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*ATLANTA, GA - MAY 28: Master Sergeant David Sims is reunited with his wife Robin and his family during the fifth inning of the Memorial Day celebration between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on May 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Master Sergeant David Sims is reunited with his wife Robin and his family during the fifth inning of the Memorial Day celebration between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on May 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sports military reunions

Today we take a moment to appreciate our freedoms that are and have been protected everyday by our military.

Sports teams around the country have helped these men and women surprise their families with incredibly emotional reunions. Today we celebrate the Fourth of July by honoring the men and women of the armed forces who have served and currently serve this country.

  • Jordan Spieth in New Role as U.S. Anchor at Ryder Cup

    It may be peculiar how much the Ryder Cup matters, but it does. "Honestly, I think we're just tired of being told that we haven't won in a while," Jordan Spieth said at his press conference Tuesday. Before that, it had been nine years. European players get asked about their Ryder Cup triumphs; American players get asked about their Ryder Cup shortcomings.

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  • Steven Matz to undergo “imminent” elbow surgery

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media about the status of starter Steven Matz on Tuesday afternoon. Alderson said that Matz will undergo “imminent” elbow surgery to address a bone spur in the lefty’s elbow, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Matz was expected to return this past Friday, but was scratched due to shoulder soreness.

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  • Arnold Palmer's Longtime Assistant on the Golf Legend's Life and Death: He Was a Great Golfer and Even Greater Man

    The title of Arnold Palmer's final memoir that's due out in a few weeks is called A Life Well Played, which couldn't be more appropriate, especially now in light of his passing Sunday at age 87. "His shoulder never healed and it started a bit of a downward spiral," his personal assistant for 50 years, Doc Giffin, tells PEOPLE. Palmer, the winner of 62 PGA Tour titles and seven major championships, could no longer play the game he loved so much, the game that had given the greenskeeper's son from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, so much.

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  • With UFC 205 announcement, Dana White proves Conor McGregor is clearly running the show

    Who benefits most from Conor McGregor headlining UFC 205? Two things are becoming increasingly obvious in mixed martial arts: Conor McGregor runs the UFC and the company’s management is turning the featherweight division into a joke. UFC president Dana White announced on SportsCenter on Monday that McGregor, the featherweight champion, will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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  • Top fantasy football pickups for Week 4

    Yahoo Sports' Brandon Funston names three players that owners should consider for this week's action.

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  • Why Chelsea are no longer a world-class team

    After a desperately disappointing Premier League campaign that resulted in a below-par mid-table finish, Chelsea were looking to bounce back in this campaign. Chelsea have a billionaire owner, a recent history of success and a terrific manager, but they do not have a world-class team anymore.

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  • Pavel Buchnevich is playing for the Rangers tonight

    Alain Vigneault said that Pavel Buchnevich is a young player with "tremendous upside" but that "it's up to him, with our help, to help him be the best player he can be." Mika Zibanejad said that from his short time with Buchnevich he can tell that he is "really skilled," passes the puck well, brings lots of speed and is "fun to play with." (NYR) Zibanejad said that the key to working with Buchnevich now is to keep things simple with speaking and to use words that he understands. He added that that Buchnevich is a "smart guy when it comes to hockey and knows how to play."   (NYR) Chris Kreider said that Buchnevich's English has gotten a lot better and that he is a very amicable guy who is getting

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  • Week 4 fantasy tight end rankings: Time for Gronk to go off?

    Rob Gronkowski has been hobbled to start the season but this could be the week he produces. Make sure you have the advice you need to set a winning fantasy lineup by studying all the position rankings. [Week 4 rankings: Overall | FLEX | QB | RB | WR

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  • The Cardinals were jeered at home last night

    The Cardinals got shellacked 15-2 by the Reds, one of baseball’s worst teams, last night. In so doing they fell a half game behind the Giants for the second Wild Card. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote about last night’s game. What struck him was the reaction from the crowd at Busch Stadium: And the fans, in a rare moment of pique, let the Cardinals hear about it, first booing and then erupting in a Bronx cheer when the final out of a seven-run fourth was recorded. They booed a little more later on and then many of them beat the traffic, with some of them at least leaving with a Grateful Dead T-shirt, a special theme night promotion . . . The paid crowd to witness the carnage was

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  • Andre Drummond is using virtual reality to be a better FT shooter

    Andre may have picked the wrong VR program this morning. The NBA’s worst free throw shooters are marked men, assailed on all sides by intentional foulers and mocking fans alike. The likes of DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard will try pretty much anything to improve — practicing more, changing their shooting form in minor ways, and maybe even undergoing some kind of psychological counseling.

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  • Draymond Green says he will stand for anthem, criticism of Kaepernick “ridiculous”

    At the same time, expect all those guys to back Collin Kaepernick and others who have done these protests. The latest example came from the Golden State Warriors media day and Draymond Green. Here is what he said in a passionate talk about the protests, via Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News.

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  • Artemi Panarin wants $6M per season on new deal: Report

    Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin won the Calder Trophy last season and helped Patrick Kane to his Hart Trophy with outstanding play on their top line. According to the Chicago Tribune, Panarin is seeking a six-year deal with in excess of $6 million per season. Panarin’s agent, Tom Lynn, said last week that the sides were in discussions on a new deal for the winger, who will be a restricted free agent following the 2016-17 season.

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  • Cause of Ohio HS Football Player's Death Determined as Game Video Released

    The Ohio high school football player whose death came two days after he suffered a game-related injury died of peritonitis, or inflammation of the abdominal cavity lining, which resulted from a small-bowel laceration caused by blunt impact to his abdomen, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said. Andre Jackson’s autopsy was performed today, as video emerged showing his collision with an opposing team member in a game last week. In the video, Jackson, visible by his No. 48 jersey, can be seen attempting to retrieve the ball before he appears to be unintentionally kicked in his abdomen by a member of the Solon High School football team.

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  • Brett Brown assures Nerlens Noel he’ll get paid if he plays inside

    As Nerlens Noel pointed out, the 76ers have too many young, talented big men – which is the biggest reason Philadelphia probably won’t extend Noel’s contract by the Oct. 31 deadline. That has to be a little disappointing for Noel, who didn’t ask to

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  • England: Allardyce in hot water after controversial Telegraph report

    Sam Allardyce might be in a bit of trouble. The England manager has been “caught” on tape by undercover Telegraph reporters in what’s being called a sting. Some of the banter is simply Allardyce being Allardyce — ripping on personalities he doesn’t like — and won’t affect much at all. Being outspoken isn’t a crime, after all. Other talk, though, could be quite damaging to the ex-Sunderland and Bolton boss. Allardyce reportedly flirted with getting big money to speak to a company that would be pitching third party ownership of players, which is strictly prohibited by FIFA. From The Telegraph: He agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassadorand explained to the “businessmen” how

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  • Gretzky returns to NHL fold as official ambassador of centennial celebration

    The National Hockey League was founded on November 26, 1917. Almost ninety-nine years later, the commissioner of the league, Gary Bettman, was in Toronto to announce that Wayne Gretzky, arguably its greatest player ever, would be the official ambassador of its centennial celebration. For Gretzky, whose relationship with the NHL was tested during the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings in 2009, it marks a return to representing the league in an official capacity. (In 2013, he was reportedly paid around $8 million in a settlement.) “It’s a tremendous honor,” Gretzky said in a statement. “I’ve said this a million times that everything I have in my life is because of hockey and because of the

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  • The Nominees for PGA Tour Player of the Year Are In

    Who will take home the PGA Tour's last honor of the season? Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, and Henrik Stenson were nominated for the Player of the Year award on Tuesday, with Johnson leading as the favorite. The nominees for Rookie of the Year are Smylie Kaufman, Emiliano Grillo, and Si Woo Kim.

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  • Miami Marlins Hold Emotional Tribute for José Fernández Before Game Against New York Mets

    Tears and heartbreak didn't stop the Miami Marlins from winning their game against the New York Mets on Monday night, and it only added to the emotion they felt during their tribute to deceased pitcher José Fernández. Every Marlins player wore Fernández's No. 16 jersey. After their win against the Mets, the team gathered around on the mound and laid their hats on it in his honor, as the crowd began to chant Fernández's name.

    People
  • Tanaka to be examined by doctor, last start in question

    Dr. Chris Ahmad, a New York Yankees physician, will examine RHP Masahiro Tanaka's forearm on Tuesday to determine whether or not Tanaka can pitch again this season.

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  • Indians defeat Tigers, clinch AL Central for first division title since 2007

    The Indians beat the Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park on Monday night, clinching the AL Central for their first division title since 2007. Starter Corey Kluber lasted only four innings before exiting with right groin tightness, but the Indians were able to overcome the adversity. Coco Crisp gave the Indians their first two runs with a two-run home run in the second inning off of starter Buck Farmer. The Tigers would promptly tie the game on a two-run homer by J.D. Martinez in the bottom half of the inning. In the fifth, an RBI double by Jason Kipnis and a sacrifice fly by Mike Napoli put the Tribe back on top 4-2. The Tigers answered once again with a Miguel Cabrera RBI single in the bottom half to

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  • Is Ralph Krueger the man to defeat Canada juggernaut?

    There are similarities between Ralph Krueger and Mike Babcock. “We’re both fanatic water skiers, so we compare our best water ski results on a regular basis, and that’s all we’ve talked about when we run into each other here,” said Krueger, head coach of Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.

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  • LSU defensive end Davon Godchaux suspended after domestic battery arrest

    Ed Orgeron’s first order of business after being handed the interim head coaching title at LSU? Suspending a starter. The school announced on Monday that defensive end Davon Godchaux was suspended indefinitely after being arrested over the weekend as the result of an incident with his girlfriend. NOLA.com reported that Godchaux was booked Monday morning by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office on charges of false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond. Godchaux is accused of getting into an altercation with his girlfriend and preventing her from leaving their apartment with their 10-month old child. The defensive end has

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  • Jason Kidd plans to bring Greg Monroe off Bucks’ bench, which is news to Monroe

    The Bucks spent most of the summer trying to trade Greg Monroe, and the asking price was rumored to be so low most of the buzz around the league was a deal would get done. Except to trade Monroe another team had to want Monroe, and therein lied the rub. Monroe was at Bucks media day on Monday, and coach Jason Kidd announced he plans to bring Monroe in off the bench.

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  • Sam Allardyce out as England manager after 67 days

    After one game as England manager, Sam Allardyce has a 100 percent record and that’s how it will remain. Forever. On Tuesday the English FA confirmed that Allardyce, 61, was out as England’s manager after just 67 days in charge. Allardyce was at the center of a sensational undercover investigation by The Telegraph which was released on Monday and showed Allardyce talking with businessmen (who were actually reporters filming him secretly) about how to circumvent transfer rules. Key figures of the English FA were locked in meetings at Wembley Stadium all day Tuesday with many reports stating that Allardyce offered to resign. He wasn’t given the chance as the English FA released a statement which

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  • USMNT Pulisic on assist vs. Real Madrid: “There’s no better feeling”

    Christian Pulisic continued his fairytale rise up through the ranks of the soccer world on Tuesday as the 18-year-old jumped off the bench and notched a crucial assist as Borussia Dortmund scored a late equalizer in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid. Trailing the reigning European champions heading into the final few minutes at home in their Group F game, Pulisic picked up the ball on the right flank (see video below) and drove towards Real’s defense. Dortmund’s fans went nuts and so did Pulisic.

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