Winter storm postpones games in Northeast

STEVE REED (AP Sports Writer)
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Louisville won 90-65.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The winter storm that continued to wreak havoc Thursday in the South and Northeast forced the postponement of sporting events for the second straight day.

Two men's basketball games featuring Top 25 teams were postponed - No. 13 Louisville at Temple, and No. 23 SMU at Rutgers. They have been rescheduled for Friday night.

Other Division I men's games scheduled for Thursday night that have been postponed include: Charleston Southern at High Point, Bryant at Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State at St. Francis, Wagner at Farleigh Dickinson, Northern Kentucky at Kennesaw State, and Western Carolina at Chattanooga.

Due to snow in the Baltimore and Washington markets, live racing at Laurel Park was canceled Thursday. It's the third cancellation of the year at the central Maryland track.

Races at Aqueduct New York for Friday have been canceled.

The winter storm that left the South blanketed in snow Wednesday, moved up the East Coast causing further issues.

In Baltimore, residents awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington had nearly a foot of snow forcing the city's two main airports to close. Philadelphia has 9 inches of snow and still counting.

In Chapel Hill, N.C., snow continued to fall and the Tar Heels' three-game baseball series with College of Charleston starting Friday was postponed.

That comes a day after snow and ice forced the postponement of the rivalry men's basketball game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina. That game has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20 with the Atlantic Coast Conference announcing it will start at 9 p.m.

However, the 17th-ranked Tar Heels women's team did play against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. And 10th-ranked North Carolina State won at Clemson in a women's game that started three hours earlier than scheduled to help with potential travel problems.

In Columbia, S.C., the weather eased enough for South Carolina to beat Vanderbilt 65-59 in a rescheduled game from Wednesday. It was eerily quiet with only about 1,000 fans in attendance, and no pep band or cheerleaders.

In Greenville, S.C., practice for the College All-Star Bowl game featuring many of the nation's top NFL prospects was moved back Thursday, but the game is expected to go on as scheduled Friday night at Furman's Paladin Stadium.

The NBA had only two games scheduled - in Chicago and Los Angeles - and neither were affected by the weather. There are no NHL games scheduled this week because of the Sochi Olympics.

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