Rihanna to headline 2023 Super Bowl halftime show
By JAKE COYLE AP Film WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna will take center stage at February’s Super Bowl halftime show. The singer, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday along with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Apple Music. Self-made in business and entertainment.”The Super Bowl will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12. Rihanna earlier said she turned down a similar opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that was ultimately headlined by Maroon 5. In 2019, the NFL partnered with Roc Nation (which manages Rihanna) to help pick performers for the Super Bowl and strategize on the halftime show.mlive.com
Big Ten’s worst-kept secret revealed as JJ McCarthy shines in first start for Michigan football
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines worst kept secret in the Big Ten was finally revealed to the public as QB1 J.J. McCarthy put on a show for the ages in his debut as a starter, albeit against the Hawaii Rainbow Raiders.
Jim Harbaugh is ready and willing to talk abortion
INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan has been dotted by his foray into politics. The Michigan coach appeared at a Hillary Clinton rally in Ann Arbor in 2016. “In my opinion, it needs communication,” Harbaugh told reporters at Big Ten Media Days. As head football coach, Harbaugh remains the highest paid and one of the most visible representatives of the University of Michigan. “That’s one of the things I love and respect about the University of Michigan,” Harbaugh said.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh tells pro-life event in Plymouth: ‘Let the unborn be born’
“In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams and love,” Harbaugh said. An estimated $100,000 was raised for Plymouth Right to Life, while more than $40,000 was raised for pro-life groups in southeast Michigan. Attendees paid thousands of dollars to attend, and one donor even paid $2,3000 to catch a pass from Harbaugh, a former quarterback. “During halftime of a game, talking with the players, I say they are here because they have chosen to be here,” Jim Harbaugh said. “This is a message — this is something where, a time, we grow in our faith,” Harbaugh said.mlive.com
Our favorite photos from Michigan football’s Spring Game
ANN ARBOR – Michigan football gave fans a sneak peek of its 2022 team Saturday, showing off a split roster scrimmage for the annual Spring Game. The Blue team, led by co-offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore, defeated the Maize team, led by co-defensive coordinator Steve Clinkscale, 20-12. Warren Davis and Alex Orji saw time for the Maize team, while Alan Bowman led the blue team, with J.J. McCarthy in uniform but remaining the sidelines after arm injury limited his spring practice. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named honorary captain for the game, and led the coin toss and a throwing exhibition at halftime. Check out the gallery above or click the link here to see all our photos.mlive.com
Colin Kaepernick throws during halftime at Michigan spring game: ‘He can sling it’
ANN ARBOR – Cameras were all focused on midfield during halftime of Michigan’s spring football game on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Kaepernick was invited by Jim Harbaugh, his former coach with the San Francisco 49ers, to spend the week with the Wolverines. He took part in two Michigan practices and was named an honorary captain for Saturday’s spring game. “Growing up in Reno, I was a 49er fan, so I always watched Coach Harbaugh with the 49ers, and ‘Kap’ was always the QB,” Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara said after Saturday’s exhibition. His halftime throwing session Saturday was sponsored by the Michigan student organization, “Wolverines Against Racism.”Read more Michigan football coverage from MLive:A.J.mlive.com
Michigan spring game: Position switches, trick plays, and a (surprise) QB shines
Position changes, trick plays and lots of shuffling highlighted the Wolverines’ spring game at Michigan, the first glimpse of Jim Harbaugh’s team in 2022. The Blue team won the game, 20-12, but the result on a day like this is rather inconsequential. We’ve heard good things about him in spring, and he showed up for the spring game. Tight end to tight end. • Of course, it wouldn’t be a spring game without a bit of comedy.mlive.com
Michigan football takes in Colin Kaepernick’s ‘work hard’ message
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Colin Kaepernick spoke to Michigan’s football team Wednesday evening after practice, urging players to adopt a never-stop-working mentality. Kaepernick took in two Michigan practices and was named an honorary captain for Saturday’s spring game (Noon ET, Big Ten Network) at Michigan Stadium. “He said a few words, but we definitely got a lot (out of it),” junior defensive tackle Kris Jenkins said. “He’s a really nice, really positive dude.”More: Colin Kaepernick named honorary captain for Michigan football’s spring gameThat message, according to players who spoke to the media on Thursday? The 49ers eventually released Kaepernick, 34, and he’s never been signed by an NFL team since.mlive.com
Michigan Matters: Closing Out Women’s History Month with Two Sports Superstars
Legendary Race Car Driver Lyn St. James and home grown Olympic Gold Medal Winning Ice Skater Meryl Davis appear on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” this Sunday (airing 8 a.m.) to talk about their careers, making it to the top and things away...detroit.cbslocal.com
Colin Kaepernick named honorary captain for Michigan football’s spring game
Colin Kaepernick, the controversial former NFL quarterback who set off public outcry in 2016 when he took a knee for the national anthem, is reuniting with Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick has been named the honorary captain for Saturday’s spring football game at Michigan (Noon, Big Ten Network), the program announced late Wednesday. To go along with the announcement, Michigan posted photos of Kaepernick (holding his own No. 7 Michigan jersey) with Harbaugh, with quarterback Cade McNamara and one of him speaking to the team after practice. “You got to listen to people and really hear what they’re saying,” Harbaugh told friend and consultant Jed Hughes on a podcast.mlive.com
Colin Kaepernick launching initiative to provide secondary autopsies to families of people whose deaths are "police-related"
The initiative collaborates with a panel of board-certified forensic pathologists who perform autopsies, disclose preliminary findings and issue final reports to requesting families.cbsnews.com
How Michele Tafoya’s time on ‘The View’ helped jumpstart the NFL reporter’s move to GOP politics
Michele Tafoya has swiftly shifted from covering the NFL — a league in the midst of a racial reckoning — to emerging as the latest conservative voice to lash out against critical race theory and diversity initiatives in schools nationwide.washingtonpost.com
Winter Olympians champion climate, peace amid muted activism
Around the world, athletes are throwing their support behind political and social causes, part of a wave of sports activism that has flourished in the years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during games to protest police brutality against Black people.
NFL says it was aware Eminem would kneel during Super Bowl halftime show
Eminem’s decision to kneel following his Super Bowl performance caught some off guard. According to the Associated Press, the league was aware the Detroit rapper was planning the gesture and denied reports that it was trying to stop him from doing so. “We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that,’’ league spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. Following his contribution, Eminem took a knee on the stage, put his right hand on his head and looked downward for about 30 seconds. Eminem has publicly supported Kaepernick in the past while also criticizing his opponents, such as former President Donald Trump, in his song lyrics.mlive.com
Eminem takes knee during Super Bowl halftime show
The Super Bowl halftime show lived up to the hype. So did reports that Eminem wanted to kneel during the performance. Matthew Stafford, playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, took a knee while playing for Detroit after the racial unrest and ensuing protests in 2020. “Just felt like it was the right thing at the right time,” Stafford said then. It was the first time in Super Bowl history that hip hop took center stage during the halftime performance.mlive.com
Eminem Defies NFL and Kneels During Super Bowl Halftime Show
PepsiDuring Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show extravaganza, featuring the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, rapper Eminem took a knee in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Kanye West Targets Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift With Childish Instagram MemesThe move by Eminem came after he performed “Lose Yourself” in front of the sold-out crowd at the LA Rams’ SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. If you recall,news.yahoo.com
China rebuffs Australia's concern over detained writer
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian says "all legal rights and interests of Yang Jun have been fully protected," as China rejects comments made by the Australian Foreign Minister about the deteriorating health of the Australian academic, currently held in China, during a press briefing in Beijing.news.yahoo.com
Tensions mount between NATO and Russia over Ukraine
Russia has denied accusations by the U.S. that it is seeking a pretext to invade Ukraine. At talks in Europe last week, NATO rejected several of Moscow's demands, including that Ukraine be barred from joining the alliance. Journalist Mary Ilyushina joins CBSN AM from Moscow with the latest.news.yahoo.com
Hostage in Texas synagogue standoff tells of fears before escape
One of the synagogue members held hostage in Texas says he feared for his life before making a daring escape, as we learn more about the investigation into the gunman's movements before the standoff. Omar Villafranca reports.news.yahoo.com
Airlines warn 5G rollout could cause “catastrophic” flight cancellations starting this week
Verizon and AT&T will roll out 5G service Wednesday after a delay to create buffer zones around airports. Airlines still warn that hundreds of thousands of flights could be canceled starting this week without further federal action. CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett reports from Reagan national airport.news.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: Omicron cases surge in U.S.
Omicron continues to sweep the nation, but health officials believe there's evidence of light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 variant. Also, new details on the end of the synagogue standoff and a warning it could happen again. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
Kazakhstan's ex-leader denies conflict with successor
Former leader of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev denies any conflict with his successor in his first appearance since unrest in the Central Asian country sparked rumours of a power struggle. Much of the anger amid protests earlier this month that erupted into violence appeared directed at Nazarbayev, who had ruled Kazakhstan since 1989 before handing over power, but who was widely believed to remain in control behind the scenes.news.yahoo.com
Saudis make the most of rare snowfall on Tabuk mountain
People head to Jabal al-Lawz (Almond Mountain) in Saudi Arabia's northwestern region of Tabuk, as snow covers the area following temperature drops in the kingdom. Each year, Saudis head to the 2580 metre mountain when snow falls and set up tents or picnics to experience the cold weather.news.yahoo.com
Oil spill in Peru caused by strong waves after Tonga eruption
Oil from a spill washes ashore in the Peruvian seaside city of Ventanilla, near the capital Lima. The leakage from a ship loading oil into Repsol's La Pampilla Refinery was caused by strong waves after the volcanic eruption in Tonga, according to the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN).news.yahoo.com
Biden's first year: Unity, victories prove elusive
President Joe Biden came to office one year ago on promises to heal a deeply divided nation and end the unrelenting COVID pandemic. Biden wraps up his first year with some notable achievements, but progress on those two vows as elusive as ever. (Jan. 18)news.yahoo.com
Rep. Greene agrees not to block critics from Twitter account
LOS ANGELES – U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and a Los Angeles-based political action committee have reached a settlement that bars the Georgia Republican from blocking anyone from her public Twitter account or other social media while she's in office. However, Greene was acidly critical of the settlement in a tweet. “Because of this PAC’s frivolous lawsuit against me, I’m not allowed to block people that threaten my life and my children’s lives every single day on social media," she tweeted. Although it wasn't her formal congressional Twitter account, MeidasTouch said Greene uses it as a “de facto" official account, sharing her positions and doing fundraising drives. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, was sued in a similar case that she later settled.
Goodell: Many lessons NFL learned in 2020 will carry forward
TAMPA, Fla. – The many lessons learned from 2020 will be needed as the NFL moves forward, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted Thursday in his annual state of the league news conference ahead of the Super Bowl. “I know we have learned to work in a very difficult environment, and we will do it again. That is one of the things we learned ... hearing clubs and the NFLPA saying our relationship has never been stronger. He added the NFL will look into what changes from the pandemic season are worth keeping in a post-COVID-19 world. Goodell said team owner Daniel Snyder has begun to make changes and is welcoming the probe.
The Latest: Goodell: NFL plans overseas games if it's safe
___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wishes he knew the answer to what the 2021 season will look like. ___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says former quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves recognition and appreciation for bringing up issues of social justice and racism. Ad___2:30 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will look into what changes from the pandemic season are worth keeping in a post-COVID-19 world. NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter of the Cleveland Browns is advocating getting rid of the offseason and OTAs permanently. ___2:20 p.m.Commissioner Roger Goodell says an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team’s organization will be finished soon.
Jags hire ex-49ers exec Baalke as GM, removing interim tag
The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Trent Baalke as general manager Thursday, removing the interim tag from his title and pairing him with new coach Urban Meyer. Khan interviewed five minority candidates and Baalke for the team’s open GM job. Baalke spent a dozen years with the 49ers, half as GM. Before moving to Jacksonville, Baalke spent three years (2017-19) working as an operations consultant for the NFL. Adding to the appeal: Khan, a billionaire businessman, has shown a penchant for patience and a willingness to spend big.
Rapinoe returns to US national team after nearly a year
That's changing now that Rapinoe has returned to the U.S. national team for its January training camp in Florida after sitting out most of last year. The last time Rapinoe played for the national team was on March 11, when she scored in a 3-1 SheBelieves Cup victory over Japan. The national team settled its dispute with the federation over unequal working conditions in December, leaving the pay dispute still unresolved. Rapinoe, 35, has scored 52 goals with 68 assists in 168 appearances with the national team since her first call-up in 2006. She scored on a penalty kick in the United States' victory over the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final.
Browns advance, Brees to meet Brady, Lama Jackson a winner
The Browns not only snapped a 17-game skid at Heinz Field, they manhandled the mistake-prone archrival Steelers 48-37 Sunday night. After two postseason flops, Jackson was his usual dynamic and decisive self in leading the Ravens to a 20-13 wild-card victory at Tennessee. Browns 48, Steelers 37In their first playoff road victory since 1969, the Browns (12-5) overcame all sorts of problems and history. Baker Mayfield threw for three touchdowns and the Browns got their first playoff win in 26 years. While leading his new team, the Buccaneers (12-5), to their first playoff win since Tampa Bay won the 2002 championship, Brady extended his record for playoff victories to 31.
Lamar winless no more, leads Ravens to 20-13 win over Titans
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson celebrates after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lamar Jackson finally has his first postseason victory — and on the road, no less. Combine that with Baltimore smothering 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, and the Ravens look playoff tough. After the turnover, the Ravens came onto the field and started waving good-bye to the Titans — drawing a taunting penalty they didn't mind at all. “We won the division, hosted a home playoff game,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. The Ravens held Tennessee to minus-7 yards in the second quarter, the third fewest in any quarter of a playoff game since the 2000 season.
Chiefs, Packers, Bills are top 3 in final AP Pro32 poll
However, none was able to knock off the Chiefs in the final AP Pro32 poll of the 2020 regular season. The Buffalo Bills stayed at No. The teams split their two meetings in the regular season, but the Seahawks won the most recent matchup, in Week 16. The Baltimore Ravens, the third team from the AFC North to make the playoffs, stayed at No. 16 after topping Philadelphia in the last game of the regular season and was the lowest-ranked team to make the playoffs.
Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020
The NBA painted “Black Lives Matter” on the courts inside their Orlando, Florida, “bubble" and social justice messages were emblazoned on the backs of jerseys. Paul met with NBA players, and they decided awareness wasn’t enough anymore. “Black Lives Matter” also was featured prominently on the league’s courts. Wallace, the only full-time Black driver at the NASCAR national level, first began speaking out against racial injustice in America in the spring. His car featured a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme.
Detroit Lions player looks to shed light on Palestinians' plight
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – NFL players have kneeled during the national anthem and taken stands to protest social injustice across the United States. Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi wants to use his place in sports and society another way, by shedding light on the plight of Palestinians and promoting religious harmony as a Muslim with friends of different faiths. “Being an athlete, playing in the NFL, being Palestinian is rare," Aboushi said in an interview with The Associated Press. Aboushi was front and center as his teammates spoke to reporters about their decision outside the team's practice facility. Aboushi visited the West Bank in 2009, when he talked with orphans and said he witnessed Palestinians being held at checkpoints.
Voting, activism replace practice, games in US sports world
“But I don’t have to agree with it.”And that’s absolutely fine, said Ish Smith, the Wizards guard who signed Pittman’s cap. “When I played, players and coaches were never — maybe not never; rarely — asked about politics and voting,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It’s an environment that led Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Compton, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and others to proudly note they were voting for the first time. And led WNBA players Tamika Catchings and Chiney Ogwumike to sign up to be poll workers. And led Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul to join nearly 2,500 people on a march to a voting site in North Carolina.
Reid tells AP he declined Washington's practice squad offer
Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad. “I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,” Reid said in a phone interview on Tuesday. He said he was told Washington wants to give Curl a shot at starting. “I'm just not in a place to play on the practice squad right now,” Reid said, adding that he texted Rivera to let him know his decision.
Racial injustice themes on display in empty NFL stadiums
After about 15 seconds, they rose, trotted off the field, and the game proceeded as normal. So we’ll just stay inside until it’s time to play the game,” Miami players said in the video. Goodell posted a video in June conceding that the league had been late in acknowledging the problem. Since then, the league has taken visible steps like allowing racial justice messages in end zones and on helmets and T-shirts. Some team owners have pledged money toward social justice causes or offered their stadiums as polling places for the November election.
The Latest: 2020 NFL season is here at long last
Members of the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles form an oval on the field before the start of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The Latest on Week 1 in the NFL (all times EDT):___It’s here! The 2020 NFL season kicks off today with 14 games after a strange offseason in which teams learned their playbooks via videoconference and didn’t play any preseason games. The Washington players and members of the Philadelphia Eagles lined up together, forming an oval prior to their game. --Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver..___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Freeman, Miller, Thomas among big NFL names still unsigned
Freeman is still unsigned as Week 1 of the NFL season begins. Several familiar names and players on roster bubbles took turns on the unemployment line with some finding new jobs. Adrian Peterson was cut last week by Washington, but quickly landed in Detroit. Here's a look at notable available players at each position:QUARTERBACKSBlake Bortles, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, Trevor Siemian, Drew Stanton. WIDE RECEIVERSAntonio Brown, Dez Bryant, Mohamed Sanu, Hakeem Butler, Quincy Enunwa, Chester Rogers, Demaryius Thomas, Jermaine Kearse, Ryan Grant, Jordan Matthews, Laquon Treadwell.
Athlete power: Shut up and play' is tossed from the game
And to some, the odds seem greater, this time, that what the athletes are calling for might actually come to pass. We get paid to go out there and play and do our job. All this stands in stark contrast from the predominant attitude of athletes during Jordan's prime an attitude Jordan himself embodied. Among the more than four dozen Black athletes who are part of the cause are Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and Olympic champion sprinter Allyson Felix. Black athletes and celebrities have not been fully welding their power.
No football talk as Titans safety sticks to racial injustice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro made clear he won't let the fight against racial injustice recede from the conversation even as Tennessee returned to practice Friday. I know for me, the next step is just taking action, getting in the communities, being a shining light and an example, Vaccaro said. Not just a black square that everybody in the world posted on Instagram and thought that meant something. Asked if sitting out a regular-season game has been discussed, Vaccaro said the Titans haven't planned that far ahead. Vaccaro also has talked with safety Kevin Byard about how children look up to athletes as heroes with few Martin Luther King Jrs.
NFL players concerned, 'sick and tired' of racial injustice
Guys are sick and tired of being sick and tired, McDougald said Wednesday during a video conference call. Within the confines of the team's facility, McDougald is a respected pro football player whose main concern is stopping the offense. Guys are sick and tired of being sick and tired, McDougald said Wednesday during a video conference call. Or, the countless other Black men and women who have been victims of police brutality or social injustice. And Im going to deal with it for the rest of my life, and my kids are going to deal with it."
Hockey makes progress in midst of awakening about racism
Anson Carter filled his time in pandemic isolation walking 11 miles a day, sometimes with his dogs, around his Atlanta neighborhood. To use a hockey term from his playing days, he kept his head on a swivel. I dont take it for granted.It's the sort of experience the 46-year-old TV analyst wants to explain to viewers. He'll get that chance beginning Tuesday, when NBC Sports launches a new Hockey Culture show spearheaded by Carter a 10-year NHL player to try to change the culture of hockey, one interview at a time.The initiative comes amid an awakening in hockey about systemic racism and its role in the majority white sport. The former right wing from Toronto considers his role an opportunity to put a voice to concerns about racism in hockey and the world.
Brees will stand for anthem, but respects those who kneel
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) holds his hand to his heart during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in New Orleans. The 41-year-old Brees, who is the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns, is entering his 20th NFL season and 15th with the New Orleans Saints. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he'll remain standing for The Star Spangled Banner, but professed respect and support for those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Brees faced a scathing backlash from several current and former Black teammates and other high-profile athletes such as LeBron James. Weve applied a lot of different techniques and a lot of training methods, Brees said.
NFL facing unending series of questions, uncertain answers
Perhaps the biggest headlines Brady drew recently came when he defied players' union recommendations to cease informal practices with teammates as a coronavirus precaution. (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)In seven weeks, the NFL expects to kick off its 101st season with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting Houston. Still set on conducting a somewhat normal training camp, though without any preseason games, and then opening the regular season on time, the NFL pushes onward. We could have a ton of social distance, more than we have with our football team, Chiefs coach Andy Reid says. Perhaps the biggest headlines Brady drew recently came when he defied players' union recommendations to cease informal practices with teammates as a coronavirus precaution.
Giants rookie Davis appreciates support in taking a knee
The Giants were playing an exhibition game at Oakland on Monday night with no fans after a months-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It turned out Davis had all kinds of support on every side of him, including from first-year San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler, who also took a knee before the Giants' 6-2 victory. So did first base coach Antoan Richardson, while shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between Davis and Richardson with a hand on each man's shoulder. The 26-year-old Davis, who is Black, said it was a difficult decision to kneel given he is a rookie. Then Yastrzemski and Hunter Pence pulled him aside and assured the right fielder they would support him regardless.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem
San Francisco Giants' manager Gabe Kapler kneels during the national anthem prior to an exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several of his players knelt during the national anthem before Monday night's exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Kapler, beginning his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, didn't discuss his plans to kneel in a pregame session with media members. Kapler has been outspoken about social injustice and racial issues and athletes' roles in helping spur positive change. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities. Former A's catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017 became the first major leaguer to kneel for the anthem since Kaepernick began his silent protest.
F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism
(Joe Klamar/Pool via AP)SPIELBERG Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism. On Sunday Hamilton and the other 19 F1 drivers wore black T-shirts with End Racism on them, as they had done at last weekend's season-opening Austrian GP. Williams and Hamilton have both referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hamilton wore on the front of his T-shirt on Sunday. Hamilton attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport. Although he also praised F1 chairman Chase Carey and governing body FIA for donating money to help promote more equality and diversity in F1, Hamilton clearly feels there is still a long way to go.