Indy 500 to beef up security after Manchester attacks
INDIANAPOLIS Security around the Indianapolis 500 will be beefed up this weekend following Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England, speedway officials said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama praised the courage of National Football League hopeful Michael Sam, whose disclosure he is gay has launched a debate over whether the league is ready for its first openly gay player, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.
"I have spoken about this with him and he, like the first lady, like so many others, admires Michael Sam's courage and believes that the action he has taken is an important step and looks forward to seeing him playing in the NFL," Carney told reporters at a briefing.
Sam starred as a defensive lineman at the University of Missouri and is expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL draft, where stand-out college players can earn million-dollar salaries. While the NFL and many of Sam's teammates have rallied around him, some commentators have been less enthusiastic.
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
PARIS Britain's Andy Murray, who has suffered a dip in form this year, said on Wednesday it had been hard at times for him to stay motivated since he became world number one last year.
Former England captain David Beckham, who won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was among the first-time candidates named on the ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday.