NFL Players answer Trump...Dbacks clinch...Bosox, Cubs win...Thomas $10 million richer
UNDATED (AP) — More than 200 NFL players chose to protest during the national anthem yesterday in defiance of President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the league on Friday. Players, sat, knelt or raised their fists during the anthem, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks staying off the field altogether while the Star Spangled Banner was performed. Trump responded to the protests by Tweeting: “Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad Ratings!”
PHOENIX (AP) — You can add the Arizona Diamondbacks to the number of playoff-bound teams. The Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Marlins, 3-2 yesterday, but they actually claimed an NL wild-card berth when Milwaukee and St. Louis lost. Arizona hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2011, four years after their last postseason series victory.
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs moved closer to wrapping up division titles. The Red Sox knocked off Cincinnati, 5-4, while the Yankees absorbed a 9-5 loss at Toronto to put Boston five games ahead in the AL East. The Cubs stretched their lead in the NL Central to 5 ½ games over Milwaukee with a 5-0 shutout of the Brewers.
ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas captured the $10 million FedEx Cup by finishing second at the PGA Tour Championship yesterday. Thomas earned five victories this year, including his first major at the PGA Championship. Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) sank a three-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the tournament by one shot over Thomas.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch has landed a berth in the second round of NASCAR’s Cup playoffs by taking yesterday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch started from the pole slipped through smoke from a multi-car crash on the backstretch before finishing just ahead of Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr. led for 112 laps and was in line to win for the second straight week before he was involved in the late wreck, dropping him to fifth.