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SNOW PLAYS HAVOC WITH SPORTS SCHEDULES

We're used to adjusting our plans because of snow in Western New York. This time, it was somebody else's problem.

A snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast and the Carolinas forced postponement of several sports events, including the New York-Washington NBA game and the Phoenix-Carolina NHL game Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands also canceled their racing cards Tuesday because of snow. The college basketball game between Stony Brook and Loyola of Maryland in Baltimore and the college hockey game between Sacred Heart and Army at West Point were both postponed Tuesday night.

The storm, which dropped two feet of snow in some areas of North Carolina and South Carolina, also forced postponement of two Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games that were scheduled for tonight.

The North Carolina State-Clemson game and Maryland-North Carolina game were set back to Thursday night.

Other postponements for tonight include Villanova-Pittsburgh, Army-Navy, Howard-Morgan State, James Madison-North Carolina-Wilmington, and Winston-Salem State-Virginia State.

Twenty inches of snow fell Monday night and Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. In Clemson, S.C., travel was nearly impossible along the border of the two states.

A state of emergency declared by Gov. Jim Hunt prompted Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford to call the NHL and ask that the game be postponed. No makeup date was set.

Phoenix will try to get to Atlanta today for its game against the Thrashers tonight, but Raleigh-Durham International Airport was closed.

"We're trapped like rats," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "We're three miles down the road (in a hotel) from where we should be playing and we can't play."

The Knicks-Wizards game was rescheduled for March 8.

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