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#SportsReport: U.S Open Continues; Kaepernick And The Anthem

Fan t-shirt of Colin Kaepernick
Fan wears t-shirt of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Kansas City bested the Yankees 8-5, Boston topped Tampa Bay 9-4 and are two games back from AL East leading Toronto, Texas doubled up Seattle 6-3, Houston blanked Oakland 6-0, Detroit edged the White Sox 4-3, Cleveland beat Minnesota 1-0 in 10 innings, and it was Toronto over Baltimore 5-1.

In the National League, the Mets edged Miami 2-1 in 10 innings, St. Louis won against Milwaukee 6-5, the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 8-7 in 13 innings, Colorado topped the Dodgers 8-1, and it was Washington over Philadelphia 4-0.

In interleague play, the Angels beat Cincinnati 9-2.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, five days after his last start. Cole is 7-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 starts this season, but he compiled a 6.08 earned run average in five outings this month. Left-hander Steven Brault was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Cole tonight against the Cubs.

The Angels have traded outfielder Daniel Nava and cash considerations to the Royals for cash or a player to be named. Nava struggled in his only season with the Angels, hitting .235 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 45 games. Nava is expected to head to the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha.

Tennis:

Top-ranked Serena Williams faces her first match as play continues in the U.S. Open, taking on Ekaterina Makarova. The two will open the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium this evening.

Novak Djokovic was bothered by an achy arm, Rafael Nadal was hampered by a sore wrist and Garbine Muguruza struggled with the heat. However, all three were able to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open by winning on Monday.

The top-seeded Djokovic got off to a sluggish start before pulling out a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 triumph on stadium court. Djokovic required an arm massage midway through the opening set and was unable to showcase his powerful serve until the third set. It was his first match at a major tournament since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, which ended his bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

The fourth-seeded Nadal was a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 winner in his first Grand Slam match since the second round of this year's French Open. The two-time champ played through a heavily-bandaged left wrist that led to his early exit at Roland Garros and his subsequent withdrawal from Wimbledon.

The third-seeded Muguruza rallied for a three-set victory after dropping the opener 2-6. The reigning French Open champion says she thinks the heat caused her to have trouble breathing early in the match.

Joining Djokovic and Nadal in Round 2 are fifth seed Milos Raonic, seventh seed Marin Cilic, ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10th seed Gael Monfils and American John Isner. The 20th-seeded Isner won a pair of tiebreaks after losing the first two sets.

No. 13 Richard Gasquet was the highest seed to fall Monday, losing to Kyle Edmund in straight sets.

Other first-round winners in the women's bracket are second seed Angelique Kerber, ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova and No. 14 Petra Kvitova. Monica Puig was ousted in the first round, two weeks after winning the Olympic tournament.

Open officials have unveiled the new $150 million roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The roof was temporarily closed between sessions Monday before a brief ceremony prior to the first night match. The two retractable panels began to slide apart as Phil Collins sang the first notes of "In the Air Tonight."

NFL:

NFL teams are trimming their rosters, with the Giants releasing four players Monday. They include Nikita Whitlock, who played fullback, defensive tackle and on special teams last year.

New York Jets linebacker David Harris is uncertain for the team's opener because of what coach Todd Bowles says is a "bad shoulder bruise." Harris was hurt just before halftime during the Jets' loss to the Giants Saturday. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

The San Diego Chargers finally have their No. 1 draft pick in the fold, signing defensive end Joey Bosa to a four-year contract. The deal ends Bosa's month-long holdout and comes days after the Chargers announced they were pulling their offer off the table. The Ohio State product was the third overall selection in this year's draft.

Meanwhile San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the national anthem anymore. He said that he wouldn’t stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people or people of color. Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker, Myke Taverres said he planned to sit during the anthem as well but has since rescinded that pledge.

"There is some depth and some truth to what he was doing. I think he could have picked a better platform and a better way to do it, but every day they say athletes are so robotic and do everything by the book and then when somebody takes a stand like that, he gets his head chopped off." — Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman on San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem to draw attention to what he considers police brutality.

Donald Trump is weighing in on a San Francisco 49ers quarterback's decision to sit down during the national anthem at the team's three preseason games so far. Colin Kaepernick says his aim is to bring about change in race relations and police brutality. Trump tells a Seattle radio station he thinks Kaepernick's political statement is "a terrible thing" and that "maybe he should find a country that works better for him."

Also in the NFL:

— The Browns have shipped Andy Lee to the Panthers for fellow punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round draft choice. The Browns parted with Lee after he made no attempt to tackle Tampa Bay's Adam Humphries during a 73-yard touchdown return Friday. Cleveland has also waived defensive back K'Waun Williams and released linebacker Paul Kruger.

— The Lions have traded receiver Jeremy Kerley to the 49ers for offensive guard Brandon Thomas. Kerley was signed by the Lions after five seasons with the Jets. Thomas was drafted by San Francisco in the third round two years ago, but he hasn't played in an NFL game.

— The Buccaneers' preseason game against Washington has been moved up a day because of a potentially severe storm headed to the area. The game will remain at Raymond James Stadium and will now be played Wednesday night in an attempt to avoid Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area.

Obit:

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Bill Lenkaitis has passed away at age 70. Lenkaitis died after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He spent 11 of his NFL seasons with the Patriots, where owner Robert Kraft says he was a "big man with an even bigger personality and a huge heart."

MLS:

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been added to the U.S. national team roster heading into two World cup qualifying matches. He will join the team for training in Florida ahead of the first match Friday against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He currently leads MLS with 15 assists for the season along with five goals.

NCAA:

Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has been cleared to play this week's season opener against UMass. He was suspended much of last semester by the Gatos over sexual assault allegations but a university hearing officer cleared him and the woman accusing him opted not to appeal.

PGA:

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has introduced his eight automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup competition against Europe. The group includes Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, PGA champion Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson. Love now has four weeks to complete his roster with the captains' choices. Europe's nine automatic qualifiers were set one week earlier.

Little League:

Thousands of supporters welcomed the new Little League World Series champions home to the Binghamton area. The Press & Sun Bulletin of Binghamton reports that members of the Maine-Endwell team were greeted Monday by a parade that included about two dozen fire trucks and sheriff's vehicles running their sirens.

NBA:

Chris Bosh is back on the basketball court, dropping a big hint that he plans to try playing for the Miami Heat again this season. Bosh has released a video on Snapchat of him going through a non-contact workout, including some shooting and dribbling. It's the first time this offseason that he's revealed doing any on-court work. It's unknown if Bosh has been medically cleared to resume full workouts after each of his last two seasons were cut short by the formation of blood clots.

International Soccer:

England captain Wayne Rooney says he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Rooney says "my mind is made up ... Russia will be my last tournament."

The Manchester United striker will be aged 32 by the time the World Cup comes around. He is currently tied with David Beckham as the most-capped England outfield player of all time, on 115 appearances. Speaking on Tuesday ahead of the first match of England's World Cup qualifying campaign, against Slovakia on Sunday, Rooney said "realistically I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England. Hopefully, I can end my time with England on a high."

Rooney has been England captain since 2014, and will keep the armband under new coach Sam Allardyce.

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