Sports

Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?

By Jonathan Merritt — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — Liberty is one of three undefeated top-tier college football teams: one Catholic, one Mormon, one evangelical.

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A Muslim women’s netball team brings competition — and a sense of inclusion

By Aysha Khan — January 30, 2020

LONDON (RNS) — Two years ago, Muslim students founded a netball club for women in their university’s Islamic society. Since then, the team has grown to an interuniversity club, with Muslims at over a dozen U.K. institutions involved.

‘Let Noor Run’ initiative aims to end discrimination in sports, starting with hijab bans

By Aysha Khan — January 22, 2020

(RNS) — A new effort by Noor Alexandria Abukaram, the high school junior who was disqualified from a cross-country meet because she ran a 5K while wearing her hijab, reminds the world that her case was no anomaly.

He’s a major-league pitcher — and a plumber — whose faith helps keep him focused

By Bobby Ross Jr. — May 11, 2018

(RNS) — Detroit Tigers ace Michael Fulmer works as a plumber in the offseason and serves as a mentor to adults with developmental disabilities, keeping in touch with his faith and keeping himself focused.

International basketball rule change allows players to wear religious headgear

By Alan Baldwin — May 4, 2017

(REUTERS) The new rule overturns a 20-year prohibition.

Why did Aaron Hernandez write ‘John 3:16’ on his forehead before killing himself?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 20, 2017

(RNS) The verse is popular among football players. Before his conviction for murder, Hernandez had several other Christian symbols tattooed on his body.

The ‘Olympic spirit’ thrives despite bad behavior in Rio’s Summer Games

By Kimberly Winston — August 20, 2016

(RNS) Athletes and officials have lied, scalped, and disgraced themselves. But amid the mendacity there have been fine displays of the ‘Olympic spirit.’

Randall and Vashti Cunningham: God and games are the family business

By Kimberly Winston — August 16, 2016

(RNS) The former NFL quarterback is his daughter’s coach, pastor and chief cheerleader as she makes her Olympic debut.

Will sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay be redeemed at the Olympics?

By Kimberly Winston — August 15, 2016

(RNS) Both men are Christians who have previously been banned for doping. Do the Rio Olympics offer redemption?

Weightlifter Kendrick Farris wants to ‘bless the gym’

By Kimberly Winston — August 12, 2016

(RNS) The heavy lifter from Shreveport, La., lists three names for God as the most influential people in his life.

Steele Johnson and David Boudia have faith in their diving

By Kimberly Winston — August 7, 2016

(RNS) The diving partners use their Olympic platform to “give the glory to God.”

Go Iceland!

By Mark Silk — July 1, 2016

Soccer success has the Nordic underdogs singing their national hymn.

Women’s Gymnastics Predictions for the US Olympic Team

By Jana Riess — July 27, 2012

Yeah, so this post has nothing to do with religion. But it's the Olympics, people! As someone who has spent way too many hours watching gymnastics, I'm gearing up for the Olympics like it's a part-time job. Here's a viewer's guide to the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team.

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