Winter storm postpones sporting events in Northeast

Good samaritans try to push a car stuck in the snow in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP) -- The winter storm that continued to wreak havoc in the South and Northeast Thursday forced the postponement of sporting events for the second straight day.

Two men's basketball games featuring Top 25 teams were postponed No. 13 Louisville at Temple and No. 23 SMU at Rutgers were postponed because of the weather. Both games have been rescheduled for Friday night.

Other Division I men's games scheduled for Thursday night that have been postponed include: Charleston Southern at High Point, Bryant at Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State at St. Francis, Wagner at Farleigh Dickinson, Northern Kentucky at Kennesaw State and Western Carolina at Chattanooga.

Due to snow in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. markets, live racing at Laurel Park was cancelled for Thursday. It's the third cancellation of the year at the central Maryland track.

Races at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone, N.Y., for Friday have been cancelled.

The winter storm that left the South blanketed in snow on Wednesday, moved up the country's East coast causing further issues.

In Baltimore, residents awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington, D.C., had nearly a foot of snow forcing the city's two main airports to be closed. Philadelphia has 9 inches of snow and still counting.

In Chapel Hill, N.C., snow continued to fall and the Tar Heels' three-game baseball series with College of Charleston starting Friday was postponed.

That comes a day after snow and ice forced the postponement of the rivalry men's basketball game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina. That game has been rescheduled for Feb. 20.

However, the 17th-ranked Tar Heels women's team did play against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. And No. 10 ranked North Carolina State won at Clemson in a game that started three hours earlier than expected to help with potential travel problems.

In Columbia, S.C., the weather eased enough for South Carolina to beat Vanderbilt 65-59 in a rescheduled game from Wednesday afternoon. It was eerily quiet with only about 1,000 fans in attendance, and no pep band or cheerleaders.

In Greenville, S.C., practice for the College All-Star Bowl game featuring many of the nation's top NFL prospects was moved back on Thursday but the game is expected to go on as scheduled Friday night at Furman's Paladin Stadium.

The NBA had only two games scheduled in Chicago and Los Angeles and neither were affected by the weather. There are no NHL games scheduled this week because of the Sochi Olympics.

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