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Events Canceled Nationwide

Tuesday, 11 September 2001 12:00 AM

Airports were closed nationwide. Some media reports said airports could reopen at noon today.

The list of affected entertainment events included the entire schedule of Broadway shows, the Latin Grammy Awards, the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Tuesday's prime-time programming schedule on the major TV networks and a host of sporting events.

Major League Baseball postponed all 15 games on its Tuesday night schedule, the first time since June 6, 1944 - D-Day - that the American and National leagues have taken such action.

Baseball canceled all games on Aug. 2, 1923, when President Warren G. Harding died. Exhibition games were canceled on April 14, 1945, two days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.

"In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today," said baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, "all Major League Baseball games for today have been canceled."

The commissioner also put off the MLB owners' quarterly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday. No decision was announced regarding today's games.

NFL officials were initially unsure whether this weekend's games would be played. A league official said Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's office would probably take a day or two to consider the question. The league came under attack for playing games as scheduled on the Sunday after President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

College football commissioners from NCAA Division I-A conferences had a conference call to discuss the possibility of postponing this weekend's games. According to the NCAA, conferences and individual schools have the authority to make that decision.

"The games themselves are insignificant in the face of what has happened today," said NCAA President Cedric Dempsey in a statement. "Our focus is entirely on the safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel and fans."

NASCAR said it was considering whether to proceed with Sunday's New Hampshire 300. The Indy Racing League said it would decide today whether to had Sunday's Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, as scheduled.

The PGA Tour canceled Thursday's first-round of the World Golf Championship - featuring top international players including Tiger Woods - and two other tournaments. The American Express Championship in St. Louis will begin Friday and be limited to 36 holes. The Tampa Bay Classic and the Buy.com Tour event in Oregon will have 18 holes of play each on Friday and Saturday, and 36 holes on Sunday.

The Senior Tour's 54-hole event in North Carolina will begin as scheduled on Friday.

Woods called the calamity "a sad, sad day for America."

The Thoroughbred Racing Association called off all its cards Tuesday - canceling races at Delaware Park in Stanton, Del; the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.; and Philadelphia Park in Bensalem Pa. Racing was also canceled at Finger Lakes in Farmington, N.J.; Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.; Great Lake Downs in Muskegon, Mich.; Moutaineer Park in Chester, W.Va.; and Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

At least two tracks - Arlington Park is Arlington Heights, Ill., and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. - have already announced the cancellation of today's cards.

The U.S. Women's Cup doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio - featuring the U.S. vs. Japan, Germany vs. China - has been canceled.

All four games on the Major League Soccer scheduled for today - Columbus at Colorado, Dallas at D.C. United, Miami at New York-New Jersey and San Jose at Los Angeles - have been canceled.

Baseball's minor leagues postponed all playoff games scheduled for Tuesday "out of respect to the families and friends of those people who lost their lives or were injured in today's tragic events."

The major TV networks have announced that the prime-time programs originally scheduled for Tuesday night would be pre-empted by special news coverage of the terrorist attacks.

Broadway was dark Tuesday night, with every theater in New York's theater district closing its doors.

Organizers of the Latin Grammy Awards, which were to have been presented Tuesday night at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., decided to postpone the event indefinitely.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided to postpone indefinitely the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which were scheduled to be presented Sunday night at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Several Hollywood studios shut down production Tuesday, and the area's major amusement parks - Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm - were closed until further notice.

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