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I spent Friday night at the Naval Academy covering the 72nd Brigade Boxing Championships. I’m no boxing expert but judging from the crowd’s reaction, the action was solid. The night opened up with a bout between two female midshipmen, Sam Glaeser and Abby Khusf, and ended with a great heavyweight match. Though he looked like he got the worst of it, Matt Brewer (above) won the heavyweight title after trading punches for three rounds with Annapolis native Beau Haworth. For more photos, check out the Scoop Deck blog at Navy Times.

With opening ceremonies in London hours away, here are some last-minute links for a handful of military medal hopefuls. As competition begins, remember to check with our good friends at USA Today for all the up-to-the-minute results, military and otherwise. Herring honors daughter. As one of three team captains, Marine Sgt. Jamel Herring will lead the U.S. boxing team into competition in London. But his walk into the opening ceremonies will take a different kind of strength; as the New York Post reports, Herring’s infant daughter died exactly three years ago. Key quote: “I’ll think about her, but I also…

For those of you sick of the latest service academy basketball news (either here or here), try these combatives links: Army (Superheavyweight) Strong: Staff Sgt. Brandon Sayles gets a nice video treatment from the folks at HDNet before his fight tonight at XFC 16: Sayles, a three-time Army Combatives Championship winner, will face Chase Gormley live on HDNet; the fights start at 10 p.m. ET. Also on the card is former Marine Dustin West — check out an XFC news release on his work with the Wounded Warrior Project here. Not sure if you get HDNet? Click the “subscribe” tab…

The U.S. Military Academy men’s boxing team won its fourth consecutive College Boxing National Championship on Sunday, continuing an unprecedented run of success for the Army program. Five cadets took individual national titles for West Point, who prior to 2008 had not won a national championship in the sport. The Naval Academy finished with two individual champs, while Air Force had one. The West Point women’s boxing club also made its debut this past week, with three female fighters claiming wins in exhibition bouts during the Collegiate Boxing Association Championships: Cadet Kelsey Smith beat Cadet Katherine Houle; Cadet Giovanna Camacho…

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has always been one of the Good Guys in pro sports, and he proved that again this month by visiting U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and the Middle East. De La Hoya, along with three up-and-coming fighters from his company, gave boxing clinics and mingled with various troops on the week-long trip, which sponsored by the USO. The experience, which included visits to bases that came under fire, left him humbled. “Hearing their stories and seeing what they go through on a daily basis has changed my life,” De La Hoya told ESPN’s Dan…

“When we say freedom, it don’t come cheap.” Those are the words of the great Don King, one of the most flamboyant sports personalities we’ve seen. King says uniformed members of the military and veterans, as well as police officers and firefighters, will get into tonight’s light heavyweight bout between Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., for free. “For those who put themselves in harm’s way to substantiate and uphold the liberties we enjoy, nothing should be too good for them,” King said. A special marked window will be open at the Silverdome box office…

The U.S. Military Academy won its third straight national  championship at the National Collegiate Boxing Association championships on Saturday. Five Army cadets won individual titles, and a total of nine boxers competed in the finals for West Point, which was hosting the championships for the first time. Per the heraldrecord.com, Army’s individual winners were: Danilo Garcia (125 pounds) Johnny Garcia (132) Terrell Anthony (139) Steve Henao-Escobar (147) Ryle Stous (165) West Point’s Andrew Manglcimot, Jamal Robinson, Tyler Elliott and Seth King were all runners-up. Two Air Force boxers — Matt DeMars and Cory Tintzman — also won national titles, according…

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