Epidemics

Empty seats ring the field during a One Day International cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Friday, March 13, 2020. Cricket Australia announced that three one-day international matches between Australia and New Zealand would be played in empty stadiums because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The first of the three matches began at the 48,000-seat Sydney Cricket Ground, where television announcers spoke of the "eerie" silence in the stadium devoid of fans. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
March 16, 2020 - 8:24 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 8:15 p.m. All professional cricket has been canceled in Australia in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and national organizers are “strongly recommending” that the remainder of the season be called off...
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Bugler Jay Cohen plays "First Call" as he calls the riders to post for the first race at Santa Anita Park to empty stands Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Arcadia, Calif. While most of the sports world is idled by the coronavirus pandemic, horse racing runs on. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 16, 2020 - 12:44 am
The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. That’s twice as long as...
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Former NBA player Michael Jordan cries while speaking during a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
March 15, 2020 - 11:14 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has announced he’ll donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for testing for the COVID-19 virus. The Minnesota-based medical system said it expects the...
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FILE- In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum stands in Cooperstown, N.Y. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the hall said it will close to the public beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
March 15, 2020 - 12:42 am
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 12:30 a.m.. Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment says it will pay its part-time and hourly employees impacted by the cancellations due to the coronavirus...
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The Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club, sits empty Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Washington. The NHL is following the NBA's lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak, the league announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
March 13, 2020 - 10:38 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 10:30 p.m. The Toronto Raptors say all members of their travel party — players, coaches, staff — have tested negative for the coronavirus, with one result still pending. The Raptors were tested in Toronto...
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ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 9 de abril de 2019, aficionados ingresan para presenciar una ronda de prácticas del Masters de golf en Augusta, Georgia. In this April 9, 2019, file photo, fans arrive for a practice round that's under a weather warning at the Masters golf. (AP Foto/Matt Slocum, archivo)
March 13, 2020 - 6:35 pm
The shock waves from the coronavirus outbreak rattled sports for another day as two rites of spring, the Masters and Boston Marathon, were postponed. There was at least some relief Friday that those events are expected to take place later in the year, unlike the stunning announcement the day before...
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A firefighter disinfects a square against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran's top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
March 13, 2020 - 11:45 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious authorities cancelled or limited weekly prayer gatherings across the Middle East on Friday to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as they encouraged the faithful to pray for those afflicted by the global pandemic. Iran, which is mired in the worst outbreak in...
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Shoppers wait in a line stretching outside of a Trader Joe's supermarket, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he will announce new restrictions on gatherings to halt the spread of the new coronavirus in the coming days, but he hopes to avoid closing all public events such as Broadway shows. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 12, 2020 - 11:14 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Japan's Olympics minister has brushed off President Donald Trump's suggestion the Tokyo Olympics be postponed. Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto told a news conference Friday that the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers are “not...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, Will Power, of Australia, drives into turn one during the Aeroscreen testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. After 10 months of testing, the canopy-shaped cockpit protection is intended to protect the driver from debris. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
March 12, 2020 - 3:41 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — IndyCar and NASCAR will both race this weekend without spectators, the latest sports series affected by concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. IndyCar pushed forward with Sunday's season-opening race after the mayor of St. Petersburg said Thursday fans would not be...
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A general view inside the empty San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday Feb. 27, 2020. Inter beat Ludogorets 2-1 in an empty stadium as a precaution because of the virus outbreak in Italy. (Emilio Andreoli, UEFA via AP)
February 29, 2020 - 10:11 am
Five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday in an attempt to contain the spread of a virus outbreak. The fixtures were originally due to be played without fans this weekend but the decision to call them off was taken by the league as part of “urgent measures for the containment...
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