Massive power cuts in the eastern United States and Canada have played havoc with sporting events.
The NY Mets' Shea Stadium during the power cut
Professional baseball, basketball, tennis and horse racing were
just some of the events hit by the blackout, forcing organisers to evacuate stadiums and postpone
In New York, a Major League Baseball game at Shea Stadium
between the Mets and the San Francisco Giants was postponed about an
hour before it was scheduled to begin.
The stadium was evacuated except for a handful of Mets
In Toronto, WTA Tour tournament officials had to postpone an
evening doubles match at York University.
The match between Nadia
Petrova/Mary Pierce and Cara Black/Elena Likhovtseva has been
rescheduled for Friday.
"In the best interest of the safety of the fans and the players
we decided to postpone the last match of the evening," said Anthony
Alfred, spokesman for Tennis Canada.
The final singles match of the day, between Petrova, of Russia,
and Justine Henin-Hardenne, of Belgium, was able to get finished
under natural light but with no electronic scoreboard.
"The lights have started to slowly come back on," said Alfred on
A Canadian Football League game between the Toronto Argonauts
and the Edmonton Eskimos was also called off.
football game has been rescheduled for Sunday.
Also racing cards at Yonkers Raceway and Toronto's
Woodbine track were called off.
Women's basketball games between the Cleveland Rockers and the Connecticut Sun
and between the Houston Comets and the New York Liberty at Madison
Square Garden were also postponed.
But the blackout did not affect play at the 85th US PGA Championship in
Rochester, New York.
Organisers of the tournament have no plans to postpone or delay
Friday's scheduled second round despite area officials declaring a
state of emergency.
"Everything is on schedule," said Kerry Haigh, managing director
for the PGA of America.
"Power is coming back on. The clubhouse is
back and some of the hotels are on."