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Trump and NFL clash over anthem protests...Football factory fined...Yankees can clinch postseason berth

September 23, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says President Donald Trump’s comments about players who kneel during the national anthem are “divisive” and show an “unfortunate lack of respect.” Trump said during a speech last night that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The head of the players union is also weighing in. DeMaurice (deh-MOHR’-ihs) Smith says demonstrations are “protected speech” and no one should have to “choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights.”

ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio factory that makes footballs for the National Football League has been fined by federal regulators over workplace safety violations. Wilson Sporting Goods is facing more than $65,000 in fines after two inspections at its factory in Ada (AY’-duh), which makes about 700,000 footballs each year. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the alleged safety violations are related to failing to cut the power on machines before workers performed maintenance.

TORONTO (AP) — The Yankees can clinch a spot in the postseason with a win at Toronto today or losses by both the Angels and Rangers. Sonny Gray takes the mound for New York. The right-hander is 3-6 with a 3.29 ERA in nine outings since he was acquired from Oakland on July 31. The Blue Jays are going with right-hander Joe Biagini, who has lost three straight decisions.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Surging St. Louis tries for a fifth straight win tonight at Pittsburgh as Lance Lynn takes on Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. The Cardinals rallied for a 4-3 win over the Pirates last night and vaulted over Milwaukee in the National League playoff chase. St. Louis is still five games back of the Cubs in the NL Central, but could catch Colorado for the final NL wild card by the end of the weekend.

CHICAGO (AP) — Another fan has been hit by a baseball, this time in Chicago. A woman in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field was hit in the mouth last night by a foul ball off the bat of Kansas City designated hitter Brandon Moss. The White Sox say she refused treatment. On Wednesday, a young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

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