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Blizzard disrupts events in Northeast

The snowstorm that hit the Northeast on Saturday forced the postponement of a number of games and wiped out horse racing at five tracks.

The record snowstorm _ the region's first major one in five years _ left more than a foot of snow, grounding hundreds of flights at major airports and slowing motorists to a creep.

The afternoon college basketball game at St. John's between the Red Storm and San Francisco was rescheduled for today, as was No. 11 Seton Hall's game against Central Connecticut State, the Army-Marist game in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Brown-Holy Cross in Providence, R.I.

The second round of the St. Peter's College Holiday Classic, a women's basketball tournament, was postponed.

St. Peter's plays Alabama for the championship and Massachusetts faces Fairleigh Dickinson today.

The Virginia basketball team had to remain an extra night in New Hampshire. The Cavaliers were to fly home after beating Dartmouth in the afternoon but the chartered plane that was to pick them up could not reach Lebanon Airport. They planned to fly out today.

Horse racing at Aqueduct in New York, Suffolk Downs in Boston and Philadelphia Park was called off for the weekend. The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park in New Jersey were shut down Saturday.

The $100,000 Gallant Fox Handicap, which had been set for Saturday at Aqueduct, will be run as part of Monday's 10-race card. The $75,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap was postponed from today to Saturday.

Less than 15 miles from Aqueduct, the New York Islanders played the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum. The game went on because both NHL teams and game officials had arrived, and the Sabres have a game at home Monday.

The Islanders said fans _ whether they attended the game or not _ would be allowed to exchange their tickets for a selected future date.