Sharks’ Ward says he won’t protest during anthem
• San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward says he has decided not to protest by kneeling during the national anthem. Ward had said he was considering a protest to raise awareness to the issues of racial inequality and excessive force by police against minorities in the United States. But he said Thursday that he doesn’t want the focus to be on the anthem and wants to work on bringing minorities and law enforcement together. The 36-year-old Ward, one of about 30 black players in the league, is from Canada.
• The New York Rangers sent rookie center Lias Andersson back to his Swedish League club.
Ostapenko stops Muguruza in 3 sets at Wuhan Open
• French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko beat Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Wuhan Open quarterfinals in China. Ostapenko came from a break down in the deciding set, winning the last five games to beat Muguruza for the first time and a world No. 1 for the first time. No. 4-ranked Karolina Pliskova also lost from a set up, falling to Ashleigh Barty of Australia who beat a top-five player for the first time 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).
Rapids forward Kevin Doyle retires due to concussions
• Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle says he is retiring because of repeated concussions. Doyle is from Ireland and has played 16 years in Europe and in Major League Soccer. He released a statement via social media Thursday.
• Bayern Munich fired Carlo Ancelotti as coach after the German team’s heaviest Champions League group-stage defeat. Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain led club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to warn of “consequences” after what he called a “very bitter defeat.”
• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is donating $16,000 to help get the union for players in the National Women’s Soccer League off the ground.
Oklahoma State fires assistant tied to scandal
• Oklahoma State has fired Lamont Evans for cause after the top assistant to new coach Mike Boynton was ensnared in the federal investigation of basketball recruiting at seven universities. The school announced that Evans was terminated in a one-sentence statement.
• Jim Calhoun says he tried, but just couldn’t get rid of the itch to coach basketball. Almost exactly five years after announcing his retirement from Connecticut, the 75-year-old Hall of Famer started work Thursday at the tiny University of Saint Joseph, a Division III school in West Hartford, Conn., that won’t even begin enrolling men until next fall.
— From wire reports
Sports news roundup, Sept. 28: Sharks’ Ward won’t protest