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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Megan Rapinoe again kneels during anthem before USWNT game, despite objections from U.S. soccer 09.19.16 at 8:18 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Padres, 10:10 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Eagles at Bears, 8:300 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Europe vs. Czech Republic, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Russia vs. North America, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Megan Rapinoe

— U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe again knelt during the national anthem Sunday, despite implications that she might face punishment from U.S. Soccer.

Rapinoe, who started her protest while playing for the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League and continued it with the U.S. national team, heard a mixed reaction from some in the crowd before Sunday’s game against Thailand in Atlanta.

“Obviously there were boos tonight, boos and cheers tonight. I totally respect that,” Rapinoe said. “People feel a certain way, and I want to be respected for the way that I feel. I think that’s their right to do that. I totally understand that. That said, there’s some people that support me.”

Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling protest and continued it Sunday before the 49ers played the Panthers, but Rapinoe is the first to protest while representing her country.

Rapinoe said she met with her coach and a media relations representative from U.S. Soccer — which previously stated that it expects all players to stand during the anthem — and “talked through my process.”

“I want to keep everybody in the loop,” she said. “It’s sort of an ongoing thought process. What’s the best way to handle everything and, for me, what’s the best way moving forward? And then, obviously, it affects everyone, so I want to appreciate and make sure I’m keeping everyone in the loop and hearing their opinions and giving mine as well.”

The U.S. team next plays Oct. 19 in Utah, while the Reign close out the regular-season Sunday in Houston. Rapinoe implied that she plans to continue her protest during those games.

“I don’t know why [the end of the protest] has to be the most important thing in this,” Rapinoe said. “I think in a large way it’s ‘OK, you’ve knelt, you’ve made your point.’ But I don’t necessarily feel like that. I don’t know what that looks like. Do I kneel forever? I don’t know, probably not. But I think until I can feel like I’m being more effective in other ways, then this seems appropriate to me.”

— The Patriots aren’t the only AFC contender with injury problems. The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos lost a key player on their defense Sunday when linebacker DeMarcus Ware fracture his right forearm after colliding with teammate Von Miller during the second half of a 34-20 victory over the Colts.

Ware will visit a specialist Monday to determine if he needs surgery.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. Soccer disappointed after Megan Rapinoe protests anthem before USWNT game 09.16.16 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Rhode Island at Harvard, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College football: Baylor at Rice, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas State at Utah State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Arizona State at Texas-San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Freiburg at Koln, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Chelsea, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Megan Rapinoe

— Soccer player Megan Rapinoe continued her protest of the national anthem Thursday, but this time she became the first player to refuse to stand while representing the United States.

Rapinoe, who started her protests while playing for the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League, kneeled during the anthem prior to the U.S. women’s national team’s 9-0 rout of Thailand. It did not sit well with U.S. Soccer.

“Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer,” the governing body said in a statement released during the game. “In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”

The 31-year-old has not started for the USNWT since tearing her ACL last December, and she remained on the sideline for the start of Thursday’s game. She entered at the start of the second half.

Afterward, Rapinoe defended her decision, saying she “would like to be involved in any way I can.”

“We need to look at all the things the flag and the anthem represent and all the things it means, and is it protecting everybody?” Rapinoe said. “There are people who don’t feel as protected as I do every day. I know it’s a time-honored tradition. Especially in a sports environment, it’s something the country is very passionate about, but there is a bigger conversation here that is more important than sports.”

The U.S. team next hosts the Netherlands on Sunday in Atlanta.

— The Raiders moved one step closer to relocating in Las Vegas, as the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for a new stadium.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell weighs in on Colin Kaepernick anthem protest, saying, ‘I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing’ 09.08.16 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Panthers at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodall, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. Senator, said it’s important to handle this issue by showing the proper respect for everyone.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” he said. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe was stymied in her effort to protest the national anthem before Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Maryland, as the Spirit played the anthem before the players took the field.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise. While we respect every individual’s right to express themselves, and believe Ms. Rapinoe to be an amazing individual with a huge heart; we respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”

Rapinoe, following the lead of Kaepernick, took a knee when the anthem was played before her team’s game Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. national team star, who won a World Cup title last year and played in the Rio Olympics last month, indicated that she planned to continue her protest the rest of the season.

After the game Rapinoe said she did not appreciate the choice of words in the Spirit’s statement, adding she was “saddened” by the move.

“It was incredibly distasteful, four days before [the anniversary of] one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to ‘hijack’ this event,” she told The Washington Post.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem in ‘nod to [Colin] Kaepernick’ 09.05.16 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Padres, 4:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Mississippi at Florida State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Spain vs. Liechtenstein, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Ukraine vs. Iceland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

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— Saying her action was “a nod to [Colin] Kaepernick,” U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars.

“I am disgusted with the way [Kaepernick] has been treated and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this,” Rapinoe told espnW’s Julie Foudy. “It is overtly racist. ‘Stay in your place, black man.’ Just didn’t feel right to me. We need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated.”

Added Rapinoe: “We are not saying we are not one the greatest countries in world. Just need to accept that [it is] not perfect, things are broken.

“And quite honestly, being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I haven’t had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling.”

Rapinoe said she would continue her protest the remainder of the season in an attempt to “continue the conversation.”

A World Cup and Olympic gold medalist, Rapinoe has been an advocate for LGBT rights since coming out in 2012. She also has fought what she claims is wage discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and has weighed in on political issues on social media.

While two other NFL players joined Kaepernick in his protest during Thursday’s preseason games, Rapinoe is the first non-black athlete to join in.

— Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was hospitalized with a skull fracture after taking a line drive off the side of his head during Sunday’s game against the Mariners.

In the second, inning Kyle Seager lined a shot right back at Shoemaker, who turned his head just before contact. He stumbled to the ground before receiving medical assistance. He was helped off the field holding a towel to his head.

“That was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field,” Seager said.

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