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A Fight for Faith
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9a.m. ET, ESPN)
It was billed a boxing event for charity, with the main bout featuring two former college football players. But the event, hosted by Guts Church in Tulsa, Okla., was unsanctioned with no licensed referee or judges, and no ringside doctor. When Fight Night VI was over, former University of Tulsa linebacker George Clinkscale – who had sickle cell trait – lost his life, leaving behind his pregnant fiancée and a young daughter. Now, for the first time, Clinkscale’s family members speak about their loss. In an Outside the Lines investigation, Tom Farrey examines the circumstances that led up to Clinkscale’s death, and the unconventional mega-church behind Fight Night, including its pastor who preaches the gospel of toughness and sports.
“It’s hard to grasp him not being here. What makes it harder to grasp is the circumstances around it — I don’t really understand ‘em. I just don’t understand, myself, what boxing, fighting, has to do with church. I don’t get that.” – George Clinkscale II, George’s father
ESPN The Magazine (in latest issue on newsstands Friday)
In wake of the scandal, a power struggle spread from the Penn State campus to the state capital. Don Van Natta Jr. reports this Outside the Lines piece. Click for a behind-the-scenes podcast with Don Van Natta Jr.
When Rafa Marquez began his current tenure with New York Red Bulls in 2010, expectations were high for the former Barcelona player and his MLS club. But two early exits from the playoffs and several mishaps from the defender, both on and off the field, find Marquez looking to change the course of his MLS career. ESPN reporter and analyst Monica Gonzalez, former captain of Mexico’s Women’s National Soccer Team, caught up with Marquez in New York City and discussed his present and future.
Where Rory McIlroy Collapsed
Masters fans are drawn to Augusta National’s No. 10, where Rory McIlroy began his famous collapse last year. Wright Thompson reports.