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. Eleventh-ranked Florida's opener against Middle Tennessee State tomorrow also was rescheduled, to Oct. 16.

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

In baseball, the Florida Marlins postponed today's series opener against the Chicago Cubs. The team said no decision has been made on whether to call off tomorrow's or Sunday's games, or when today's postponement will be made up.

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.

In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins said that they were planning to travel to New Orleans for tonight's preseason finale with the Saints, but that could change. Players are concerned about leaving behind their families.

Frances, packing winds of 145 mph, is expected to hit the state late tonight or early tomorrow. More than a million people were told to evacuate yesterday. Several other sports events already had been postponed or canceled.

South Florida's Monday afternoon football game against Pittsburgh at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium is still scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff, the school said yesterday afternoon.

* HOCKEY: Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal and minor league goaltender Illya Bryzgalov held his own, helping Russia beat the United States, 3-1, in pool play in a World Cup of Hockey game played in St Paul, Minn.

The Russians (1-0) dominated the game despite the absence of several NHL stars from their team, outshooting the United States 45-21. The Americans, meanwhile, got off to a slow start again and fell to 0-2. They must defeat Slovakia tonight to avoid a quarterfinal game in Toronto against Canada, which beat the Americans, 2-1, on Tuesday.

"We're really embarrassed with the way we came out and played this hockey game," St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said. . . .

Miikka Kiprusoff earned his second straight shutout as Finland blanked Germany, 3-0, in Cologne, Germany. The Finns clinched home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals next week.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alex Smith threw for three touchdowns, rushed for two more and finished with 435 yards of offense, and No. 20 Utah backed up its first preseason ranking with a 41-21 win over Texas A&M in Salt Lake City.

Smith threw for a personal-best 359 yards in the opener for both teams, a game that had the look of a Utah rout from early on. The Utes led 7-0 barely a minute into the game and avenged their only nonconference loss of last season.

* COURTS: The former priest from Ireland who sabotaged the men's Olympic marathon by tackling the race leader was ordered to stand trial in Britain next month on child indecency charges dating to events from more than 10 years ago.

Neil Horan, also known as Cornelius Horan, is charged with two counts of indecency with a child. The alleged offenses are said to have taken place between September 1990 and April 1993. He has denied both charges. . . .

The woman who accused Charles Barkley of groping her at a nightclub in Philadelphia withdrew her police complaint. "It's a non-case. It's over with," her lawyer, A. Charles Peruto Jr., said, adding "everyone is under agreement that this was just a big misunderstanding."

* BOXING: Less than a week after becoming the only American boxer to win gold in Athens, light heavyweight Andre Ward has signed with rap impresario-turned-boxing manager James Prince, according to Washington attorney Jeff Fried, who represents Prince. Fried said Ward signed a four-year deal worth at least $100,000, and Fried and Prince will enter negotiations next week on Ward's behalf with cable networks HBO and Showtime.

* WNBA: Crystal Robinson had seven of her 16 points during a 17-4 run in the second half to rally the New York Liberty past the visiting Charlotte Sting, 56-52. . . . DeMya Walker's layup with eight-tenths of a second left lifted the Sacramento Monarchs to a 66-64 victory over the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars.

* GOLF: Christina Kim made 11 birdies and tied the tournament record of 10-under-par 62 for a two-shot lead after the opening round of the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.

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Quarterback Alex Smith accounted for 435 yards of total offense and five touchdowns as No. 20 Utah opened its season with a rout of Texas A&M.