Major league baseball games canceled

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Major league baseball postponed its entire schedule of 15 games tonight following terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Other sports also rewrote their schedules.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made the decision about 3 1/2hours after the attacks began in New York.

“In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today, all major league baseball games for today have been canceled,” Selig said in a statement.

Expressing “my deepest sympathy,” Selig also called off the owners’ quarterly meeting that was set to start today. He did not make any decisions about Wednesday’s games.

Baseball’s minor leagues – their regular seasons over – postponed postseason games in all nine leagues that were to play today.

The National Football League was mulling whether to postpone Sunday’s games, league spokesman Joe Browne said.

Major League Soccer postponed all four games that had been scheduled for Wednesday night, and in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Women’s Cup doubleheader involving the United States against Japan and Germany vs. China was postponed.

The PGA Tour canceled Thursday’s starts of the World Golf Championship and two other tournaments.

Commissioner Tim Finchem said the American Express Championship in St. Louis, featuring Tiger Woods and top players from tours around the world, would begin Friday with 36 holes.

In hockey, the Toronto Maple Leafs postponed their trip to Newfoundland after Canadian airports grounded all outgoing flights. The Leafs were to travel to Newfoundland for training camp.

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