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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.

  • Jayson Williams opens up about limo driver shooting

    Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams says he was “being a coward” when he tried covering up the drunken “terrible accident” in which he shot his limousine driver to death, he told Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim in a new 60 Minutes Sports interview. Williams, who says that night still bothers him, is currently spending time in a Florida rehab facility to try and stay sober. In 2002, Gus Christofi, Williams's driver, was invited to the NBA player's mansion after a night out. Williams provided a tour that included a look at a shotgun that Williams thought was unloaded. The gun went off in Williams’s hands and killed Christofi. Williams wiped the gun off, jumped in his pool and asked one of his

    SI.com
  • Video: Growing Outrage Over Road Rage Death of Former NFL Player

    And outrage is mounting over the shooting in Louisiana that killed a former NFL player. Tonight, one witness coming forward to say what she saw during that deadly confrontation. Here's Eva pilgrim. Reporter: Tonight, new details about that deadly encounter. An eyewitness speaking out. I just stood there like, oh, my god, he really just shot this man. Reporter: Police say Ronald gasser admitting shooting Joe Mcknight. Vanessa Scott saying what she says she saw happened. He was like this at the window. Once he moved from the window, he walked around to the front part after the car, kept his arm locked. Reporter: And pointing? Pointed at the front of the car. Reporter: At the windshield? Yes, the

    ABC News
  • Trial Starts for Suspect in Ex-NFL Star Will Smith's Murder While Alleged Shooter of Ex-Player Joe McKnight is Free

    Two former NFL players have been gunned down in separate, apparent road-rage incidents in the New Orleans area this year: former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in April, and former New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs player Joe McKnight less than a week ago, on Dec. 1. While McKnight's family mourns his shocking death and the man suspected of shooting him remains free without charges while the investigation continues, the trial for Smith's accused killer gets underway today. Smith, who was 34 when he died, was drafted by the Saints in 2004 and spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the team.

    Good Morning America
  • Report: Alabama backup QB Cooper Bateman plans to transfer

    Cooper Bateman has thrown for 410 yards and two touchdowns during his time at Alabama. Alabama could be without its backup quarterback for the College Football Playoff. According to a report from Al.com, Cooper Bateman, the Crimson Tide’s No. 2 quarterback, was granted his release from the program last week and will transfer.

    Dr. Saturday
  • World-Record Ferrari Attempt Falls Short

    The hoped-for Guinness record for the number of Ferraris in a parade that the organizers of the 2016 Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway fell a bit short – 155 Ferraris short, to be precise. At the Ferrari Race Day at Silverstone in 2012, Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa led a parade of 964 Ferraris, upping the world record set in Japan of 490 cars, which upped the record set at Silverstone in 2007 of 385 cars. The parade at Daytona managed 809 Ferraris, which, while not a record, is still a bunch of Ferraris.

    The Drive
  • Bryan Price likely to use Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen in closer’s role

    C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds manager Bryan Price is likely going to use a trio of pitchers in the closer’s role: Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen. At RedsFest on Saturday, Price said: I’d say right now that we have a series of guys that I’m comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen). Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there’s no defined closer. There are multiple options and I’d like to stick with the philosophy that we’re going to have our

    HardballTalk
  • Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate says Matthew Stafford is 'lighting it up'

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate believes that a four-team playoff works for college football and explains what is working for his team at it leads the NFC North.

    NBC Sports
  • Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell describes himself as 'not just a running back'

    Paul Burmeister speaks with Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell after becoming the first Steeler with three consecutive 100-yard rush games since 2007. Bell describes himself as an "all-around" running back and a "playmaker."

    NBC Sports
  • Serge Ibaka lifts Magic over Pistons 98-92 in return of Reggie Jackson

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — For about ten minutes on Sunday night, it appeared the Detroit Pistons had solved the Orlando Magic’s lock-down defense. Like the rest of the NBA, they will have to keep searching for answers. Orlando gave up 27 points in the first 9:30 but then shut the Pistons down in a 98-92 victory. “I’m proud of our guys, because that team was averaging 118 points their last three games, and that was on the road,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “We held them to 92, and most of that was our second-half defense. They were at home, and they got 42 points on 37 percent shooting in the second half.” Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked four shots, while Nikola Vucevic added 16

    ProBasketballTalk
  • McDavid not pleased with concussion spotter doing their job

    In Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Connor McDavid stepped on Jared Spurgeon’s stick causing him to fall forward. McDavid’s chin/jaw/mouth made contact with ice and his head bounced up. The concussion spotter in attendance didn’t like what he saw.

    Puck Daddy
  • MLB’s new uniform deal with Under Armour brings new star power to baseball

    Under Armour will take over as MLB’s exclusive jersey-maker in 2020. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Major League Baseball made official on Monday a new uniform deal that had been reported for two months: It’s linking up with Under Armour in a deal that, in 2020, will see Under Armour become the exclusive jersey-maker of baseball. Gone will be Majestic, which had been MLB’s exclusive jersey producer since 2005 (and which last year re-upped through 2019).

    Big League Stew
  • VIDEO: Alexis Sanchez scores sensational hat trick against West Ham

    “I can’t even begin to give you the numbers of people contacting me directly, not just footballers and ex-footballers but members of the public,” Andy Woodward told The Associated Press on Monday. If he’s not too weary by the sheer scale of the scandal he helped to uncover, Woodward will fly to New York on Wednesday to speak to an American broadcaster about his 30-year journey from abused youth player to an inspiration to millions. “I personally know that in America, there are certain things which have potentially happened there,” Woodward said. About 450 people have reported incidents of child sexual abuse at soccer clubs to 18 British police forces.

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Mets plan to stick with Travis d'Arnaud, current catchers

    Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon. The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold. In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent.  Teams will still

    SNY
  • Dunk of the Night - Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook drives past the defender and explodes to the rim for the jam.

    NBA.com
  • Where will Tiger Woods play next?

    Now that Tiger Woods is back in the mix, playing well enough not to embarrass himself, if not necessarily win tournaments, the next question is: where will we see Woods next? “I would like, in my heart of hearts, to play a full schedule next year,” Woods said after Sunday’s final round at the Hero World Challenge. Given that Woods will play Augusta any time he’s not actually on fire, we can start at the Masters and work backward.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Lewis Hamilton Won’t Be Punished For Impeding Rosberg at Abu Dhabi

    Mercedes-AMG F1 chairman Niki Lauda has spoken, and the news is all good for Lewis Hamilton: The 31-year old Brit won’t be reprimanded for his driving tactics at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend. Many speculated that Hamilton would be punished after defying team orders during the final laps of the race. While leading, he intentionally slowed to back up the grid, putting his teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, in a position to be overtaken.

    The Drive
  • Chapecoense fiancee: We should be married now

    Dener Assuncao Braz was one of the 19 Chapecoense players killed in the Colombian plane crash last week. Amanda Machado had been with Dener for seven years and she's at a loss to explain the sudden turn of events.

    CNN
  • Raiders' Aldon Smith could be reinstated early this week

    A decision regarding the potential reinstatement of Raiders' Aldon Smith is expected to come this week and if he is reinstated, the LB believes he'd be ready to go Thursday night at Kansas City.

    NBC Sports
  • Chip Kelly's father died Friday, but his mom wanted him to coach 49ers on Sunday

    The father of San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly died Friday night, Kelly confirmed after Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Paul Kelly, a retired trial lawyer from New Hampshire, practiced law for more than 40 years. Chip Kelly flew to New Hampshire late Friday night after hearing the news and the team was making plans for him to return there after Sunday’s game to be with his mother, Jean.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz

    Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.

    Big League Stew
  • Jakob Poeltl with huge poster dunk for Raptors. Yes, Jakob Poeltl. (VIDEO)

    The scouting report on Jakob Poeltl coming out of Utah said he could run the floor well and he was a good finisher around the rim. But we didn’t expect this. During the Raptors win Sunday against the stumbling Hawks, Poeltl filled the lane on the break, got the rock, and nobody was going to stop that finish. Least of all Tim Hardaway Jr., he just ends up in the poster.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Alderson talks OF trade, Wheeler in bullpen on eve of winter meetings

    Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon. The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold. In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent.  Teams will still

    SNY
  • KHL player dabs while sliding on ice to celebrate goal (Video)

    Somehow, the dab celebration is still going on. Evgeny Korotkov of Ufa scored his first of the year to the tie the game against Dynamo Minsk and proceeded to incorporate the dab into his unique celebration. EA Sports added the dab to NHL 17 and already have a sliding on the ice celebration in the game.

    Puck Daddy
  • Yankees in, Red Sox out on Edwin Encarnacion

    In light of the Astros’ deal for veteran designated hitter Carlos Beltran on Saturday, the Yankees are thought to be intensifying their pursuit of free agent Edwin Encarnacion, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The Yankees never made an official offer to Beltran, but remain in need of a DH/first baseman to give them a little more power outside of a Tyler Austin–Greg Bird combo in 2017. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are reportedly withdrawing their interest when it comes to the Encarnacion sweepstakes. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, they will look for a hitter to beef up their lineup without taking a “big plunge” on the 34-year-old. Encarnacion enjoyed another All-Star run with the

    HardballTalk
  • Rusty Wallace Is Back at Daytona -- In a Ferrari

    The first NASCAR race I covered was the last race of 1989, where Rusty Wallace won his only NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Wallace is racing in the Trofeo Pirelli class, driving for the Risi Competizione of Houston. The big race is Sunday, but so far, Wallace is showing a lot of improvement, considering the fact that he has only one appearance, in 2006, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and that car blowed up, so he got little time behind the wheel then.

    The Drive