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Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Newly signed Montreal Alouettes defensive end Michael Sam tosses a ball while posing at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. [...]

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Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

Friday, May 22, 2015
Michael Sam
Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. [...]

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Griner, Johnson suspended 7 games each by WNBA for domestic violence arrest

Saturday, May 16, 2015
WNBA players Brittney Griner, left, and Glory Johnson following their arrest on April 22, 2015.
WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were suspended seven games each Friday for their domestic violence arrest last month — the league's longest ban in its 19-year history. [...]

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New Jersey high school wrestling state champ comes out on college recruiting trip

Monday, May 11, 2015
Alec Donovan
It was on a recruiting trip to Limestone College in South Carolina that Alec Donovan finally answered "the question." [...]

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One year after Michael Sam was drafted, has anything changed?

Monday, May 11, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
One year ago, Michael Sam was supposed to change the world. Actually, that's not a fair statement. Sam did, in fact, change the world. Or at least send notice that our world was changing. [...]

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International study reports widespread anti-gay discrimination in sports

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Former Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam (46) runs a drill during team practice Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
The findings were contained in "Out on the Fields," released Sunday, which officials said was the first international study and the largest conducted on discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual participants in sports. [...]

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Michael Sam among 105 ‘vets’ eyeing that elusive spot in the NFL

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others. [...]

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UMass guard Derrick Gordon: Coming out made me a better basketball player

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derrick Gordon
Gordon became the first openly gay player in men's Division I college basketball when he came out last year, and says it changed his life for the better in every way. [...]

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One year later, has Michael Sam been frozen out of the NFL?

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Michael-Sam
A year ago today Michael Sam came out publicly to a tsunami of support. Yet comments from NFL executives foretold his next 12 months as he struggled to latch onto a team as an openly gay man. Now he's fighting harder than ever to get into the league. [...]

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Michael Sam: The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has no regrets

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Former Dallas Cowboys Michael Sam walking on the field before the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 7, 2014. Sam said in a TV documentary that aired Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, that coming out as gay was the right thing to do, although he'd have preferred the news come out after he informed the team that drafted him.
Michael Sam says the the reassuring hand of his partner Vito on his shoulder during the wait to get picked in the NFL draft affirmed his decision to reveal his sexual orientation to the nation. [...]

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