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NFL Cheerleader Kneels During Anthem [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: A 49ers cheerleader knelt during the national anthem before Thursday night’s game against the Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. It is believed to be the first time an NFL cheerleader has taken a knee during the anthem. The woman was not immediately identified, and when reached by The Chronicle, the team had no comment. The kneeling …

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Hawaiian Singer Stuns With Unique Take On Anthem

The Huffington Post reports: Hawaiian singer and musician Willie K. stunned the crowd at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Saturday with a stirring new take on the national anthem. Accompanied by his ukulele, he dispensed with the traditional melody and went with his own for “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the game between the University of Hawaii and University of …

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REPORT: Rihanna Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Gig In Support Of Former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick

US Weekly reports: Rihanna stands with Kap. The “Work” singer declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show because she “supports Colin Kaepernick,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of …

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Fan Interference Call Riles Baseball Playoffs [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: The Houston Astros aren’t blaming any fan, or even a veteran umpire’s call, but they were left seething Wednesday night believing that Major League Baseball cheated them out of a possible victory for having too few cameras and an inferior replay booth. “I’m pissed off, we’re all pissed off,” Astros right fielder Josh Reddick said. “That’s the …

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Protester Disrupts Anthem At NFL Game [VIDEO]

Yahoo Sports reports: Once again, a protester took action during the national anthem prior to an NFL game, speaking out on a cause important to them and using the anthem and an NFL game as a platform for their views. But this time, the protester wasn’t a player, and he wasn’t speaking out against racial inequality. During Sunday’s national anthem, …

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Men’s Professional Golf Gets First Publicly Out Player

The New York Post reports: Tadd Fujikawa has become the first male pro golfer to come out publicly as gay. The 27-year-old did so in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, saying his timing was tied to World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s the second time Fujikawa is making a bit of golf history — he also was the youngest golfer …

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Trump: My Tenant Nike Is Sending A “Terrible Message”

From his interview with the Daily Caller: President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Nike sent a “terrible message” this week by making former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of the faces representing the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” campaign. “I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,” …

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ARKANSAS: False Gunman Report Sparks Mass Panic, Empties Football Stadium, Game Canceled [VIDEO]

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports: A fight at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium during the Salt Bowl high school football game Saturday night set off a panic that sent fans running for the exits, ending the game early. Little Rock police spokesman Steve Moore said no shots were fired, but a fight among teenagers during the third quarter knocked over a …

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REPORT: New York Yankees Planning Significant Events To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Stonewall Riots

Sports New York reports: According to major league sources, the Yankees have been quietly planning significant events for next season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal event in both the history of LGBTQ rights and New York City. While a Yankees spokesman said it was too early to confirm any specifics of the 2019 promotional …

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NFL Player Protests Resume At Preseason Games

ESPN reports: Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Miami, Kenny Stills and two other Dolphins players protested during the anthem before their 26-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and …

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NASCAR CEO Name-Drops Trump During DUI Arrest

TMZ Sports reports: Brian France — the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR — was arrested for DUI on Sunday evening in The Hamptons and cops say he was also in possession of oxycodone, TMZ Sports has learned.  The 56-year-old — one of the most powerful people in professional sports — was initially stopped in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a …

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Air Force Academy Football Player Comes Out

USA Today reports: Following a standing ovation from his teammates, Air Force sophomore defensive back Bradley Kim became the first openly-gay athlete at a service academy when he publicly announced his sexual orientation on Friday. “I almost gave up my dream of playing Division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone,” Kim wrote as part of an …

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NFL Puts Anthem Policy On Hold After Backlash

ESPN reports: With the Miami Dolphins facing backlash after submitting required paperwork to the NFL that included potential disciplinary measures for player protests during the national anthem, the league has decided to hit pause on its new policy, sources told ESPN. The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to …

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France Defeats Croatia 4-2 In World Cup Final

The Washington Post reports: Croatia finally found a deficit it couldn’t overcome. On the 20th anniversary of its only other World Cup win, France snagged a second title. One game after Belgium complained about the French playing “anti-football” by packing it in on defense, the Les Bleus poured in four goals, tied for second-most in a World Cup final, led …

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Croatia Advances To World Cup Final Against France

The Washington Post reports: Croatia advanced to its first World Cup final by joining Argentina (1990) as the only teams to win a semifinal match they trailed at halftime. Croatia fell behind on Kieran Trippier’s free kick in the fifth minute, but leveled the score on Ivan Perisic’s leaping, left-footed volley in the 68th minute. Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winner …

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NFL Players Union Files Grievance On Anthem Policy

Via press release from the NFL Players Association: Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. In advance …

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Pro US Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin publicly came out as gay in a social media statement Friday morning, making him the only out athlete currently playing in one of the five major men’s U.S. sports leagues. Martin, 23, is the first male athlete from any of those major leagues to say he is gay since 2014, when …

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MEXICO: World Cup Fans Trigger Earthquake Sensors

The Guardian reports: Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champions Germany. The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, seven seconds after the game’s 35th minute, when …

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North American Nations To Host 2026 World Cup

The New York Times reports: A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for soccer’s 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, bringing the tournament to North America for the first time since the 1994 event on a pledge of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profits for FIFA, world …

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NFL And MLB To March In NYC Pride For First Time

The Hill reports: The NFL and the MLB will participate in New York City’s LGBT Pride March for the first time ever later this month. The two leagues will make their debut in the parade alongside representatives from the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS and National Women’s Hockey League, according to OutSports.com. Former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who publicly came out …

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