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Tom Brady calls Netflix cameo 'bad assessment' of relationship with Patriots owner

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots star Tom Brady threw a flag on an off-field play that he said misrepresented team owner Robert Kraft.

The Patriots quarterback said his recent cameo appearance in Living With Yourself, a new Netflix comedy series, was "taken out of context."

According to ESPN, the scene shows Brady walking out of the "Top Happy Spa," which is located inside a strip mall, and asking Paul Rudd's character if it's his "first time" there.

"Uh-huh," Rudd responded. "You?"

"Sixth," Brady said with a smile, in a reference to his six Super Bowl championships.

Many viewers thought the scene, which director Timothy Greenberg told Refinery29 he wrote years ago, was a reference to Patriots owner Kraft's arrest for solicitation of prostitution at a Florida massage parlor in February. Brady strongly pushed back against that assessment.

"That's not what that was about," Brady, 42, told reporters inside the Patriots locker room on Saturday.

"The blame and shame media atmosphere that's percolated for a while, I think that was taken out of context, just like you're taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don't appreciate," Brady further said. "It was meant to be something different than that. The fact it's a distraction or you're bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about."

The star quarterback also said he did not know what the final scene would look like because it was shot in front of a green screen.

Living With Yourself director Greenberg admitted to Refinery29 that after Kraft's arrest, he thought, "'Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.'"

But Brady honored his commitment to the show.

"It's unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft," Brady added. "I think that's a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that."

"I think everybody knows what our relationship is about. For 20 years, it's nothing but love and respect," Brady said. "I've been through a lot of tough things with him. I love him dearly. I sympathize with a lot of things that he's gone through in his life. I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and get used and understand that's part of what we're living in."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/20/19

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 3, NY Rangers 2
Minnesota 4, Montreal at 3
Washington 5, Chicago 3
Winnipeg 1, Edmonton 0
Calgary 2, Anaheim 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Jacksonville 27, Cincinnati 17
Green Bay 42, Oakland 24
Buffalo 1, Miami 21
L.A. Rams 37, Atlanta 10.
Minnesota 42, Detroit 30
Indianapolis 30, Houston 23
Arizona 27, NY Giants 21
San Francisco 9, Washington 0
Tennessee 23, L.A. Chargers 20
New Orleans 36, Chicago 25
Baltimore 30, Seattle 16
Dallas 37, Philadelphia 10

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 4, New York 3
LA Galaxy 2, Minnesota 1

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Girls soccer team is yellow-carded after wearing ‘equal pay’ shirts

iStock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- Players from a high school girls soccer team in Vermont were penalized after they revealed a message promoting equal pay under their team jerseys during a game, the team's coach said.

The team had approached Burlington High School soccer coach Jeff Hayes several weeks ago with an idea to reverberate the message first promoted by their heroines, the U.S. women's national soccer team, Hayes told "Good Morning America."

For Friday night's game, which was senior night, the entire team -- as well as the coaching staff and members of the crowd -- wore the custom-made white T-shirts adorned with #EQUALPAY, Hayes said. After the warmup, the girls placed their jerseys over the shirts to comply with the bylaws of the Vermont Principals' Association, but after a late goal was scored with thee minutes left in the game, some players took off their jerseys in excitement.

"The fans were just absolutely going crazy," and began chanting "equal pay," Hayes said. However, the officials ran over and issued four yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct over the excessive celebration.

The penalized players had to sit out for some of the game but were eventually allowed back in, Hayes said.

Members of the team admitted that they got "carried away" by taking their jerseys "all the way off," but said the message outweighed the penalties they received.

"It goes for everyone -- every girl, every woman, the world," player Helen Worden said. "It’s not just about sports.”

Friday night's game ended in a tie, but the team feels as if they won in the spirit of spreading the message.

They have now sold more than 700 of the shirts, inviting men and boys to pay 16% more, which represents the average pay gap in Vermont, according to the team. The Burlington High School boys' soccer team has even worn the shirts in solidarity.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, were among the purchasers. Leahy tweeted a photo of the couple wearing the shirts, stating, "Marcelle and I stand with you!"

The referee who issued the yellow cards even bought a shirt after the game and told the players he's excited to wear it, according to the team.The money made in the sales will go to support youth soccer leagues in the community.

"They did such an amazing job with getting involved in the community," Hayes said.

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NBA commissioner says league 'willing' to take losses in China to stand for 'American values'

Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league has suffered "substantial" losses in China as a result of the firestorm that followed a since-deleted tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager supporting the Hong Kong protests.

"The losses have already been substantial," Silver said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday, adding that, "I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here."

“The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic," he added in his first stateside interview since the NBA became embroiled in controversy in China.

Silver maintained, however, that the league is "not only willing" but "we are" taking these financial losses in China to stand for "American values" such as freedom of expression -- and that they did not bow to Chinese pressure to fire the manager.

"The values of the NBA, these American values, we are an American business, travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression," he said.

On Oct. 4, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong -- setting off a series of consequences that illuminated the political challenges U.S. companies can face as they navigate doing business in China's growing, lucrative market.

While the tweet was quickly deleted, China's state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout of NBA coverage. China's internet giant Tencent, which inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games, also announced that they would not play Rockets games.

Morey has since apologized. The Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that Morey does not speak for them. Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook apologized at a news conference, with Harden adding, "We love China, we love playing there."

NBA star player LeBron James also weighed in, telling reporters that he thought Morey “wasn't educated on the situation at hand” and that "so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually” by his tweet.

After his comments were met with criticism, James later tweeted: "Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

Prior to Morey's tweet, the Rockets were one of the most beloved teams in China, and where retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played in the states.

In the aftermath of his tweet, however, a series of NBA events in China -- including charity events -- were abruptly canceled, and video on social media emerged of NBA posters being ripped off the side of buildings.

The financial fallout has also been swift and dramatic, but Silver said Thursday that the NBA is willingly taking those losses.

Silver said the NBA was pressured to fire Morey, but they chose to take a stand.

"We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by parties we dealt within government and business," Silver said. "We said there is no chance that’s happening; there’s no chance we’ll even discipline him."

Still, Silver said that "our games are not back on the air in China as we speak. We'll see what happens next."

"I understand that there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint that’s fair, not getting into whether the tweet and the response to it," he said.

"At some point, look to the American government, we are in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement," he added. "Many multinational corporations obviously trade extensively with China."

Silver said that for years he has believed, however, that sports have been a way to "bring people together, often in a way that governments don't."

He added that he has been traveling to China for NBA events for years and he hopes to keep finding "a commonality" with the Chinese people.

"When you build that commonality over time, it potentially leads to shared understanding, empathy, begins dialogues .... often things that aren’t happening at high levels among official government operatives or diplomats," Silver said.

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Report: Patrick Mahomes to have MRI following patella dislocation

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left in the middle of Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos with what appears to be a dislocated kneecap.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 24-year-old suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of the game. Mahomes walked off the field with the help of trainers and was ruled out from returning to the game.

The quarterback is expected to undergo an MRI to see if he sustained any ligament damage, ESPN reports.

Despite Mahomes' exit in the first half, the Chiefs went on to win the game 30-6.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/17/19

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Houston 8, NY Yankees 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Miami 107, Orlando 98
Chicago 111, Atlanta 93
Milwaukee 118, Minnesota 96  
Denver 110, Portland 104
Dallas 102, LA Clippers 87

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 - SO
Montreal 4, Minnesota 0
New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 2
Vancouver 4, St. Louis 3
NY Islanders 3 Winnipeg 1
Calgary 5, Detroit 1
Arizona 5, Nashville 2
Vegas 3, Ottawa 2
Buffalo 3, LA Kings 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Kansas City 30, Denver 6

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Zion Williamson to sit out final preseason game with sore right knee

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- First overall draft pick Zion Williamson will sit out the New Orleans Pelicans' final preseason game with a sore right knee, the team announced Thursday.

New Orleans is in New York City to take on the Knicks on Friday. Williamson did not travel with the team, and will undergo further testing. There was no immediate timetable for his return.

In four preseason games, Williamson has averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes.

The 19-year-old missed most of the Las Vegas Summer League after suffering a bruise of his other knee. He had not missed any time during training camp.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says league facing 'substantial' financial losses in China

Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged on Thursday the "fairly dramatic" financial consequences the league is facing in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"The losses have already been substantial," Silver said, speaking at the Time 100 Summit. The remarks were Silver's first since returning from China where he and a pair of teams were on a preseason exhibition tour.

"Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak," Silver explained, "and we'll see what happens next."

"I don't know where we go from here," Silver added. "The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic."

Silver was criticized last week for an initial statement that used the word "regrettable," apparently about Morey's tweet. He explained that the word regrettable actually referred to the reaction of the Chinese government and people to that tweet, not the tweet itself.

After the tweet on October 4, China's state television cancelled plans to broadcast the league's pair of exhibition games last week. Several companies and state-run offices have since cut ties with the league.

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Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal agree to two-year contract extension

taka4332/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards have agreed to a two-year contract extension with All-Star guard Bradley Beal, the team announced Thursday.

Beal was already owed $58 million over the next two seasons. He will make $72 million over the span of the extension, which goes into effect for the 2021-2022 season.

Beal could then be eligible for a five-year extension worth $266 million -- which would be the largest contract in NBA history.

The deal comes as rumors that teams could seek to acquire Beal in a trade this season. The additional commitment could serve to dilute the trade market for contenders seeking additional talent.

Beal is coming off of his best statistical season, scoring 25.6 points, dishing 5.5 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds per game.

The Wizards also have $171 million committed to injured point guard John Wall over the next four years.

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49ers have the NFL’s first-ever support dog

Instagram/the49ersfrenchie(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Football fans of all sides are rooting for the latest addition to the San Francisco 49ers.

Zoe, the 1-year-old French bulldog puppy, is the NFL’s first-ever emotional support dog.

The dog provides comfort and support to help people with their mental health struggles, including depression, panic attacks and bipolar disorder, according to the U.S. Dog Registry.

Zoe can help players overcome their pregame anxieties or post-game depression. She can even accompany the team on airplanes during trips.

The 49ers' director of player engagement, Austin Moss, and his assistant, Shelby Soltau, adopted the dog, who has almost 6,000 followers on Instagram.

In her posts, Zoe loves cuddling up to football players many times her size, like quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and defensive end Solomon Thomas.

She even steals a smooch from defensive end Nick Bosa in one picture.

According to the 49ers, Zoe is currently seeking official training to become a therapy dog.

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