Referee.com shares a story about Wesley Theological Seminary members serving as chaplains to Northern Virginia’s Cardinal Basketball Officials Association (CBOA), “an organization of amateur basketball officials from all walks of life.” The clergy members are responding everywhere to support people suffering from the many COVID-19 related stressors of the past 18 months: illness, grief, job loss and more. Love’em or hate’em: referees are people, too.

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Kleydson Rodrigues won his bout this week by unanimous decision. In the process he also earned a UFC contract. But KR doesn’t hold on to the honor for long, instead he passes it straight on to God: “Honra e Glória à DEUS”

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Dr. Lisa Miller believes that every parent can enhance their child’s natural spirituality. And one great way to do that is through sports: “Sports teams tap into kids’ hardwired spiritual values: for selfless commitment, collective practice, ritual, play, and higher purpose.”

A prime example in Miller’s research is the parallel of Baseball and Divinity: “Basically all sports that involve balls and sticks are far more similar than different: baseball, cricket, polo, croquet, even lacrosse and hurling; we just bend and swing in different forms. Essentially, around the world we all are balanced and built with the same legs and arms, and nature has it that sticks and balls move the same way. So, too, with natural spirituality and the core transcendent faculty: the way in which we connect in the transcendent relationship really does not differ much; it is foundationally essential to how we all are built.”

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Javier Lopez scored his first MLS hat trick last Wednesday. For that NASR made him MLS Player of the Week:

Just a couple of days later, the Earthquakes Midfielder blesses God for his birthday:

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Albert Duraev forced Bittencourt to tap out in a first round neck crank. Thus, the Chechen secured his UFC contact and shouted Allahu Akbar in the Octagon, giving God the glory for his success:

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The great confession of Yom Kippur is sung during a soccer match in Israel. We at PlayersPrayers wish g’mar chatimah tovah to everyone observing Yom Kippur. Across the rest of sports world, most greetings come from British Football:

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The North American Soccer Reporters crowned LA’s Cristian Arango MLS player of the week.

Just days earlier, the forward quotes Genesis 1:3 and the creation of light. Good things are coming for the rookie.

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The latest game of the most popular Basketball franchise is out and cover star Luka Dončić celebrates the honor on Twitter:

In his chosen home of Dallas, fans pay homage to Luka in a manner worthy of a Savior:

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47 seconds – that was the total duration of the night’s main event. Joshua Quinlan won his UFC contract with a quick knockout. In his post fight interviews he constantly praised God for giving him the strength he needs. On Instagram Josh even invites people to church:

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On Saturday, September 18, 2021, Real Salt Lake will celebrate Club legend Nick Rimando ahead of his induction into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on September 20 as RSL’s first-ever inductee into the UHOF. This will be a celebration as the GOAT pivots from the death of his active career to the resurrection of his coaching career. His godmother Grace Almendarez, stood with Rimando at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy for his last game on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. And resurrection speaks to the goalie as his wishes his Instagram followers a happy Easter:

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