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Ben Roethlisberger Ruled Out For Sunday’s Game

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not suit up this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Monday.

Tomlin did not give a timetable as to Roethlisberger’s return. “”When he is healthy, he’ll be back with us,” Tomlin said.”

Backup Landry Jones is in line to start in Roethlisberger’s place. In limited action last season, Jones went 32-of-55 for 513 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Steelers are 4-2 on the season after falling to Miami on Sunday.

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Report: Chiefs Trade Running Back Knile Davis to Packers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis is reportedly packing up his bags and heading to Wisconsin.

Sources tell ESPN the Chiefs traded Davis, 25, in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick from the Green Bay Packers.

Davis has been with Kansas City since 2013, when the Chiefs chose him in the third round of the NFL Draft. So far in his career, he has 775 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Report: Under Amour to Supply MLB Uniforms

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Major League Baseball players will reportedly be wearing uniforms by Under Armour starting in 2020. The Baltimore Sun reports the team owners have agreed to begin using Under Armour instead of Majestic Athletic, whose contract terminates in 2019.

Cleats, compression sleeves and batting gloves are among the equipment pieces Under Armour has already supplied to the league. MLB has partnered with other companies such as New Era Cap Co. for the caps, Majestic for the uniforms and Nike for the players’ base layer shirts, according to The Sun.

Up to now, Under Armour has maintained partnerships with individual players who use its products, but the company has recently worked to get into team sports.

“Team sports are a pillar of our business, and baseball is an important player,” Under Armour executive Peter Murray said as the current baseball season began, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Under Armour uniforms agreement has yet to be formally announced, and reps from the athletic apparel company did not immediately returns calls to The Sun.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Piloting No. 83 Car for BK Racing at Talladega

Hemera/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Ala.) — Jeffrey Earnhardt, a nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., will be in the driver’s seat for BK Racing this weekend.

Earnhardt, 27, will race the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday.

“I’m really excited to drive the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry for the fall race at Talladega,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “It’s my first Cup Series race at Talladega, my first race with BK Racing, the first time anyone from our family competes in a Toyota and it’s the 25th anniversary of my grandfather’s victory at Talladega.”

His crew chief will be Doug Richert, the former crew chief for Earnhardt’s late grandfather, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/17/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Cleveland 4, Toronto 2 (Cleveland leads series 3-0)


Arizona 28, N-Y Jets 3


Colorado 4, Pittsburgh 3
N-Y Rangers 7, San Jose 4
Detroit 5, Ottawa 1
Boston 4, Winnipeg 1

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Colin Kaepernick to Start for San Francisco 49ers Again

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Colin Kaepernick will start for the San Francisco 49ers for a second straight week.

Coach Chip Kelly confirmed Monday that Kaepernick would be the starting quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

“I think there’s some things that he did on Sunday that he can build upon,” Kelly said in a news conference. “For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives there that I think we can try to build with him and get him going. It gives us the best chance against Tampa Bay this week.”

Kaepernick has made headlines recently for sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in the country. When he started for the Buffalo Bills last weekend, he was met with loud booing when he entered the field.

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Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger to Undergo Knee Surgery

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to partially repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, ESPN reports.

A league source told ESPN the operation is more of a “cleanup” instead of a full repair on Roethlisberger’s knee, which generally results in a faster recovery.

The quarterback was injured Sunday in the first half of the Steelers’ 30-15 loss against the Miami Dolphins.

Roethlisberger will miss next Sunday’s game when the Steelers face the New England Patriots, according to ESPN. It’s unclear how much total game time he’ll miss while recovering after the surgery.

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Kansas Speedway

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Kevin Harvick has punched his ticket to the third round of the Chase.

He won the Sprint Cup Series’ Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday after taking the lead on a late restart.

Carl Edwards finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.

Johnson won last weekend’s race at Charlotte and is also advancing to the third round of the Chase.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Hollywood Casino 400, held at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Carl Edwards
3. Joey Logano
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Kyle Busch
6. Austin Dillon
7. Alex Bowman
8. AJ Allmendinger
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Kasey Kahne

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Jimmie Johnson — 3082 points.
2. Matt Kenseth — 3074 points.
3. Kyle Busch — 3072 points.
4. Carl Edwards — 3069 points.
5. Kurt Busch — 3062 points.
6. Martin Truex Jr. — 3058 points.
7. Kevin Harvick — 3048 points.
8. Austin Dillon — 3045 points.
9. Joey Logano — 3045 points.
10. Denny Hamlin — 3039 points.
11. Brad Keselowski — 3038 points.
12. Chase Elliott — 3020 points.
13. Tony Stewart — 2131 points.
14. Kyle Larson — 2120 points.
15. Chris Buescher — 2090 points.
16. Jamie McMurray — 2088 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/16/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


L.A. Dodgers 1, Chi Cubs 0 (Series tied 1-1)


N-Y Giants 27, Baltimore 23
Detroit 31, Los Angeles 28
Jacksonville 17, Chicago 16
Miami 30, Pittsburgh 15
New Orleans 41, Carolina 38
Washington 27, Philadelphia 20
Buffalo 45, San Francisco 16
Tennessee 28, Cleveland 26
New England 35, Cincinnati 17
Kansas City 26, Oakland 10
Seattle 26, Atlanta 24
Dallas 30, Green Bay 16
Houston 26, Indianapolis 23, OT


N-Y Islanders 3, Anaheim 2
Buffalo 6, Edmonton 2
Vancouver 4, Carolina 3, OT


Minnesota 85, L.A. Sparks 79 (Series tied 2-2)

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Kaepernick Faces Renewed Scrutiny as He Reclaims Job of Starting Quarterback

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, whose refusal to stand for the national anthem spurred a wider protest among professional athletes over U.S. race relations, is under renewed scrutiny Sunday as he plays his first game this season as starting quarterback.

As if to send a message that his commitment to his cause is unwavering, Kaepernick arrived in Buffalo for the game wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the image of boxing legend and civil rights icon Muhammad Ali.

The quarterback’s designation as starter puts him back on the football field for the first time this year, putting a renewed focus on his politics and giving Buffalo Bills fans in their home stadium a chance to show their displeasure.

When Kaepernick took the field, with his now iconic Afro sticking out from the back of his helmet, the rowdy Buffalo crowd showered him with boos.

Prior to the game, T-shirts bearing Kaepernick’s image with a target around it and other souvenirs mocking him for kneeling during the national anthem were sold in the parking lot of the city’s New Era field, according to social media posts. One fan apparently spear-tackled a dummy wearing Kaepernick’s uniform and an Afro wig.

LeSean McCoy, a Bills running back, invited Buffalo-area police to attend the game — a gesture he described as “an appreciation type of thing.”

Kaepernick’s protest, noticed by the media this summer during the NFL preseason, spread throughout the league and to other sports, including some at the high school level. It has sparked intense and mixed reactions from the public. An all-black youth football team in Beaumont, Texas, joined the protest despite members of the team receiving death threats for doing so.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out about the sports protest movement started by Kaepernick this week, calling it “dumb and disrespectful.”

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said about the athletes refusing to stand for the national anthem. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”

Kaepernick responded to Ginsburg’s remarks while speaking to the media.

“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said.

Ginsburg later apologized through a statement.

“Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem,” Ginsburg’s statement read. “Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”

49ers Coach Chip Kelly named Kaepernick his starting quarterback for the game against Buffalo following weeks of speculation and suggested he did it solely to improve the team’s struggling offense.

“We need to improve on the offensive side of the ball, and this is the decision we’ve made,” Kelly said of the move.

The 49ers are 1 to 4 this season, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s inconsistent performance as starter has been criticized by fans.

Buffalo is regarded to have a formidable defense and will more than likely give Kaepernick trouble. The last time he started for the 49ers was last year, when injuries and an inconsistent performance led to him losing the starting job and beginning the 2016 season as the team’s backup.

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