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KKANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Army Specialist Wes Wooten of Maryville, Missouri returns from Afghanistan to surprise his sister Mataya Wooton before a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)

Army Specialist Wes Wooten of Maryville, Missouri returns from Afghanistan to surprise his sister Mataya Wooton before a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

  • Yes, Colin Kaepernick is hurting NFL ratings

    Colin Kaepernick (No. 7) and 49ers teammates take a knee during the national anthem. The steady decline in NFL television ratings has been the biggest story of the football season, and arguably the biggest sports-business story of 2016. What is clear is that interest in watching primetime NFL games has waned, but what remains unclear are the exact causes, and which causes have had the largest impact.

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  • Ladies European Tour event suspended after on-course caddie death

    The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour was suspended during the first round on Wednesday following the on-course death of a caddie. The caddie’s name was not released, but Dubai media reported the caddie was carrying for Anne-Lise Caudal. The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters began on Wednesday.

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  • Climb Inside This Ferrari FXX K Doing 200 MPH at Daytona

    Last week’s Ferrari Finali Mondiali in Daytona, Florida was notable for quite a few reasons. An uprated version of the LaFerrari’s 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 and electric motor cranks out a total of 1,036 horsepower, yet the car weighs in several hundred pounds lighter than its 949-hp street-legal cousin.

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  • Can fantasy owners trust Colin Kaepnernick in the playoffs?

    Yahoo Sports' Andy Behrens answers a question from social media on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and if his poor Week 13 performance hurts his value in the fantasy postseason.

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  • What do the Mets have planned for the last full day of the Winter Meetings?

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson should have at least one or two reasonable trades on the table for OF Jay Bruce, according to teams that have talked with the Mets. However, because he's comfortable with slow-playing the free-agent market for relief pitchers, Alderson appears totally fine holding off on dealing Bruce for an arm, while letting the outfield market play out and revisiting his options during December. "Things are generally slow," Alderson explained Tuesday, talking to reporters. "Hopefully things start to loosen up a little bit. ...Clubs are still trying to figure out exactly what they think is exactly the best way to go. The contours of the market are still a little bit vague, so you don't

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  • Cody Sun is the new AD carry for Immortals

    Immortals has announced their new AD carry: rookie Cody “Cody Sun” Sun. The newly minted LCS player will have be taking over for veteran Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, who left Immortals to re-sign with Team SoloMid. Previously known as Massacre, Cody Sun has been active in the Challenger Series circuit since last year, most recently playing AD for the Dream Team that was knocked out of the 2016 NACS Summer playoffs by Cloud9 Challenger.

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  • Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman encourages people to boo him as majority owner Bill Foley looks on before the Vegas Golden Knights was announced as the name for Foley’s Las Vegas NHL franchise at T-Mobile Arena on November 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved. Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

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  • Winter Meetings Journal, Day 3: Time to wrap up that unfinished business

    Don Mattingly’s presser at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. (AP) NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis

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  • Lexi Thompson Is Playing from the Same Tees as the Men This Week. Let's Not All Freak Out

    Lexi Thompson is the only woman in the Franklin Templeton Shootout field this week, and she'll play the same tees as the men. Touting this event as some kind of tricked-up Battle of the Sexes would be insulting not only to Thompson's ability but also to the caliber of elite female golfers in general. Thompson finished the 2016 LPGA season second in driving distance at 277.40 yards, which was longer than 26 players' driving distance on the PGA Tour in the 2015-16 season.

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  • Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony's small war of words is not on hold

    Carmelo Anthony does something that makes Phil Jackson very angry. Carmelo Anthony might have it up to here with Phil Jackson at this point. There’s always a release valve, with Carmelo, and it involves his ability to play for the team he wants, in the city he wants, and for as much money as possible.

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  • USGA, R&A create local rule in wake of Dustin Johnson's U.S. Open issues

    Eventual winner Dustin Johnson had his final round and championship put into limbo when his ball moved on the fifth green at Oakmont Country Club. After the walking rules official declared Johnson didn’t cause the ball to move, USGA officials kept looking at the footage. As Johnson was making his back-nine run toward his first major, the USGA informed Johnson that he might — might — be penalized for the ball moving.

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  • He's back: Dale Earnhardt Jr. medically cleared to drive in 2017

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to the Sprint Cup Series in 2017 is all but official. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Junior had been medically cleared to compete next season. Junior missed the last half of the 2016 season because of a concussion suffered at Michigan in June.

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  • Notre Dame grads buy page in school's student paper lambasting AD and coach

    Brian Kelly’s team was 4-8 in 2016. Some Notre Dame fans are so unhappy with the state of the school’s football team that they bought a page in the student paper to express their dissatisfaction. The ad appears in the Dec. 7 issue of The Observer student paper. It blames Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick for failures and expresses a lack of confidence in coach Brian Kelly.

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  • Yankees have offers out to Chapman and Jansen

    Latest update, Dec. 7 7:15 PM: The Yankees remain in the mix for LHP Aroldis Chapman and RHP Kenley Jansen, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.  According to Stark, the teams interested in signing the closers believe Chapman's contract will set the market for what Jansen gets.  Stark also reports that Chapman's agent is trying to get Chapman a contract in the five-year, $90 million range.  Previous Updates and Reaction The Yankees have offers out to Chapman and Jansen, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Offers for Chapman are past $80 million, with the Yankees prepared to give him a deal worth roughly $80 million over five years, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports. Chapman remains the Yankees' top bullpen

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  • Phoenix1 announces 2017 roster: Ryu, Arrow, Inori, Adrian, zig, and coach Fly

    Phoenix1 has locked in their roster and is ready to let the world know who they’ll be fielding in the North American LCS come 2017, the team announced in a statement sent exclusively to Yahoo Esports. Built around a core of North American players and bolstered by a pair of talented Korean imports, Phoenix1 is aiming much higher than their 8th place finish in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split.

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  • Report: Doomed plane was also '18 minutes from crash' with Messi, Argentina aboard

    Could Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team have been within minutes of experiencing the same fate as Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense? It's a wild thought, but one Brazilian publication claims it could have been close to happening. The Argentina national team used the very same plane as the Brazilian club last month. That plane crashed with the Brazilian team on it on Nov. 28, killing 71 people on board including the majority of the team. Sao Paulo-based newspaper Folha researched flight data from live air traffic monitor Flight Radar 24 and note that the plane can only travel about four hours and 22 minutes fully fueled, adding that the team's flight from Argentina to Brazil for World

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  • NWHL takes 2017 All-Star Game to Pittsburgh

    In a letter on the NWHL website, league commissioner Dani Rylan hinted at a huge announcement regarding the location of the All-Star Game. The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 the best of the best in the NWHL will showcase their talents in Pittsburgh (more or less). All 2017 NWHL All-Star events will be held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Cranberry Township, PA – 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

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  • Flyers wouldn’t give up in seventh straight win; Oilers couldn’t protect a lead

    It was a pretty wild one between the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, with the ultimate result being a 6-5 win for the Flyers. Things started promising enough for the Oilers, who built an early 2-0 lead thanks to a goal and an assist by Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton rattled off three unanswered goals, giving them a 5-3 lead about five minutes into the third period.

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  • Jason Pierre-Paul to miss rest of Giants' regular season after sports hernia surgery

    Jason Pierre-Paul already had his fair share of bad luck when it comes to injuries. Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants defensive end who famously suffered severe hand injuries in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015, had sports hernia surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. JPP will miss 4-6 weeks, so it’s possible he could return at some point in the playoffs if the Giants get there.

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  • Chasing Baja 1000 glory, via a McMillin Racing chase truck

    Last month, I had the opportunity to take in my first SCORE Baja 1000, the 49th running of the off-road classic. Trying to chronicle the experience took a bit more time than just doing a day-of report. In part one of my reflection, I looked back at the event itself on the whole. In part two, I’ll reflect on my ride-along in a chase truck with McMillin Racing, one of the preeminent teams in Baja history. Sincere thanks go to to the team and to BFGoodrich Tires for making this all possible. And now, without further adieu, part two… Imagine for a moment you’re embedded with Team Penske at Indianapolis. Or Porsche at Le Mans. Or Hendrick Motorsports at Daytona. Except you can’t really imagine it,

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  • Happy birthday Larry Bird. We celebrate with some highlights.

    Larry Bird — the Celtics legend, three-time NBA champion, three-time MVP, 10-time All-NBA — turns 60 on Wednesday. We celebrate by looking back at his 60-point game March 12, 1985, against the Hawks (video above, and yes that game was played in New Orleans).

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  • How much did Red Sox World Series odds improve following Chris Sale trade?

    The Chicago Cubs are still the team to beat, according to Bovada Las Vegas oddsmakers, but a flurry of moves on Tuesday has the Boston Red Sox right on their heels. In a span of hours, Boston added another ace by acquiring Chris Sale in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. To cap off their big afternoon, Boston signed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.

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  • The latest updates on Pavel Buchnevich

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  • Navy slotbacks to honor late teammate during Army game

    The patch Navy slotbacks will wear. Navy’s slotbacks will wear a uniform patch for teammate Will McKamey during Saturday’s game vs. Army. McKamey died in the spring of 2014, three days after he collapsed during a practice.

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  • Power Rankings: Top five players in the Premier League, right now

    The Premier League Player Power Rankings are out and now it is time to focus on the top five. With two players from Chelsea and two from Arsenal, plus another from Tottenham Hotspur in the top five, Week 14 delivered plenty of goals and attacking players dominate our rankings. Click on the link above to see our full list of the top 20 players in the Premier League, while in the video above Jenna Corrado and I discuss my top five players based on the last seven days of action. [ STREAM: Every PL game on NBC Sports ]  Hit play on the video above to enjoy watching some silky skills and terrific goals as we guide you through the creme de la creme.

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