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SUPER BOWL: Rams receiver delivers ‘spiritual spark’
Feb02

SUPER BOWL: Rams receiver delivers ‘spiritual spark’

ATLANTA (BP) — For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday’s Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption. Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles. After an offseason trade that sent him to the Rams, Cooks is thankful...

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Clemson coach Chavis recounts radical transformation
Jan07

Clemson coach Chavis recounts radical transformation

CLEMSON, S.C. (BP) – Despite being a big-time college football player headed to the NFL, Miguel Chavis was on a path to destruction. Self-centered and vile. Hedonistic and drunk. A tough brute who partied hard and pursued every fleeting pleasure he could think of. You name it, and Chavis, during his early years as a defensive tackle at Clemson, was probably guilty of it. “I was living in the flesh for 3 1/2 years and was...

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World Series crew chief embraces mission field
Nov10

World Series crew chief embraces mission field

  BOSTON (BP)—Ted Barrett had made a deal with God, or so he thought, when he was a young umpire in the minor leagues. He wondered for a while if God was calling him into ministry. He promised God that if baseball didn’t work out, and that if he never got a job in the big leagues, then he’d pursue that calling. Barrett did more than just get a job in the big leagues. As the umpire crew chief for the recent World Series between...

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Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era
Nov03

Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era

BOSTON (BP)—Luis Ortiz stepped into the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston 25 years ago to make his Major League debut with the Red Sox. His career as a player, shortened by injuries and a playing field that wasn’t always level, never blossomed. In an era when steroids abounded, Ortiz refused to take shortcuts to success. On Oct. 23, Ortiz stepped onto the field in Fenway Park once more, this time as the assistant...

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Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry
Mar10

Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP)—Tom Daniel and Clarke Skelton, along with their families, spent a combined 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries serving in South Korea. The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang gave them a chance for a reunion in the country they both love immensely. Daniel, who is now retired and lives in Colorado, and Skelton, who is pastor of Valley Grande Church in Valley Grande, Ala., both returned to South Korea during...

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