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Sporting world reacts to help Katrina victims

Associated Press

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees and the NFL were among members of the sports community to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, each donating $1 million to the American Red Cross.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said Wednesday the franchise was “heeding the President’s call to help the people devastated by this hurricane in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.”

The NFL’s contribution is in addition to efforts the league is taking to assist players whose families live in the area. The NFL also must decide how to deal with the New Orleans Saints, who are moving their base to San Antonio and almost surely will have to find a stadium other than the Superdome for home games.

Among the other charitable gestures by those in the sports world:

Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair teamed with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and arranged to fill a tractor-trailer with relief supplies bound for Mississippi; Serena Williams announced she would donate $100 for every ace she has the rest of the year, beginning with her two in a second-round victory at the U.S. Open; and the NBA players’ association will help deliver supplies to the hardest hit areas.

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