NFL owners come to players’ defense after Trump frowns upon anthem protests

NFL national anthem

Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about the NFL at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, calling on owners to fire players who kneel or sit in protest of racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem and attacking league rules designed to prevent head injuries. Said Trump to what CBS Sports describes as a “cheering crowd”: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.’”…

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Deceased NFL star, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez suffered from severe CTE

Convicted murderer and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was 27 when he committed suicide in April, suffered from a case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) so severe that it was on par with cases observed in the brains of players in their 60s, according to the findings Dr. Anne McKee, Director of Boston University’s CTE Center. CTE progresses as its victims progress in age, but the exponential development of Hernandez’s disease is unprecedented. Thursday, the New York Times notes, a lawyer for Hernandez’s estate called Hernandez’s disease “the…

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MLB Wednesday: Dodgers bullpen implodes in 7-5 loss to Phillies

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Wednesday, the Dodgers bullpen blew a 4-2 lead in the seventh and then a 5-4 lead in the eighth to send the Dodgers to their fourth consecutive loss, a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Phillies. The champagne the team has reserved for its celebration upon clinching the NL West has probably gone flat by now. It has been half-uncorked at least since the middle of August, if not since mid-July. Entering play on June 21, the Dodgers trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks by half a game in the division.…

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MLB sets a new single-season home run record

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Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon blasted the MLB’s 5,694th home run of 2017 Tuesday night, eclipsing the previous league-wide single-season homer record of 5,693 set in 2000. “I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals Manager Ned Yost told reporters Tuesday. “There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.” The Washington Post makes the case that the prevalence of long balls is evidence of a “tectonic shift” in the nature of the MLB game: the average hitter is cranking more home runs than ever before. This year,…

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Kershaw allows first career grand slam, Phillies beat Dodgers 4-3

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed just four hits in six innings of work Monday night against the Phillies. The last was a grand slam off the bat of Philadelphia outfielder Aaron Altherr in the sixth. Altherr’s blast, which proved to be the deciding moment of a 4-3 Phillies victory, was the first grand slam Kershaw has ever yielded. It came in the 10th season, the 290th game and the 1,923rd inning of the six-time Cy Young winner’s career, the LA Times notes. Nick Pivetta, who took the mound for Philadelphia…

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