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Ex-U.S. midfielder Robbie Rogers reveals he is gay | Soccer

Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the U.S. soccer team who went to play in England, revealed he is gay and is leaving the sport to "discover myself away from football."

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Soccer

Former U.S. midfielder

Rogers says he is gay

Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the U.S. national team, revealed Friday he is gay and is leaving soccer to "discover myself away from football."

Rogers, 25, posted a message to Twitter that included a link to his website where he wrote that for the past 25 years: "I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret."

Rogers played in Major League Soccer for five seasons and made 18 appearances for the United States, scoring the first goal of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure in 2011. But Rogers did not play for the national team since the end of 2011, and until last month had been playing for Stevanage, a third-division English team, after being loaned from second-tier Leeds United.

It was unclear whether Rogers was planning to retire from soccer or simply take a break from playing, though the emotional toll of his decision to come out was evident.

"People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple," Rogers wrote. "Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay."

Rogers has received abundant support across social media.

College football

Alabama bars arrested

players from campus

Alabama has barred three players from campus after their arrest on robbery charges.

Defensive back Eddie Williams, 20, and linebackers Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway, both 18, have been charged in separate robberies of two students on campus early Monday morning. Williams, Hayes and Pettway are each charged with two counts of second-degree robbery.

The players are suspended from school pending a judicial review conducted by faculty, staff and members of the Student Judicial Board.

Nunes suffers injury

Stanford backup quarterback Josh Nunes, a former starter, will miss spring practice because of a workout-related injury.

Coach David Shaw declined to disclose details, but said Nunes will be in a sling and is expected to make a full recovery.

Tennis

Williams is No. 1 again

Serena Williams became the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 world ranking since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975.

The 31-year-old Williams rallied from 4-1 down in the third set to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha. The American needed to reach the semifinals to replace Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at No. 1 when the rankings come out next week.

"I never thought I would be here again," said Williams, who has had five previous stints at No. 1 — the first in July 2002 — and has spent 123 weeks in the top spot.

Chris Evert was No. 1 in 1985, just shy of her 31st birthday.

Elsewhere

• Spaniard Rafael Nadal, playing his second tournament after missing nearly seven months because of a left-knee injury, beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the Brazil Open tennis semifinals in Sao Paulo.

Julien Benneteau of France upset defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

• Skier Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, became the first man in 45 years to earn three gold medals at the world championships when he won the giant slalom in Schladming, Austria.

Ligety can equal the feat of French icon Jean-Claude Killy, who earned four golds in 1968, if he wins the slalom Sunday.

• Freestyle skiers Mikael Kingsbury of Canada and Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., won World Cup moguls races at the 2014 Sochi Olympics venue in Russia.

Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum was second to Kingsbury in the men's event.

• Canadian Kaillie Humphries earned her first overall title in the women's bobsled World Cup, finishing third in the season-ending event in Sochi, Russia.

Matt Kenseth triggered a five-car accident in the opening practice for the Sprint Unlimited, a non-points race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida that kicks off the season at NASCAR's top level. Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya also were involved in the crash.

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