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In new memoir, Robbie Rogers rues slow acceptance of gays in sports

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on May 26, 2013, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he's the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league. Jason Collins recently retired from the NBA, and Michael Sam is without an NFL team. That leaves Rogers, the first [...]

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Jason Collins, NBA’s first openly gay player, announces he’s retiring

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Jason Collins, a 13-year veteran of the National Basketball Association who last year became the league's first openly gay player, is retiring. [...]

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Derrick Gordon: First openly gay D-I men’s basketball player to compete in college game

Sunday, November 16, 2014
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AMHERST, Mass. -- Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player to compete in a collegiate game Friday night, starting at shooting guard and helping Massachusetts defeat Siena 95-87. [...]

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Robbie Rogers gets multi-year contract extension with LA Galaxy

Thursday, November 13, 2014
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers controls the ball against D.C. United during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 27, 2014. Rogers has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the LA Galaxy.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy didn't announce the terms of their deal Thursday with Rogers, the first openly gay player in MLS. [...]

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WNBA star Brittney Griner victim of knife attack in China

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Laura Nicholls of Spain, left, and Brittney Griner of the United States fight for the ball during their Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 5, 2014.
WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China. Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players onto the [...]

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New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out as gay

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Robbie Manson, Olympic rower for New Zealand, has come out publicly as gay, and talks about his struggles in the closet and coming out to friends before the 2012 Olympics. [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Martina Navratilova proposal broadcast on big screen at US Open

Saturday, September 6, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Tennis great Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of Arthur Ashe Stadium between the U.S. Open men's semifinals. Navratilova popped the question to Julia Lemigova in the Tennis Channel suite Saturday, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd. "I was very nervous," Navratilova [...]

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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 [...]

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