SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid once again kneeled during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers' season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

No other Niners players joined in the protest Monday night, although Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held fists up during the anthem.

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States. Reid joined him during the final exhibition game when the two decided to kneel, instead of sit, in a move meant to show more respect to veterans.

Several other players around the league took part in similar protests on opening weekend.


The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came ''because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.''

The law - known as HB2 - requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from local and statewide antidiscrimination protections.

HB2 was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Lochte says he feels ''a little hurt'' after being involved in an altercation on ''Dancing with the Stars'' that prompted producers to cut to commercials.

The beleaguered swimmer was reportedly rushed by an unknown pair of men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts while receiving his scores from judge Carrie Ann Inaba on Monday's live installment of the celebrity ballroom dance competition.

''Hey, back off,'' Inaba said as the altercation was occurring off screen.

When the show returned, ''Dancing with the Stars'' host Tom Bergeron explained they were interrupted by ''a little incident'' and thanked the ABC series' security team ''for staying in shape.''

The swimmer told Bergeron that ''so many feelings are going through my head right now.'' Lochte added that he was ''a little hurt, but I came out here. I wanted to do something I'm completely not comfortable with, and I did.''


CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III chose Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar for three of his four picks for the upcoming showdown with Europe at Hazeltine.

Love announced his choices on Monday, a day after the BMW Championship.

Holmes finished 10th in the Ryder Cup standings and is one of the few active Americans to have never lost in the event. He played at Valhalla in 2008, when he went 2-0-1.

Those three join Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson, who qualified in the final standings for the Americans.

Love will announce his final captain's pick on Sept. 25, after the Tour Championship.

The Ryder Cup begins on Sept. 30.


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A small, unmanned hot-air balloon has crashed into the roof of one of the areas in Rio's Olympic Park, causing minor fire and water damage but with no reported injuries.

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada says the balloon was probably launched from one of the city's favelas and hit the Carioca 3 Arena. Andrada says ''firefighters used a lot of water, and water spilled into the field of play.''

The balloon struck early Monday morning. Officials were able to repair the limited damage, which allowed a wheelchair fencing event to start on time.

Andrada says launching the unmanned balloons is a Rio tradition, often to celebrate church feast days. He says police are investigating who launched the balloon.

Andrada says the balloons are illegal and ''particularly dangerous when they fall into big houses or big factories.''

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