NIU Cancels All Athletic Events After Shootings

Northern Illinois University has canceled all their athletic events in the wake of Thursday’s deadly campus shooting.

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All scheduled Huskies events - both home and away - will not be played this weekend. Teams affected include men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s tennis, women’s track & field, women’s gymnastics, men’s golf and wrestling.

The decision came on the day a former grad student entered a campus lecture hall and began shooting, killing five students and wounding a dozen others before killing himself.

Chargers Can Play In Qualcomm If They Want, But San Diego HS Games Canceled

CHARGERS WELCOME TO PLAY; SD HIGH SCHOOLS AREN’T: San Diego’s mayor says the Chargers’ home field will be ready for them on Sunday. Now it’s up to the team if they want to play there:

Qualcomm Chargers

THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE reports that Mayor Jerry Sanders has said Qualcomm Stadium will be available for the Chargers’ contest against the Houston Texans. “It’s their decision to play in San Diego or not.”The team and the NFL have yet to make a decision on the future of the game. Texans coach Gary Kubiak has said he was told that the game would happen in San Diego, but on Monday night.

The stadium has been used as an evacuation center for area folks fleeing the wildfires around the region. However, Sanders said that Qualcomm will be closed to evacuees by Friday.

Qualcomm evacuee sleeping

At one point, over 10,000 people sought shelter at the stadium, but now only 400 remain.Even with calming winds helping firefighters fight the blazes, many other athletic events in San Diego have been canceled. San Diego State’s football game against BYU was postponed until December.

And now all high school sports events in the region have been called off, from football to cross country. San Diego Section Commissioner Dennis Ackerman says the contests will not be made up.

San Diego High School Football

43 gridiron games were scheduled this weekend, including may homecoming contests. But considering the situation, most students and fans just want their homecoming to be to a house that’s still standing.*UPDATE*: Chargers will play on Sunday as scheduled.

Pro Lacrosse League Is Back In Business After Season Cancelation

TORONTO ROCK WILL ROLL; LACROSSE LEAGUE IS BACK ON: We can all breathe a sigh of relief now, as the National Lacrosse League looks ready to get back in business:

Lacrosse Toronto Rock

CBC SPORTS sticks us the news that a new deal between the NLL and its players was reached on Wednesday, a week after the pro lacrosse league announced they were canceling its upcoming season.After Wednesday’s talks were broken off around 5 p.m., emails were shuttled back & forth between commissioner Jim Jennings and reps of the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association. The two sides apparently came to terms around 8 p.m.

The PLPA was looking to increase salaries and re-do their collective bargaining agreement. After last week’s talks reached an impasse, Jennings met again with the players’ group to try and resurrect the season.

PLPA shirt

However, the 14-team league’s Board of Directors still has to approve the new deal. A vote is scheduled for Thursday.Stay tuned.

San Diego State Game Canceled Due to Wildfires

FIRES EXTINGUISH SAN DIEGO STATE-BYU FOOTBALL GAME: With wildfires burning all around, the Chargers aren’t the only football team affected by the hazardous conditions:

San Diego State Aztecs QB

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that San Diego State’s upcoming home game against BYU will be postponed. The Aztecs were to face the Cougars on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium, but the Mountain West Conference decided to cancel the contest.Qualcomm has become an evacuation shelter for area residents fleeing the flames. As the Aztecs’ field is being used for more important matters, MWC officials also nixed the game over concerns about air quality (welcome to SoCal!), fan safety, and travel issues.

While the NFL figures out what to do about the Chargers- Texans game, San Diego State will now host BYU on Dec. 1.

BYU football snowstorm

Too bad Saturday’s game is kaput. The Cougars could have brought some snow from Provo to help cool things down.