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From NBA to Little League, practices and competitions are called off here and around the world

PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - Tennis players of all ages enjoy a sunny spring day at the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts in Berkeley Park.First it was, "What if we played a game and nobody came?"

Games would go on, but with no one in attendance.

Then it was, game over — for nearly every sport, league, team and athlete in not only the United States but also the world.

Practices — in groups and for all intents and purposes — have ended, too, for the time being.

The old-fashioned, infomercial-fed home workout idea? That's the only real choice left at the moment for everyone from Damian Lillard to stay-at-home, socially-isolating you.

The end to this nightmare for sports fans suddenly forced to carry on somehow without the thrill and agony of live events? Some sports officials are hoping the suspensions and cancellations can come to a halt later this spring. But it looks like that generally is more likely toward early summer — if then.

We'll keep you apprised.

Here is your Friday rundown on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on sports, locally and globally:

Trail Blazers: The NBA is shut down indefinitely — and who knows if the 2020-21 season can be resumed or somehow completed.

"This literally changes hour by hour in terms of what we know," Commissioner Adam Silver said.

NBA players initially were told to stay in their markets, but they are now free to leave. Team and group practices are not allowed.

Silver holds out hope play can resume, and with at least some semblance of the playoffs, even if fans are not able to be on hand.

One other idea Silver floated this week is to assemble assorted players in some manner and place for a charity game — which no doubt would give the league gigantic TV ratings.

"People are stuck at home. They need a diversion. They need to be entertained," he said.

Timbers: The MLS season is off until at least mid-May. The Timbers have had nine of 34 regular-season matches postponed. They and other teams are not allowed to train at this point, either.

The Timbers (1-1-0) are scheduled to return to the pitch on Sunday, May 17 at home against the Seattle Sounders.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup also has been suspended, for 30 days. That delays the first three rounds, which were set for March 24 through April 23. Portland will join the competition in the fourth round (of 32) on May 19 or 20.

Timbers 2: The United Soccer League team has suspended play until May 10. That wipes out Portland's home opener, set for Sunday against Colorado Springs. Also gone are T2 matches versus Reno 1868, San Antonio FC, Real Monarchs SLC, OKC Energy FC, San Diego Loyal SC, FC Tulsa and Sacramento Republic FC. From May 16 through Oct. 17, Timbers 2 still have 24 league games, including 11 at Hillsboro Stadium and one at Providence Park.

Thorns: The National Women's Soccer League has canceled all preseason matches — including the Thorns' tournament that was to be played between March 29 and April 4 at Providence Park. Teams are prohibited from training through at least Sunday.

The Thorns' season opener is April 18 at Providence Park against the Utah Royals. The 24-game regular season goes through Oct. 18.

Winterhawks: Playoffs? Maybe.

But in the meantime, the Western Hockey League has canceled the remainder of its regular-season and declared Portland the winner.

That's based on winning percentage — the Winterhawks finished 45-11-3-4 (97 points, .770), just ahead of the Everett Silvertips 46-13-3-1 (96, .762). Portland won its last three games, beating Tri-City and then Victoria twice in rallying to the top spot, after leading most of the campaign.

Everett split its last two games, both with the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Hawks have been named recipients of the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy for the fourth time in Portland. They also won their 14th division title since arriving in Portland for the 1976-77 season.

The playoffs were slated to begin on Friday, March 27. The Ed Chynoweth Cup goes to the winner of the playoffs as WHL champions.

"We will continue to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. We will make every effort possible to conduct the 2020 WHL playoffs at a later date," WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said.

Winterhawks players have remained in Portland with their billet families and as of March 16 were allowed to use team facilities for online classwork and off-ice training periods.

Hops: Hillsboro's Class A baseball team is scheduled to open June 17 at the Spokane Indians. The Hops' home opener is June 22 against the Eugene Emeralds. The start of minor-league baseball is various levels is being delayed, however.

Pickles: Portland is set for the West Coast League's 16th season of college wood-bat baseball. The Pickles' home slate at Walker Stadium kicks off June 3 with a nonleague game against the San Francisco Seals.

College football: The Oregon and Oregon State spring games set for April 18 have been called due to the pandemic. Portland State got in most of its spring football workouts but had to cancel its 15th and final session along with its March 14 spring game.

Pac-12: On March 14, the conference canceled all sports competition through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. All team-related activities are suspended until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited.

Big Sky: On March 18, the league, which includes Portland State, canceled all spring sports competitions and championships and suspended practices and workouts.

West Coast Conference: On March 14, the WCC canceled all spring sports for the University of Portland and its other members, including organized practices, for the 2019-20 academic year.

GNAC: The NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which includes Concordia and Western Oregon, has canceled all spring sports, and suspended all athletics-related activities through June 30.

The turn of events cut short the final season of Concordia athletics, as the school announced earlier this year that it will close after this academic year and that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church Extension Fund are likely to put up the Northeast Portland school property for sale.

NWC: The NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, which includes Lewis & Clark, Pacific University, George Fox, Linfield and Willamette, on March 12 canceled spring sports competition and championships.

NAIA: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has canceled all spring sports, which wipes out track and field and golf for Multnomah and track and field, golf and softball for Warner Pacific of the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

NWAC: The junior college Northwest Athletic Conference (which includes Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College) has canceled spring competitions and championships.

Preps: The Oregon School Activities Association has suspended spring practices and contests through April 28, per the closure of schools statewide by Gov. Kate Brown.

The OSAA Executive Board will meet on April 1 and 15 and reevaluate options for later this spring.

The Oregon High School Lacrosse Association (boys) and Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association have suspended practices and games through March 31.

Little League baseball/softball: Little League International, which has more than 6,5000 programs in more than 84 countries, has recommended that all leagues suspend or delay all activities until at least May 11.

Nike Hoop Summit: The annual clash at Moda Center between top young players from the U.S. and world, which was set for April 10, has been canceled by USA Basketball.

Women's football: The Portland Fighting Shockwave's start of the Women's Football Alliance season has been pushed back four weeks, to May 2.

Roller derby: All Rose City Rollers skating programs are canceled for the rest of March. Bouts are postponed through April 18.

Skiing: Mt. Hood Meadows announced on Friday that it will suspend operations for the season.

"We have considered several options for a continued limited operation, such as just running lifts without any lodge services," Mt. Hood Meadows said in a press release. "It is possible that we could implement such a limited operation before the end of this season, depending on how the situation unfolds moving forward. But for now we are suspending operations to support this global effort to reduce viral spread."

Timberline is are closed through indefinitely, and Mount Bachelor has suspended operations through Sunday, March 22.

Mt. Hood Skibowl suspended operations on Wednesday. "At this time, our intent is to reopen as soon as feasible for ski operations but the exact timeline is not yet known," Mt. Hood Skibowl said on its website.

Hoodoo Ski Area is closed until next season.

Willamette Pass Ski Area has remained opened through Sunday, March 29.

"Skiing and Snowboarding can contribute to a healthy life," the resort said on its website. "Keeping active during this health crisis has benefits. WPR plans to remain open to promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle during this time."

Portland Parks & Recreation: All indoor facilities, including community centers, pools and indoor courts, are closed at least through April 14.

Bowling: Grand Central and KingPins in Southeast Portland have closed indefinitely. Milwaukie Bowl has, too, with its annual regional tournament still set for August.

NFL: The draft is still on for April 23-25, but fans will not be allowed to attend in Las Vegas, Nev.

Offseason workouts are scheduled to begin April 6 for teams with a new head coach and on April 20 for teams with a returning head coach.

Post-draft rookie mini-camps are on for May 1-4 and 8-11.

The NFL's spring meeting is May 19-20 at Marina Del Ray, California.

Preseason camps start in July.

XFL: The first-year, eight-team league called off the final five rounds of its 10-game regular-season and playoffs. Players with the Seattle Dragons and other teams will receive their base pay and benefits, and the league said it intends to return in 2021. 

CFL: The Canadian Football League preseason is set to start on May 24, and Week 1 of the regular season has games on June 11 and 12.

NHL: The league suspended play indefinitely with about three weeks left in its regular season. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said because each team has played at least 68 games, "we have had a meaningful regular season in terms of separating potential playoff teams from non-playoff teams." That shows the NHL is mostly contemplating what kind of playoff tournament it could hold in a shortened time period, even if the format calls for single-elimination matchups.

Also up in the air are the NHL scouting combine, June 1-6 at Buffalo, and the NHL draft, June 26-27 at Montreal.

Minor-league hockey: The American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League, which also include several former Winterhawks, have gone dark. The AHL suspended play indefinitely, and the ECHL has canceled the remainder of its season.

MLB: The major leagues called off the rest of spring training, postponed opening day until at last May and might wind up not starting until around Memorial Day, if then. The 2020 season was scheduled to begin on March 26. The Seattle Mariners and all other teams still are allowed to make roster moves, cut players from spring rosters and reassign or option players to minor-league teams.

WNBA: The league has yet to cancel its April 17 draft, in which Oregon Ducks stars Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard are expected to be high selections. Training camps remain booked to start April 26, with the regular season to begin on May 15. But, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said "the health and safety of players and employees — with our teams and at the league level — is of the utmost importance."

Track and field: The Pac-12 championships that were set Corvallis (multi-events, May 9 and 10) and for the still-under-rebuilding Hayward Field (May 16 and 17) have been canceled.

USA Track & Field said it is proceeding as plans for the Olympic Trials, also booked for Hayward Field, June 19-28.

Another Hayward favorite, the annual Nike Prefontaine Classic, is slated for June 7.

The biggest events in Portland — the Portland Track Festival and Stumptown Twilight -- are scheduled for June 4 and 5, and June 12, respectively, at Lewis & Clark College.

Also still on are the USATF Under-20 championships, June 12-14 at Miramar, Florida.

The annual Hershey UASTF National Youth Indoor Championship, which was set for March 20-22 at Staten Island, New York, has been canceled.

The Drake Relays (April 25, Des Moines, Iowa) have been canceled. The Penn Relays (April 25, Philadelphia) have been canceled, though officials said they will try to have a substitute track meet in late May or early June.

Marathons — The Portland Marathon is not until Oct. 4. The Boston Marathon, however, was postponed last week for five months and now is set for Sept. 14.

Olympics: The Tokyo Summer Games are still on for July 24-Aug. 9. More and more people, however, are calling for them to be postponed.

IndyCar: IndyCar canceled the first four events on its 2020 calendar, races in St. Petersburg, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, Long Beach, California and Austin, Texas.

Thirteen events remain, the next set for May 9 GRM Grand Prix on a 14-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by the May 24 Indy 500 on the traditional 2.5-mile oval.

The Grand Prix of Portland is Sept. 4-6 at Portland International Raceway.

PIR has canceled events until at least April 15.

NASCAR: The stock car governing body has canceled races through May 3. In the Nascar Cup Series, seven events lost at least for now are now listed as TBD: The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the Food City 500 at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway, the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Virginia) Raceway, the Gico 500 at Talladega (Florida) Superspeedway and the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover (Delaware) International Speedway.

Next on tap in the series is the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Drag racing: The 32nd annual Hot Rod Nationals at Woodburn Dragstrip are Aug. 7-9.

PGA Tour: In two stages, the tour has canceled eight events through the AT&T Byron Nelson, which was to end on May 10. The latest tournaments called off include the RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic and Wells Fargo Championship.

The Masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed, with no new date announced.

The PGA Championship, the second of four majors on the 2020 men's calendar, has been postponed from May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco to dates to be determined.

The U.S. Open remains on for June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club.

LPGA Tour: The ladies tour has canceled nine events, through the LPGA Mediheal Championship April 30-May 3 in Daly City, Calif.

Among the losses was the ANA Inspiration, which was booked for April 2-5 at Rancho Mirage, Calif., and was to be the first of five major tournaments. The tour has pushed back the ANA Inspiration to Sept. 10-13.

To make that adjustment, the annual Rose City stop, the Cambia Portland Classic, has been set back one week to Sept. 17-20 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. From Portland, the top women golfers in the world will go to the Volunteers of America Classic at The Colony, Texas, for an Oct. 1-4 tournament.

Other women's golf: The Symetra Tour, a supporting circuit, postponed events in late March in Beaumont, Calif., and April 2-4 at Windsor, Calif. Next on the calendar is the IOA Invitational May 7-9, at Milton, Georgia.

The Japan LPGA Tour and the Asian Tour each canceled three tournaments in March. The Asian Tour rescheduled one event for May 8-10 in Hong Kong.

European Tour: The Euro tour has postponed five events and canceled two others. Next on the docket is the May 28-31 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Kilkenny, Ireland. Tourneys postponed were in Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shenzhun, China; Sotogrande, Spain; Farso, Denmark. Canceled was an event in Cascais,Portugal.

Korn Ferry Tour: The second-level circuit under the PGA Tour umbrella has postponed six events through the Banco del Pacifico Open, May 14-17.

The annual WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is Aug. 6-9.

Local golf: The Oregon Golf Association has canceled all remaining March and April events.

The Pacific Northwest Senior PGA this week postponed indefinitely its Players Championship, which had been set for April 14-15 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Washington. Still on is the May 16-17 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open at Kent, Wash.

Tennis: The ATP men's and WTA women's pro tours have extended their suspension of tournaments until June 7.

Softball: National Pro Fastpitch has postponed its March 30 draft and canceled opening day and opening series events set for April 10-19. The league said it would announce revised scheduling plans on May 1.

Horse racing: The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The other Triple Crown races are still on: the Preakness on May 16, and the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Oregon racing still has Grants Pass Downs, which is slated to play host to the Racing on the Rogue meet on Sundays and Mondays from May 10 through June 8.

International basketball: The EuroLeague has suspended all games, and the National Basketball League in Australia canceled its finals after three games of a best-of-five series.

But the Chinese Basketball Association reportedly is preparing to resume, and various U.S. players, including veteran point guard Pooh Jeter from the University of Portland, are returning to compete. Former Trail Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless also was playing in China, but there has been no word on whether he will return. Games will resume the first week of April — with no fans in the stands. The playoffs are due soon.

Fencing: Various World Cup events have been postponed in Hungary, Argentina, Belgium and Uzbekistan, along with the Junior world championships originally set for April 3-11 at Salt Lake City.

 


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