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Carl Nassib stands to become the first openly gay player to participate in an NFL game.

NFL and its teams show strong support for Carl Nassib coming out as gay, but what about players?

Nassib's announcement that he is gay was met with a lot of positive messages, but Michael Sam's experience just six years ago was very different. 49 minutes ago

Laurel Hubbard hefted 628 pounds in two lifts to qualify in the women’s super-heavyweight division for the Summer Olympics.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard becomes first transgender athlete to qualify for Olympics

Hubbard transitioned eight years ago at 35 and has met the IOC regulations for fair competition, but some in the weightlifting community still have objections.

Red Sox at Rays | 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
Wander Franco, shown here during spring training, will make his debut on Tuesday.

Game 73: Red Sox at Rays lineups and notes

Rays shortstop Wander Franco, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, will make his debut against the Red Sox.

Ky Hicks powers Bridgewater-Raynham softball to Division 1 South win with a blast in the 9th

The sophomore's solo homer lifted the Trojans past North Attleborough and into a quarterfinal matchup against Bishop Feehan.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos (two goals) winds up for a shot against the Islanders in Tampa Bay's 8-0 victory over New York.

Steven Stamkos scores twice and Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 21 saves as Lightning rout Islanders to take 3-2 series lead

Stamkos ignited a three-goal opening period — the first against the Islanders all season.

Globe Foundation / Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athlete Awards
The Globe's Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Andover senior Paige Gillette (center) and Melrose senior Brendan Fennell, flanked by Scholar-Athletes Stephanie Tardugno (Methuen) and Amanda Patti (Austin Prep). Back row, from left: Amber Kiricoples (Peabody), Jake Taylor (Mansfield), Matt O'Toole (Waltham), John Kerney (Dartmouth), Leah Nash (Monomoy), Terence Moynihan (St. Mary's), Luke Maffeo (O'Bryant), Carly Drew (Old Rochester), Quinlan O'Brien (Boston Latin), Lillie Cooper (Phillips Andover), Jack Nelson (Quincy), David Lombardi (Malden), Thomas Billings (Hudson), and Emma Mumby (Westborough).

Globe Foundation / Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athletes and athletes of the year honored for 2020-21

A group of graduating seniors was honored Monday morning at the 35th Globe Foundation/Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athletes and Athletes of the Year awards ceremony, held in the Dell Technologies Club at Fenway Park. Everyone in the expansive room was maskless, a far cry from the virtual ceremony last year.

Monday's schools roundup
Lincoln Sudbury's Henry Grosso (33) beats Acton-Boxborough goalie Ryan Skripps on this second-quarter tally in Monday's 9-5 victory in the D1 North quarterfinals.

Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ lacrosse vanquishes archrival Acton-Boxborough to reach D1 North semifinals

Henry Grosso scored the first three goals for L-S (10-2) and Collin Murphy (2 goals, 3 assists) and Hayden Donley (2 goals, assist) added tallies for a commanding 5-0 halftime lead in the 9-5 win.

Top-seeded Franklin baseball goes forth with a 12-run frame in Division 1 South victory

Batting out of the No. 9 spot, Henry DiGiorgio was 3 for 3 with three runs scored as the inspired Panthers (14-1) play on for eighth-grader Nick Gaspar in town battling a tumor.