Still on the Diamond

Veteran Japanese baseball catcher Ryoji Aikawa will be playing his 21st season in 2015, joining his third team in Japan’s Central League. At 38, Aikawa will be playing for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, the country’s most popular team often referred to as “Japan’s Yankees...”

Another Angle: The ‘Performance Wheel’

In Brad Paisley’s controversial song “Those Crazy Christians,” there’s a line about going to church that says: Those crazy Christians, dressed up drivin’ down my street, Get their weekly dose of guilt before they head to Applebee’s...

From the Archives: The maturing of a young athlete

Yawn...yawn. Seemingly just another day at the office for point guard Steve Alford. The smooth 6-foot-2 senior led Indiana University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship this season, averaging 22 points a...

Devotional of the Week: Constant Encouragement

In 1989 as the NCAA men's basketball tournament began, University of Michigan Wolverines head coach Bill Freider accepted a job at Arizona. Bo Schembechler, Michigan's irascible athletic director, immediately fired Freider, saying emphatically that "no Michigan team will be coached by somebody from Arizona!"

Airing It Out: Which way does the ball bounce?

What would you do if you had the ability and power to share your faith without consequence? Would you respect non-believers or believers of other faiths by not sharing Christ with them, or would you respect God by telling them how Christ had freely offered to take our place and rescue us from hell?

Where are they now? closeup: David Robinson

The Naval Academy’s most recognizable basketball alum earned another recognition recently. Former NBA star and Hall of Famer David Robinson earned the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Alumni Association on March 27...

Women in sports closeup: Marlen Esparza

Marlen Esparza is known for becoming the first nine-time U.S. boxing champion in history. She’s probably the only former high school class president to dominate women’s boxing, as well. Esparza, who won her 10th U.S. title...

Around the world closeup: Euan Murray

Euan Murray may best be known for what he doesn’t do as opposed to what he does do, but that’s fine with him. Murray, a Scottish professional rugby player since 2001 and who plays for...

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No Condemnation

Was this what Christianity was all about? Feeling crappy about yourself all of the time? Because that was exactly how Gavin Floyd felt...

Former college basketball coach Dave Bliss releases chapter from new book ‘Fall to Grace’

More than a decade after Baylor University’s men’s basketball program fell to pieces, former college basketball coach Dave Bliss opens up about his personal journey—from worldly fame, to humiliation, to spiritual discovery—and the unfathomable grace revealed to him by a God who wants to give all of us a second chance at life. The book is currently available at DaveBlissBook.com...

Devotional of the Week — Never Too Old

Former major league pitcher Jack Quinn is one of those players who fade into obscurity and is only known to some because he's the answer to a trivia question: Who is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game?

Life Giving

There was so much Monty Williams wanted to say. His heart was full, but the words escaped him as he pondered the question: “What does your relationship with Christ mean to you?” “Wow!” he replied, It would be an understatement if I said it meant everything...”

Learning Curve

Every curve ball Daniel Salters turns on during batting practice or digs out of the dirt during his time as the catcher for the powerhouse Dallas Baptist University baseball team, he thinks about the curves he has already been thrown in life...

Where Are They Now? Closeup: Tom and Terry Brands

Success breeds success is the well-worn coaching cliché. But more than a cliché, twins Tom and Terry Brands are living proof that it’s true. When the Brands were wrestling for legendary University of Iowa coach Dan...

Where Are They Now? Closeup: David Chadwick

Though David Chadwick is about as self-effacing as a pastor can be, it was nevertheless unusual for him to begin his Feb. 8 message by saying, “If I seem a little bit discombobulated.” Just a few hours before the first service that Sunday morning at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, N.C., Chadwick had learned that his former college basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, Dean Smith, had passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.

Around The World Closeup: Lee Wai-sze

Winning championships and medals almost never happened for Hong Kong Olympian Lee Wai-sze. Her fledgling career nearly ended, just as it was about to explode, after a chance run-in with a stray dog...

Swimming Closeup: Missy Franklin

Remember 17-year-old London Olympic swimming phenom Missy Franklin? She’s still winning and she’s still fast. She’s just doing it a lot more out of the spotlight...

Athlete Blog: Growing together in community

Recently, I listened to a sermon from one of my favorite pastors, Rankin Wilbourne of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. In his preaching, he was focusing on the importance of Christian community by discussing John 8:7. This particular verse is overused and perhaps misused nowadays, but it still means a lot when examined properly: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone...”

Unpackin’ It: Casey Crawford discusses faith, football and business

Casey Crawford joins us on UNPACKIN’ it to talk faith, football and business. Casey played tight end at the University of Virginia, then with the Carolina Panthers, and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently the CEO and President of Movement Mortgage, and his company was recognized by Inc. Magazine, in both 2012 and 2013, as the fastest-growing privately held mortgage bank in the country. Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.

Athlete Blog: Victory is Ours!

Life is a battle. We are in the greatest war there will ever be. We are fighting for the Kingdom of God! Every day is a struggle to live freely with peace and joy...

From the Archives: The Amazing Journey of Matt Hasselbeck

It was here, in the poverty-torn country of Jamaica, while sitting next to a man grotesquely disfigured by leprosy, that Matt Hasselbeck began his unexpected journey to the NFL, to the Pro Bowl, and to the Super Bowl. It was here, as Hasselbeck watched with amazement a man who had lost his fingers, ears, nose, and sight to leprosy joyfully praising God in prayer and in song, that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback discovered the meaning of contentment and commitment...

Devotional of the Week: Entering ‘The Zone’

"Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, 'Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian...

Devotional of the Week: Selfish or Selfless

After losing to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 26, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy decided to make a defensive change. He called outside linebacker Clay Matthews into his office...

Another Angle: Eighteen Months Later

Dear Papaw, We were never ones to have serious conversations, were we? We liked arguing about sports and giving each other a hard time. We were expert jokesters and pranksters. You’d kid with me that I couldn’t possibly be a diehard Indiana Hoosier fan because I was born in Kentucky—my deepest, darkest secret...

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