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Schachmann wins Paris-Nice held amid coronavirus outbreak

VALDEBLORE-LA COLMIANE, France (AP) — German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann won the Paris-Nice race on Saturday in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. While France's soccer and rugby leagues scrapped their matches indefinitely on a hectic Friday - ...

Coronavirus putting a damper on prep tourneys across country

By Steve Megargee AP Sports Writer HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — There were no pep bands, no cheerleaders and only about 200 fans as the high school rivals faced off in a playoff game that might have drawn close to 2,000 in just about any other circumstance. Instead, it was a small crowd that ...

For these athletes, this is a spring break they don’t want

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton right-hander Ben Dotzler was supposed to be in the bullpen at TD Ameritrade Park this weekend, readying himself to pitch against Northern Colorado. Molly Little, who plays lacrosse for Denver, expected to be on the road for a ...

Dream denied: Virus dashes Dayton’s magical hoops season

By Dan Sewell Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly roused the University of Dayton’s men’s basketball team, and the city it uplifted, from a dream of a season. The 29-2 Flyers, ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, were rolling into ...

No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar from the new coronavirus that already is responsible for the loss of March Madness and the delay of opening day baseball. So ...

MLB encouraging players to go home after canceling spring training

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home, a day after canceling the rest of the spring training schedule and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Ballparks in Florida and ...

No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar by the new coronaivirus that already is responsible for the loss of March Madness and the delay of opening day baseball. So much ...

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 ...