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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 15: Army PFC Chad Graden surprises his son Titus by returning early from service before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers on August 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Army PFC Chad Graden surprises his son Titus by returning early from service before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers on August 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.

  • Did Derek Carr's missed bomb to Amari Cooper hit NBC's Skycam cable? (Video)

    One of the stranger plays from Thursday night’s Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Oakland Raiders came with about nine minutes left and the Raiders down one score and struggling offensively. Once-MVP candidate Derek Carr had been having a brutal night throwing the football, and his receivers were faring just as poorly catching it. Carr was pressured by the Chiefs, who were in a single-high safety look, on third-and-7 from the Oakland 28-yard line.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Why has Knicks' Phil Jackson been so critical of Carmelo Anthony?

    PBT's Kurt Helin looks at Phil Jackson's recent critical remarks about Carmelo Anthony and examines why the Knicks executive is drawing so much attention to Melo in the media.

    NBC Sports
  • Why Harrington Is Really Happy McIlroy Didn't Overreact to Ryder Cup Heckler

    McIlroy, who was playing his match with Thomas Pieters and against Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, walked over to the gallery after hearing the spectator. Harrington, who was the vice-captain following along in that match, recently went into detail about the tense moment in a story with the Irish Golf Desk.

    Golf
  • Giants granted young fan's request to sign Mark Melancon

    When it came to signing Mark Melancon though, the motivation for San Francisco Giants GM Bobby Evans may have come in the form of a young fan’s letter. As everyone knows, the Giants finalized their four-year, $62M contract with the former Pirates and Nationals closer on Friday. Not long afterward, the Giants posted the following tweet containing a letter and a request from a young fan to ink Melancon very, very soon.

    Big League Stew
  • Who will win - Ravens or Patriots?

    Yahoo Sports and Shutdown Corner decide the winners of key matchups as the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens face off in Week 14.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • Justin Tuck says New York Giants need someone to light a fire

    Former Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck says that someone needs to provide a lift for the team as it heads into a divisional showdown against the Cowboys.

    NBC Sports
  • Niskanen out; Pacioretty's injury; enjoying the Leafs (Puck Headlines)

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Max Pacioretty got off to a slow start. • Former NHL player Kevin Stevens entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to sell Oxycodone in a Boston court.

    Puck Daddy
  • Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus previews Army vs. Navy football game

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talks to Dan Patrick about Saturday's Army vs. Navy game and answers some questions about the game including why Navy is always listed second.

    NBC Sports
  • Rosario untouchable, on track to play some 3B and debut in 2017

    The Mets again told teams interested in top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario that he is unavailable via trade, GM Sandy Alderson explained to reporters before leaving the Winter Meetings. For instance, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert, the Royals asked for Rosario when the Mets inquired about Wade Davis, who was eventually traded to the Cubs. "We've made that clear before and continue to make that clear when his name is mentioned, so I think clubs have gotten the message," Alderson added. MLB.com, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus all consider Rosario to be the Mets' top prospect. "He has outstanding speed, hands, footwork and a very strong arm, everything he needs to stay

    SNY
  • Broncos investigating racist, threatening letter sent to Brandon Marshall

    Marshall, who kneeled for the first eight games of the season, posted photos of the letter, sent to him at the Broncos’ facility, on his Instagram feed on Friday. Its author likely doesn’t understand that taking the time to write out such hateful filth actually makes Marshall’s point about racial injustice and racist attitudes.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Andy Reid and Jack Del Rio downplay Del Rio's evil postgame staredown of Reid

    Did you see that staredown by Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio at Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid after Thursday night’s game? All we needed was for JDR to hit Reid in the back with a chair as Reid flexed for the crowd in some “Hulk Hogan is the third man!” type drama. Andy is a good man and good coach.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Premier League Preview: Arsenal vs. Stoke City

    Arsenal has won last 14 matches against Stoke Gunners are currently unbeaten in last 13 PL fixtures Stoke has gone unbeaten in eight of last nine matches Arsenal looks to remain hot on Saturday as the Gunners host Stoke City (10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming via NBC Sports Live) from the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners remain in contention at the summit of the Premier League as Arsene Wenger‘s side sits second behind league leaders Chelsea on 31 points. In addition to Arsenal’s recent success in the PL, the Gunners have progressed to the final 16 in the UEFA Champions League as well, making 2016/17 a potentially strong year for the London side. Alexis Sanchez continues to lead the way for the Gunners

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Cubs, Jake Arrieta to discuss contract extension in January

    Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures. Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension

    HardballTalk
  • Tonight's Game: Islanders vs. Blues

    The Islanders have points in their last four games, and have nine of a possible 14 over their past seven games. Things are improving. The problem in the era of the loser point, it's hard to make up significant ground once a team puts themselves in a hole. Still, the Isles enter Tuesday night's game against the Rangers optimistic that they can keep their momentum going, and they have a plan to do so: be aggressive. Everyone is begging the Islanders to open up their system and try to escape the dump-and-chase monotony that has befallen the team over the past year and a half, and for good reason. New York has seen their possession metrics slide all the way to the bottom of the league. Entering play,

    SNY
  • Ian Poulter gets in cameraman's face after Hong Kong Open quad

    Ian Poulter got into a bizarre altercation on Friday in Hong Kong. Ian Poulter’s second round at the Hong Kong Open was slipping away from him on Friday. “If I’m ready to play my shot, don’t go running behind me,” Poulter said, pointing his finger at the cameraman as he looked directly in the lens.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. confident he isn't at increased risk for another concussion

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be back for the 2017 Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the rehabilitation he’s gone through after suffering a concussion over the summer means he isn’t at an increased risk for another one once he resumes racing in 2017. The concussion was the second known one Junior suffered in the past four years.

    From The Marbles
  • Cavaliers’ James Jones says he’ll retire after next season

    James Jones has made a business of playing with LeBron James, and business is good. Jones told the Beacon Journal he will retire after next season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. “I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something,’ ” Jones said.

    NBC Sports
  • Dexter Fowler bet on himself and won big with $82.5M Cardinals deal

    The numbers are in for Dexter Fowler’s new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and they’re big. Fowler’s former team, the Chicago Cubs, extended him a qualifying offer that was worth $17.2 million, but he turned it down, taking his chances on the open market. In Fowler, the Cardinals are getting a great center fielder with solid skills and dependable numbers.

    Big League Stew
  • Bolivian official breaks silence about air crash in Colombia

    LA PAZ, Bolivia –  A Bolivian official who signed off on the flight plan for a chartered aircraft that crashed in the Andes is breaking her silence and accusing her bosses of trying to stage a cover-up. In a public letter, Celia Castedo says she didn't have the authority to stop the doomed flight to Medellin, Colombia, that killed 71 people, including members of a Brazilian soccer team heading to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament. Castedo says that a day after the crash her superiors pressured her to modify an internal report that she claims details how she warned the airline the plane didn't have enough fuel to safely make the flight. Bolivian officials say Castedo is under investigation for her responsibility in the crash.

    Fox News
  • Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce shine in Chiefs' big win over Raiders

    The Kansas City Chiefs were able to secure a major win on Thursday thanks to the performances of speedy receiver Tyreek Hill and star tight end Travis Kelce.

    NBC Sports
  • Jets place Nick Mangold on IR; has he played his last game for New York?

    As the New York Jets grind toward the end of what will be a losing season, they will do so without one of their stalwarts: the team placed veteran center Nick Mangold on injured reserve on Thursday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted early Thursday that Mangold was headed to get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina, and Dr. Anderson’s diagnosis must have led to the decision to shut Mangold down for the season. Season over: The Jets placed center Nick Mangold on injured reserve Thursday.

    Shutdown Corner
  • What we've learned about the Premier League at the halfway mark

    On the eve of the four-month mark in the nine-month Premier League campaign, the season is nearing the halfway point, which offers the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve seen in one of the most competitive seasons on record. The top four are separated by only four points, while fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur has conceded the fewest goals and has the fewest defeats of any side in the league (along with Arsenal). Antonio Conte’s Chelsea has been the best team in the Premier League thus far, as the Blues have bounced back from a Jose Mourinho meltdown season to claim the top spot.

    FC Yahoo
  • Capuano says Islanders have gotten their identity back

    The Islanders have their groove back, or at least that's certainly how it seems after a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues allowed New York to improve their record to 5-0-1 over their last six contests. Head coach Jack Capuano thinks so too, and he told reporters as much after the team's victory on Tuesday night. "I just think that we're playing with some resiliency and some emotion to our game right now," Capuano said. "Whether they tie it up, or we're down by one, I think that we have that no-quit attitude. We got our identity back a little bit." That identity had certainly been in crisis over much of November, when the team went 2-5-4 before starting this current streak of six straight with

    SNY
  • Capitals owner continues support of Ovechkin's 2018 Olympics stance

    Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he has no problem with Alex Ovechkin if the superstar potentially defies the NHL and decides to go to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. “He has given a lot to our team and he doesn’t ask for much in return and whatever he likes to do in this one, I’ll support him,” Leonsis said after the second and final day of the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting.

    Puck Daddy
  • BK Racing not renewing David Ragan’s contract for 2017

    David Ragan will not have his contract with BK Racing renewed and is departing the team after the completion of his one-year deal, the team confirmed to NBC Sports after Motorsports.com first reported the news. Ragan joins his 2016 teammate Matt DiBenedetto in leaving the team. DiBenedetto announced Thursday he had “decided to go in a different direction.” “BK Racing has agreed not to renew David Ragan’s contract for next year,” team owner Ron Devine said in a statement to NBC Sports. “Everyone wishes David the best of luck in his career. BK Racing will continue to restructure as an ongoing effort to improve our on-track performance in the NASCAR Monster Energy Premier Series, and we will be

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