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Sports World Suffers First Casualty of Terrorist Attack

Leagues Grind to a Halt After Tragedy

Los Angeles Kings director of pro scouting, Ace Bailey, and amateur scout Mark Bavis were confirmed as passengers on United Airlines Flight 175, the second airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center on Tuesday morning.

"We've received confirmation from both of their families that they were on Flight 175," team spokesman Mike Altieri told the Associated Press.

Bailey, 53, earned seven Stanley Cup rings in 31 years as an NHL player and scout.

At press time, Major League Baseball had not reported any player casualties.

Terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. forced the cancellation of Tuesday night's MLB games and college football games scheduled for Thursday.

"In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that occurred, all Major League Baseball games for [Tuesday are] cancelled," stated MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

The MLB schedule may be affected by cancellations beyond Tuesday night; the grounding of all domestic airline flights has stranded many players.

Yankee Stadium was evacuated 90 minutes after the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. The Yankees were to play the Chicago White Sox, who remain safely sequestered in their Manhattan hotel.

Scheduling make-up games will pose difficulties for the league, as many teams have no remaining days off before the season's end. MLB has completed its 162-game schedule every year since 1994's labor strike.

The New York City Fire Department used Shea Stadium's parking lots to provide medical attention to World Trade Center victims and house temporary support services for rescue personnel. Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets, was chosen because of its access to major highways and proximity to the disaster scene.

The NCAA cancelled three college football games scheduled for Thursday night. Mid-American Conference member Ohio was to play at North Carolina State, but has rescheduled for Nov. 24. The Penn St/Virginia and Texas Tech UTEP contests were also cancelled; no make-up dates were announced.

The NCAA is aiding schools and conferences with deciding whether to play Saturday's games, and is expected to announce its decisions regarding those games today.

"Conferences and individual schools have the authority to determine whether to play regular season games," stated NCAA officials in a press release Tuesday.

"The games themselves are insignificant in the face of what has happened," stated NCAA President Cedric Dempsey. "Our focus is entirely on the safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel and fans."

The National Football League is expected to decide if they will play Sunday's games today. The league fell under criticism for their decision to hold games just two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The Buffalo Sabres will begin training camp at the Pepsi Center in Amherst today instead of in St. Catherine's, Ontario as originally planned. Difficulties with crossing the U.S.-Canada border Tuesday were cited as reasons for the change.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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