The overflow crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam.
He seemed almost eager for the attention and scrutiny.
The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, handling questions and scrutiny with aplomb well beyond that of a typical seventh-round pick.
"I'm determined to be great," Sam said. "I understand that right now you guys want to make a big deal of it."
Sam, who came out to teammates and coaches before his senior season at Missouri, disagreed that his sexuality had been a secret.
"Apparently, everybody else makes a big deal out of it," Sam said. "But my teammates and my school didn't."
Rutgers dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football program after he was charged in an assault that left another man critically injured, while authorities announced that a second suspect has been arrested.
NBC says 4.9 million viewers tuned in to watch U.S. English-language coverage Sunday of the 10 matches on the final day of the English Premier League season. The total was up 172 percent from the previous high.
Defending champion Sweden edged Norway 2-1 for its third straight victory at the world championships in Minsk, Belarus. In other games, Finland blanked Germany 4-0 in Group B and Denmark beat Italy 4-1 in Group A for their first victories.
Novak Djokovic marked his return from a right wrist injury by beating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open.