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Medal of Honor recipients to be recognized before World Series opener

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Not much else is known about the event, other than this tidbit appearing on Boston.com, a web publication of The Boston Globe: Three surviving Medal of Honor recipients will be honored at Fenway Park before Game 1 of the World Series begins Wednesday. According to Peter Abraham, soldiers Salvatore Giunta, Clinton Romesha and William Swenson will be recognized before the first pitch. First pitch for the series opener between the Cardinals and Red Sox is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. In addition, Abraham reported, retired Marine Sgt. Dan Clark will perform “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.

Army men, women win all-service softball titles

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Army captured the men’s and women’s titles for a second consecutive year in the Armed Forces Softball Tournament held last week at Fort Sill, Okla. Air Force finished runner-up in both brackets. The Army women beat Air Force in the championship game Sept. 18, 6-3. Army finished the tournament unbeaten and went 8-0 in round-robin play. The Army men won their gold medal Sept. 19, beating Air Force, 23-8. In this game, Army never trailed, taking control of the game with a 10-run fourth inning. Army scored 217 runs in nine games, an average of 24.1 runs per game. The…

Pendleton Marine sets powerlifting world records

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A Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., recently set powerlifting world records in a competition in Las Vegas. Staff Sgt. Matthew Reep, assault chief of Division Schools, 1st Marine Division, set marks for a 165-pound person at 391 lbs. on the bench press, 556 lbs. on the deadlift, and 1,396 lbs. in combined weight for a bench press, deadlift and squats. Reep, 39, said he excelled in weightlifting in high school. He has competed in six national powerlifting championship tournaments since 2009, winning 11 events, according to a Marine Corps news release. “Ever since I started lifting I always just…

Road warrior: Former Marine Stann deploys to Japan for UFC on FUEL TV 8

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Forget the Navy — if you want to see the world, join the UFC. Former Marine Brian Stann will fight his third consecutive bout outside the U.S. on March 3, traveling to Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, to face Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a 205-pound headliner for UFC on FUEL TV 8, according to our good friends at MMAJunkie.com. It’s a one-time-only return light heavyweight, the former WEC 205-pound champ tweeted early Thursday morning. (He’ll be fine for the cut back down to middleweight; he knows a guy.) More from the MMAJunkie report: It’s a homecoming of…

Wednesday Top 5: Sprint football via NFL Films (video), USA Shooting team, MMA update, Air Force recruiting, more

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Five quick midweek military sports links, starting with an appreciation: 1. NFL Films and sprint football. Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, son of its founder and one of the reasons so many people watch professional football on Sundays, died yesterday at 69 after a long fight with brain cancer. Read more about him from our friends at USA Today here. The video above, a 2004 NFL Films short on sprint football, features an Army-Navy showdown and showcases the NFL Films style football fans have come to love — up-close action, a soaring soundtrack, eyeball-gripping interviews, seamless edits, all of…

2012 military Paralympian roundup

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Before the 2012 Paralympic Games began, Military Times introduced you to the current and former service members who’d be going for gold in London. The games wrapped up with a massive closing ceremony Sunday, so here’s a quick recap of eight military-related medal winners, with results compiled from the comprehensive London 2012 official website: Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, swimming –Medal haul: Two golds (400- and 100-meter freestyle), one silver (50m free). –What’s more: The Washington Post recounts how Snyder’s second gold came on a meaningful anniversary. The naval officer also competed in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and individual medley events. Oscar…

Olympic quick hits: Wrestlers take London, more on Marine boxer Herring, Army profiles

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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…

Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping, behind the mic

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UFC 149 aired Saturday night to a less-than-stellar reception — four of the five main-card bouts went to the judges, and the fifth featured a Canadian losing by submission, in Canada. When UFC President Dana White tells fans, “Listen, we’re going to have bad fights,” the promotion clearly could use a lift. How does a promotion put a bad fight night behind it and generate excitement? Hand a microphone to controversial middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping. Even better, hand another one to his upcoming opponent — former Marine Capt. Brian Stann. That happened late Saturday night/early Sunday morning on the…

Star-spangled smackdown: Brian Stann wants Michael Bisping at UFC 152

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On its surface, it’s the typical trash talk that surrounds UFC matchmaking: Middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping lists Brian Stann as one of his preferred opponents for a September pay-per-view fight, and the former Marine captain fires back. And as such, it might be overshadowed by Saturday’s Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva middleweight title fight. But what’s really happened here? On July 4, an English fighter nicknamed “The Count” threw out a challenge that a former Marine nicknamed “The All-American” accepted. Did Bisping pick Independence Day — or, as he and fellow Brits call it, “Wednesday” — on purpose? Probably not. But…

Friday morning roundup: LeRoy Neiman's link to Army-Navy, former Marine in MMA event tonight, carrier hoops and more

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A half-dozen quick hits for a Friday morning: 1. Painting sports history. LeRoy Neiman, famous for his paintings of sports action and portraits of athletes, died Wednesday at age 91. His link to the military — according to his New York Times obituary, Neiman served in the Army during World War II as a cook in the European theater. His link to military sports comes here: A painting of the final play of the 1946 Army-Navy game entitled “Defending Victory — 1946.” Click that link for more on the painting itself, which was commissioned as part of the rivalry’s centennial…

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