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Thursday’s Sports Update

NO POLICY CHANGE FROM NFL: The NFL said yesterday that there is “no change” in its policy regarding players’ conduct during the playing of the national anthem. The statement came a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly called the recent protests by players “divisive” and “a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.” President Donald Trump interpreted that as a demand that players stop protesting. On Twitter, he wrote: “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

COLLEGE PLAYER SACKED FOR PROTEST: Pennsylvania’s Albright College dismissed player Gyree Durante from its Division III football program for kneeling during the national anthem at a Saturday game against a rival college team. A school spokesman said the team’s leadership council had agreed that team members would kneel during the coin toss but stand during the national anthem. “I was just taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone. I believe heavily in this, so I decided to fight for it,” Durante told NBC Philadelphia.

OH, SNAP! NATIONALS 5, CUBS 0: The Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-0 to force a series-deciding Game 5 tonight in the NL Division Series.

YANKEES COMEBACK COMPLETE: The New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of the AL Division Series. The Yankees take on the Astros next.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

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