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Through the Fire

It’s only fitting that San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers considers the Old Testament account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego his favorite Bible story. These three guys not only survived being thrown into a fiery furnace, but Jesus was seen there in the fire with them through it all. The same can be said of Akers, a devout Christian who has faced some trying times over the past few years… Continue reading

Matt Barkley – Eyes Forward

All eyes in the sports world were on Southern California last fall when USC football coach Pete Carroll named Matt Barkley starting quarterback. The story dominated headlines for weeks. Why? Because Barkley was the first true freshman to start in the history of the storied program—the same program that has produced NFL quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Matt Leinhart and Mark Sanchez. Carroll told the media last fall, “We have a quarterback that’s unusual. He’s so far ahead of the curve, that it’s hard to predict what he’s going to be able to do.” From the outside looking in, it’s easy to see why Barkley is extraordinary. But when you meet him in person, it’s even easier to understand how a freshman stepped in and took the reigns of the Trojan offense. He’s so calm, cool and collected he may as well have ice water running through his veins. The Southern California Read More

Airing it Out — Oh, when the Saints go cashing in

“Cart-offs” and “knockouts” aren’t terms that normally produce thoughts of leadership and the NFL. If anything, they make me think of the anything-goes-world of boxing.

But that terminology, made infamous this past spring because of the connection to the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, or “Bounty Gate” as it’s been dubbed, is actually synonymous with the NFL and a lack of leadership… Continue reading

Top South African road cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio talks about God’s sovereignty

Road cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (far left), South Africa, participated in her first Olympics this year in London. She finished 16th and was the top South African in the 2012 Olympics. Though injuries have slowed her down (she once broke her collarbone three times in 12 months), it hasn’t stopped her from excelling in cycling. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Moolman Pasio. Read Moolman Pasio’s Olympic blog here Continue reading

U.S. wrestler open about faith, on & off mat

LONDON (BP) — In qualifying for the U.S. wrestling Olympics team, Sam Hazewinkel did more than just fulfill a lifelong dream.

He made history, both for himself and for his dad.

Dave Hazewinkel, Sam’s father, wrestled in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. With Sam wrestling in London this week as part of the U.S. team, the pair becomes the first U.S. father and son wrestlers to compete in the Olympics for the United States… Continue reading

Three-time Olympian Oludamola Osayomi, Nigeria, talks about relying on God in sport

Oludamola Osayomi, Nigerian and African Champion, 100/200 meters, is participating in her third Olympics, after representing Nigeria in 2004 and 2008. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 as part of Nigeria’s 4×100-meter relay team and is a four-time African Championshipa gold medalist, and a four-time All-Africa Games gold medalist. She has also represented Nigeria at five World Championships. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Osayomi… Continue reading

Olympian Brittany Viola ‘diving for the Lord’

LONDON (BP) — At 15, American Brittany Viola thought she wasn’t good enough to be one of the top divers in the world because she didn’t look the part.

The young diver had been given an opportunity to train with Laura Wilkinson, the best diver in Viola’s event at the time (and a former Olympic gold medalist).

“As we trained together, I was also surrounded by some of the best divers in the world,” Viola, now 25, recalled. “I was only two years into the sport, so I wanted to know how I could become the best. One of the things that I saw was that these girls were in really good shape, and I had a little bit of a different body image than they did…” Continue reading

Old School — Making a baseball team out of Olympians

Since we’re in the middle of the summer Olympics, I thought I would do an Olympic-themed baseball column.

Baseball was removed as an Olympic sport in 2008, and this travesty must be brought to a little (David) Justice. So I thought it would be a good idea to build a baseball team out of this year’s Olympians. I have my own unique criteria and explanation for why each Olympian fits on the diamond.

1. Dawn Harper - 2B

I would put Harper, a superb hurdler who finished second in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, at the top of the lineup so she can use her speed to get on base and get a few steals. But instead of sliding, she will revolutionize the game by hurdling over defenders. She also has plenty of speed to have the range to cover second base… Continue reading

British kayaker Angela Hannah discusses kayaking and the challenges of faith

British kayaker Angela Hannah, along with teammates Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, and Louisa Sawers, finished second in their first heat on Monday during the Olympic women’s 500-meter K4 (kayak, with four people) competition. Later in the day, the foursome finished fourth of eight teams in the semifinals to advance to Wednesday’s Olympic final. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Hannah…

Q. How did you get into kayaking?
A. About four years ago. I was approached by someone with Sport England, and she asked if I wanted to try kayaking and just thought I would be the right shape or height to do kayaking… Continue reading

U.S. gold medalist Gabby Douglas: ‘glory goes’ to God

LONDON (BP) — Gabby Douglas will soon have more money than she ever dreamed.

With a vibrant smile and two gold medals to her credit at the Olympics, the 16-year-old gymnast undoubtedly will cash in with endorsement and marketing deals worth millions of dollars. At the top of her wish list? An Acura NSX.

“I want the one like Iron Man’s off ‘The Avengers,’” Douglas said. “That was a nice car…” Continue reading

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