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The Masters, NBA and More: All the 2020 Sporting Events Currently Affected by Coronavirus

As governments around the world act to slow the spread of coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — sports leagues are taking unprecedented and necessary moves to protect players and fans by postponing and canceling events.

The epidemic has so far claimed the lives of more than 4,900 people and sickened 130,500 others as of Thursday morning, March 12, according to the New York Times.

As PEOPLE previously reported, initial cases of the respiratory illness can be traced back to Wuhan, China in late December. Wuhan is a major transportation hub with hundreds of flights leaving and landing from the city of 11 million each day, and the virus quickly spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the Zika epidemic in 2016.

President Donald Trump announced restrictions on travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days, which begins Friday at midnight. So far, there have been 1,302 confirmed coronavirus cases and 38 deaths in the United States as of Thursday morning.

To help slow the transmission of the virus, many cities have begun to prohibit large gatherings — which directly affects sports franchises in these areas. Individual teams and leagues have now postponed or canceled games for the foreseeable future.

Sporting events that have been canceled or postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic include:

  • NBA: The league announced on Wednesday night it would postpone its 2019-2020 season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus before a scheduled game.
  • NHL: On Thursday, the league announced plans to suspend its season to slow the spread of the virus, spurred on by the developments in the NBA.
  • MLS: The soccer league said they would go into a 30-day hiatus “based on the advice and guidance” of health organizations.
  • MLB: Major League Baseball is halted spring training on Thursday afternoon, and pushed back the start of the season by two weeks.
  • NCAA: The Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament scheduled for March was canceled by the NCAA.
  • Golf: The April 9 through 12 Masters is the fifth PGA Tour event that will be postponed, including the Players Championship, the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship and the Valero Texas Open.
  • Europe: Italian soccer team Juventus was placed on a 14-day quarantine when a player tested positive for coronavirus. The Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A are all suspending their seasons.
  • Running: The Boston Marathon was postponed until Sept. 14.
  • Tennis: Organizers made the last-minute decision to call off the annual BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, due to coronavirus concerns. The ATP has called off matches for at least six weeks, and the highly anticipated Miami Open has been canceled.
  • Olympics: The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic committees postponed their media summit in Los Angeles scheduled for March 15 to 18. Team USA Soccer has also canceled national team games.
  • XFL: The XFL canceled its regular-season games, it announced in a Thursday statement.
  • NASCAR: On Friday, NASCAR postponed the Atlanta Motor Speedway race this upcoming weekend, as well as next weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

By Jason Duaine Hahn

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Floyd Mayweather Pays Tribute to Late Ex-Girlfriend Josie Harris 3 Days After She Was Found Dead

Floyd Mayweather is remembering Josie Harris, his former girlfriend and the mother of his three children, after she passed away at the age of 40.

On Friday, the retired boxer, 43, shared several photos of himself with the reality star through the years on his Instagram account, captioning each shot with a heartfelt phrase about his ex.

“My Angel,” he wrote alongside a picture of him and Harris in a sweet embrace, while a caption for another candid read, “My Heart.”

In the tributes, Mayweather also called Harris “My Love,” “My Rock,” “My Sweetheart,” “My Family,” and “My Friend.”

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Mayweather and Harris have three children — sons Koraun, 20, and Zion, 18, and daughter Jirah, 15 — together.

By Gabrielle Chung

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LeBron James Says ‘We Really Need to Cancel’ 2020 After NBA Suspends Season Over Coronavirus

LeBron James’ reaction to the NBA’s season suspension is likely the same way many Americans feel about the current situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tweeting on Thursday, James, 35, wrote, “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc.”

“What we really need to cancel is 2020! ??‍♂️. Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe??.”

The NBA announced their decision to suspend the season earlier this week after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19. The test was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the NBA said in a statement shared on Twitter.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement concluded.

Before the suspension, the NBA sent out a league-wide memo informing teams to prepare for the possibility of playing games without spectators in the building, according to CNBC.

Responding to the idea of playing without crowds, the Los Angeles Lakers star said he wouldn’t participate if it came to that “impossible” scenario.

“I ain’t playing,” James told reporters at the Staples Center after a game, according to USA Today. “I ain’t got the fans in the crowd? That’s who I play for. I play for my teammates; I play for the fans — that’s what it’s all about.”

The athlete added: “If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.”

It’s been a rough year for James, who also lost one of his longtime friends in Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

By Lindsay Kimble

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Enjoy Romantic Stroll on the Beach During Trip to Costa Rica

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are enjoying their vacation in Costa Rica.

The NFL star and his supermodel wife were seen enjoying a romantic walk on the beach during a family trip to the Central American country.

Brady, 42, sported a pair of red and white checked swim trunks while Bündchen, 39, opted for a thin-strapped navy bikini. The two showed off their toned bodies as they strolled the shore side by side.

The former Victoria’s Secret model was spotted wrapping her arms around Brady’s neck as the pair shares a passionate kiss.

Their vacation comes at a time of uncertainty for Brady and his NFL career.

Earlier this month, the Boston Herald reported that the NFL star’s recent phone call with the New England franchise’s coach Bill Belichick “didn’t go well.”

The outlet reported that their phone call doesn’t necessarily mean Brady won’t stay in New England, but didn’t give details of the check-in. A source told NFL.com last month that the Patriots, at the time, were willing to fork over $30 million a year to keep Brady on the team’s roster

By Georgia Slater