The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):
Brazilâ€™s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when thereâ€™s not enough time to stop ticket sales.
Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazilâ€™s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of SÃ£o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus.
Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.
The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings.
The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities.
SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.
Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 Americaâ€™s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With Italy at the epicenter of Europeâ€™s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the Americaâ€™s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls.
The second Americaâ€™s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.
Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealandâ€™s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England.
Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Clubâ€™s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers â€œfor making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.â€
SailGP, co-founded by former Americaâ€™s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3.
Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.
The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon.
The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players – especially from other countries – have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities.
USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.
That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.
The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions.
Florida Gulf Coastâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.
The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the leagueâ€™s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth.
FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didnâ€™t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened â€œbecause we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.â€
Sliding season in the U.S. is over.
USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says â€œwe must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletesâ€ amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid – including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships – are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the teamâ€™s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.
USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says â€œout of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.â€
A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”
She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.
Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”
She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”
On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.
Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.
The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.
Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.
That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.
The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.
The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities – events, development and foundation – from Monday to the end of April.
The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.
The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.
An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.
The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.
The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.
An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.
The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.
â€œThe Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.
The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.
The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, OrlÃ©ans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.
The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.
The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it â€œwill make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification pointsâ€ later.
The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.
U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.
The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.
The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.
Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.
The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.
Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.
The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The clubâ€™s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended.
The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.
â€œWe know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,â€ event director Hugh Brasher said.
Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.
The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.
Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.
He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.
Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.
Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.
The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.
Itâ€™s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.
The Six Nations says â€œwe have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.â€
Itâ€™s the first time the championship hasnâ€™t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.
The positive result prompted Madridâ€™s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the clubâ€™s training center.
Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was â€œfeeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.â€
Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.
NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next weekâ€™s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended itâ€™s season through the end of April. Four races are affected.
The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.
The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.
Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.
The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.
The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.
Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.
India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.
The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.
The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.
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Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had â€œindirect contactâ€ with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.
Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.
According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says â€œwe absolutely could expand the tournament program.â€
He adds that â€œRussia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.â€
The Giro dâ€™Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.
RCS Sport says â€œall parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.â€
The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich MÃ¤urer says Werder Bremenâ€™s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.
The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.
Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.
Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.
The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.
The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week – at an empty track – and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.
The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.
No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.
The first three stages of this year’s Giro dâ€™Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.
Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungaryâ€™s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.
Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.
German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian NÃ¼rnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.
The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.
Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.
Hannoverâ€™s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.
The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the â€œunexpectedly large crowdâ€ that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.
The committee says it took â€œthe difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.â€
It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.
The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.
Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.
The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”
Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.
The Paris-Nice cycling race wonâ€™t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.
The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.
The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.
The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 â€œat the earliest.â€
The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.
Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illnessâ€ and would self-isolate as a precaution.
The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.
England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.
The ECB says â€œwe look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.â€
The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.
England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.
UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.
The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.
The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.
No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.
Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.
Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.
Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.
Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.
However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.
The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.
The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.
All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.
Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.
The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”
Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannoverâ€™s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.
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