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Nothing makes you more legit in Major League Baseball than winning a World Series. When the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 series, they capped the fourth game with a thrilling extra innings victory. Two seasons prior, the Giants clinched their first World Series title since 1954 by defeating the Texas Rangers. Reliever Jeremy Affeldt was part of the reason San Francisco’s bullpen had an outstanding performance...

Late in one game during a June 2014 home series with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos drifted back to catch a fly ball near the warning track. It was the final out of the inning. Then Bourjos, like many outfielders have done before him, ran toward the left center field bleachers, pointed toward a bespectacled little boy on the front row, and tossed him the ball...

Our first issue of the fall is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view. We release two digital issues between each print issue, totaling 12 issues a year and three issues per season. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine, subscribe HERE. This issue includes exclusive feature stories on New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel. Our closeups include "In The News" stories on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, Detroit Tigers slugger Torii Hunter and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. In our editorials, staff writer and columnist Stephen Copeland talks about what he learned about the "inner me" during his interview with Rashad Jennings, and "UNPACKIN' it" podcast host Bryce Johnson interviews two-time Super Bowl champion Chase Blackburn about his season with the Carolina Panthers.

Our third issue of the summer is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view. We release two digital issues between each print issue, totaling 12 issues a year and three issues per season. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine, subscribe HERE. This issue includes exclusive feature stories on Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin and his unorthodox journey to Major League Soccer, and Baylor University head football coach Art Briles and his journey of God-discovery in the midst of tragedy and despair. Our closeups include 30-year anniversary stories on former LPGA star Betsy King and former NFL player Rosey Grier. In our editorials, columnists Brett Honeycutt, Stephen Copeland and Bryce Johnson address a variety of issues.

Clint Dempsey was in kindergarten when he discovered that he loved soccer. The exhilaration of scoring goals was exactly what he needed to deepen his love for a game that has taken him all over the world and allowed him to play at soccer’s highest level in Europe and in the United States…

Peace eluded reigning Olympic and world 100-meter track champion even after she became a Christian, but now she has a “living faith” that keeps...

This issue is Sports Spectrum's largest undertaking and likely our most important edition since the magazine began in 1985. Not because of the amount of stories we are giving you, our readers, about athletes playing the world's most watched, and arguably the most popular sport, but because of the potential impact this issue can have on others around the world. That potential impact is made possible because the 2014 World Cup issue is being produced in 14 languages and will be used by ministries all over the world during the World Cup -- through the internet, via mobile devices and also on the ground as the World Cup is being played...

In 2004 Bill Self left Illinois as head basketball coach and went to Kansas. He later won a national title in 2008. Illinois then hired Bruce Weber, former coach at Southern Illinois University, to replace Self. Since Self stressed offense and Weber stressed defense, the first year was difficult for the returning players, adjusting to a new coach and new coaching style…

Familiar words to a Frank Sinatra song became reality for Joe and Kim Girardi on a November day in 1996. After three years behind the plate for the Colorado Rockies, Girardi left the Mile-High City in a trade that sent him east to don the Yankee pinstripes. The Girardis had no idea what was ahead, but with excitement and a bit of anxiety they changed the message on their answering machine to greet callers with, "It's up to you, New York, New York." "I was in a comfort zone in Colorado," says Girardi. "Getting traded was a faith-builder, and as the season progressed I began to see what God was doing in our lives." This archived story was published in the May 1997 issue of Sports Spectrum magazine. Click here to read the rest of the story

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