This photo taken Sept. 7, 2014, shows former Dallas Cowboys Michael Sam walking on the field before the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. Sam said in a TV documentary that aired Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014,  that coming out as gay was the right thing to do. He'd have preferred the news come out after he informed the team that drafted him. "It didn't need to be public," Sam said. "Why do gay people have to do it?" (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Michael Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

He would have preferred the news come out after he informed the team that drafted him, but he feared it would be revealed and felt pressure to control the situation.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen)

Photos: The lasting images of 2014

In a world growing more fragmented with every passing year, here are the stories that captured the world’s attention in 2014.