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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Sunday no one has tried to stop him from sitting out the national anthem at NFL games or to keep him from talking about the beliefs that led him to the protest.

"No one's tried to quiet me, and you know, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to be quiet about," he said Sunday during a media availability. "I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. It's not -- this isn't for look, this isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities, you know, to be successful, to provide for their families and not live in poor circumstances."

Kaepernick has drawn a mix of criticism and praise since it was noticed that the backup quarterback did not stand during the national anthem Thursday night during an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He said he had not stood for the 49ers' first preseason game, but it hadn't been noticed.

He said he made the decision to sit out the national anthem because he wanted to bring awareness to things going on in the country he feels are unjust, and because he feels the values the American flag is supposed to stand for are not being realized.

"There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust," he said. "People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for -- freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now."

He said he will not stand for the national anthem until he feels those ideals are being realized.

"I'll continue to sit," he said. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people. To me this is something that has to change and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent in this country, as representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

The NFL said Saturday that while it encourages team members to stand for the national anthem, it is not a requirement.


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Quinn Rooney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps' just revealed the song that inspired #PhelpsFace.

Remember the record-breaking medalist's fierce stare of determination during the Summer Olympics in Rio? It happened when the Maryland swimmer was preparing for a race in the 200 meter butterfly semifinal.

As South Africa's Chad le Clos was amping himself up by shadow boxing, Phelps created "the face." The face seemingly worked for the swimmer — he finished second while le Clos finished fourth.

During Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV, Phelps said while he was creating the face, he was listening to Future's 2015 song "Stick Talk."

The swimmer made the revelation while introducing the rapper, who went onto perform a number of his songs, including "F--- Up Some Commas."

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Kyle Larson earned his first Sprint Cup Series win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

The 24-year-old driver finished ahead of Chase Elliott by about 1.5 seconds to take the Pure Michigan 400.

Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Pure Michigan 400, held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan:

1. Kyle Larson
2. Chase Elliott
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Carl Edwards
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Joey Logano

Here's an updated look at the point standings:

1. Kevin Harvick -- 799 points.
2. Brad Keselowski -- 774 points.
3. Carl Edwards -- 724 points.
4. Kurt Busch --721 points.
5. Joey Logano -- 716 points.
6. Kyle Busch -- 696 points.
7. Denny Hamlin -- 691 points.
8. Martin Truex Jr. -- 652 points.
9. Jimmie Johnson -- 648 points.
10. Matt Kenseth -- 633 points.
11. Chase Elliott -- 628 points.
12. Austin Dillon -- 622 points.
13. Jamie McMurray -- 616 points.
14. Ryan Newman -- 601 points.
15. Kyle Larson -- 582 points.
16. Kasey Kahne -- 564 points.

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

INTERLEAGUE

Oakland 7, St. Louis 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kansas City 10, Boston 4
Baltimore 5, N-Y Yankees 0
Toronto 9, Minnesota 6
L.A. Angels 5, Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 10, Houston 4
Chi White Sox 4, Seattle 1
Texas 2, Cleveland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco 13, Atlanta 4
L.A. Dodgers 1, Chi Cubs 0
Arizona 11, Cincinnati 2
San Diego 3, Miami 1
Philadelphia 5, N-Y Mets 1
Colorado 5, Washington 3

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh watched two of his players carried off the field during Saturday night's preseason game, and said afterwards that he isn't a fan of playing four exhibitions each year.

"I know the league and the Players Association is working very hard and trying to figure out ideas to work out the preseason," Harbaugh said after the game. "These are big, fast, strong men running around out there. It's not 25 years ago...It's not the 70's anymore. These guys playing in these games -- it's tough -- and they're not meaningful games."

"They are important to get better," Harbaugh admitted, "and they improve us. But we football coaches can find ways to get out guys ready and get our players evaluated without the kind of risk that a game necessarily entails."

During the Ravens' Saturday game against the Detroit Lions, Baltimore tight end Benjamin Watson tore his Achilles tendon and running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a knee sprain. Injuries in the preseason are nothing new -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a fractured bone in his back in an exhibition game earlier this week.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs seemed to agree with Harbaugh. Suggs told NFL.com that "truth be told, we need some of these games, just maybe not four; maybe three, maybe two."

Harbaugh, though, said if he had his way, there would be no preseason games. "If I had my choice, I'd go none," he said. "That might be an extreme point, but we could run scrimmages, or we could run practices against other teams and figure it out. We'd all be in the same boat."

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Fresh off a trip to the Final Four last season, the Syracuse Orange aren't resting on their laurels.

Fifth-year Nebraska Cornhuskers wing Andrew White III chose to transfer to Syracuse on Sunday, ending the mystery over whether he would join the Orange or his hometown VCU Rams.

 

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— Andrew J. White III (@AndrewWhite03) August 28, 2016



White is the second graduate transfer to choose Syracuse this offseason, following in the footsteps of Colorado State guard John Gillon.

Having already added what ESPN ranks as the 15th best recruiting class this year -- made up of three of the nation's top 100 incoming freshman -- Syracuse also added experience in the backcourt in the form of the two fifth-year guards.

While Gillon is more of a slashing point guard, White can provide Syracuse with the deep shooting threat they have lacked since breakout freshman Malachi Richardson opted to enter the NBA Draft. White, who is 6-foot-6, averaged 16.6 points per game last year for Nebraska.

White began his career at Kansas, playing sparingly for two seasons there before transferring to Nebraska. After testing the waters of the NBA Draft, White opted to return to college, then decided he would leave Nebraska for his final year of eligibility.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Football fans split in response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem as a protest against what he referred to as America's treatment of "black people and people of color."

Some fans angry at Kaepernick's remaining seated during the anthem at a preseason game Friday posted videos on social media of themselves burning Kaepernick memorabilia.

"Good day to get rid of these!," Instagram user treehouse2013 wrote in the description to a video that showed the a pair of earrings shaped like Kaepernick's jersey burned with what appeared to be a blowtorch.

Some critics of the quarterback suggested that he was disrespecting veterans and failing to show adequate respect to a country that helped him become wealthy. Kapernick signed an extension deal valued at over $100 million dollars in 2014.

Others, however, celebrated Kaepernick's protest.

Shaun King, a prominent voice of the Black Lives Matter movement and writer for the New York Daily News, penned a column praising the star player, saying that "the levels of injustice, racism, bigotry and brutality faced by people of color has crossed an invisible threshold in America."

Dan O'Sullivan, a contributor to Rolling Stone and other publications including the socialist-minded Jacobin magazine, joked on Twitter that the protest had made him a fan of Kaepernick.

"I guess I'm the only person online who hated Colin Kaepernick before today and now likes him," O'Sullivan quipped.

I guess I'm the only person online who hated Colin Kaepernick before today and now likes him

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Kaepernick told NFL Media yesterday that he chose to stay seated during the playing of the anthem at a game against the Green Bay Packers to show solidarity with "people that are oppressed."

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "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."

The NFL released a statement on Kaepernick's staying seated during the song, saying: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."

ABC News has reached out to Kaepernick for comment but has not yet received a response.

This is not the first time this summer that an American athlete has weighed in on the public debate about race.

Following the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, which were captured on video and spurred protests across the country, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reached out to fellow athletes on social media, urging them to “step up and take charge.”

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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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claudiodivizia/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game Friday out of protest against America's treatment of "black people and people of color."

Kaepernick told NFL media he made his own decision to protest the playing of the anthem during the game against the Green Bay Packers, saying he felt an obligation to stand with "people that are oppressed."

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "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, a five-year veteran, broke into the NFL in 2012, a year he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

"I am not looking for approval," he added. "I have to stand up for people that are oppressed."

The 49ers issued a statement before Kaepernick's comments to NFL media were published , saying: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. 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 and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

The NFL released a statement on Kaepernick's decision not to stand, saying: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."

ABC News has reached out to the NFL and Kaepernick for comment.

This is not the first time an American athlete has weighed into the debate around racial oppression in America.

Following the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, which were captured on video and spurred large protests across the country, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reached out to fellow athletes on social media, urging them to “step up and take charge” of the political environment.

“These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge,” Anthony wrote in an Instagram post that featured an image from 1967 of top black athletes, including Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, holding a news conference in support Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War.

“Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or [who’s] going to look at us crazy,” Anthony wrote.

Kaepernick, who was making his return from injury Friday, maintains an active presence on social media and frequently retweets articles focused on the subject of police violence.

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