Coronavirus cancellations and reactions in sports

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As the coronavirus has spread around the globe in recent months, tournaments, games and other sporting events have been canceled, while others have been modified.

Here's a look at how the coronavirus is affecting sports in the U.S. and around the world:


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Near the end of the NBA's board of governors call on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett delivered an impassioned soliloquy on why the league and owners needed to consider the competitive and financial plights of smaller-market teams that could be left out of the season's summer resumption in Orlando, Florida.


Unable to yet reach a return-to-play agreement, Major League Baseball has discussed playing a shorter schedule in which it would pay members of the MLB Players Association their full prorated salaries.


The Bundesliga became the first of Europe's major soccer leagues to resume playing on May 16.

The Premier League is set to resume on June 17 after the clubs gave "Project Restart" the green light.

La Liga will restart on June 11, Spain's National Sports Council (CSD) has confirmed.

Serie A will return on June 20 after an agreement was reached between league bosses and the country's government.

Paris Saint-Germain have been declared Ligue 1 champions after the Professional Football League (LFP) in France confirmed that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have been ended.

In response to Major League Soccer's threat of a lockout, players from around the league declined to show up for training on Monday.

The Liga MX 2020 Clausura season has been canceled.


The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring athletes back to campus during a pandemic.


The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play, commissioner Gary Bettman said


With the PGA Tour set to resume its revised schedule in June, a lengthy memo was sent to players outlining the various procedures that will be put in place.

Auto racing

Kevin Harvick won his 50th career race as NASCAR returned at Darlington on May 17.

Formula One has announced the first eight dates of its rescheduled calendar as the sport aims to return to racing on July 5 in Austria.

IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas on June 6.


UFC 249, which took place without a crowd present on May 9, was one of the first major sporting events in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.


The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed -- organizers said the opening ceremony will now take place on July 23, 2021.

Track and field

The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

The European track and field championships in Paris this summer have been canceled as well.


USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year.


The Tour de France has been postponed -- it is now due to start on Aug. 29.


Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The French Open has been postponed and is now scheduled to run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.

Horse racing

The 146th Kentucky Derby has been moved from May 2 to Sept. 5. The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. The Belmont Stakes will take place June 20 without spectators and will be shortened from its traditional length.


Many events have been postponed or canceled, including the Fortnite World Cup.