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Broadcasting

Tony Dungy: Media 'cannot begrudge' athletes who share faith in Christ

Tony Dungy isn't going to apologize for talking about athletes' Christian faith. That's exactly what some people wanted him to do in February after he suggested that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback...

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Football

Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey keeps Bible verses in his wallet: 'Faith is big for me'

If you were to look inside Jalen Ramsey's wallet, you'd probably find a good amount of money. In fact, if you were to check back in a few years, you'd...

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Football

Jets LT Kelvin Beachum fasted before training camp to 'dive into Christ'

If you listen to Kelvin Beachum and countless other NFL veterans, training camp can be a "necessary evil." The New York Jets left tackle has simply seen enough of summer...

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Football

Nate Sudfeld, Teddy Bridgewater among NFL's Week 2 preseason stars

Backup quarterbacks are all the rage in the NFL preseason, and the first night of Week 2 was no exception. Thursday night saw six different teams take the field in...

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Football

Russell Wilson, C.J. Spiller pay tribute to late Gospel singer Aretha Franklin

The world lost one of its most popular R&B voices, one of its top-selling artists of all time and a Gospel Music Hall of Famer on Thursday with the passing...

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Baseball

Tim Tebow enlists 'Forrest Gump' actor in production of inspirational sports movie

Even after Tim Tebow suffered a season-ending hand injury that cost him a shot at hitting Major League Baseball this fall, his team said 2018 was "nothing but a positive"...

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Football

Tennessee Volunteers hit church before scrimmage: 'It's Sunday, right?'

When first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt began evaluating performances from the University of Tennessee's first football scrimmage of the fall, he didn't have to worry about a lack of unity....

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Football

New Broncos LB A.J. Johnson says God 'took care' of him during criminal trial

A.J. Johnson has not played football in three years, but he's now an official member of the Denver Broncos. The former Tennessee Volunteers stud, a three-time All-SEC honoree whose 425...

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Hockey

From an orphanage to the NHL, Dallas Stars rookie was 'meant to be'

Jermaine Loewen made history this year as the first Jamaica-born hockey player to be taken in the NHL Draft. The 20-year-old winger went 199th overall to the Dallas Stars in...

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Softball

USA Softball's Aubree Munro prayed in batter's box before clutch hit helped U.S. win world championship

Aubree Munro is coming off one of the most unbelievable softball games of her career. After all, the former Florida Gators catcher and World Baseball Softball Confederation gold medalist didn't...

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Golf

Kristen Gillman claims second U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

For the second time in four years, Kristen Gillman has captured the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Besting future University of Alabama teammate Jiwon Jeon at The Golf Club of Tennessee...

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Football

Eagles' Zach Ertz, wife Julie, donate $10K to high school that had equipment stolen

If Zach and Julie Ertz were serious about bringing hope and help to children in need through their Ertz Family Foundation, they are not wasting any time proving it. Just...

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Baseball

Royals prospect Carter Hope says God's love helped him overcome addiction

In 2016, Carter Hope desperately longed for freedom. A 6-foot-3 pitching prospect who made his Arizona League debut three years earlier, he was still working toward a career with the...

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Softball

Jennie Finch says God is 'so much more than' her Olympic gold medal

If anyone knows what it's like to win, it's Jennie Finch. At the height of her game, the famed right-handed softball ace was simply unbeatable. Major League Baseball All-Stars cowered...

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Football

Bobby Bowden defends coach fired for praying: 'I'm proud of him'

It's been years since former high school football coach Joe Kennedy was first put on administrative leave after he declined to stop praying with players at midfield after games. But...

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Football

Saints' Benjamin Watson cites Hebrews 13:3, asks for prayer for Nigeria

More than 6,000 Nigerian Christians — women and children included — have been murdered this summer by "armed Fulani herdsmen," according to The Christian Post. New Orleans Saints tight end...

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Baseball

High school athlete strives to use baseball as a platform for sharing faith

Proud and faithful Christians can be found all across Major League Baseball. But who said true believers have to be in the majors? As Gabriel Stovall documented in this week's...

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Football

Former Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith opens up about mental health battles

Steve Smith Sr. was as outspoken as they come. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver, who starred with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens from 2001-2016, was about as famous...

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Football

Lane Kiffin says God is better than 'success, fame and money'

Lane Kiffin had it all, and he had it early. The son of longtime defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, he had overseen USC's powerhouse offense and become the NFL's youngest head...

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Baseball

Odubel Herrera: Little Bull, lot of faith and exactly what MLB needs

It's a late-April night in 2018, and Odubel Herrera is up to bat against Ivan Nova, a Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander. Nova stands steady on the mound, preparing to throw. In...

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Football

Brian Dawkins: 'Heavenly Father' guided my Hall of Fame career

Brian Dawkins will forever be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, No....

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Football

Tony Dungy says Bible is necessary part of his Hall of Fame locker

You'll find plenty of relics at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are busts of coaches and players. Game-worn jerseys. Cleats. Gloves. Newspaper clippings. One of the items most...

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Football

Eagles extend Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson through 2022

It turns out that one Lombardi Trophy will earn you a whole lot of trust in the City of Brotherly Love. After leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super...

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Football

Robert Griffin III passed up path to 2020 Olympics for God's calling in NFL

When the Cleveland Browns released Robert Griffin III in March 2017, most people may have assumed the quarterback's days in the NFL were over. Griffin was only 27 at the...

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Boxing

Former world champ Peter Quillin returns to the boxing ring a renewed man

On Dec. 5, 2015, Peter Quillin was an unbeaten middleweight champion. He was a prototypical underdog story, born in Chicago, bred in Grand Rapids and built in the boxing ring....

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Baseball

Dodgers land Brian Dozier from Twins on MLB trade deadline day

Brian Dozier has been a staple of the Minnesota Twins for the better part of a decade, but he'll enter August and the race toward the MLB playoffs representing one...

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Broadcasting

ESPN's Sam Ponder says God 'provided real peace' during baby's emergency surgery

Less than a week after she announced the birth of her daughter, Price, ESPN's Samantha Ponder revealed on Instagram that the newborn needed "emergency surgery in the middle of the...

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Football

Nebraska WR Jaevon McQuitty declares Jesus as Lord of his life

It's no surprise Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty has his sights on the NFL after entering college as his state's No. 1 prospect and a target of other big...

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Football

Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson flaunts T-shirt saying he's 'approved' by Jesus

Forget the money. David Johnson is more concerned about Jesus. The Arizona Cardinals running back, who went All-Pro with more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2016, is due for...

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Baseball

Cole Hamels ready to 'chase for the World Series' with Chicago Cubs

As August approaches, so does the 2018 MLB postseason. That's good news for Cole Hamels, too. The four-time All-Star went from playoff afterthought to potential pennant pitcher this week thanks...

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Baseball

Baseball Hall of Fame Flashback: Gary Carter, Paul Molitor honor Jesus

Six former MLB players will be honored as 2018 inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. But baseball players aren't always the only ones being honored in...

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Football

Ex-NFL RB Danny Woodhead named to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

Four months after retiring from the NFL, Danny Woodhead is headed to the Hall of Fame. The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, that is. As Evan Bland reported for the...

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Football

Saints LB Demario Davis honored by Time magazine for 'Changing the South'

Demario Davis plays football, and he's played it well enough to enter 2018 on a $24-million contract that'll take him through his ninth season in the NFL. Football, however, is...

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Basketball

Lamar Odom credits God for second chance, announces return to basketball

Five years after last playing on an NBA court, Lamar Odom is returning to basketball. That's what the 38-year-old announced on Instagram Thursday, saying he "will be playing in China."...

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Football

Odell Beckham Jr. gets baptized in the Jordan River, says he's 'forgiven'

For all his on-field talent, the New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. has been linked to no shortage of concerning off-field behavior this year. Right around the same time his...

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Basketball

Indiana Wesleyan women's basketball team serves the Dominican Republic

The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats were far from Indiana during the week of July 17-24, but they were close to the hearts of the communities they served. Traveling to the Dominican...

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Football

Tim Tebow out for season, but Mets say 2018 was 'nothing but a positive'

Just weeks ago, Tim Tebow was living it up. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was not only inducted into the University of Florida's Ring of Honor, but...

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Basketball

How faith drove a former D-I basketball coach to broadcasting

They say there are three different answers to prayer. A. God says yes. B. God says no (but yes to something better). C. God says wait. In the case of...

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Football

Matt Millen: The 'sovereign power' of God is what gives me peace

If you've followed Matt Millen's career since his days as a four-time Super Bowl champion linebacker, you know he's encountered plenty of rocky roads. As a player, he was not...

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Football

ESPN's Sam Ponder announces her baby daughter's birth with a Bible verse

Sam Ponder, of ESPN's "NFL Sunday Countdown" crew, announced the addition of a baby daughter to her family Monday, and she did it with a prayer inspired by the Bible....

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Football

Zach and Julie Ertz's foundation raises more than $200K to share faith, aid students

A month after they announced the start of their foundation, Zach and Julie Ertz have already raised more than $200,000 for their mission of sharing faith, empowering students and building...

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Football

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson says he's 'in God's hands' returning from injury

It's been almost an entire year since David Johnson took the football field for an NFL game. A 2016 sensation who warranted MVP consideration after racking up more than 2,000...

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Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon cites Bible inspiration as he returns from brain surgery

The last 14 months have been a whirlwind for Daniel Poncedeleon, who, before May 2017, was just your average minor-league pitcher trying to achieve a dream. After offers from the...

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Football

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: Jesus helps me 'survive and thrive'

Ask Dabo Swinney about his faith, and he will not be afraid to share it. That may have been the biggest takeaway from the Clemson head coach's press conference at...

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Basketball

Stephen Curry's new media company starts production on Christian movies

Stephen Curry has had a busy couple of months. Since April, the Golden State Warriors superstar has unveiled a TV and film company in collaboration with Sony, captured his third...

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Football

Jim Kelly emphasizes his 'faith in the good Lord' during 2018 ESPYS speech

There could not have been a better recipient for ESPN's Jimmy V Award for perseverance than Jim Kelly, who took home the honor during the 2018 ESPY Awards on Wednesday....

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Baseball

Texas Rangers' Tony Beasley recounts cancer fight to give glory to God

When Tony Beasley, third-base coach for the Texas Rangers, was diagnosed with rectal cancer in February 2016, he could easily have said, "Why me?" Most people do not, after all,...

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Football

Former Super Bowl champion safety James Ihedigbo ordained in ministry

It's been less than four months since James Ihedigbo announced his retirement from the NFL. But the 34-year-old safety has been busy in his post-football career, revealing this week that...

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Football

For ex-NFL LB Emmanuel Acho, serving Nigeria is an affair of faith and family

"Everybody wants to be the Black Panther until it's time to actually save lives in Africa." These were powerful words to start a June 26 tweet. And they could have...

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Baseball

MLB All-Star Futures MVP Taylor Trammell is a 'follower of Christ'

There could soon be a day when Taylor Trammell is starring as a face of baseball. That's exactly what he was doing, in fact, during Sunday's MLB Futures Game, an...

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Football

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins uses 'Christian conviction' to prioritize giving over spending

No one is going to say Kirk Cousins doesn't have money. The newly minted Minnesota Vikings quarterback was an annual centerpiece of discussions about explosive franchise-tag salaries during his run...

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Basketball

Spurs legend David Robinson honored for his humanitarian work

David Robinson already has a place in NBA history as one of the game's best centers — a 10-time All-Star, two-time champion, one-time MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Now...

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Basketball

Stephen Curry raises $5K for charity, invites fan to be his caddie at golf tourney

Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo may have won 2018's American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, but Stephen Curry took home first place — and raised $5,000 for charity — at the event's...

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Football

Patriots WR Jordan Matthews fights domestic abuse with charity softball game

New England Patriots wide receiver Jordan Matthews has made it abundantly clear that his life matters most if it's dedicated to Jesus Christ. "If we really do believe and follow...

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Tennis

Former Wimbledon doubles champ Mary Pierce found calmness in Christ

Whenever tennis season heats up, Mary Pierce's name is bound to resurface. Not only is she the last French player to win the French Open — a feat she pulled...

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Football

49ers' Marquise Goodwin buys a new house for his mother and sister

In 2017, even amid the heartbreak of losing his own child, Marquise Goodwin gave thanks to God for the gift of his wife and his life. Now, two months after...

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Baseball

Phillies ace, Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola says Jesus is 'everything you need'

A few years ago, Aaron Nola needed quite a few things — a confidence boost, or maybe a better fastball, for starters. In 2018, with an 11-2 record, a 2.41...

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Baseball

Braves pitcher Daniel Winkler: 'The creator of Heaven and Earth pursues me'

There are many reasons the Atlanta Braves sit atop the National League East just about halfway through the 2018 MLB season, but one of them is the way Daniel Winkler...

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Baseball

Former Oakland A's prospect Grant Desme returns to baseball after seeking God's guidance

If it weren't for God, Grant Desme may not have left baseball. And if it weren't for God, Grant Desme may not have returned to baseball. A former second-round MLB...

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Football

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: 'The foundation of my life is the Bible and the Gospel'

When Kirk Cousins held his first offseason youth football camp as a member of the Minnesota Vikings this week, he also did so as an ambassador of his faith. The...

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Football

Steelers' Mike Tomlin says he has a 'bigger calling' than coaching

Mike Tomlin knows a thing or two about coaching. Patrolling the sidelines since his early 20s, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach has oozed coolness in the footsteps of Chuck Noll...

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Football

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor shares heartfelt Instagram message hinting at retirement

For the better part of a decade, Kam Chancellor has been one of the NFL's most terrifying hitters and toughest defenders. But for all the physicality of his role in...

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Football

Former NFL RB Isaiah Pead following God's plan after losing his leg

When Isaiah Pead lost his left leg during a November 2016 car crash, he also lost whatever remained of his NFL career. A state-champion track and field star during high...

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Baseball

Tim Tebow earns All-Star honors for Mets' Double-A team

Tim Tebow has plenty of skeptics on his journey to a professional baseball career, but at least a handful of his Double-A peers aren't among them. As ESPN reported Friday,...

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Football

Eagles' Chris Long: Love is 'the most powerful drug in the world'

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has made a career not only out of timely sacks but of community service, famously donating his entire 2017 base salary to educational programs,...

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Baseball

'Absolutely blessed' Oregon State coach Pat Casey wins College World Series

If it weren't for some last-inning heroics in Game 2 of the 2018 College World Series, Pat Casey and the Oregon State Beavers would have had to wait at least...

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Football

NFL players Josh Norman, Demario Davis team up to help children detained at border

Although President Donald Trump's recent order to reunite families separated by criminal prosecutions for illegal immigration has enabled a dissipation of the United States' "zero-tolerance" policy along the Texas-Mexico border,...

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Football

Michael Vick: 'Keeping God first, you can see life in a different frame'

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks have long been touted not only for their production on the field but for their faith off it, as both 2017 MVP candidate Carson Wentz and...

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Football

Carson Wentz pledges free food for Philly, raises $850K in the name of Jesus

PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Wentz, the older brother of the Philadelphia Eagles' beloved quarterback, once said that Carson carries this career observation behind closed doors: "No matter my age, how many...

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Sports Spectrum

Lecrae, Vikings team up with PULSE to fill U.S. Bank Stadium for Jesus

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Friday night, a Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, an Olympic gold medalist, a successor to Billy Graham ministries, an inventor-turned-TV infomercial star, a couple of Minnesota Vikings and...

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Football

Eagles after Jesus: Carson Wentz, five teammates speak through the Bible app

[caption id="attachment_19855" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Carson Wentz in his YouVersion Bible devotional "Audience of One."[/caption] In case it hasn't already been made clear, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is serious about...

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Football

Vikings’ Sam Bradford: God has been ‘the one constant in my life’

If any professional athlete knows the importance of trusting God's plan rather than his own, it's Sam Bradford. It doesn't take much to recognize the former Heisman Trophy winner's belssings....

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