Jon Ackerman

Football

Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, UNC football donate to Hurricane Florence relief efforts

The worst of Hurricane Florence has passed, but many lives have been left in tatters due to the storm ripping through the Carolinas. At least 42 people have been pronounced...

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Baseball

Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and wife launch Kingdom Home, donate $100,000

In the midst of his best season as a pro, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd (career-high 29 starts, career-low 4.08 ERA in 2018) has also been working on launching a non-profit...

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Baseball

Adam Wainwright posts 'vintage' performance as St. Louis Cardinals battle in playoff race

Pitcher Adam Wainwright is back in the St. Louis rotation, showed "vintage Wainwright" form on Sunday night, and it couldn't come at more-needed time for the Cardinals. The 37-year-old shut...

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Basketball

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward says he's essentially back to '100 percent'

Gordon Hayward was a huge addition to the Boston Celtics ahead of the 2017-18 NBA season. He didn't even make it through one game, however. Just five minutes into the...

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Soccer

Gyasi Zardes enjoying resurgent season, earns another call-up to U.S. national team

The U.S. men's national soccer team is looking to close out 2018 on a strong note. The squad failed to qualify for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia, but...

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Baseball

Adam Wainwright's Big League Impact organization is serving communities through fantasy football

It's been a tough year for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, the 37-year-old three-time All-Star who has not pitched since May 13 because of right elbow inflammation. However, he received...

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Football

Nate Solder, New York Giants visited Puerto Rico to aid hurricane relief efforts

Offensive lineman Nate Solder and the New York Giants kick off their 2018 season with a home game this Sunday against Jacksonville. It will mark Solder's first NFL game not...

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Baseball

Matt Holliday receives standing ovation in return to Colorado Rockies lineup

When it comes to his time with the Colorado Rockies, Matt Holliday might be best known for his slide home in game No. 163 in 2007, when he may or...

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Football

Josh McCown trying to 'help as many people' as he can in midst of Jets QB battle

Josh McCown made a case on the field last season to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets. In 13 starts, he threw for a career-high 18 touchdowns,...

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Baseball

Daniel Murphy traded to Chicago Cubs as NL's best team builds for postseason

Though the Chicago Cubs own the best record in the National League (71-53 through Tuesday), they are struggling. They've lost three in a row and scored only one run in...

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Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter credits salsa as secret behind incredible season

On May 15, Matt Carpenter was hitting .140. He had three home runs and only 13 RBIs. Not a good start to the season for a career .277 hitter. A...

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Baseball

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's foundation breaks ground on school in Africa

It hasn't been the best of seasons for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who's only pitched in 16 games due to lingering injuries. But the past week showed he might be rounding into...

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Football

Brian Dawkins overcame depression, suicidal thoughts to become Hall of Famer

Nine-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018, which will be inducted Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. It's the crowning moment for...

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Soccer

Goalie Brad Guzan follows Christ as he leads Atlanta United and MLS All-Stars

The best of the MLS take the pitch Wednesday night against one of Europe's elite clubs in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. A crowd of...

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Basketball

Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. surprises mother with new car

Michael Porter Jr. has yet to play an NBA game, but the 14th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in this year's NBA Draft is getting paid. His rookie-scale contract...

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Baseball

Colorado Rockies sign Matt Holliday with hopes of making postseason push

Matt Holliday is getting another shot at returning to the majors, and he's getting another chance with the Rockies. Colorado signed its former star outfielder to a minor league contract...

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Baseball

Pittsburgh's Sean Rodriguez is in collision with God's will

This story appears in the special 2018 MLB Faith Events issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine, which is being distributed at numerous ballparks this summer, including Pittsburgh's PNC Park on July 27. To...

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Hockey

Jarome Iginla set to retire after 20 years in the NHL

After 20 seasons in the NHL, 41-year-old forward Jarome Iginla is hanging up the skates. He will officially announce his retirement in a press conference on Monday in Calgary at the...

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Baseball

Rain or shine, Faith Night prevails in Pittsburgh

This story appears in the special 2018 MLB Faith Events issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine, which is being distributed at numerous ballparks this summer, including Pittsburgh's PNC Park on July 27. To...

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Football

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is once again cancer-free

Legendary quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer-free. There was "no evidence of cancer" in his latest MRI and CT scans, according to an Instagram post from his wife, Jill, on Wednesday....

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Golf

Zach Johnson says God's peace allows him 'to play free golf'

With a 4-under 67 on Friday in Carnoustie, Scotland, Zach Johnson heads into the weekend atop the Open Championship leaderboard. He and Kevin Kisner are tied at 6-under overall. Should he...

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Football

Former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky to join ESPN as football analyst

Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky announced Tuesday that he will be joining ESPN as an analyst for college football and the NFL. Born and raised in Connecticut, and a graduate...

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Soccer

19-year-old French star Kylian Mbappe to donate his World Cup earnings to charity

Kylian Mbappe is just 19 years old, but scored four goals in his FIFA World Cup debut. His last score was the fourth and final goal for France in its...

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Soccer

Christian organizations utilizing World Cup to reach and preach to Russia

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup enters its final weekend — France and Croatia will meet in Sunday's final, with England and Belgium playing Saturday's third-place match — so too...

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Basketball

Isaiah Thomas says 'God is so good' after signing with Denver Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas is moving to the Mile High City. The 29-year-old point guard will sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple media reports. Thomas...

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Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Josh Robinson and wife follow God's prompting to adopt twin boys

Two weeks remain until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp on July 25. That leaves Bucs defensive back Josh Robinson two weeks until he has to go back to...

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Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter among candidates for All-Star Final Vote

Rosters for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game were announced Sunday, but those aren't the only players who will ultimately play in the game. Also revealed were the candidates for the...

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Soccer

U.S. goalie Tim Howard reflects on remarkable World Cup performance vs. Belgium, relied on his faith foundation in aftermath

Four years ago, U.S. goalie Tim Howard was making save after save against Belgium in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. His 16 saves that night helped...

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Soccer

Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals, giving 'all glory to God'

Neymar — the best player on the best remaining team in the FIFA World Cup — scored a 51st-minute goal Monday for Brazil in leading his nation to a 2-0...

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Soccer

Edinson Cavani leads Uruguay in World Cup as 'an athlete for Christ'

Only three teams advanced with three victories in group play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay, Croatia and Belgium. And only Uruguay did so without allowing a single goal....

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Basketball

Becky Hammon, 1st NBA female assistant coach, earns another promotion

Becky Hammon, the NBA's first female assistant coach, may not yet be an NBA head coach, but she's getting closer. Last month, she became the first woman to interview for an...

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Olympics

Peruvian gymnast eyes 2020 Olympics with the help of Compassion International

Content for this story was provided by our partner, Compassion International. For $38 a month, you can help rescue a child living in poverty. Visit Compassion.com/SportsSpectrum to help.  At just 4 years...

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Football

Nick Foles' wife, Tori, discusses overcoming syndrome that had her at 'rock bottom'

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles' book, "Believe It," hits stores today. It gives inside details on his unlikely journey to Super Bowl glory, why he nearly retired, and how his...

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Golf

Bubba Watson donates $200,000 of winner's check to support children facing serious illnesses

A day after winning the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Bubba Watson gave back a good chunk of his $1.26 million winner's check. The victory was the third of Watson'...

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Baseball

Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story racking up RBIs as he leans on Christ

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story burst onto the scene in 2016 with the most breathtaking MLB debut in history. He crushed seven home runs in his first week as a big...

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Soccer

Costa Rica/Real Madrid goalie Keylor Navas keeps his eyes on God while playing against best in the world

For the first time since 1986, the U.S. men's national soccer team failed to advance to the FIFA World Cup. Keylor Navas is a big reason why. Navas is the...

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Basketball

Consensus No. 1 NBA Draft pick Deandre Ayton trusting and glorifying God

There's not a mock draft to be found that doesn't have Deandre Ayton going No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns in Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft. ESPN. Sports Illustrated. NBA.com. CBS....

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Football

New England Patriots' Devin McCourty rides along with Boston Police officer

Patriots safety Devin McCourty has spent his entire eight-year career in New England. The 30-year-old knows the community well. So naturally, he'd like to ensure the safety of that community....

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Basketball

Northwestern basketball staffer sees God's protection in escaping armed robbery while on African missions trip

Tad Glibert is the assistant director of operations for the Northwestern University men's basketball program. Last month, he set out on a missions trip with Circle of Hope International, which...

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Olympics

MAGAZINE: Snowboarder Kelly Clark is still riding for a reason

This story appears in the action sports/Summer 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support this ministry and subscribe here. https://youtu.be/vpZPdcYE9Zo No female snowboarder boasts more accolades than Kelly Clark. Olympic gold medal....

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Sports Spectrum

Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium hosts 35,000 people at Harvest America event

AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, plays host to numerous big-time events each year. In addition to Cowboys games, it is home to the Cotton Bowl each year, it...

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Basketball

Inside the NBA Chapel: How NBA players do “church” when they can’t go to church

This story appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. The hype leading up to the 2017 NBA Finals was unprecedented. Never before had two...

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Soccer

A Thailand church is using soccer to prevent boys from entering sex trade

Content for this story was provided by our partner, Compassion International. For $38 a month, you can help rescue a child living in poverty. Visit Compassion.com/SportsSpectrum to help.  Tucked into the...

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Football

Nick Foles photo with daughter Lily honored as Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo of the Year

Nick Foles' Super Bowl MVP performance was among the biggest stories of the 2017-18 NFL season. A backup for the majority of the season, he outdueled Tom Brady in Super...

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Football

Three prospects to watch during 2018 NFL Draft

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Here...

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Football

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles restructures contract with Philadelphia Eagles

With one year left on his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Foles restructured the agreement Friday to include a $2 million bonus and millions of dollars in incentives should...

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Baseball

Royals pitcher Blaine Boyer assists bus driver after team bus windshield is smashed by ice chunk

When a large chunk of ice smashed into the windshield of the Kansas City Royals' team bus Sunday night in Toronto, Blaine Boyer went into action. The driver, a local...

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Football

North Dakota State QB Easton Stick, Carson Wentz's successor, speaks to students at Northern Light FCA

Thomas Shephard is a farmer in North Dakota. He's also a Christ-follower and former athlete. Inspired by a desire to share the Gospel with high school and college athletes and...

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Baseball

Will Minnesota be the Twins of 2016 (really bad) or 2017 (really good)?

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. Baseball leaders & Jesus followers With 85 wins and a wild card berth in 2017,...

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Baseball

Will Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees hit more home runs than any team in history?

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. Baseball leaders & Jesus followers As a hot prospect climbing the ranks within the New...

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Baseball

Will Brett Phillips, one of the most fun players in baseball, earn his place with the Milwaukee Brewers?

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. Baseball leaders & Jesus followers Brett Phillips is one of those guys everyone wants to...

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Baseball

Can Andrew McCutchen help the San Francisco Giants contend in tough NL West?

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here. Baseball leaders & Jesus followers No team has won more World Series titles...

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Olympics

American David Wise defends Olympic ski halfpipe gold medal with clutch final run

Fresh off a victory in ski halfpipe at the 2018 X Games, American David Wise arrived in South Korea in prime position to defend the gold medal he won at...

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Olympics

U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor wins another Olympic silver medal, continues to glorify God

American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor missed out on a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics by one-tenth of a second. She and her brakeman, Lauryn Williams, led after each...

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Football

Philadelphia Eagles file claim to trademark 'Philly Special'

The Philadelphia Eagles' run to the Super Bowl was highlighted by one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history and will forever be known as the "Philly Special." Now,...

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Baseball

The new MLB 2018 Spring Training hats we're most looking forward to seeing

With a new Major League Baseball season comes new style. That means new spring training hats for every club. "We worked tirelessly with our internal product-management team and consulted with...

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Golf

Golfer Bubba Watson plays in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, then wins first tournament in two years

Bubba Watson is back. He won the PGA Tour's Genesis Open on Sunday for his first win in two years. And he did so during a weekend in which he...

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Olympics

Skeleton rider Katie Uhlaender following the Lord's leading in fourth Olympics

Skeleton rider Katie Uhlaender knows what fourth place at the Olympics feels like. For a brief time she thought she knew what third place felt like, but not quite, it...

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Olympics

Speed skater Maame Biney thanks God for getting to Olympics; now she's becoming a star

The shortest event in Olympic short track speed skating is the 500m. That means racers need to get out in front early and hold off their opponents. Eighteen-year-old American Maame...

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Olympics

American Chris Corning among Olympic medal contenders in slopestyle, big air snowboarding

Slopestyle snowboarding made its Olympic debut at the 2014 Olympics, and big air snowboarding will make its first Olympic appearance in the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Chris Corning of Colorado could...

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Basketball

Upward Sports is carrying out the vision of the late Dr. James Naismith

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum Magazine. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including its online content, click here to subscribe. An Upward Vision Dr. James...

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Basketball

Orlando Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac conquers fear, preaches at church

As the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jonathan Isaac is the youngest player on the Orlando Magic. The power forward turned 20 on October 3 and two...

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Football

Philadelphia Eagles give 'glory to God' after winning Super Bowl LII

Upon winning Super Bowl LII, many of the Philadelphia Eagles had nothing but praise for Jesus Christ. Head coach Doug Pederson was the first to talk with NBC's Dan Patrick...

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Football

Eagles QB Nick Foles wants to be a pastor whenever he's done with football

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles just turned 29 two weeks ago. But any wise man plans for the future, and Foles is no different. As he prepares to play in his...

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Football

Texas high school student doesn't let cerebral palsy stop him from inspiring others

Coppell High School boasts one of the best teams in Texas, which is known for producing a bevy of quality high school football programs. The Cowboys finished 11-2 this past...

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Football

On This Day: Feb. 1, 2015 - Patriots steal Super Bowl XLIX from Seahawks with last-minute interception

The New England Patriots have won some incredible Super Bowls. They're going for their sixth this Sunday against Philadelphia in Minneapolis, which will mark an all-time-best 10th appearance in the...

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Hockey

Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher un-retires with sights set on Stanley Cup

We spoke with Mike Fisher, 17-year NHL veteran, back in October for a feature in the December issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. He had recently retired and was in the...

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Basketball

Houston Rockets' James Harden gives glory to God after dropping 60-point triple-double

James Harden already led the NBA in scoring entering Tuesday night's Rockets-Magic game. He was already a leading MVP candidate. Then he went ahead and dropped 60 points — along...

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Football

QB Kirk Cousins is going to make some new community really happy

The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs made the first big move of the NFL offseason Tuesday night, when the Chiefs sent quarterback Alex Smith to Washington. That means Kirk...

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Football

New Orleans Saints' Cam Jordan blesses 108-year-old veteran with Super Bowl tickets

Cam Jordan really wanted to go to the Super Bowl. The New Orleans Saints defensive end came close, as his squad fell on a last-second touchdown to the Vikings in...

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Soccer

Charleston Southern soccer players following God's call to the mission field

Lydia Frierson, a senior captain on the Charleston Southern women's soccer team, had served in college ministry for three summers, sharing the Gospel on a regular basis. But God asked...

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Basketball

Our favorite NBA City Edition jerseys

Nike and the NBA announced and released photos of the new “City Edition” jerseys late last month, but many teams are starting to sport them on the court this week...

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Football

Minnesota's Adam Thielen says it would be 'extremely special' to play Super Bowl in his home state

About the only way the script could have been written any better is if Adam Thielen had caught the miraculous 61-yard touchdown instead of Stefon Diggs. But Thielen doesn't mind....

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Football

Football Sunday Feature: Adam Thielen's Pro Bowl Perseverance

Editor's note: This story appears in the special Football Sunday edition of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Adam Thielen's road to the NFL wasn't easy, but he's now reaping the rewards of...

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Football

Football Sunday 2018: Seek, Surrender, Serve

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH FOOTBALL SUNDAY 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQsx8lrPms4 Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest days of the year on the sporting calendar. Millions of people around the...

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Hockey

Retired and Revelling - Mike Fisher has peace after stepping away from the NHL

Retired and Revelling The greatest season of his career and lure of more family time gave Mike Fisher the peace he needed to walk away from the game. Mike Fisher...

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Football

Cardinals RB David Johnson follows God's call in the midst of a lost football season

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including its online content, click here to subscribe. Follow the Leader A ‘weird injury’...

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Sports Spectrum

Nashville Predators Mike Fisher is Shining On and Off the Ice

Mike Fisher hasn't scored a single goal during the playoffs. The Nashville Predators' center hasn't even recorded an assist. Yet, the team is two games away from its first Stanley...

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Featured

Soccer in Heaven

I bought a size 1 soccer ball last month for my son's first birthday. It's a bit retro looking in that each panel is a different color – black, white,...

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