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Many Sports Continue To Call Off Events in Wake of Tuesday's Tragedy - 2001-09-15


The sports world continues to react to Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington with several sports suspending play in the United States and worldwide. Many sports are saying that playing games would not be appropriate at this time of national mourning.

The National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National ice Hockey League, and Major League Soccer have all called off competition in the wake of Tuesday's tragedy.

The NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that playing games so soon after such a devastating event would not be appropriate. The decision was made to cancel all 15 games Sunday and Monday night after consultation with the team owners and players' union.

"We made our decision with the unanimous support of our owners and our players," said Mr. Tagliabue. "It was a very intensive period of consultation and trying to be certain to be sensible, sensitive, and right, not necessarily quick or certainly not superficial."

The New York Giants were scheduled to play a home game at Giants' Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just across the river from the former World Trade Center. The stadium parking lot has been a staging area for the rescuers working at the site of Tuesday's attacks. Quarterback Kerry Collins of the New York Giants said taking the field this week would have been next to impossible.

"How can you think about anything else, how can you talk about anything else?" he asks. "You know the first time I was able to get a glimpse of it today I looked, you know. And to think that we were going to get ready to play this week and our heads and our hearts be in it - we would just be fooling ourselves."

U.S. College football called off all games this week and Four games were canceled including the U.S. Naval Academy against Northwestern.

All four Professional Golfer's Association tour events were called off and the LPGA canceled the Safeway Classic in Oregon. World number one golfer Tiger Woods pulled out of the Lancome Trophy tournament next week in Paris and the Ryder Cup competition remained in doubt.

Major League Soccer canceled the final 10 games of the regular season and the European Football Union postponed more than 40 UEFA Cup matches.

The National Basketball Association canceled a goodwill exhibition tour of China and Taiwan. The National ice Hockey League canceled Saturday's exhibition game between the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche and the Swedish champion club Djurgarden. However, the Avalanche will play games Sunday and Tuesday.

In auto racing, NASCAR canceled the New Hampshire 300 stock car race and the Indy Racing League postponed the Chevy 500 in Forth Worth, Texas. A planned Indy-car race in Germany and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza will proceed as scheduled. A special lap of remembrance will be held at the German 500 race and Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's red Ferrari car had its nose painted black in Friday's practice.

The Tour of Spain cycling race continued, with riders observing a moment of silence to remember victims of the attacks. In tennis action continues in Brazil and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. However, the Davis Cup qualifier between the United States and India originally scheduled for September 21 to 23 was postponed until October.

A middleweight title unification boxing match scheduled for Saturday at New York's Madison Square Garden was postponed. The International Canoe-Kayak world Championships scheduled for this month in the United States were also postponed.

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