From the Archives: The Year That Changed Him

On Monday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the first in the Warriors' West Coast Era to win the award and the first since Wilt Chamberlain earned the honor (1959-60) during his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors. Click HERE to read Sports Spectrum's 2013 feature on Stephen Curry, titled "The Year That Changed Him..."

Athlete Blog: The Freedom in Apologizing

“I am sorry. “ “I really messed up and was a jerk.” “I screwed up...”

In the news closeup: Manny Pacquiao

The fight that seemed destined to never happen, is now scheduled to take place: Manny Pacquiao will fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2 in what experts are saying will be the richest purse in boxing history. The two are legendary in the ring...

Video of the Week: Average Joe | Joe Girardi (By Game Plan For Life)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi opens up to Game Plan For Life about the journey God has taken him on as a player and manager for Major League Baseball's most legendary organization. Says Girardi in the video, "I was afraid that I would never get an opportunity (at managing a team)...God had his hand in it all." Click HERE to watch more videos and testimonies from Game Plan For Life...

Devotional of the Week: Running to Win

Jim Ryun, one of the most famous distance runners in American history, once came home after a race and, responding to a question from his mom who asked how he did, said, “Not good.” He went on to say that he was disappointed he hadn’t won...

From the Archives — The Little Guard That Could

Reading the children's classic The Little Engine That Could might be the easiest way to understand what Avery Johnson has gone through to make it in the NBA. Like the little blue engine from Watty Piper's story, Johnson is an inspiration. Like the little blue engine, Johnson is much smaller than his counterparts. Like the little blue engine, Johnson has had to persevere. And like the little blue engine, Johnson's goal is to climb a mountain. I think I can - I think I can - I think I can - I think I can. Click here to read the rest of our story on Avery Johnson from our November 1993 issue...

Airing it out: Memory Lane and Life’s Lessons

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?

In The Clear

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh and his wife’s three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the East Atlanta Village is more than a home. It’s a symbol...

Video of the Week: I am Second® – Ryan Ries

All Ryan could remember was waking up the next morning to his friends saying, "Dude we thought you were dead last night." The drugs, the parties, the girls and sleepless nights followed Ryan from highschool into his skateboarding career. But that one night his life began to change...

Devotional of the Week: Are You a Competitive Christian?

No professional golfer in history has faced greater challenges than did the great Ben Hogan. Hogan, known for his buttery swing, nearly died in 1949 at age 36 when he and his wife were in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus. Hogan suffered multiple fractures and life-threatening blood clots. He was in the hospital 59 days and told he could possibly never walk again. Never playing golf again was a foregone conclusion. But the "experts" underestimated Hogan's love of the game and his tenacious competitive spirit. Months later he won the U.S. Open...

Unpackin’ It: Tim Shaw shares faith journey in battle with ALS

Tim Shaw joins us on UNPACKIN’ it to talk faith, football and business. Shaw, former NFL linebacker and key special teams player for seven seasons, candidly shares his inspiring faith journey as he bravely battles ALS. Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.

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...