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SPORTS: Orioles’ Davis strives for godliness

BALTIMORE (BP) -- Three years ago, life was so different for Chris Davis.       The Baltimore Orioles' slugger was adrift on a sea of uncertainty, searching for answers as swells of career failure buffeted him. Yes, baseball is just a game. ...

Turner Gill, at Liberty, steadied by faith

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Turner Gill has endured plenty of challenges in his life. But this current test is a real humdinger.

Turner Gill, at Liberty, steadied by faith

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Turner Gill has endured plenty of challenges in his life. But this current test is a real humdinger.

SPORTS: Titans’ backup QB Rusty Smith trusting God with his future

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Russ Smith knew something was wrong ... very wrong. He didn't need to be a rocket scientist (literally) to figure that out. The sound of rockets should never be heard from your teenage son's bedroom.

Navy stand-out linebacker pursues Christ

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP)--Scott Pospisil knew it years ago.       He could see something unique in his eldest son. Ross Pospisil, now a senior linebacker at the U.S. Naval Academy who is preparing for the final game of an impressive four-year career, had plenty of typical boyish vigor, but there was something else. He also possessed a precocious tenderness. Ross loved to serve others.

WNBA rookie looks to ‘be a light’ for Christ

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--For years, Megan Frazee has known little but the cozy confines of a close-knit, Christian family.       One of three triplets, she has enjoyed a built-in support network for virtually all of her 22 years, a path which has led her to the doorstep of professional basketball fame.

NFL’s Witten takes on domestic violence

DALLAS (BP)--Jason Witten remembers the pain.       The Dallas Cowboys tight end remembers the screaming, the confusion and all the other terrible consequences of domestic violence.

Washington St. basketball coach walking by faith

PULLMAN, Wash. (BP)--Tony Bennett asks a lot of questions.       When he attended his first Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp in Colorado as a teenager, it sparked a spiritual curiosity that eventually led to his salvation. Former Nebraska football coaching icon Tom Osborne was the keynote speaker, and Bennett, raised in a Catholic church, took a laundry list of questions back to the small-group follow-up sessions.       "I remember asking a ton of questions," Bennett said. "That's my nature. I pinned the huddle leader against a wall."       Now, though, he is on the receiving end of questions. People want a lot more of your time when you preside over one of the best college basketball teams in the country.       Bennett, the second-year head coach of Washington State University, is leading a modern-day hoops renaissance in obscure Pullman, Wash., where he is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Cowboys player recounts tough childhood

DALLAS (BP)–Anthony Henry’s eyes are fixed on reaching Phoenix for Super Bowl XLII, but his thoughts are never far from the Florida resort town of Fort Myers. His old stomping grounds, however, never make any of the travel brochures. “I grew up in the projects,” said Henry, a veteran cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys who […]

FIRST-PERSON: Steroids, trust & truth

GERMANTOWN, Md. (BP)--I was writing a story on Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts for a Christian publication when The Los Angeles Times broke the bombshell news in October 2006 that the fan favorite had been linked to steroids by a former teammate in a federal affidavit.