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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: NBA cancels Jazz game with Russia facing attacks

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posted on Sep, 17 2004 @ 07:01 PM
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz's exhibition game in Russia next month was canceled by the NBA on Friday because of security concerns.
The league and the Jazz hope to reschedule the game for possibly next preseason, but with Russia facing attacks from Chechen rebels, the NBA decided it was not a good idea to send a team there now.

The country is still reeling from the deaths of more than 300 people, including many children, after rebels took control of a school in Beslan two weeks ago.

"I would like to express my deepest condolences for what the Russian people have endured in recent weeks. Our thoughts are with them," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

The Jazz were scheduled to play CSKA in Moscow on Oct. 8.

Two other international exhibitions are still on schedule. Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets play the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai on Oct. 14 and in Beijing three days later.

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