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Champions League, Europa League games postponed by UEFA

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak. Two Champions League games — Barcelona vs. Napoli, and Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea — had been planned for Wednesday. But there are travel restrictions ...

Olympic torch relay in Greece suspended because of virus

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Olympic committee suspended the rest of its torch relay on Friday because of the "unexpectedly large crowd" that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd ...

Dream denied: Virus dashes Dayton’s magical hoops season

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly roused the University of Dayton from its dream of a basketball season. The 29-2 Flyers, ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, were rolling into tournament play on a 20-game winning streak that had ...

Boston Marathon postponed until Sept. 14 amid virus concerns

By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon, the planet's most celebrated footrace, are postponing the event until Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday. The Boston Athletic Association, ...

MLB delays opening day at least 2 weeks because of virus

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida’s west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call. No game tonight. No games for a while. “Pretty ...

MLS commissioner, USSF VP criticize US Soccer’s legal stance

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and U.S. Soccer Federation vice president Cindy Cone criticized the legal stance taken by the USSF toward the women’s national team under president Carlos Cordeiro, A day after American women protested by ...

Jazz stars Mitchell, Gobert test positive; Gobert apologizes

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz confirmed Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, publicly saying that he is personally dealing with the pandemic that has temporarily shut down the NBA and other major sports leagues. Later, his Jazz ...

March Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirus

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Sports Writer The NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments on Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned. The unprecedented move comes a day ...

On ice: NHL suspends season amid coronavirus pandemic

By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers The NHL is placing its season on ice — for now. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the league will “pause” its season, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the NBA suspended ...

NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday ...

Zibanejad scores 5 goals, Rangers knock Caps from 1st place

By Simmi Buttar AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mika Zibanejad scored five goals to match the New York Rangers’ record, capping the scoring spree 33 seconds into overtime in a wild 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Zibanejad is the second player in NHL ...

NBA-leading Bucks bounce back from loss to rout Pacers

By Steve Megargee AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA’s best record in part by avoiding slumps. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Bucks bounced back from one of their weakest performances of the season to rout the ...

Stephen Curry set to return for Warriors on Thursday night

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is scheduled to return from a more than four-month absence with a broken left hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. The Warriors announced Wednesday night that Curry had been ...

Reds’ Bauer says tipping pitches for Dodgers all in fun

By Gary Schatz Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Bauer thinks his decision to tip pitches for a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during a spring training game and the resulting attention are good for baseball. The Cincinnati Reds’ outspoken starter signaled pitches to the ...

Yelich stays quiet amid reports of new contract with Brewers

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich is staying quiet when it comes to his contract situation with the Milwaukee Brewers. While Yelich is brushing off questions about his new deal, his teammates are all-too-happy to sing his praises. The 28-year-old is ...

Italian sport to take place without fans until April 3

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MILAN (AP) — All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak in the country, the Italian government announced on Wednesday. That will likely see the Italian soccer league resume in ...

Smoke returns: Stewart plans to race on Indy road course

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Smoke is hoping to kiss the bricks one more time. NASCAR Hall of Famer driver Tony Stewart announced plans Wednesday to drive in the Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2020 Hall of Fame inductee will ...

Pirates sanitize LECOM Park as proactive measure vs. virus

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other ...

Iowa hoping season dominance carries over to Big Ten meet

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's top-ranked wrestling team made it through the regular season undefeated. Ten of the Hawkeyes' 13 dual-meet wins came against nationally ranked teams, including a 13-day stretch in January in which they defeated Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State — all teams ...

UMKC, Chicago State men’s hoops not traveling due to virus

SEATTLE (AP) — Missouri-Kansas City has joined Chicago State in canceling a trip to Seattle for a regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game this week over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the conference announced Wednesday. UMKC was scheduled to play ...