Rams cut first openly gay draft pick Sam

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Coach Jeff Fisher repeated over and over that it was purely a football decision.

"I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike," Fisher said at news conference on Saturday. "I really was, and I don't say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do."

The seventh-round pick has been forthright 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 and lost out to undrafted Ethan Westbrooks, who proved more productive and more versatile.

Golson totals 5 TDs in return, Irish win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday.

Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. He also had two near-misses on long pass attempts. He scored on an 11-yard run on a planned keeper, a 14-yard scramble and a 4-yard run on a blown handoff. (MORE)

Buckeyes struggle early, beat Navy 34-17

BALTIMORE (AP) There might come a time when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer expands his offensive playbook to include various long passes, reverses and bootlegs.

Until his young quarterback gains confidence and his line grows up, the No. 5 Buckeyes will likely count on the kind of conservative game plan that proved good enough to beat Navy 34-17 Saturday. (MORE)

US opens Cup with 114-55 rout of Finland

BILBAO, Spain (AP) As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.

"We kind of talked a little on the bench a little bit, `Hey, everybody remember when we scored the last time?'" forward Kimmo Muurinen said. (MORE)

No. 7 UCLA gets 3 TDs on D, escapes Cavs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Brett Hundley was all smiles, mostly because of his defense.

Seventh-ranked UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter Saturday and Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive as the Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams. (MORE)

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