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Football

Linebacker Thomas Davis excited to showcase talents for Los Angeles Chargers in 15th season

A year ago, linebacker Thomas Davis planned on retiring after the 2018 NFL season. But then he was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the...

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Football

Jason McCourty will return to New England Patriots alongside twin brother Devin

The first set of twin brothers to play in and win a Super Bowl will get a chance to do it again. Less than three weeks after New England Patriots...

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Basketball

Jonathan Isaac helping Orlando Magic into playoff contention while also being bold for Christ

With 14 games left in its 2018-19 NBA season, the Orlando Magic sit just one game out of the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Orlando is...

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Baseball

MAGAZINE: Veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright sets the Cardinal standard of excellence

This story appears in the Spring 2019 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. To read the rest of it, and for more in-depth feature stories like it, subscribe to our quarterly...

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Football

Jason Witten ends retirement to return to Dallas Cowboys for 16th NFL season

After 15 years as a standout tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Witten abruptly retired in May 2018 and joined ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast booth. After one season...

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Football

Broncos QB Case Keenum 'ready for whatever God has in store' after learning Joe Flacco trade news

In his first public comments since learning that the Denver Broncos plan to trade for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, current Broncos quarterback Case Keenum spoke to Sports...

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Basketball

Isaiah Thomas praises God after returning from injury to debut with Denver Nuggets

After just 28 games for two different teams last year, Isaiah Thomas made his debut for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, his first NBA game action since March 22,...

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Basketball

Harrison Barnes leans on Scripture after learning of trade to Sacramento Kings

After two and a half years with the Dallas Mavericks, forward Harrison Barnes was traded to the Sacramento Kings during the Mavs' game Wednesday night against Charlotte. The 26-year-old played...

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Football

Patriots RB Sony Michel after scoring the only Super Bowl LIII touchdown: 'God is good'

The first postseason for New England rookie running back Sony Michel got even better Sunday night, and not just because the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, and third in...

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Football

Football Sunday 2019: Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Demario Davis share their testimonies with churches across the globe

Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest days of the year on the sporting calendar. Millions of people around the world tune in for a game of football....

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Football

Eugene Robinson sends heartfelt thanks to coach Dan Reeves for prayer after Super Bowl transgression

ATLANTA — Twenty years ago on the Saturday before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was awarded the prestigious Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. It goes...

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Football

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski reveals that a fallen tree nearly killed his wife

ATLANTA — Not many kickers have enjoyed the success and stability that has made up Stephen Gostkowski's career. He was drafted by New England in 2006, when the Patriots took him...

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Football

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney presents equipment manager with Super Bowl tickets

Fresh off winning the national championship, Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney were in a giving mood this week. And with the Super Bowl just two hours down the road...

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Football

Jaguars' Calais Campbell accepts prestigious Bart Starr Award at Super Bowl Breakfast

ATLANTA — When Calais Campbell left Denver's South High School for the University of Miami in 2004, he was on his own and had to make decisions for himself. One...

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Football

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro RB Todd Gurley at Super Bowl: 'God means everything'

ATLANTA — No one found the end zone more than Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley during the 2018 NFL regular season. His 21 touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving)...

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Football

New England Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel at Super Bowl: 'Without Jesus Christ, there is none of this'

ATLANTA — The New England Patriots expected production out of running back Sony Michel when they selected him No. 31 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. But he entered the...

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Football

Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold baptized after growing closer to God and walking 'narrow path'

ATLANTA — Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold has spent his entire nine-year career with the Rams, as he was drafted by St. Louis in the second round of the 2010 NFL...

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Football

VIDEO: Patriots' Matthew Slater always calls heads because 'Christ is always at the head of my life'

As the New England Patriots' special teams captain, Matthew Slater is in charge of calling heads or tails at the coin toss before a game or prior to overtime. And...

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Football

L.A. Rams WR Brandin Cooks feels God redeeming him after Super Bowl concussion

Brandin Cooks' Super Bowl debut didn't go so well. The New England Patriots' top wide receiver was knocked out of last year's Super Bowl LII in the second quarter after...

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Basketball

Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo aiming to 'stay positive' after season-ending injury

At 32-15, the Indiana Pacers are firmly among the best teams in the NBA. They sit at No. 3 in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games behind league-leading Milwaukee. But...

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Football

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead to cap rollercoaster season in Super Bowl

The 2018-19 season has not gone as planned for New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead. He slightly tore a knee ligament during the preseason and had to miss games,...

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Football

Kansas City Chiefs lineman Jeff Allen rewards Good Samaritan with AFC Championship Game tickets

En route to his playoff game Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen's BMW got stuck in the 8 inches of snow that blanketed the city....

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Football

Colorado State coach Mike Bobo declines $100k raise after disappointing season

Following three consecutive bowl games in his first three seasons as head coach at Colorado State, Mike Bobo's squad took a dip in 2018. The Rams lost four of their...

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Football

Dabo Swinney coaches Clemson to 2nd national title, praises 'the good Lord'

With 30 unanswered points leading to a decisive 44-16 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Clemson captured its second national title in three years on Monday...

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Basketball

Justin Holiday traded to Memphis Grizzlies as NBA's brother trio continues to shine

In an effort to keep pace in the tight Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies traded for Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday, it was announced Thursday night. The Bulls receive 2019 and...

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Football

Saints TE Benjamin Watson to retire at end of season, hopefully after Super Bowl win

Benjamin Watson's 15th season in the NFL will be his final season. The veteran New Orleans Saints tight end made the announcement Thursday in an NFL Films video: https://twitter.com/Saints/status/1078403869967896581 With...

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Football

MAGAZINE: 'And That Is Our God' — Ben Malcolmson's powerful story of planting God's Word

This story appears in the Winter 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. For more in-depth feature stories like this, subscribe to our quarterly magazine for only $18. THE LITTLE-KNOWN YET INCREDIBLE STORY...

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Football

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey sets NFL RB reception record with 106

As the Carolina Panthers' slide continues, Christian McCaffrey's rise continues. Though the Panthers (6-9) dropped their seventh consecutive game on Sunday, the star running back broke the NFL's single-season receiving record...

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Football

Saints LB Demario Davis provides wheelchair-accessible van for family in need

Demario Davis serving others is nothing new. Just in the past year, the New Orleans Saints star linebacker has filled backpacks with toys to give to kids detained by U.S....

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Football

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay becomes first undrafted offensive rookie to make Pro Bowl

Despite being a semifinalist for the 2017 Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation's top college running back, Phillip Lindsay didn't get an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine. Despite...

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Running

Taylor University runner suffers seizure, becomes All-American the next day

Heading into the 2018 women's cross-country NAIA national championships last week, Taylor University — a Christian school in Upland, Ind. — liked its chances. The women had been running well...

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Football

Déjà vu? QB Nick Foles leads Philadelphia Eagles to big late-season victory

In 2017, Nick Foles took over starting quarterback duties for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, filling in for an injured Carson Wentz. He then led the team to the...

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Baseball

Edwin Encarnacion aims to 'pass along the blessings' wherever he goes

The hot stove is heating up this MLB offseason, and it has a lot do with the Seattle Mariners. After recently trading second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, the team acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion...

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Basketball

76ers assistant coach Monty Williams: 'I need the Lord because I don’t have it together'

With 52 wins last season, good for third in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers enjoyed their best season since 2000-01, when the 56-win Sixers were led by Allen Iverson...

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Baseball

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts signs extension, driven 'to achieve ultimate goal'

Manager Dave Roberts has led the Los Angeles Dodgers to two straight National League pennants, and he's the first manager to lead the Dodgers to the playoffs in each of his...

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Basketball

MAGAZINE: Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. finds wisdom in waiting

This story appears in the Winter 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. To subscribe, click here. MICHAEL PORTER JR. HAS LONG BEEN TOUTED AS AN ELITE TALENT, AND HE HAS FINALLY REACHED...

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Football

Numerous stars shine in L.A. as Rams top Chiefs in instant-classic Monday Night Football game

The build-up surrounding Monday night's matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs was unprecedented. First of all, the game was supposed to be played in Mexico City,...

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Baseball

Tim Tebow earns promotion to start 2019 baseball season in Triple-A

After hitting .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton in 2018 — a season that was cut short due to a broken hamate bone...

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Football

Sports chaplain Chad Johnson stars in reality show with fiancée from Destiny's Child

Chad Johnson is a familiar name around the NFL. But not only for the receiver who starred primarily for the Cincinnati Bengals, and also went by "Ocho Cinco" for a...

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Olympics

Simone Biles relies on faith as she continues setting gymnastics world records

Simone Biles is back in gymnastics, and back as the best in the world. The 21-year-old gymnast, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics before taking 14...

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Football

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton aims to 'carry his cross every day' as a new starter

As the NFL trade deadline passed this week, among the biggest deals involved the Denver Broncos sending wide receiver Demaryius Thomas — who was a first-round pick in 2010 and...

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Baseball

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel 'couldn't feel more blessed' to celebrate World Series with healthy daughter

The World Series win for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday capped another stellar year for closer Craig Kimbrel. It's his first championship after nine years in the majors, he...

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Soccer

Gyasi Zardes nets 1st career hat trick as Columbus Crew clinch MLS playoff spot

Columbus Crew striker Gyasi Zardes picked a great time to score his first MLS hat trick. The 27-year-old's three goals on Sunday helped Columbus to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United,...

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Football

Colorado State QB Collin Hill says 'relationship with Jesus' helped him through two ACL tears

With four games remaining in its 2018 season, the 3-5 Colorado State football team still holds a chance to qualify for a bowl game. And the Rams are turning to...

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Olympics

Wrestler Kyle Snyder says he's 'defined by my faith in Jesus' after loss in 'Rematch of the Century'

When American Kyle Snyder faced Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev in the 97kg final at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, many dubbed it the "Match of the Century." Snyder was the...

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Baseball

Dodgers hitting coach Luis Ortiz makes it to World Series 25 years after MLB debut at Fenway Park

After crushing 58 home runs in three years at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., Luis Ortiz envisioned a long career in professional baseball. His career slugging percentage (.911) was an...

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Football

Jets lineman Kelvin Beachum helped raise $70K for meals on World Food Day

Tuesdays are typically off days in the NFL (unless a team plays on Thursday or Monday). And most players use those days for much-needed rest and recovery. But they can...

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Football

Vikings' Adam Thielen on record-setting pace as NFL's league-leading receiver

Coming off his first Pro Bowl season in 2017 — in which he caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards (fifth in the NFL) and four touchdowns — Minnesota Vikings wide...

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Basketball

Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young settling into NBA, drains deep 3 to win preseason game

It's only preseason, and only four games so far, but Trae Young is looking like a great pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Drafted fifth overall in June's NBA draft by...

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Baseball

Dodgers return to longtime ace Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLCS

Many around baseball were surprised when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to start Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound in Game 1 of the NLDS against Atlanta last week. Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw had...

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Football

Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time passing yards leader: 'I'm just so grateful'

Drew Brees is the new all-time leader in NFL passing yards, as he passed the previous mark of 71,940 yards held by Peyton Manning on Monday night. Brees hit rookie Tre'Quan...

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Football

Broncos join LB Brandon Marshall in donating $50,000 to feed, educate, empower leaders

NFL linebacker Brandon Marshall has long been an advocate for helping his community, and this week he received a significant financial blessing from his team. The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday...

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Broadcasting

Matt Millen to step away from broadcasting to focus on his health

Matt Millen is taking a break from broadcasting for the rest of 2018 to focus on his health, the Big Ten Network announced Wednesday. The 60-year-old who has been calling...

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Broadcasting

Broadcaster Ernie Johnson announces he will miss MLB postseason due to blood clots

Arguably the face of Turner Sports, Ernie Johnson will not be contributing to the network's MLB postseason coverage this year, as he stays home on doctor's orders. Blood clots were...

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Basketball

Sports world sends prayers after shocking death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims

The Louisiana State community woke up to the heartbreaking news Friday that LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has been killed. The 20-year-old junior was shot during an altercation outside a Subway restaurant...

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Football

On this date: Tim Tebow delivers emotional "promise" speech

On Sept. 27, 2008, Florida faced fourth-and-1 at the Ole Miss 32-yard line with 41 seconds left. The Gators had the No. 4-ranked team in the country and loads of future...

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Football

Miami's Malek Young believing 'God has a better plan' after career-ending neck injury

After a season opening 33-17 loss to LSU, No. 21 Miami has scored 126 points in its past two games (a 77-0 win over Savannah State, and a 49-24 win...

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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. For more in-depth feature stories like this, subscribe to our quarterly magazine for only $18. The hype leading up...

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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

This story appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. To subscribe, click here. An Upward Vision Dr. James Naismith invented basketball as a way to reach young people for...

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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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