Sports sidesteps superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) — The fury of Hurricane Sandy barely laid a glove on sports around the country.

While the superstorm flooded shore towns in the Northeast, washed away a section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk and shut down

transit and school systems, sports emerged practically untouched on a quiet Monday.

Perhaps the biggest dislocation came in the NFL. The league moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of

potential complications from the storm.

All 32 teams were notified that the league's offices would be closed through Tuesday. The deadline now is 3 p.m. Thursday,

when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

Just as a combination of meteorological forces made for a particularly harsh storm, sports was spared Monday by a confluence

of elements.

The World Series ended a day earlier. The Monday night football game is in Arizona. Hockey is shut down by labor problems.

The NBA does not begin until Tuesday night. College basketball has not yet begun.

So the disruptions were minuscule: The

Philadelphia Eagles closed their complex, and the New York Knicks

canceled practice.

The Washington Wizards adjusted travel plans, taking a 7 a.m.

flight to Cleveland for Tuesday night's opener against the Cavaliers.

Some Major League Baseball staff left the World Series in Detroit on Sunday to get back to New York before the storm shuttered

transportation.

Trotting at Yonkers Raceway in New York and thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs in Boston already had been called off.

New York City Marathon organizers said they expect Sandy to have little effect on Sunday's race.

"We're extraordinarily lucky the marathon is

not today," New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said during

a conference

call as wind and rain started to batter the city.

Instead, she said, "we have time on our side" — enough to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the city after the

storm passes through.

The NCAA offered its support, saying it is working with schools in the hurricane's path.

"During natural disasters, the NCAA routinely gives flexibility to institutions and conferences to help them quickly provide

necessary assistance and resources that may include meals or other benefits, relocating teams and rescheduling games," the

governing body said in a statement. "We stand ready to do so today and as the storm continues ashore."

At the Breeders' Cup in California, 17 horses arrived Monday morning following a flight that left Newburgh, N.Y., at 1 a.m.,

eight hours earlier than initially scheduled. The airport also was a change, replacing Islip on Long Island that was more

directly in the path of the storm.

The contingent included the powerful quartet of Flat Out, Ron the Greek, To Honor and Serve and Royal Delta for Hall of Fame

trainer Bill Mott. Royal Delta is the defending champion in the Ladies' Classic, while the other three are entered in the

$5 million Classic.

The flight included horses for Chad Brown, Shug McGaughey, Mike Hushion, Michael Trombetta and Diane Alvarado. They were the

lucky ones. Todd Pletcher's New York-based horses, including the unbeaten Shanghai Bobby in the Juvenile, were on a flight

scheduled for Tuesday morning. It now appears Wednesday will be their earliest departure.