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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ The Southeastern Conference will play football games this weekend.

The league said Wednesday its schools ``mourn the tragic loss of lives, bodily injury and condemn the acts of destruction'' from the terrorist attacks in Washington and New York.

But, the SEC said, the games ``present a meaningful opportunity to bring our people together in a common expression of sympathy and mourning.''

There will be nine games involving SEC teams this weekend.

The SEC said a pregame ceremony will be held at each game and the schools will donate a total of $1 million from the gate receipts and TV fees to funds aiding victims of the attacks.

Fans at each game will be encouraged to donate to the funds.