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TODAY's Takeaway: Costas weighs in on Michael Sam draft; Al reports from re-opened Washington Monument

May 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM ET

Bob Costas weighs in on Michael Sam draft, Sara Bareilles Shines a Light on pediatric cancer and Al reports from the re-opened Washington Monument.
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Bob Costas weighs in on Michael Sam draft, Sara Bareilles Shines a Light on pediatric cancer and Al reports from the re-opened Washington Monument.

1. Whether or not Michael Sam makes it in the NFL, NBC Sports analyst Bob Costas believes he will be a “significant figure” in league history.

“This stuff is moving at warp speed,” Costas told Lauer. “This kind of acceptance is happening quicker than any of us might have thought, and so I think the NFL is just getting in line with what's happening in society overall.”

Video: NBC Sports’ Bob Costas joins TODAY to discuss Michael Sam and reaction from football teams and the public to the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. He also weighs in on the latest statements from L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Sterling’s wife.

2. Al joined the broadcast from the nation’s capital Monday to report on the reopening of the Washington Monument.

"It really is an engineering marvel,” he told the anchors.

Video: The iconic D.C. landmark welcomes back visitors on Monday for the first time since it was damaged by an earthquake in 2011. Al Roker reports.

3. As part of TODAY’s Shine a Light series, Hoda announced that she will team up with the American Cancer Society, Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

For Sara Bareilles, the decision to help kids “was a no-brainer.”

Video: The singer and songwriter joins TODAY to talk about teaming up with Hoda Kotb for a “Shine a Light” project to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

4. There was a puppet invasion in Studio 1A! Ahead of “Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge” finale, the colorful creatures crashed the show throughout the morning. The result: pure mayhem.

Video: Brian Henson, chairman of The Jim Henson Company, joins TODAY to talk about “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a reality series in which designers vie for a shot to win $100,000 plus a contract to work at the legendary shop.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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