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Former Missouri player Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was released by St. Louis Rams Saturday. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)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.

A teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum exits a police car, taking the hand of an officer who patrols her neighborhood as she arrives to Copacabana for a group debutante ball organized by her slum's Pacifying Police Unit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Fifteen-year-olds from Santa Marta made their coming out Friday night, escorted by police officers who patrol their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.

Michael Sam of the St. Louis Rams watches from the bench during the second half of a pre-season against the New Orleans Saints game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 8, 2013 in St. Louis, MissouriMichael Sam, the first openly gay player selected in the National Football League Draft, was released Saturday by the St. Louis Rams in final roster cuts before the season begins. All NFL teams had to reach the 53-man NFL limit by Saturday ahead of next week's season openers and the 24-year-old defensive end's fate came down to the Rams having too much talent on the defensive line. "It was not a difficult decision," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. He got a chance to play a lot, the second most snaps on the defensive line, and was productive."

Juventus french midfielder Paul Labile Pogba is tackled by ChievoVerona's Argentine midfielder Mariano Izco during the Serie A football match Chievo Verona vs Juventus at Bentegodi Stadium in Verona on August 30, 2014Massimiliano Allegri silenced the doubters as champions Juventus beat Chievo 1-0 in the former AC Milan coach's first Serie A game in charge of the Old Lady of Turin. Last season's runners-up Roma also began with a victory as Rudi Garcia's team beat Fiorentina 2-0, with Radja Nainggolan and Gervinho grabbing the goals. Juventus, who replaced three-time Scudetto winning coach Antonio Conte in the close season, outclassed Eugenio Corini's men but could only manage a sixth minute Cristiano Biraghi own-goal.

Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic heads to score during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs S.D Eibar at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on August 30, 2014La Liga champions Atletico Madrid recorded their first victory of the campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over newly-promoted Eibar on Saturday. First-half headers from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic ultimately proved decisive, but Atletico were given a scare after Abraham's brilliant strike had brought Eibar back into the game. The visitors had a great chance to level the game three minutes from time, but Angel's effort trickled inches past the far post as Atletico held on. "Games at the beginning of the season are always difficult," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who was serving the second of an eight-match touchline ban.

Strong odor in several Pa. counties prompts over 400 calls to PECOA strong odor of gas throughout parts of Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks counties has prompted hundreds of calls to PECO.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia is interviewed after defeating Sam Querrey of the United States in their men's singles third round match at the US Open on August 30, 2014 in New YorkNovak Djokovic marched into the US Open fourth round on Saturday before happily being upstaged by a precocious, nine-year-old pop singer. Djokovic had defeated Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and then batted off a series of routine post-match questions from the media. "She's a prodigy, a future star, and this is a very valuable experience for her," said Djokovic. Zia is the daughter of Peter Uehling, a former pro and close friend of Djokovic since the world number one's teenage years.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)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.

Canada's Milos Raonic (L) shakes hands with Japan's Kei Nishikori (R) at the net after Raonic won their men's singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2014Young guns Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori will duel for a US Open quarter-final berth in a rematch of their fourth-round tussle at Wimbledon. Canada's Raonic downed Nishikori at the All England Club en route to becoming the first Canadian man in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. They booked the rematch with third-round victories at Flushing Meadows, Raonic, 23, ending the dream run of the Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3) while Nishikori defeated Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Back trouble forced him to retire against Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters, and a toe injury forced him to miss Masters tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati prior to the Open.

Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a shot against Victor Estrella Burgos, of Dominican Republic, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — What's the secret of Milos Raonic's perfect hair?

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