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What Had Happened Was: 8/24/17

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning after a walk-off home run from Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison. Hill had a perfect game going in the ninth inning of the eventual 1-0 loss before an error from Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe ended that possibility, although a no-hitter was still in play. After the game went into extra innings, Harrison sent Hill’s 99th pitch of the night over the fence in left field to win the game and erase the no-hitter. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the game marked the first time in 111 years that a pitcher lost a decision despite throwing at least nine innings with one or fewer hits and no walks allowed.
  • Colin Kaepernick supporters rallied outside NFL headquarters in New York City on Wednesday in solidarity with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Over 1,000 people attended the demonstration to express their belief that the free agent quarterback has been blackballed from playing in the league because of his ongoing activism. Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory, one of the rally’s speakers, even called for fans to boycott the NFL until Kaepernick is signed. “I don’t care how long you’ve been watching football,” Mallory said. “If they don’t stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off.”
  • Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor held their final prefight news conference, and, shockingly, it was pretty tame compared with the sparks that flew on their four-city promotional tour last month. “We done a lot of these crazy press conferences. This is a bit more subdued, a lot more businesslike, the way I like it — sometimes,” McGregor said Wednesday. The two fighters will go toe-to-toe at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.

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ICYMI

On this day in sports history

On Aug. 24, 2006, Jerry Rice, arguably the greatest wide receiver of all time, signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers to officially retire from the NFL. Rice had actually hung up his cleats a year earlier, when he made the 53-man roster of the Denver Broncos at the age of 42 but realized he would not be one of the team’s top three wideouts. In the end, Rice decided to retire with San Francisco, the team that selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 1985 NFL draft out of historically black Mississippi Valley State. He still holds all-time NFL records for receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), receiving touchdowns (197) and all-purpose yards (23,546).

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Aaron Dodson is an associate editor at The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson, formerly of the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, he was one letter away from being an NFL wide receiver.