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MIAMI -- The looming impact of powerful Hurricane Matthew prompted the Southeastern Conference on Thursday to postpone the?LSU-Florida?football game, which had been?scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. Marshawn Lynch Jersey .Later Thursday, the conference announced that the?Georgia-South Carolina?game scheduled for Saturday in Columbia was moved to Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.?The SEC said efforts would be made to reschedule the LSU-Florida game, though the Gators and Tigers do not have a common open date.Earlier Thursday, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to intervene in hopes that the Florida-LSU game would be either moved or rescheduled.Matthew was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane late Thursday morning, with top sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was blamed for more than 200 deaths in Haiti alone, and officials in Florida urged residents to prepare for what could be widespread and massive damage.The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game, the SEC said in a statement. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said the SEC made the final call on postponing the game.I know there will be a lot of opinions about how we came to this conclusion and when we came to the conclusion, but this is the right decision, Foley said.This is the second consecutive season in which LSU has had a game affected by a hurricane. In 2015, the Tigers road game against South Carolina instead was moved to Baton Rouge because of Hurricane Joaquin.On Thursday, the SEC Network also canceled its live SEC Nation broadcast from Gainesville and will instead do the show from its Charlotte studios.Other teams have made adjustments as the storm is expected to traverse nearly the entire length of Floridas Atlantic coast beginning Thursday evening. From there, forecasters said, the hurricane is expected to push along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina before veering out to sea.SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the Georgia-South Carolina game was moved back one day in the best interest of safety.Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Sunday rather than Saturday night, Sankey said Thursday. I appreciate the cooperation of the schools who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in the schedule.The Georgia-South Carolina game will air on the SEC Network.For now, No. 23?Florida States?game at No. 10?Miami?is still on as scheduled for Saturday night. Officials from both schools say?they are?continuing to monitor developments and are discussing contingency plans.Our hope is to be able to play at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami athletic director Blake James said. Obviously, things can happen that prohibit that.Florida Atlantic, which is practicing across the state in Tampa,?has opted to move its football game against?Charlotte?from Saturday to Sunday, although FAU -- which is located in Boca Raton -- cautioned that Sundays date is tentative. Further assessments will be made once the storm clears South Florida, likely sometime Friday.Supporting our community, state and region is the current focus of FAU athletics, FAU athletic director Pat Chun said.No. 17?North Carolina?said it expects to play Saturdays game in Chapel Hill vs. No. 25?Virginia Tech?at 3:30 p.m., as scheduled. The?school?will continue to monitor the weather forecast and provide updates.The NFL said it is conducting contingency planning for two Week 5 games: Tennessee at Miami (Sunday) and Tampa Bay at Carolina (Monday).We are in close contact with local and state authorities about the Hurricane, the NFL said in a statement. As always, our overriding concern is for public safety and not doing anything that will divert important resources away from communities that may be in distress.?No decisions on both games are expected until Friday, at the earliest, the NFL said.?The NHLs Florida Panthers, who play home games in Sunrise -- directly in the storms predicted path -- were able to practice Thursday morning, and coach Gerard Gallant said he and his wife would ride the storm out in their condo near Fort Lauderdale.Lots of peanut butter, jam, lots of bread, Gallant said, listing off some of the provisions he stocked up for the storm, which he said was bigger than any other he has dealt with previously. Hopefully its not an issue.In other cancellations, postponements and possible adjustments related to Hurricane Matthew:* The Tampa Bay at Florida NHL preseason game, which was scheduled for Thursday and postponed earlier this week, will not be made up.* MLB officials are keeping watch as the forecast for Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and host Washington Nationals on Saturday could be impacted by rain. AccuWeather says there is an 81 percent chance of rain with heavy showers in the afternoon. The game begins at 4:08 p.m. ET.If necessary, Game 2 could be moved to Sunday, which is scheduled as a travel day in the series.* Fridays East Coast Hockey League preseason game in Estero, Florida, between the Orlando Solar Bears and Florida Everblades has been canceled.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Steve Largent Womens Jersey . 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NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.New Orleans, announced Friday as the new location of the game, replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month to move it elsewhere.Unlike several other Southern states, Louisiana has not been swept up in legislative efforts to pass laws similar to that in North Carolina -- a fact Gov. John Bel Edwards has touted while lobbying the NBA to bring its All-Star weekend to New Orleans.We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue, Edwards wrote in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in late July. Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.The NBAs decision -- and the economic boost it will bring -- provides a timely dose of good news following disastrous flooding across large swaths of southeast Louisiana that has killed at least 13 people and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes, mostly around Baton Rouge. Much of the New Orleans metropolitan area has been spared from the flooding.While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway, Edwards said.This marks the third time New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, has been selected to host the leagues All-Star Game.When the All-Star Game first came in 2008, the NBA spearheaded numerous community service projects aimed at helping neighborhoods hard hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The NBA will be presented with similar opportunities next year to assist flooded communities within an hours drive of New Orleans.Indeed, the New Orleans Pelicans and the NFLs Saints, both owned by Tom Benson, already have begun deploying administrative staff to assist flood relief efforts while opening the teams headquarters as a collection point for donations of basic supplies for flood victims.As we know, the NBA will engage thousands of local children and charities during this weekend, Benson said in written comments thanking the NBA for choosing New Orleans.All-Star weekend also came to the Big Easy in 2014, when Pelicans forward and center Anthony Davis made his All-Star debut. Davis would play the All-Star Game in his home arena again if he is named to the Western Conference squad for a fourth straight season.New Orleans, which has a history of hosting major sporting events, has seen its last two bids to host a Super Bowl come up short. It also bid unsuccessfully to host one of the NCAA Final Fours between 2017 and 20211. Seahawks T-Shirts. Those disappointments provided even more motivation for state and city officials to act decisively to lure the NBA All-Star Game after the leagues decision to take it away from the initially designated host city.A number of entertainment acts, including a Bruce Springsteen concert, have canceled North Carolina events because of its so-called HB2 law.Louisiana hasnt enacted -- or debated -- a bathroom bill of the type passed in North Carolina. Edwards earlier this year issued an LGBT rights anti-discrimination order.In the April order, the Democratic governor banned discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State contracts also were required to comply, except contractors that are religious organizations. Edwards anti-discrimination order was similar to orders enacted by two former Louisiana Democratic governors -- but he added language protecting against discrimination based on gender identity, a provision that protects transgender people.Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landrys office has issued an opinion claiming that Edwards order has no binding legal effect and exceeds the governors authority. But the order hasnt been challenged in court, and Edwards has vowed to follow it. Landrys office also has joined 10 other states in a lawsuit filed in May against President Barack Obamas administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights group working on behalf of lesbian, gay and transgender people, applauded the NBAs decision to choose New Orleans.The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver have sent a clear message to lawmakers in North Carolina and across the country that discrimination against LGBTQ people has consequences and will not be tolerated, HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. New Orleans explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination protections will ensure all NBA employees, players, and fans who participate in the All-Star Game are protected from discrimination.The All-star Game is scheduled for Feb. 19, which falls during the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades. That weekend presents some logistical challenges for New Orleans in terms of policing and traffic control, but considerably less so than the following weekend, when the largest parades roll in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday, which is Feb. 28.The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.---Associated Press writers Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge and Brian Mahoney in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '