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Sports briefs: Missouri officials applaud Michael Sam
First Published Feb 10 2014 05:22 pm • Last Updated Feb 10 2014 11:10 pm

college football • Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam revealed he was gay at one of the football team’s get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team.

Realizing the enormity of the situation, Pinkel left the next move up to the senior who blossomed into one of the best defensive ends in the country — and one surrounded by teammates who didn’t reveal his secret until he came out on Sunday.

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Pinkel, athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials applauded Sam’s courage Monday at Faurot Field.

Coaches and Sam agreed that making an announcement during the season might be a distraction.

Dodgers’ Beckett says he’s healthy

baseball • Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the Dodgers’ season after having a rib removed in July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm.

"I don’t have numbness and tingling, anymore," Beckett said Monday in Glendale, Ariz., after a bullpen session. The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation this spring.

Weber State’s Bolomboy honored


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college basketball • Weber State sophomore forward Joel Bolomboy has been named the Big Sky Conference co-Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. Bolomboy averaged 16 points and 11.5 rebounds in wins over North Dakota and Northern Colorado.

Bolomboy, who is from Fort Worth, Texas, shared the first weekly honor of his career with Montana’s Kareem Jamar.



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