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Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez just keeps raking.

With his home run Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, the rookie became the fastest player to reach 11 career home runs, doing so in just 23 games. It was also the third consecutive game in which Sanchez had homered.

Through 21 games this season, Sanchez is hitting .400 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI. His eleven home runs this month are also the most for a rookie in one month since Ryan Braun hit 11 for the Milwaukee Brewers in July 2007. The last American League rookie to hit more in a month was Mark McGwire with 15 for the Oakland A's in May 1987.

The Yankee Stadium crowd gave Sanchez a curtain call on Saturday. Speaking through a translator after the game, he said it was the first curtain call he'd ever gotten, adding that "it's very exciting to hear your name being called out by the fans. It's a very exciting moment."

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could miss up to ten weeks after fracturing a bone in his back during the team's third preseason game this week.

Romo suffered the injury when he was sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, and was replaced with backup quarterback Dak Prescott. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that Romo's injury is a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra and that it will not require surgery.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the injury will not keep Romo out for the full season. He also refused to rule Romo out for the regular season opener on Sept. 11. Romo has had surgery before for a different injury to his back.

Romo missed 12 games last season after twice fracturing his collarbone.

The Cowboys are 15-4 in the last two seasons when Romo starts, but are just 1-12 without Romo.

A source close to Romo told Werder that the quarterback is not considering retirement and is confident that he will play this season.

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claudiodivizia/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game Friday out of protest against America's treatment of "black people and people of color."

Kaepernick told NFL media he made his own decision to protest the playing of the anthem during the game against the Green Bay Packers, saying he felt an obligation to stand with "people that are oppressed."

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "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."

Kaepernick, a five-year veteran, broke into the NFL in 2012, a year he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

"I am not looking for approval," he added. "I have to stand up for people that are oppressed."

The 49ers issued a statement before Kaepernick's comments to NFL media were published , saying: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

The NFL released a statement on Kaepernick's decision not to stand, saying: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."

ABC News has reached out to the NFL and Kaepernick for comment.

This is not the first time an American athlete has weighed into the debate around racial oppression in America.

Following the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, which were captured on video and spurred large protests across the country, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reached out to fellow athletes on social media, urging them to “step up and take charge” of the political environment.

“These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge,” Anthony wrote in an Instagram post that featured an image from 1967 of top black athletes, including Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, holding a news conference in support Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War.

“Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or [who’s] going to look at us crazy,” Anthony wrote.

Kaepernick, who was making his return from injury Friday, maintains an active presence on social media and frequently retweets articles focused on the subject of police violence.

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Matt Hazlett/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday with filing a false statement in connection with an international incident in Rio de Janeiro and according to his lawyer, Lochte will not be responding.

When BBC asked Lochte's lawyer if the U.S. swimmer and gold medalist would make a public statement on the charge, he said Lochte would "not be."

Lochte, 32, flew home to North Carolina from Brazil before police could question him about his claims that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station during Rio 2016.

A Brazilian Federal Police source told ABC News Thursday that police want Lochte to travel to Brazil to deliver his testimony in person.

The swimmer changed his story after police said the group of swimmers were confronted by armed security guards who requested money for the damage caused by them vandalizing a gas station bathroom. Lochte has since admitted he was drunk at the time, but said in an NBC interview with Matt Lauer that he and the other athletes were frightened because a gun was involved.

Since the story broke, several sponsors have dropped Lochte including Speedo and Ralph Lauren, but Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops signed him up for a campaign.

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Photo by Zachary Scheffer/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is being evaluated at a Seattle-area hospital on Friday after experiencing an irregular  heartbeat.

Dempsey's condition was announced by his club team, the Seattle Sounders, who said that the striker would be held out of their matchup against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Dempsey, 33, tallied eight goals and two assists for the Sounders this season.

In addition to playing for the Sounders in Major League Soccer, Dempsey has made 130 career appearances for the USA men's national team, scoring 52 goals.

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Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The University of Texas extended the contract of men's basketball coach Shaka Smart on Thursday, keeping Smart in Austin through the 2022-2023 season.

According to the University of Texas Athletics Department, Smart will receive a $100,000 pay increase to his base salary, earning him a new total of $3 million for the upcoming season. Additional pay increases were made to various performance-based incentives in Smart's contract.

"Shaka has done a terrific job in all facets of building our basketball program," Athletics Director Mike Perrin said in a statement.

Smart led the Longhorns to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season in Austin, posting four wins over teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

"On the court, despite facing a lot of challenges and adversity in his first year, we showed steady progress and produced a lot of exciting moments," Perrin said. "His outstanding recruiting, talented class of newcomers and overall development of our team in the classroom and community has been exemplary."

"I'm excited about what Shaka's accomplished and look forward to seeing him lead our program in the years to come," Perrin added.

Smart, in his own statement, said he is "very appreciative of the support from Chancellor Bill McRaven, President Greg Fenves and Men's Athletics Director Mike Perrin," and that he is "really happy at Texas and...excited about being here for a long time."

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not happy after video of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott appearing to visit a marijuana dispensary hours before making his preseason debut was posted by TMZ.

In the video, a man the website says is Elliott was seen at Herban Legends in Seattle. He was not seem making any purchases, however.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in the state of Washington, the substance is still banned by the NFL.

"I think that in an of itself, the reason we are talking about is in a way a part of the learning process," Jones said after the team's Thursday night game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the game, Elliott rushed seven times for 48 yards.

"No matter if you played at whatever level, there is a picture here of interest," Jones added. "I'm aware of it. I heard the report. I would know how he is, and he needs to look at that. And the other thing is it's just not good."

The former Ohio State Buckeye was already under investigation by the Columbus, Ohio attorney's office for an alleged domestic violence incident involving a former girlfriend. He has previously denied those accusations.

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- Former University of Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman has left his role as a volunteer assistant with the University of North Carolina program, saying he didn't want to be a distraction.

Beckman was fired by Illinois days before last season amid allegations that he mistreated players, urging them to play through injuries and criticizing those who didn't. Beckman had reportedly been working with UNC coach Larry Fedora to help scout and break down game film.

"I appreciate the opportunity Coach Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country," Beckman said in a statement. "I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University and I will no longer serve as a volunteer at UNC. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward."

Beckman settled a wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Illinois for $250,000 in April.

Fedora said in a statement Thursday that he brought Beckman on "to help a friend gain experience from our staff," but that "after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too much of a distraction."

That statement came just one day after Fedora defended the decision to bring Beckman to UNC, saying "I know Tim. I know his side of the story also. So I was comfortable with it."

Fedora and Beckman worked together at Oklahoma State University in 2007.

UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said Thursday that "Coach Fedora's interest was in helping a coaching colleague get back on his feet. We will learn from this and continue preparing for the season."

The school's chancellor Carol Folt was more outspoken, saying that when she learned of Beckman's role with the team, "I was surprised and disappointed." She also called Beckman's decision to withdraw from the position "the right thing to do."

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo escaped serious injury on Thursday night, despite leaving the team's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after just three snaps with an apparent back injury.

Romo was sacked by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril and immediately grabbed for his lower back. Romo underwent two back surgeries in 2013 and missed a game in 2014 with transverse process fractures in his back.

Calling the hit Avril laid on him "probably as tough of a hit I've taken on the back as I've had in the last five years," Romo said he felt fortunate to take the hit and hold up. While Romo didn't return to the game Thursday, he did not require X-rays and the team has not yet had him undergo an MRI or other testing.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Romo felt better as time passed, and that the team didn't believe there was any serious injury.

Last season, Romo twice suffered a fractured left collarbone, causing him to miss 12 games in total.

In the last two seasons, the Cowboys are 15-4 when Romo starts and just 1-12 when he is unable to play.

"I just think, we, everyone had a scare," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "He was not hurt and he said he wasn't hurt. He wanted to go back in. He could have gone back in and played."

Jones added that soreness after the hit would not prevent Romo from playing in the team's Sept. 11 season opener against the New  York Giants.

Romo has played just 16 snaps this preseason. The team's last preseason game will be on Sept. 1 against the Houston Texans -- but Romo hasn't played in a preseason finale since 2006.

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


Washington 4, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 5, Miami 2


Chi White Sox 7, Seattle 6
Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1
Detroit 8, Minnesota 5
L.A. Angels 6, Toronto 3
Texas 9, Cleveland 0


Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2, 10 Innings
Atlanta 3, Arizona 1
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 0
N-Y Mets 10, St. Louis 6

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