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According to Outside the Lines, no formal vote was held before the league announced its new anthem policy

NFL owners reportedly didn't vote on the league's new national anthem policy

cbssports.com • Sports

The league's new policy mandating that all players and team and league personnel who are on the field for the singing of the national anthem must stand during the anthem or else be subject to penalties was approved by a unanimous vote of NFL owners.

"When you pick a quarterback or anybody in the first round, it means something"

Ravens QB Joe Flacco focused on winning, not backup Lamar Jackson

espn.com • Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco broke his silence over Lamar Jackson on Thursday, shooting down any notion that he holds a grudge against the first-round pick and repeatedly emphasizing that he's not focused on what the future holds.

The Rockets don’t have any great options, especially if Curry is going to go off like he did in Game 3

The Rockets May Need to Ride ‘Tuckwagon’ to Success Against Warriors

si.com • Sports

Steve Kerr stopped being cute and has started his Hamptons Five lineup from Game 1, a unit comprised of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. That group had an absurd 40.9 net rating together as this series started.

Arizona is a pretty good value at their relatively low over/under

2018 NFL Over-Under Win Totals: Josh Rosen can carry the Cardinals into contender status

cbssports.com • Sports

Their offseason approach to the quarterback position was being questioned but now looks pretty impressive: secure an upside-filled starter for expensive-looking market value (Sam Bradford), nab a backup with starting experience (Mike Glennon) and then make a trade up in the draft to get a franchise-caliber quarterback (Rosen).

"I knew he was in for a fight. I knew this was not going to be easy"

Justify Wins Foggy Preakness, Keeps Triple Crown Bid Alive

usnews.com • Sports

Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another impressive victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown champion in four years.

"A pitcher can use pine tar on the ball so it doesn't hit me in the face."

'Absolutely ... I'm All for It': MLB's Stars Debate Pitchers Using Pine Tar

bleacherreport.com • Sports

If the Houston Astros have a sense of humor, manager AJ Hinch will call timeout after Cleveland's Mike Clevinger throws his first pitch Friday and ask the umpires to check the baseball in full view of Indians teammate Trevor Bauer.

"We played like the Rockets tonight. The first game, I don't know who that was."

Rockets defy critics and stick to the plan in Game 2 win

espn.com • Sports

To a man, the Rockets insisted they didn't change their approach in Game 2 after being criticized for playing such an isolation-heavy game Monday night. If anything, they seemed to double down on that approach.

Raquel Pennington left the Octagon on Saturday bruised, bloodied and beaten -- and, some contend, done an injustice by her corner.

Was a beat-up Raquel Pennington done wrong by her corner?

espn.com • Sports

A UFC championship fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington turned uncomfortable on Saturday when a bloodied, demoralized Pennington turned to her corner prior to the start of the final round and said she was "done."

Throughout the 2017-18 NBA season, the Boston Celtics have functioned as a better team than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Celtics Shut Down Underdog Narrative, Prove Matchup Nightmares for LeBron, Cavs

bleacherreport.com • Sports

Though LeBron James is easily the premier individual in the Eastern Conference Finals while C's head coach Brad Stevens has been forced to shuffle his lineup over and over to account for myriad injuries to rotation members (Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, etc.), the East's No. 2 seed has consistently proved itself the superior outfit.

no one was there to ask Ovechkin about Russia vs. Canada

NHL playoffs 2018: Tired Alex Ovechkin narratives can be laid to rest with Capitals in East finals

sportingnews.com • Sports

As Alex Ovechkin retreated into his seat on the podium, he was enveloped by a hoard of media members. Ovechkin had just recorded a primary assist on the game-winning goal in Russia's 3-0 victory against Finland in 2016. The result set up a date with Canada in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals, two global hockey powerhouses ripe with star players.





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