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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.
Less than a week after telling teams to begin developing plans to play games with no fans or media in attendance, the NBA will hold a conference call with teams Wednesday to discuss next steps to take with the growing coronavirus outbreak, ESPN reported Monday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kevin Fiala scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime on a power play with 59 seconds remaining, as the Minnesota Wild moved back into playoff eligibility with a 5-4 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, March 8. Mats Zuccarello, Victor Rask and Alex Galchenyuk also scored as the Wild took hold of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference one day after they were crushed 7-3 by the Los Angeles Kings.
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Joey Logano, who drove to victory at Phoenix Raceway in November of 2016 but had been pretty average since then at the 1-mile oval in the Arizona desert, rediscovered his winning touch on Sunday, March 8, when he took the checkered flag in his Ford in the FanShield 500. The victory was the second of the year for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion and the 25th of his Cup Series career. It also came in overtime.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- England's Tyrrell Hatton shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 in tough conditions Sunday, March 8, but held on and captured his first PGA Tour victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Hatton, in his 60th PGA Tour start, finished with an overall 4-under 284 to prevail by one shot ahead of Australia's Marc Leishman and two shots better than South Korea's Sungjae Im. Leishman and Im each shot 1-over 73 on Sunday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. "To hold on and win here, it's such an iconic venue, I'm just over the moon," the 28-year-old Hatton said.