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Ivy League First in Division I to Scrap Sports Competition

  • Schools cancel football and other sports for next semester
  • Covid-19 crisis puts popular pastime in limbo across the U.S.
A Yale Bulldogs player is tackled during a game against the Harvard Crimson at Fenway Park in 2018.
A Yale Bulldogs player is tackled during a game against the Harvard Crimson at Fenway Park in 2018.Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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The Ivy League canceled sports competition for the upcoming semester because of health and safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference in the U.S. to scrap football.

The conference, whose eight members include Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University, made the move Wednesday, according to a statement.