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Classes were canceled at Florida due to the hurricane on Wednesday, although the teaching effort was intensified in the Gainesville football complex. NCAA rules say that on days when classes aren't in session, coaches don't have to adhere to the four-hour time limit with players. So, for one very important day, the No. 4 Gators got extra preparation time for Saturday's game against No. 2 Tennessee.

The Carolina Hurricanes postponed Wednesday's NHL preseason game against the Atlanta Thrashers in Greenville, S.C. because of severe weather conditions.

Rain forced postponement of Wednesday's and this afternoon's game between the Athletics and Orioles. There was also concern the Athletics might have a tough time getting out of Baltimore. They were due to fly home tonight to open a weekend series against Kansas City on Friday night. The games between the Athletics and Orioles probably will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 23, an off day for both clubs.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin canceled practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Severe weather at the northwest end of the hurricane moved into Charlotte by midday, but the Panthers held practice anyway, working out for nearly two hours at their three-field complex.

North Carolina State practiced inside in preparation for Saturday's game at No. 1 Florida State. Coach Mike O'Cain hopes conditions today would allow at least a team meeting. Savannah State's football team moved inland. The NCAA Division II Tigers boarded two buses Tuesday for a trip to Tennessee-Chattanooga, leaving three days early.

Rain postponed the first round of the B.C. Open at Endicott; organizers will try to get all four scheduled rounds in.

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