Northeast Storm Disrupts Travel For Sports Teams
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Several professional and college sports teams were forced to rearrange their travel plans as a massive storm swept through the Northeast, dumping a few feet of snow in some areas.
The NBA’s New York Knicks were stuck in Minnesota after playing the Timberwolves on Friday night, hoping to try to fly home sometime Saturday. The San Antonio Spurs were also staying overnight in Detroit after seeing their 11-game winning streak fall to the Pistons, awaiting word on when they might be able to fly to New York for their game Sunday night at Brooklyn.
“We can’t get there tonight — we know that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “So we’re going to stay here tonight and try to get there (Saturday). Hopefully, we will be able to get there, but at this point, we don’t know.”
Airlines canceled more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and New York City’s three major airports and Boston’s Logan Airport closed.
The Brooklyn Nets planned to take a train home instead of flying fromWashington D.C. after losing to the Wizards on Friday night.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before a 100-94 victory that his team initially planned to fly home after the game, but the flight had already been postponed. New York is scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
The NHL’s Boston Bruins pushed back the start of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning by six hours because of the blizzard. The game originally slated for 1 p.m. was rescheduled for 7 p.m., but Boston was expected to be one of the cities hit hardest by the storm.
The storm had dumped more than 2 feet of snow on New England by early Saturday and knocked out power to 650,000 customers. The National Weather Service said up to 3 feet of snow is expected in Boston, threatening the city’s 2003 record of 27.6 inches.
The Bruins and Lightning each already had road games scheduled for Sunday night.
The New Jersey Devils were still scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m., while the New York Islanders were slated to play at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m.
Two Ivy League men’s college basketball games that were scheduled for Saturday night were moved back to Sunday because of treacherous travel conditions.
Dartmouth will play at Cornell at noon on Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y., and Harvard will visit Columbia at 2 p.m. Sunday in New York. Dartmouth played at Columbia on Friday night, and Harvard played at Cornell. Two other Ivy League games were still scheduled to be played Saturday night, with Yale visiting Princeton and Brown playing at Pennsylvania.
Aqueduct also called off Saturday’s card because of the storm. The track and Belmont Park were expected to remain open for wagering on out-of-town races, with racing scheduled to resume Sunday.
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