Major league baseball called off two more days of games, extending its break through Thursday following terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Other sports were considering more cancellations.
By wiping out three straight days, baseball hadn't postponed so many games since 1918, when the season was cut short nearly a month by World War I. It also raised the question of whether the regular season could be completed as scheduled in 2 1/2 weeks.
"I think many people would hope we'd start Friday," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "But I haven't made that judgment yet. I'm not close to making it."
Many college football games were called off, including No. 1 Miami, and the NFL was still deciding whether to play Sunday. Saturday's middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad Jr. was postponed, promoter Don King said.
Baseball's break came at the worst time: Teams were still in pennant races and Barry Bonds needed eight more home runs to break Mark McGwire's record of 70.
"Major league baseball remains very sensitive to the aftereffects of the terrible tragedy that has struck our nation," Selig said.
The minor leagues postponed playoff games through Thursday, and the International, Pacific Coast, California and New York-Penn leagues canceled outright the remainder of their postseasons.
The NFL, criticized for playing after President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, wasn't sure whether to play this weekend's schedule.
Tim Coughlin, the son of Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin, was in the World Trade Center when the first plane crashed into it, but escaped uninjured.
College football commissioners considered postponing the weekend's entire schedule. The postponement of 14 had been announced: three on Thursday night and 11 on Saturday, including No. 13 Washington at No. 1 Miami.
Commissioners of the NCAA's Division I-A conferences, including the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern, held a conference call to discuss their options.
There were 116 Division I games scheduled for Thursday through Saturday. The Big East called off all six football games involving its teams and the ACC postponed all sports through Thursday, while the Pac-10 did the same for its conference games through the weekend.
The Thursday games called off were Texas Tech at Texas-El Paso, tentatively pushed back to Saturday; Ohio at North Carolina State, rescheduled for Nov. 24; and Penn State at Virginia, not immediately rescheduled.
Saturday's Washington-Miami game might be played Nov. 24. Other games wiped out that day include Arizona State-UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (might be played Dec. 1); Georgia Tech at Florida State; San Diego State at Ohio State (rescheduled for Oct. 20); Yale at Towson; and Brown at San Diego (canceled).
The PGA Tour canceled the American Express Championship in St. Louis, originally due to start Thursday. The tournament was to feature Tiger Woods and other top golfers.
— The PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Classic was to open with 18 holes each on Friday and Saturday and a 36-hole conclusion. The same schedule was applied to the Buy.com Tour event in Oregon. The Senior Tour was to remain on schedule, with a 54-hole event starting Friday in North Carolina.
— Olympic officials said security for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics will re-evaluated. A $200 million plan to protect athletes and spectators is no longer sufficient, said Mitt Romney, president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said Wednesday the games will go on as planned from Feb. 8-24.
"These dramatic events will not awaken us to security issues. But, for legitimate reasons, we will reassess and re-evaluate everything," Rogge said.
— NASCAR canceled Friday's qualifying for the New Hampshire 300 but made no decision concerning the race itself. The Indy Racing League will hold the NASCAR trucks race on Saturday and the Chevy 500 on Sunday, both as scheduled, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth but canceled qualifying.
— Major League Soccer postponed all four of Wednesday night's games. In Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Women's Cup doubleheader involving the United States against Japan and Germany vs. China was canceled.
— The Thoroughbred Racing Association canceled all its cards Tuesday, and Wednesday's racing was called off at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore; and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Belmont Park in New York called off its cards through Friday.
— Garnet "Ace" Bailey, 53, a former NHL player with Boston, Detroit and St. Louis, and director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175, one of two planes that hit the World Trade Center. Mark Bavis, an amateur scout for the Kings, also was aboard.
— Mari-Rae Sopper, the women's gymnastics coach at UC Santa Barbara, was aboard American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, according to the airline.
— European soccer's governing body postponed all matches for the rest of this week out of respect for the victims of the attacks. Eight Champions League and more than 40 UEFA Cup matches were scheduled to be played on Wednesday and Thursday. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, criticized UEFA for allowing eight Champions League games to be played Tuesday, saying: "As the whole world found itself exposed to the terrorist threat and as the American people plunged into mourning, it was decided —— in an inopportune way, to say the least —— to play the scheduled games."
— FIFA said its four World Cup qualifiers in Asia will be played this weekend and will go forward with the World Under-17 Championship, set to start Thursday. "In tragic circumstances such as these, football must symbolize the ideals of fair play and nonviolence," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. "The world today is no longer the one we knew. But football must remain a beacon of hope."
In Pittsburgh, the New York Mets left a hotel across the street from a federal building and moved Tuesday to the suburbs as a security precaution.
Atlanta pitcher John Burkett, at home in Dallas following an off-day, borrowed the car of former teammate Rusty Greer and drove 850 miles to Atlanta, where he had been scheduled to pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. He made it to Turner Field for a workout.
"I felt obligated to my team to be there," he said. "I would've felt sick watching the game at home, knowing I could've and should've been there, but wasn't."