NASCAR postponed the New Hampshire 300 Winston Cup race. To raise
money for relief efforts, drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty
Wallace pledged to donate $10 each for every lap they complete at
this weekend's 400-lap event in Dover, Del. The IRL called off
its race at Texas Motor Speedway. Formula One's Italian Grand
Prix went on as scheduled; Ferrari removed all sponsor logos from
its cars and uniforms and painted the noses of its cars black.
CART held the inaugural American Memorial 500 in Germany and
donated $500,000 to the World Trade Center Relief Fund.
Major League Baseball called off all games until Monday. For the
rest of the season all players will wear American flags on the
back of their uniforms and caps. The Mets donated $1 million to
relief efforts, and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner gave $1
million to the Twin Towers Foundation. The Royals donated $40,000
to the family of missing firefighter Nicholas Chiofalo, the
cousin of Keith Bodie, who manages the Double A Wichita
Wranglers. Most other teams planned donations to relief efforts.
Ten minor leagues canceled the rest of their seasons.
The NBA canceled all events, including the rookie orientation
program, which was to begin Sunday; league meetings scheduled to
start on Sept. 20; and exhibition matches in China and Taiwan
next week. The league donated thousands of sweatshirts, T-shirts
and socks to the rescue effort, as well as supplies like
blankets, goggles and flashlights. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
gave $1 million to the families of victims. Former 76ers
president Pat Croce helped organize a rally for the Red Cross in
Philadelphia on Friday and led a crowd of 3,000 in chants and
cheers; the event raised $1 million. Michael Jordan said he'd
delay announcing his future NBA plans.
The NFL called off all Week 2 games. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
set up a relief fund to aid families of victims of the Pentagon
attack. The Titans helped create a fund to support the Red Cross;
owner Bud Adams kicked in $75,000. The CFL postponed its four
weekend games. In college football all Division I-A games were
called off, and only four I-AA games were played. The NCAA
donated $5 million to relief efforts, and the Big 12, the SEC and
the Big 10 contributed $1 million each. Most high schools held
games as scheduled.
September 23, 2001
The PGA Tour canceled four events: the WGC-American Express
Championship, the Tampa Bay Classic, the Vantage Championship
for Seniors and the Buy.com tour's Oregon Classic. The Tour
donated $2 million to relief efforts, with part of the money
coming from the purses of the canceled events. The Ryder Cup,
scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 28, has been postponed until
September 2002. Tiger Woods pulled out of next week's Trophee
Lancome event in Paris. The LPGA canceled the Safeway Classic; a
memorial service was held at the tournament site in Portland on
The NHL called off weekend preseason games except for a match
between Colorado and a Swedish team in Stockholm. Islanders
owners Sanjay Kumar and Charles Wang pledged $2 million on behalf
of their company, Computer Associates, to relief efforts. Most
teams held scrimmages, with admission proceeds going to the Red
U.S. Soccer canceled U.S. Women's Cup games in Kansas City and
Columbus. America played in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship
in Trinidad and Tobago. MLS canceled its 10 remaining
regular-season matches and will start its playoffs on Thursday.
The Kansas City Wizards, who were in Lima, Peru, to face Sporting
Cristal in the Merconorte Cup, played that game on Sept. 12,
losing 2-1. Several MLS teams are arranging benefit games and
fund-raisers. Clint Mathis of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars
is setting up a foundation to provide college scholarships for
children who have lost a parent.
The ATP's three tournaments, all held abroad, proceeded. The
WTA's Big Island Championships in Hawaii (page 64) canceled play
on Sept. 11 and held a remembrance ceremony three days later but
otherwise continued normally. The other women's event, the Brazil
Open, also went on, with Monica Seles defeating Jelena Dokic in
the final. The USTA postponed the Davis Cup tie between the U.S.
and India, originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 21 in
Winston-Salem, N.C., until Oct. 12.