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Protesters Turn Backs During Joe Paterno Tribute at Penn State Game

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — A tribute for Joe Paterno was met with controversy at Penn State University on Saturday.

Temple fans and others turned their backs while Lions fans gave a standing ovation after a video honoring the late head coach played for the 50th anniversary of his first game.

Paterno has faced criticism for allegedly knowing about assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s predatory conduct. Court documents released this summer revealed Paterno may have been aware of the sexual abuse for almost four decades before Sandusky was brought to trial.

A bronze statue of Paterno in front of Beaver Stadium was removed by the school in 2012 after the scandal.

Jay Paterno, the late coach’s son, told ESPN he wanted to see Penn State “get its name back.”

“Joe’s legacy has never been about wins statues, honors, those kinds of things,” he said to ESPN. “It’s been about the young people that came through this program.”

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Malcolm Jenkins Says Eagles May Protest During the National Anthem During Monday Night Football

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he expects his team mates to make a statement by joining the recent protests of the National Anthem during their Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears, ESPN reports.

Jenkins said he thinks his team mates will “definitely” participate and explained why they didn’t do so sooner.

“Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure that we didn’t do anything to take away from the families that suffered from 9/11,” Jenkins said.

“We didn’t want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone. But moving forward, I’m sure there will be guys that will probably join in.”

Jenkins added that he expects to participate himself.

“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” he said. “Really it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice, and that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. There’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country since its inception that put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage when you talk about quality of life and actually growing in this country.”

The safety also added that the team had discussed the possibility of a team gesture, but did not say if they came to a final decision, according to ESPN.

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Broncos Running Back CJ Anderson Talks Season-Opener, Team’s Defense

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in their season-opening Super Bowl re-match on Thursday 21-20.

Speaking to ESPN, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson defended the critique of his team’s defense, saying he didn’t think they played dirty against Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton.

“I don’t believe they played dirty, I’ve never seen that,” he told ESPN.

The running back was also asked how the team’s offense has grown after Peyton Manning’s retirement.

“Compared to where we were last year and this year, tremendous growth in offense,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he was impressed with the new quarterback Trevor Siemian and how he handled difficulties on the field.

The team takes on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

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Bills Coach Rex Ryan Says Greg Roman Firing Was His Decision

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Rex Ryan said Friday it was his decision to fire Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman after the team’s 37-31 loss to the New York Jets.

“This is my move, without question,” the Bills coach said.

Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn will replace Roman.

“I think we need a change,” Ryan said Friday. “I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe that. I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. I think Anthony will do that.”

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Cubs Take NL Central Title After Cardinals Loss

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — It wasn’t pretty, and there wasn’t any champagne, but the Chicago Cubs managed to secure a post-season birth Thursday night.

Despite falling to the Milwaukee Brewers following an error-prone game, Chicago snatched the National League Central title on Thursday when the St. Louis Cardinals fell to the San Francisco Giants, 6-2.

The Cubs are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season. While it’s a great accomplishment for the team, the franchise’s ultimate goal is to win its first World Series in 108 years.

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USC Football Player Charged with Rape in Utah

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — Salt Lake County prosecutors filed three felony charges Thursday against a University of Southern California football player over an alleged rape that took place in July.

Osa Masina, a 19-year-old sophomore linebacker at USC and former standout high school player in the Salt Lake area, is facing a $250,000 bond, reports ABC 4 Utah, a local affiliate.

Officials removed Masina from the football team at USC and the university asked him to leave the campus on Monday. On Thursday, prosecutors filed the charges against Masina for allegedly assaulting an old friend at a house party on July 26th. He’s also under investigation for sexually assaulting the same woman in California just weeks earlier, ABC 4 Utah reports.

The charges come after a nearly two-month investigation by police in Utah. Masina turned himself in on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, it’s a sex assault case. We try to be sensitive to the victim in this case and get all the proper facts and work it that way,” said Lt. Dan Bartlett with Cottonwood Heights police.

The District Attorney filed three felony charges against Masina: one for rape and two for forcible sodomy.

Masina’s attorney, Greg Skordas acknowledged the gravity of the allegations, “There are certainly some serious allegations.” Skordas said.

The charging documents report the victim, a nineteen-year-old woman, told officers she consumed alcoholic beverages and marijuana at a party and went to sleep on a couch after feeling “not all there.”

The documents say the victim awoke at some point during the night and found Masina on top of her. When she woke up early the next morning, according to the documents, she only had on a bra and a blanket draped over her, ABC 4 Utah reports.

“Consent is not assumed. And if a person says no or a person is not in a position to give you that consent, you cannot assume that you have that consent,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said.

Gill says the process of taking this case to court now begins and that could take quite a while. In the meantime, he hopes the situation between Masina and his former friend will start a conversation in our community.

“I think that we need to recognize, and we need to start educating our community that we need to respect the integrity of every person and these are not liberties that we can take whenever we feel like it,” Gill said.

ABC 4 Utah spoke with the woman’s attorney, who said, “She and her family wish to maintain as much privacy as possible, and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.”

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Sprint Cup’s Chase Begins This Weekend at Chicagoland

Hemera/Thinkstock(JOLIET, Ill.) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs, known as the Chase, get underway this weekend.

The first of the 10 events in the Chase, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, will be held at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. NBCSN’s coverage of the race begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The standings were reset after last weekend’s race at Richmond. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, who both have four wins this season, occupy the top two spots.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/15/16

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 7, L.A. Angels 2
Minnesota 5, Detroit 1
Chi White Sox 2, Cleveland 1
Tampa Bay 7, Baltimore 6
Boston 7, N-Y Yankees 5
Oakland 14, Kansas City 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 7, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco 6, St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 15, Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee 5, Chi Cubs 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(6) Houston 40, Cincinnati 16

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

N-Y Jets 37, Buffalo 31

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Canadian High School Football Team Welcomes 1st Transgender Player

BananaStock/iStock/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — A Canadian high school football team is welcoming its first transgender student player, who recently transferred after he said he felt unaccepted and lonely at his former school.

The team is “very family-oriented,” Kennedy Cooley, a senior at Halifax West High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, told CTV News.

“You feel like you’re a brother, you don’t feel like you’re a player,” the 17-year-old, who plays wide receiver, said. “They’re just so open and they accept you for who you are.”

The welcome has been a pleasant surprise for Cooley. At his former school, the teen said he felt some of the student body “wasn’t very accepting of the LGBTQIA community.”

But after transferring to West Halifax, however, he said he’s found the opposite to be true.

Though Cooley was initially “really nervous” to try out for the football team and scared “maybe somebody wasn’t OK with me being transgender,” he was proven completely wrong.

“Everybody has been welcoming and just treats him like one of the other guys,” his mother, Pam Reinders-Cooley, told CTV News.

“That’s what he wants to be — included — and he wants to be one of the other guys” she said. “I thank the team for everything that they’ve been doing and have done and continue to do. They seem to be a great group of kids.”

The football team also has a lot to thank Cooley for, too, according to their head coach, David Kelly.

He told CTV News that Cooley helps the team understand issues that transgender youth face and that he helps “give them a perspective that they probably would not have had before” Cooley joined.

The teen’s father, Robert Cooley, told ABC News he hopes Cooley’s story can help show other parents the beauty that can come from standing behind your kids and supporting them.

“He’s never been afraid of challenge, and we’ve always supported him as much as we could,” he told ABC News today. “It isn’t always easy, but at the end of the day, your goal as a parent is to make sure your child is a productive citizen in society, and when we look at him, we see that he is a good kid.”

The teen hopes to become a firefighter or graphic designer, his dad said.

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Reports: Billy Butler, Yankees Reach Deal on Contract

Don Feria/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free agent Billy Butler will reportedly be taking the field for the New York Yankees.

The first baseman and designated hitter, who was released by the Oakland Athletics this past weekend, has agreed on a contract with the Yankees, multiple reports say.

Butler, 30, had been with the A’s since he signed with the team in November 2014. Prior to that, he played for the Kansas City Royals.

So far in his career, he has a .289 batting average with 146 home runs and 724 RBIs.

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