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This Dec. 24, 2016 photo shows San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talking during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
October 17, 2017 - 9:24 am
Let's assume that Colin Kaepernick is better than several quarterbacks — backups, and even starters — who have managed to find jobs on NFL rosters this season. (He is.) And let's also say that teams refused to sign Kaepernick not because he isn't good enough, but because he decided to kneel during...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference in New York. Silver's NBA has had a frenetic offseason filled with more drama than the games themselves, particularly regular season contests. A fourth straight year of the same NBA Finals matchup seems likely, and even Michael Jordan was quoted as saying he fears an NBA where 28 teams are going to be "garbage." (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
October 17, 2017 - 2:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Silver's NBA has endless action and daily drama. That's the offseason. Then the regular season starts, and some of the intrigue ends. Most predictions again see Golden State and Cleveland standing above their challengers for a fourth straight season, a pattern of dominance that...
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File-This Oct. 13, 2017, file photo shows Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) controlling the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game in Memphis, Tenn. Gasol wanted a boat before the Memphis Grizzlies center settled for a Tesla. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
October 17, 2017 - 2:09 am
Marc Gasol wanted a boat before the Memphis Grizzlies center settled for a Tesla. Shaun Livingston has been buying diapers — lots and lots of diapers — with his new contract from the Golden State Warriors. NBA teams have doled out about $3 billion in contracts over the first 96 hours of free agency...
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October 17, 2017 - 1:45 am
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FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters during a news conference in Madison, Wis. The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday Oct. 16, 2017 to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer File)
October 16, 2017 - 7:39 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence. The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association...
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October 16, 2017 - 4:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of each team, representatives of the players' union and players themselves will meet Tuesday to discuss ways to "move from protest to progress." Among the topics will be enhancing their platforms for speaking out on social issues, and the...
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October 16, 2017 - 12:44 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — An official 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series ring that was offered for sale on an auction website has been taken off the market. Leland's Auctions said Monday that it removed the ring from auction at the request of the Cubs and "due to a contractual issue." The team initially raised...
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October 16, 2017 - 11:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Smith is the new coach of the New York Liberty. Smith has been an assistant with the Liberty since she retired from the WNBA in 2013. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2016. The team announced Monday that she is taking over for Bill Laimbeer, who served as the...
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October 15, 2017 - 10:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge with the hiring says Katie Smith will be the next coach of the New York Liberty. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because a deal has not been announced. Smith has been an assistant with the Liberty since she...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer watches during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Laimbeer will be the new coach and general manager of the San Antonio Stars when the team is sold and relocated, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because there's no official announcement of the hiring. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
October 13, 2017 - 8:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Laimbeer will be the coach and general manager of the San Antonio Stars when the team is sold and relocated, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because there's no official...
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