Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Sam Back at Practice with CFL Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Sam Back at Practice with CFL Team

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Sam is back at practice with his CFL team

Michael Sam returned to practice with the Montreal Alouettes on Monday ready to resume his Canadian Football League career after a brief leave for undisclosed personal reasons.

Speaking for just a few minutes, Sam praised last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage and said he hoped to marry someday.

Although Sam's public coming-out and his efforts to make the NFL have been cited as a catalyst for Americans' abrupt turnaround on gay rights, he deflected credit to those who have worked on the issue for years.

"I don't think I did anything. ... I'm just happy that I can get married and it would be legal," he said, adding that he was focusing on football for now. "It was a historical day and I'm very proud and very happy to be an American right now."

The 2013 Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year at Missouri, Sam was selected by the Rams in the seventh and final round of the 2014 NFL draft. (AP)

Irish RB suspended * Notre Dame junior running back Greg Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating team rules, a source close to the university confirmed Monday.

In 15 games, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has run for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries. He will be allowed to participate in team activities and remain in school during the punishment, which was first reported by 247 Sports and Fox Sports.

Bryant rushed for a career-high 79 yards on seven carries against USC on Nov. 29. He returned eight punts for 94 yards last season. (Chicago Tribune)

FIFA boots Barbados * Barbados has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament for fielding an ineligible player, giving beaten opponent Aruba a reprieve to advance instead.

FIFA ordered Barbados to forfeit its 1-0 win against Aruba in the second leg of its CONCACAF second-round match on June 14. Barbados won the first leg 2-0.

With Aruba awarded a 3-0 second-leg victory by default, it now advances 3-2 on aggregate. …

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