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AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that they have suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the women's national team for six months for her misconduct during the Olympics in Rio.

"The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in press release."Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.

"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," Gulati added.

Solo will not be eligible for selection to the Women's National Team until February 2017 as a result of the suspension.


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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(STATESVILLE, N.C.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will continue to miss time on the track as he recovers from a concussion.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that NASCAR's most popular driver will miss the Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway this weekend and Darlington Raceway during Labor Day weekend.

Alex Bowman will sub for Junior at Michigan, while Jeff Gordon will fill in at Darlington.

Hendrick Motorsports said Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Wednesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

“We know how hard Dale is working to get back,” owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “He’s following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We’re behind him.”

Earnhardt has been out of action for over a month. Bowman replaced him in the No. 88 Chevrolet SS car in the July 17 race at New Hampshire. Gordon has driven the car since then.  

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/24/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 10, Washington 8
Philadelphia 5, Chi White Sox 3
Houston 5, Pittsburgh 4
Texas 6, Cincinnati 5
Miami 3, Kansas City 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3, 11 Innings
Detroit 9, Minnesota 4
Oakland 5, Cleveland 1
N-Y Yankees 5, Seattle 0
L.A. Angels 8, Toronto 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 8, N-Y Mets 1
Arizona 10, Atlanta 9
L.A. Dodgers 1, San Francisco 0  
Milwaukee 7, Colorado 1
Chi Cubs 6, San Diego 3

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AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that they have suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the women's national team for six months for her misconduct during the Olympics in Rio.

"The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in press release."Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.

"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," Gulati added.

Solo will not be eligible for selection to the Women's National Team until February 2017 as a result of the suspension.

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Matthias Hangst/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa has not returned to his home country since making anti-government demonstrations after he won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ABC News has learned.

Lilesa’s agent Federico Rosa confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that the runner did not fly home to Ethiopia with the country’s Olympics team Monday.

“He didn’t go back to Ethiopia,” Rosa wrote in an email. “Plan for future not clear yet, we will know more in some days.”

As Lilesa crossed the finish line in second place in the men’s marathon race Sunday, he lifted his arms above his head and crossed his wrists to make an “X.” The 26-year-old made the gesture again on the podium and later explained he was protesting against the killings of the Oromo people in his home country.

"The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe," Lilesa told reporters at a news conference after the race. "My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights, they are killed."

Lilesa, whose whereabouts could not be confirmed by ABC News, then warned that he could be thrown in jail or killed if he stepped on Ethiopian soil after making that gesture.

"If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country," he said.

A GoFundMe page set up to support Lelisa’s bid for asylum has raised over $123,000 so far. Lelisa’s agent did not confirm whether the runner was seeking asylum.

The daring gesture that Lelisa made in Rio is the same one people have made for months in protests across the Oromia region, home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo.

Anti-government protests have rocked Oromia since November. The demonstrators and opposition members were initially protesting against the Ethiopian government’s plan to integrate infrastructure development and expand the municipal boundary of the capital, Addis Ababa, into surrounding towns in Oromia. Some feared the urban expansion would cause Oromo farmers to lose their traditional lands.

The largely peaceful protesters were met by federal security forces that have allegedly used excessive and lethal force to quell the demonstrations. More than 400 people are estimated to have been killed, thousands injured and tens of thousands arrested since November 2015, according to a report by Human Rights Watch based on over 125 interviews with witnesses, victims and government officials.

The Ethiopian government canceled the proposed Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan in mid-January. But activists and researchers said that hasn’t stemmed demonstrations or the alleged crackdown in Oromia as protester grievances have swelled because of the government response.

Earlier this month, the United Nations urged the Ethiopian government to allow for international observers to conduct independent and transparent probes into the allegations. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said it’s critical for human rights experts to have access to areas where there are reports of ongoing arbitrary arrests, intimidation and harassment.

“We call on the government to ensure that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression are protected and that those detained for exercising these rights are promptly released,” Shamdasani told reporters at a news conference in Geneva.

As for Lelisa, Ethiopia's Communications Minister Getachew Reda recently told CNN that Feyisa Lilesa "is entitled to make" a "political statement." Reda called the marathon runner "an Ethiopian hero" and said he "shouldn't at all be worried" to return home.

"I can assure you nothing is going to happen to his family nothing is going to happen to him," the minister told CNN this week.

The Federal Government Communication Affairs Office of Ethiopia did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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