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  • April 26, 2019
    The football teams from Old Dominion and Charlotte will form a circle of unity on the field before the national anthem is played at their Conference USA game Saturday night.The circle of unity is an idea that Monarchs players came up with when they met with coaches to discuss how to respond to recent police shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, ODU coach Bobby Wilder said Friday.We were looking and seeing what was going on around the world, but more specifically in Tulsa and Charlotte, and we were trying to decide as a team how could we express ourselves in a way that would bring unity, and that was what the team came up with, Wilder told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.Many Monarchs players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts during warmups before ODUs home game against Texas-San Antonio last Saturday, and the team joined hands in a circle and raised their arms before the game.Last Saturday was the platform to launch what we see as a reaction to whats going on in our country, to do something to make a difference, and were hoping more people will try to do something to make a difference instead of adding to the noise, Wilder said, referring to protests during the national anthem that started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest to police shootings in the country.Other NFL and college players have since joined Kaepernick in protesting during the anthem.Were hoping that this is something that, instead of a protest before the national anthem, that teams will consider doing before games to show unity. You look at a football team generally and its a microcosm of society in terms of all the races and religions that are represented, Wilder said. If we can take the lead and try to develop unity and get a better dialog going, that is what we would like to see happen.Wilder said he called Charlotte coach Brad Lambert this week, and Lambert said his team would like to take part in the circle before the game at Jerry Richardson Stadium. The city was the site of several days of rioting and unrest in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police on Sept. 21. Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. Baseball Jerseys From China . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. . 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The Pirates had scored five runs in each of their two games before being shut out Friday, but had just six runs combined in the other four games since the break and were limited to three hits Friday by Phillies rookie Zach Eflin.Were looking for pitches to hit, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. Were looking for one pitch in one zone at the start of the at-bat. Were looking for the ball up and out over the plate. Were not looking for pitches down early. We had balls to hit, and we didnt hit them that well. We had some swings. At the end of the day, we only had three hits (Friday).Two of those came from Jason Jaso, on a double and a single, and Josh Harrison had the other. The players in top four spots in the lineup went a combined 0-for-13 with a hit-by-pitch producing the only baserunner.The Phillies got their four runs Friday on 11 hits off of four Pirates pitchers. Before that game, they were 2-5 since the break and had been outscored 27-17. They scored just 10 runs in four games against the Marlins.That kind of inconsistent production had manager Pete Mackanin nervous when his club scored just once Friday in the sixth despite loading the bases with no outs. Philadelphia added another with two outs in the seventh, but the game felt tight until Cameron Rupp hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the four-run margin.That gave us a liittle breathing room, Mackanin said.ddddddddddddThe teams will each be facing a young starter Saturday.Pittsburgh had been guarded about its starter until after Fridays game, when Hurdle confirmed that, We expect (Tyler) Glasnow to make the start.The rookie right-hander, who will need to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, will be making his second career start. In his debut July 7, a 5-1 Pirates loss at St. Louis, Glasnow took the loss after giving up four runs on three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.The Phillies will go with right-hander Aaron Nola (5-8, 4.41 ERA).Nola had a rough stretch when he had a 13.50 ERA and did not go beyond five innings any of five starts in a row. Philadelphia opted to skip his final start before the All-Star game so he could clear his head, Mackanin said.I understand what they did, Nola told We dont want to miss any starts. But, at the end of the day, my arm feels good. Thats the important thing, being healthy and maintaining your health.Monday, after what stretched into a 16-day layoff, Nola allowed no runs in six innings, with two hits and one walk, in what later turned into a 3-2, 11-inning loss to Florida.It was a tough month for me back in June, said Nola, who relaxed during the All-Star break by fishing. But those two weeks off felt like a really long time and I was ready to get back out on the mound.He said he made an important adjustment.Just try to get lower strikes instead of trying to hit a corner, Nola said. So I feel like thats where I got myself in trouble. ' ' '