ke that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue.GENE from xf's blog

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan believes standing for the national anthem is a way for NFL players and coaches to show respect and give thanks to members of the armed forces.Youve got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country, Ryan said before practice on Sunday. And I think thats an opportunity right there just to show respect.He was asked his opinion a day after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he is refusing to stand for the anthem because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.Without specifically mentioning Kaepernick, Ryan said he can appreciate how some players have personal or religious beliefs that lead them to not stand for the anthem.Any time when I talk to our team about that, if theres personal beliefs or whatever that keeps you from doing it, then I understand, he said.However, Ryan added, he encourages his players to stand for the anthem, and to do so as a team in a straight line along the sideline.Thats kind of our way of giving thanks, Ryan said. Its an important thing for me.Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said after his teams exhibition victory against the Jets on Saturday night that the American flag deserves respect -- no matter the circumstances in the U.S. or beyond.The flag is the flag, Cruz said. Regardless of how you feel about things that are going on in America today, and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things of that nature, youve got to respect the flag, and youve got to stand up with your teammates. Its bigger than just you, in my opinion. I think you go up there, youre with a team, and you go and you know you pledge your allegiance to the flag and sing the national anthem with your team, and then you go about your business, whatever your beliefs are.Colin is his own man, he decided to sit down and that is his prerogative, but on a personal standpoint, I think you have to stand up there with your team and understand and its this game and whats going on around this country is bigger than just you.Without directly addressing Kaepernick, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio posted on Twitter his appreciation for the armed forces.I Appreciate the sacrifices of the brave who have fought for our freedom. We R Free to choose. I choose to (heart the American flag icons).---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Zion-Williamson-City-Edition-Jersey/]Zion Williamson Pelicans Jersey[/url] . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nikola-Mirotic-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nikola Mirotic Jersey[/url] . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Customized/]https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Customized/[/url] . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nickeil-Alexander-Walker-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nickeil Alexander-Walker Pelicans Jersey[/url] . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nicolo-Melli-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nicolo Melli Pelicans Jersey[/url] . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue.GENEVA -- Roger Federer will play this month at the German championships in Hamburg, adding a second ATP tournament to his unexpected clay-court schedule in July. Federer says on his official website he has entered the tournament which starts on July 15. The following week Federer is committed to the Swiss Open in Gstaad where he last played in 2004. Federer had planned a one-month break after Wimbbledon until his stunning second-round loss last week to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.dddddddddddd Federer says he has "great memories" playing at Hamburg where he won four titles, most recently in 2007, when the event had Masters Series status. He says "I always did very well at Rothenbaum, played some fantastic matches and celebrated important victories there." ' ' ' 

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