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Chicago Bears, NFL, Trey Burton, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

It would have been fairly painless for Trey Burton to write a sizable check to support any cause that’s near and dear to his heart. Even as a rookie — before he signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Chicago Bears in the offseason — Burton and his wife, Yesenia, had planned on putting […]

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Soccer, Ulcerative Colitis, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Winston Wardlaw -

Thanksgiving 2015 was both memorable — and unforgettable — for the Wardlaw family. On that November morning, the family of four participated in their neighborhood Turkey Trot for Hunger, a fundraiser for the charity So Others Might Eat. The Wardlaw kids, Winston and Julian, opted for the one-mile run, which Winston, the older of the […]

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Olympics, Track And Field, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

You’d never know it by looking at her at the start of a race, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a bundle of nerves before the gun. The Jamaican track and field sprinter who burst onto the national scene at the 2008 Summer Olympics as a 21-year-old became the first Caribbean woman to win gold at the […]

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Mike Evans, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Mike Evans had every reason in the world to be angry and bitter. He admits there was a time, almost a full decade, when he was in a dark place. But he didn’t stay there. And the world is a better place for it. Evans’ father, Mickey, was murdered by Evans’ uncle in 2002 after […]

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Ayesha Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Stephen Curry, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

… get my daughter this college plan, so she don’t need no man/ stay far from timid / only make moves when your heart’s in it / and live the phrase ‘Sky’s The Limit’ – “Sky’s the Limit,” The Notorious B.I.G. Fathers are quick to get in their feelings when it comes to their daughters. […]

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New England Patriots, NFL, Patrick Chung, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Patrick Chung remembers a Jamaica that is vaguely reminiscent of a 2007 Heineken commercial: On a secluded beach far from the tourist trail, locals in a rum shack go about their business — throwing back a few cold ones, watching a cricket match on TV — when a young lookout alerts everyone that some wide-eyed […]

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Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NCB, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Wake Forest Demon Deacons -

While his newest teammate was being fitted for his Houston Rockets jersey, Chris Paul was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the place that made him the man and the player he’s become, living his absolute best life. Paul, who dished out 11.9 assists per game last season and will have high-volume scorer Carmelo Anthony as […]

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Mike Marjama, MLB, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Mike Marjama dreamed of going to medical school, but athletics — baseball was his main sport, with wrestling a distant second — got in the way. Marjama comes from a family of teachers and nurturers. His father, Greg, is a high school science teacher, and his mother, Kim, is a nurse practitioner specializing in adolescent […]

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I PROMISE School, LeBron James, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

On a day like Monday — a day LeBron James described as “one of the greatest moments … of my life” with the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio — there are some people who are just … over it all. Over the “LeBron James is […]

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Christian Pulisic, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

As players circled the field and waved to the fans who waited to catch a glimpse of their favorite player, 12-year-old Patrik Burling thought about what might make the perfect ending to an already epic day. Burling and two of his soccer buddies were in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday to witness Borussia Dortmund beat […]

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2018 FIFA World Cup, France, Kylian Mbappe, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Even the most ardent soccer fan might’ve missed it: Kylian Mbappe, France’s young star, making a statement like Michael Jordan in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. By the 65th minute of Sunday’s FIFA World Cup championship, France held a comfortable 3-1 lead over Croatia. Paul Pogba, directing traffic along the left back line […]

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Athlete of the Week, Derrius Guice, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Washington Redskins -

Derrius Guice’s reputation precedes him. Hard-nosed, angry — even violent. That’s the narrative on the 21-year-old rookie running back drafted in the second round, 59th overall, by the Washington Redskins. And, while the words mostly describe his never-say-die running style, Guice knows that labels have a funny way of sticking. “I’ve been started letting the […]

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Allen Crabbe, Brooklyn Nets, Frederick K.C. Price III Christian School, NBA, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe used to spend his time on the court and roaming the hallways of Frederick K.C. Price III Christian School in South Los Angeles. Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, Crabbe’s grandfather, founded the school in 1986. The school bearing the name of his grandparents’ oldest son was where Crabbe grew up as […]

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2018 World Cup, Jimmy Durmaz, Soccer, Sweden, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

“Arab devil.” “F—ing immigrant.” “Taliban.” “Suicide bomber.” “Terrorist.” Professional athletes know that criticism from fans and the media comes with the territory. They also know the difference between outright hate and being hated on. What happened to Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz after he came on as a sub in the 74th minute against Germany in […]

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NFL, Tarik Cohen, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

He told himself that what he’d just witnessed wasn’t humanly possible. It was reminiscent of Bo Jackson tracking a fly ball in 1990, making the left-handed grab on a dead sprint and then effortlessly climbing the outfield wall; or of a young Vince Carter scaling and ultimately smashing on 7-foot-2 French center Frederic Weis in […]

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Portland Thorns, Portland Timbers, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Zarek Valentin -

When the fans speak, Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin listens. When his fiancée co-signs, Valentin takes action. “It was probably about the second or third time I’d run into [this fan],” Valentin said of the man he knows only as “Russell.” The man is a fan of Hayley Raso, a winger for the National Women’s […]

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Maya Moore, Michael Jordan, Minnesota Lynx, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Wings poster, WNBA -

Maya Moore was drawn to 4-year-old Liliana Sikakane way before Twitter caught on to the little girl who was inspired by a billboard starring the Minnesota Lynx star forward outside of Minneapolis’ Target Center. The billboard and poster, which showcase Moore re-enacting the famous Michael Jordan “Wings” poster from 1989, is part of an ad […]

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High School Sports, Lydia Naughton, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

“You play basketball, lacrosse and field hockey. Do you have different personalities for each sport?” The question caught Lydia Naughton, a three-sport athlete at Dulaney High School in Baltimore, slightly off guard. A star forward on the women’s basketball team, Naughton was also a stalwart lacrosse and field hockey player who started in more than […]

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Henry Kalungi, Soccer, Uganda, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Henry Kalungi is a lifetime away from his birthplace of Kampala, Uganda. Even though America has been home since 2006, the 30-year-old defender for the Charlotte Independence in the United Soccer League (USL) is never too far from the country that made him. He still remembers the lessons his disciplinarian father taught: never making excuses […]

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Brennan Besser, Duke Blue Devils, NCB, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Walk On! America -

Who could fault Brennan Besser for thinking he’d have a solid basketball career at Duke University? After all, the three-year letter winner at Latin School in Chicago averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds as a high school senior. Even though the 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior has played two minutes in two seasons with the Blue Devils […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, NBA, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

New Orleans Pelicans fans probably hate the sight of Kevin Durant these days. Hate his wet step-back, his ballhandling, his cold-as-ice glare and that he’s virtually unguardable when agitated, which he was Sunday night during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals when he dropped a game-high 38 points. That’s KD, or “Slim” to his […]

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2018 NFL Draft, Jaire Alexander, Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Sometimes when the spirit hits you, you just have to give in … and dance. That was cornerback Jaire Alexander, the Green Bay Packers’ first-round NFL draft pick, April 28. In the middle of an interview he’d waited a lifetime to give, he heard his former Louisville teammate Lamar Jackson’s name called. Midway through @JaireAlexander's […]

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Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Jalen Hurts is so trash 🤧🤧🤧 — Colyan (@StopColyanMe) April 22, 2018 @JalenHurts so, when are you transferring? Hahahahahaha!! — Rebel Luchador (@ireallylikebbw) April 22, 2018 Jalen Hurts was looking like he wouldn't win the starting job at UWG in the A-Day game today — Qwik da Professor (@PD_barbershop) April 22, 2018 Bye bye Jalen […]

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Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots, NFL, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

There are so many more chapters to the Malcolm Mitchell story, and he is itching to write them. But first, the 24-year-old has more memories to create. His college career at the University of Georgia, where he ranked third in school history with 174 receptions for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns, put him on the […]

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Jordan Miller, Shane Caldwell, The Masters, Tiger Woods, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

America wants to see Tiger Woods — the fist-pumping, uber-competitive dominator — in all his winning glory again. Perhaps desperately so. That Tiger, who’s sometimes standoffish with fans and surly with the media, isn’t that guy anymore, not physically and perhaps not emotionally either. The Tiger Woods whom America watched in droves at the Masters […]

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Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Soccer, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic -

Center forwards have a singular job: score goals. It’s understandable then that all of them — from Colombia’s Radamel Falcao to Argentina’s Sergio Aguero to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Brazil’s Neymar Jr. to England’s Harry Kane and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski — want the ball, all the time. Think wide receivers are divas? Even they know […]

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DeMarcus Cousins, Matt Barnes, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Stephon Clark, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

A day after demonstrators shut down access to a Sacramento Kings game while protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American man in his grandmother’s backyard, former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins offered to pay for the slain man’s funeral expenses. On March 22, protesters formed a human chain in front of Golden 1 Center […]

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Corey Davis Jr., Jordan Poole, Men's NCAA Tournament, Moritz Wagner, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

If we’re honest with ourselves, we will call it like it is: We’re not working during the NCAA tournament, not this year, anyway. The 137 (and counting) unchecked emails in our inbox understand that it’s not about them right now — ditto for your voicemail, which can’t even accept any new messages. It’s not something […]

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Dwyane Wade, Joaquin Oliver, March For Our Lives, Miami Heat, School Shootings, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

When Tiger Woods signed a hat for a lucky young fan after he finished his round at the Valspar Championship last week, the little lad’s reaction gave Twitter all the feels. While the gesture may have meant a lot to Woods — and we can’t really tell from the business-as-usual look on his face — […]

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NFL Draft, Shaquem Griffin, UCF Knights, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

Shaquem Griffin is out here living his absolute best life. The internet needn’t remind the Central Florida linebacker that he’s a long shot, that he’ll have to defy and conquer never-before-seen odds to achieve his NFL dream, or that some people see him as limited. “I’m not going to get into an explanation of the […]

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Athlete Activism, Marsha Howard, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Wisconsin Badgers, Women's Basketball -

Before a late-season contest against conference foe Iowa, Wisconsin women’s basketball player Marsha Howard, as she had all season, refused to participate in the playing of the national anthem. The junior forward normally stayed in the tunnel until “The Star-Spangled Banner” finished playing. But for this game at Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena, there wasn’t a tunnel […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James, NBA, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

I’ve got two hoops-loving sons – ages 16 and 13 – who give me a hard time for being a LeBron James fan/supporter/apologist. They’re quick to remind me that ever since ’Bron left Miami I haven’t watched a complete Heat game. They’re all too happy to tell me that the only reason I’m down with […]

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Serena Williams, Tennis, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

For tennis opponents, it’s easy to be intimidated by Serena Williams. From her well-toned arms to her strong legs, Williams likely won many matches during her Hall of Fame career in the moment she walked onto the court. So it was different to see Williams step into the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina, […]

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