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Sporting Events: No Games Again - 2001-09-13

Major League Baseball has called off all games for two more days in the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Similar moves have taken place in other sports, as the world reacts to Tuesday's tragedies.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig made the decision following Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Mr. Selig said that in light of the loss of life in the attacks, and given the continuing national horror, playing baseball would not be right. "It always takes things like this to understand that canceling a game, or so, is not very important to a whole lot of people right now," Mr. Selig said. "So we will just do this, and try to make decisions with far more important things at stake than games."

Tuesday was the first time Major League Baseball had postponed a full schedule of regular-season games, since the Normandy invasion during World War II. The move to postpone two more full days is without precedent since 1918, when the season was cut short by almost one month because of World War One.

The European Football Union has canceled the rest of the scheduled matches this week in both the Champions' League and the UEFA Cup tournaments. UEFA was criticized for allowing games to be played Tuesday. U.S. Major League Soccer postponed its four matches scheduled Wednesday. The International Football Federation says that World Cup qualifying matches scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the Asian zone will go ahead. Also, South Korean organizers of the World Cup Football tournament have called for a no-fly zone over all 10 venues for next year's competition.

U.S. college football has called off games scheduled for Thursday, and at least four for Saturday. The National Football League has not yet decided whether it will play its games on Sunday.

The Professional Golfers' Association tour has rescheduled Thursday's first round of the American Express World Championships for Friday morning. PGA Tour Vice President of International Affairs Mike Bodney says the tournament in Saint Louis is important, but organizers believed it was appropriate to delay the first round after Tuesday's attacks. "It has huge ramifications around the world, and we are trying to, and will, make decisions that we believe that are in the best interests of everyone that would be involved with the competition this week," said Mr. Bodney.

Meanwhile, veteran American golfers Mark Calcavecchia and Jim Furyk have expressed concern over this month's Ryder Cup competition against a European squad at the Belfry near Birmingham, England. The two players said it might be too soon after the attacks to hold the competition, and there are more important things than golf.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said that security would be increased for next year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The IOC president has expressed shock and sympathy over the attacks, sending letters of condolence to President Bush, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.