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The Air Force Academy this week unveiled new uniforms for its football team. The Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniforms are new for this year’s season, and are made of new lightweight and flexible material. The jerseys feature American flags and an Academy patch on each shoulder. The Falcons kick off the season Sept. 5 versus Morgan State.

ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament — a single-elimination, winner-take-all contest between 94 teams with a $1 million prize — will start on Friday. And among the players stepping on the court tomorrow will be a team of 10 airmen. The Air Force Bomb Squad, which fell in the first round of the first such tournament last year, is made up of former Air Force Academy Falcons. And this year, the Bomb Squad is touting the addition of point guard Antoine Hood — who Air Force Times profiled this week and has nearly made the NBA several times — as a recruit who “could…

To celebrate the Air Force Reserve’s birthday and black heritage day in Major League Baseball, the Air Force sent out an airmen who represents both. Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris, commander of 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, presented the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate her service, the command and diversity both in the Air Force and out. “They asked would I be willing to help celebrate the Air Force Reserve’s 67th birthday at a Nationals game? I said ‘Of course I would, I would be honored,” Harris said.…

The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation  is soliciting donations to help send troops to their football bowl game later this month. The Air Force Falcons will take on Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 20 in Boise. The Academy has set up a site for supporters to donate money to get troops in the Boise area to the game. The Academy is donating helmets and jerseys for different amounts that have been donated. The donations are tax deductible. As of Dec. 10, the site has raised money for 272 tickets with a goal of 1,000 by…

Is that ankle sprain getting worse? Your knee acting up again? Maybe it’s time to consult someone who isn’t WebMD. Now you can “Ask the Expert,” an online program military members and DoD civilians can use to submit questions to sports medicine experts. Under a new partnership between the Air Force Medical Service and the Defense Department’s Human Performance Resource Center, airmen can consult HPRC experts on sports medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition and more, according to an Air Force release. “All Air Force healthcare providers — whether active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, or contractor — need…

A staff sergeant at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is traveling to France for an international competition of a different sort. Staff Sgt. Jonathan MacPherson, a fuels service center controller with the 673rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight, has qualified to compete the world championship of cycle polo. A combination of polo, hockey and cycling that dates back to the early 20th Century. “The best way to describe it is three-on-three hockey,” MacPherson said in an Air Force release. “You put the ball in the middle, somebody counts down, and one person from each team sprints [to the ball] in…

The Thunderbirds returned to the Major League Baseball All Star Game in Minneapolis last night, after missing last year’s midsummer classic. Twin Cities station KFAN posted this time lapse video, which included the national anthem and the flyover demonstration before the game. Last year, the demonstration team did not perform in New York City because of limits on flight hours due to sequestration.

Staff Sgt. Tom Sherrill caught a piece of baseball history last night, and decided to give it back without asking for anything in return. Sherrill, a native of Pomona, Calif., caught a homer run ball off the bat of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The homer was historic, the 500th hit by Albert Pujols. It would have gone for thousands, but Sherrill said he wanted to just give it back to Pujols. “I’ll take whatever they want to give me, but I’m not going to be picky. I just…

If you’re a mixed martial arts fan, you may have noticed that Will Chope, a former airman, was pulled from last night’s UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil. His UFC contract was also terminated. Chope (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scheduled to fight Diego Brandao (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) televised on Fox Sports 1 until allegations surfaced on Saturday that Chope was kicked out of the Air Force after assaulting his wife on more than one occasion, according to Bleacher Report. The Air Force court of appeals documents, obtained by Bleacher Report, detail the assault: “The appellant [Airman Basic…

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