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Monday, January 1, 2007

past sports misc.

There aren't any new articles for today, so here's some more sports articles from the past, back in November. First, an article about Colts defensive back Marlin Jackson paying to bring 20 kids and chaperones from his hometown in Pennsylvania to a Colts home game: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061111/SPORTS03/611110480/1100.

Here's an article about the Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, a Christian, hosting a baseball camp for kids in Hawaii in gratitude for being able to play in the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League when he was in the minors: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061108&content_id=1737066&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc.

Next, an article about Red Sox (at the time at least) outfielder Trot Nixon being awarded the Ernie Tavilla Award recognizing outstanding character and leadership on the field and in the community from Athletes in Action New England. Nixon is a currently a free agent who might return to the Red Sox or go elsewhere. Here's a long quote from the article:

With 500 VIP guests in attendance, Nixon accepted the award, which was previously given to Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin and his wife, Dawn, in 2005, along with Patriots linebacker Don Davis, and former Patriots defensive end Anthony Pleasant.

Nixon serves as spokesman for Red Sox Kid Nation presented by Hood, and is a spokesman for the annual Red Cross Blood Drive held on Sept. 11 at Fenway Park.

"Athletes do this because it's something near and dear to their hearts," Nixon said. "For Kathryn [his wife] and I, you can't ever tell God how much he's meant in our lives and how special He is."

Not surprisingly, the subject of whether Nixon, who filed for free agency on Oct. 29, will return next season came up. Showing his trademark honesty, Nixon didn't shy away from discussing the issue.

"One thing Tony Clark said to me was that the next breath isn't guaranteed to us so you need to take full advantage of all of our resources out here, but, for me, it's in God's hands," he said. "That's the way I look at it. If it's playing somewhere else, it's playing somewhere else. I'm going to play the game the way it should be."

Here's the article: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061106&content_id=1735445&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos.

Lastly, an article about Baylor men's basketball coach Scott Drew. He's the son of Valparaiso men's basketball coach Homer Drew and a Christian like his dad. Here's an article about Baylor's upcoming season and how they should be improving after recovering from major sanctions resulting from severe violations under the previous coach: http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=2648179.

That's all for now!

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