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Dallas Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Dallas Cowboys Michael Sam, center, talks on the field before the start of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 7, 2014.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL's first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam was signed to Dallas' practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams ...

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Penn State University joins ‘You Can Play’ to support LGBT athletes

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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The Nittany Lions of Penn State University join You Can Play in working for acceptance of all, including LGBT athletes, coaches and fans, in sports.

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IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ignat Kozlov, APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in southern Russia.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee has added an anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, hoping to avoid a repeat of the turmoil caused at the Sochi Olympics when Russia passed a law prohibiting so-called gay "propaganda" before the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the language is based on Principle 6...

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Billie Jean King talks tennis, LGBT athletes, keys to a successful career

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Billie Jean at the hospitality pavilion at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York  on Sept.4, 2014.
NEW YORK -- Billie Jean King is so busy attending events during the U.S. Open, she hardly has time to watch matches at the venue that bears her name. However, King still has plenty of opinions on tennis and other topics. She believes Serena Williams can win "tons" more Grand Slam titles and Michael Sam "made history" despite not making the roster of an NFL team.

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The NFL is still not ready for an openly gay player

Friday, September 5, 2014
Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam smiles as he speaks to reporters after team practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
If history is any guide, Michael Sam should be getting ready for his first NFL game. Instead, he's stuck on the practice squad with the Dallas Cowboys. The league, it would seem, isn't quite ready for its first openly gay player. We're not talking about his teammates, either. There was never any indication that Sam was a distraction in the St. Louis locker room, as so many had predicted...

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Michael Sam signs with Dallas Cowboys

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Michael Sam (46) jogs on the field during team practice Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
IRVING, Texas -- Michael Sam's second chance in the NFL will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team," Garrett said. "That's where our attention is (football). What people say outside the organization is up to them."

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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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