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8/30/05

Sports World Also Affected By Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina has caused the postponement of Saturday's season opener between fifth-ranked LSU and North Texas.  The Tigers hope to announce a new date for the game later this week. Sunday's college football game between Tulane and Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg. The game is now scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And Ttah State's season opener at Nicholls State has been canceled.

No team or organization has been affected more than the NFL's New Orleans Saints, who retreated to San Jose, California for the week to escape the storm and prepare for Thursdays preseason game against Oakland. While they were gone, their home, the Superdome, was first used for shelter by thousands of residents, then later evacuated because of extensive damage and flooding.  The Saints home opener is scheduled for September 19 against the New York Giants, but it seems unlikely the stadium will be ready by then.  The Houston Texans have offered the Saints the use of Reliant Park for the game.

The mother and grandmother of Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre spent Monday night in the attic of their Mississippi house, avoiding Hurricane Katrina. Favre's mother called the veteran signal-caller this afternoon to say she is alright but that his childhood home has been damaged so badly that it will have to be demolished. Favre's family lives in Kiln, Mississippi, in the heart of the gulf coast area devastated by the hurricane. A team spokesman says water filled the house in five to ten minutes.

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