Trump says NFL should fire players who kneel during anthem

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest.

In an extended riff during a freewheeling rally speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump also bemoaned that football games have become less violent.

"They're ruining the game," he complained.

Ausmus out as manager of Detroit Tigers after season

DETROIT (AP) The rebuilding Detroit Tigers will start fresh next season with a new manager.

The Tigers announced Friday that Brad Ausmus will not return in 2018 after four years in charge. General manager Al Avila said the team was not extending Ausmus' contract. (MORE)

Dynamo host New York City FC in relocated game

The Houston Dynamo are hosting New York City FC but are traveling a little further in their attempt to stop a four-game winless streak.

Instead of facing NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, the Dynamo will play Saturday's game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (MORE)

Sounders look to keep rolling vs. Real Salt Lake

There is a logjam at the top of the Western Conference standings.

First-place Vancouver holds a one-point lead over Portland, Sporting KC and Seattle. (MORE)

LEADING OFF: Superheroes in NY, Ivy Leaguers in Milwaukee

A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:

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 Crew look to ride home success versus Red Bulls

 FC Dallas in desperation mode on trip to Minnesota

 Whitecaps aim to stay ahead of the pack vs. Rapids

 Cubs, Dodgers minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

 Fire aim to feed on hot stretch vs. Union

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