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NCAA, Baseball and NHL Complete Near-Shutdown of U.S. Sports

  • The leagues are suspending play, following lead of the NBA
  • Coronavirus has brought spectator events to a screeching halt
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The NCAA, Major League Baseball, PGA Tour and the National Hockey League will suspend play in response to the coronavirus, joining other U.S. organizations in virtually shutting down major spectator sports across the country.

The NCAA said Thursday that it was calling off March Madness, the mammoth men’s college-basketball tournament that spans 14 cities, along with the women’s tournament and other remaining championships. It had previously proposed holding March Madness without spectators in the arena, but the plan only lasted one day.