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Kerry Eggers on Sports: Coronavirus timeout means it's time for sports fans to find other things to do

The day after almost all of sports went dark.

For the junkie, very dark times.

Nothing on television except international soccer, European golf and NASCAR.

And it's going to be that way for a while.

Time for us to find other things to do.

Catch up on on the latest movies. Read a book (or a newspaper). Get done some of that yardwork you've been putting off.

Do a crossword puzzle. Play a board game (video game, if you must). Get going on some needlepoint (especially you guys).

Call your parents or your children if you haven't spoken for a while. Spend a little more time with your significant other.

These are things people used to do more of.

The coronavirus hiatus won't last forever. The NBA is hoping for 30 days. That seems a bit of a pipe dream, but we'll see.

Your Trail Blazers have not gone into hiberation since Wednesday's announcement that games would not go on. There are no group activities or team practices allowed through at least Monday. But the Tualatin practice facility has been open, and players have worked with assistant coaches in a one-on-one setting.

Players will remain in Portland through at least Monday, when management will reassess with direction from the NBA hierarchy.

The NBA seems determined to continue the season, if at all possible.

"Even if we are out a month or six weeks, we could still re-start the season," Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday. "It might mean the Finals take place in July, or late July. It's way premature to suggest that we have lost the season."

If that were to happen, it might work out well for your home team. Center Jusuf Nurkic, who was to make his return Sunday against Houston after a year's rehab from a broken leg, would have the chance for more scrimmage sessions prior to his first game. Power forward Zach Collins, out for most of the season following shoulder surgery, likely would be back at some point — perhaps for all of the 16 games left in the regular-season schedule, if they are to be played.

So there's hope, but mostly despair in the college ranks, where winter championship events have been canceled and all of the spring season scrubbed.

My heart goes out to the obvious sources.

Sabrina Ionescu, Kelly Graves and the Oregon women's basketball team won't get their shot at an NCAA championship.

Mikayla Pivec, Scott Rueck and the Oregon State women's team miss a chance to make at least the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight season.

Michael Meek's upstart University of Portland women's team, which came out nowhere to win the WCC tournament, now won't be the first Pilots team to participate in the NCAA Tournament since 1997.

Dana Altman's Pac-12 champion Oregon men's team won't get to see what it can do with the big boys in the NCAA Tournament.

Wayne Tinkle's Oregon State men's team, gathering momentum as it looked ahead to a rubber match with the Ducks in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, is now looking at a stop sign.

The sterling careers of Payton Pritchard and Tres Tinkle end prematurely.

Mike Johnston's Winterhawks were quietly putting together an amazing season, leading the tough U.S. Division with the Western Hockey League's best record hitting the home stretch of the regular season. Now the Hawks are in dry dock.

I think about the college athletes who have had their spring season taken away.

I think about the high school seniors in all the winter and especially the spring sports. Let's hope those who fall into the latter category at least have part of a season.

I worry about what will happen to several events that are part of the Oregon sporting landscape.

Promoter extraordinaire Tom Jordan is set to launch the 46th running of the Prefontaine Classic, the nation's greatest track and field invitational, on June 6-7. Those dates have to be in jeopardy, as are those of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials from June 19-28, also at Eugene's newly refurbished Hayward Field.

There are small events, such as Stevie Forbes' "2 Pound Sports" promotions, which was staging his biggest boxing card yet on April 4 at Clackamas Armory. Forbes said Friday the event will be pushed back, likely to mid-May.

For the person who loves watching sports, like me, this will be a rough couple of months.

We'll get by. In the meantime, we'll do other things. It will be good for us.

And when sports do return, we may appreciate them even more.

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