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Sports World on Pause due to Coronavirus

UNDATED (AP) — There will be no hoops, hardball, hockey or hazards for a while due to the coronavirus.

Locally the news is affecting high school and college sports along with the Dubuque Fighting Saints season as well.

Late last night the W-I-A-A announced the rest of the Wisconsin Girls State Basketball Tournament  and remainder of the Boys Basketball sectional tournaments and state tournament next week have been cancelled.

Before the cancellation of the tournament yesterday, at the Girls State Tournament in Green Bay, Platteville kept their record undefeated with a   D-3 semi-final win over Arcadia 48-45.

In the boy’s sectional tournament: D-4 at Mineral Point: unbeaten Cuba City defeated Darlington 55-48. In D-5 at Belmont: Wauzeka Steuben topped Potosi 53-44.

  • The rest of the Illinois High School boys basketball tournament schedule was cancelled. At the Iowa boys state tournament in Des Moines they will play the four championship games today in front of limited spectators in attendance .

The Loras women’s basketball teams found out yesterday their trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Michigan was halted. The Clarke University men’s and women’s teams dates in the N-A-I-A national tournaments next week have been cancelled.  The NCAA D-3 wrestling tournament in Cedar Rapids where Loras College was one of the favorites for the team title has also been cancelled along with the D-3 indoor track and field championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The USHL and Dubuque Fighting Saints announced its decision to suspend game play effective immediately and until further notice.

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The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic. The NCAA also canceled its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball and lacrosse.

 

Division I conference basketball tournaments have been canceled. Moments away from tipoff at some arenas, and minutes apart, each Power Five conference canceled its remaining games. The Big East game between Creighton and St. John’s began at Madison Square Garden but was called off at halftime. Smaller conferences followed suit, shutting down their tournaments.

 

Major League Baseball has delayed the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. Opening day had been scheduled for March 26, and the decision announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred left open whether each team would still play 162 games. MLB also suspended the rest of its spring training schedule.

 

The NHL has put its season on pause, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the NBA suspended its season following a positive test for COVID-19 by a Utah Jazz player. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the hope is to resume play later and still award the Stanley Cup. The NHL Players’ Association backed the decision, calling it “an appropriate course of action at this time.”

 

The PGA has canceled the remainder of The Players Championship, along with three tournaments leading up to The Masters. Tour officials had planned to ban spectators for at least the next month, beginning with the second round today at TPC Sawgrass. Also shut down were the Valspar Championship next week near Tampa, the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

 

— NFL teams are curtailing or completely stopping scouting operations as a safeguard against the spread of the new coronavirus. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets have ordered their scouts and assistant coaches to return home. The league canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.

— IndyCar and NASCAR will both race this weekend without spectators

— Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air.

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