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.
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 Troph�e Lanc�me event in Paris. The LPGA canceled the Safeway Classic; a memorial service was held at the tournament site in Portland on Friday.
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 Cross.
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 Spoiling 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.