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Scherzer: MRI shows no sprain...Stanton tries again for 60th homer...3 Dolphins kneel during anthem in London

October 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer says an MRI exam on his right hamstring shows he just tweaked it and did not strain the muscle. The two-time Cy Young Award winner left his last regular-season start in the fourth inning last night after feeling something in his hamstring on a change-up. Scherzer said today that he doesn’t think it’s a big deal and he is able to run.

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton gets one more shot at hitting his 60th home run when the Marlins host the Braves this afternoon. He’ll face rookie left-hander Max Fried. Stanton is trying to become the first player to reach the milestone since 2001, when Barry Bonds hit 73 and Sammy Sosa had 64.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still telling NFL players not to protest during the national anthem. In a tweet last night, Trump repeated his call for players to stand for the anthem to show respect for the flag and the country. At today’s first game in London, New Orleans Saints players, coaches and staff knelt before the start of the anthem but stood in unison once it began. On the Miami Dolphins’ sideline, three players took a knee during the anthem.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson is free on parole after serving nine years in prison for a botched hotel room heist in Las Vegas. Prison officials say the former football star was released overnight from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada. Among the conditions for his parole, he has to tell the state where he’ll be living, refrain from using illegal drugs and not associate with convicted felons.

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Max Verstappen has won the Malaysian Grand Prix on the day after his 20th birthday. Lewis Hamilton finished second, extending his championship lead over rival Sebastian Vettel. Vettel managed to finish fourth after starting from the last position.

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