While many NFL players kneeled during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games Sunday, NASCAR crews stood along pit road for the national anthem. Several NFL players have not stood for the anthem before games to protest the treatment of blacks by police. Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he played with the San Francisco 49ers.
Rarely in his 16-year career has Julius Peppers said anything dramatic. But by staying in the locker room while his teammates stood for the national anthem, the future Hall-of-Famer said plenty. In addressing his decision after the Panthers’ loss to the Saints, Peppers took care to point out the impetus for his decision was solely Donald Trump’s remarks at his Alabama rally followed by his Twitter statements, saying players who protested racial inequality and police brutality during the anthem should be fired. “I want to get one thing clear: This wasn’t about disrespecting the military, disrespecting the police, first responders – none of that,” Peppers said, via the team’s official website.
PRAGUE (AP) — Roger Federer rallied to beat Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 7-6 (6), 11-9 Sunday and clinch the new Laver Cup tournament for Europe on Sunday. The three-day competition at Prague's O2 Arena pitted a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. Seen by some as a tennis version of the Ryder Cup in golf, the inaugural Laver Cup was played on an unusual black hard court. Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych also formed the European team, while Sam Querrey, John Isner, Jack Sock, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe played for the world. The tournament is to honor Rod Laver, an 11-time major champion who won two calendar-year