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Ralph DeQuebec, a Paralympic hockey gold medalist from Harbor City, participates in a sled hockey clinic at Great Park Ice rinks in Irvine, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. DeQuebec is a former Marine who lost both legs above the knee due to an injury he suffered in Afghanistan.<br>Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times/TNS

Anaheim Ducks’ sled hockey events empower athletes with disabilities

Sled hockey gave a new purpose to Ralph DeQuebec, a Purple Heart recipient who lost his legs above the knee in June 2012 while serving as a Marine bomb technician in Afghanistan.


Brett Toth's path from the Army to the Eagles was 'a long process for sure'

Brett Toth, the former Army football player who is now trying to win a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, says the new policy that allows military athletes to pursue professional careers is "going to be a huge advertising tool for the Army."


West Point grad Toth gets waiver to play in the NFL before completing military service

The exception for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth comes after President Donald Trump issued a memo in June to revise a Defense Department policy stating service academy graduates must serve at least two years before pursuing professional athletic careers.

Secret's out on hard-hitting Air Force linebacker

Air Force senior linebacker Kyle Johnson did some mapping and data collecting during his confidential summer internship at a think tank in the nation's capital. Sorry, that's really all he can reveal. His work was either sensitive or classified.


Air Force grad Austin Cutting beats out Vikings' incumbent long snapper for the job

Perhaps the most awkward moment so far for Vikings rookie long snapper Austin Cutting came on Sunday afternoon when he found out incumbent long snapper Kevin McDermott had been cut.


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PERSPECTIVE

High school football preseason camps are less physical as rules change

With football at all levels coming under scrutiny for concussions and other serious injuries, the National Federation of State High School Associations in recent years gradually put in dramatic rule and procedural changes with player safety at the forefront.


COLUMN

What the addition of former Army player Brett Toth means for the Eagles

The signing of tackle Brett Toth by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday was hardly a surprise. Their interest was well known since his appearance in the 2018 Senior Bowl.


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