Thursday's Sports In Brief

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 10, 2014 at 3:17 am •  Published: October 10, 2014
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NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for the pink "Beats by Dre" brand name headphones he wore around his neck after Sunday's game.

While Kaepernick has an endorsement deal with Beats and has done a commercial, the league's contract is with Bose. Wearing the pink version for October breast cancer awareness month, Kaepernick knew he could be subject to a fine after the 22-17 win Sunday.

Yet it's more than the $8,286 fine the Broncos' Julius Thomas faces for a chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.

Kaepernick later took to Twitter to explain his decision and posted a photo of him with the headphones: "I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!"

He declined to say whether Beats would pick up the cost of his fine, saying, "we'll let that be unanswered."

SOCCER

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Jurgen Klinsmann says Landon Donovan heads into his U.S. national team finale Friday as "the poster boy of the game" in America, the coach feels the player didn't completely fulfill his potential.

The exhibition against Ecuador in East Hartford, Connecticut, will be the 157th national team appearance for Donovan, the American career leader with 57 international goals and 58 assists. The 32-year-old forward, a veteran of three World Cups, was controversially cut by Klinsmann before this year's tournament.

Donovan was scheduled to play the first 30 minutes Friday.

Klinsmann says Donovan "raised the awareness of the game to new dimensions." Yet Donovan struggled during stints with Bayern Leverkusen and Klinsmann's Bayern Munich before succeeding during a pair of winter loans to Everton.

Klinsmann said Thursday that "I wished in a certain way, ah, he could have done a bit more here and a bit more there."

NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick admits there are some occupational hazards to dating a fellow NASCAR driver.

In a column for Derek Jeter's new sports website, The Players' Tribune, Patrick wrote that racing against boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can create "Montagues and the Capulets" moments — a reference to the feuding families of the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

"If it's crazy to want to go to sleep next to the person who ran your car off the road going 200 miles per hour earlier that day, then I'm certifiable," she wrote.

Patrick and Stenhouse went public with their relationship in early 2013 and have had only a handful of scrapes on the track. After their most recent, at Chicago last month, she used profanity to discuss it with him after the race. Then they moved on.

Jeter launched his website at the beginning of the month after he retired from the New York Yankees. The site is devoted to delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans, and The Players' Tribune is being billed as a digital company that will offer unique access to top athletes in every sport.

BASEBALL

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say several of Yogi Berra's World Series rings and two MVP plaques were stolen from a museum honoring the New York Yankees Hall of Famer.

The break-in occurred Wednesday morning at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Montclair State University Police Chief Paul Cell detailed the missing items Thursday.

The museum opened in the late 1990s. It is located on the university's campus in the northern New Jersey community of Little Falls. In addition to the baseball exhibits and memorabilia, it offers children's educational programs that focus on sportsmanship and social justice.

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