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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — While the coronavirus outbreak has silenced the sports world, the Iditarod continues on throughout Alaska. Fitting for an event that dubs itself the "Last Great Race on Earth." The race started in Anchorage, Alaska on March 7 and the first racer is expected to arrive at the finish line in Nome in the middle of this week. Overall, the mushers and dogs travel 975 miles through mostly wilderness, often in solitude.
NEW YORK -- A minor league player for the New York Yankees has tested positive for the coronavirus. The unidentified player is the first known case in baseball. The Yankees confirmed the news Sunday, March 15, telling MLB.com that the player had spent time only at the team's minor league facility and was never at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. "Yankees PR said there is no link from the infected player to anyone in big league camp," tweeted MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch.
The NCAA on Friday banned in-person recruiting for all Division I coaches through at least April 15, following the lead of many member schools that already had decided staff members can't travel and recruits can't visit campus. The Division I Council Coordination Committee will re-evaluate the issue next month. The recruiting dead period was put into place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Telephone calls and written correspondence will be allowed between coaches and recruits.
A day after NASCAR announced it would hold races this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway without fans in attendance due to concerns about the coronavirus, teams were told to pack up Friday morning as races officially were postponed. In addition, NASCAR announced Friday it also would postpone races set for next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
BOSTON -- The 2020 Boston Marathon, which draws an international field of more than 30,000 runners annually, was officially postponed until Monday, Sept. 14. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the expected delay on Friday, March 13. "The marathon is Boston," Walsh said. "We've shown before no matter the challenges to the city or the marathon, we are Boston Strong." The New York City Half Marathon, the St. Louis Marathon and numerous other events have been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
PONTE VERDE BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour, after receiving criticism from its own players while continuing competition after other U.S. sports organizations shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, finally changed its stance Thursday evening, March 12. The tour announced that it was canceling the rest of The Players Championship plus the following three events. The first round of The Players was held earlier Thursday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and following rounds were initially planned to be held without fans in attendance.
The NBA announced that it will suspend the season after the Wednesday night schedule until further notice as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic. "The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice," the league said in a statement. "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic." The announcement came shortly after a game between the Utah Jazz and the host Oklahoma City Thunder was called off moments before tipoff.
The NBA is entertaining the option of moving games to cities that have yet to suffer outbreaks of the coronavirus, ESPN reported on Wednesday morning. This is one of the options in play for the NBA as the league's board of governors plans to speak with the commissioner's office Wednesday on a conference call. Team presidents and general managers are expected to participate in conference calls on Thursday, ESPN reported. The NBA reportedly is also considering playing in empty arenas or even suspending game operation for a period of time in lieu of the virus.
HOUSTON -- James Harden scored a game-high 37 points, and Russell Westbrook added 27 while keying a decisive stretch late in the third quarter as the Houston Rockets beat the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 117-111 on Tuesday, March 10. After Westbrook had a hand in all of the points in a 10-0 run that closed the third quarter, Harden took the baton early in the fourth with two 3-pointers sandwiched around a floater that lifted the Rockets to their first double-digit lead of the game at 99-89 with 6:35 left to play.
The Ivy League canceled its men's and women's conference basketball tournaments on Tuesday due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The league's regular-season champions — the Yale men and Princeton women — will gain the automatic entries into the NCAA Tournaments.