Monday's Morning Mashup: Megan Rapinoe again kneels during anthem before USWNT game, despite objections from U.S. soccer

September 19, 2016 - 4:18 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. MONDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Braves at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Diamondbacks at Padres, 10:10 p.m. (FS1) NFL: Eagles at Bears, 8:300 p.m. (ESPN) Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Europe vs. Czech Republic, 3 p.m. (ESPN2) Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Russia vs. North America, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_39004" align="alignright" width="150"] Megan Rapinoe[/caption] -- U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe again knelt during the national anthem Sunday, despite implications that she might face punishment from U.S. Soccer. Rapinoe, who started her protest while playing for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League and continued it with the U.S. national team, heard a mixed reaction from some in the crowd before Sunday's game against Thailand in Atlanta. "Obviously there were boos tonight, boos and cheers tonight. I totally respect that," Rapinoe said. "People feel a certain way, and I want to be respected for the way that I feel. I think that's their right to do that. I totally understand that. That said, there's some people that support me." Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling protest and continued it Sunday before the 49ers played the Panthers, but Rapinoe is the first to protest while representing her country. Rapinoe said she met with her coach and a media relations representative from U.S. Soccer -- which previously stated that it expects all players to stand during the anthem -- and "talked through my process." "I want to keep everybody in the loop," she said. "It's sort of an ongoing thought process. What's the best way to handle everything and, for me, what's the best way moving forward? And then, obviously, it affects everyone, so I want to appreciate and make sure I'm keeping everyone in the loop and hearing their opinions and giving mine as well." The U.S. team next plays Oct. 19 in Utah, while the Reign close out the regular-season Sunday in Houston. Rapinoe implied that she plans to continue her protest during those games. "I don't know why [the end of the protest] has to be the most important thing in this," Rapinoe said. "I think in a large way it's 'OK, you've knelt, you've made your point.' But I don't necessarily feel like that. I don't know what that looks like. Do I kneel forever? I don't know, probably not. But I think until I can feel like I'm being more effective in other ways, then this seems appropriate to me." -- The Patriots aren't the only AFC contender with injury problems. The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos lost a key player on their defense Sunday when linebacker DeMarcus Ware fracture his right forearm after colliding with teammate Von Miller during the second half of a 34-20 victory over the Colts. Ware will visit a specialist Monday to determine if he needs surgery. "We have to see in the morning, actually, what the case is going to be -- if it's something he can play with or if it's something that has to be fixed," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. Ware, who is tied for the lead among active players with 136 career sacks, has been battling back problems that caused him to miss training camp. "I feel like D-Ware, he's battled some injuries," Miller said. "He'll be right back, though. That's just the type of pro that he is. He'll be able to fight through it." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 19, 1977, which Red Sox player singled in his first two plate appearances after going 4-for-4 the day before in his major league debut, giving him hits in each of his first six major league at-bats? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "This game is a 100 percent injury rate. It's football and everyone's just got to do their job a little bit better." -- Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, after Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Dolphins STAT OF THE DAY: 12 -- Home runs in the last 21 games for Hanley Ramirez, who swatted a pair in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees 'NET RESULTS: Brandon Drury hits a walk-off single with two outs in the 12th inning as the Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers, 10-9. The Blue Jays-Angels game in Anaheim is interrupted by a swarm of bees. A policeman in San Francisco catches a foul ball with his hat. TRIVIA ANSWER: Ted Cox SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers was born on this day in 1940. He's the one on the right.