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protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump.
Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday players
“make a fortune doing what they love,” and those who refuse to stand “proudly”
for the anthem should be suspended without pay.
He contended “most of them are unable to define” what they’re demonstrating
against.” Instead, he said, players should “Be happy, be cool!”
In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby
raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his
arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last
Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and
walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the Steelers stood.
“Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do,” Jenkins said. “We
won’t let it stop what we stand for. I was very encouraged last year with the
direction and that obviously took a different turn.
“I think it’s important to utilize the platform as we can because for
whatever reason, we have framed this demonstration in a negative light, and
often players have to defend why we feel the need to fight for everyday
Americans, and in actuality we’re doing the right thing.”
At Miami, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and defensive end
Robert Quinn protested during the anthem. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind
teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Quinn stood and raised his right
fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.
“As a black man in this world, I’ve got an obligation to raise awareness,”
Quinn said. “If no one wants to live in unity, that’s why we’re in the situation
Stills kneeled during the anthem during the 2016-17 seasons and has been
vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest movement by
Former NFL quarterback Colin
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a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson.
“My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by
taking a knee,” the tweet said. “Albert Wilson joined him in protest. Stay
And in Seattle, three Seahawks players ran into the team’s locker room prior
to the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive
lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the
start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it
concluded. All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the
anthem last season.
Brown and Jefferson said they intend to continue the action all season.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team discussed the topic and decided to
support individual decisions. Brown said he didn’t believe there had been much
progress made from the demonstrations of last season.
“Everyone was clear on my decision and understands and supports it,” Brown
said. “We all have different realities in this country and they understand my
perspective. We’re all on good terms.”
In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national
anthem, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why
they weren’t on the field. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Telvin Smith, and
running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon joined teammates on the sideline
after the anthem.
“As a man, I got certain beliefs,” said Smith, who wore “Salute the Service”
cleats. “You know what I mean? This is not going to become a distraction, and
Jacksonville’s not going to become a distraction for this team. I got beliefs. I
did what I did. I don’t know if it’s going to be every week, can’t answer if
it’s going to be every week.
“But as a man I’ve got to stand for something. I love my team, I’m dedicated
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was love. I hope people see it and respect it. I respect views.”
At Baltimore, both teams stood, but while most of the Ravens lined up
shoulder to shoulder on the sideline, second-year linebacker Tim Williams stood
alone in front of the bench with his back toward the field.
All players on each team at New England appeared to stand for the anthem,
some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts. The
Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth, Massachusetts,
police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of
The league and the players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this
season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially
ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when the anthem is played, or remain
in the locker room.
“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players
Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that
are of concern to many Americans,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an
“While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing
or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined
for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.
“Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the
national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game,
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The race to the playoffs continues for two Western
Conference rivals Wednesday night as the Anaheim Ducks host the Minnesota
Minnesota’s home win Monday night clinched their postseason spot. For
Anaheim, the playoffs are not yet confirmed.
The Ducks (41-25-13) have gained two consecutive overtime wins to move into
the top wild-card spot. They are two points ahead of Colorado with a game in
hand and trail Los Angeles by one point for third place in the Pacific
On Friday, Anaheim bested the Kings 2-1. On
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the victory Sunday after he came in to begin the second period for starter John
Gibson, who was shaken up late in the first period. The Ducks’ goaltending
tandem made 28 saves.
Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler also was hurt in the contest. He will be out
two to six weeks, the team announced on Tuesday.
“(Gibson and Fowler) are both big parts of our hockey club,” Ducks captain
Ryan Getzlaf. “We dealt with a lot of injuries (at) the start of the season and
throughout the year. The one thing we do have is experience with our young
players. We’re going to look to some of them to step up and fill some of those
Minnesota (44-25-10) finished March with points in seven of eight games. The
Wild posted a 3-0 win over Edmonton on Monday night. Devan Dubnyk stopped 22
shots to gain the shutout. He is among the league leaders with five shutouts
this season, three behind league leader Pekka Rinne of Nashville.
The win allowed Minnesota to secure their sixth consecutive playoff
Zach Parise had the first two Minnesota goals in the victory over the Oilers.
The first came on a broken play that turned into a two-on-one. Parise kept the
puck and fired it low past Cam Talbot.
“You want to get the early one, get the lead, play with the lead … to get one
early, get the crowd into it, get our team going, it was important to us,”
The Wild will play out the season without stalwart defenseman Ryan Suter. He
sustained a fractured fibula Saturday versus Dallas. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon
is also injured, though coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday that he would be ready
for the playoffs, according to media reports. Both are listed as day-to-day on
injured reserve, as is defenseman Gustav Olofsson.
“When Suter’s out, I feel like maybe I have to step up, and same with (Matt
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good (Monday). We played a lot against McDavid, that line, so I think we did a
great job (to) shut the line down, but I think the whole D corps did a great job
Added Parise: “Ryan’s a tough guy to replace, but they did a good job all
over the ice, made smart plays and simple plays and did a good job, especially
against their top line.”
Carson Soucy made his NHL debut on defense versus Edmonton after being called
up from Iowa of the AHL on Sunday.
The Ducks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They fell behind 3-1 to the
Avalanche but scored two goals in 96 seconds in the third period to tie the
game. Ondrej Kase powered in the overtime winner with an assist from
The Ducks are getting strong performance from their second line. Against
Colorado, Andrew Cogliano had one goal and one assist, Ryan Kesler scored a goal
and Jakob Silfverberg had two assists. Kesler also had two minor penalties.
Anaheim is among the most penalized teams in the NHL. Minnesota is mid-pack in
the NHL in power play percentage.
The two injuries marred the victory. Gibson, who had a concussion earlier
this season, was bowled over in a net-front collision. He finished the first
period but did not return. The team said Tuesday that he is day-to-day. Reto
Berra was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League to back up
Miller if needed.
Fowler was hit hard into the boards late in the third period. He was not
available for overtime.
“We’re going to have to probably move some (defensive) pairs around a little
bit,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “There will be some mix and match on the
back end, more so than to say we’re going to put one guy in and he’s going to
take Fowler’s spot. That’s not fair to the people vying for that position.
“The best thing we can do is put a game plan in place and mix and match our
pairs. Play the right way and do a lot of things we’ve been doing for long
Following Wednesday’s game, Minnesota stays on the road to end its regular
season. The Wild play at Los Angeles on Thursday night and then move on to
battle San Jose on Saturday evening.
The Ducks host Dallas at home Friday and travel to Arizona Saturday to wrap
up their regular
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