Government shutdown and the academies...NL wildcard game...NHL hits the ice

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Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The immediate future of athletic events at the service academies is in jeopardy. The Defense Department has announced that because of the government shutdown, games will not be played. The status of this Saturday's Navy-Air Force game will be determined later this week.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is the home team tonight in the National League wild card game. The visiting Reds, who lost three straight to the Pirates in Cincinnati over the weekend, are sending Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to the mound against Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh).

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon says his team is ready for the Cleveland Indians after surviving two elimination games on the road to make it to Wednesday night's American league wild card game. Cleveland starts rookie Danny Salazar while the Rays counter with right-hander Alex Cobb.

CHICAGO (AP) — A new season of NHL action starts tonight with three games. In Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks open defense of their win last June with a game against the Washington Capitals. In the other games, Toronto is at Montreal in that traditional Canadian opener and Winnipeg is playing at Edmonton.

TORONTO (AP) — The Maple Leafs and forward Phil Kessel have come to terms on an eight-year, $64 million contract extension. He had 20 goals and 32 assists in 48 games last season.

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