AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.

  • Written by ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press

6 new NFL head coaches try to lead turnarounds

MIAMI (AP) — New Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase likes to talk trash to his players, and the team's performance in recent years has provided plenty of fodder.

  • Written by STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

Kluber, Indians topple spiraling Twins 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — The offense goes on two-week vacations, and Cleveland's defense sometimes springs leaks. The starting rotation has been inconsistent, and until recently the bullpen's had issues.

  • Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

Williams sisters play back-to-back in Ashe at rainy US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus and Serena Williams are set to play back-to-back, second-round matches Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which may need its new retractable roof for much of the day because light rain is falling and more is expected.