Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano accepted the head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012; but not long after his first season, he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and was hospitalized for treatment.
His story of faith and recovery, while leading the Colts during his time of crisis, and of the immense support he received from family, friends, and the team are documented in his new book, Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion and Perseverance.
Coauthored by Bruce A. Tollner, in Sidelined Pagano documents his experiences undergoing chemotherapy while leading the Colts to the playoffs, and of being strengthened by the triumvirate of "faith, family, and football." more >>
NBA superstar and Miami Heat player Lebron James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 according to his agent Richie Paul, and some NBA fans thinks it's a move to bring the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony to Miami.
James' decision was first reported by ESPN.
According to the report, becoming an unrestricted free agent does not mean that James has decided to leave the Heat. Neither the team nor James have made any public announcement about the decision which James had until June 30 to make. He was expected to earn $20 million with the Heat next season. more >>
The Robertson men of "Duck Dynasty" are set to compete in the upcoming Greenbrier Classic golf tournament alongside Christian pro-golfer Bubba Watson in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia next weekend. The announcement of the reality show family's participation comes shortly after famed athlete Tiger Woods pulled out of the tournament, citing health reasons.
Willie and Jase Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be participating in the Pro-Am tournament at The Greenbrier Classic on Wednesday, July 2. The Robertson brothers will be playing alongside Watson, who won the 2014 Master's Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and Jim Justice, the owner of The Greenbrier resort.
A Native American group is preparing to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians baseball team, requesting they change their "offensive" name and mascot, describing them as disparaging toward Native American populations. The lawsuit comes after five Native Americans won a trademark lawsuit against the Washington Redskins regarding its name.
Robert Roche, leader of the group People Not Mascots, told NBC News that his group will be filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Cleveland Indians' name and mascot, Chief Wahoo. The lawsuit is expected to be filed by late July, and contends that the mascot that includes a red face, large smile, and feather, be changed out of sensitivity for the Native American culture.
"It's been offensive since day one," Roche, a member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, recently told NBC News. "We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people." more >>
A Christian pastor's comedic and sincere efforts to minister to Major and Minor League umpires has resulted in 66 baptisms over the past decade.
Dean Esskew, 48, is the leader of a ministry Calling for Christ, which serves the highly itinerant and much criticized population through retreats, conference calls, and peer support.
A former pastor of an Oklahoma congregation, Esskew worked with Major League Baseball umpires Ted Barrett and Rob Drake to organize the inaugural retreat. Twelve men showed up the first year, though numbers have recently grown to nearly 70, reported Baptist Press in 2012. more >>
Isaiah Austin, of the Baylor University Bears, revealed Sunday that due to being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects various parts of the body, he has no choice but to end his professional basketball career. The news comes just days before the 2014 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be a late first-round pick.
"They said I wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level," Austin revealed to ESPN in a tearful interview broadcast on Sunday. "They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called."
The Christian athlete, who has long played with a detached right retina, had his diagnosis revealed during a pre-draft health screening. About 1 in 5,000 people is diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects the heart, eyes, bones, and joints, according to The Marfan Foundation. more >>