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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michael Sam has been selected the winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The Missouri defensive end, who likely will be drafted by an NFL team this weekend, will receive the award given to individuals who transcend sports at The 2014 ESPYs on July 16. Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has announced that he is gay, making him set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. ESPN is honouring Sam for "his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports." "Im very honoured to be presented with the Arthur Ashe award," he said. "It is about courage. "You know I dont think there is anything courageous I did. I look forward to when we can live life in a world when gays dont have to come out in public." Sam said he has received support from athletes in all sports, "from football to basketball to softball to soccer, everyone." "I am thrilled to be living in a time when you can be accepted for how you live." Sam joins a prestigious list of winners ranging from Jim Valvano, the first recipient in 1995, to Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Cathy Freeman, Nelson Mandela and Pat Summitt. The award, of course, is named for Ashe, the inspirational tennis star who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. After learning he had the disease, Ashe campaigned to raise awareness about AIDS. "Arthur always believed in and practiced leading by example," said Ashes widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. "When Michael Sam announced that he is gay, he courageously stepped forward to engage an issue that still remains a pervasive problem in many professional sports. Michael has displayed true leadership both on and off the field." Sam is one of eight children from Hitchcock, Texas. Two of his siblings have died and one disappeared and has not been found. Maura Mandt, executive producer of the ESPYs, calls Sam a "humble guy who isnt looking for any accolades." "In deciding to give Michael this honour, while his courageous act of coming out is a part of it, the story is about the life he led growing up," Mandt added. "A man who has consistently lived his life with integrity, is never afraid of living this truth." Oscar Dansk Golden Knights Jersey . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun the international tournament will likely return in September 2016 rather than 2015. Brendan Leipsic Jersey . -- Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 98-96 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. http://www.goldenknightsproshop.com/aut ... ts-jersey/. The South Africa international, who rejoined the club last month on loan from Tottenham, opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a powerful shot into the roof of the net. Shea Theodore Jersey . -- Gary Harris gave No. Brayden McNabb Golden Knights Jersey . Gonzalez participated in his final game on Sunday, Atlantas 21-20 defeat at the hands of the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, having posted four catches for 46 yards.Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Nebraska has fired head football coach Bo Pelini after seven seasons. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst made the announcement Sunday morning, two days after the Cornhuskers completed a 9-3 regular season with a 37-34 overtime win against Iowa. Pelini enjoyed tremendous success at Nebraska, winning at least nine games each season. He posted a record of 66-27 since 2008 with three bowl victories in six games. However, the Huskers never won a conference title, losing three championship games, and this years promising season was derailed with consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota after an 8-1 start. The 46-year-old Ohio native guided Nebraska to a pair of Big 12 championship games, but the Huskers fell to Texas in 2009 and lost to Oklahoma in 2010. The school moved to thee Big Ten for 2011 and the Huskers reached the conference championship game in 2012, but suffered a 70-31 blowout at the hands of Wisconsin.dddddddddddd Coach Pelini served our university admirably for seven years and led our football programs transition to the Big Ten Conference, said Eichorst in a statement Sunday. We wish coach Pelini and his wonderful family all the best and thank him for his dedicated service to the university. Before taking over at Nebraska, Pelini had been an assistant at LSU (2005-07), Oklahoma (2004) and Nebraska (2003). He was the Huskers defensive coordinator in 2003 and was also the interim coach for the teams bowl win over Michigan State that season. Pelini also has NFL experience as an assistant with Green Bay (2000-02), New England (1997-99) and San Francisco (1994-96). Cheap Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys White Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys ' ' '