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Navy faces a rebuilding year after a fifth-place finish in the Patriot League and an early exit in the conference tournament. Last season: Overall 11-20; Patriot League 6-8 Coach: Ed DeChellis (first year) Key player: G Jordan Sugars (16 ppg., 6 reb.) What to watch:Former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis — who has taken the Nittany Lions and East Tennessee State University to the NCAA tournament — takes the helm of one of the youngest teams in the country (three seniors, six sophomores, 10 freshmen).  Fortunately, DeChellis has the talents of senior guard Jordan Sugars to work with. Sugars,…

Full details of the basketball game in San Diego on an aircraft carrier on Veterans Day 2011 haven’t been released, but there already are plans afoot to hold the event in the following two years. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal this week that the Spartans could play on a carrier in 2012 and 2013.

It’s week 10 in the college football world and the beginning of the college basketball season.  Here’s what’s going on at Army, Navy and Air Force. Navy Football vs. Central Michigan – 3:30 p.m. EST: After absolutely throttling (76 points!) East Carolina on the road last week, the Mids return home to host the Chippewas, who are coming off a 26-22 win over rival Western Michigan. You might think that Navy will run away with this game after last week, but Ricky Dobbs is doubtful for Saturday. Without Dobbs at the helm, this one may be much more interesting. Basketball…

Vacation has always been a different strokes/different folks kind of deal. Some visit family; others stay at home. Some, like my colleague Mike Hoffman, spend a week sipping wine and eating cheese in Napa. One airman, though, heads to South Beach to work for his favorite NBA team. Staff Sgt. Parron Outing, assigned to the Air Force Network Integration Center, has been one of the team’s gophers since he was 12. As an attendant, he sets up the locker rooms and court before practices and games, fills ice bags, handles luggage and a bunch of other odd jobs. Not such…

Navy basketball coach Billy Lange introduced his seven-man 2010 recruiting class last week. A set of twins and a 5-foot-9 point guard are coming to Annapolis to help lead the Midshipmen to a Patriot League championship and a berth in the Big Dance. The steal of the class has to be J.J. Avila out of Texas. The 6-foot-7 pure passing forward averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block per game. He was named the 35th best player in Texas by Texashoops.com and a Texas Class 5A All-State honoree. Brennan Wyatt also has the coaches excited.…

Former Air Force men’s basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik keeps moving upward — even though his recent record wouldn’t suggest he’s a hot coaching candidate. Bzdelik, who left Air Force after two seasons for greener pastures at the University of Colorado, was named Wednesday as head coach at Wake Forest, despite going 36-58 in Boulder and owning a pedestrian college record of 111-105. He also went 73-119 in a two-plus-season stint as coach of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. In fairness, Bzdelik had a pretty good stint at Air Force, going 50-16 and making the postseason both years (NCAA tournament the first…

Air Force guard Michael Lyons (14) grabs a rebound between TCU guards Kevin Butler (24) and Garlon Green (33) in the second half of TCU’s 65-51 win Saturday at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. Air Force’s record is now 9-13. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Kevin Kreck)

It’s only December, but this is guaranteed to be one of the best shots you’ll see all season. Navy guard Chris Harris nailed a 3-pointer from half court to give the Academy a 65-62 win over Quinnipiac on Monday night at Alumni Hall. Catch the ball going left, take one dribble right, pop. The only thing that would have made it cooler was if Harris had called “glass.” Harris told the Baltimore Sun that the Mids practice for situations like that “every day,” and it showed. “It might have been luck sent from above, but we executed it perfectly and…

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