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UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I mens basketball will inspire others. "There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations," he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump." Earlier Wednesday, Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports. He said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA team sign Jason Collins, who became the leagues first openly gay player when he joined the Brooklyn Nets this season. "Right now Im happy. Im free just to live my life," Gordon told the AP. The sophomore was the Minutemens fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season. UMass reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998 and lost in its first game to Tennessee. He sat out the previous season after transferring from Western Kentucky to be closer to his family in New Jersey, where he played at high school powerhouse St. Patrick. Gordon said he told his parents he was gay March 30, informed UMass coach Derek Kellogg the next day and told his teammates two days later, which was last Wednesday. He said some of them probably have known since last summer. "They could sense it because I kind of separated myself from the team," Gordon said. "I didnt really hang out with them as far as going to parties and stuff. I really kind of kept to myself, kept quiet. We went on road trips -- Id sit by myself and they were always wondering why. I did it because I didnt want to put myself in a situation where maybe something happens and they end up finding out. Then what? Im not going to know how to handle the situation." He said he appreciated the support hes received from his teammates since making his announcement. "Theyre ready to get back in the gym just as much as I am," Gordon said. "I cant wait to get back with them and get ready for this upcoming season." In the Outsports interview, Gordon said he considered quitting basketball last fall and isolated himself from teammates because of teasing. Over the summer, he had "liked" a photo on Instagram of him and his then-boyfriend in front of a gay bar. Gordon said Wednesday that he had talked several times with Collins, who made a trailblazing announcement last April when he came out in an interview with Sports Illustrated. In February, he became the first openly gay male athlete in the four major North American pro sports leagues. Collins tweeted that he was "so proud" of Gordon: "Another brave young man who is going to make it easier for so many others to live an authentic life." Michael Sam, an All-American defensive end at Missouri, came out in interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports in February after his college career ended. He is projected as a middle-round prospect in next months NFL draft. Sam tweeted congratulations to Gordon after the announcement: "You have so many in your corner and were all proud and rooting for you." Kellogg and UMass director of athletics John McCutcheon offered their support in statements from the school. The coach said that "I have the most profound respect for Derrick and the decision he has made to come out publicly." He called Gordon "a model student, a terrific competitor, but most importantly, he is a wonderful human being." Gerard Pique Jersey . Brazilian striker Brandao opened the scoring with a header in the 55th minute before winger Franck Tabanou volleyed home from close range to double the lead in the 61st. Andre Gomes Jersey . 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These two teams do play again on December 1 so we cant reference a previous divisional game. The Chiefs play their best in the fourth quarter and should win, but by more than seven? Raiders on points. Atlanta (-3) at Cleveland Having Josh Gordon back at wide receiver enhances the entire offence. First teams are a little more hesitant to blitz as someone will be one-on-one and Cleveland hopes it is Gordon. Also teams do not commit to putting the strong safety into the tackle box because of deep post pattern success from Cleveland. Gordon was amazingly productive last year and should flow into the system relatively easily. Great athletic match-up to watch is corner Joe Haden on either Julio Jones or Roddy White. Atlanta is much better in the Georgia Dome but Cleveland will play better coming off the loss to Houston. Browns. Tennessee at Philadelphia (-11) Too many points for me. Zach Mettenberger did not by any means look overwhelmed in the three-point loss against Pittsburgh last Monday night. And yes on defence they gave up 202 yards to LeVeon Bell but that usually does not happen two weeks in a row as the defence has to watch video of it all week. I do think the Eagles win as they have too much perimeter talent and are too athletic up front across the offensive line. But what an opportunity for Mettenberger to establish himself and distance himself from indiscretions of the past. Titans on points. Detroit at New England (-7) Detroit could have and maybe should have beaten Arizona if not for a critical rule interpretation and third down situations. What the Lions have, the Colts did not have. That is a four-man pass rush from the edges and the interior and a much better run defence front seven. Jonas Gray is now a known commodity across the NFL and I will be surprised if he has extreme success against Detroit. In scoring only six points Detroit had its worst day offensively of the year, I cant see it happening for a second game in a row even though the Patriots match up well on Johnson and Tate with Revis and Browner. Detroit is chasing the Packers who are getting better and better. The Patriots are chasing no one except home field through the AFC playoffs and will not take Detroit lightly. Patriots cover. Green Bay (-9.5) at Minnesota I do not think the Packers will score another 50 points to make it three weeks in a row. As a matter of fact, with this game being divisional and a Mike Zimmer defence involved this one could be close. But where the Packers could dominate is against Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback for the Vikings. After a spectacular start at home against Atlanta teams do have video on Bridgewater and it makes a difference in defending him. Makes it easier. Jay Cutler had over 400 yards of offence and so can Aaron Rodgers. It will be cold but for a player from Alabama, Eddie Lacy runs effectively in the cold. Packers by 10 and cover. Jacksonville at Indianapolis (-10) Bounce back game of the week. The first Colts/Jaguars game in Jacksonville was a very easy win for Indy. This time coming off the dominant loss to New England I look for Andrew Luck to be all business in every way. Good teams always respond from a bad game with a good game, and the Colts are a good team. They will miss Ahmad Bradshaw but its time for Trent Richardson to shine with the added responsibility of a true No. 1 back. Colts cover. Cincinnati at Houston (-2) This is a good game that could go either way. Not many good memories for Houston in NRG Stadium, home of the Texans. But, credit the Bengals for a bounce back performance in New Orleans against a top quarterback in Drew Brees. Ryan Mallett looked comfortable at quarterback last week on the road and should look even more comfortable this week at home. Cincinnati had an amazing game from second-round draft pick Jeremy Hill. Doing it two weeks in a row against this Houston defence is unlikely, though. Houston by a field goal to cover the 2. NY Jets at Buffalo (-4.5) The weather will be a factor and the game could be delayed. All advantages for the Bills. The first Jets-Bills game was an easy Bills win and even with Michael Vick at quarterback I anticipate this one might be as well. The Bills defensive line continues to be onee of the best and coming off the 22-9 loss in Miami with a record of 5-5 the Bills may not have realistic playoff hopes, but a winning season to break the constant 6 win, 10 loss three-year history is a genuine goal.dddddddddddd Bills. Tampa Bay at Chicago (-5.5) Not sure if the dominant win by Tampa Bay over Washington was due to Tampa Bay being that good or Washington being in disarray. Weather again may be a factor and thats an advantage for the Bears. Mike Evans has made a difference in Tampa Bay and going back to Josh McCown at quarterback has made a difference for Mike Evans. Its the second game of a road trip for the Bucs, second straight home game for the Bears. Chicago definitely gained some confidence last week and now have a chance to gain some more. Bucs may still be mathematically alive in the NFC South, but only mathematically. Bears. Arizona at Seattle (-6.5) Too many points for a divisional game. For Arizona the best kept secret in all of football is Andre Ellington. 59, 199 lbs and he moves and flows like a Jamaal Charles-type of running back and Charles had 159 yards against Seattle last week. Health concerns with Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver with a MCL sprain but he will show up and just his presence on the field makes a difference. The Cardinals are an exceptional blitzing team and run defence team. They must stay disciplined when Russell Wilson moves into safe areas and must be immensely physical on the most physical back in football, Marshawn Lynch. Nothing will come easy for either team. Cardinals. St. Louis at San Diego (-5) The Rams must be confident after beating Denver and making it look easy. The Chargers could not put the Raiders away and that has to be a concern. The most experienced head coach in the entire NFL is Jeff Fisher with over 300 games of head coaching experience. And now he gets his best quarterback back in Shaun Hill. The Rams defensive line could make a big impact on a relative stationary Philip Rivers. Rams. Miami at Denver Broncos (-7) A couple of genuine concerns emerged last week for Denver. First, the Broncos may not have the personnel or ability to run the football effectively. And pass protection will be tested again this week as Manning knows the ability of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. The Rams did a great job of being physical with Denvers receivers and Miami will try to duplicate that. But this will be the first Broncos home game in three week against Miami, who is coming of a Thursday night time advantage. Denver responds and covers the 7. Broncos. Washington at San Francisco (-8) Theres drama going on in Washington and rejuvenation being felt in San Francisco. Not sure if what Robert Griffin said was all that bad because basically he talked the truth; that the people around him need to play better so he can play better. Should he have just used the well versed clichés of football and left the stage? Yes, but he didnt so pressure is on him more now than ever to play better than ever. For San Francisco, having Aldon Smith back helps everyone on defense. This being his first game back in front of family and friends, he will want to make game-changing plays. But the new emerging story is the effectiveness of Chris Borland at linebacker in terms of effort, production and intensity. Borland is a third round draft pick and I know its early but he is playing like a first round draft pick. Washington is pretty much playing out the season and Jay Gruden is already quietly thinking of 2015. Jim Harbaugh isnt. After all the adversity, the 49er are still a playoff team. San Francisco. Dallas (-3.5) at New York Giants The bye week could not come at a better time for the Dallas Cowboys after an easy win in London. Dallas has two games in five days - this Sunday at New York and Week 13 against the Eagles - and because Tony Romo played last week, there are no concerns about this week. Eli Manning had five interceptions last week - FIVE! Now, not all were his fault but five is outrageous. Aaron Rogers has three for the season. If there is one guy Dallas must keep in check though design or exceptional play it is Odell Beckham. He is a star waiting to shine. But he is one guy. Dallas has a chance to win the division, first things first. Cowboys. Baltimore at New Orleans (-3.5) The mystique of certain success in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is over for the New Orleans Saints. After winning 20 in a row at home, the Saints have lost two consecutive games to San Francisco and last week to Cincinnati. The pressure is on in Baltimore. Everyone in the AFC North has a winning record which means every game is a must-win, especially coming off the bye as the Ravens are. The Saints are exceptional prime time players especially on Monday night, but Baltimore is done with their division games and the next six are all winnable. Good feeling in this stadium winning a Super Bowl. I expect it to be duplicated Monday night. Ravens. ' ' '

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