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Trump wants to punish NFL ... Wrigley ready ... A little rest earned

October 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. The NFL gave up its federal tax-exempt status a few years ago and now files tax returns as a taxable entity. So it’s unlikely that Trump’s proposal would change anything. Trump also tweeted this morning that ESPN ratings have “tanked” because of Jemele Hill, the anchor suspended for making political statements on social media.

UNDATED (AP) — Cubs fans are hoping to go wild as the World Series champions try to close out Washington in Game 4 of the NLDS. Rain is in the forecast and Jake Arrieta is set to start for Chicago — he hasn’t pitched since lasting just three innings Sept. 26 after tweaking his hamstring three weeks earlier. Tanner Roark starts for the Nationals with his team trailing 2-1. He’s 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in five career games at Wrigley Field.

UNDATED (AP) — Justin Verlander and the Astros earned a little extra rest by beating Boston in four games of the AL Division Series. They’ll now wait to see where they open the AL Championship Series on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home vs. the Yankees. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) is lined up to start the opener for Houston. Verlander threw 40 pitches Monday in his first pro relief appearance, helping win Game 4 at Fenway Park.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is betting its future on Joel Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could increase even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives.

LONDON (AP) — English soccer’s leading anti-discrimination group says reported incidents of discrimination in the professional game rose by 53 percent over the past year. A study by Kick It Out says the group received 206 reports of discrimination from the Premier League and lower leagues in the 2016-17 season. Twelve reports came from players, managers, and club staff. More than half of the incidents in those 206 reports took place in the Premier League.

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