Jones said on Sunday that players who disrespect the flag by taking a knee during the anthem would not play.

He cited a conversation he had with President Donald Trump on the matter, who he says reminded him of the NFL’s game ops policy. On Wednesday, those players were questioned about his comments.

Most players declined to comment. However, some information could be gathered on how the players feel by what little was said, mostly by David Irving, Damontre Moore, and Orlando Scandrick.

Irving and Moore are the only two players on the Cowboys who have carried out any type of demonstration during the national anthem. Most recently, they both raised fists at the end of the anthem this past Sunday.

Jones and the Cowboys took a knee before the national anthem prior to their Monday Night Football game against the Cardinals in Week 3 before ultimately standing up with linked arms.

I can’t say enough about the understanding and the awareness of our team, and these young men that basically said, ‘you know, that makes sense.’ There’s no need for us to talk about unity and equality and have 60 percent of this country mad at you because you’re not perceived to be honoring the flag, Jones said afterward. And this was a way to do both.

It’s conceivable that many matchups this week were decided by D/STs, as three from the 1 p.m. ET block scored at least 20 fantasy points, marking the first week that at least that many D/STs scored at least that well since Week 3 in 2016. In addition, there were 10 touchdowns scored by D/STs combined during the 1 p.m. ET game block, one shy of the record (since at least 1940) during that specific weekly time block set in 2002 Week 14 (11).

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Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5?

Cleveland threw everything but the kitchen sink at Golden State in Game 3 ‘ actually, the Cavs threw the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and every sink in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It still wasn’t enough. LeBron James’ efficient 39/11/9 line and Kyrie Irving’s 38 points on 16-of-29 shooting kept it close until that deciding run shut the door on Game 3 ‘ and likely the Cavs’ season.

So, what happens next? Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5? Or will the Warriors prevail and avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse? Here are a few important factors that may decide this contest.

Maybe not, but Arthur is a respected columnist who doesn’t traffic in spurious rumors. If the I’m-outta-here sentiment did not come from Lowry himself, it likely came from some member of Lowry’s team. And it needed to be reined in, quickly.

Lowry is pragmatic, and he’s been briefed on the potential market for his services. It’s not exactly bustling. There was some hope that the Sixers would make a push toward signing Lowry this summer, bringing him home to Philadelphia. That rumor, though, did not come from the Sixers, who are not that eager to bring in a 31-year-old point guard as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Philly’s acquisition of the No. 1 pick, to be used on Markelle Fultz, has sealed that notion. Now, even those in Lowry’s camp hoping to use a potential departure to Philadelphia as free-agency leverage can’t possibly push the Sixers as a realistic destination.

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La La Anthony: Carmelo wants to stay in New York for son

Despite the continuing contention going on with Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, estranged wife La La Anthony revealed he does not want to leave New York.

Speaking on the Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, La La said Carmelo’s main motivation for wanting to stay in the Big Apple is to be near to their son, Kiyan.

The most important thing with that is just to stay close to Kiyan, La La Anthony said when asked about Carmelo being traded. That’s my priority, that’s his priority. So wherever he ends up, of course we want him to be happy.

Once offered only to Marlins season-ticket holders, the tickets recently have been pitched to the team’s entire mailing list, but now the Marlins have opened to the public the opportunity to get tickets to All-Star Week, comprising All-Star Sunday (the Futures Game and celebrity softball game), Monday’s workout day and Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s All-Star Game, running July 9-11.

Tickets to the entire All-Star experience also are now available on MLB.com.

Carmelo has been the talk of trade rumors for months after Knicks president Phil Jackson said he wanted the veteran traded during the offseason. However, Jackson recently revealed Carmelo told the team he wants to stay.

Cueto guided the Giants to the playoffs last season after going 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 219.2 innings, though he’s struggled to stay consistent this year. His battle with blisters has caused his numbers to drop to a 4.42 ERA in 15 starts with 90 strikeouts in 93.2 innings.

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