Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic team boxer Claressa Shields prays in her corner of the ring before every fight.
Dubbed by boxing experts as a superstar in the making, Shields was 26-0 before suffering her first loss on her way to qualifying for the Olympics in London.
"When she lost for the first time in her life she prayed very hard," says photographer Sue Jaye Johnson, who is on a film production team along with two others documenting her journey to and at the Olympics. more >>
Olympic runner Ryan Hall holds the record for the fastest half-marathon and the fastest marathon ever recorded by an American, and now his only running coach is God.
After finishing as the runner-up at the 2011 United States half-marathon championships, Hall declared "God" to be his coach when filling out a standard drug testing form, The New York Times reported in a lengthy piece about Hall on Saturday.
After reading what he had written, a doping official told him he had to list a real person. Hall told the official, "He is a real person." more >>
Jeremy Lin fans are not ready to see him leave the New York Knicks and have decided to petition for his return with over 11,000 people supporting the change.org movement.
In the official petition written to New York Knicks management, thousands are supporting an online plea called "New York Knicks Management: Keep Jeremy Lin-Match the Houston Rockets' Offer." In the petition, the creator listed as "I Am Linsane" described their reasoning for appealing the Knicks management.
"Jeremy Lin is the best thing that has happened to New York Knicks basketball in the last 20 years. With Jeremy Lin as the team's leader, the team won," the fan wrote in the petition signed by 12,047 at press time. "He's the one player the New York Knicks need to keep, not lose. Don't let Jeremy Lin go - match the Rockets' offer." more >>
As the New York Jets ready for the start of summer practice, recently acquired player Tim Tebow may bring in large crowds for their day-to-day drills.
Church groups are apparently calling up officials at the State University of New York at Cortland, where the Jets will be holding their three training camps in four years.
Jim Dempsey of the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau told local media that he had received several calls from groups interested in seeing Tebow. more >>
Chinese media has responded to the controversy surrounding the U.S Olympic uniforms being made in China by accusing U.S. lawmakers complaining about the decision of being "hypocritical" and "irresponsible."
"The Olympics spirit is all about separating sports from politics, but these U.S. politicians are going too far and trying to force a political tag onto the uniforms," expressed Xinhua News Agency.
The Chinese media suggested that there is no particular importance in the fact the American uniforms are being manufactured in China rather than the U.S., and even said U.S. politicians complaining over the decision should be banned from 'wearing anything or using any product' that was made abroad," Reuters reported. more >>
After the investigation into the cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, some analysts believe that the university's football program should be temporarily shut down.
"If they play football come September, at Penn State, something's wrong," sports newscaster Bob Costas said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The investigative report, conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, showed that top officials at Penn State, including Head Coach Joe Paterno, were aware of assistant coach Sandusky's crimes, but chose to keep them a secret to protect the football program from an embarrassing scandal. more >>