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Iconic 1968 Olympic activist Tommie Smith sprang to the defence of Colin Kaepernick as the furore over the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's national anthem boycott raged on. Smith, famously ostracised for his clenched fist medal podium salute with fellow sprinter John Carlos, said criticism of Kaepernick had missed the point. "Colin is 28 years old and realizing that things are not quite like what 'they' said it would be," Smith told USA TODAY.
BOSTON (AP) — The son of evangelist Billy Graham urged a gathering on the historic Boston Common on Tuesday to vote in the November election but stressed he was taking no sides publicly in the U.S. presidential race.
Serena Williams started strong in her latest bid to rewrite the record books, storming past Ekaterina Makarova and into the second round of the US Open. The US world number one, slowed since her Wimbledon triumph by a right shoulder injury, needed just 63 minutes to dispatch 29th-ranked Makarova 6-3, 6-3. "I got off to a fast start because I knew she was a tough opponent," said Williams, who delivered a dozen aces and 27 winners.