NIU sports events canceled; teams honor shooting victims

Updated: February 17, 2008, 1:56 AM ET
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DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois University announced Saturday that sporting events will be canceled through Sunday, Feb. 24 in the wake of a campus shooting.

The men's basketball team has an away game against Toledo scheduled for Wednesday and a home game against Tennessee State slated for the 24th.

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The women's team, meanwhile, was to visit Central Michigan on Tuesday and Toledo on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The women's track and field, women's gymnastics, women's softball, men's and women's tennis, wrestling and men's golf teams will not travel to away competitions this week.

The school had previously announced that all athletic events -- including a Sunday men's basketball home game against Western Michigan -- were canceled for this weekend.

A statement from NIU President John Peters Saturday said classes will resume Monday, Feb. 25, about a week and a half after a University of Illinois graduate student killed students in a lecture hall, then committed suicide.

The school is planning a memorial service on campus for Feb. 24, according to Peters.

Meanwhile, several Illinois-area sports teams are honoring the victims of the shooting, each in their own way.

The Chicago Blackhawks will honor shooting victims by wearing NIU Huskies decals on their helmets during Sunday's home game. The team announced that it also plans to wear the decals at St. Louis on Tuesday night and at home against Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The decal replicates the overlay of a black ribbon and Huskies logo that currently appears on NIU's official Web site.

The team will also observe a moment of silence before the national anthem at Sunday's game.

Moment of silences were also observed before the Drake-Northern Iowa and Marquette-Pittsburgh games Saturday afternoon in memory of the victims.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.