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Last week, the world lost a true hero and true example of Christ: Louis "Louie" Zamperini. He was 97. He ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was a World War II hero and POW, and he spoke on forgiveness every chance he had -- even going and witnessing, after the war, to the very Japanese prison guards who severely beat him for two years...

Last night, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young award and the first Met to win it since 1985. Dickey has been featured in Sports Spectrum multiple times and credits God for the turnaround in his life and career...

A recent feature on ESPN.com reveals that Christian rapper, Lecrae, has become an inspirational figure and leader amongst Christian athletes. Lecrae speaks at many different teams' chapel services and has developed friendships throughout the sports world. Some of his closest friends in sports include Bubba Watson, Dwight Howard, and Justin Forsett. When asked about the issues he talks about with the athletes at chapel service, Lecrae says, "I think one of the biggest issues is really just significance and purpose, and not having your identity wrapped up in your performance..."

Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-high nine batters in 7 innings Sunday night to help the Giants even the series at 3-3 against the Cardinals. When asked by FOX's Erin Andrews about his start, he gave glory to God... LSU sent an email out last week containing a photo of a fan group, but students were shocked to see their painted crosses missing in the photo... The couch that Jeremy Lin once slept on before becoming an overnight sensation for the New York Knicks is gone...

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record last night... Andy Pettitte will go for an MLB-record 20th postseason win for the Yankees tonight. Former manager Buck Showalter comments on Pettitte's success... Josh Hamilton may have worn out his welcome in Texas. But he says that wherever he may go in free agency, it will be where God directs him to go... Tebow tweets about playing in the 666th Monday night game, Bubba Watson tweets about a party in heaven, and Jim Irsay tweets about delivering the game ball to Chuck Pagano...

New York Mets pitcher and Cy Young candidate, R.A. Dickey, revealed that he has pitched hurt for most of the season. And what got him through the season? Prayer... With the New York Jets (2-2) offense struggling with Mark Sanchez under center, may people have been wondering if it's time for the Jets to start Tim Tebow at quarterback. Columnists from around the world of sports are weighing in on if it's Tebow Time... What They Said - Notable quotes and tweets this week from Christians in sports...

In a recent feature with Vogue Magazine, Tim Tebow mentioned a possible future career in politics... Tim Hudson shut down the Phillies Sunday, inching the Braves closer to clinching a playoff spot. He spoke with CBN about his faith in Christ... Josh Hamilton hasn't played since September 18, and the Rangers aren't sure when he will be back... What they said - Christian Athletes on Twitter...

The New York Knicks finally decided to let Jeremy Lin go to Houston, and New York Knicks fans are not necessarily happy about the decision. One Linsane fan started a petition to try and keep Lin in the Knicks uniform... Last week, Tim Tebow won the ESPY award for best sorts moment of the year for his 80-yard touchdown pass in the Broncos overtime win in last season's playoffs... Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finally agreed to a long term contract... Zac Johnson remarkably placed a six-iron out of a fairway bunker to within a foot to secure a win at the John Deere Classic, one of the best golf shots of the year...

1) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen will compete in tonight's Home Run Derby, and he will be taking his high school baseball coach as his pitcher. McCutchen has been featured in Sports Spectrum as has Carlos Beltran, who will also compete in tonight's derby. Beltran, a switch-hitter, will have to decide which side to hit from... 2) An extremely loud clap of thunder scared the Rangers and Twins off of the field Sunday night as players from both sides ran to take cover after one of the loudest sounds of nature you will ever hear...

Though R.A. Dickey's scoreless inning streak came to an end and he looked ordinary in the Mets' loss to the Yankees on Sunday, his breakout season remains one of the top sports stories in 2012. Like Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, Dickey--Sports Spectrum's May DigiMag cover boy--is another Christian athlete who has captivated the nation and dominated the headlines.

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