Browsing: Shooting

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…

Two Army sergeants first class came up short of the Olympic podium in London on Monday — one on the wrestling mat, the other on the shooting range. Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, making his second trip to the Olympics, was knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the 120-kilogram Greco-Roman bracket, falling 1-0, 1-0 to Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp. Kayaalp went on to lose in the semifinals, which eliminated Byers from bronze medal consideration. It’s the second Olympic trip for Byers, who also reached the quarterfinals in Beijing. He won two matches in China to reach the round of eight,…

Army Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail barely missed qualifying for finals of the men’s 50m rifle prone Friday at the London Olympics, finishing ninth with a score of 595. Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft finished 16th with a 594 in the same round. Sergei Martynov of Belarus set a world record in the event’s finals as he won the gold medal he had been looking for at six Olympics, The Associated Press reported. Martynov became the second shooter in Olympic history to score the maximum 600 points in qualification, and went on to score a total of 705.5 points, beating…

Army Sgt. Glenn Eller and Staff Sgt. Joshua Richmond failed to qualify in Thursday’s men’s double trap event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, according to the London 2012 website. Eller scored 126 to place 22nd, and Richmond scored 131 to place 16th. The top six shooters qualified with scores ranging from 137 to 143. Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson is scheduled to compete Friday in the second qualification of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

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