Weekend Sports in Brief
DETROIT (AP) Colin Kaepernick’s protest movement rolled on without him Sunday, as his fraternity marched in Detroit and players around the NFL sat or knelt during the national anthem.
Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers. His supporters believe he’s being punished for protesting police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season.
About 50 members of the Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter in Detroit marched about a mile Sunday in a peaceful protest that ended just outside Ford Field, where the Lions hosted the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco safety Eric Reid kneeled for the anthem with several teammates standing around him. Reid joined Kaepernick in the anthem protest last season. He did not kneel at the start of the preseason but resumed his protest following the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month that involved a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists.
Michael Bennett recently released a statement alleging racially motivated excessive force against him by Las Vegas police. The Seattle defensive end sat on the bench during the national anthem before Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
HOUSTON (AP) – With all eyes on the tunnel leading under the stands, J.J. Watt emerged. He raised a Texas flag skyward before screaming ”let’s go,” sending NRG Stadium into a frenzy.
Watt and the Houston Texans opened their season Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the area ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its flooding a much-needed distraction from the harsh reality of life in the wake of the storm.
Watt has become the celebrity face of the recovery from Harvey after raising a staggering $31 million in the two weeks since it devastated not only Houston but much of southeast Texas. He addressed fans in a video message played on the big screens before Sunday’s game as images of the flooding flickered alongside the defensive end.
Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of week two.
Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State. The last time the Sooners were this close to being No. 1 was 2011.
The Buckeyes slipped from No. 2 to eighth.
Clemson held its spot at No. 3 after beating Auburn and Southern California moved up two places to sixth following a victory against Stanford. Penn State is No. 5.
The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes. Oklahoma has two and Clemson one.
MIAMI (AP) – Hurricane Irma kept Florida State and Miami on the sideline this week – and will do so again next weekend.
The powerful storm has already forced the postponement of the annual Seminoles-Hurricanes showdown, which was scheduled to be played on Florida State’s campus in Tallahassee on Sept. 16.
The game is now set for Oct. 7, which was supposed to be an off week for both teams.
LIMA, Peru (AP) – The IOC says Patrick Hickey resigned from its executive board, more than one year after he was arrested at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in a ticket scalping investigation.
The International Olympic Committee body announced Hickey’s resignation ahead of the board’s two-day meeting opening Monday in Lima, Peru.
Hickey ”emphasized that he wants to protect the IOC,” the Olympic body says citing his resignation letter.
The IOC board seat representing the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) will be elected at a four-day annual meeting starting Wednesday in Lima.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Don Ohlmeyer, the ”Monday Night Football” producer who came up with the phrase ”Must See TV” in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday. He was 72.
”It is with heavy hearts we share that Don Ohlmeyer, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, has passed away at age of 72 due to cancer,” Ohlmeyer’s family said in a statement. ”Surrounded by loved ones, he died peacefully at his home in Indian Wells.”
Longtime friend Al Michaels announced Ohlmeyer’s death while broadcasting NBC’s ”Sunday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
Ohlmeyer won 16 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Peabody Awards.