Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is sharing his heartfelt testimony about a heart condition and three ACL injuries that he believes God helped him through on the journey to Super Bowl 50.
Davis, 32, underwent surgery two weeks before the Super Bowl and played in the big game with a cast on his broken right arm that was surgically repaired with 11 screw, a plate, and an arm full of stitches. Although the Panthers suffered a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, Davis managed to combine for 17 tackles with fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly.
While some may question Davis' decision to return to the field with such a new injury and surgery, the NFL player revealed how his previous serious injuries strengthened his faith in God. more >>
Jake Arrieta is hard to let go, and that is what the Chicago Cubs felt like when they signed him to a new contract that should be regarded as the most expensive ever for a pitcher with just four years of major league service. Several sources have confirmed that Arrieta indeed got a one-year deal worth $10.7 million to avoid arbitration.
The 30-year-old transformed himself into a star last season by helping his team reach the National League wild card and eventually winning the NL Cy Young Award in the process. He went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA for the entirety of last year, besting every previous high in his career. And by agreeing to the figures the Cubs offered, he essentially will be making $7.07 million more money by this upcoming season.
What Arrieta was asking to avoid arbitration was outrageously unreachable for Chicago ($13 million), while the Cubs offered him $7.5 million, a figure that also wasn't really fair for the type of player Arrieta is. Initially, everyone thought both parties couldn't find a way to compromise since their respective offers had the widest margin among all players in the league who were eligible for arbitration. So the agreement could have been quite a surprise for many observers. more >>
An outfield prospect from the Cincinnati Reds has been suspended by the league for 80 games of the season after testing positive for three performance-enhancing substances, the MLB recently announced. Juan Duran, who played for the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2013, was reportedly busted with Drostanolone, Stanozolol, and Nandrolone in his system, prompting the league to hand out one of the stiffest punishments in recent memory.
With the announcement of the suspension, the Dominican professional baseball player officially became the first one to be meted out with a punishment under the big league program since Stanley Cody, then playing for St. Louis as a catcher was handed a suspension on Sept. 12.
Shortly after the MLB commissioner's press statement, the Reds also followed it up with the team's reaction to it. "The organization does not condone in any way the use of drugs prohibited under the policy." more >>
While everyone flooded social media with posts about which team they were rooting for during Super Bowl 50, evangelist Franklin Graham took the opportunity to share the strong Christian faith of some of the players from both the Broncos and Panthers.
Franklin, who is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Billy Graham, often uses social media to address mainstream topics through the lens of Christianity. While a fan of football himself and admittedly rooting for his home team the North Carolina Panthers, the minister took a moment to reflect on the faith of some of the men that he respects from both teams competing in Super Bowl 50.
"Did you know that Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart puts on more than his shoulder pads, helmet, and uniform before playing football?" Graham wrote on Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday. "Every day he said he puts on the armor of God after he wakes up. Now that's real protection, and we all need it! The Bible says, 'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'" more >>
After losing All-Star forward Blake Griffin for a significant time due to a broken hand, the Los Angeles Clippers once again will carry on the next few games without backup guard Austin Rivers. Interestingly, the son of head coach Doc Rivers is likewise suffering from a broken left hand.
The injury was sustained during the team's home stand against the Minnesota Timberwolves last Wednesday, though the Clippers' medical staff first thought that it was a bruise. After a couple of days, Rivers complained about the pain, prompting doctors to perform additional exams, which eventually revealed the break.
Prior to the injury, Rivers was playing good basketball for the Clips, averaging 8.1 points in just 22 minutes of play. But unlike Griffin's hand injury, this one was sustained while inside the court and during the course of an actual game. The team has been the center of recent trade discussions and rumors, particularly those concerning Griffin. The forward had surgery on his right hand after injuring it while punching a team staff member last January in an apparent misunderstanding that escalated into a fight. Up to this point, the league is still investigating that incident, which happened outside of the court. more >>
The Chicago Bulls' 115-110 defeat at the hands of the surging Denver Nuggets on Friday night wasn't as stinging as losing All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler to an injury. Butler sustained the injury in the closing minutes of the first half while trying to convert a layup and getting fouled by Joffrey Lauvergne. It was first thought that he hurt his right knee after seeing the video replay, but he later complained that it was his left knee.
As tough as he is, he tried to stay in the game, taking his bonus shots before heading to the locker room to be evaluated. He was seen walking on his own out of the training room after several minutes but was already wearing an ice pack on his left knee.
The day after, the team announced that an MRI revealed Butler had a left knee strain and there still is no exact time as to when he can return to action. According to head coach Fred Hoiberg, Butler is in Chicago and will be seeing doctors to figure out an accurate timetable for his return. He also said that they're hoping to get some answers as to what treatments are going to be made. more >>