49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack


49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack

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NEW ORLEANS -- After a scoreless third quarter, the New Orleans Saints held onto a 17-3 lead against the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.Third quarter recap
Rookie Colin Kaepernick remained at quarterback through the entire third quarter. The 49ers did not get much going, as one drive ended when Kaepernick's pass attempt on a fourth-and-3 from the Saints' 45 fell incomplete.The 49ers' best play of the third quarter came when Kaepernick hit receiver Kyle Williams on a third-and-9 play. Williams turned into the middle of the field was brought down after a 25-yard gain. Williams, Ronald Johnson and Lance Long saw action at wide receiver in the third quarter.Through three quarters, Kaepernick completed five of 12 passes for 74 yards. He also led the 49ers with three rushes for 36 yards.Defensively, Aldon Smith recorded a sack, as he received credit for the being the one closest to the play after Saints quarterback Chase Daniel lost the ball and recovered it for a 6-yard loss. Smith was credited with four tackles through three quarters.After giving up a big play on special teams earlier in the game, the 49ers looked as if they'd gotten one back in the third quarter. Undrafted rookie Kenny Rowe broke through to block a punt. But the play was wiped out, as the 49ers were penalized for having 12 men on the field.

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’


Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups


Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"