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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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First, another article about Braves pitching hopeful Jonathon Johnson, a Christian. I hope that he makes the Braves, or maybe another Major League team at least. Here's a couple of quotes:

For nearly three full years, Jonathan Johnson's once prized right arm remained dormant. Occasionally, he'd display it during a local men's league game or while he was on one of his Christian missions in Cuba....

A year ago, while pursuing entrepreneurial interests in Columbia, S.C., he found himself content and committed to providing stability for his wife and three children. But now he finds himself provided with the boyhood dream of pitching for the Atlanta Braves.

"I really believe that God opened this opportunity for a reason," said Johnson, a devout Christian. "I'm not sure what it is yet, but there's no reason that I should be here right now.

"For me to sign with Atlanta last year was enough of a story in itself, but to end up on the roster and even have a long shot to make this club is beyond anything I would have imagined."

Here's the article: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070227&content_id=1818329&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl.

Here's an article about NFL players pushing for more to be done to players who are repeat law breakers. If a normal person was arrested like they are, they would be fired from their job. So I think that the NFL, and other pro sports leagues too, need to clean up their act. Here's the article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_player_misconduct.

Next, an article about a neat idea that the Red Sox are using to raise money to fight against cancer:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070227&content_id=1818751&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos.

Here's that article about the interview done on one of the Indianapolis TV stations with Colts head coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren, who are both Christians, at their church. I finally read it. Here's the article, with links to video of the interview:
http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6144890.
The interview mentions the picture of the Colts praying after the Super Bowl that I posted before, but here it is again:
http://bp0.blogger.com/_XRNLBdS5C4s/RczCIFqGQiI/AAAAAAAAAAM/ouCVC3X-h_I/s1600-h/Colts+Post-Super+Bowl+Prayer+2-4-07.jpg.

Lastly, here's a little bit from Sports Spectrum about DeeDee Jonrowe, one of the racers in the Iditarod and a Christian, which has just gotten started. Unfortunately, I just read on her website that she had to drop out of the race because of injuries. I'll add a link to her website to my links:

• They’re off and mushing in Alaska. In the great Iditarod dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome, March means 1,000 miles of bad road for the dogs and their leaders. Alaskan native Lance Mackey had the early lead as the racers reached their first checkpoint. One racer to keep an eye on is DeeDee Jonrowe. She is competing in her 25th Iditarod. A strong Christian from Willow, Alaska, Jonrowe is a cancer survivor, and she’s 53 years old—a true inspiration on several fronts. Check out more info on DeeDee at www.deedeejonrowe.com.

Here's the webpage: http://www.sportsspectrum.com/daily/archives/070306.php.

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