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C8 THE SUNDAY JOURNAL •• ALBUQUERQUE, AUGUST 28, 2016 ASSOCIATED PRESS Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden. The move was announced Saturday by the Reign, saying that the Olympic goaltender has been granted personal leave. The team did not say how long Solo would be away. It’s been a rough time for the record- breaking goalkeeper. On Wednesday, she was suspended after calling the Swedes “cowards” for their defensive style of play after the U.S. was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals of the Rio Games. Solo was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct and won’t be eligible for selection to the national team until February. The Reign announced Solo’s leave hours before Saturday’s match against the Portland Thorns, after previously indicating that she and U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe would be available to play. Seattle signed goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski to replace Solo. The three-time defending champion U.S. women were handed their earliest-ever exit from the Olympics earlier this month when Sweden advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw Aug. 12. Sweden’s coach, Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. team to gold medals in Beijing and London, replied to Solo’s postgame comment by stating: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.” Sweden went on to play in the gold medal match against Germany. Solo had caused a stir in Brazil even before the comment about Sweden because of social media posts about the Zika virus. Brazilian fans booed her mercilessly and shouted “Zika!” every time she touched the ball. The 35-year-old has long been a lightning rod for controversy. She still faces a possible trial on misdemeanor domestic violence charges after a 2014 incident at her sister’s home, when she was accused of being intoxicated and assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Solo said she was a victim in the altercation. Earlier this year, an appeals court in Washington state rejected Solo’s request to avoid trial. In early 2015 while Solo was at a team training camp in Southern California, her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a U.S. Soccer team van. Solo was with him at the time. U.S. Soccer indicated in its statement announcing her suspension Wednesday that it was a culmination of events. Solo issued a statement on her social media after her suspension. “I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things,” she said. “My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this team, for the players and the women’s game, and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.” Saturday’s MLS games UNITED 6, FIRE 2: In Washington, Patrick Mullins scored three goals, Patrick Nyarko had a goal and two assists and D.C. United (7-8-11) beat 10-man Chicago (5-12-8). Khaly Thiam was sent off in the 34th minute when he threw the ball at Nyarko’s face while Nyarko was still on the ground after Thiam’s tackle. FC DALLAS 3, DYNAMO 1: In Houston, Michael Barrios scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute, and FC Dallas (14-7-6) beat Houston (5-11-10). UNION 2, SPORTING KC 0: In Chester, Pa., Roland Alberg had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia’s (119-7) victory over nine-man Sporting Kansas City (11-12-5). Sporting’s Jimmy Medranda was sent off in the 59th minute for his second yellow card, and Roger Espinoza received a straight red for violent conduct in the 87th minute. CREW 2, EARTHQUAKES 0: In Columbus, Ohio, Ethan Finlay and Justin Meram scored in Columbus’ (5-9-11) victory over San Jose (7-8-11). IMPACT 1, TORONTO FC 0: In Toronto, Ignacio Piatti scored in the 73rd minute and Montreal (9-710) beat Toronto FC (12-8-7) to end the Reds’ unbeaten streak at seven games. Solo takes a break from NWSL’s Seattle team for ‘personal reasons’ EUGENIO SAVIO/ASSOCIATED PRESS Seattle goaltender Hope Solo, who was suspended by the U.S. National team last week, has taken an indefinite leave of from her NWSL club. SOCCER Another injury to Romo’s back his back before,” Garrett said, referring to Romo’s quick return from a small fracture in his back in 2014. “So that probably more than anything else is what is not giving us a timetable. We’ve heard a wide range of possibilities in terms of when he would be able to play.” The Cowboys plunged from 12-4 in 2014 to 4-12 last season, when Romo missed 12 games with a twice-broken left collarbone. Dallas went 1-11 without him. Romo had back surgery twice in 2013, the first time during the offseason and again in December after rupturing a disk in Week 16 against Washington and missing the finale that the Cowboys lost with a playoff berth on the line. In 2014, the four-time Pro Bowl player sustained a small fracture in his back and missed a loss to Arizona before leading the Cowboys to the NFC East title and their first playoff win since 2009. Garrett said Romo’s injury won’t end his season. “It’s not related to the other back issues that he’s had,” Garrett said. “There is a specific to the hit he took the other night in the game.” Center Travis Frederick said the team was surprised by the news on Romo when they reported to the team’s new practice facility Saturday. “Still trying to take it in a little bit,” Frederick said. “The name of the game for us has always been focusing on taking things one day at a time and also have the ‘next man in’ mentality. Being able to have Dak step up and be able to take over that role and just support him in any way that we can.” Prescott was elevated to the backup job when incumbent Kellen Moore broke his right ankle in a training camp practice. The former Mississippi State standout has a preseason passer rating of 137.8, completing 39 of 50 passes for 454 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has two rushing TDs. The Cowboys are likely to add a veteran if Romo misses extended time, but now it figures to be as a backup to Prescott rather than the next in line behind Romo since Dallas elected not to bring in help soon after Moore’s injury. “Dak has done a nice job really at every turn starting back at training camp,” Garrett said. “I thought he did a particularly good job in this game against Seattle because he certainly didn’t anticipate going in on the fourth play of the game.” Now it looks as if Prescott will start in his regular- season debut, just as he did in the preseason opener in Los Angeles. From PAGE C1 FROM JOURNAL WIRES DENVER — Trevor Siemian threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason and tightened his grip on the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback job in a 17-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. After showing off his strong right arm over a first half that included a 1-yard pass to Virgil Green, Siemian accepted hugs from his teammates and gave way to rookie Paxton Lynch, who was also impressive in his half of play. That left Mark Sanchez as the odd man out on this night and, plausibly, come cut-down day. If he’s not on the 53-man roster, the Broncos will save $3.5 million and the seventh- round draft pick they would have owed the Eagles. It was Sanchez’s job to lose when training camp began and he’s apparently done just that with a slew of turnovers in the preseason, although coach Gary Kubiak had steadfastly declined to name a starter to this point. An afterthought while taking just one snap — a kneel- down — as a rookie last season, Siemian has emerged as the best option to lead Denver’s defense of its Super Bowl title with Peyton Manning on the links and Brock Osweiler in Houston. Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards with one TD and one interception — on a deep ball that went off receiver Cody Latimer’s hands. EAGLES 33, COLTS 23: In Indianapolis, Sam Bradford continues making his pitch to be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback. With Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs, Bradford led the Eagles on three touchdown drives and to a third straight preseason victory. Bradford was 17-for-20 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. He played into the third quarter and led the Eagles to scores on four of their first six possessions. RAVENS 30, LIONS 9: In Baltimore, Joe Flacco went 11-for- 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November, but Baltimore lost tight end Benjamin Watson to a season-ending injury during a victory over Detroit. Coming off surgery to repair ligaments in his left knee, Flacco played in two series spanning the first quarter. He took the Ravens (3-0) to a field goal in their opening possession and ended his performance by misfiring on a fourth-down pass from the Detroit 43. Matthew Stafford played the first half for Detroit, completing 14 of 23 passes for 95 yards. He threw an interception and did not produce a touchdown. TITANS 27, RAIDERS 14: In Oakland, Calif., Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr look ready for the season to start after a successful preseason dress rehearsal. Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives he played and Carr threw two touchdown passes for Oakland in the Titans’ victory. GIANTS 21, JETS 20: In East Rutherford, N.J., Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to Eric Decker and New York’s defense stifled Eli Manning and the Giants’ starters in a loss. Both teams’ first-string offenses did little in the last regular-season tuneup for most starters, but Fitzpatrick connected with Decker for a 22-yard score three plays after Darrelle Revis intercepted Manning in Giants territory in the second quarter. CHIEFS 23, BEARS 7: In Chicago, Alex Smith was sharp in leading three scoring drives in the first half as Kansas City got a victory over Chicago on Saturday. Smith completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards before Nick Foles came in to start the third quarter. The defense strangled Chicago’s offense, and the Chiefs came away with the win after dropping their first two exhibitions. Notes COWBOYS: Dallas coach Jason Garrett echoed owner Jerry Jones in rebuking rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott’s visit to a legal marijuana shop before Thursday’s 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Marijuana is legal in the state of Washington. But it is still banned by the NFL. Garrett expressed his disappointment to Elliott, who has apologized for his poor decision. “I don’t think it was a good decision,” Garrett said. “He and I talked about that. It was a just a poor decision on his part. Young players have to understand that perception can be reality. And you have to understand that you are under a microscope 24 hours a day. And there is no good reason to go into a place like that. He understood. He apologized. He recognized his mistake. It’s something he will learn from.” Garrett said he didn’t believe that Elliott’s visit to Herban Legends, which was first reported by TMZ, will prompt a drug a drug test by the NFL. “It’s my understanding it does not,” Garrett said. The Cowboys already have three players suspended by the NFL for violating the substance policy — defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence (four games) and Randy Gregory (10 game) and linebacker Rolando McClain (10 games). Siemian’s TD pass helps Broncos beat LA; Eagles’ Bradford excels NFL BY CAM INMAN THE MERCURY NEWS The NFL said Saturday that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not violate any league policy by not standing with his teammates during the national anthem before an exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Kaepernick, who made his exhibition-season debut Friday night, said afterward that he was making a political statement. “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 added that it wasn’t something he alerted anyone from the 49ers about in advance. “This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s VP of communications, emailed a statement that said, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.” Kaepernick told NFL Media after the game he’s sitting out the national anthem this exhibition season to protest minority rights and racial injustice. As of midmorning Saturday, none of Kaepernick’s 49ers teammates weighed in on Kaepernick’s protest through social-media accounts. Former San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff called Kaepernick “a joke” and suggested he leave the country. Huff tweeted: “Wow the amount of people who agree with sitting during the national anthem is truly disturbing! we wonder why our country is in the toilet?!” ESPN anchor Linda Cohn tweeted that Kaepernick’s actions were “Unacceptable. Disappointing.” Tweeted New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh, “I will be STANDING during the National Anthem tonight. Thank you to ALL (Gender,Race,Religion)that put your lives on the line for that flag.” Pugh added in another tweet, “To clarify I’m not saying I know what it’s like to walk in someone’s shoes, I don’t. Just stating what the National Anthem means to me” The 49ers issued their own statement, recognizing, if not fully supporting, Kaepernick’s right to sit: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame 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 to par - ticipate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.” Kaepernick has used his social- media platform, particularly Insta - gram and Twitter where he has over 2 million followers, to relay views on race, religion and politics for much of the past year, including prior to his Nov. 2 loss of the 49ers starting QB job. Kaepernick has re-tweeted others’ posts on those accounts, presumably to convey his similar thoughts. He conducted his last two media sessions, Wednesday and Friday, wearing a cap with an ‘X’ in honor of civil rights activist Malcolm X. Twenty years ago, the NBA suspended the Denver Nuggets’ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf one game for sitting during the national anthem. After not suiting up for the 49ers first two exhibitions because of a sore throwing shoulder, Kaepernick made his debut during Friday’s 21-10 loss to the Packers. He replaced Blaine Gabbert for the second quarter, and in only 12 snaps, he was 2-for-6 passing for 14 yards. He ran four times for 18 yards. Kaepernick’s three-year run as the starter ended midway through last season when then-coach Jim Tomsula benched him in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick requested a trade in February and explored a potential deal with the Denver Broncos before both sides couldn’t agree to a restructured contract. Kaepernick’s $11.9 million base salary this season became guaranteed in April. Asked after Friday’s game and before the 49ers confirmed Kaepernick’s anthem sit-in, coach Chip Kelly dismissed the notion the franchise might cut the embattled quarterback. “We’ve never had a conversation about that,” Kelly said. Kaepernick creates stir with his stand San Francisco QB sits during national anthem PROTEST TONY AVELAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his exhibition debut Friday against Green Bay, but was ineffective. He is making nearly $12 million this season, but for now is the team’s backup.

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