Long-time soccer fans can still remember the stirring moment when Brazil won the 2002 World Cup in Japan. The team knelt in thankful prayer, and on the winner's podium some of the players were wearing shirts with slogans such as "I belong to Jesus" and "Jesus loves you."
The 2014 World Cup – it is played every four years – kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12, with 32 teams competing over one month. Brazil, the home team, are favorites to take the winner's trophy for a record sixth time.
If this is the case, expect more Christian witness. For the Brazilian team boasts a number of very devout Christians. more >>
Lebron James says he is sure that he is the easiest target in sports.
James, the 29-year-old Miami Heat forward, may have two NBA rings but the fact that he had to be carried off of the court with four minutes left in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals made him the object of scrutiny. The Heat's 110-95 loss came about after both teams were forced to play without air conditioning in an arena that exceeded 90 degrees, according to Sports Illustrated reports.
While the Spurs played through the lack of air conditioning due to an electrical issue, James was noticeably absent from the court after being carried off due to cramping in the fourth quarter. After the Heat's loss, various memes appeared online making light of the James' pain and early exit. more >>
The Washington Redskins reportedly contacted a top minister of the United Church of Christ, 11 days before the denomination votes on a resolution on whether to protest the football team over their controversial name.
The Rev. John R. Deckenback, conference minister of the denomination's Central Atlantic Conference, told The Washington Post in a recent interview that Redskins Chief Financial Officer Karl Schreiber called him this week and had him speak to three men, all from the Blackfeet Nation Native American tribe.
Deckenback told The Washington Post that the three Native Americans told him why they took pride in the controversial name for Washington's NFL team. Deckenback said that he found his exchange with members of the Blackfeet Nation to be "unusual," although ultimately he saw the effort on behalf of the Redskins team to be a positive thing, as it shows the team is "spending energy and time to track us down and talk about it." more >>
Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attended a predominantly black church on Sunday.
Sterling, 80, visited Praises of Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles on the invitation of senior pastor, Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick, who met the billionaire last month.
Praises of Zion describes itself as an "active, growing Baptist congregation with a focus of blending people of all ages, ethnicity, regional, educational and economic backgrounds into a church united in worshipping, learning, loving and serving." more >>
Stiviano, who is heard in the infamous tape recording in which Sterling goes into a racist rant that led to his lifetime NBA ban and an order to sell the Clippers, was apparently leaving a restaurant by the Gansevoort Hotel with her sister and friends when the assault occurred, CNN reported.
She was followed by two men who yelled racial slurs at her then punched her several times, leaving her face red and swollen, her attorney, Mac Nehoray, shared.
"I believe she will file a police report Monday," Nehoray said, clarifying that she did not immediately file one on Sunday night. more >>
The Los Angeles Clippers team may have a new owner in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The NBA has approved the $2 billion bid by Ballmer, the 58-year-old who ranks 32nd on the Forbes magazine's 400 list. While ESPN reports that the NBA has approved, the league owners have to approve the sale before it can be finalized.
Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old Jewish lawyer, real estate investor and previous owner of the Clippers, was banned for life from NBA proceedings by NBA commissioner Adam Silver last April. After TMZ released audio of Sterling telling his alleged mistress V. Stiviano not to associate with black people, Silver fined him $2.5 million and said he was working to overthrow his position with a 75 percent vote from other NBA team owners. more >>