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Taney Dragons lose a game, but everybody wins

Mo'Ne Davis pitches for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, the Mid-Atlantic Region representative, in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., during an Aug. 20 loss to West Region representative Nevada. West Philadelphia's Tai Shanahan hit the ball in play that led to a comeback win Aug. 17 and pushed Taney into the semifinal round of the tournament, from which they were eliminated Aug. 21. (Photo by Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports) Posted on August 22nd, 2014

A member of the Little League World Series team that stole the hearts of Philadelphia and the nation is a parishioner and student of St. Francis de Sales in West Philadelphia, where the community was moved by a special group of kids.


Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp

Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear) Posted on July 31st, 2014

After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it on Instagram. “Like it if you love God and you like my baseball rosary,” the 12-year-old wrote.


Movie tells story of Catholic high school team’s amazing winning streak

Posted on July 26th, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — This is how a movie gets made.


O’Hara football coach Dan Algeo, 49, laid to rest after Mass

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Though in disbelief of Algeo’s death, family and friends reflected on his life and the remarkable impact he made, as well as prayed for his ultimate victory in eternal life, during funeral rites this week.


Three local Catholic schools win state baseball titles

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Dominant pitching and plenty of drama led La Salle (class AAAA), John Paul II (AAA) and Devon Prep (A) to the PIAA championships this month. Each of the teams might not have expected their seasons to go so far, let alone end so well.


He’s bringing his swing to Boston

Josh Ockimey will take his powerful swing to Florida and the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional baseball career in the Red Sox organization. (Sarah Webb) Posted on June 13th, 2014

Neumann-Goretti first baseman Josh Ockimey, who hit .411 for his career with the Saints, signed a contract to begin playing ball in the Boston Red Sox organization. Meanwhile, other Catholic League teams are still vying for the state baseball title, while the softball season ended for two other teams.


In Rio, a light and sound display welcomes World Cup

Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (CNS photo/Daniel Coelho, RIOLUZ) Posted on June 11th, 2014

SAO PAULO (CNS) — Hours before the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil welcomed the 32 teams competing in the global soccer event with a special program and a reminder of Pope Francis’ advice about sports.


There’s one thing the pope wants you do to: Win!

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Pope Francis told athletes to “Put yourself in the game with others and with God; don’t settle for a mediocre ‘tie,’ give it your all, spending your life on the thing that really matters and lasts forever.” He urged them to live life the same way they play sports: Don’t hog the ball and keep it fun.


Phillies might want to restock pitching staff with Saints

Neumann-Goretti coach Kevin Schneider talks pitching strategy with junior lefthander Pat Doudican (31), along with his other infielders. (Sarah Webb) Posted on June 6th, 2014

Neumann-Goretti, one of four local Catholic high schools playing in the state baseball playoffs, have used lights-out pitching and defense to record shutouts in five of their 10 postseason games.


In NBA wager, archbishops pledge donations to local charities

Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, right, is joined at a June 4 news conference by Miami Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchino. For the fourth year in a row, as the Miami Heat competes for another NBA championship, Archbishop Wenski has made a friendly wager with the bishop of the opposing city with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. This year, the Miami side of the wager should they lose to the San Antonio Spurs is key lime pie, Cuban coffee and the cafeteria in which to brew it, a bushel of Florida oranges and grapefruits and a donation to San Antonio's Catholic Charities. (CNS photo/Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Florida Catholic) Posted on June 5th, 2014

MIAMI (CNS) — As the NBA finals got underway, once again pitting the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski placed a friendly bet with San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.


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