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Sunday, May 13, 2007

sports misc.

First, a couple of notes from games that I've seen this weekend. The first one was from after the Tigers/Twins game yesterday when the Tigers Craig Monroe was interviewed after the game on FOX. He said in part, "...God-given ability...".

The other was from today's Braves/Pirates game, where some of the Braves players were interviewed before the game on TBS about Mother's Day. Jeff Francoeur said that on Mother's Day his family would always go to church and then go on a picnic.

Next, a few articles. The first is one about Nationals outfielder Ryan Church and his having to deal with his younger brother Matthew, an army ranger, being deployed to Iraq. Here's a quote from him about it:

"I knew Matt was going to have to go anyway, but it really didn't set in until he was getting ready to be deployed," Church said. "Andy didn't really set in until after Matt left. Both of these guys are giving their lives up on a daily basis. You never know what's going to happen. Spring Training was one of those things where I let it go. I had to come to grips with it. It's in God's hands. All we can do is pray about it...."

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Here's an article about former University of Houston football player Wade Koehl. He was signed as an undrafted free agent after the NFL draft by the Saints and is trying to make their team. Here's a quote from his former head coach at Houston Art Briles:

Houston head football coach Art Briles said that Koehl is “everything you’re looking for in a man, in a Christian and a player. He’s the total package. There are no ghosts. There is no baggage. He’s the real deal. He’s an excellent role model and an excellent, excellent human being.”

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Also, an article about former IU football player Anthony Thompson, who was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Here's a quote about him:

Thompson, a second-round draft pick of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1990 who played five NFL seasons with the Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, works at IU as the assistant director of the Varsity Club, the athletic department's fundraising arm. For the past five years, Thompson has also served as pastor at Lighthouse Community Church in Bloomington.

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Lastly, an article about Jazz guard Derek Fisher, who arrived during their playoff game against the Warriors after returning from his baby daughter's cancer surgery. Here's a quote:

"It's been unbelievable," Fisher said. "God is so good. My daughter is doing very well. We had a successful operation in New York. I flew back. She has a form of cancer called retino-blastoma. We could have lost my little girl had we waited any longer."

After Williams picked up his fourth foul with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter, Fisher walked into the arena and immediately entered the game to a rousing ovation.

"My loyalty is always with family and faith first. I had to get permission from my wife to get here. My coach and teammates welcomed me with open arms. They kept me on the active list. They didn't have to do that."

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