The nation's largest secularist organization is renewing its effort to pressure some of the nation's most popular college football teams to get rid of their chaplains, arguing that coaches violate students' First Amendment rights by instituting chaplaincy programs.
Last August, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to a number of public colleges and universities telling them that allowing Christian chaplains to minister to their football teams establishes a favoritism toward Christianity and coerces non-Christian athletes to take part so that their standing with coaches and teammates won't be diminished.
The organization, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, released an in-depth report titled "Pray to Play" last year, highlighting a number of public colleges that have chaplaincy programs and schools that use public funds to fly chaplains to away games, provide hotel rooms for them and their families, and give them per-diem payments. more >>
A month after a fan sold Stephen Curry's game-used mouthpiece for a pretty penny, a sports memorabilia collector is auctioning off a modern yet rare LeBron James rookie card. Experts projected the bids for the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar's item to reach $200,000 in the next 10 days.
James' Valuable Trading Card
The rare LeBron James trading card is presently up for auction at Goldin Auctions. According to the site, the top-tier rookie collectible is the most valuable and coveted card of the 31-year-old NBA Finals MVP. more >>
WrestleMania is WWE's flagship event and the need for ticket sales constantly pushes them to book the biggest matches and cameos they can muster. Over the last years, Daniel Bryan won two straight matches to win the world title, Seth Rollins cashed in Money in the Bank for the same belt, and Roman Reigns defeated Triple H to defend it.
The past WrestleManias also saw surprising returns from the company's biggest superstars: The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin. In fact, this year, one legend is looking to come back to battle another on the grandest stage of them all.
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The 2016 NFL season might be full of surprises, but its top tier continues to be composed of the same teams. Lest upsets take place in the following week's games, surging teams might keep up their high level of play as the season moves forward.
The ESPN NFL Week 3 Power Rankings features a familiar sight - the New England Patriots. Fighting them for the top spot are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who could actually pull it off should they remain undefeated this week.
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Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson says even though he's devastated that he'll have to miss his entire first season with the Baltimore Ravens due to an injury, he knows God has something up His sleeve.
Watson, a veteran tight end and a devout Christian author, tore his Achilles tendon on the first offensive play during the Ravens' third preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 27.
As the tear of the Achilles takes about four months to a year to completely heal enough for athletic competition, the 35-year-old Watson was placed on the injured reserve list and will be sidelined for the whole 2016 season. more >>
Recently, across the nation, Sunday was a day of ritual. No, I'm not talking about church liturgies; I'm referencing rather to the demonstrations staged by a number of National Football League players during the national anthem.
Sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest against the supposed police brutality towards blacks, players have been sitting or kneeling rather than standing during the anthem, with high school and college teams following suit.
Reaction has been predictably polarized. more >>