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Friday, April 13, 2007

lots of sports misc.

I was able to get caught up some on the articles that I have to read, so there are several articles for today. The first two are from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Sharing the Victory Magazine. The first one is about Kenyan long-distance runner Catherine Ndereba:

The other one is about three members of the Rice baseball team: Bobby Bramhall, Joe Savery, and Brian Friday:

Next, some articles about Zach Johnson, the guy that won the Masters last Sunday. I didn't watch the Masters, but I saw that he had won on the bottom of the screen during the Red Sox/Rangers game on ESPN Sunday night. I was like "Who in the world?!" Then I found some articles about him, and was like "Cool!" The first article is about the final round of the Masters and after. Here's a quote:

Even more gratifying to Johnson was winning on Easter.

"My faith is very important to me," he said. "I had people looking after me. It was awesome."

Here's the article:

Here's another article on Johnson, this one from Fellowship of Christian Athletes:

The third article on Johnson, also a Christian article:

A paragraph about Johnson from Sports Spectrum's The Daily:

Zach Johnson, who won The Master’s on Sunday, is not afraid to speak out about his faith. Here’s an excerpt from an interview he had with Bill Houston of Sports Spectrum Radio:

“Golf has always been something that I love to do, and I still continue to love to play golf. But it is still just a game. Even underneath that, to me it’s my job. Of course, I’m going to give 110 percent. It’s something that obviously pays the bills and helps my wife and me financially. But it’s not what matters in life the most. As far as priority ranking, God and Jesus are No. 1. That’s the reason I’m here. If I finish in the Top 10 or win a tournament, at the end of the day Jesus doesn’t care. As long as He knows I’m one of His and He’s my Savior, that’s all that matters.”

Here's the article:

The last article on Johnson (for now):

Here's a note about Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, a Christian, that I found interesting:

Free lunch: Cubs fans who stopped at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday after the game got a treat. Cubs catcher Michael Barrett also stopped there, and decided to pick up the tab for all the patrons.

"I said [to my friend], what would it be like for these people if [former Cubs catcher] Jody Davis walked into the restaurant?" Barrett said. "So, I was going up to people and saying, 'Let me have your bill.'"

The manager of the restaurant took care of Barrett's tab. Barrett exited to a chorus of "Let's go Cubbies."

Here's the article:

Also, an article about the Pacers helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and visiting a VA hospital:

Here's a good article about Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, a Christian, having his high school baseball number retired Monday night on the Braves off day (there are several pictures included in a photo gallery too):

Lastly, I don't know if Japanese Seattle catcher Kenji Johjima is a Christian or not, but I thought that this comment of his about how to bat against Japanese Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was funny:

Johjima has some simple advice to his Mariners teammates:

"I would first tell them to pray."

Here's the article:

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