49ers' Lynch: Anthem protests 'divisive'

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(TSX / STATS) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters that while he respects the decisions of NFL players that refuse to stand for the national anthem, he believes it also causes potential disagreements between players.

Lynch recalled a recent get-together involving Steve Young and Jerry Rice and how the legends talked about 'The 49er Way' as a means of player unity.

"I always thought that's one of the great things about this league," Lynch said. "As a matter of fact, I think it's a great beacon for the rest of culture, in terms of the way it should be. You strive for a common goal, and you have unity.

Puig to fans: 'See you in World Series'

(TSX / STATS) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are brimming with confidence, and with good reason considering they are a whopping 51 games over .500 and own a sterling 51-14 mark at home.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Yasiel Puig is focused on the big prize after he hit a two-run, walk-off double as the Dodgers (85-34) recorded a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chicago White Sox in front of a sellout home crowd Wednesday. (MORE)

Azarenka: No US Open if baby can't go

(TSX / STATS) -- Victoria Azarenka said her participation in the upcoming U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby to New York as a result of her separation from his father.

Azarenka announced via Twitter on Thursday that she and her son's father are working "to resolve some of the legal processes." The two-time Australian Open champion also noted that she would need to leave her 8-month-old son, Leo, in California while playing at Flushing Meadows, "which I'm not willing to do." (MORE)

2nd Tommy John for Arizona P De La Rosa

(TSX / STATS) -- Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will undergo a second Tommy John surgery, manager Torey Lovullo announced prior to Thursday's afternoon game against the Houston Astros.

De La Rosa will need the surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. (MORE)

Twins' Perkins back from 16 months on DL

(TSX / STATS) -- The Minnesota Twins activated left-hander Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list prior to the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

Perkins has yet to pitch this season as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. (MORE)

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