Michael Sam, 28 August

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams.

Ray Rice

Tougher NFL domestic violence policy

The NFL has toughened its policy on domestic violence which could lead to a lifetime ban for a second offence.

Washington Redskins tackle Tom Compton (68) and quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrate with running back Evan Royster (26), after Royster's touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game 18 August 2014

Post editors abandon 'Redskins'

The Washington Post newspaper editorial board will no longer use "Redskins", the name of Washington's football team, saying the name is offensive.