Colin Kaepernick Rally Kicks Off At Chicago’s Soldier Field Today

While fans assemble for today’s NFL contest between last year’s NFC champions Atlanta Hawks and host team Chicago Bears, between 200 to 500 protesters are rallying in support of Colin Kaepernick. According to a new report, this is the first of several planned protests at professional football stadiums for the upcoming season.

Pro Football Talk exclusively reports:

Mike Glennon will make his debut as the Bears starting quarterback on Sunday at Soldier Field. Before the game, a protest will be held in support of an unemployed quarterback with far more significant career accomplishments.

Dubbed the Standing 4 Kaepernick Protest — Chicago, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT roughly 200 to 500 protesters are expected to show up and support Colin Kaepernick. A permit has been secured, and police are aware of the event.

Neither Kaepernick nor his organization is involved in the protests. A Facebook events page has been set up for those to learn more.

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Sumlin ‘thankful’ Texas A&M squashed white nationalist rally

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said Saturday he’s thankful to the university’s top leaders for shutting down a white nationalist rally scheduled to take place Monday on campus.

“I’m really proud of (the school’s decision),” Sumlin told reporters, according to ESPN. “I was thankful and very, very proud of Chancellor Sharp and our president to put an end to it.”

The rally was organized by former student Preston Wiginton, who said he was inspired by the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Wiginton had invited well-known white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at the event.

“That’s (a time) for leadership to come to the front, and our leadership did that,” Sumlin said. “We talked about it as a team, too, and our appreciation for our leadership to step in in this situation. It’s big for the players, big for our coaching staff, it’s big for everybody.”

Sumlin and the Aggies face UCLA to open the season Sept. 3.

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Black NYPD Officers Gather For Rally In Support Of Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick‘s silent protest in 2016 began as a response to the uneven examples of how police of treated people of color in the country, sparking a debate most notably sustained by movements like Black Lives Matter. In support of Kaepernick’s goal and the speculation that NFL teams are refusing to hire the free-agent quarterback, dozens of NYPD officers gathered in New York over the weekend to rally around the former San Francisco 49ers star.

ESPN reports:

The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading “#imwithkap.”

One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film “Serpico.”

He admitted to not being a football fan but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

“He’s trying to hold up this government, up to our founding fathers,” said Serpico, 81.

Current NYPD officer Sgt. Edwin Raymond organized the rally, according to a New York Times report. City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn was among the speakers at the rally in the New York borough he represents.

Officers from the NYPD standing up for Colin Kaepernick and against injustice and police brutality.

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Charlamagne Gives White Nationalists & Ku Klux Klan "Donkey Of The Day" For The Rally In Charlottesville!

Charlamagne awards the “Donkey Of The Day” to the White Nationalists & Ku Klux Klan in Virginia. A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured, five critically, on Saturday when a man plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in the Southern college town of Charlottesville. Another 15 people were injured in bloody street brawls between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators who fought each other with fists, rocks and pepper spray. Posted By Persist

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Ohio Man Charged With 2nd Degree Murder For Plowing Into Crowd In Charlottesville Following White Nationalist Rally!

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a car rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups. Posted By Persist

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Crazy: Car Plows Through Counter-Protesters At White Supremacist Rally In Virginia!

Multiple people were reported injured after a vehicle drove through a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday after police put a stop to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. According to reports from the scene, counter-protesters were celebrating driving the white supremacists from Emancipation Park, which was supposed to be the site of the main rally when a car drove right through a crowd injuring multiple people. Posted By Persist

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Nunez unapologetic after baserunning error deflates late Red Sox rally

For a split second, it looked like the Boston Red Sox were mounting a ninth-inning comeback against the New York Yankees.

In a 5-3 game, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked the first three batters he faced to load the bases. Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi hit a deep fly ball, and Jackie Bradley scored after tagging up at third base.

The problem was that Eduardo Nunez tried to advance to third from second, and was promptly thrown out by outfielder Aaron Hicks. Despite the misjudgment, Nunez told reporters after the game he won't change his mindset the next time an opportunity presents itself.

"If it happened tomorrow, I would take the chance tomorrow again," Nunez said, according to the Providence Journal's Tim Britton. "That’s how we play the game. That’s why we’re in first place. We run aggressively."

Instead of having two on and one out, the Red Sox had two outs and the potential tying run at second. Mitch Moreland flew out to end the game.

Despite the loss, manager John Farrell generally approves of the team’s aggression on the basepaths, even if it doesn’t always work out.

"I do believe there’s a means to an end with this," Farrell said. "And while the outs are going to be glaring, I still feel like when we can put pressure on the defense, we’re going to look to set that tone."

Had it not been for a five-run eighth inning where the Yankees sent 11 batters to the plate, the Red Sox wouldn’t have needed to play catch-up in the first place.

With a 65-50 record, the Red Sox still lead the AL East by 3 1/2 games over the second-place Yankees with two more games to be played in the Bronx over the weekend.

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Cardinals developing ‘stray animal protocol,’ hope to find lost ‘Rally Cat’

The St. Louis Cardinals issued a statement Thursday regarding their side of the Rally Cat story, and are planning to develop a “stray animal protocol to ensure the safety of both crew and animal should this happen again.”

During Wednesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals, a stray cat ran onto the field and had to be removed by a member of the Cardinals' staff.

Korie Harris, a woman claiming to have taken ownership of the cat following the incident, later informed a local radio show that she'd since lost the cat, which she had named 'Yadi.'

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Watch: ‘Rally Cat’ interrupts Cardinals-Royals 1 pitch before Yadi’s slam

St. Louis’ famous “Rally Squirrel” finally has a companion.

A small kitten stormed the Busch Stadium field and interrupted Wednesday’s contest between the Cardinals and Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning.

The feisty feline calmly jogged into the outfield and didn’t seem at all bothered by the presence of Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain before a grounds crew member intercepted its journey. Rather than picking it up by the scruff of its neck, though, the intrepid employee tried to carry the kitty under his arm – and paid for it with several bites to the hand from an unhappy cat.

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Of course, any pain the Cardinals’ grounds crew worker suffered at the hand of said kitty went away just one pitch after the delay, when the Cardinals’ new “Rally Cat” worked its magic and Yadier Molina launched a grand slam to give the home side an 8-5 lead.

Talk about a purr-fect night at the ballpark for Cardinals fans.

"I'm not a cat person, but I sure liked that one," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said postgame, according to FOX Sports Midwest.

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