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Viktor Hovland, of Norway, chips to the 18th green during the final round of the 2019 John Deere Classic golf tournament (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
First PGA Tour With Spectators Canceled

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry, with nearly every professional league throughout the world on hiatus and collegiate and amateur sports brought to a standstill. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed and the question that is on every fan’s mind is: When will they return? Continue Reading

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How to Coach Players During COVID-19

To win games, the head coach creates a playbook determined by player attributes. Being increasingly cognizant of the mindset of each player is more relevant than ever for coaches to have success. As the sports landscape braces for the prospect of little or no fan attendance when events return, this makes the sensitivity to player Continue Reading

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Columbus, Kansas City to Host 2021 USA Volleyball Junior Nationals

Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City have been selected by USA Volleyball to host two of the national governing body’s largest championships in 2021. Columbus will serve as host of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18), April 23–25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kansas City, meanwhile, will host the Boys Junior National Continue Reading

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Plans are continuing for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Images

IOC Sets Aside $800 Million to Cover Postponement Costs

The International Olympic Committee is setting aside up to $800 million to cover additional costs for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, and leaders said they are adjusting plans so they can streamline the scope and service levels at the event in 2021. In a call with members of the media following Continue Reading

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NAIA Extends Sioux City, Iowa, Volleyball Agreement

The NAIA announced that it will be extending its agreement with Sioux City, Iowa, and the Tyson Events Center to remain the host of the NAIA national championship in women’s volleyball through the 2024 season. Sioux City has hosted the volleyball tournament since 2008. It has hosted the NAIA Division II women’s basketball championship in Continue Reading

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LPGA Partners with TopGolf for Esports Tournament

The LPGA will hold an esports competition with match play starting May 13 with eight players competing in partnership with the World Golf Tour by Topgolf.  The players will play head-to-head in a series of seven nine-hole, online matches twice a week with a championship match on Wednesday, June 3. “We are excited for this Continue Reading

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NFL, NAIA Team Up for Women’s Flag Football League

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will start women’s flag football as an official sport by 2021 thanks to a two-year partnership between the NAIA, the National Football League and Reigning Champs Experiences. The agreement will give the NAIA the ability to develop league infrastructure and operations for the first women’s flag football competition governed by Continue Reading

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NWHL Expands With First Team in Canada

The National Women’s Hockey League has announced an expansion team in Toronto that will play when the league opens its sixth season. The team will be the league’s first in Canada. The ownership team will be led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who played four years at Harvard and is the CEO and co-Founder of Boynton Continue Reading

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NBA, Microsoft Partner on Fan Experience

The NBA will partner with Microsoft on a multiyear agreement that makes the technology company the official AI, cloud and laptop partner for the NBA, WNBA, G League and USA Basketball beginning with the 2020–2021 NBA season. Microsoft and NBA Digital will create a new platform on Microsoft Azure to deliver personalized game broadcasts and Continue Reading

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Columbus, Georgia, to Host 2021–2023 NAIA Softball Championship

Columbus, Georgia, will host the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics softball championship from 2021–2023. The event will be staged at the South Commons Sports Complex and Softball Stadium, which served as the host venue for softball at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. The stadium, which also hosted the USA Softball International Cup in July 2019, Continue Reading

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