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Dallas Cowboys waive Michael Sam from practice squad

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad and signed linebacker Troy Davis.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted, signed with the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after he was among the final cuts of the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli praised Sam's work in practice.

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In Poland, LGBT find an ally in former boxing world champion

WARSAW — In conservative Poland, where even the greatest optimists have lost hope that we’ll ever have sex ed in schools, to say nothing of same-sex unions, our latest progressive leader has come from an unlikely place: professional boxing. Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist who goes by the nickname Tiger, recently made headlines by announcing his support for one of the country’s most prominent gay rights groups, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — L.G.B.T. and Friends, by appearing in a photograph with a sign reading, “I am an ally of L.G.B.T.

IOC adds non-discrimination clause to Olympic Charter

After facing a backlash for allowing the recent Olympics to be held in Russia, a nation with anti-gay laws, the International Oympic Committee (IOC) has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The clause will apply to all three 2022 candidates for the Olympics - Oslo, Beijing and Almaty.

Michael Sam added to Dallas Cowboys practice squad

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

Sam, who starred on defense with the Missouri Tigers, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and cut last week. The Rams have a sturdy defense and a glut of talented players at the same position that Sam plays.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, have a leaky defense and needs help with pass rushing since their star rusher DeMarcus Ware signed elsewhere. The defense reeked during the four preseason games.

Michael Sam and the NFL's virulent homophobia

(Editor's update: Since this commentary was published, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interested in signing Michael Sam to the team's practice squad, providing he pass his physical on Wednesday. Various Dallas area media are reporting the news late Tuesday.)

Arizona State football player Chip Sarafin comes out

Arizona State football player Edward "Chip" Sarafin has publicly come out as gay. The redshirt senior made his announcement in an interview with Compete magazine.

President Obama welcomes athletes to Gay Games 9 in Ohio

President Barack Obama issued a video welcome to the world's LGBT athletes competing in Gay Games 9 in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

The video was shown during the GG9 Opening Ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The President touched on the history of the Gay Games and noted that the olympic-style event was last held in the U.S. in his adopted home town of Chicago, Illinois. Obama grew up in Hawaii, and settled in the Windy City after graduating from college.

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LGBT athletes still facing harassment and discrimination

(Editor's note: Ken Reed is Sports Policy Director for League of Fans. He wrote this blog for Huffington Post.)

The past year or so has been a good one for LGBT athletes and their quest for acceptance, fairness, justice, and equal opportunity in sports.

Warwick Rowers release video teaser of 2015 naked calendar

The hotly anticipated Warwick Rowers 2015 naked calendar is almost here, and members of Warwick University’s Rowing Club are teasing us with a brand new video showing this year's crop of smoking hot rowers.

The naked calendar is an annual tradition to help tackle homophobia in sport with the proceeds going to Sport Allies program, which reaches out to young people suffering from bullying, homophobia and self-esteem issues.

Kyle Kingsbury, UFC fighter, makes pro-gay statement with underwear

Don't mind us... we're just over here profusely fanning ourselves.

In an incredible display of solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Ultimate Fighter Kyle Kingsbury revealed a pair pink "Legalize Gay" underwear during his weigh-in over the weekend. The hunky athlete dropped his shorts for the weigh-in the day prior to his reported loss against Patrick Cummins.

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