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Michael Sam announcement

Michael Sam's new agents are 'willing to hustle'

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam signed with Empire Athletes, a California-based sports agency, Feb. 7. But it wasn't the first agency he signed with.

Turning backs on protesters, hundreds form wall to support Michael Sam

A group of 14 protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church was countered by more than one thousand people who formed a wall to show their support for Michael Sam.

Michael Sam's news draws support, annoyance — and some yawns

The early morning crowd at Hy-Vee Cafe share their reactions to Michael Sam's announcement, ranging from indifference to support for the football player.

Other areas of mid-Missouri react to Michael Sam announcement

Reactions from around Missouri about Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay vary greatly. But most everyone offers an opinion.

FROM READERS: MU student sees future of equality after Michael Sam's announcement

MU student Daniel Shapiro reflects on the community's response to former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's announcement on Sunday that he is gay.

Crane operator's picture of Michael Sam tribute goes viral

Virgil Jeffery captured and posted the viral snowy "Sam" tribute picture on Facebook while he was operating a crane at Faurot Field Monday morning.

Redefining manhood: Michael Sam's announcement challenges traditional masculine narratives

The rise of feminism, gay-rights activism and metrosexuals question traditional masculinity structures. Now, defensive back Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay challenges manhood in the professional sports arena.

Kent State suspends wrestler over Michael Sam slur

Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler first tweeted Monday using a homophobic slur, saying he couldn't watch a sports program because they were talking about Sam, who is an NFL prospect.

Marketing execs: Let Sam's play speak for him

Any NFL team that drafts Michael Sam will be taking on much more than a rookie pass-rusher. But experts say the smart approach for a team that signs the league's first openly gay athlete — from a marketing and public relations standpoint — is to simply let Sam's on-field play speak for him and his team.

Michael Sam could be important face in gay community

Michael Sam has said his focus is on football, but others — particularly those in the LGBT community — may not listen.

CFL players fined for posts about Michael Sam

The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Michael Sam — All-American on and off the field

Society is changing, as well as the culture of professional sports. And changing, too, thanks in part to Mr. Sam, is the definition of a football player and a teammate.

MU students rally around Michael Sam

Students are organizing a counterdemonstration to the Westboro Baptist Church protest expected this weekend.

Michael Sam's new fame could lead to financial gain

Michael Sam's coming-out announcement could mean financial endorsements.

UPDATE: Missouri, Michael Sam were prepared for the day Sam would come out

Michael Sam was ready to be in the spotlight on Sunday night, but that wasn't always the case.

A collection of supportive messages for Michael Sam

Michael Sam has received an outpouring of support following his announcement this weekend that he is gay.

TIMELINE: Michael Sam in good company: gay athletes in history

Missouri football player Michael Sam has joined a group of athletes whose sexual orientation has made history in the past five decades.

James Franklin, teammates weigh in on Michael Sam

Former Missouri quarterback James Franklin gives his thoughts on teammate Michael Sam coming out.

White House praises Michael Sam, Missouri

President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all commended Sam's Sunday announcement.

National media descend on Columbia in light of Michael Sam announcement

The scene in Columbia is a calm one just 24 hours after Sam's announcement in comparison to the virtual social media firestorm that is still ongoing. 

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