James salutes NFL protests, slams Trump

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(TSX / STATS) -- LeBron James met with the media on Monday and answered questions on a wide range of topics, including President Donald Trump without mentioning his name.

James defended the protests at NFL games on Sunday in response to Trump attacking players through the weekend for kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice.

"First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone had any association with the NFL was unbelievable," James told reporters at NBA Media Day. "There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people.

Judge hits 49th, 50th to surpass McGwire

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Six months ago, the New York Yankees thought if Aaron Judge could consistently get the barrel of the bat on pitches, many of those swings would result in home runs and other big hits.

Maybe not 50 home runs, but enough for Judge to be a productive run producer. (MORE)

Second-half surge gets Cowboys by Cards

(TSX / STATS) -- GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals get together, it is unwise to leave the stadium early or change the channel.

Three of the past four times they teams met, the game wasn't decided until the last play, twice going to overtime. (MORE)

Cubs rout Cards, drop magic number to 1

(TSX / STATS) -- ST. LOUIS -- The numbers don't lie. This has been the worst of Jon Lester's three years with the Chicago Cubs.

However, the veteran left-hander pitched his team to the brink of a second straight National League Central title on Monday night, with plenty of help from the offense. (MORE)

Cavs expect Thomas to play by January

(TSX / STATS) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that newly acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to return from his hip injury in January.

Thomas was acquired last month from the Boston Celtics in a trade for Kyrie Irving. Thomas suffered a torn labrum in his right hip last season that caused him to sit out the last three games of the Celtics' loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. (MORE)

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