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Service academies will play football

The Air Force-Navy football game will be played as scheduled Saturday despite the government shutdown, the Naval Academy said, and Army's game at Boston College will be played as well, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The Air Force-Navy game is sold out and is the most notable one on the Midshipmen's home schedule.

The decision affects only Saturday's games and future games will be evaluated later, the Associated Press said.

The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with nonappropriated funds and have been long planned. Nonappropriated funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.

The Navy said there had been no indication if the other 24 athletic events involving academy teams scheduled for today through Sunday will take place.

Concussions: Two more former players have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA stemming from concussions and brain injuries. John DuRocher, a quarterback at Washington and Oregon, and Darin Harris, a safety at Washington, are seeking more than $5 million in damages. Both say they suffered repeated head injuries despite promises they would be competing in a protected environment.

Alabama: Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a projected first-round draft pick, was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Purdue: Freshman quarterback Danny Etling, whose redshirt was pulled Saturday, will start this week, coach Darrell Hazell said. Rob Henry, whom Etling replaced, will move to safety.

South Carolina: Quarterback Connor Shaw, who sprained his right shoulder Saturday against UCF, will start this week, coach Steve Spurrier said.

Texas: Quarterback David Ash (concussion) will not play tonight against Iowa State, so Case McCoy will take over again.

Basketball: Don't pay players, Boeheim says

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim isn't on board with paying college athletes.

"That's really the most idiotic suggestion of all time," Boeheim said at an annual Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors. "I don't believe players should be paid. I believe they are getting a tremendous opportunity."

Boeheim took exception with retired NBA star Chris Webber's complaint that he received nothing after his Michigan team shirt was sold. In a documentary released this year, Webber lamented that while at Michigan, his team jersey sold in a campus store for $75 without any money going to him.

Boeheim said Webber received a free education and the exposure that allowed him to go on to a lucrative pro career.

"He didn't get his $30,000 or $40,000," Boeheim said. "But he got his money."

Boeheim noted that college athletes who show a financial need are awarded Pell grants that can be $6,000 to $7,000 on top of their free tuition, room, board and at least a half-dozen pairs of athletic shoes a year.

SOCCER: Candice Shields scored the winner in the 88th minute as Tampa (10-0), ranked No. 4 in the women's Division I-AA coaches poll, held off visiting Eckerd (5-3) 2-1.

Service academies will play football 10/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:22am]

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