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Kyle Guy was a star player for the University of Virginia and a NCAA National Champion. Now, Guy is a Sacramento King.

In a trade deal done on draft night, the Kings acquired him from the New York Knicks, which launched Guy’s professional basketball career. Guy was the 55th pick.

Despite not being a surefire draft pick, Guy went into the draft with confidence and security.

“If you shy away, that’s when anxiety will come and haunt you,” Guy told USA Today. “I won’t shy away. Being secure in myself, my faith, my family, I’m not going to be afraid of anything.”

And in a tweet announcing that he was declaring for the draft, Guy wrote that “every last praise and all glory goes to God.”

With his praise, Guy was certainly rewarded.

This isn’t the first time Guy has shared his love of his faith with fans. He experienced an injury while playing with his previous team, but when asked how he was able to overcome it mentally he said: “With my faith in the Lord, and my team.”

His faith was also a big reason why he chose to play with Virginia. His mother, Katy, told the Daily Progress, “Coach Bennett is the only coach who talked about his faith with Kyle. That was very important.”

We are excited to see where Guy goes with his career in the upcoming season.

It was Fantasy Suite night on Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” but Luke Parker’s date didn’t go quiet as he had planned.

The 24-year-old, who was one of four contestants left, made it to the week of the show where each contestant gets an opportunity to spend the night alone with the Bachelorette. Hannah Brown, this year’s Bachelorette, has spoken openly about her faith and appreciated that of Parker’s. However during the date the two had a conversation about sexual purity as a Christian that left Brown kicking Parker off the show.

Parker admitted to not being a virgin, however said he took an oath of purity due to his faith and was hoping to find the same in a partner. He expressed he didn’t want Brown to be intimate with the other men. Brown felt attacked by his remarks.

“It’s just that you’re questioning me and you’re judging me and feel like you have the right to when you don’t at this point,” she said. “And I get when you care for somebody that you don’t want to think about somebody being intimate with another person. But guess what, sex might be a sin out of marriage, pride is a sin, too, and I feel like this is a pride thing.”

Parker wouldn’t leave at first, which irritated the Bachelorette further. He finally left after Brown told cameras she did have sex, and that “Jesus still loves me.”

The drama between the two then continued online, where Parker tweeted at Brown saying: “The difference in how we view sin is seen in the response, I’m weeping at mine and you’re laughing at yours. All sin stings. My heart hurts for both of us.”

This continued, with Brown shooting back “time and time again jesus loved and ate with ‘sinners’ who laughed. and time and time again he rebuked ‘saints’ that judged. where do you fall Luke?”

You can read the whole Twitter thread here, and watch their breakup below.

The United States women’s national team’s won the World Cup last week, thrusting the team into the media spotlight. That extra attention has also brought up some past contraversies.

An old video of Jaelene Hinkle speaking with The 700 Club is causing current team members to sound off. In 2017, the team announced that it would be wearing special jerseys with rainbow numbers in honor of LGBTQ Pride month. Hinkle, a Christian, felt torn between her beliefs and the game. After praying for three days, she ultimately decided that she did not want to wear the jersey and stepped away from the team.

“I just felt so convinced in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” she told the 700 Club. “I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. If I never get another national team call-up again then that’s just a part of His plan, and that’s okay. Maybe this is why I was meant to play soccer, to show other believers to be obedient.”

Many believe that her choice to step down from the team hurt her future career. A year after the jersey incident, Hinkle was again called to play for the national team. Three days into training, she was let go for “footballing reasons.” Some believe the vague reasoning was to prevent Hinkle from fighting back.

Coach Jill Ellis, who is gay along with several of the star players, has faced many questions regarding her choice of cutting the player.

“She [Hinkle] is the best left back in the league this year, of that there’s absolutely no question,” club manager and head coach of the North Carolina Courage, Paul Riley said to SB Nation. “She hasn’t had a bad game to be honest with you, I can’t recall a bad game all season. At this level, that’s unbelievable. The consistency is something she never really had, but this year she’s had it.”

Fans have called Hinkle openly homophobic, and have waved pride flags in stands while booing her at games.

USWNT forward Jessica McDonald stood up for the Christian player. “She’s never said anything bad about me. She never said anything bad about anybody,” she told The Oregonian. “So, for people to pass on that kind of judgment on another human being, I think it’s sort of uncalled for.”

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris sounded off on Twitter, however, when this video resurfaced last week.

“Hinkle, our team is about inclusion. Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic. You don’t belong in a sport that aims to unite and bring people together. You would never fit into our pack or what this team stands for,” Harris wrote.

“Don’t you dare say our team is ‘not a welcoming place for Christians,’” Harris continued on social media. “You weren’t around long enough to know what this team stood for. This is actually an insult to the Christians on our team. S[h]ame on you.”

The team has both high-profile Christians and LGBTQ members alike. Players also knelt in prayer circles before and after each 2019 World Cup game.

At only 15 years old, Cori Gauff is taking the tennis world by storm.

Gauff was the youngest United States Open junior girls finalist in history at age 13 and the second youngest French Open junior girls champion at age 14. Her rise to success and incredible talent has been whispered about for years.

Now, she’s been brought to the spotlight after a huge upset. Gauff took out star player Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of Wimbledon. It was her first Grand Slam singles match of her career.

“On the court, I was not thinking about Venus,” Gauff said. “I was just playing my game. No matter who I play against, I want to win. So that’s what I was just thinking about the whole time. I wasn’t really thinking about who I was facing on the other side of the net.”

Now, it’s all Gauff can think about. After Gauff secured the win, she took the opportunity to thank Venus.

“I was just telling her thank you for everything she’s done for the sport,” Gauff said. “She’s been an inspiration for many people. I was just really telling her thank you. I met her before, but I didn’t really have the guts to say anything.”

While many are celebrating Gauff’s big win, what most people don’t know is Gauff’s love of the Christian faith. Gauff takes a moment to pray with her father, who is also her coach, before every match.

“Before every match since I was 8, my dad and I say a prayer together,” Gauff said. “We don’t really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe. After the match, I was just thanking God for this opportunity.”

Gauff also said a prayer as she was tearing up after her win against Venus.