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Army-BC game gets approval to be played

The Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval by the Secretary of Defense on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

The Defense Department temporarily had suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the partial government shutdown stemming from the budget impasse in Congress.

A source had told McMurphy earlier Wednesday that that costs of the games would be taken care of by "non-government funding."

"Not a dime of expenses: travel, game expenses, anything. Not one dime of government money will be spent," the source said.

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