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Sunday, July 15, 2007

mostly MLB and football misc., etc.

First of all, an article about Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, a Christian, hitting home runs for charity. For every home run that he hits this year, Delta Airlines is donationg 25,000 SkyMiles (enough for one round-trip ticket) to Dream House, an Atlanta-area charity that helps medically fragile children to live at home through programs that teach and support families to care for such children. Here's the article:

Here's an article about a young girl in Wisconsin that was a huge Notre Dame and Brady Quinn fan who recently died at age 11 from a rare lymphatic disorder. When she was dying former Notre Dame and new Browns quarterback Brady Quinn and Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis both called her and Quinn sent her autographed pictures and jerseys. Here's the article:;_ylt=AmgDM8I0pgl9EqYvSgP3Zqk5nYcB?slug=rivals-141166&prov=rivals&type=lgns.

Next, an article about Magic forward Dwight Howard, a Christian, signing a contract extension last week. Here's a quote from him:

Still, Howard said he didn't feel pressured. Not as a team leader and not as the recipient of a rich new deal.

"God didn't give me big shoulders for nothing, so I feel I can handle a lot of pressure," he said. "I am just very excited."

Here's the article:;_ylt=Ap9islqUg5cv0uUbGpupZaY5nYcB?slug=ap-magic-howard&prov=ap&type=lgns.

Here's an article about Orioles 2nd baseman Brian Roberts, a Christian, announcing his annual charity event to raise money for a Baltimore children's hospital. He also visits the children in the hospital regularly. He had open-heart surgery when he was five, so he's literally been in their shoes himself. Here's the article:

Also, an article from ESPN the Magazine about Panthers quarterback David Carr, a Christian, and his upcoming season:

Here's an article about Bengals linebacker David Pollack, a Christian, won't be able to play this season, but is still rehabilitating with hopes of coming back in 2008 from a broken vertebrae in his neck:

Next, an article about this year's Faster Pastor Race in Atlanta last Thursday, where Atlanta area pastors race to earn money for a local food shelter:

Here's a note about Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday that I found in my local newspaper today and then found online:

Each time he goes to the plate, Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday stops just before he steps in the batter's box and draws a cross in the ground with his bat.

"It's something I started somewhere in the minor leagues," Holliday said. "Sometimes it puts my life in perspective. Sometimes I'm reminding myself there is a bigger game than baseball."

Here's the article:,1299,DRMN_83_101,00.html

Lastly, another Colts head coach Tony Dungy website that I found, this one in his new Christian book, Quiet Strength, that I just got yesterday. I just flipped through it yesterday, but haven't started reading it. The website has information about Dungy and his book and podcasts from him to listen to, among other things:

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