Monday's Morning Mashup: U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem in 'nod to [Colin] Kaepernick'

September 05, 2016 - 4:16 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 Padres, 4:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN) MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN) MLB: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network) College football: Mississippi at Florida State, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Spain vs. Liechtenstein, 2:30 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Ukraine vs. Iceland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2) Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2) AROUND THE WEB: -- Saying her action was "a nod to [Colin] Kaepernick," U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday's National Women's Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars.

"I am disgusted with the way [Kaepernick] has been treated and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this," Rapinoe told espnW's Julie Foudy. "It is overtly racist. 'Stay in your place, black man.' Just didn't feel right to me. We need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated." Added Rapinoe: "We are not saying we are not one the greatest countries in world. Just need to accept that [it is] not perfect, things are broken. "And quite honestly, being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I haven't had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling." Rapinoe said she would continue her protest the remainder of the season in an attempt to "continue the conversation." A World Cup and Olympic gold medalist, Rapinoe has been an advocate for LGBT rights since coming out in 2012. She also has fought what she claims is wage discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and has weighed in on political issues on social media. While two other NFL players joined Kaepernick in his protest during Thursday's preseason games, Rapinoe is the first non-black athlete to join in. -- Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was hospitalized with a skull fracture after taking a line drive off the side of his head during Sunday's game against the Mariners. In the second, inning Kyle Seager lined a shot right back at Shoemaker, who turned his head just before contact. He stumbled to the ground before receiving medical assistance. He was helped off the field holding a towel to his head. "That was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen on a baseball field," Seager said. The Angels said a CT scan revealed that Shoemaker had a small skull fracture and small hematoma. He was slated to remain in Seattle overnight for observation. "The fact of the matter is he was conscious and at least all his reactions were what they were supposed to be on the assessment. I think we could exhale a little bit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Just to get him up and walking off the field let you feel a little bit better about what could have been happening. It's tough." -- The Pelicans expressed support for guard Jrue Holiday while announcing Sunday that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team to care for his pregnant wife, former U.S. soccer player Lauren Holiday, who has a brain tumor. "We are all praying for a healthy delivery of their first child and a successful surgery for Lauren," Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a statement, adding: "We understand that Jrue will miss some games, and his teammates are prepared to step up in his absence. We will welcome Jrue back with open arms when he is ready to return to the team." Jrue Holiday told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that his wife was diagnosed with a benign, operable tumor on the right side of her brain. Lauren Holiday is due to give birth in October, although she may be induced earlier, and the surgery will take place about six weeks later. "The most important thing for Jrue to do right now is be with his wife and family," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement. "Every one of our coaches and players understands what Lauren and Jrue are going through, and they know we're behind them 100 percent. We'll continue to do everything we can to support them and help them get through these hard times." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 5, 1918, the Major League Baseball season ended early due to World War I, and the Red Sox began the World Series against which National League team? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm not going to lie, it's like one of your buddies going to jail. It's one of those type of things. The whole situation is unfortunate but it's happened and we've got to move on. We love him to death." -- Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, on Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension STAT OF THE DAY: 4 -- Games this season the Red Sox have lost on walk-off errors -- a record in the divisional era of Major League Baseball -- after Sunday's 1-0 setback vs. the A's ended on Brock Holt's mistake fielding a ball off the wall in left field 'NET RESULTS: Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward ties the Giants with a single up the middle in the ninth and then wins it with a bloop single to left-center in the 13th. With two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, and with an 0-2 count, Lonnie Chisenhall reaches out and flares a single to right field to give the Indians a walk-off win over the Marlins. TRIVIA ANSWER: Chicago Cubs SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was born on this day in 1946.