EPL: VAR rescues Man U against Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Bruno Fernandes spared David de Gea’s blushes as he rescued a point for Manchester United after the goalkeeper’s howler gifted Everton the lead in an incident-packed 1-1 draw, with VAR also ruling out a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin winner. Calvert-Lewin charged down a hesitant De Gea clearance to hand Everton the lead with just three minutes on the clock at Goodison Park, but Fernandes equalised with his third goal in three games on the half hour, equalising with a near-post drive that Jordan Pickford will be disappointed not to have saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson crashed a free-kick against the post in the second half before a stunning double save from Pickford denied substitute Odion Ighalo the winning goal in stoppage time. But there was still time for VAR to have the final word as Calvert-Lewin’s deflected shot, deep into time added on, was ruled out by the technology after it ruled Sigurdsson, who was laying prone in an offside position, interfered with play. The decision prompted boos from the Goodison Park faithful, while manager Carlo Ancelotti was issued a straight red card for his remonstrations with the match officials after Everton were denied the chance to close the gap on fifth-placed United to two points.Tags: Bruno FernandesDavid De GeaEvertonManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more

Slain UNCC hero Riley Howell to be buried with full military honors

first_imgSlain University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) student and ROTC Cadet Riley Howell will be buried with full military honors, according to officials of Wells Funeral Homes.The 21-year-old died after tackling the suspected gunman who opened fire at the school, late Tuesday.Police say Howell disarmed accused shooter 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell and by doing so saved lives.According to funeral home officials, the memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.Howell’s family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Wells Events & Reception Center, WFH officials said.A petition asking the White House to give Howell a military funeral was filed Wednesday, a day after the shooting.As of Saturday afternoon, the petition reportedly has over 69,000 signatures, with a goal of 100,000.“Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates,” the petition reads. “For his heroism, we ask the Riley be given a burial with full military honors.”19-year-old Ellis Parlier was also killed in the attack and four others identified as Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean Dehart, 20; Rami Alramadhan, 20; and Emily Houpt, 23, were injured.Related content:Police: UNCC shooting victim tackled gunman, saved liveslast_img read more

Football News Football legend Pele believes Mbappe can emulate his 1000 goals achievement

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Football legend Pele told Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday that he believes the French World Cup winner can emulate his own achievement of scoring 1,000 career goals. The 78-year-old Brazilian claims to have netted over 1,000 goals in his career, while Mbappe has so far managed 103 in total, with 92 of those coming at the top level.”It’s possible, I scored exactly 1,025, so 1,000 goals is possible for him,” Pele told AFP in Paris, where he met Mbappe at a sponsor event for Hublot watches.Mbappe, who last year became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia, played down Pele’s comments.”I think that even if we count the goals on inter-city pitches and goals on the PlayStation, I won’t be able to reach the 1,000-goal mark,” said the 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward.”We will try to get as close as we can, but I think I’ll be a long way off it at the end of my career.”Mbappe has scored 32 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, including 27 from only 24 Ligue 1 appearances. Pele was only 21 when he won his second World Cup in 1962, adding a third eight years later.”There’s only one ‘King’ and he’s there,” said Mbappe. “I’m just Kylian, I’m trying to do my best to help my team and my national side. The comparisons are flattering but I know very well that I will never do what he did.” -I just want to help PSG and FranceIt was not the first time that Mbappe has had to temper comparisons with Pele, after a rush to crown him a future footballing great during the World Cup in Russia, where he scored four goals in total. But the former Monaco striker insists that he is not focused on becoming the best player of modern times.”When Pele was playing, he didn’t think he wanted to be the best player in history, he wanted to have fun, help his country and his club, which he did,” he said.”What I want is to help PSG, the France team and afterwards it will be other people who tell you that you are the best.”Everyone says that he is the best, but if you are (the best), there’s no need to say it. It’s not a goal for me.” Pele spent the majority of his career at Santos in his home country, bar a spell in the United States with the New York Cosmos shortly before his retirement.He told Mbappe, who has been repeatedly linked with a move away from PSG, that the key to smashing goalscoring records is playing in the very best teams.”People tend to say that goals are the most important thing — I thank God for having scored so many in my career — but we must know that we need to be well-supported, you can’t score on your own, you need good teammates, that’s very important.”Mbappe and his Paris teammates have only the French Cup left to fight for this season, with the Ligue 1 title all but secured and their Champions League campaign over after a humiliating defeat by Manchester United. last_img read more

Linden takes lion’s share of AAG Awards

first_img– ‘Hooper’ sisters, Winston George also winnersTHERE were no surprises or feelings of disappointment on Saturday evening when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) hosted its annual awards ceremony at the Umana Yana to honour the country’s top youth, junior and senior male and female athletes and coaches.Winston George, the country’s 400M record holder and 2017 South American Games gold medallist, was named the Senior Male Athlete-of-the-Year. Troy Doris, the US-based triple jumper picked up the runner-up accolade.University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) student, Natrena Hooper was named the senior Female Athlete-of-the-Year for her several good showing competing in the High Jump, while Tenesha Cort, the national Javelin record holder, finished second.Meanwhile, it came as no surprise that Linden would dominate the youth and junior categories, taking into consideration that the fastest athletes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, all came from Linden.long-standing athletics coach, Leslie Blacks handing over the Coach-of-the-Year award to Linden’s Johnny Greavesande.Compton Caesar, who won Guyana’s first ever 100M Gold at CARIFTA Games, won the Junior Male Athlete-of-the-Year award. Anfernee Headecker, Silver Medallist in the 1500M at last year’s CARIFTA Games, finished behind Caesar.CARIFTA Games Triple-Jump Gold Medallist Natricia Hooper (Natrena’s younger sister), edged Linden’s Onassha Roger for the Junior Female Athlete-of-the-Year title.Daniel Williams, the IAAF World U-18 400M silver medallist and South American Youth record holder (400M: 46.72 seconds) was a no-brainer for the Male Youth Athlete-of-the-Year award, while emerging sprinter Jermaine King (South American Youth Games silver medallist) was runner-up.Chantoba Bright who had a sensational year in the pits, competing in the long and triple jumps, won the Female Athlete-of-the-Year award, while Monroe College’s middle-distance athlete, Claudrice McKoy tied with Kenisha Phillips for second place, behind the Lindener.Linden’s Johnny Greavesande, the coach of Bright and Williams, maintained his Coach-of-the-Year title, while the President’s Award went to another Lindener, Moses Pantlitz, coach of Rogers, Caesar and Deshanna Skeete.last_img read more

I need Wilder’s belt before I can say I’ve made it – Joshua

first_imgUNITED world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he will only feel he has “made it” in boxing if he captures Deontay Wilder’s WBC title.The 29-year-old faces Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday and told BBC Sport he does not feel “burnt out” as a fight week begins for the first time in a decade.“I’ve never been in a fight week where I have felt so energised,” he said.Meanwhile Ruiz has revealed he got the New York fight by “bugging” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn on Instagram.Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, cut a relaxed figure as he spoke on a New York rooftop, his hands sporting plasters and his cheeks showing small blemishes likely picked up in sparring at the Miami training base he has used to prepare for his U.S. debut.Saturday’s fight at Madison Square Garden will see him end nine months of inactivity, during which talks with Wilder have yielded nothing in the shape of a historic contest where one man could win all four heavyweight world titles for the first time.Asked if the glamour of New York and billboards sporting his name mean he has made it, Joshua replied: “Yeah, it looks like I’ve made it but it’s only when I put my hand on the last title – and win on Saturday – then I can say I’ve made it.“It’s been down to calculated steps. It’s been a good journey, a tough journey. On the sides of the journey there are billboards then with time, two billboards but it’s all about winning in this sport.“I haven’t put a foot wrong yet and I am not looking to put a foot wrong on Saturday either.”AJ’S BREAKTHROUGH AND POINT TO PROVEWilder – who is expected to face Luis Ortiz in his next bout – will not be at ‘The Garden’ on Saturday but his manager Shelly Finkel will be.There appears little chance of a contest with Joshua in the coming 12 months, meaning both men risk losing their huge payday and unification bout with a defeat before then.But Joshua, who stopped the respected Alexander Povetkin last time out, has previously warned delays will only make him better and feels the preparations for this fight are his best ever, having refined methods after almost 11 years in the sport.“I’ve had 10 years of that feeling of being burnt out by the time I get to the ring,” the 2012 Olympic champion said.“Even in the Povetkin fight I was so ill and tired. This camp, I knew I couldn’t afford that again and again as it shortens the career. So it’s learning but it’s taking time. We are finally pulling it together.“It’s time to rebuild that name again. I feel like an underdog and like I want to prove myself.”Ruiz, born in California of Mexican heritage, will give away around four inches in height and substantial reach to Joshua.But the 29-year-old, who lost a world-title shot against Joseph Parker in 2016, appeared entirely at ease before countless media in New York and said he pounced on the chance to face Joshua when American Jarrell Miller failed drugs tests to lose his chance at the titles.“I was bugging Eddie Hearn on Instagram, saying ‘give me the chance, I can do better than the other guys lined up’,” said Ruiz, who has one defeat in 33 fights.“He messaged me back and I was telling my partner ‘hey babe he messaged back’. And what do you know, we got the fight on.”Part of the fight week narrative is expected to focus on the physique of Ruiz, who weighed 262lb in his last contest, meaning he will likely be the heaviest opponent Joshua has faced.The pair both worked out before the public in Manhattan yesterday, offering media a glimpse of Ruiz’s condition.“I feel amazing, my conditioning is good,” he added. “Miller gave me the opportunity but I’m here now to make history.“This is for my Mexican people and kids. I wake up, run, train, all the sweat is for my kids’ future and it’s for Mexico, to be the country’s first heavyweight champion of the world.”last_img read more

Trojans self-destruct against Notre Dame

first_imgThe Trojans lost a nail-biter under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium 14-10 on Saturday night, as a USC team decimated by injuries at just about every offensive skill position failed to score in the second half.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Trojans in South Bend, where they hadn’t lost since 2001. USC hadn’t lost any nonconference road game since 2002, and hadn’t lost twice in a row to Notre Dame since 2000-2001.Handing away the game · Senior running back Silas Redd (right) had 112 yards and a touchdown, but the Trojans fell to the Fighting Irish. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC had ample opportunities to overcome the deficit in the final period as the defense also held Notre Dame scoreless in the second half, but a litany of injuries, self-destructive play from the offensive line and a couple missed field goals doomed the Trojans.“Well, we have a hurt team in there,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but I really liked the way our guys played and competed to the end.”Freshman safety Su’a Cravens gave USC the ball at the Irish 34-yard line by recovering a fumble –— Notre Dame’s only turnover of the night — with 6:27 left. A perfectly targeted 16-yard pass to freshman wideout Darreus Rogers from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler picked up a first down at the Irish 21-yard line, and the Trojans looked primed to come away with at least a field goal.But on a play where Kessler scrambled to inside the 5-yard line, a holding penalty on junior right guard Aundrey Walker brought the ball back to the 33-yard line.“It wasn’t a hold,” Walker said. “But the ref called it and we gotta live with it and move on … It happened so fast, I was holding my hands up because I thought it was gonna be a touchdown. And I turned around and there was a flag on the field.”A false start by redshirt freshman left tackle Chad Wheeler dug the Trojans into a 4th and 20 situation on Notre Dame’s 26-yard line, meaning a field goal attempt would have been 43 yards long. With time running down and junior kicker Andre Heidari already having missed two field goals from 40 and 46 yards out, the Trojans tried to go for the touchdown and the win. But Kessler was sacked to turn the ball over on downs.“Going into the end, we just felt that we weren’t kicking field goals very well so [we thought], ‘Let’s go and win the game,’” Orgeron said.USC had another chance to score after a defensive stop, but injuries to Rogers, junior wideout Marqise Lee, freshman tailback Justin Davis and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer forced the Trojans to stretch deep into their depth chart on the final drive — and the backups’ inexperience showed. Sophomore tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and walk-on redshirt freshman wide receiver Robby Kolanz lined up for USC, and a false start by Cope-Fitzpatrick and two incompletions thrown to the third-string tight end killed the Trojans’ last-gasp attempt to score.“Obviously the penalties hurt us tonight in crucial situations, and we didn’t punch it in in the red zone when we need to,” Orgeron said. “It seemed that every time we had a first down or something like that, we had a holding call or jumped offsides, shot ourselves in the foot, and then it was 2nd and 20.”Overall, the Trojans’ offensive stats looked passable; Kessler completed 20 of 34 passes for 201 yards and senior running back Silas Redd rushed 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.But after USC’s first drive of the game resulted in a touchdown, the Trojans never found the end zone again, and ended the game with a streak of 11 consecutive failed third-down attempts.“We felt like we had that game won until there were four zeros on the clock, ‘til it was completely over,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “[Notre Dame] just made a couple more plays at the end that affected the outcome.”The Trojans had been expected to mostly split carries between the healthy quartet of backs who had registered carries against Arizona last week after redshirt sophomore Tre Madden suffered a hamstring injury. Madden wasn’t active for USC on Saturday, but Redd was slated for his first start of the season and seemed determined to assert himself as the starter.The senior carried six times for 40 yards on USC’s opening drive and punched the ball in for a one-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.The Irish attacked through the air on the next drive, as quarterback Tommy Rees completed six of seven attempts for 49 yards to lead Notre Dame to pay dirt. The drive concluded with a seven-yard pass to tight end Troy Niklas that tied up the game and put Rees over the 6,000 passing yard mark for his career, becoming only the fifth Notre Dame quarterback to surpass that mark. Rees finished 14 of 21 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.Notre Dame’s offense took a huge hit — literally and figuratively — when junior linebacker Lamar Dawson burst untouched on a blitz early in the third quarter and unloaded on Rees, knocking him out of the game with a neck strain.The Irish’s offense was noticeably more conservative from that point onward, as backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix short-armed several throws while failing to complete any of his four attempts. In fact, the Irish didn’t complete any passes in the fourth quarter, a stunning feat for a team to pull off while also claiming victory.“I wasn’t willing to throw the football, and when we did, I didn’t like the way it looked,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Obviously we missed [Rees] in the second half … We tried to have [Hendrix] pull [the ball] and get to the sidelines, but it was tough sledding out there.”A 48-yard punt return from sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor, the longest by a Trojan since 2010, gave USC the ball at the Notre Dame 20-yard line with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. The Trojans failed to reach the end zone, but Heidari was true on his second field-goal attempt from 22 yards out to give the Trojans a 10-7 lead.After the teams traded scoreless possessions, the Irish finally gained some traction in the run game on their last drive of the half, and it resulted in their first halftime lead in the rivalry at their home field since 2005.Notre Dame tailback Cam McDaniel broke off a 24-yard run to the Irish 41-yard line before a blatant pass interference penalty by redshirt junior cornerback Anthony Brown moved the ball past midfield to the USC 47.McDaniel followed with the longest rush of his career, a 36-yard scamper down to the USC 11-yard line, and receiver TJ Jones hauled in an impressive touchdown catch over sophomore cornerback Kevon Seymour to give the Irish a 14-10 lead that held until the final whistle. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

Patriots to sign Mike Nugent after Stephen Gostkowski injury, reports say

first_imgIt was reported Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, though he expects to be rehabilitated by next season.Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. However, he’s made 7 of 8 field goals this season, with his only miss coming from 48 yards.The Patriots (4-0) are slated to visit the Redskins (0-4) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott looks to rebound vs. Packers Jaguars owner balks at Jalen Ramsey trade Percy Harvin says he was high in every game of his career Related News The likely winner of the #Patriots’ kicking competition: Mike Nugent. Sources tell me and @RapSheet he’s expected to sign to take over for the IR’d Stephen Gostkowski. Nugent’s teams are 0-5 in the playoffs. A chance for him to taste postseason victory in his 14th season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 3, 2019ESPN also reported the Patriots will sign former Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo to the practice squad for added insurance.In addition to signing veteran kicker Mike Nugent to their roster, the Patriots also are expected to sign former Chargers’ kicker Younghoe Koo to their practice squad, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2019Nugent, 37, has spent most of his career with the Jets and Bengals but also had stints with the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Bears and Raiders. He’s gone 78-of-102 to hit 81.4 percent of his field goals, but nailed all six of his attempts for Oakland last season. New England has a new kicker.According to NFL Media and ESPN, the Patriots plan to sign veteran kicker Mike Nugent after Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.last_img read more

JoePa’s grand experiment produced perfection

first_imgREMEMBERING JOE—Penn State football trading cards, candles and flowers placed by fans are displayed near a statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus on Jan. 22, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Ralph D. Russo(AP)—In the mid-1960s, there was no such thing as a Northeastern power in college football.Michigan State and Notre Dame dominated the Midwest. Bear Bryant’s Alabama teams ruled the South. Out West, UCLA was at its best and USC was rising again.Then came Joe Paterno. “Here was this little old school from the East that didn’t know how to compete with the bigger conferences,” said Charlie Pittman, who played running back at Penn State from 1967-69.That’s what others said about Penn State. The Nittany Lions knew better.With players such as Pittman, Franco Harris, Lydell Mitchell, Jack Ham and Mike Reid, Paterno changed that in 1968 and ‘69, with back-to-back undefeated seasons.Neither earned the Nittany Lions a national championship. They had to settle for No. 2 in the AP’s college football poll each year, but Penn State was now a national powerhouse and Paterno was a coaching star.His career started modestly in 1966, going 5-5 in his first season as the replacement for his mentor, Rip Engle. The East hadn’t had a national title winner since Syracuse in 1959 and was looked upon as a weak region in the college football landscape.Paterno’s first team lost 42-8 to No. 1 Michigan State and 49-11 to No. 4 UCLA, and the ‘67 season started with a loss to Navy.Instead of being loyal to the upperclassmen, “He decided to play the best guys,” Pittman said.The Nittany Lions beat the Hurricanes 17-8 in Miami, lost 17-15 to No. 4 UCLA and Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban the next week, and finished the season 8-2-1.Paterno had a keen eye for talent and was skilled at finding the best ways to use it.“He took quarterbacks and made them linebackers. He took running backs and made them defensive backs,” said Pittman, who played two years in the NFL and now is the vice president of publishing company based in South Bend, Ind.And long before every football coach talked about the “process” of preparing a team, Paterno pored over the smallest details and implored his players to do the same.“Take care of the small stuff and the big things will take care of themselves,” was one of Paterno’s messages, Pittman said. That meant on the practice field and in the classroom.“Penn State won because he wanted to recruit people with the same values he had,” Pittman said. “People who wanted to compete at the highest level and people who wanted to participate and truly enjoy college, not just to play football.”Paterno called it his “Grand Experiment.”“I always tell people we came to Penn State as young kids and when we left there we were men and the reason for that was Joe Paterno,” Mitchell said.Paterno and Penn State finally won the national championship in 1982 and he added another in 1986. The “Grand Experiment” unveiled in 1967 had produced an elite college football program.last_img read more

Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more

COMPETING IN THE RACE OF LIFE (PART SIX):

first_imgIn this sixth and concluding article of the series on Life as a race and how we are all competing in it the focus is on the reward for taking part and reaching the finishing line in the race. Reward is one of the inevitable realities of life. Most endeavors of life have rewards of good or evil depending on performance. The Bible puts it bluntly: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked; a man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). Nature has built in it a reward and punishment components to most of our actions and undertakings and we stand at the receiving end of our actions. All those who compete in the race of life will receive a reward. The fifth article of the series on the Christian input to our understanding of life as a race made the following points:In one real sense the Christian life is a race in which all Christians are running towards the finishing line. Every race requires serious commitment and discipline if one is to win. In training one has to stretch self to the limits. In most running races awards are given only to the first, second and perhaps third winners who reach the finishing line first, second and third places. The good news about the Christian race is that it is not about getting there first or how long one takes but that one does get there whether taking 80 years or 50 or 10 or even a day. “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong or brave but he who endures to the end” (Ecclesiastes 11:9; Matt. 24:13).The Christian input to our running in the race of life is for Christians to be true disciples of Jesus Christ by following the biblical teachings and principles and then they will run and win and be a shinning inspiration to others.Running in the race of life faithfully and well is not in vain. Those who work hard, and are honest in their endeavors and truly serve God and others do get a reward for their faithfulness to duty however long it takes. The American philosopher, Ralph Waldow Emerson once wrote that if one can excel in any profession or trade and can preach a better sermon, write a better book and can make a better mouth strap than his neighbor then the world will make a beating path to his doors even if he lives in the woods. We don’t need to worry too much about rewards. What we need is to do our best and the rewards will inevitably follow. Generally in life those who sacrifice most while in school or training tend to do by far better in life than those who give up too quickly.The Bible has a lot to teach us about God’s faithfulness in rewarding our faithfulness in doing what we ought to do. The writer of the letter of Hebrews says that God rewards those who are faithful (Hebrews 11:6). John writes in first John, “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us; that we should be called children of God. That is what we are. It is not yet clear what we shall be but we know that we shall be like him; for we shall see him face to face” (1 John 3:1-2). Jesus himself speaks these words: “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many… And when I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself so that where I am there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).Paul the Apostle writes, “Be steadfast, immovable, always busy in the work of the Lord. For you know that in the Lord your labor is never in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Again Jesus promises: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29-30). God does indeed reward faith and obedience. And the Bible says God is not man that he should lie; he does what he promises (Numbers 23:19). If we compete in any races of life and do well, giving our best in all fairness we will profit in the end. We will experience fulfillment for having done what is right and is required.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more