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A hockey team made up of veterans, reserve  and active-duty sailors and Marines is taking on a San Diego law enforcement team for charity this weekend. The military Patriots will play the law enforcement Spartans Oct. 19 at the San Diego Ice Arena, with all proceeds from the $10 tickets going to the San Diego Police Officers Association Widows and Orphans fund. A wounded warrior will drop the puck following a pre-game moment of silence and bagpipe performance from the San Diego Police Department. For more information about the event, check out the Patriots on Facebook. Email HM2 (FMF)…

As many fans know by now, this weekend’s service academy football games are questionable. Or doubtful. Or “50/50.” Or definitely happening, per an ESPN reporter’s Twitter account. Or definitely happening, but then maybe not happening, per the Naval Academy’s Twitter account. Or probably happening after some fancy financial magic and a few extra legal bills, but awaiting final sign-off from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, per another ESPN report. Or could involve Air Force, of all teams, flying commercial as a charity case. (One of few positives to social media bursts in this situation — United Airlines announced this particular PR…

The third in our series of Tim Kennedy posts will be the shortest: The soldier-grappler was to fight former 205-pound UFC champ Lyoto Machida in the main event of “UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3” at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Nov. 6. Then an injury to another fighter shuffled the UFC’s schedule, and Kennedy was left without an opponent. That triggered a series of Tweets from Kennedy that called out a good chunk of the UFC’s 185-pound division. Eventually, matchmakers selected Rafael “Sapo” Natal, according to our good friends at MMAJunkie.com — who’d been ID’d previously…

There are no sure things in baseball. But if your minor-league club has a leadership award, and it also has an Naval Academy graduate on the roster who is four years older than everybody else on the team, and he’s got an earned-run average under 1.00, well … To no one’s surprise, the State College (Pa.) Spikes honored Reserve Lt. Mitch Harris with the Spikes Leadership Award late last month, a few weeks before wrapping up their season with a 4-3 loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats in Game 3 of the best-of-3 New York-Penn League Championship Series. Harris, a reliever…

Aircraft carriers aren’t strangers to sporting events or to visits from NFL stars. But getting both at once is a bit of a rarity. The San Diego Chargers staged a walk-through practice on the flight deck of the carrier Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, the day before their final preseason game. Crew members and about 70 Navy kids caught passes and got autographs from players and cheerleaders. The team presented the ship’s crew with an autographed helmet. “Everything that they do for our country, it’s great to give back to them,” tight end Ladarius Green told Chargers.com.  “These guys go through…

Reserve Navy Lt. Eric Kettani has lost his day job, according to multiple media reports. The former Annapolis standout will be one of several players cut by the Washington Redskins to reach Tuesday’s 75-man roster limit,  ESPN and other outlets have reported. The team has yet to announce any cuts. Among the other reported cuts for the Redskins: Veteran wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, who tweeted out a picture of Kettani in his (Navy) uniform before the team’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans and sent a similar image before Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills: [HTML1] Neither player appears…

Navy defensive back Wave Ryder, he of “Jeopardy!” fame, is penciled in atop the depth chart at the Mids’ “rover” position to start the 2013 season. The senior from Hawaii is also making at least his third appearance on another preseason list: Athlon Sports’ college football All-Name Team. He’s not alone, either — younger brother Blaze, a sophomore who enters the year as Navy’s backup center, also made the list, as did junior reserve defensive lineman Vin Rider. No relation. No other service academies have representatives among the alliterative (San Diego State’s Christian Cumberlander), mythological (Colorado’s Thor Eaton) or just…

The blog CDR Salamander  includes posts about a wide range of naval topics — strategy, shipbuilding, diversity, fleet training, budgets and even new Japanese flattops that aren’t carriers. At all. But one of the blog’s most popular recent posts, at least judging by the 200-plus comments it has received in less than a week, is by an unnamed “recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy” who gets to his point fairly fast: “Division I football has its place in big state-schools, but amongst the comparatively small service academies it is a parasite that takes away admissions from more deserving candidates,…

Army’s angling for a big finish to its three-year slate of games at Yankee Stadium — a return match with Notre Dame. The Black Knights are booked to face Connecticut in the Bronx in 2014, then Rutgers in 2015 — a rematch of their 2011 Yankee Stadium showdown — according to Army football guru Sal Interdonato’s latest report. But the capper in 2016 is still in doubt — Army athletic director Boo Corrigan told Interdonato that talks with Notre Dame are in the works, but nothing’s been locked in. The Irish downed Army 27-3 on Nov. 12, 2011, in the…

It’s to be expected that in a recent ESPN interview with the head of the American Athletic Conference, the word “Navy” appears only once. After all, the league begins official operations in just a few days, and commissioner Mike Aresco has 10 current members to worry about. Navy won’t join until 2015, and even then, it’ll be a football-only member. It’s the context of that one mention of the Mids that might make Navy fans shake their heads. When Aresco proposed a few rivalry games that could become cornerstone events for the conference, he led off with South Florida and…

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