Report: Air Force-Navy game will be played Saturday

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DENVER — The Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval by the Secretary of Defense on Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN

Air Force’s game at Navy in Annapolis, Md. was in jeopardy after the Defense Department temporarily suspended athletic competition at the service academies as a result of the budget impasse in Congress.

A source had told ESPN earlier Wednesday that the costs of the games would be completely taken care of by “non-government funding,” which comes from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.

Because of that — and the fact the games had long been planned — the teams will be permitted to play.

Air Force and Navy have played each other every year since 1972. Army plays at Boston College Saturday.

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