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Michael Sam unlikely to make Rams’ practice squad

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They're just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam's position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers.

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Rams coach: Michael Sam was no distraction in training camp

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was released by St. Louis Rams Saturday.
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision.

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St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

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The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam

| Friday, August 29, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam looks up at the scoreboard from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future. And as was the case on NFL draft weekend, Sam is confident things will work out as he hopes. Sam's preseason came to an end Thursday night, with a team-best six tackles ...

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Brisbane Hustlers rugby players tackles a San Francisco Fog player during the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The Australian Rugby Union today announced its new Inclusion Policy, which is designed to stamp out all forms of discrimination and homophobia in Rugby and ensure a positive environment for everyone involved in the game.
SYDNEY -- World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament. ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the "inclusion policy" ensures "every individual, whether they're players, supporters, coaches ...

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ESPN apologizes for report on Michael Sam’s shower habits with Rams

VIA: Outsports.com | Friday, August 29, 2014
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ESPN has apologized for airing a segment by reporter Josina Anderson that focused on how members of the St. Louis Rams are dealing with showering with openly gay teammate Michael Sam. The report greatly angered Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who called it unethical, reports Outsports.com

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Michael Sam gets last chance at Rams’ preseason impression

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster. For him — and everyone else on NFL roster bubbles — a preseason finale is anything but meaningless. Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players...

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Michael Sam survives first training camp cuts with Rams

Outsports.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Michael Sam was not among the cuts the St. Louis Rams made Tuesday, Sam's agent Cameron Weiss confirmed with Outsports. That ensures Sam will have one final preseason game in which to make the team's roster.

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Gay Games athletes heartened by Cleveland welcome

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Todd Roark, of Detroit, crashes during the beach volleyball competition at the ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Participants at the event on a Lake Erie beach gave the city high marks as host of the games.
CLEVELAND -- Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week. "He was telling us horror stories about growing up here," Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games ...

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Sun Devils’ Chip Sarafin: First active Div. I football player to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

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