Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Cole Claybourn

Jalen Suggs drafted No. 5 overall by Orlando Magic, says, 'It was God's plan'

Jalen Suggs wasn't expected to still be available with the No. 5 pick, but the...

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Carlin Isles leads U.S. rugby sevens at Olympics while being led by God

Five years ago, the U.S. men's rugby sevens squad suffered an early exit from the...

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Jrue Holiday helps lead Milwaukee Bucks to NBA championship: 'This is only God'

It's been a long year for Jrue Holiday. He was traded just before the start...

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Ole Miss football/baseball star John Rhys Plumlee relying on faith amid uncertain QB role

John Rhys Plumlee could play quarterback for Ole Miss this season. He could also play...

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All-Star Closers For Christ: Mark Melancon, Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is back after a year in which the COVID-19...

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Avid Chiefs fan Jace Ward passes away after courageous battle with rare cancer

Jace Ward lived by the phrase "I can't die, I'm busy." His fight against a...

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North Carolina QB Sam Howell gets baptized: 'Best decision I've ever made in my life'

Sam Howell called it "a day I'll remember forever." The University of North Carolina quarterback...

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Mississippi State wins College World Series, star senior Tanner Allen says 'God is so good'

Mississippi State baseball coach Chris Lemonis wasn't shy about the legacy his seniors will leave...

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U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix defies odds, prepares for fifth and final Olympics

Allyson Felix vowed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics despite enduring a challenging birth of...

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Royals GM Dayton Moore guided by selflessness: 'I’ve got to follow something, and for me that’s Jesus'

It's a simple piece of advice from his father that has guided Dayton Moore in...

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Rockies SS Trevor Story says faith is what keeps him going amid success, failures

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story says his faith is what keeps him going through the highs and lows of professional baseball.

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Oklahoma softball wins Women's College World Series, gives glory to God

No. 1 Oklahoma softball won gave glory to God as it won its third national championship and fifth in program history.

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Florida State's Kaley Mudge closing in on hits record with focus on Christ

Florida State freshman outfielder Kaley Mudge tied a Women's College World Series record with 13 hits, but is keeping her focus on God.

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Oklahoma softball team playing '4' God, '4' each other in quest for title

If you've watched the Women's College World Series, you've probably seen the Oklahoma softball players...

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New Houston Baptist baseball coach Lance Berkman aims to influence kids 'for the good'

Before he even retired from playing in the major leagues, Lance Berkman knew he wanted...

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New Titans CB Caleb Farley trusting God through adversity: 'I would be lost without Him'

The NFL draft is typically full of images of athletes celebrating with their families when...

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Albert Pujols signs with L.A. Dodgers, places future in God's hands

When asked about his future while appearing as a guest last month on the "Get...

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, wife Ellen use platform to share faith and do good

Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen laugh about the early stages of their relationship. They'd...

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Blues honor former captain David Backes, now with Ducks, in likely his final game in St. Louis

David Backes left Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Blues full of emotions in what...

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'Jesus Believer' Mark Melancon named NL Reliever of the Month

Through the first month of the Major League Baseball season, no relief pitcher has been...

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QB Justin Fields after NFL draft: 'I think this is God's plan for me to be a Bear'

On a night full of surprises, the Chicago Bears provided theirs when they traded up...

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Former MLB star Daniel Murphy leaning on God as he returns to college to finish degree

Dozens of eager college-aged students packed a philosophy class this spring at Jacksonville University. In...

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Rose Namajunas gives glory to God after becoming strawweight champion in UFC 261

Rose Namajunas is once again the UFC's strawweight champion. In a surprising knockout just 1:18...

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says 'good Lord was in a good mood when He made' Trevor Lawrence

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has coached a number of great players. Trevor Lawrence might...

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Colts QB Carson Wentz, coach Frank Reich bonded immediately over Scripture

Ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, Frank Reich took a flight to Fargo, North Dakota....

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MAGAZINE: Western Kentucky Volleyball Coach Travis Hudson Is Purpose Driven

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. It has...

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Liberty rewards basketball coach Ritchie McKay with contract extension: 'This place is pretty special'

The Liberty University men's basketball program continued its run of success this season with a...

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Packers RB Aaron Jones turns to God as he mourns his father's death

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones on Wednesday announced via social media that his...

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: 'Parents came to know the Lord' through his cancer battle

Dave Roberts wouldn't wish it upon anyone else. But as for his own battle with...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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Not just a football school, 'historic' basketball season ends for Alabama men, coach Nate Oats

The dream season for Alabama and head coach Nate Oats ended Sunday night with a...

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Baylor star Jared Butler leads team in scoring, teaches Sunday School in free time

Jared Butler has been lighting up the scoreboards this year for Baylor as the Bears...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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Bryce Drew walking by faith in leading Grand Canyon to 1st NCAA Tournament appearance

Bryce Drew's year away from coaching was just what he needed — time spent with...

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Former MLB star Andy Pettitte relying on God, grieving loss of wife's parents to COVID

Andy Pettitte and his wife, Laura, were en route from Houston to Dallas for what...

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Introducing the 'Get in the Game' podcast with former MLB pitcher Scott Linebrink

We are excited to welcome a new show to the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network —...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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After trying year, Liberty men stand on God's Word as they prepare for NCAA Tournament

On the surface, it might seem like business as usual for the Liberty University men’s...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: Colorado Rockies SS Trevor Story

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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21 MLB players to watch in 2021: St. Louis Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado

Through the month of March, leading up to MLB Opening Day on April 1, Sports...

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Murray Garvin, college basketball coaches joining together for 'needed' National Day of Prayer

It’s no secret the past year has been challenging, in many ways, for everyone. College...

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Titans veteran long snapper Matt Overton finding joy in real estate venture

There were a few weeks last season where Matt Overton was, as he described it,...

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Florida's Keyontae Johnson: Future is 'in God's hands' after collapse

Keyontae Johnson knew this basketball season would look a little different. He just didn’t know...

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Steelers players walked with 'rockstar' chaplain Kent Chevalier as he grieved loss of brother

Kent Chevalier is usually the one who is there to comfort and counsel the Pittsburgh...

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Chiefs & owner Clark Hunt aim to bring unity: 'We need to put God first, others second, ourselves third'

Numerous professional athletes and organizations were moved to affect change in their communities amid the...

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Titans RB Derrick Henry thanks God as he wins NFL Offensive Player of the Year

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was named the Associated Press Offensive Player of the...

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Saints LB Demario Davis honored, Benjamin Watson shares Gospel at virtual Super Bowl Breakfast

It was no surprise to hear Demario Davis thank God in his acceptance speech after...

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Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman surprises cancer-fighting K.C. fan with Super Bowl tickets

Jace Ward thought he was getting on a Zoom call to talk to a psychologist...

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'Hard-nosed,' high character Nolan Arenado becomes St. Louis Cardinals 3B

It almost made too much sense. After much courting that dates back to at least...

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Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman helping to 'Fill the Stadium' through Compassion International

This year’s Super Bowl won’t have many fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Pitcher Adam Wainwright re-signs with St. Louis Cardinals, lauded as 'highly-respected team leader'

Adam Wainwright is returning to St. Louis. The veteran pitcher entering his 16th season (17th...

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Alabama men's hoops coach Nate Oats has top-10 team as he honors cancer-surviving wife

The University of Alabama men's basketball team has a big rematch with Kentucky on Tuesday...

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Baseball legend Hank Aaron passes away at 86, relied on God as his strength

Hank Aaron, a Baseball Hall of Famer and former home run king, passed away Friday...

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Jake Fromm leaning on God to stay 'sane' as Bills' quarantine quarterback

Jake Fromm decided to forgo his senior season at Georgia and enter the NFL Draft...

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Giants lineman Nate Solder trusting God with next steps after opting out of 2020 season

It was great to just be a fan this year, New York Giants offensive lineman...

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Texas hoops star Andrew Jones hits game-winner on anniversary of cancer diagnosis

Talk about an anniversary celebration. On Jan. 9, 2018, University of Texas men's basketball star...

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Saints LB Demario Davis named 2021 Bart Starr Award winner for character, leadership

One of the premiere events on the sports calendar that intersects faith and sports each...

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Florida's Keyontae Johnson speaks after collapse: 'God said my work here ain't done'

University of Florida star basketball player Keyontae Johnson posted a video to social media on...

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw calls for end of child marriage in Dominican Republic

Los Angeles Dodger star pitcher Clayton Kershaw is fresh off of winning his first World...

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Prayers flood in for Florida's Keyontae Johnson following collapse mid-game

People in and around the sports world are praying for Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson,...

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MAGAZINE: Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence Has His Identity Secured

This story appears in the Fall 2020 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. To read the...

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Brewers' Lorenzo Cain 'trying to get my life right with God' as he sits out 2020 season

A number of players have opted out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season due...

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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty talks faith and grief on 'Table Forty' podcast

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is one of Major League Baseball’s rising stars. Much...

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Lance Berkman describes his prayer before game-tying 2011 World Series hit

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas...

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Will Shipley, nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back, thanks God in committing to Clemson

The pressure is off for four-star prospect Will Shipley. On Tuesday, the nation’s No. 1...

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eConnXn focused on bringing Jesus, love into eSports world

The online video gaming community is one of the most rapidly growing movements all across...

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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, wife Jenny donate $250,000 to help minor leaguers

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy. Many people have lost...

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Former Ohio State basketball star Aaron Craft shares faith as he rides out coronavirus in Italy

People are looking for hope in a lot of places amid the coronavirus outbreak. Former...

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Oklahoma softball pitcher Shannon Saile gets baptized, trusts Christ amid uncertainty

Oklahoma senior softball player Shannon Saile saw her season get cut short due to the...

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Alabama head coach Nate Oats leans on Bible as team aims to finish season strong

The Alabama men’s basketball team and coach Nate Oats are gearing up for their season...

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Raiders QB Derek Carr: 'Today is the day to get it right' with God

The tragic death of former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others...

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Sports figures join END IT Movement to help end slavery

A picture really is worth a thousand words, and sometimes it can possibly save lives....

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Orlando Magic VP Pat Williams: Kobe Bryant's death has 'people really thinking about their own mortality'

Kobe Bryant’s tragic death on Sunday rattled the nation, and the world. It was compounded...

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NFL's 2020 Super Bowl Breakfast to feature faith and football, honor Giants QB Eli Manning

Thousands upon thousands of people will head to Miami next month to celebrate Super Bowl...

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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill clings to faith as he prepares for playoff matchup

It’s been an up-and-down career for Ryan Tannehill. But after spending six years with the...

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10 years later: Colt McCoy's witness for Christ heard 'round the world

Colt McCoy was one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in University of Texas football history....

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