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Nationals’ Rendon more ‘Christian’ than ‘baseball player’
Oct22

Nationals’ Rendon more ‘Christian’ than ‘baseball player’

HOUSTON (BP)—For Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, being a superstar baseball player comes with a lot of baggage that he can do without. He doesn’t like doing interviews. He doesn’t like being idolized. He’d prefer simply to do his job on the field and not have to deal with everything that comes along with it. “He is just a genuinely humble guy,” said Gregg Matte, senior pastor of Houston,...

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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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