we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.

President Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations like the NFL if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag.
In the letter, Goodell said he wanted to end the controversy by agreeing on a uniform approach for all teams.

“Like many of our fans,” Goodell wrote, “we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.

“We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

The NFL’s current anthem policy states that players “should” stand for the anthem, but it stops short of requiring it.

Michael Brantley replaced Encarnacion at designated hitter as the Indians tried to complete a three-game sweep and advance to the AL Championship Series. The move was expected after Encarnacion left Game 2 on Friday with a sprained right ankle.

Manager Terry Francona said he doubted Encarnacion would be an option off the bench Sunday, and the team considers his status day to day.

“The trainers are encouraging him to go down to the cage, probably like as we speak. Kind of see how he feels, get the blood flowing,” Francona said. “But unless you Cheap Throwback NBA Jerseys see him pulling a Willis Reed, he’s Cheap Vikings Jerseys probably not going to be available tonight.”

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James Harden: Kevin McHale ‘never taught me anything to be a leader’

James Harden fired back at his former head coach after Kevin McHale declared on NBA TV this week that the Rockets superstar is “not a leader,” criticism that Harden considered a sign of McHale’s character.

“He’s a clown, honestly,” Harden said after the Rockets’ open practice Saturday at the Toyota Center. “I did anything and everything he asked me to do. I’ve tried to lead this team every day since I stepped foot here in Houston. To go on air and just downplay my name, when honestly he’s never taught me anything to be a leader. …

“… But I’ve done a great job. The organization, my coaches, you can ask any of those guys how I’ve worked extremely hard every single day to better [myself], obviously as a basketball player, but be a leader as well. To go on air and downplay my name like that, it just shows his character. I usually don’t go back and forth on social media with anybody or with interviews, but I’m going to stand up for myself, and there it is. But you just don’t go and do that. It shows what type of person he is.”

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Monday in Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys Boston. First pitch will be at 1:08 p.m. — it would have been moved to 7:08 p.m. if Cleveland had finished its ALDS sweep of the Yankees later Sunday.

Houston right-hander Charlie Morton will start Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.

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Nats’ Dusty Baker plays 2 hunches in late innings vs. Cubs; both fail

A town that already held bad playoff memories for Dusty Baker found a way to torment him again.

The Washington Nationals manager sat down in the interview room to explain two late-inning pitching changes that went south. Combined, they produced a 2-1 loss that left Washington on the brink of elimination in the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Judging by how Baker leaned in toward the microphone to answer questions, his seat must have already been hot.

“I probably couldn’t live with myself if [Kyle] Schwarber had had hit one out of the park,” Baker began, “which he’s dangerous to do that.”

Trailing 2-1, the Rangers pressured an injury-depleted Blues squad in the third period, outshooting St. Louis 16-8.

New York outshot the Blues 32-23 overall.

“There’s no doubt that in the first two periods we didn’t generate a lot,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “In the third I thought we brought a lot more energy and willpower. We spent a lot more time in their end and we finally got some pretty good looks but we weren’t able to score.”

Hutton, in his first start of the season, was a significant reason why the Rangers were stymied. His three biggest stops occurred in the third period, beginning with Michael Grabner’s short-handed semi-breakaway, later followed by Jimmy Vesey’s stuff-in attempt during a goalmouth scrum, and Pavel Buchnevich’s try from the low slot.

Buchnevich slammed his stick against the ice in Cheap Chelsea Jerseys frustration a moment after the whistle blew to stop play.

“I felt really comfortable,” Hutton said. “In the Cheap Discount Jerseys third we hung on.”

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Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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Asked about a connect-the-dots theory that his public flirtation with retirement in the offseason has affected his play, Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday his heart is “100 percent” committed to the 2017 season.

“You wake up Monday morning and you realize, man, I’m still one of the best in the world that do what I do,'” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio appearance. “I’m going to have that confidence when I go out there Wednesday to practice and Sunday when we go to Kansas City. I have that belief that I’m one of the best that’s ever done it, the best that’s ever played this position. You have to have that confidence.”

Roethlisberger was 33-for-55 on Sunday during a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw two pick-sixes in a game for the first time since 2006, and he became the first Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five interceptions in one game.

Arrieta, who was slowed by a right hamstring injury late in the regular season, insists the ailment will be a non-issue. He recently threw two successful bullpen sessions.

Given his free agent status when the season ends, Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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That thinking ignores how miserable both San Diego and LA are in the situation.

The Chargers’ old home is jilted, and in their new home, there’s little care or even knowledge about when and where they’re playing. It’s hard for a team to play in a place where it isn’t wanted and nobody cares.

The Kansas City game was a rout by a superior division foe, but Los Angeles’ losses to Miami and Philadelphia were two-point heartbreakers. There was Philip Rivers trying to outduel Jay Cutler and Carson Wentz, respectively, while having to drown out crowd noise in what’s supposed to be a comfortable environment for the offense.

“It’s certainly not ideal,” Rivers told reporters after Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Eagles. “I don’t think it compares with other teams having three straight home games. It’s tough.

“I appreciate the Chargers fans that were here. I don’t want to insult the ones that aren’t. Who am I to say how they should spend an afternoon? It’s just not a home game.”

— Fox on replacing Glennon with Trubisky as the team’s starting quarterback: “Mitch is a different style of quarterback, a young one that’s not going to wave fairy dust (and automatically play well). He has still got to go out there and execute, but I think he’s ready and I’ve seen the improvement in practice.”

— Newton on his raised fist touchdown celebration in Sunday’s win over the Patriots: “It was to signify Black Power, but more importantly, I pray every night for God to give me a pinnacle to give people hope. I did it to raise — to show Black Pride because I am an African American, but more or less, I want all people just to see when I play, I want them to see the joy that I go out there and play with.”

— Villanueva on coverage of him standing for the national Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China anthem: “I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time… To use NFL Jerseys China me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable.

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Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi hugs childhood hero as he makes history at Wembley Stadium

Jay Ajayi couldn’t hold back his emotions ahead of his historic appearance at Wembley Stadium.

The Dolphins running back on Sunday became the first London-born skill position player to take the field for an international NFL game in Miami’s matchup against the Saints.

“Having local heroes has always been something we see as a key part of growing the sport,” Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president for international, told NFL.com. “Jay’s success has given us a player who gains national media attention and can create headlines through scoring TDs in a way that a lineman, for example, can never achieve.

“He is someone we can use as a success story when talking to young British athletes about the potential of taking up our sport.”

Ajayi, who moved to the United States at age seven, also shared a special moment with his childhood hero as he hugged retired footballer Thierry Henry before the game.

Roethlisberger said Brown’s attitude didn’t set a good example for young players and undermines his “superhuman” talent.

“AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game,” Roethlisberger told 93.7. “I’d like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos to ever play the game. I don’t know he needs to react that way. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit. … I’m not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really Cheap Jerseys Shop need.”

Coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference that he didn’t see the sequence but heard about it afterward and hopes Brown makes the proper Cheap Jerseys US adjustments.

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Kamara has steadily been getting more carries in the backfield and more passes thrown to him each week and Sunday in London was no different.

“When I saw the maturity, it was time for him to get his contract done. I remember standing outside the weight room and saying something to him about it, like, ‘you’re about to become the highest-paid player in the NFL.’ He brushed it off. His focus wasn’t on the money. It wasn’t on anything besides football. That’s the same time you started hearing stories of him getting dropped off at the facility in the morning and then he’d jog back home. Then he started jogging to work and jogging home. In everyone’s eyes he was already one of the best, but his thought was he’s going to go even further and higher.”

The Broncos have worked through their bye week “in pretty good shape,” according to coach Vance Joseph, but as they adjourn for the players’ four-day weekend, they will keep an eye on cornerback Bradley Roby’s ankle injury, as well as running back Jamaal Charles. Both are not expected to miss any game action, but Roby has missed some practice time in each of the previous two weeks, though he did play against the Bills and Raiders before the bye. Charles took a helmet to the knee in last week’s win and was limited after the play. However, he has been on the practice field this week and said he didn’t expect to have any trouble when the Broncos return to work next week. — Jeff Legwold

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints #41) – Despite what looked like a crowded Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys backfield for the Saints coming into the season, coach Sean Payton Cheap Hats And Jerseys has made no effort to hide his love for the rookie running back selected in the third round of this year’s draft. Kamara has steadily been getting more carries in the backfield and more passes thrown to him each week and Sunday in London was no different.

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Ron Rivera: Cam Newton ‘made a mistake’ by laughing at reporter

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Thursday said quarterback Cam Newton “made a mistake” when the 2015 NFL MVP made light of a female reporter for asking a serious football question.

Ezekiel Elliott (3.5 yards per carry) and Dez Bryant (10.4 yards per catch) have looked a little sluggish. Playing against the Rams, who just allowed 39 points in a win over the 49ers, could help get them going.

With Dak Prescott regaining his form at Arizona and the defense performing better than expected, the Cowboys should continue their regular-season home winning streak this week.

— What are the odds … Raiders quarterback Derek Carr bounces back against the Broncos?

For a short time this offseason, Carr was the highest-paid player in the NFL. (That honor now belongs to Detroit’s Matthew Stafford.) Carr is expected to lead the Raiders to the playoffs this season, but has thrown for only 610 yards through three games.

He threw for only 118 yards — with two interceptions — in last week’s loss to the Redskins. It was the eighth multi-interception game of Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys his career. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is banged up, and the Raiders face a tough test on Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys the road against the Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” secondary.

Expect Carr to get things going at some point this season, but not in Denver.

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