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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- NFL players should "stand proudly" during the national anthem, President Donald Trump said after praising the league's new rule banning players from kneeling on the field during the song.

Trump criticized the league's players who might challenge the rule and continue to kneel in protest, suggesting "maybe you shouldn't be in the country."

“I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends Thursday morning. “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing. You shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 5, St. Louis 2, 10 Innings
Houston 4, San Francisco 1
Cleveland 1, Chicago Cubs 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 4, Minnesota 1
Texas 12, N.Y. Yankees 10
L.A. Angels 5, Toronto 4
Boston 4, Tampa Bay 1
Chicago White Sox 11, Baltimore 1
Seattle 1, Oakland 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 9, Arizona 2
San Diego 3, Washington 1
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 0
Miami 2, N.Y. Mets 1
Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 4, 12 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Colorado 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 96, Cleveland 83
 
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Washington 4, Tampa Bay 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 81, Chicago 63
Minnesota 76, Dallas 68
Seattle 87, Phoenix 71

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the football league's players who are on the field will need to stand for the national anthem -- capping months of controversy and coming in the wake of a series of player protests.

"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players," Goodell said in a statement. "We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society."

Goodell said that when the new season kicks off in the fall, all players and NFL team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

He said players who choose not to stand for the national anthem under the new policy, which was panned by the players union, will be allowed to remain in the locker room until the performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is complete.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others drew praise and ignited fury through a series of protests during the national anthem starting in 2016.

President Donald Trump weighed in extensively on the controversy, deriding both those who knelt during the anthem and the league for allowing it.

Goodell said "it was unfortunate" that on-field protests by players taking a knee during the national anthem "created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case."

He said the new policy was "reaffirmed" by all 32 teams of the National Football League.

The previous policy required players to be on the field for the anthem but said only that they "should" stand.

Teams will be subjected to fines if a player or team personnel defies the new policy. Teams are also being given the option of imposing fines on any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

However, Christopher Johnson, chairman of the New York Jets, said he will not stop his players from continuing to take a knee on the field during the national anthem.

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules," Johnson said in an interview with Newsday of Long Island. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest."

Johnson is the brother of Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is also Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Christopher Johnson said the players have the right to protest "big complicated issues" the nation is struggling with.

"I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't," Johnson said. "There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I'll have to bear."

Goodell praised players for causing "awareness and action around issues that must be addressed," but said there are alternative avenues to do so off the field.

"The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business," Goodell said. "We are honored to work with our players to drive progress."

But the NFL Players Association said league officials did not consult with the union in the development of the new policy.

"NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about," the NFLPA said in a statement.

"The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League," the statement reads. "Our union will review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

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Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee police are expected to release video Wednesday that shows officers tasering Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown in an incident stemming from a parking violation, according to the basketball player's attorney.

Brown's attorney, Mark Thomsen of Gingras, Cates and Wachs, told ABC News he expects the police body camera video to be released Wednesday afternoon.

Several sources who have seen the video told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it does not show Brown do anything to provoke police during the January encounter, which is contrary to how the police report describes the incident.

According to the police report, the incident began around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 when officers saw a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces at a Milwaukee Walgreens drugstore. According to the report, officers approached the vehicle and were informed by an unidentified passenger that the driver - later identified as Brown - was inside the store. When Brown came out of the store, the police report says, officers repeatedly asked him to step back which he refused. The report says Brown became "very aggressive" and "physically resisted" the officers' attempts to handcuff him.

"A taser had to be employed to get Brown in control with handcuffs," the police report states.

Brown was arrested on possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, but after police reviewed the incident - including the body am footage slated to be released - they failed to refer the case to prosecutors for charges. Ultimately, the NBA player was cited for a parking violation.

Brown played in a game later that day with bruises on his face, but would say only that it was a "personal issue" when asked by reporters how he had been injured.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police have reportedly prepared community leaders for possible backlash from the video's release, including showing it to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who called the video "disturbing."

Just a day before the video's expected release, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales released a video, promising to defend officers, but also admit when they make mistakes.

"If there is ever an incident when one of our members makes a mistake," Morales said in the video, "I"m going to be honest and transparent about it."

Morales took over as police chief in February, weeks after Brown's arrest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra was arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday after a dispute with an Uber driver, Linden police said.

Dykstra, 55, who lives in Linden, was charged with making terroristic threats and drug offenses after he was allegedly found with cocaine, MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and marijuana.

After the Uber driver had picked him up in Linden, Dykstra wanted to change the destination, police said. When the driver refused, Dykstra put a weapon to his head and threatened to kill him, police said.

No weapon was found but police allegedly found illegal drugs after the driver drove to the police station and honked his horn until officers came outside.

Dykstra was released on a summons and is due back in court next month.

ABC News has been unable to reach Dykstra, but he told the Daily News in New York that the Uber driver took him hostage during the early-morning ride.

"The guy went nuclear on me," Dykstra said. "He … kidnapped me and almost killed me going 100 mph. He locked me in his … car, and he wouldn't let me out."

Dykstra also told the newspaper he had not been arrested. "No dude," he said. "It's another day in the life of Lenny Dykstra."

He has been in legal trouble before. He was sentenced to three years in prison for grand theft auto and filing false financial claims. He served six and a half months.

Dykstra was a World Series champion with the 1986 Mets. He also reached the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the football league's players who are on the field will need to stand for the national anthem -- capping months of controversy and coming in the wake of a series of player protests.

"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players," Goodell said in a statement. "We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society."

Goodell said "it was unfortunate" that on-field protests by players taking a knee during the national anthem "created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case."

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iStock?Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Congress is looking into more alleged sexual assault of Olympic athletes beyond gymnastics – this time involving USA Swimming and other sports.

The president and CEO of USA Swimming, Tim Hinchey, is testifying Wednesday before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee looking into whether U.S. Olympic organizations have policies and procedures in place to protect athletes given all the recent accusations.

In his prepared testimony, Hinchey admits his sport has been a big part of the problem since even before the gymnastics scandal.

“USA Swimming acknowledges and deeply regrets the abuse suffered by children, athletes, and other participants in swimming programs. Participation in sport should offer physical, social and emotional benefits, but for some, it has resulted in abuse and trauma that will negatively impact the rest of their lives,” Hinchey says in his prepared remarks.

While conceding that “child sexual abuse still occurs in swimming,” Hinchey says “there will be no complacency on [his] watch.”

On Monday, Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming, claiming that the organization knew that her former coach – Sean Hutchison – was sexually abusing her and attempted to mask the scandal.

After Kukors Smith made the accusations public in February, Hutchison released a statement.

“At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual,” he said. Hutchison has not been charged with any crimes at this time. Hutchison’s lawyer, Brad Meryhew, explained to The New York Times that he and his client had no response to the lawsuit following its filing on Monday. ABC News has reached out to Meryhew and is awaiting further comment.

The one-time world champion alleged that Hutchinson began assaulting her about one decade ago when she was 16 years old. Hutchinson supposedly groomed the athlete for a sexual relationship when she was just 13.

While Kukors Smith will not testify at Wednesday's hearing, she did appear on ABC News’ Good Morning America on Tuesday.

In that interview, the 2012 USA Olympic Team member claimed that USA Swimming, the chief governing body of the sport, failed to protect her from sexual abuse by Hutchison.

“He stole many things from me, including my swimming career, my college experience, friendships, my virginity and ultimately my Olympic dream,” she said. “Not all athletes will become Olympians but all athletes deserve to feel safe on a pool deck.”

Shortly after Kukors Smith’s civil lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court in California, USA Swimming released a statement.

“We respect Ariana Kukors' bravery in stepping forward and sharing her story," the statement said. "We have been in regular contact with her legal team over the last several months and will continue to work with them and Ariana through this process."

Kukors Smith contends that Mark Schubert, USA Swimming and longtime Olympic Coach, was aware of the abuse but failed to act.

Hinchey assumed his position with the sports organization in July 2017, just months before Kukors Smith went public with the alleged abuse.

This case is not an isolated incident for USA Swimming or other Olympic sports. And the swimming scandal comes after dozens of victims testified they were sexually abused by Larry Nassar while he was a doctor for both the USA Olympic and Michigan State Gymnastics teams.

Nassar was found guilty and received what amounted to a life sentence.

Acting CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Susanne Lyons and President & CEO of USA Gymnastics Kerry Perry are also scheduled to testify at Wednesday’s hearing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
    
INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Cleveland    10  Chi Cubs        1
 Final  Houston      11  San Francisco   2
 Final  Kansas City   5  St. Louis       1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Toronto         5  L-A Angels    3
 Final  Boston          4  Tampa Bay     2
 Final  Texas           6  N-Y Yankees   4
 Final  Minnesota       6  Detroit       0
 Final  Chi White Sox   3  Baltimore     2
 Final  Seattle         3  Oakland       2, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Washington    2  San Diego      1
 Final  Atlanta       3  Philadelphia   1
 Final  Miami         5  N-Y Mets       1
 Final  Cincinnati    7  Pittsburgh     2
 Final  Milwaukee     1  Arizona        0
 Final  L-A Dodgers   5  Colorado       3
    
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Houston   95  Golden State   92

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Ben Gabbe/Getty Images(NEW YORK CITY) -- Racecar driver Danica Patrick will be the first-ever female host of the ESPYs.

Patrick told Good Morning America earlier in the day that she was flattered to be asked.

Past hosts have included former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, Justin Timberlake and Samuel L. Jackson.

"This is such a huge honor. At the end of the day, I love a challenge and I love sports, [and] those are two things that come together to host the ESPYs," Patrick said. "It’s our only show! So, I love it, I love meeting all the different people and hearing all the stories. I truly leave the ESPYs every year and think to myself, ‘I am so inspired, I feel like I suck.’ Because everybody has such a great story. I want to be one of those stories!”

The ESPYs are an annual event meant to recognize athletic achievements and other sports-related moments from the previous year. This year's show will take place on July 18 and will be broadcast on ABC. Patrick told "Good Morning America" that she has her fingers crossed that she'll be able to make her fellow athletes laugh during the show.

"Hopefully somebody can help me write a good joke!" she said. "[But] at the end of the day, it's about honoring those who have had an amazing year."

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams will not be given a seeding at this year's French Open, her first major tournament since taking maternity leave.

The 36-year-old gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September 2017.

She was ranked number one when she took leave from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour last year, and had dropped to rank 453 during her absence.

Without a seeding, the 23-time Grand Slam winner could face highly-ranked opponents in the early round of a tournament she has won three times.

“This year, again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement to ABC News. “Consequently, the seeds will reflect this week’s world ranking.”

A spokesperson for the French Tennis Federation would not comment on the criticism they have received following the announcement.

In Paris, Williams will compete at her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with Alexis, her daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian.

The American champion returned to the WTA tour in March this year, and compiled two wins and two losses.

Williams spoke to "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts last month about the health hardships she's endured after sustaining a pulmonary embolism the day after her emergency cesarean section.

"Then everything was fine for the first, like, you know, eight to 12 hours," she said. "Then it was after that things started going crazy."

Williams said at the time she was still in the process of fully recovering from the medical ordeal, adding that "it hasn't been easy for me."

Williams' coach said in an interview published May 14, before the seedings were announced, that Williams, who recently attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, has been training very hard.

“She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros," Patrick Mouratoglou said in an interview for the WTA's website.

"Serena will play the French Open to win it," he said. "Can she do it? Serena can achieve anything -- after being her coach for six years, I'm even more sure of that statement."

The French Open draw will be made on Thursday. The tournament starts next Sunday.

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