Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Service Academy Games Are On

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Service Academy Games Are On

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Football is on for Army, Navy and Air Force this weekend although some other service academy sports are still suspended because of the government shutdown.

The Defense Department said Thursday everything was on hold at Navy through Sunday except for Saturday's football game against Air Force. According to Navy's website, 19 events were either postponed or canceled Saturday and Sunday, including men's and women's soccer games, swim meets and a women's volleyball match.

Air Force has women's volleyball and soccer matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday that will be postponed.

Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play football because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.

"We're just grateful that the Department of Defense is allowing us to move forward," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "Speaking on behalf of the athletic department, the fans and the majority of Annapolis, this is a huge relief."

Army will play its game at Boston College, too.

Pitt

Senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named the Chuck Bednarik Award National Defensive Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club for his performance in the Panthers' 14-3 win against Virginia. Donald, a Penn Hills High School graduate, spearheaded the Panthers defensive effort against the Cavaliers with 3 solo stops, 2 sacks (for losses totaling 22 yards), 2 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Also, defensive tackle Tyrone Ezell is scheduled to be in court Oct. 16 on charges related to an alleged assault last summer. Ezell, 23, of Munhall, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after a 21-year-old woman accused him of punching her in the mouth July 30 during a fight also involving his relatives.

Alabama

An assistant strength and conditioning coach was placed on administrative leave for lending money to suspended defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News reported. …

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