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SOME CANCEL, SOME DON'T: Tiger Woods was in St. Louis with most of the world's top players for the $5 million World Golf Championship, which was called off Wednesday, along with the PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Classic, a senior event in North Carolina, and a Buy.com tournament in Oregon. The PGA Tour hadn't canceled a tournament in five years.

The LPGA Tour, though, will open its tournament in Oregon on Friday as scheduled.

Also tentatively keeping events on this weekend's calendar are the major car racing series: NASCAR,IRL and Formula One. CART said it would proceed with a race in Klettwitz,Germany.

Hockey, boxing and soccer relented.

The NHL scrapped the start of its preseason, calling off Saturday's 12 games, and said it would decide Thursday when to resume playing. The middle-weight unification title bout between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, was postponed.

And the MLS, which put off four games Wednesday, was undecided on what to do about the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

The world canoeing championship, scheduled for Sept. 20-23 in Ocoee, Tenn., has been canceled by the International Canoe Federation because of concerns over security for participants and spectators. More than 250 athletes from 27 countries were expected to participate.

Organizers of the 2004 Olympics in Athens said they plan additional security measures, including ways to guard against aerial attack.


NBA WORLD TOUR OFF: The NBA has canceled exhibition games in China and Taiwan following the terrorist attacks in the United States.

The tour was to have matched NBA stars such as Gary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics and Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks against local teams for games Sept. 16 in Shanghai and Sept. 19 in Taipei.

Also, a charity game planned for Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City has been canceled.