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    2014 shotgun guide: See the standout new guns & ammo

    Firearms makers are rolling out a few new shotgun models and a number of product line extensions that show substantial tweaks to the original models.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  2. Retired Army Sgt. Heath Calhoun, competing in Alpine skiing, is one of 18 military veterans representing the U.S. at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

    Paralympic powerhouses: Sochi-bound veterans boost biggest contingent yet

    With athletes ranging from an active-duty Navy SEAL injured in Afghanistan to a former Coast Guardsman paralyzed in a plane crash, the U.S.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  3. The team from the United States USA-1 start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team. Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press

    USA-1 sled in 4th after first two runs

    Steve Holcomb hit the wall on turn 5 in his second run Saturday night, enough of a driving mistake to drop the defending gold medalist and his team to fourth in Olympic four-man bobsled after the first two runs at Sanki Sliding Center.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  4. The team from the United States USA-1 start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team. Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press

    Army's U.S. bobsled brakeman has a complex role

    Watching a four-man bobsled lurch to life gives novice viewers the impression that it's simply a matter of run, push, jump and hunker down for an 85-mph ride.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  5. The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb, left, and brakeman Steven Langton, celebrate their bronze medal win Feb. 17 after the men's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Dita Alangkara / AP

    Army veteran medals in 2-man bobsled

    The mantra for all three USA bobsled teams going into the Sochi Olympics was 'prepare-to-podium.'

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  6. Bronze medal ends 62-year drought in two-man bobsled for U.S.

    In 2011, a 62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt whisky reportedly sold for $194,000 in Singapore.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  7. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham pilots a training run at the Sanki Sliding Center on Day 7 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Army bobsledders clock practice runs — races start Sunday

    The U.S. men's bobsled team is taking an advanced class on the Winter Olympics course at the Sanki Sliding Center — two minutes at a time.

    • Feb. 14, 2014
  8. The doubles team of Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall of the United States brake in the finish area during the men's doubles luge training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Natacha Pisarenko / AP

    Olympic luger, Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen boosts with weighted pullups

    With speeds topping more than 90 mph, luge is one of the most dangerous Olympic sports.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  9. From front to back, Steve Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Army Capt. Chris Fogt climb in to their sled during the United States four-man bobsled team trials in 2013. Holcomb and Vogt are two of the athletes competing in Sochi who have military ties. Rick Bowmer/AP

    Meet your military Olympians

    When Team USA arrives in Sochi in the coming days, it will be the largest contingent any nation has ever deployed to the Olympic Winter Games. Make no mistake, the Americans are invading.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  10. Air Force adds Vanderlinden, Cross to staff

    Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun has added new assistants Ron Vanderlinden and Tim Cross to his staff.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  11. The U.S.'s Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt celebrate after the final competition race in the four-man bobsled World Cup competition in Germany on Jan. 26. CHRISTOF STACHE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Night Train rides again: Army's bobsled legacy continues at the Winter Olympics

    Some might say don't mess with success, but don't tell that to Olympic bobsledding champion and Army veteran Steven Holcomb.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  12. Soldier-athletes bound for Russia keep wary eye on threats

    Military athletes and coaches are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, with a mixed sense of excitement and trepidation.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  13. U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled coach Sgt. Bill Tavares (right) and Army National Guard Outstanding Athlete Program Sgt. Mike Kohn peruse a timing chart between runs at Park City, Utah. Tim Hipps/Army

    3 Olympic teams have soldiers on their coaching squads

    When Team USA's lugers get set to begin their high-speed quests for gold, pay close attention to who's whispering in their ear. Chances are it will be Staff Sgt. William Tavares, one of three soldiers now working full time as Olympic coaches.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  14. Genghis Khan never had it so good. Yurt camping at Treebones Resort in Big Sur, Calif., has come a long way since the Mongol invasions. At right is an interior view of one of the resort's yurts. Courtesy of Treebones Resort

    Yurts take camping to the next level

    They were the go-to field tent for Genghis Khan's fabled cavalry as the Mongol hordes conquered Eurasia.

    • Jan. 15, 2014
  15. Air Force Falcons quarterback Karson Roberts (16) prepares to pass against Colorado State on Nov. 30 at Hughes Stadium. The Rams defeated the Falcons 58-13. Ron Chenoy / USA Today

    Air Force drubbed 58-13 by Colorado State

    The only consolation for the Air Force Falcons was they didn't get shut out for the first time since 1992.

    • Dec. 1, 2013
  16. Mets to wear camouflage jerseys for 5 home games

    The Mets will wear camouflage jerseys for five home games next year as part of a 'Military Monday' event that will include free tickets for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.

    • Nov. 11, 2013
  17. Air Force Falcon wide receiver Garrett Brown, left, reels in a pass over Amy Black Knights defensive back Reggie Nesbit on Nov. 2 in Air Force Academy, Colo. The Falcons won 42-28. Kent Nishimura / AP

    Air Force outrushes Army in 42-28 win

    Army will have to wait another year for a chance at the Commander in Chief's Trophy.

    • Nov. 2, 2013
  18. Girma Bedada, 33, a member of the national Ethiopian running team, holds his trophy high Sunday after winning the Marine Corps Marathon in 2:21:32. Marina Cracchiolo / Medill

    Ethiopian native takes top spot at Marine Corps Marathon

    While what was billed as the world's largest American flag waved before the opening ceremony of the 38th Annual Marine Corps Marathon Sunday, it was an Ethiopian native who took the top spot before a crowd of about 30,000.

    • Oct. 27, 2013
  19. Cynthia, 29, and Murdock Smith, 32, attend the Marine Corps Marathon health and wellness expo at the D.C. Armory. The couple, eye witnesses to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, are running the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. Misra Tanvi / Medill

    Boston bombing witnesses run Marine Corps Marathon

    On April 15, Cynthia Smith and her husband grabbed some post-lunch coffee and headed to a spot in front of the Lord and Taylor department store to watch the runners cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon.

    • Oct. 27, 2013
  20. All runners in this year's Marine Corps Marathon will have to put their belongings in clear plastic bags. Spectators will also be subjected to bag checks and all hydration packs will be banned from the race as part of new security measures taken after the Boston Marathon bombing. Courtesy of the Marine Corps Marathon

    Marine Corps Marathon ramps up security after Boston bombing

    Six months after the Boston Marathon bombing left three people dead and more than 260 injured, organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon are applying the lessons learned from that horrific incident to their own event.

    • Oct. 22, 2013
  21. Runners with the 37th Marine Corps Marathon begin the 'People's Marathon' in Arlington, Va., Oct. 28. This year's race may be canceled if the government shutdown doesn't end by the end of the week because much of the marathon takes place on federal property, race organizers announced Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Marine Corps

    Shutdown may force Marine Corps to cancel D.C. marathon

    The Marine Corps Marathon will be canceled if the government shutdown is not resolved this week, race officials announced in a news release Tuesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  22. San Diego State defensive back Nat Berhe tackles Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste during the second half of their game on Thursday at the Air Force Academy, Colo. San Diego State won 27-20. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Air Force falls late to San Diego State, 27-20

    Nate Romine has gone from buried on the depth chart to under center in a little more than a month.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  23. Army offensive linesman Zach Reichert (75) and the other Black Knights stand at attention during the playing of the academy's school song after their game against Louisiana Tech in Dallas on Sept. 28. Army won 35-16. Tony Gutierrez / AP

    Military academy sports to go on despite shutdown

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided that football games and other sports will go on at the military service academies this weekend, and continue through the end of the month, despite the government shutdown.

    • Oct. 10, 2013
  24. Air Force quarterback Karson Roberts, right, pitches the ball against Navy on Oct. 5 in Annapolis, Md. Nick Wass / AP

    Air Force Academy sports back on after donation

    The Air Force Academy is immediately resuming its shutdown-halted intercollegiate sports, officials said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 9, 2013
  25. Service academy football teams begin 2nd uncertain week

    The service academy football teams are preparing to play this weekend's scheduled games while still facing some uncertainty because of the partial government shutdown.

    • Oct. 7, 2013
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