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Members of unions representing Cleveland police officers and paramedics have said they won’t hold a large U.S. flag during pregame ceremonies prior to next Sunday’s Cleveland Browns season opener after a group of Browns players knelt during the national anthem before a preseason game last month.Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, cited his service in the U.S. Navy when he told WKYC-TV he was astounded that Browns management knew of the protests but allowed it to occur.

“I am not going to participate or work with management that allows their players to disrespect the flag and the national anthem,” Loomis said.

Nearly a dozen Browns players knelt in a circle and prayed in silent protest during the anthem before a preseason home game Aug. 21 against the New York Giants. A smaller group of players placed hands on the shoulders of their kneeling teammates.

A team spokesman issued a statement at halftime that said the organization has a “profound respect” for the national anthem, the U.S. flag and those who serve in the military.

“We feel it’s important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression,” the statement said.

Dan Nemeth, president of the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees Local 1975, said he had a similar reaction to Loomis’. He told Cleveland.com he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and finds it “hypocritical” for Browns management to say they support the military while allowing players to kneel during the anthem.

“When I was growing up, we were taught to stand every morning, put our hands over our hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” Nemeth said. “And when we did that, we typically had someone holding the flag in front of the class. For them to disrespect the flag by taking a knee did not sit well with me.”

About 30 Browns players stood arm-to-arm in a line behind the rest of the team during the national anthem before an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A veterans group outside Strongsville said last week that it would not show Browns games because of the player protests.

The Browns’ protests are part of a social-consciousness movement started last season by then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became a polarizing figure for kneeling during the anthem.

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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has always been about the money. The two fighters, who made history on Saturday night in Las Vegas, seemingly took this match to rake in one of the biggest financial gains from a sporting event ever.Now, we have a rough idea of just how much money the fighters will be making. According to contract details from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather earned a disclosed purse of $100 million while McGregor brought home $30 million, according to ESPN. It is the same disclosed purse Mayweather received for his fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Meanwhile, McGregor will make a minimum of $30 million, which is nearly 10 times what he made from his last UFC against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 — his last previous high salary. 

With total PPV buys and live gate still being accounted for, both fighters could triple that number when things are all said and done. Mayweather said after the fight the live gate was tracking for $80 million, which would break the record by $8 million.

Here’s how the fight card breaks down with disclosed salaries for each of the main card fighters.

FIGHTER FIGHTER WEIGHTCLASS

Floyd Mayweather $100 million           Conor McGregor $30 million

Junior middleweight

Gervonta Davis $600,000.                       Francisco Fonseca $35,000

Junior lightweight

Badou Jack $750,000.                               Nathan Cleverly $100,000

Light heavyweight

Andrew Tabiti $100,000.                         Steve Cunningham $100,000

Cruiserweight

Reports emerged on Tuesday morning that the NBA champion Warriors had already opted out of a visit to the White House, a decision the team is now denying ever happened.
2017 MVP Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their second title in three years on Monday night when Golden State took down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120. According to several reports, the Warriors unanimously decided soon after their victory celebrations that they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House to commemorate their championship win — but the team has since said they have made no such decision.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the Warriors stated in responding to a Business Insider request for comment. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

Bellamy wasn’t the only Bear with a drop on a potential game-winning play in the closing seconds. On Barkley’s final pass, Deonte Thompson didn’t see the ball early enough and failed to secure a sliding catch in the back of the end zone. According to my count from watching the game, that was the last of the Bears’ 10 drops, including eight in the fourth quarter.

Second-year receiver Cameron Meredith who has been the Bears shining star since White went down with an injury and Jeffery out on suspension, Meredith had three devastating  drops on the Bears’ second to last drive.

Marquess Wilson also bungled a potential 14-yard TD pass on that series, miscues the offense ultimately overcame on a 69-yard touchdown drive. Still, those lapses proved representative of the receivers’ sloppiness.

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The Bears are closing the scene for a miserable month, they lost 27-21 to the Titans, completing a winless November that was filled with injuries, suspensions, and silly on-field mistakes.

The Bears are 2-9 and heading into December with little to be hopeful about.