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Kaepernick anthem protest prompts backlash from NFL greats
San Francisco 49ers' Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL pre-season football game against Denver Broncos in San FranciscoBy Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sideline protest during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a National Football League pre-season game last week has generated criticism from current and former NFL stars. Kaepernick, 28, sat during the national anthem on Friday in a protest against racial injustice in the United States, a move that prompted boos from some fans. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that while he can "respect" Kaepernick's cause, he doesn't "agree with the method he chose." "If you want to make a point or take a stand, go straight after the root of that cause," wrote Ward.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:41:14 -0400
Pieters, Westwood, Kaymer named as Europe's Ryder Cup wildcards
News ImageBelgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by Europe captain Darren Clarke as wildcard picks on Tuesday to complete his Ryder Cup team. Clarke opted for the powerful 24-year-old Pieters over Scotland's Russell Knox and England's Luke Donald, bringing to six the number of rookies in the 12-man team who will defend the trophy against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:05:51 -0400
NFL's Kaepernick under fire over divisive anthem row
News ImageBy refusing to stand for the national anthem, American football player Colin Kaepernick has been slammed for politicizing sport and even accused of being unpatriotic, but he's just the latest black athlete to protest US race relations. Remaining seated on the bench during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Friday before his San Francisco 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in a National Football League pre-season game. Etiquette in the United States requires that everyone stand when the national anthem is played.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:54:44 -0400
Pieters' power play won Ryder Cup call-up, says Clarke
Thomas Pieters gave Darren Clarke a close-up view of his talent when he shot a 62 playing alongside Europe's Ryder Cup captain in Denmark last week. Clarke asked to partner the 6ft 5in Belgian at the Made in Denmark event in Farso and saw him excel with a first round that equaled the course record in an event he went on to win by posting birdies on the last three holes of his final round. "Last week I played with him and it was one of the finest 62s I have ever witnessed," Clarke told a news conference on Tuesday when he confirmed Pieters as one of his three wildcard picks. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:09:22 -0400
Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters Europe's Ryder Cup wildcards
News ImageEurope's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke announced England's Lee Westwood, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters of Belgium as his three wildcards on Tuesday. With rookies taking up five of the nine automatic qualifying places, Clarke had been expected to turn to experienced Ryder Cup campaigners Westwood and Kaymer. Pieters, 24, was picked ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox, having bolstered his case for inclusion with a stunning opening round of 62 alongside Clarke at last week's Made in Denmark tournament.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:13:58 -0400
Golf-Pieters, Westwood, Kaymer named Europe's Ryder Cup wildcards
LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke as his wildcard picks on Tuesday to complete his team. Clarke opted for the powerful 24-year-old Pieters ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox and England's Luke Donald, bringing to six the number of rookies in the 12-man team who will defend the trophy against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota starting on Sept. 30. (Editing by Ed Osmond) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:35:41 -0400
Bucs move pre-season game to Wednesday due to storm threat
(Reuters) - Washington's NFL pre-season game at Tampa Bay has been moved to Wednesday from Thursday due to the threat of severe weather, the Buccaneers said. U.S. forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for coastal North Carolina on Monday, while another system churning in the Gulf of Mexico could make landfall in Florida later this week. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:50:44 -0400
Eagles rookie backtracks on anthem boycott vow
News ImagePhiladelphia Eagles rookie Myke Tavarres pledged Monday to emulate Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand for the US national anthem, only to backtrack on the issue hours later. Tavarres, 23, said he planned to sit during the anthem when the Eagles hosted the New York Jets in Philadelphia on Thursday. "He plans on standing for the national anthem," Williams said in a statement.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:24:18 -0400
FBI offers $50,000 reward for capture of escaped polygamous sect leader
Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Jeffs and other leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) in Arizona and South Dakota diverted money from the federal government food assistance program for the poor. Jeffs pleaded not guilty to the two-count indictment in February and was released from jail on June 9 ahead of his October trial. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:16:21 -0400
Love to follow Azinger's lead with captain's Cup picks
News ImageBy Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will take a leaf out of 2008 skipper Paul Azinger's book before he announces his four wildcard picks for this year's competition against holders Europe. Azinger, the most recent U.S. captain to achieve success against Europe, wanted his players to have "a vested interest" in their team at Valhalla eight years ago and he relied on the input of the automatic qualifiers for his wildcard selections. Love, who will choose three of his captain's picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 11 and his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, plans to follow suit for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota that starts on Sept. 30.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:02:05 -0400
Quarterback Siemian to start for Broncos
News Image(The Sports Xchange) - Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has named Trevor Siemian the starting quarterback for Week One, when the defending champions open the 2016 season with a rematch of Super Bowl 50. Siemian, who has yet to throw a regular-season pass in the NFL, will start against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8 to kick off the NFL's 2016 regular season. Kubiak informed quarterbacks Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision on Monday morning prior to sharing it with the entire team.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:50:17 -0400
New York Yankees baseball team to refinance $1 billion of stadium debt
Yankee Stadium LLC would save money in the current low-interest rate environment by refinancing about $1.2 billion of old outstanding debt issued in 2006 and 2009, when the stadium opened. The stadium refinancing was contained in a notice of a Sept. 15 public hearing by the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA), an arm of the city's economic development corporation that acts as a conduit issuer for private firms to borrow on the tax-exempt municipal bond market. The approximately 1.3 million square foot Yankees Stadium is owned by NYCIDA, subject to a long-term lease from the city of New York, but was built by the company. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:30:49 -0400
Golf-Love to follow Azinger's lead with captain's Cup picks
By Mark Lamport-Stokes Aug 29 (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will take a leaf out of 2008 skipper Paul Azinger's book before he announces his four wildcard picks for this year's competition against holders Europe. Azinger, the most recent U.S. captain to achieve success against Europe, wanted his players to have "a vested interest" in their team at Valhalla eight years ago and he relied on the input of the automatic qualifiers for his wildcard selections. Love, who will choose three of his captain's picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 11 and his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, plans to follow suit for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota that starts on Sept. 30. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:45:04 -0400
Kaymer urges Europe captain to make Pieters a wildcard pick
News ImageTwice major winner Martin Kaymer has urged European captain Darren Clarke to pick Belgian Thomas Pieters on Tuesday as one of his three wildcard choices for next month's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Minnesota. Pieters is in red-hot form after winning the Made In Denmark event on Sunday, finishing second at the preceding Czech Masters and claiming fourth place at this month's Rio Olympics. "If I would be the captain he would be my pick for sure because he brings something special to the team," Kaymer told Sky Sports television after playing alongside the 24-year-old in the final round in Denmark.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:02:57 -0400
Former LA Dodgers owner McCourt to buy Marseille
News ImageBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, said on Monday he had entered exclusive negotiations to buy Olympique de Marseille and vowed to restore the club to their former glories. Billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the Russian-born chairwoman of Louis Dreyfus Commodities trading house, said in April she was looking for a buyer for the Ligue 1 side. "Margarita and I just executed a contract for us to buy OM, the greatest football club in the French league and one of the best in the world," McCourt told a news conference alongside Louis-Dreyfus and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:04:24 -0400
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