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October 31, 2012

Professional leagues plan to play after superstorm

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Around the league, the Giants, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles reported no damage at their practice facilities. The Baltimore Ravens, though, were running a generator at their complex. Players were off but the hope is electricity will be restored for regular practice Wednesday.

Five days before 50,000 runners take to the course that meanders through the streets of New York City’s five boroughs, NYC Marathon organizers backtracked a bit from Monday’s promise that they would have enough time before Sunday to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the area.

On Tuesday, officials only would promise an update on race preparations. Lower Manhattan was especially hit hard and many runners need to take the ferry to the start in Staten Island.

Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Summer Games, but his thoughts were back in Maryland.

“I’m kind of nervous to go back home because I don’t know if my house is going to be under water or not. It will be an interesting trip,” Phelps said. “I know that we will all sort of bounce back from everything that is going on. It’s kind of wild seeing all the pictures and all the coverage — it’s all I have been watching really since I have been here. It’s sad. it’s part of life.”

The St. Cloud State women’s hockey team was stranded Tuesday in Rhode Island. The Huskies were supposed to catch a flight out of Boston on Monday after playing a weekend series against Providence College.

They hope to fly back to Minnesota on Thursday. Their home opener is Friday.

In response to the storm, Indiana State is giving fans several opportunities to make donations in the days leading up to their football game against Illinois State on Saturday.

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