Jets, Giants, Red Sox Change Schedules as Hurricane Irene Heads Up Coast

The New York Giants and Jets brought forward by five hours the starting time of their National Football League preseason game tomorrow ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

In other changes to the sporting calendar, the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies each canceled their Major League Baseball games scheduled for Aug. 28 and will instead play doubleheaders in their home stadiums tomorrow.

The U.S. PGA Tour’s first playoff tournament, the Barclays, may end after three rounds or continue into Aug. 30, while the New Haven Open moved up its tennis championship match at Yale University by four hours tomorrow and Major League Soccer altered times and dates for games in Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

Irene, a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to peak with winds of 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain and strong winds to move into New England tomorrow and Sunday. Irene was 490 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at 11 p.m. eastern time last night, moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

More than 65 million people from North Carolina to Maine are in the path of the hurricane, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.

Emergencies Declared

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey declared emergencies yesterday, with Christie urging people to leave the shore by midday today.

Tomorrow’s game between the Giants and Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will begin at 2 p.m. local time.

“There are, obviously, many issues to consider. Our players played a game on Monday night, the stadium personnel has to secure the building post-game and, most importantly, the safety and welfare of Giants and Jets fans,” Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara said in an e-mail. “We felt like this is the right thing to do.”

The Red Sox will play the first game against the Oakland Athletics at noon tomorrow at Fenway Park in Boston instead of 1:35 p.m., with the second scheduled for 5 p.m.

“It was necessary and prudent to move the Sunday game to Saturday,” Red Sox President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “This will not only give us the best opportunity to play the scheduled games, but also help to insure that traveling conditions are safer for our fans.”

Phillies Doubleheader

The Phillies decided to bring forward by one day their contest against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia from Sunday. A day-night doubleheader will instead be played tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. tomorrow.

The New York Yankees travel to Baltimore today for a five- game series against the Orioles that includes a doubleheader tomorrow. There has been no decision to change the schedule, Yankees spokesman Michael Margolis said.

Rain caused a 3 hour, 16 minute delay in first-round play at golf’s Barclays tournament at Plainfield County Club Edison, New Jersey, yesterday. Organizers will try to complete the remainder of the first round plus the second round today.

Stewart Williams, the PGA Tour’s on-site meteorologist, told the Golf Channel there could be as much as 10 inches (25cm) of rain on an already soaked course and possibly hurricane strength winds.

Course Concern

“If this place gets 10 inches of rain two weeks in a row, I don’t know how playable this golf course is going to be,” Charley Hoffman, who is 5-under par after an opening round of 66, told reporters.

The New Haven Open, the last WTA Tour tuneup before the U.S. Open, moved tomorrow’s final at New Haven, Connecticut, to 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. to avoid the storm.

“Right now it looks like the hurricane is not going to hit until early Sunday morning,” said Anne Worcester, the tournament’s director. “But it’s not just the actual playing time of the final, our staff has to break down the site, so it has a lot to do with their safety.”

In soccer, D.C. United’s game against the Portland Timbers at RFK Stadium in Washington tomorrow was moved to 2 p.m. from 7:30 p.m. The Philadelphia Union’s matchup at PPL Park with the New England Revolution was postponed until Sept. 7 from Aug. 28, while the New York Bulls put back their game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, to Oct. 4 from Aug. 28.

“We expect that Hurricane Irene will likely cause hazardous travel and unplayable conditions throughout the northeast,” Nelson Rodriguez, executive vice president of MLS competition and game operations, said in a statement.

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