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Major League Baseball delayed Opening Day indefinitely on Monday, March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The season was set to open March 26, with all 30 teams in action. But last Thursday, MLB canceled spring training and delayed Opening Day by at least two weeks. It will be much longer than that.
The NFL announced it will proceed with the 2020 NFL Draft, but it has canceled all public events surrounding the draft scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas. "In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft," the league said in a statement Monday.
The NFL's new league year — and with it, free agency — will begin as scheduled on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, multiple outlets reported Sunday evening, March 15. The league reportedly sent a memo to all 32 teams confirming the schedule will not be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.