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Basketball

San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge finds strength in his faith as Spurs do battle in NBA playoffs

The No. 7-seeded San Antonio Spurs and No. 2-seeded Denver Nuggets have traded wins throughout the first four games of their opening-round series in the NBA's Western Conference Playoffs. The...

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Basketball

Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris gives 'all glory to God' after perfect 3-point shooting night

The Philadelphia 76ers regained control of their first-round playoff matchup against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday with a 131-115 road victory, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series....

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Football

QB Russell Wilson gives glory to God after signing 4-year extension with Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks just made quarterback Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL. The sides reportedly reached an agreement overnight, with news coming Tuesday morning on a four-year, $140...

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Football

Retired NFL tight end Benjamin Watson supports rebuild of 3 Louisiana churches

Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson retired this offseason, but that doesn't mean he's taking it easy. He's doing his part to help rebuild three Louisiana churches that were set...

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Basketball

Duke freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish thank God as they declare for NBA Draft

Duke freshman Cam Reddish announced Thursday he was declaring for the upcoming NBA Draft — the second player from the Blue Devils' star-studded freshmen class to do so, joining RJ...

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Hockey

Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen trusts in the Lord's plan as team enters NHL playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins' center Matt Cullen is no stranger to the postseason. He's been there 11 times in 23 seasons, capturing the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and with Pittsburgh...

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Football

Faith-filled college coaches Dabo Swinney, Tony Bennett are champions for the Lord

Virginia men's basketball. Clemson football. These two programs have more in common than the color orange or their Atlantic Coast Conference affiliation. Thanks to the Cavaliers' 85-77 overtime victory against...

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Basketball

Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Jones says basketball has 'given me a platform to share my faith'

In the midst of the Final Four festivities in Minneapolis on Saturday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2019. The 12 newest members will be...

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Golf

PGA Tour golfer Cameron Tringale donates earnings to aid children with Compassion International

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

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Basketball

Virginia guard Kyle Guy relying on his faith in the Lord as he leads Cavaliers to Final Four

The Virginia men's basketball team earned more than just a spot in the Final Four with a thrilling 80-75 overtime victory over Purdue on Saturday. With the win, the Cavaliers...

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Basketball

MAGAZINE: Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is the Walking Triple-Dub

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 magazine for...

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Basketball

Auburn, head coach Bruce Pearl 'put the Lord first' as team competes in NCAA Tournament

As head coach Bruce Pearl and his fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers prepare for their Sweet 16 game Friday night, they're facing more than just top-seeded North Carolina. They're up against history...

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Basketball

Nate Oats leaves Buffalo to take over as head men's basketball coach at Alabama

Alabama announced Wednesday that it has hired Nate Oats as its new men's basketball head coach. Oats will replace Avery Johnson, who spent four seasons leading the Crimson Tide. >>...

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Basketball

Stephen Curry's Unanimous Media production company to release 'Emanuel' June 17 and 19

Stephen Curry's production company, Unanimous Media, has announced the release of "Emanuel," a documentary film detailing the June 17, 2015, mass shooting by a white supremacist at Emanuel African Methodist...

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Basketball

Marquette's Markus Howard plays for God while leading Golden Eagles to NCAA Tournament

Markus Howard has had quite the season. The junior guard is averaging 25.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, all career highs, while leading his Marquette Golden Eagles...

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Basketball

No. 1 seed Mississippi State leans on women's head coach Vic Schaefer as he leans on the Lord

Owning a 30-2 record and a Southeastern Conference title, Mississippi State joined Baylor, Notre Dame and Louisville as No. 1 seeds for the 2019 NCAA Women's Tournament, announced on Monday....

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Basketball

North Carolina earns No. 1 seed behind Godly seniors Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams

North Carolina is no stranger to No. 1 seeds. In fact, its men's team has earned a top seed more times than any other program in the history of the...

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Football

Odell Beckham Jr. thanks N.Y. Giants for allowing him to do 'what God put me on this earth to do'

Odell Beckham Jr. posted a message on his Instagram page Thursday thanking the New York Giants front office and the team's fans for his time there. The post came two...

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Basketball

Wofford basketball's Fletcher Magee breaking records and following Christ

It happens every March. Someone captures America's heart while they lead a team deep in the NCAA Tournament. Last year it was Loyola-Chicago's Sister Jean, the team's now-99-year-old chaplain, during...

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Football

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and his wife Julie welcome their second child

Make room, Cooper, there's a new addition to the Cousins household. On Sunday, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins announced via Instagram the birth of his second child, Turner, with his...

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Basketball

Baylor's Jake Lindsey leans on God's promises as he's forced to end basketball career

The athletics program at Baylor University periodically releases in-depth, personal articles about its athletes on campus. The compilation of articles, called the Champions' TriBUne, is designed to give fans the...

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Basketball

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu wins PAC-12 Player of the Year while playing for Christ

Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu was named PAC-12 Player of the Year this week for the second straight season. She has averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game...

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Football

Quarterback Nick Foles expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick Foles appears to be headed to Jacksonville. The Jaguars are expected to sign the free-agent quarterback to a multiyear contract when the new league year opens later this month....

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Basketball

Liberty men's basketball eyes NCAA tourney after school-record 24th win

With its defeat of Kennesaw State 76-59 on Tuesday, which was Senior Night, the Liberty men's basketball team collected its 24th win of the season. Never before have the Flames...

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Baseball

Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado signs 8-year contract extension

Rest assured Rockies fans, Nolan Arenado won't be leaving Colorado any time soon. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that Arenado and the Rockies are finalizing an eight-year contract extension worth...

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Baseball

Pro golfer Zach Johnson participates in St. Louis Cardinals' batting practice

A new face stole the show at batting practice for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday morning at their spring training site in Jupiter, Fla. Professional golfer Zach Johnson, who...

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Basketball

Buddy Hield 'trusts in God' as Sacramento Kings seek return to NBA playoffs

Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings did not hide his feelings when asked about his team's playoff hopes this week. "I'd bet my house on it," he told a group...

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Basketball

MAGAZINE: North Carolina's Luke Maye is headlining the Heels

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. LED ON THE COURT AND IN...

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NASCAR

Top-5 Daytona 500 finisher Michael McDowell drives to 'glorify God'

Sunday marked the 61st running of the Daytona 500 — by far the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar — and Denny Hamlin held off teammate Kyle Busch to...

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Football

Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon accepts Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award

Wisconsin Badgers safety D’Cota Dixon took home the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award earlier this week, given annually to the college football player who has best demonstrated...

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Broadcasting

Rising NBA broadcaster Kristen Ledlow aims 'to shine a light in the dark places'

Many NBA fans have heard of Kristen Ledlow from her work with NBA TV and the NBA on TNT. From sideline reporter to co-host of NBA TV’s "Inside Stuff" with...

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Football

Daniel Jeremiah says journey to NFL Network has been guided by faith in Christ

Ask Daniel Jeremiah about virtually any NFL draft hopeful, and he’s quick to rattle off information you might not have even known to ask for. Strengths, weaknesses, tendencies, statistics, even...

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Football

'Death Row Chaplain' Earl Smith a source of inspiration as he ministers to Warriors, 49ers

Getting shot six times from point-blank range usually marks the tragic end to life. But not for Earl Smith. In more than one way, his life began in that moment...

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Football

Bengals chaplain LaMorris Crawford overcomes incredible odds to impact lives for Christ

LaMorris Crawford knows pain. He knows struggle. He knows what it’s like to live a life far from God, and that’s what makes his current walk with God all the...

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Football

MAGAZINE: Preach It, Dabo Swinney — Clemson's coach is unashamed of the Gospel

This story appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. For more in-depth feature stories like this, subscribe to our quarterly magazine for only $18. THE HEAD COACH OF PERENNIAL...

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Football

Two-time Super Bowl champion, former college football coach Bill Curry eternally grateful for God's love and mercy

Sit back and think for a moment about some of the most memorable names in football history. Maybe your mind goes to Johnny Unitas and "The Greatest Game Ever Played."...

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Broadcasting

CBS Sports Radio Host Amy Lawrence lives for Jesus first

It is often said that nothing good happens after midnight. But that’s not quite true. If you tune to CBS Sports Radio from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET, you’ll...

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Basketball

Kings forward Justin Jackson embraces role as spiritual leader in unpredictable NBA

On Thursday night, the NBA landscape changed ever so slightly as it welcomed a brand new draft class onto basketball’s brightest stage during the 2018 NBA Draft. Draft night is...

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