Federal shutdown scraps games at service academies

Federal shutdown scraps games at service academies

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West Point Cadets do push ups as they celebrate after a touchdown in the 1st half September 14, 2013 at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- 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 U.S. 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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