Names and faces: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lionel Messi

Ruth Bader Ginsburg The Supreme Court justice apologized Friday for characterizing as “dumb and disrespectful” the national anthem protests by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes. Ginsburg, 83, said her remarks about Kaepernick and others who have refused to stand for the national anthem were “inappropriately harsh and dismissive.” In a statement, Ginsburg said, “I should have declined to respond.” Kaepernick had a measured response to Ginsburg’s initial comments earlier this week. “It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said. Lionel Messi The Argentina forward is ready to make his return for FC Barcelona. Messi has been out for three weeks with a right groin strain, …

Jonny Bairstow steadies England ship, reach 205-5 vs India at tea in 3rd test at Mohali Jonny Bairstow helped to get England back into a competitive position, sharing good partnerships with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. (AP) England steadied after a top-order wobble and reached 205-5 at tea on Saturday, the opening day of the third test against India. After winning the toss, England lost only one wicket in the first hour but then three in the latter part of the opening session to be in trouble at 92-4 for lunch. Jonny Bairstow helped to get England back into a competitive position, sharing good partnerships with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler as the tourists made swift progress with 113 runs in the afternoon session. At tea, Bairstow was unbeaten on 66 and Buttler was batting on 38 not out. Post lunch, Bairstow put on 57 runs for the...

I deserve the Player of the Year gong, says Ulinzi striker Makwatta Ulinzi Stars striker John Mark Makwatta is confident of bagging this year's Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year award. Makwatta, who emerged top scorer in this season’s league, is upbeat of upstaging the other four nominees and win the Sh1 million prize money that comes along with the award during next week's Footballer of the Year Awards gala. The annual gala in which the country's best preforming footballers will be feted, is slated for the Safari Park Hotel on December 13. The Kenyan Premier League Limited on Wednesday announced this year’s event will be sponsored by betting firm SportPesa, with the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) and electronics firm LG also part of the official partners. Makwatta, 21, has already claimed the golden boot award - having outscored...

Torrey Smith certain Chip Kelly will be back with 49ers in 2017 Wide receiver Torrey Smith isn’t among those wondering about Chip Kelly’s future with the 49ers. After Smith heaped praise on Kelly to a group of reporters in the locker room today, he was asked if his feelings were shared by his teammates. Would the 49ers be disappointed if Kelly wasn’t back in 2017? “Absolutely,” Smith said. “He ain’t going anywhere anyways. I don’t think it’s a situation where guys are really concerned about that.” Smith’s reasoning for believing Kelly won’t be fired: Kelly is a good at his job. “I think he’s a great coach,” Smith said. “I think he’s the right coach for right here. I think it’s just going to take some time to get it right. And I have a lot of...

Seahawks LB Cassius Marsh gets new Magic: The Gathering cards RENTON — On Wednesday, Seahawks linebacker Cassius Marsh revealed that he had more than $20,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards stolen from his car. On Thursday, representatives from a company gave Marsh new cards to help him rebuild his collection. Magic: The Gathering is a really popular fantasy trading card game that’s kind of similar to Pokemon. “They gave me a bunch of stuff to restart my collection and build my decks,” Marsh said. “Very gracious.” Marsh had his cards stolen from his car in downtown Seattle this week. He said his cards were rare and would be difficult to replace. Marsh offered two tickets to whoever returned his cards. Most Read Stories Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks. “This is more new stuff...

Oman Tennis: Fatma Al Nabhani marches ahead in Rabat Muscat: Fatma Al Nabhani stormed into the quarterfinals of the singles competition after an easy victory over Austrian Kerstin Peckl in the $10,000 Rabat ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Morocco on Wednesday.The Omani girl also made it to the semifinals of the doubles competition in the company of Spanish lass Olga Parres Azcoitia.In a second round match of the singles, the second-seeded Omani girl defeated Kerstin Peckl in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.In the last eight stage, Fatma will square off against Spain’s Arabela Fernandez-Rabener.Arabela booked her berth in the quarterfinals after defeating Sara Lanca of Portugal 6-4, 6-3.Later in evening, Fatma and Olga lived up to their top billing given by the organisers by booking their place in the semifinals.In a quarterfinal match...

Nico Rosberg announces surprise retirement from Formula One VIENNA, Austria -- Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula One less than a week after being crowned world champion in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg made the announcement at a press conference ahead of the FIA prize giving in Vienna where he is due to be presented with the championship trophy. He made clear that after achieving his childhood dream of being crowned champion, he wanted to spend more time with his wife Vivian and young daughter away from the pressures of Formula One, saying he "could not go through that again". After twice losing the title in direct battles with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Rosberg finally beat Hamilton to the title this year. He confirmed he was not considering returning to F1 at a later...

Tone-deaf commission courts controversy with judging choice Perhaps it was some lingering hostility over the presidential election results, but much of the boxing community lost its collective mind over the decision that awarded Andre Ward the light heavyweight championship over Sergey Kovalev last Saturday night in Las Vegas. Like all three judges, I scored the fight 114-113 for Ward, who was knocked down in the second round, but rallied in the second half of the fight. One apparent Trump supporter slammed my inbox claiming I must be a Democrat, who took my frustration over the election out “on an innocent victim.” And of course, there were the racist reactions: “Let me guess. You are black and support the black guy. You f—–g dope.” And this from another reader which had me scratching my ...