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Report: NFL players ask league to support campaign
A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league's support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform. Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month. The NFL declined comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports.
Macron praises IOC for keeping Paris, LA dreams alive
President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised a 2024 Olympic Games that transform French sport and praised the International Olympic Committee's decision to keep the dreams of two cities alive by announcing the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time. Los Angeles then dropped its bid for the 2024 Olympics, for which it had been campaigning for over two years, in return for receiving the 2028 edition. This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win those Games unopposed.
Fantasy football start/sit: Jay Cutler takes aim at Jets defense
Even if he loses touches to Terrance West, the dual-threat running back should own a Jaguars defense that struggles against running backs. Cutler looked sharp in his Dolphins debut, completing 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers. Expect a productive showing against a Jets secondary that has allowed five touchdown passes in two games. He took advantage of Corey Coleman's broken hand, torching a stubborn Baltimore Ravens secondary for 95 yards on seven receptions.
Transcript: Tony Holm Week 3 fantasy football chat
Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards on only 15 carries in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are both finding that out as they begin the 2017 season under new coaching staffs. Owners looking to get the new week off to a strong start may need to rely on them to pull out a victory.
Rossi passes MotoGP medical at Aragon circuit
Valentino Rossi was cleared on Thursday to take part in this weekend's Aragon MotoGP round in Spain, three weeks after the Yamaha rider broke his leg in two places. This afternoon Valentino Rossi successfully completed a mandatory medical examination carried out by MotorLand Aragon's Chief Medical Officer, Clemente Millan, the team said in a statement. He declared that the nine-time World Champion is fit to ride, 21 days after sustaining a leg injury.
In Shanghai, Kings win first NHL preseason game in China
Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown attacks the puck during the 2017 NHL China Games in Shanghai on September 21, 2017. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks face each other for the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games. The teams gave the raucous Shanghai crowd a fast-paced, physical introduction to the NHL, combining for 17 penalties and several power- play opportunities.
Wyoming secondary looks to force more turnovers
The first position listed on Wyoming football's depth chart every week is the cornerback spot. They put themselves in great positions to be able to put me in that position to play all of them. Between the four of them, with safeties Andrew Wingard and Marcus Epps backing them, Wyoming has been the 15th-best team in the country at defending passes this season. I just think they did a good job of finding some soft parts in our zone, Epps said of Oregon.
Alan Anderson working out, hoping for 1 more NBA call
NBA veteran Alan Anderson is working out in Las Vegas and hoping for one more call, preferably from his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves. Anderson tells The Associated Press that he has had conversations with several teams about coming back for a ninth NBA season but has yet to firm anything up. The Minneapolis native will turn 35 in October and says he finally feels 100 percent recovered from multiple ankle surgeries in 2015.
'Battle of the Sexes': How accurate is the movie about the infamous tennis match?
CLOSE Emma Stone stars as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell is Bobby Riggs in the 1970s-set sports film 'Battle of the Sexes. ' Battle of the Sexes retells an event in American history that's so bizarre, it doesn't quite seem true 40 years later. The film focuses on the nationally televised 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match in which 29-year-old Billie Jean King beat 55-year-old former champion Bobby Riggs in three straight sets.
Light heavyweight champ Ward announces retirement
Unified light heavyweight world titleholder and former Olympic champion Andre Ward announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Ward, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, earned a career professional record of 32-0, including 16 wins by knockout.
Simms gives WVU special teams fix entering Big 12 play
Simms, who has three touchdown receptions in two games, will be on display again Saturday when West Virginia (2-1) plays at Kansas (1-2). (AP) - Just in time for the start of the Big 12 season, Marcus Simms has helped fix West Virginia's production problems on special teams while providing needed speed as a pass catcher. He's doing some good things on special teams, too, said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.
Nick Perry latest key Packer to go down with injury
The banged-up Green Bay Packers have lost another key player to injury with outside linebacker Nick Perry scheduled to have hand surgery. Coach Mike McCarthy says he doesn't know how much time Perry will miss. He was off to a good start as the bookend to fellow edge rusher Clay Matthews with 11/2 sacks. The Packers' first-round draft pick in 2012, Perry had a breakout 2016 last season with 11 sacks in 14 games. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart condemns fan's sign ridiculing Hurricane Irma victims
- UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart has issued a statement condemning a fan's sign made for the Florida game that was circulated online Wednesday. While it's unclear where the sign originated, the picture shows it spread on the ground in front of a fireplace with another UK sign hanging above it. An insensitive and offensive sign has been making the rounds online this week, Barnhart tweeted Thursday. We will show the respect and care due our opponents and those affected by natural disasters.
Vols' defense again hit with injuries, yielding big plays
One year after injuries and big plays made it tough for Tennessee to stop anyone late in the season, the Volunteers find themselves again dealing with those same issues. The stunning finish to the loss to Florida wounded the pride of a defense that already had taken plenty of lumps this season. That defense gets a chance to bounce back and regain some confidence Saturday when the Vols (2-1) host Massachusetts (0-4) before resuming conference play.
No. 6 Oklahoma St. meets No. 16 TCU in early Big 12 showdown
Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has a chance to make a major impression in the Heisman race. TCU can establish itself as a challenger in the conference and bring some pride back to Texas football. Rudolph has had plenty of time to sit back and find his talented collection of receivers. The senior speedster has 13 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns this season and averages 28.2 yards per reception.
USA TODAY Sports' Week 3 NFL picks
CLOSE If you're planning to bet on any NFL games this weekend, USA TODAY Sports' Lorenzo Reyes says these three are the way to go. Marshawn Lynch's Raiders will invade Washington on Sunday night to face Kirk Cousins (8) and the Redskins. Week 3 of the NFL season marks the first of the league's five international games of 2017 as the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars face off in London.
Lions' Ebron, Giants' Collins beefing over hit
Lions TE Eric Ebron took exception to a hit Landon Collins laid on him on Monday Night Football and went to the media to lash out at the Giants safety. Collins, he played a good game, that hit just me off and I didn't feel like celebrating, Ebron said. /p p Ebron eventually found Collins' tweet and responded thusly. Ebron took a clean hit right in the legal target area. There's nothing to be salty about and no reason to call Collins a punk.
No. 12 Florida State returns to action hosting NC State
Florida State has been idle the past two weeks due to Hurricane Irma and is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1989. North Carolina State is trying to get off to a fast start in Atlantic Coast Conference play, which is something it has not had much success doing. NC State all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels vs. Florida State S Derwin James. NC State has a five-game losing streak at Doak Campbell Stadium and has not won in Tallahassee since 2005.
No. 22 San Diego State opens Mountain West play at Air Force
No 22 San Diego State (3-0) at Air Force (1-1), Saturday, 7 p.m. The Aztecs kick off their quest for a third straight Mountain West title against an Air Force team they've beaten six straight times. San Diego State is flying high after successive wins over Pac-12 teams, including Stanford last weekend. His career rushing average of 8.3 yards is the best mark in Air Force history. San Diego State has forced 70 turnovers and turned it over just 29 times since 2015.

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