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Michael Sam, 1st openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:22:51 PDT

In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues - and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade - Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, 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.

Pronger, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero among Hockey Hall picks (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:22:43 PDT

Stanley Cup winners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Sergei Fedorov and former NHL star Phil Housley are among the seven newcomers in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall announced Monday that Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. also were voted into the shrine. ''Nothing I have done has been the easy way, so I guess this follows suit,'' Pronger said on a conference call Monday afternoon.

Rangers' Hamilton eager to return; says he's 'good to go' (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:16:20 PDT

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton comes out of the batting cage during a workout before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Josh Hamilton is ready to return to the major leagues, even at less than 100 percent. Sidelined since June 4 with a strained left hamstring, Hamilton proclaimed himself ''good to go'' Monday. The outfielder expects to be activated from the disabled list by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

LA Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract for "breach" (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:11:02 PDT

Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards looks to pass the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Newark, N.J. The Kings won 3-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards' contract Monday, claiming the underachieving forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms. The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings' prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, $69 million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in 2008. The Kings acquired Richards in 2011, and he played a key supporting role on their two Stanley Cup champion teams.

Wade elects to become free agent, may leave Heat (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:46:44 PDT

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Orlando Magic on April 13, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat is about to be tested like never before, and the most accomplished player in franchise history may soon have a new home. Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, electing to pass on a $16.1 million option for next season and see what he's worth on the open market. Wade played for all three of Miami's NBA championship teams.

5 Royals lead in All-Star voting, balloting ends Thursday (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:20:15 PDT

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, right, celebrates with teammate Lorenzo Cain after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Edward Mujica in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead.

Serena Williams' Wimbledon starts slow; Venus wins 6-0, 6-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:48:43 PDT

Venus Williams of the United States serves to Madison Brengle of the United States during the women's singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start. In her first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams dropped three of the first four games. The No. 1-seeded Williams extended her pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title and her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam, too, by taking 11 of the last 13 games to beat 113th-ranked qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1.

MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:30:06 PDT

FILE - In this February, 2011 file photo, Baltimore Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail smiles during a news conference at the team's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla. The Philadelphia Phillies have hired veteran baseball executive MacPhail to be their team president, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies on Monday with plans to take over as team president after this season. MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the rest of this season, then take over all business and baseball operations.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:00:20 PDT

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan talks during a news conference for the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year's national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him. Ryan surprised the college basketball world Monday when he announced that he plans to retire after next season as he looks to pass the torch after molding the Badgers into a national power.

Luol Deng staying with Heat, opts-in for $10.1 million (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:13:33 PDT

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 7: Luol Deng #9 of the Miami Heat during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on April 7, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Luol Deng has elected to stay with the Miami Heat next season, using his opt-in clause on a $10.1 million deal. Deng averaged 14.0 points with the Heat last season, starting all 72 games in which he appeared. Deng's agent, Herb Rudoy, said the small forward told the Heat of his decision at 2 p.m. EDT Monday.