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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League and its commissioner Roger Goodell are close to agreeing on a new five-year extension that runs through 2024, according to ESPN. The deal was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says while a deal is likely, talks have not progressed as expected due to some issues with the deal.

ESPN reports Goodell made $32 million during the 2015 fiscal year, citing the league's 2015 tax filing, and has surpassed $200 million since becoming commissioner in 2006.

An extension would mark the third time in Goodell's tenure that the league has agreed to rework his deal. He was extended in 2009 and again in 2012.

Goodell's current deal expires in 2019.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(DENVER) -- ESPN reports Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph named quarterback Trevor Siemian the team's starting quarterback, calling him the "clear-cut winner" over Paxton Lynch.

Joseph made the announcement to the media:

"We decided on making Trevor Siemian our quarterback. Both guys competed hard. Both guys wanted the job. We're pleased with both guys, but overall the operation of the entire offense, decision-making, ball placement, was more consistent with Trevor. That's why he won the job."

Siemian and Lynch each started one preseason game in what was a competition between the two for the starting job. They both took first-team reps throughout the early offseason.

Siemian has outperformed Lynch statistically so far this preseason, throwing for 144 yards and a touchdown. Lynch has thrown for 81 yards and has not led the offense to a touchdown to date.

Siemian started 14 games for the Broncos last season after beating out then-backup Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

Lynch was Denver's first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, selected after playing for the University of Memphis.

Joseph had positive things to say about Lynch despite him not becoming the starter:

"He knows he's one play from playing, so he can't lose his enthusiasm for getting better as a quarterback. That's a big deal for him, just keep his focus, be a good teammate and keep working."

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(DETROIT) -- Major League Baseball (MLB) has fined second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers $10,000 for comments he made about umpire Angel Hernandez, ESPN reports.

Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes in a game on August 14 when the Tigers were playing the Texas Rangers. The following day, Kinsler unloaded on Hernandez, telling reporters Hernandez is a bad umpire who is "messing with baseball games, blatantly." He continued his criticism, saying, "He needs to find another job, he really does."

Umpires across Major League Baseball wore white wristbands on August 26 in a show of support for Hernandez. They made the decision after MLB did not suspend Kinsler. The umpires ended their protest on Sunday when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their umpires' union governing board.

Hernandez has been an umpire since 1993. When told of Kinsler's criticism, Hernandez said, "It doesn't matter."

Kinsler says he has no regrets about his comments.

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told the media that Kinsler's fine is "the biggest fine I've ever seen Major League Baseball give a player," adding, "I don't want them to minimize that he's not being punished."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Steelers might have to wait even longer for the arrival of their star running back Le'Veon Bell to training camp. A source tells ESPN Bell is not expected to be back for Week 3 of the pre season, when Pittsburgh takes on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Bell and the Steelers were unable to reach a long-term agreement before the July 17 deadline this off-season, meaning the 25-year-old will have to play under the franchise tag this upcoming season. However, Bell has yet to sign the $12.2 million tender. He has instead been in South Florida for most of August.

Bell, when healthy, has been one of the most dominant running backs since he stepped into the league in 2013. He's amassed 26 touchdowns and 4,045 rushing yards, while adding 2,005 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.  

The source, however, would be shocked if Bell is not back with the Steelers shortly after due to his love for football.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:  
   INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Detroit     6  L.A. Dodgers   1
 Final  Minnesota  12  Arizona        5
 Final  Chi Cubs    6  Toronto        5, 10 Innings
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   AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Tampa Bay       3  Seattle       0
 Final  Boston          5  N-Y Yankees   1
 Final  L.A. Angels     5  Baltimore     4
 Final  Oakland         3  Houston       2
 Final  Kansas City     7  Cleveland     4
 Final  Chi White Sox   3  Texas         2
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Miami          6  N-Y Mets        4
 Final  Atlanta        8  Cincinnati      1
 Final  Milwaukee      8  Colorado        4
 Final  Philadelphia   5  San Francisco   2
 Final  Washington     4  San Diego       1
 Final  Pittsburgh     6  St. Louis       3
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   WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Connecticut   94  Phoenix     66
 Final  N-Y Liberty   70  Minnesota   61
 Final  Washington    87  Indiana     82
 Final  Seattle      103  Chicago     66

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Members of the New York Police Department rallied in support of Colin Kaepernick on Saturday as the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who ignited controversy last season for sitting out the national anthem during games, remains unsigned heading into the NFL season.

The gathering at Brooklyn Bridge Park featured roughly 80 officers, according to the New York Times. Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team this season, despite the belief of many football analysts that his talents would prove useful to teams that lack depth at the quarterback position.

The unusual show of support from police comes as a second wave of protests, modeled after what Kaepernick did last season in the name of "black people and people of color," is building in the NFL.

Look at this love from NYPD officers from 5 boroughs in their shirts saying #ImWithKap In the red is Brooklyn... https://t.co/vTLBmPuRys pic.twitter.com/2lx1GPWJ5W

— KnowYourRightsCamp (@yourrightscamp) August 19, 2017

Players from the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans joined protests in the second week of the NFL preseason.

Marshawn Lynch, a running back for the Oakland Raiders and arguably the most high-profile star to join the national anthem protests since Kaepernick participated last season, sidestepped questions about his participation in them during a press conference last week.

Marshawn Lynch met with the media for the first time since remaining seated during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/l7ihQslPEM

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 18, 2017

"I think that elephant just left the room because a little mouse ran in here," Lynch said facetiously, responding to a question from a reporter who referred to the protests as "the elephant in the room."

The show of support for Kaepernick by some NYPD officers featured at least one high-profile guest in Frank Serpico, who arrived at the gathering. The former officer is celebrated for his whistleblowing and anti-corruption efforts, which were the subject of a 1973 film starring Al Pacino.

Kaepernick was critical of the police last season after a series of highly publicized incidents in which black men were shot and killed by officers across the U.S.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said in 2016 during the preseason after his protests first drew the attention of the media. "To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The quarterback also drew intense criticism from officers after photos emerged of him wearing black athletic socks covered in illustrated pigs wearing police hats during a practice on Aug. 10, 2016.

Kaepernick wrote in response to the controversy that he has family members who were police officers, and that he wore the controversial socks prior to taking a "public stance."

In addition to Saturday’s gathering of New York police, the NAACP of Atlanta has called for a boycott of the NFL if Kaepernick does not find a team to play for this season.

NAACP announces national boycott of NFL over Kaepernick https://t.co/hDK0wAarpn via @@11AliveNews

— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) August 20, 2017

We are calling on @NFL and @AtlantaFalcons to take a stance on @Kaepernick7. Let him play or #EconomicDisturbance #Standing4Kaepernick pic.twitter.com/lUMclB10sb

— NAACP Atlanta (@NAACPAtlanta) August 12, 2017


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Chicago Cubs 4, Toronto 3
L.A. Dodgers 3, Detroit 0
Minnesota 5, Arizona 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 6
L.A. Angels 5, Baltimore 1
N.Y. Yankees 4, Boston 3
Houston 3, Oakland 0
Cleveland 5, Kansas City 0
Texas 17, Chicago White Sox 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 11, Atlanta 8
N.Y. Mets 8, Miami 1
Milwaukee 6, Colorado 3
San Diego 3, Washington 1
Philadelphia 12, San Francisco 9

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Dallas 90, Atlanta 86

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Adam Glanzman/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge has struck out in his 36th consecutive game, setting the record for the longest strikeout streak in a single season by any player.

Boston Red Sox' Chris Sale struck out Judge in the top of the fifth inning Saturday.

The record for consecutive games with a strikeout by a postion player was set on Thursday by Judge.

Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman held the previous record by any player in 1971.

Judge is now 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts against Sale in his career -- his most at-bats against any pitcher without a hit.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets in a late night trade.

The Dodgers made room for Granderson by optioning former All Star centerfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Granderson found out about the trade on Friday night following the Mets loss against the Miami Marlins. By Saturday afternoon, he joined his new team in Detroit in time for the Dodgers game against the Detroit Tigers.

"Last night I'm with the Mets in the blue and orange," Granderson said. "Now I'm clear across the country wearing the blue and white of the Dodgers. I get a chance to be with an organization I've watched a lot and played against a lot. I know a lot of the guys, and I'm happy to go out there and be with them."

"Curtis Granderson is a huge addition, a real coup for us," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Fits in with what we already have. He's a consummate professional. He's been on the big stage. For his ability to come in and hit right-handed pitching and play anywhere in the outfield, potentially come off the bench if we need that, it enhances our ballclub."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 7, Toronto 4
L.A. Dodgers 8, Detroit 5
Minnesota 10, Arizona 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 9, L.A. Angels 7
Boston 9, N.Y. Yankees 6
Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Texas 3
Houston 3, Oakland 1
Cleveland 10, Kansas City 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 10
Miami 3, N.Y. Mets 1
Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 3
Colorado 8, Milwaukee 4
Washington 7, San Diego 1
San Francisco 10, Philadelphia 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
N.Y. Liberty 82, Connecticut 70
Phoenix 89, Washington 79
Minnesota 111, Indiana 52
L.A. Sparks 115, Chicago 106
Seattle 79, San Antonio 78

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