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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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Minn. sports league delays decision on transgender student athletics

Thursday, October 2, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota State High School League on Thursday voted to postpone making a decision on the league’s proposed policy about transgender students who want to play on athletic teams. WCCO-TV reports that the board wanted the currently written policy to move forward, but also to refine it before it becomes fully implemented....

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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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Gay Wake Forest sports fans question anti-gay radio affiliation

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some gay fans of Wake Forest University say they’re disappointed the college’s football and basketball games will be aired on radio stations belonging to an anti-LGBT Christian radio network. That business choice, says one fan, betrays Wake Forest’s history of inclusion and contradicts the college’s LGBT-friendly values.

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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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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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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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