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Aside from the typical midseason TV-directed time changes (more on them later), the 2014 service academy slate is just about set. And as sweltering summer temperatures signal the beginning of full-pad practices and traditional preseason speculation, here’s a few things for the more-than-casual academy football fan to take notice of: 1. A normal Saturday slate. Aside from a trio of games in late November, including two on the day after Thanksgiving, every service academy game will be played during a time typically reserved for college football. Last year, Air Force alone played four non-Saturday games. 2. Mids going big time:…

It’s not Ireland. It’s not even scenic. But it’s much closer to home. The Mids will host Navy at FedEx Field, home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, on Nov. 1, 2014, the Naval Academy announced Thursday. It’ll be the first time Navy’s played at FedEx since defeating Army there in 2011, and the first time the Mids have met the Irish at FedEx since 1998, when they were on the wrong end of a 30-0 shutout. Next year’s game is set for Nov. 2 in South Bend, Ind. The 2014 Mids will have four games in NFL stadiums — two…

Ten quick hits to recap a busy weekend aboard two decommissioned aircraft carriers and a damp gator. 1. The games that finished: To minimal fanfare and with a relatively dry court, Notre Dame’s women’s team defeated the Ohio State women 57-51 on the decommissioned aircraft carrier Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., on Friday afternoon to begin what was supposed to be a four-game weekend shipboard slate. On Sunday in San Diego, the Syracuse men easily dispatched San Diego State 62-49 aboard the decommissioned carrier Yorktown. Between those games, things got interesting. 2. The first washout: The Ohio State and Marquette men…

Five quick hits as a military-themed college basketball weekend closes in. 1. More uniforms: We’ve got shots of Georgetown (facing Florida on the amphibious assault ship Bataan on Friday), Ohio State (facing Marquette on the decommissioned aircraft carrier Yorktown on Friday) and Connecticut (facing Michigan State at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Friday) gear at right. All eight schools playing men’s basketball on carriers and on European bases this week are Nike-sponsored, so keep an eye out here for future uniform releases. We had Michigan State gear and a link to an early Florida camo-uni prototype with our now-outdated game…

Are you a fan of early-season college basketball? Of camouflage-themed uniform designs? Of playing basketball on multiple warships, active and decommissioned? Or playing overseas, at odd times, to placate television audiences? If so, this is your lucky week. On Friday, five college hoops games with a military feel will be played in less than eight hours¬† — four games on ships, one game on a base in Germany. Here’s a breakdown of who’s playing who where this Friday: (UPDATE: West Coast game moved to Sunday because of weather concerns) Armed Forces Classic Presented by: Sears Who: No. 14 Michigan State…

Almost two months away from this year’s Carrier Classic, there are already plans in motion for next year’s. And although recent or planned sports-on-a-ship contests have expanded to include baseball, basketball on amphibs and hockey, next year’s Classic might top them all. According to reports, the 2013 Carrier Classic could involve eight teams in four games emanating from four different ships, including the decommissioned carriers Yorktown (in South Carolina, site of this year’s event) and Midway (in San Diego, site of a competing event). Possible teams include Texas, Gonzaga, N.C. State, Missouri, Florida State and Davidson. The original report included…

Cold Warriors, stand down. Despite recent reports, the U.S. remains ahead of the Russians when it comes to the next generation of naval warfare — namely, hosting sporting events on aircraft carriers. English-language all-Russian-news site RT.com reported Monday that the Major Hockey League, which is actually a minor hockey league (those wacky Russians) to the big-time KHL, is planning to hold a game on a flattop anchored in the Gulf of Finland. The host team would be HC VMS St. Petersburg, the Russian navy’s official hockey club, according to the report. No date is set, no opponent is named, and…

Flyovers are cool — wicked cool, in fact. But you know, you want to keep your career alive, too. So two weeks ago, Air Force T-38 Talon pilots do a flyover before the Ohio State-at-Iowa game. Fair enough, happens all the time. And a nice treat for one of the pilots, a Hawkeyes fan who says he’s close to retirement. But, really, don’t hit the scoreboard. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8_QsRiaXAA&NR=1[/youtube]

Navy will never be able to host a true home game to Ohio State, but this is the next best thing. The Mids and Buckeyes will square off on Labor Day weekend in 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. M&T seats 71,000, which is more than double than Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis can hold. But it’s still not as big as Ohio Stadium (“The Horseshoe”) in Columbus, which seats more than 102,000. It was at The Shoe where Navy and Ohio State played a classic last season, with the Buckeyes intercepting and returning a two-point…

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