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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has resumed kneeling during the national anthem after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in his polarizing protest last season.Reid knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night before the 49ers played at Minnesota in an exhibition game. Reed stood for the anthem during the team’s first two preseason games. He initially said he had stopped because of frustration last year about the way his protest over human rights was portrayed and perceived by some of the public.The change of heart, Reid said after the 32-31 victory by the Vikings , came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injuries to many more.“We’ve got to keep talking about the issues that are happening in this country,” Reid said. “That’s the only way things will change, if we keep shedding light on these topics. Our plan is to continue to do that.”Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was among the 49ers teammates who put a hand on Reid’s shoulder during the anthem.“It’s no secret. All the things that are going on in America, especially being African-American, it’s just hard,” Goodwin said. “When you have somebody who chooses to take a knee, that’s just his right. So as a friend, as a brother, as a teammate, I wouldn’t want him to go through anything like that alone. So I had to go support him and let him and everybody else know that I do support him.”Reid said he appreciated the solidarity. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he had no problem with the demonstration. The strong safety said he thinks he’ll kneel all season, the goal being “change.”“Accountability for officers that step outside the line,” he said. “We want our president to be a president and not threaten to shut down the government over a wall. To change the oppression that happens in this country. It has no place in the world, let alone America.“Our goal is to just keep talking about it. Hopefully we inspire people to do something about it through our protests. And this isn’t something that’s new. I’ve learned a lot of things throughout the past year about athletes that have talked about the same things that we’re talking about. So the goal is just to create some change.”Kaepernick and Reid remain close. After a hard hit on Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen during the game, Reid kissed his flexed biceps as Kaepernick used to do. The quarterback, who helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, became a free agent this spring and has not been signed by another team . Other players around the league, such as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett , have staged their own anthem protests this month.___Associated Press freelance writer Jess Myers contributed to this report.
Pittsburgh’s Jared Wilson-Frame (0) shoots for three over McNeese State’s Jacob Ledoux in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ In the first half against McNeese State on Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh couldn’t get going on offense and was without senior lead Ryan Luther, who missed the game with a foot injury.In the second half, junior Jared Wilson-Frame stepped into the void as both a vocal leader and a volume scorer, scoring 16 of his 19 points after the break to lead Pitt to a 72-51 win.Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half when they went a combined 15 for 65 (23 percent). McNeese State took a 10-3 lead and it took the Panthers (6-5) much of the first half to battle back.Wilson-Frame, a junior college product in his first Division I season, got things going with a second-half hot streak from downtown. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 7 of 11 overall.“Jared’s leadership was terrific today and I really think that’s what enabled him to play the way that he did,” Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said. “He was talking in at halftime, talking on the way out of the locker room. He was the guy that was bringing the energy for us today.”After the break, Wilson-Frame went on a roll. He went on a personal 13-5 run to push the Pitt lead from five at the break to a more-comfortable 13. As a team, Pitt shot 16 of 27 from the floor and 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in the second period.“We had great shots when they made their run,” McNeese State head coach Dave Simmons said. “Those are shots we can finish. . We couldn’t stay close enough and the game just got a little bit lopsided.”James Harvey led the Cowboys (2-7) with 14 points. Quatarrius Wilson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.BIG PICTUREMcNeese State had one chance this regular season to face a major-conference opponent, and the Cowboys acquitted themselves well. Coming off three straight losses, the Cowboys got off to a hot start, leading until the 10:44 mark of the first half.Pitt’s young team features seven freshmen and just two seniors, so playing without Luther provided the Panthers with a glimpse of the future, especially at forward. Brown made his fourth career start and played a career-high 24 minutes. Fellow freshmen Peace Ilegomah also set a new career mark with 16 minutes played.INJURY UPDATELuther missed the game and is expected to be out “at least” a couple of weeks with a right foot injury, according to head coach Kevin Stallings.It’s the same foot that Luther injured last season, when he missed 12 games with a stress fracture, but this injury is to a different metatarsal and is a stress reaction, rather than a fracture.Luther is averaging a double-double on the season with 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He is Pitt’s leader in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. He is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks.STAT OF THE NIGHTIn Luther’s absence, the Panthers utilized a team rebounding mentality that saw Terrell Brown (seven) and Parker Stewart (eight) each set career highs. Shamiel Stevenson also grabbed eight boards, while Wilson-Frame had five.“(Luther) averages a double-double. It’s kind of hard to replace that,” Wilson-Frame said. “We knew it was going to have to be multiple people putting in that work that he does as a collective group.”UP NEXTMcNeese State returns home to face Texas College on Tuesday. The Cowboys are undefeated at home this year, but have played just two games there, starting the year with seven of their first nine on the road.Pitt continues a nine-game homestand with a game against Delaware State on Tuesday. The Hornets have not beaten a Division I opponent this season.