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Two Texas high school football players kicked off team for protest during anthem

Two Texas high school football players kicked off team for protest during anthem

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Two high school football players in Crosby, Texas have been kicked off their team for protesting during the national anthem on Friday.According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, Victory & Praise Christian Academy coach Ronnie Mitchem kicked sophomore Cedric Ingram-Lewis and senior Larry McCullough off the team moments after the two protested during the playing of the national anthem. Mitchem raised his fist, while McCullough knelt.MORE: NFL reportedly tells teams protesting 'will hurt business'According to the Chronicle, Mitchem — a pastor and former Marine — had told his players beforehand he didn't want to see them protesting during the flag, citing his military service. Instead, he suggested players make their statements by kneeling after touch
Paul George: Commitment shown by OKC has been 'off the charts'

Paul George: Commitment shown by OKC has been 'off the charts'

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4:51 PM ETOKLAHOMA CITY -- All-Star forward Paul George said Saturday that Russell Westbrook's five-year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder will "absolutely" factor into his decision on his own future next summer."We've been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot," George said. "Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I'm one person that's enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself."The Thunder had to sign Russell Westbrook, but will they really get their money's worth from the most expensive contract in NBA history?After locking up a massive long-term deal...
Sam Darnold struggles as USC upset by No. 16 Washington State, 30-27

Sam Darnold struggles as USC upset by No. 16 Washington State, 30-27

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PULLMAN, Wash. — Mike Leach and his team were engulfed in a sea of crimson on the turf of Martin Stadium, reveling in a rare occurrence for Washington State football. An upset victory 25 years in the making was worth celebrating in grand fashion. And, it proved that these Cougars are true contenders for a Pac-12 title. "It's exciting. I'll enjoy it tonight. I'll probably enjoy it a little in the offseason," Leach said. Luke Falk threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Erik Powell kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:40 left and No. 16 Washington State beat No. 5 Southern California 30-27 on a wild Friday night. With the national stage to themselves, the Cougars showed they were legitimate, stopping USC star quarterback Sam Darnold and pulling off their first regular-season win over
Florida QB Luke Del Rio suffers season-ending shoulder injury

Florida QB Luke Del Rio suffers season-ending shoulder injury

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4:12 PM ETESPN.com news services Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a non-throwing left shoulder injury suffered Saturday, according to coach Jim McElwain.The Gators continue to put points on the board, tying an NCAA record by scoring in its 365th consecutive game. Florida hasn't been shut out since 1988.Making his first start of the season for the 21st-ranked Gators, Del Rio left the 38-24 win over Vanderbilt in the second quarter. He was slow to get up after rolling out of the pocket, completing a pass to Brandon Powell and getting knocked down.Del Rio was favoring his left shoulder as he walked off the field, and trainers looked at him on the bench. He then headed to the locker room for X-rays.Feleipe Franks, who started Florida's first...

USC simply didn't deserve a victory at Washington State

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The public address announcer’s warnings to stay off the field at Martin Stadium were totally and happily ignored. Fans jumped over fences to stream down from the stands, cheering, chanting and smiling as they gathered at midfield Friday night in a huge pulsing crowd of crimson to celebrate the Cougars’ 30-27 upset of USC and the home team’s coming of age as a giant killer.“There’s a lot of people,” Washington State coach Mike Leach marveled during an on-field TV interview. “It’s like Woodstock, except everybody has their clothes on.”While fans savored the joys of peace, love and the Cougars’ first upset of a top-five team since the 2003 Holiday Bowl, USC senior safety Chris Hawkins cried inside the Trojans’ locker room.“It hurt,” he said. “We haven’t felt this way in a while.”The Trojan
How losing Kevin Durant let the Thunder keep Russell Westbrook

How losing Kevin Durant let the Thunder keep Russell Westbrook

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On July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors. Durant left a bit of money on the table to make the choice, but there was only minor financial incentive to remain with the franchise that had drafted him. NBA contract structures turned free agency into a preference choice. He preferred the Warriors.Durant’s choice represented many, many things: the perils of superteams, the logical extension of ringz-or-bust mentality, the seemingly permanent existential crisis that is being a small market team in the NBA, and more. The decision also happened as the league’s 30 franchise owners were preparing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. You could be sure that the new labor deal would, in part, be a
Spurs' Kawhi Leonard continues rehab, expected to miss preseason

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard continues rehab, expected to miss preseason

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2:12 PM ETSAN ANTONIO -- As the Spurs took part in their intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at the AT&T Center, they announced that Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire preseason due a right thigh injury.The Spurs said Leonard's timeline for return would be determined at a later date, and the All-Star forward didn't participate in the scrimmage."We're still rehabbing his thigh," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "And he'll probably miss the beginning of preseason or a good deal of preseason, and we're not going to put a timetable [on a return]. But he's working at it, and we'll get him back as soon as we can."The Spurs never said when Leonard's injury occurred, but Popovich indicated the issue first developed sometime last season. San Antonio issued a statement, saying Leonard "continues a ...