- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew’s looming impact on Florida and the rest of the East Coast had basketball, hockey and football teams on edge Wednesday, with some colleges canceling or postponing games while the NFL held out hope the storm would veer off before a crowded slate of Sunday contests.

In Miami, the Dolphins are still scheduled to host Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, but the teams are monitoring conditions.

“We’re watching the weather with the hurricane that’s going on down there,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey on his radio show. “There may be some weather issues. There’s a very slight chance that game could be moved up here. There’s been some discussion because of it.”

Further up the Florida peninsula, the University of Central Florida announced its scheduled weekend game against Tulane would be postponed to Nov. 5.

“Taking into account all the latest projections for Hurricane Matthew, we have to keep the safety of everyone involved in these events at the forefront of our decision-making,” UCF athletic director Dr. Daniel J. White said. “We appreciate our friends at Tulane and Houston understanding and working with us through this situation.”

Matthew is projected by forecasters to pass near Florida’s Atlantic coast at some point Thursday evening or Friday morning.

The University of Miami has not yet rescheduled its weekend game against Florida State, but Florida State is delaying its travel plans for the game scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We’ve looked through every scenario known to man and we’ll figure it out here when it gets there, and we’ll fly down when they tell us to fly down and play when they tell us to play,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.

“We are hopeful that the impact of Hurricane Matthew will be minimal and the game between the Hurricanes and Seminoles will be played as planned,” Miami athletic director Blake James said.

Additionally, South Carolina is scheduled to host Georgia this weekend, but the likelihood of the game being played at the scheduled time seems low, according to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

The storm could also impact LSU at Florida and Virginia Tech at North Carolina.

The Miami Heat will use the Houston Rockets’ training facility during the weekend. The Heat are scheduled to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in Kansas City on Saturday. The Rockets’ training facility is available to the Heat because the Rockets will be in China for two preseason games.

Hurricane Matthew has already been responsible for at least 11 deaths in the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center, Matthew has already sustained 120 mph winds. Matthew would be upgraded to a Category 4 storm if it reaches wind speeds of 130 mph, and, according to the center, the storm could possibly strengthen by the time it reaches the United States.

The Web.com Tour Championship, a golf tournament scheduled to be played near Jacksonville, Florida, was canceled, and Thursday’s Tampa Bay at Florida preseason NHL game was postponed, with no reschedule date announced, and with some uncertainty if there would even be a chance to get that game in before the regular season starts next week.

The Web.com tournament was the last chance for some golfers to secure their PGA Tour cards for the coming season. It had to be called off after a mandatory evacuation order was posted for Jacksonville beach areas, and there’s no opportunity for it to be made up.

“I know the players who came here needing a good finish to get their cards are very disappointed,” Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said.

In South Florida, everything from high school to pro events are being affected — even before the storm arrives.

⦁ This article was based in part on wire service reports.

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