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Police shooting protesters march outside Cowboys’ stadium

Demonstrators, including some who rolled empty coffins, marched outside AT&T Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys game to protest recent fatal police shootings. Attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Botham Jean, says protesters are demanding that Dallas police officer Amber Guyger be fired and charged with murder instead of manslaughter for Jean’s death. Guyger, who is white, shot the 26-year-old Jean, who was black and her neighbor, on Sept. 6 at his apartment. The officer told investigators that she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought she was being burglarized. The protest outside the stadium, where the Cowboys hosted the New York Giants, was the latest since Jean’s death. There also have been demonstrations outside Dallas police ...

Only a handful take action during anthem on NFL’s 1st Sunday

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks led the league when it came to the number of players willing to make a statement while the national anthem played. To start this season, that wave of Seahawks has dwindled to only two players. Linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson walked off the field and waited in the tunnel while a field-sized American flag was unfurled and the national anthem played before their season opener Sunday in Denver. In a league where more than 200 players once took some sort of action to protest police brutality and social injustice in America during the anthem, The Associated Press counted fewer than 10 across the league who did so on the NFL’s opening Sunday. Only two of them — Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills of the Dolphins — kneeled while the “Star-Spangled...

Djokovic wins US Open for 14th major, tying ‘idol’ Sampras

The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts. And then came Sunday’s pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic. Three times, del Potro was a point from breaking and earning the right to serve to make it a set apiece. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself. Eventually, he seized that game — and del Potro’s best chance to make a match of it. A year after missing the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis. His returns and defense-to-offense skills as imp...

Game-changer: Subscription-free streaming for NFL games

The good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining . Though there are restrictions — no free streaming on smart TVs, for instance — the move marks a significant departure for sports. Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams. The NFL regular season starts Thursday. “We think people will still want to watch on the biggest screen possible,” said Brian Rolapp, the league’s chief business and media officer. But as more people drop cable or satellite subscriptions — or never sign up in the first pla...

Nike faces backlash over deal with Kaepernick

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Former gymnastics coach denies charges in Nassar scandal

A former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach who’s charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal has appeared in court. Kathie Klages (KLAY’-jis) appeared by video Thursday from a police lockup in Lansing, Michigan. A judge ordered her to post $500 to be released. Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Authorities say two teens complained to her back in 1997. Defense attorney Mary Chartier (SHAR’-tee-ay) says Klages denies the charges and will fight them. Nassar was the doctor for Michigan State’s women’s gymnastics team. He also treated other gymnasts in the Lansing area and Olympians at USA Gymnastics. He’s been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual...

Esports execs say don’t blame the games, blame US gun laws

Esports organizers say don’t blame the games. Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game tournament in a Florida shopping mall. But Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the shooting was more a reflection of U.S. gun laws than the gaming community. U.S. authorities say 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself Sunday at a Madden tournament being held at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville. “Of course tragedies like this should never happen. One is already too many,” Fok told a news conference Wednesday about the introduction of esports at the Asian Games. “But I think this is a bigger issue of gun contro...

Jim Brown affirms support for Trump, national anthem

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Texans star JJ Watt’s Hurricane Harvey effort raises $41.6M

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt says he has distributed the $41.6 million his foundation raised to help rebuild the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey. An online fundraiser Watt launched after the storm hit Texas last year went viral and far exceeded his original goal of raising $200,000. Watt routed the money to eight groups actively involved in Texas’ rebuilding and recovery. According to the Texans, the funds have already been used to clean up and rebuild more than 600 homes, distribute more than 26,000 meals and provide health care to more than 6,500 people. In a statement released by the Texans on Monday, Watt said he was grateful for the “generosity of strangers” who donated to the fundraiser.

Mississippi high school football player dies after collapse

A Mississippi high school football player who collapsed on the sidelines of a game has died. Sophomore Dennis Mitchell, 16, collapsed on the field Friday night, news outlets reported. In a post on Byhalia High School’s Facebook page Saturday, the school announced Mitchell’s death and asked that people keep Mitchell’s family and school community in their prayers. Mitchell was standing on the sidelines in the second quarter when he fell face-first and then began shaking, The Press Register reported . Players immediately called for help and the game stopped. Byhalia parents, school officials and emergency workers began to treat the 5-foot-11-inch (1.8-meter), 260-pound (118-kilogram) Mitchell. Coaches could be heard calling out, “Stay with me, Dennis. Stay with me.R...

Soon you’ll be able to watch high school football on Twitter

Just at the NFL is gearing up to kickoff its regular season, Adidas has announced that it will be partnering with Twitter to livestream high school football games on the platform. The “Friday Night Stripes” series (Get it? Get it?) will include eight games, featuring teams from California, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Indiana. The series starts September 7 (a day after the NFL season opener, incidentally), running throughout the standard high school football season, until November 9. The deal joins a slew of existing streaming sports deals for the platform, including pro games from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, along with collegiate conferences, like Pac-12. NFL games, in particular, have been a big hit for the site. This will, however, mark the first time high school football games have been...

Blue Lives Matter rejects partnership with New York Jets

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