Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez just keeps raking.

With his home run Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, the rookie became the fastest player to reach 11 career home runs, doing so in just 23 games. It was also the third consecutive game in which Sanchez had homered.

Through 21 games this season, Sanchez is hitting .400 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI. His eleven home runs this month are also the most for a rookie in one month since Ryan Braun hit 11 for the Milwaukee Brewers in July 2007. The last American League rookie to hit more in a month was Mark McGwire with 15 for the Oakland A’s in May 1987.

The Yankee Stadium crowd gave Sanchez a curtain call on Saturday. Speaking through a translator after the game, he said it was the first curtain call he’d ever gotten, adding that “it’s very exciting to hear your name being called out by the fans. It’s a very exciting moment.”

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could miss up to ten weeks after fracturing a bone in his back during the team’s third preseason game this week.

Romo suffered the injury when he was sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, and was replaced with backup quarterback Dak Prescott. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that Romo’s injury is a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra and that it will not require surgery.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the injury will not keep Romo out for the full season. He also refused to rule Romo out for the regular season opener on Sept. 11. Romo has had surgery before for a different injury to his back.

Romo missed 12 games last season after twice fracturing his collarbone.

The Cowboys are 15-4 in the last two seasons when Romo starts, but are just 1-12 without Romo.

A source close to Romo told Werder that the quarterback is not considering retirement and is confident that he will play this season.

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Courtesy Mueller Family(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) — The rain stopped in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday morning, just in time for Kayla Mueller’s family to cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art playground erected to honor her as a selfless humanitarian both in her life as an aid worker and in her captivity and death as an ISIS hostage.

In minutes, patient children bolted past the snipped shards of ribbon for the swingsets, jungle gym, slides and a 66-foot zip-line at the playground named Kayla’s Hands for a young American taken too soon. Her parents beamed listening to the joyful noise.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who survived Communist torture in the “Hanoi Hilton” as a Vietnam War POW, told well-wishers gathered in the rainbow-colored playground that he doesn’t call many people “hero,” but Mueller was one.

“I didn’t know Kayla but I sense in every account of her ordeal, the true meaning of humility,” McCain said in a short speech.

Mueller was a 24-year-old aid worker kidnapped by armed gunmen on Aug. 3, 2013 while traveling in a Doctors Without Borders vehicle in Aleppo, Syria. She died 18 months later still a prisoner of ISIS terrorists, in what her hostage-takers called a Jordanian airstrike. U.S. officials denied an airstrike killed her but her parents still do not know how she died or how the White House was able to confirm her death on February 10, 2015.

She adored the Syrian refugee children she worked with in southern Turkey, her friends have said.

This year her father Carl worked with the Prescott Kiwanis Club, of which he is a former president, to raise money from donors such as the Arizona Diamondbacks for the new playground, which will also finally offer handicapped kids in the high desert town a place to safely frolic. It has been an emotional anchor for him to cling to, happily adjusting the plans in recent months for the bouncy floor matting and the zip-line, which Kayla’s mom loves to sail down.

“We can feel Kayla here,” Carl Mueller said. “When the wind blows just right, we can hear her makin’ her music.”

The still grieving dad said he and Marsha will “be spending a lot of time here.”

“She lived her life for others, she used her hands to relieve suffering. She was not just sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate, she was moved to action,” McCain told the crowd. “Her fellow captives spoke of her as an inspiration. Brave and defiant when she was abused and threatened, consoling and selfless to those who shared her suffering.”

Former ISIS hostages have spoken of her selflessness in captivity, where she tried to cheer them up, gave them strength and once even sacrificed an opportunity to escape to ensure fellow captives got away, ABC’s “20/20” reported last night in the segment, “The Girl Left Behind,” after more than two years of investigation.

In one incident in March 2014, Mueller even stood up to British ISIS executioner Jihadi John to correct him when he told other hostages that she had converted to Islam.

“Her love now echoes in the joy and laughter of children. What a fitting — what a fitting tribute,” McCain said, his voice finally breaking with emotion, as Marsha Mueller reached over to hug the war hero senator.

The Rev. Kathleen Day of Northern Arizona University, who Kayla befriended in college and who later became a close confidante of Carl and Marsha Mueller during her hostage ordeal, recalled how the young do-gooder from Arizona had said that “it’s never goodbye among friends” whenever she left Prescott for Turkey and Syria or other far-flung destinations.

“Today Prescott says to Kayla Jean, we will always love you, and indeed it’s never ‘goodbye’ because her spirit will live on in the laughter and the joy and the compassion and the friendship of this playground,” Day said.

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said.

Aldridge, 32, was not the intended target, police said. A relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin’s death, he labeled the incident “senseless.”

On Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made on Friday.

“The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!,” Wade wrote.

He followed that up by writing, “These young kids are screaming for help!!!”

These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, echoed her family’s pain while speaking to reporters Friday at the hospital.

“We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place,” she said while holding her sobbing sister Diana.

Despite the tragedy, Wade’s mother spoke of hope for those who commit such crimes.

“We’re still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won’t keep happening,” she said. “We’re still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head.”

In a statement Friday night, the Chicago Bulls said, “The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time.”

Official Chicago Bulls Statement on the Passing of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin: https://t.co/vbRL4v5bc3

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 27, 2016

On Thursday, Wade spoke via satellite on a panel hosted by ESPN that was focused on gun violence. He called the issue “deep-rooted.”

“This is something that didn’t start today, this is something that isn’t going to end tomorrow,” he said. “Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it.”

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WNEP-TV(LANSDALE, Pennsylvania) — A young woman with Down syndrome whose reaction to learning she was going to college went viral in April is now ready to begin classes.

Rachel Grace starts at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania on Monday. The student from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, looked into attending four schools and ultimately decided to attend ESU.

Although she’s an incoming freshman and has never lived on her own before, Grace said she’s not nervous.

“My parents are but I’m not,” Graced told ABC affiliate WNEP-TV.

And it’s true. Her mother Deb Grace admitted, “It’s exciting and it’s nerve-wracking and we’re excited for her, but really scared for us.”

“You might have to do a follow-up story to see how I am in a couple days,” Grace’s father, Tom, added. “Rachel’s doing a heck of a lot better than I am.”

Grace will take part in ESU’s Career Independent Learning and Living Studies program. The three-year program is tailored to students with intellectual disabilities.

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Ben Harding/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has allowed a lawsuit filed by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who bought and resold its products at a mark-up to move forward.

The suit involves a Canadian man who allegedly purchased nearly $350,000 worth of Trader Joe’s products in Washington state, and resold them for higher prices a storefront branded “Pirate Joe’s.”

Trader Joe’s does not have stores in Canada

Michael Hallat claims his business was legal, and says his store looked nothing like a Trader Joe’s. His attorney says they are “weighing their options.”

The 9th Circuit claimed Hallat’s action could lower the value of the store’s American-held trademarks.

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claudiodivizia/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he took a stand against violence towards Afircan-Americans by not standing during the national anthem prior to team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Friday night.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick said he did not tell anyone about his plans before the game.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team said in a statement after the game.

“It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

The team lost the contest, 21-10.

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claudiodivizia/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – The San Francisco 49ers confirmed late Friday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand prior to the team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team said in a statement.

“It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

After the game, Kaepernick was not questioned about his decision to sit.

The team lost the contest, 21-10.

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iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of two nuns in Mississippi this week, the state’s Department of Public Safety announced late Friday.

“Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of 210 Aponaug Road, Kosciusko has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of two nuns in Durant earlier this week. After an exhaustive interview Friday evening, MBI agents were able to develop enough information to charge Sanders,” read a statement.

Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merril, originally from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, were found stabbed to death at home Thursday.

Friends of the pair said the two women served the poor and the community for more than 30 years and both were nurse practitioners.

MBI Director Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said the suspect was a person of interest early in the investigation. He is being held i n an undisclosed detention center awaiting his initial court appearance.

Police in Jackson originally suspected a robbery took place. The Catholic Diocese said the home was broken into, and the nuns’ missing car was found a mile away, according to police.

A wake will be held for the nuns at St. Thomas Church in Lexington on Sunday, with a memorial mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson on Monday.

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — The cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade was shot and killed in Chicago Friday afternoon, Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, confirmed.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby in a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood at around 3:30 p.m. when two men opened fire at another man, according to ABC-owned station WLS-TV.

Aldridge, 32, was caught in the crossfire and hit in the head and arm. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

She was not the intended target, police said, WLS-TV reported.

Jolinda Wade called the shooting “senseless” while speaking to the media Friday night. “We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place,” she said.

The baby was not hurt. A relative took custody of the child, according to WLS-TV.

Police are questioning two men in connection with her death, WLS-TV reported.

Dwyane Wade responded to the death of his cousin in a tweet.

My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

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