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Frances postpones games

MIAMI -- Florida State and Miami will still play in prime time, just four days later than planned.

The nationally televised game, originally scheduled for Monday night, was postponed yesterday as Hurricane Frances moved closer to Florida's east coast. No. 11 Florida's opener against Middle Tennessee State tomorrow also was rescheduled.

The game between the No. 5 Seminoles and the No. 6 Hurricanes will be played next Friday night at the Orange Bowl.

"Our biggest concern is for the safety of anyone who is in the path of Hurricane Frances, and we felt the appropriate thing to do is to reschedule the game," Miami athletic director Paul Dee said.

Florida's home game will be played Oct. 16, athletic director Jeremy Foley said.

In baseball, the Florida Marlins postponed today's series opener against the Chicago Cubs.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been in contact with league officials about their possibilities. Tampa Bay is scheduled to play Detroit today through Sunday at Tropicana Field. "The No. 1 thought in our minds is safety," said Devil Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn. "Safety for our fans, our players and our employees."

In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins said they were still planning to travel to New Orleans for today's preseason finale with the Saints, but that could change. Players are concerned about leaving their families behind. Frances, packing winds of 145 miles per hour, is expected to hit the state late today or early tomorrow. More than a million people were told to clear out.

Several other sports events already had been postponed or canceled, including last night's Jacksonville-Florida International football game and tomorrow's Gateway Classic between Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville.

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