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Did Michael Sam make the grade for the St. Louis Rams?

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Michael Sam had his final exam for the St. Louis Rams Thursday night, and Bruce Silverman was on hand at the game.

Whom to watch in Michael Sam's fourth preseason game

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Michael Sam's future with the St. Louis Rams may rest not just on his performance Thursday night against the Miami Dophins, but also how a couple other players show up in the game. Here's what to think about and watch for Thursday.

Coach Nate Alfson talks about the process of coming out on Outsports

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Nate Alfson, a high school baseball and volleyball coach in South Dakota, was inspired by Christian basketball player Derek Schell's coming out story.

Esera Tuaolo serving up Hawaiian food in Minnesota this weekend

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Chef Esera Tuaolo | Uptown Art Fair from Dan Riggs on Vimeo.

If you're in Minneapolis this weekend, head over to former NFL Player Esera Tuaolo's booth at the Uptown Art Fair.

John Amaechi encourages Brits to partake in basketball

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Openly gay former NBA player John Amaechi is offering a free day of basketball coaching to encourage youth to engage in the sport that made him famous - basketball. You can read all the details here at HoopFix.

Stephen A. Smith: 'Tony Dungy happens to be right'

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Stephen A. Smith says Tony Dungy was right to say he didn't want Michael Sam on his football team. No one should be remotely surprised that Smith would say this. He has never been a friend of the LGBT community.

Interesting that Skip Bayless also says he supports Dungy's "spiritual views."

Congratulations Ian Thorpe! Don't listen to the haters.

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Ian Thorpe came out as gay this weekend. The Olympic swimming champion had been pestered about his sexual orientation for years. Some say he waited too long to come out. I applaud him.

GLAAD is doing more work behind-the-scenes than you realize.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F__NHpbq-vU

After lunch with GLAAD's Lauren Dowling, it was clear how little people realize GLAAD is doing behind the scenes on media issues, including sports.

Matthew Mitcham sings Dolly Parton's 'Dumb Blonde'

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Gay Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham is carving out a little music career for himself and his ukelele. Here he sings Dolly Parton's 'Dumb Blonde.' We don't think he is one at all.

Derrick Gordon's TED talk at UMass

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Derrick Gordon talked about being in the closet and coming out at UMass Amherst for a TEDx Talk.

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