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Tragedy forces postponement of Stanford at Arizona men's basketball game

Concern over shooting of Arizona congresswoman causes change in schedule

Stanford's men's basketball game against host Arizona was postponed until Sunday following the tragic shooting of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others Saturday morning in Tucson.

"The University feels the game should be delayed with deep respect to the victims and families impacted by this tragedy," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said.

Giffords was shot in the head when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.

Giffords was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding to commands from doctors. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the killed, and a U.S. Marshal said a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack.

Giffords' spokesman C.J. Karamargin said an unspecified number of her staff members were injured in the shooting. Congressional officials said an aide to the Democrat was killed, and President Barack Obama said five people died in all.

The game will be played at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the McKale Center. Television plans have not been determined. The game, originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, was to be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Fox Sports Net Arizona.

— Stanford Athletics and AP reports

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