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In the NFL, many teams have openly protested the racially motivated social injustices in the US by taking a knee during the National Anthem. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans both remained in the locker rooms before their game, and on Monday, the Dallas Cowboys’ players, coaches and staff chose to show their solidarity before their game against the Arizona Cardinals. Many other teams (as a whole and in part) have chosen to peacefully protest, including the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills to name a few. President Trump inflamed much of the tension around these actions by targeting NFL players and other professional athletes on Twitter.

 

The New York Yankees clinched a wild card berth in the playoffs after a 5-1 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. They will face the Minnesota Twins with a home field advantage on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Odds are in their favor as the Twins have lost all four previous playoff meetings against the Yankees, and four of six games this season.

 

NBA forward Carmelo Anthony was officially traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The former New York Knicks player was on-board for trades between the Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets, but both deals fell through. Anthony will be joining reigning MVP Russel Westbrook as well as Paul George.

 

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The New York Jets and Giants are both off to a rocky start to the NFL season. The Giants lost 24-10 to the Detroit Lions on Monday and the Jets were defeated by the Oakland Raiders 45-20. Coming up, the Giants will take on the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jets will face off against the Miami Dolphins. Hopefully the New York teams will turn their luck around come Sunday.

 

Last Saturday, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin faced off in front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas. Their match lasted 12 rounds, but came to a split draw because the judges could not reach an agreement. Golovkin got to keep his unified middleweight title, but many fans were unhappy with the scoring inconsistencies.

 

As baseball season comes to an end, the New York Yankees are pushing for a playoff position. This looks like a possibility as Aaron Judge has recently been playing well, racking up his 45th home run in the Yankees 11-3 win against the Minnesota Twins. To claim that postseason spot, the team needs to score some wins and for the Los Angeles Angels to take some losses for a combined margin of three.

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The first week of the NFL season finished with the New England Patriots losing their home opener to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27. Key Kansas players who helped get the victory in the kickoff game included the Chiefs’ rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who racked up 246 total yards of offense — a new highest number for a player in his first NFL game; quarterback Alex Smith, who gained 368 yards and four touchdowns; and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

 

Both of New York’s NFL teams went home with L’s for their first games of the season. The Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys 19-3, and the Jets were defeated by the Buffalo Bills 21-12.

Better luck next time! On Sunday, the Jets take on the Oakland Raiders, and Monday, the Giants play the Detroit Lions.

 

At the U.S. Open, Sloane Stephens took home the women’s singles trophy — quite a remarkable feat considering that six months ago, she was wheelchair-ridden, recovering from a foot injury and surgery that kept her off the tour for 11 months. Stephens beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0  in two sets to take home the title. For the men’s singles, US Open veteran Rafael Nadal returned to win his third men’s singles title. The Spanish all-star defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.