With much of the Northeast immersed in the recovery from superstorm Sandy's devastating blow, the NFL and NBA plan to carry on with their schedules.
The New York City Marathon is still hoping that the course will be clear by Sunday and runners will be able to get to the starting line in Staten Island.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank on Tuesday said through his Twitter account the season-opening games Tuesday night in Miami, Los Angeles and Cleveland — the Wizards flew out of Washington Monday 7 a.m. — are set to tip off on time.
But 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 were still waiting to give an update on their race preparations.
Perhaps the biggest dislocation came in the NFL. The league moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from the storm.
All 32 teams were notified that the league's offices would be closed through today. The deadline now is 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.
Just as a combination of meteorological forces made for a particularly harsh storm, sports was spared Monday by a confluence of elements.
The World Series ended a day earlier. The Monday night football game is in Arizona. Hockey is shut down by labor problems. The NBA does not begin until tonight. College basketball has not yet begun.
So the disruptions were minuscule: The Philadelphia Eagles closed their complex, and the New York Knicks canceled practice. The Washington Wizards adjusted travel plans, taking a 7 a.m. flight to Cleveland for tonight's opener against the Cavaliers.
Some Major League Baseball staff left the World Series in Detroit on Sunday to get back to New York before the storm shuttered transportation.
Trotting at Yonkers Raceway in New York and thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs in Boston already had been called off.
New York City Marathon organizers said they expect Sandy to have little effect on Sunday's race.
"We're extraordinarily lucky the marathon is not today," New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said during a conference call as wind and rain started to batter the city.
Instead, she said, "we have time on our side" — enough to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the city after the storm passes through.
The NCAA offered its support, saying it is working with schools in the hurricane's path.
"During natural disasters, the NCAA routinely gives flexibility to institutions and conferences to help them quickly provide necessary assistance and resources that may include meals or other benefits, relocating teams and rescheduling games," the governing body said in a statement. "We stand ready to do so today and as the storm continues ashore."
At the Breeders' Cup in California, 17 horses arrived Monday morning following a flight that left Newburgh, N.Y., at 1 a.m., eight hours earlier than initially scheduled. The airport also was a change, replacing Islip on Long Island that was more directly in the path of the storm.
The contingent included the powerful quartet of Flat Out, Ron the Greek, To Honor and Serve and Royal Delta for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Royal Delta is the defending champion in the Ladies' Classic, while the other three are entered in the $5 million Classic.
The flight included horses for Chad Brown, Shug McGaughey, Mike Hushion, Michael Trombetta and Diane Alvarado. They were the lucky ones. Todd Pletcher's New York-based horses, including the unbeaten Shanghai Bobby in the Juvenile, were scheduled to fly this morning, but the flight has been pushed back to Wednesday.
AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen in New York and Beth Harris in Arcadia, Calif., contributed to this report.