Before Mike Piazza gave an emotional speech at his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, the former New York Mets catcher received a special blessing during a 7:30 a.m. mass.
The 47-year-old retired MLB star attended St. Mary's Our Lady of the Catholic Church in Cooperstown, New York, where he was blessed on the church steps by Father John Rosson. During Piazza's tearful acceptance speech to the Hall of Fame, he highlighted the importance of his Catholic faith.
According to Piazza, his mother, Veronica, instilled that faith in him. more >>
Tim Tebow has proven that he's never too busy for his fans after he took a break from his latest project to spend time with a pint-sized admirer.
Tebow was in Gastonia, North Carolina, shooting a video for his second book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms last week when 11-year-old Phillip Williams, the son of Gaston County Commissioner Jason Williams, slipped a note under the door where Tebow was filming to ask for an autograph.
To his family's surprise, the 28-year-old NFL quarterback-turned-television personality and motivational speaker decided to halt what he was doing to meet them. more >>
An Alabama school district has reversed an earlier decision forbidding a marching band from performing "Amazing Grace" during high school football games.
The Elmore County School District initially banned Holtville High School's marching band from performing the famous Christian hymn.
But on Sunday the district's Superintendent Andre' Harrison announced on Facebook that the earlier ban was to be lifted and the marching band will be allowed to perform the song during their halftime shows. more >>
The Philadelphia 76ers' rebuilding experiment has been going on for a few seasons now and the team looks to improve from the league's worst record last year at 10-72.
The way that the 76ers are looking to do this is through youth and homegrown talent. Experts believe that the season will rest on how well number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons adjusts to the NBA style of playing.
Jerryd Bayless (point guard) more >>
After nine months of hiatus due to a shoulder injury, Randy Orton is officially ready to fight again. The 12-time world champion, popularly known as "The Viper," made his WWE Battleground return remarkable by taking a swipe at the failed UFC drug tests of his "SummerSlam" opponent Brock Lesnar.
Orton Jokes About Lesnar
Russia will not suffer a complete ban from the Rio 2016 Olympics after its doping scandal. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled on Sunday that Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete in the world's biggest festival of sports as long as they can prove that they have a drug-free record.
Respecting The Rules of Justice
According to the Denver Post, instead of a complete ban, IOC's executive board required all Russian athletes seeking entry to the Rio 2016 Olympics to comply strict criteria to prove that they are clean. The board also gave the responsibility to the individual global sports federations to decide who is qualified to compete among Russian athletes. more >>