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  1. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. Sgt. Jesse Phillips, inset, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, hunted a 792-pound alligator, with two of his friends. It measured more than 13-feet from the tip of the nose to the tail, and broke a Mississippi state record. Courtesy of Jesse Phillips

    Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

    The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Army Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division presents Texas Rangers interim bench coach Bobby Jones, right, with a Bronze Star for his Vietnam service during a pregame ceremony before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sept. 11 in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez / AP

    Texas Rangers coach Bobby Jones presented with Bronze Star at game

    Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones heard fans cheering Thursday night, rather than the repeated boom of a 105-millimeter howitzer.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  4. Air rifles can provide a fun and relatively inexpensive option to enjoy some backyard plinking. The five rifles we checked out include, from left, Crosman MTR77NPC, Winchester Semi-Auto MP4, Hatsan Model 85 Sniper .22 Combo, Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro, and Stoeger X50. Ken Perrotte

    Air rifle test compares the power, pellet velocity & accuracy of 5 new guns

    Firearms safety advocates long have discouraged the term 'toy' when talking about air rifles that fire BBs or pellets. While you still can find inexpensive, low-power rifles for kids, the new breeds of powerful pellet guns are anything but child's play.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  5. Then-Philadelphia Eagle Alejandro Villanueva warms up before a preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 21 in Philadelphia. Cut by the Eagles last month, the former Ranger signed with the Steelers' practice squad. Michael Perez/The Associated Press

    Former Ranger Villanueva signs with Steelers' practice squad

    The former Army Ranger who tried to catch on with the Philadelphia Eagles will move a few hundred miles west — and swap sides of the ball.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez leaps around defenders after catching a pass during an Aug. 6 practice. Rodriguez, a 5-foot-8 walk-on in 2012, has 10 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown over two seasons. Mark Crammer/The Associated Press

    Combat vet turned Clemson star will soon get his own movie

    Nearly five years after earning a Bronze Star with 'V' and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh, former Army Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez will suit up Saturday to begin his senior football season with the Clemson Tigers.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  7. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds carries the ball against Army during last year's Army-Navy game. Mike Morones/Staff

    Military ethos vs. Individual honor: The Naval Academy's Heisman conundrum

    Allow Roger Staubach to, rather unofficially, carry the torch for Keenan Reynolds' 2014 Heisman campaign. From one Navy great to another.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  8. Cadets look on as members of the United States men's national basketball team practice on Aug. 18 at Christl Arena at the U.S. Military Academy. Mike Groll / AP

    West Point pride: Coach K brings Team USA to alma mater

    In front of ESPN cameras and super-sized shoe-company logos Monday at West Point's Christl Arena, the U.S.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Deshon Byers, left, competes in the 120-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Byers was reportedly arrested Thursday night for hunting deer out of season. Paul Sancya / AP

    Report: Army Olympian cited for hunting deer at car dealership

    A sergeant first class who'd become one of the faces of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team over the past decade was cited by Colorado Springs, Colorado, police Thursday night for hunting deer out of season at an area car dealership.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  10. USA Football planning clinics on military bases

    The organization that runs youth and amateur football in the United States is teaming up with the American military to make the game safer overseas.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  11. Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. Tim Kennedy will battle Yoel 'Soldier of God' Romero in Vegas on Sept. 27. USA TODAY Sports

    Tim Kennedy back in the UFC cage in September

    Months after the highest-profile win in Tim Kennedy's career, the sergeant first class will return to the UFC cage in September to face a lesser-known foe — with a four-fight win streak.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  14. The Three-Pass Blast is a favorite biker route in Washington state. Courtesy of Jason Sammis

    Motorcycle dream rides: Find one near you

    Motorcycles and the open road go together like summertime and four-day passes — or better yet, block leave. Put them together and you've got a dream road trip begging for you to tank up and get going.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  15. Rodney Martin tears up the track during the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, as a member of Team USA. Mark Baker / The Associated Press

    At-sea sprinter? Track star-turned-yeoman on his path to the fleet

    Six years removed from his moment on the Olympic stage, a world-class sprinter stands poised to begin his return to glory.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  16. Army survived a late-game rally by Navy to claim a 43-38 win in Saturday's arena-football contest in Philadelphia. Danette Bartholomew/Legacy Imagez

    Army football breaks (arena) losing streak

    The streak is over. Well, one of them.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  17. Army-Navy, arena football-style, set for Saturday in Philly

    Army-Navy football in Philadelphia in December means harsh weather, crowds approaching 90,000 and a rivalry that dates back well over a century.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  18. Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Front-runner calls for Afghan vote count to stop

    The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  19. The Interservice Pistol Championships kick off on Sunday. The Army has won eight consecutive team competitions. Michael Molinaro/Army

    Troops to compete at joint pistol championships next week

    Shooters from across the services will compete in the 55th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships June 15-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  20. From left, the Berkley Deluxe, Mister Twister Piranah, Rapala Heavy Duty and Mister Twister Electric Fisherman. Top, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Dave White test the knives. Photos by Ken Perrotte

    Fillet knife face-off: How 4 electric models compared

    You stare into the sink, filled two-thirds with fish, and wonder, 'What was I thinking?'

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  21. Mitch Harris is a reliever for the Springfield Cardinals. Kary Booher/News-Leader

    Naval Academy grad set to begin season for Cardinals' Double-A squad

    This journey already has been something else. At one point, he emerged as a surprise star at the Naval Academy. Later, he led a crew of 200 sailors, guns drawn, through the Strait of Hormuz en route toward Iraq.

    • May. 27, 2014
  22. Villanueva

    West Point grad Villanueva signs with NFL's Eagles

    A 6-foot-9 Army officer with three deployments to Afghanistan, a Bronze Star Medal with 'V' device and a Ranger tab has signed a free-agent contract to join the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive lineman.

    • May. 5, 2014
  23. Kansas Army National Guard Sgt. Theresa Vail, the reigning Miss Kansas, is filming a new Outdoor Channel hunting show. Michael Pearce

    After beauty-queen spotlight, soldier to host TV hunting show

    A sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard who became famous after displaying her tattoos during the televised Miss America swimsuit competition is trading in her two-piece and tiara for a bow, a rifle and some camo.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  24. Kennedy beats Bisping to stay perfect in UFC

    Like many fighters before him, Tim Kennedy wanted to shut Michael Bisping up.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  25. Former Army Cpl. Chad Pfeifer lost his left leg above the knee in 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded during a patrol in Iraq. Benjamin Margiott/azcentral Sports)

    Iraq War amputee, now a club pro, set to play in celebrity golf tourney

    When Chad Pfeifer lost his left leg during his deployment with the Army in Iraq, he thought his days as a competitor were done.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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