of 18 games over .500.