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National Sports

October 30, 2012

Sports sidestep Sandy

NORMAN — The fury of superstorm Sandy barely laid a glove on sports around the country.

While the storm flooded shore towns in the Northeast, washed away a section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk and shut down transit and school systems, sports emerged practically untouched on a quiet Monday.

Perhaps the biggest dislocation came in the NFL. The league moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from the storm.

All 32 teams were notified that the league’s offices would be closed through Tuesday. The deadline now is 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

Just as a combination of meteorological forces made for a particularly harsh storm, sports was spared Monday by a confluence of elements.

The World Series ended a day earlier. The Monday night football game is in Arizona. Hockey is shut down by labor problems. The NBA does not begin until Tuesday night. College basketball has not yet begun.

So the disruptions were minuscule: The Philadelphia Eagles closed their complex, and the New York Knicks canceled practice. The Washington Wizards adjusted travel plans, taking a 7 a.m. flight to Cleveland for Tuesday night’s opener against the Cavaliers.

Some Major League Baseball staff left the World Series in Detroit on Sunday to get back to New York before the storm shuttered transportation.

Trotting at Yonkers Raceway in New York and thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs in Boston already had been called off.

New York City Marathon organizers said they expect Sandy to have little effect on Sunday’s race.

“We’re extraordinarily lucky the marathon is not today,” New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said during a conference call as wind and rain started to batter the city.

Instead, she said, “we have time on our side” — enough to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the city after the storm passes through.

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