Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” saying that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem. Trump spoke to “Fox & Friends” in an interview that aired Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams. “I think that’s good,” Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good.… Read More

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Rockets to honour Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

HOUSTON — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night’s Western Conference finals game, they’ll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week’s Texas school shooting in Santa Fe. Each player’s uniform will feature a grey rectangular patch on one shoulder that will read: “Santa Fe HS” when they meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The words will be in green writing with a yellow outline as a nod to the school’s colours. “If it moves two or three people to understand that we’ve got to have some change, that would be great,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Your… Read More

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Former Barcelona legend Iniesta joins Japan’s Vissel Kobe

TOKYO — Andres Iniesta is, finally, a member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The former Barcelona great appeared at a packed news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with billionaire Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani. It was hardly a surprise. Iniesta tweeted a photo of himself and Mikitani on his new boss’ private jet as the two flew to Tokyo for an announcement that had been expected for weeks. “I’m pleased to announce that Andres Iniesta will be signing up to play with Vissel Kobe after his historic career at Barcelona,” Mikitani said. “We look forward to Iniesta not only contributing to the team but helping in the… Read More

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Salk: How the NFL got the national anthem policy right and wrong

I think the NFL actually did a good job developing a compromise plan with the national anthem. Clayton: NFL’s new kickoff rules a positive for Seahawks No one is truly happy with it, but that is OK. That’s what compromise is all about – and in that way (and maybe that way only) the NFL is setting a good example. They are allowing players to protest, allowing owners some measure of control, and allowing advertisers to see that they are taking action. If handled correctly, this could have made the issue fade a little. But they screwed up in how they reached this point. They didn’t include the players in… Read More

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‘Emotional’ Ovechkin, Capitals finally break through to Stanley Cup Final

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin is talking, but he’s basically speechless, sitting here with an Eastern Conference champions t-shirt on his back and an Eastern Conference champions hat on his head, a gap-toothed smile plastered on his bearded face. “Just ask Holts,” Ovechkin says, calling on the guy who just recorded a shutout in the biggest game of either of their lives to try to capture this moment, because he really can’t. “This kind of emotion,” Ovechkin says, still trying, “it’s hard to explain what I’m feeling.” if ( “1” == true && ‘undefined’ !== typeof window.getIndexAds ) { var so = {preroll:{1:{1:{siteID:191888},2:{siteID:191889}}}}; adServerUrl = window.getIndexAds( ‘http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?sz=640×360&iu=%2F7326%2Fen.sportsnet.web%2FVideo&ciu_szs=300×250&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&ad_rule=1&vid=5788992413001&cmsid=384’, so, permalink); }… Read More

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‘Emotional’ Ovechkin, Capitals finally break through to Stanley Cup Final

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin is talking, but he’s basically speechless, sitting here with an Eastern Conference champions t-shirt on his back and an Eastern Conference champions hat on his head, a gap-toothed smile plastered on his bearded face. “Just ask Holts,” Ovechkin says, calling on the guy who just recorded a shutout in the biggest game of either of their lives to try to capture this moment, because he really can’t. “This kind of emotion,” Ovechkin says, still trying, “it’s hard to explain what I’m feeling.” if ( “1” == true && ‘undefined’ !== typeof window.getIndexAds ) { var so = {preroll:{1:{1:{siteID:191888},2:{siteID:191889}}}}; adServerUrl = window.getIndexAds( ‘http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?sz=640×360&iu=%2F7326%2Fen.sportsnet.web%2FVideo&ciu_szs=300×250&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&ad_rule=1&vid=5788992413001&cmsid=384’, so, permalink); }… Read More

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2018 Stanley Cup Final Preview: Golden Knights vs. Capitals

Of all the potential Stanley Cup finals, this had to be among the most unlikely in 2018. In one corner you have the Washington Capitals, who, though they’ve been one of the best NHL teams for the better part of a decade, were supposed to be having a reset year. GM Brian MacLellan’s team was all-in the past two years, but was forced by salary cap constraints to shed some experience and skill over the summer, which projected a thinner, weaker lineup. Head coach Barry Trotz has been a lame duck coach all season and still doesn’t have an extension. Despite all this, the Caps won their third-straight division title,… Read More

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Mariners win 5th straight as Marco Gonzales leads way past A’s 1-0

By GIDEON RUBIN Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Marco Gonzales allowed two hits in seven innings in the longest start of his career, and the Seattle Mariners scored their only run on an error in a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Photo gallery | Box score Gonzales (4-3) struck out six and walked two, combining with two relievers on a three-hitter as Seattle recorded its fourth shutout of the season. The Mariners have won five straight and seven of their last nine. Over his last two starts, the 26-year-old left-hander has allowed one unearned run in 12 2/3 innings. Daniel Gossett (0-2) allowed one unearned… Read More

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Undermanned Broncos empty tank but come up just short vs. rival Pats

REGINA – Time has run out on the undermanned and overworked Swift Current Broncos. Without scoring winger Tyler Steenbergen for the second straight game and playing for the 101st time this season, the Broncos were eliminated from the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Wednesday. The final blow in a winless tournament came in a 6-5 loss from the Regina Pats, who were paced by Nick Henry’s hat trick and Sam Steel’s record-setting five assists. The win allowed the Pats to exact some revenge for the Broncos eliminating them in seven games in the first round of the WHL playoffs and handing them a 45-day pre-tourney layoff. The Pats now move on… Read More

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