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Federal shutdown scraps games at service academies

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department says it has temporarily suspended all sports competitions at the service academies as a result of the partial government shutdown.

The decision jeopardizes this weekend's football games - Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, says the suspension is being reviewed by Pentagon lawyers to determine whether funds used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.

The US Naval Academy said in a statement that a decision will made Thursday on whether the Midshipmen will play Saturday.

The Navy-Howard soccer match scheduled for Tuesday night was called off, and it's not known if the game will be made up.

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