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NBA season suspended…No fans for March Madness…Empty seats for conference tourneys

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA season has been suspended until further notice due to the virus outbreak. The decision was announced after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, and only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. A person with knowledge of the situation said the player who tested positive was Jazz center Rudy Gobert .

UNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says its Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement that he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public.

UNDATED (AP) — Each of the Power Five basketball tournaments will proceed without fans. ACC games will be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present. Big 12 squads will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis. Big Ten attendance will be limited to team personnel, conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. The SEC also says fans will be kept out of all regular-season events on its campuses and other league championships through at least March 30.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues stayed atop the NHL’s Central Division with a 4-2 win at Anaheim. Alex Pietrangelo  supplied two goals and Zach Sanford put the Blues ahead to stay late in the second period. The second-place Colorado Avalanche stayed two points behind St. Louis by downing the Rangers, 3-2 on J.T. Compher’s goal 2:50 into overtime.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights continue to lead the NHL’s Pacific Division by three points following the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Kyle Connor broke a 2-2 deadlock 29 seconds into the third period before sending his 38th goal of the season into an empty net. The first goal was his 200th career point. Tyler Ennis and Connor McDavid scored in the Oilers’ second straight loss.

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