Sporting events across the country in holding pattern

In the wake of terrorist destruction at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Tuesday morning, professional and collegiate sporting events across the country were either postponed or canceled.

Division 1-A football conference commisioners will convene and announce their decision on Wednesday about the 116 games scheduled for Saturday.

“We’re going to monitor and carefully evaluate everything,” Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said.

Though the commissioners will make their own decision, the federal government might have the final say.

The NCAA’s two scheduled Thursday games will likely be postponed, according to ACC assistant commissioner for media relations Brian Morrison. One of the matchups pits Penn State against Virginia in a game that could tie Lions coach Joe Paterno with Paul “Bear” Bryant for the NCAA record for wins by a coach with 323.

Major League Baseball postponed an entire day of regular-season action for the first time since the Normandy invasion in 1944.

The games were postponed “in the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today,” Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday.

Other baseball postponings took place when Presidents Warren G. Harding and Franklin D. Roosevelt died on August 2, 1923, and June 6, 1945, respectively. The games cancelled after Roosevelt’s death were exhibtions.

The National Football League closed offices Tuesday and cancelled scheduled discussions with referees. The NFL is considering postponing this weeks games, as it received criticism for resuming as scheduled following John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

The PGA Tour canceled the start of the World Golf Championships as well as two other tournaments. The American Express Championship in St. Louis will begin with 36 holes on Friday.

Several players were reached for comment, with most unwilling to speak extensively.

“I just don’t feel like talking right now,” Stewart Cink said. Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, and Ernie Els had similar remarks about the overhanging tragedy.

The women’s soccer circuit was also thrown for a curve, as Tuesday’s events forced the postponement of the U.S. Women’s Cup in Columbus, Ohio.

Other postponements include Major League Soccer’s four Wednesday night games, Minor League Baseball’s Tuesday postseason games, and Penn State at Youngstown State in NCAA women’s volleyball. NASCAR will decide later in the week whether to postpone Sunday’s New Hampshire 300.

The Wednesday press conference for the Felix Trinidad-Bernard Hopkins boxing match at Madison Square Garden in New York was canceled but the match will remain as scheduled.

Mike Leavitt, the governor of Utah, assured the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City would be unaffected.

“Today’s events only strengthen (Salt Lake City’s) resolve,” Leavitt said, adding that the proper precautions would be taken to ensure protection from terrorism.


– Information taken from Associated Press reports


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