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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…

ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP WASP -– If you’re going to watch your favorite NFL team lose in the Super Bowl, it may as well be somewhere interesting. That’s the scenario I found myself in last night as I continue to cover Bold Alligator 2012, a massive amphibious exercise involving at least 14,000 personnel and 25 ships off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. Like many of the sailors and Marines aboard this gator ship, I had accepted there was a strong possibility the game wouldn’t be on while underway –- only to find out the exact opposite. Not…

For former Marine and current Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall, 2011 was a year to forget. Unfortunately for Hall, he literally has trouble remembering the very end of his season because of the concussion he sustained in fourth quarter of the Titans’ final game. Hall, who served in the Corps from 1998-2002, got clocked by Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins on an outside run with less than two minutes to play. Watch the play here. The force caused Hall spin in the air and fumble, with the Texans recovering. Hall told The Tennessean on Monday that he was “clearing up” but…

Saturday’s Army-Navy game comes on the heels of another momentous day for the cadets and midshipmen, one that will affect their future much more than the outcome of a football game. Seniors at both academies received their service assignments (Navy) or branch assignments (Army) in the few weeks, a moment long anticipated by mids and cadets.  These assignments determine the path that cadets and midshipmen will be put on when the graduate and are commissioned as officers. West Point”s seniors, who will be commissioned as second lieutenants in May, get tapped to go into branches like armor, infantry, field artillery, etc. Navy  seniors, who will…

“Tebowing” has swept the nation since the Denver Broncos promoted former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to starting quarterback last month. The trend pokes fun at Tebow’s penchant for dropping to a knee in prayer, with his elbow on his knee and his fist under his bowed head. The pose has inspired a website and countless imitators, with the latest being a group of Marines on the field prior to the Broncos-Jets game last Thursday. Tebow, perhaps the most divisive figure in the NFL right now, continues to win games. And after scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter…

In the blink of an eye, it was over. Justin Timberlake may want to take notice. Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, the Marine who famously invited the singer and actor to attend the Marine Corps birthday ball with her, competed Saturday night in Operation Octagon XVI, a mixed martial arts event in Sterling, Va. To say it was a one-sided fight would be an understatement. De Santis, fighting in the 145-pound featherweight title fight, pummeled her opponent, Stacy Sneeringer. With a flurry of energy, De Santis took Sneeringer to the mat early, and finished her off 2:51 into the fight with…

Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, the Marine who made a name for herself in July by asking Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball, will be fighting in an MMA bout Saturday in Virginia. DeSantis’ fight is the main event at Operation Octagon XVI in Sterling, Va. Her opponent is a fellow 145-pounder named Stacy Sneeringer. A trainer at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va., De Santis became the second Marine to garner national attention for asking a celeb to the Marine Corps Ball (A male Marine had struck first by asking Mila Kunis to the Ball).…

It was a bad weekend for the service academy football teams. Very bad. Army lost to previously winless Miami (Ohio). Air Force got smoked by Notre Dame. Navy was trounced at home by Southern Miss. And on top of all of that, the military’s biggest MMA star — former Marine officer and Silver Star recipient Brian Stann — was soundly defeated Saturday night at UFC 136. Stann handled The only of the above events I watched was Stann’s loss, which was somewhat stunning. It wasn’t surprising that Stann lost — he was the underdog — but it was shocking to see Chael…

Ahmard Hall returned to the Tennessee Titans this week after serving a four-week suspension for using a banned substance. The former Marine sergeant, now in his sixth year in the NFL, wants folks to know that he wasn’t taking steroids. Hall told reporters yesterday that he popped positive for Adderall, a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine which is prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder. Hall says he borrowed the drug from a friend to keep him alert for a drive home to Texas in February. This is an odd strategy if Hall is trying to clear his name. Isn’t taking a…

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