The New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.
"Deflategate" and "Ballghazi," are terms used to describe allegations brought against the Patriots who were accused of illegally using under inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts last January. After an investigation was launched into the matter, a 243-page report, known as the "Wells Report," created in part by lead author and criminal attorney Ted Wells, cited that text messages between Patriots locker-room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski reportedly linked them to foul play involving deflating Patriots' game footballs.
The report also stated that team quarterback Tom Brady, the Super Bowl XLIX MVP, was "at least generally aware" of rule violations taking place. As a result, the NFL fined the Patriots $1 million, revoked their first round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round draft pick in 2017, while Brady was handed a four game suspension which will begin next season. more >>
International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.
Luiz, 28, who plays for French football club Paris Saint-German and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team, was baptized into Hillsong Church in teammate Maxwell's in-door swimming pool. He posted a message alongside the picture which read "I have chosen to wait." Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to The Telegraph.
He also included a verse from 1 Corinthians in his post. more >>
Charlotte Brown came in third with a pole vault of 11 feet, 6 inches at the Texas state high school track meet. She has been chasing her dream to get a medal jumping a bar even though she's blind. Her story and encouragement will lift your spirit up high!
Brown was born with normal vision, but she developed cataracts at just 16 weeks old. She was able to use her vision until she was about 11 years old, then it began to decline. It's a story that is sad to hear, yet she is still moving forward and chasing her dreams. At this point in her life, she is now completely blind, and doing all she can to progress.
When Charlotte got to seventh grade, she began to pole vault. She picked this activity because she was looking for something a little "dangerous and exciting." She wanted everyone to be competitive while going against her, and they did. more >>
During last night's Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, it was the first time the MVP faced the MVP runner-up in a non-NBA Finals series since 1986.
And the two players have definitely stepped up for their respective squads, with Steph Curry scoring 34 points, grabbing 6 boards and dishing 5 assists, while James Harden made 28 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
Unfortunately for Harden, the Warriors made some tough plays down the stretch, en route to a 110-106 Game 1 victory at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. more >>
If you were a fan of Spike TV and watched a lot in the early 2000s, then you may remember a sport called SlamBall. Mason Gordon created this awesome sport. It combines aerial acrobatics of basketball with the aggressiveness of football, and players are aided by several trampolines right underneath each basket. It may be forgotten in America, but China has fallen in love with it.
The combination off all of this going on was awesome to watch, but disputes over broadcasting led to this sport disappearing from the airwaves. Without media exposing it anymore, the sport eventually faded from people's minds. Thankfully, the owner didn't give up on it. Even if it is not being televised anymore, China and basketball have a great relationship together. So Gordon decided to air old SlamBall episodes and see what people think. This was a HUGE success and now even colleges are forming teams for the future.
If you miss SlamBall SHARE this with all your friends! Check out this awesome video below: more >>
Jeremy Lin is reflecting on his strenuous NBA season and asking fans to help him deal with the frustrations he's felt as a result.
Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers point guard, missed the playoffs this season but he's still praising God and thanking fans who joined his digital prayer group during a tumultuous basketball season.
"Praise God for helping me through this past season. Also, thank God for all you prayer warriors," Lin said in an email addressed to his prayer group which reads "Jeremy's Prayer Requests 8." more >>