Barclays Golf, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox Bow to Irene’s Threats

The Barclays golf tournament and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, Mets and Boston Red Sox were forced to submit to threats from Hurricane Irene as the weather disturbance moves up the East Coast.

The hurricane, accompanied by 100 mph (161 kph) winds, is forecast to reach the mid-Atlantic late today and the New York area tomorrow. Organizers canceled or postponed sports events along the Atlantic Coast as state officials closed down transit systems often used by fans and workers to reach the sports venues.

The golf tournament, being played at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, was shortened to 54 holes from 72 because of the problems it could cause for post-storm cleanup efforts, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said yesterday in a statement.

“We realize that ‘waiting it out’ until Hurricane Irene passes and trying to play golf on Monday or Tuesday would only add unnecessary strain to those who will be trying to help the community recover from whatever potential damage this storm causes,” Finchem said in the statement.

Mets Cancel Weekend

The storm was about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and 235 miles (380 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said last night in an advisory before 8 p.m. Eastern time. Irene was a Category 3 storm two days ago.

The threat of the storm prompted the Mets to call off its weekend series against the Atlanta Braves, according to spokesman Jay Horwitz. Both games will be rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 8, starting at 4:10 p.m. local time.

More than 65 million people from North Carolina to Maine are in the path of the hurricane, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. The storm could cause up to $10 billion in overall economic loss, according to estimates by Kinetic Analysis Corp.

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey declared emergencies. Local buses, trains and subways in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will be shut down today.

Orioles Rearrange Schedule

In Baltimore, the Orioles postponed today’s doubleheader against the Yankees at Camden Yards. The four-game Major League Baseball series, which started last night, includes a day-night doubleheader tomorrow with the final game Aug. 29. The second game of today’s doubleheader was moved to Sept. 8.

Yesterday’s qualifying matches for the U.S. Open, held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, began early and many players were scheduled to play two rounds, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tim Curry said in an e-mail.

The tournament canceled today’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, an event of interactive games and musical shows for children at the tournament site, and said the grounds will be closed for at least a day starting today at 5 p.m.

The Philadelphia Phillies postponed the night half of today’s doubleheader against the Florida Marlins, previously rescheduled from tomorrow. The game will be made up on Sept. 15, the team announced on its Twitter page, leaving the Phillies with 32 games in 31 days to finish the season.

The New York Giants and Jets moved their preseason game, scheduled to be played this afternoon, to Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. local time. Both teams are scheduled to be back on the field Sept. 1 for their fourth preseason games.

Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara said he conferred with Christie, Jets owner Woody Johnson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and “we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well being of all is to move the game to Monday night.”

The Boston Red Sox canceled tomorrow’s home game, and will instead play a doubleheader today. The New Haven Open at Yale, the last WTA Tour tuneup before the U.S. Open, moved today’s final at New Haven, Connecticut, to 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. to avoid the storm and Major League Soccer altered times and dates for a trio of games in Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

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