The overflow crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam.

He seemed almost eager for the attention and scrutiny.

The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, handling questions and scrutiny with aplomb well beyond that of a typical seventh-round pick.

"I'm determined to be great," Sam said. "I understand that right now you guys want to make a big deal of it."

Sam, who came out to teammates and coaches before his senior season at Missouri, disagreed that his sexuality had been a secret.

"Apparently, everybody else makes a big deal out of it," Sam said. "But my teammates and my school didn't."

  • The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with former San Jose State quarterback David Fales on a four-year contract. The Bears also agreed to a contract with safety Brock Vereen. Fales was selected in the sixth round after starting all 25 games as San Jose State's quarterback over the past two seasons (2012-13).

  • The 49ers signed linebacker Aaron Lynch and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey to four-year deals. Lynch was the first of the 49ers' two fifth-round draft picks in this year's draft. Ramsey was the first of the 49ers' two seventh-round draft picks.

  • Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy spent Tuesday night in jail in Mecklenburg County (North Carolina), after being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

  • Lockdown cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year, $68 million extension with Cleveland.

    College football

    Rutgers dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football program after he was charged in an assault that left another man critically injured, while authorities announced that a second suspect has been arrested.

    Soccer

    NBC says 4.9 million viewers tuned in to watch U.S. English-language coverage Sunday of the 10 matches on the final day of the English Premier League season. The total was up 172 percent from the previous high.

    Hockey

    Defending champion Sweden edged Norway 2-1 for its third straight victory at the world championships in Minsk, Belarus. In other games, Finland blanked Germany 4-0 in Group B and Denmark beat Italy 4-1 in Group A for their first victories.

    Miscellany

    Novak Djokovic marked his return from a right wrist injury by beating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open.

  • French rider Nacer Bouhanni won the slippery fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint as the race returned home after opening with three legs in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

  • The national sprint coach for U.S. Speedskating has quit, joining an exodus of coaches in the wake of the Americans' shutout at the Sochi Olympics. Ryan Shimabukuro announced on his Facebook page that he was stepping down after 16 years