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With large gatherings banned to slow the spread of the coronavirus, sports were shut down across the world in mid-March.

But sports have returned this summer, including Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL, WNBA, PGA Tour, MLS and auto racing.

MLB and the MLBPlayers Association reached an agreement for a 60-game regular season schedule that has experienced significant game postponements due to positive tests around the league.

The NBA's board of governors and playersfinalized their return to action in Orlando. The league returnedwith 22 teams playing eight final regular season games before a full playoff schedule. The WNBA returned to regular season action in Bradenton, Fla.

The NHL and NHLPA agreed to a new four-year collective bargaining agreement and the league opened postseason play in Canada.

The "MLSis Back" Tournament was played in Orlando and the league has restarted their regular season at local stadiums.

The NFL still plans to play a full regular season and opened training camps around the league, but canceled its preseason schedule.

The NCAA released guidelines for fall sports, but have canceled all Division I, Division II and Division III fall championships.

The Big Ten and Pac 12 have postponed fall sports, while the Big 12, SEC and ACC are still planning to have fall sports, including football.

Here is the latest on on the sports restart:



Targeted return date: Play has resumed
Spring training was suspended on March 12, and Opening Day, scheduled for March 26, was postponed. The 2020 season started in July.

MLB has postponed multiple games because players, coaches and staff from various teams have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Twins began the regular season with a 10-5 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Their home opener was at Target Field against St. Louis.

The Blue Jays were denied their request to play at Rogers Center in Canada over concerns from the Canadian government about players traveling back-and-forth from the United States. They will play their home games this season at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the home of the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bison.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame canceled the induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 -- which featured Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker -- and will instead have their inductions at the 2021 Hall of Fame Weekend.

American Association

Targeted return date:Play has resumed

The St. Paul Saints announced that the American Association postponed the start of its season, which was scheduled to begin on May 19.

The Saints returned to play on July 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D., one of three hub cities that were hosting games for the league. The team returned to CHSField for 18 home games. A maximum of 1,500 fans per game will be allowed inside the stadium with social distancing and mask rules enforced.

Northwoods League

Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The summer collegiate baseball league was set to begin on May 26, but was delayed. Teams are now playing in regional pods. The Iowa-Minnesota pod features the Willmar Stingers, Mankato MoonDogs, Rochester Honkers, St. Cloud Rox and the Waterloo Bucks. The Duluth Huskies will not participate.


Targeted return date: Sept. 10

Team facilities have reopened after being closed on March 26, but the league operated a "virtual offseason," including online rookie camps.

The NFLand the players' union reached an agreement that will see players tested daily for the coronavirus over the first two weeks of training camp. The Vikings opened camp.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that all preseason games have been canceled.

The Vikings will open the season with the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 13, but fans will not be allowed for at least the first two home games. And if fans are allowed at all, it will be 20% of capacity for the 66,000 seat stadium.

The five NFL games scheduled for Mexico and England will now be played in the United States.

The NFL Hall of Fame postponed the 2020 induction ceremony to 2021. The class was set to feature modern-era players, Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and three contributors, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed
The season was suspended March 12 with teams having between 11 and 14 games remaining in the regular season.

The NHL officially closed the books on the regular season and brought 24 of the 31 teams back for a postseason tournament that started with games at hub locations in Edmonton for the Western Conference and Torontofor the Eastern Conference.

The league and playersagreed on health and safety protocolsand an extended collective bargaining agreement.

The top four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences received byes but played a round-robin tournament to determine seeding. The remaining eight teams per conference squared off in best-of-five play-in series to cut the field to 16 teams. The Wild, the No. 10 seed, was eliminated.

The Stanley Cup playoffs startedwith Vegas as the No. 1 seed in the West and Philadelphia as the No. 1 seed in the East.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The season was suspended on March 11, with five weeks left in the regular season and most teams having played about 65 of their 82 games.

The league brought 22 teams to Disney's ESPNWide World of Sports complex outside Orlando, Fla., and completed a truncated regular season, with each team playing eight games. The playoffs startedwith the Lakers as the No. 1 seed in the West and the Bucks the No. 1 seed in the East.

The Timberwolves are not playing, and their season is over after a 19-45 campaign. But the team is still working out and staying connected.

The Wolves won a virtual NBA Draft Lottery and will have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The WNBA postponed the start of its season, which was to begin in May. The league's draft was held April 17.

The league and players approved a 22-game season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Players will receive their full salary. Games began on July 25 and the Lynxwere 8-3 halfway through the regular season.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The NCAA canceled its winter and spring championships, and universities stopped spring sports activities, including spring football practices and games.

The NCAA released guidelines for a potential return to action in the fall but the Big Ten and Pac 12 have postponed fall sports indefinitely. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 are still committed to playing fall sports, including football.

Austin Peay and Central Arkansas played the first collegiate sports event in 170 day when the two FCS squads faced off in football on Saturday.

The NCAA canceled Division I, Division II and Division III fall championships.

The NCAA allowed football and men's and women's basketball teams to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 1, and the NCAA Division I Council approved a preseason model for football thatallowed practices to start on Aug. 7.

Before postponing the season, the Gophersstarted the gradual process of allowing athletes to return to campus. But Rashod Bateman, the Gophers top returning wide receiver, informed the team thathe would not play this season due to the virus.

Several conferences, including the ACC and SEC, postponed all non-conference games. Independent Notre Dame joined the ACCfor this season. The Big 12 released a schedule with nine conference games and one nonconference game for each team starting in September.

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference, with 24 junior and community college teams, has canceled football, volleyball and men's and women's soccer for the fall season.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The Minnesota State High School League allowed schools to resume practicesfor athletes with coaches present. The MSHSL votedto postpone football and volleyball to March of 2021 while allowing individual fall sports, as well as girls' and boys' soccer, to start on-time.

The MSHSL canceled spring sports practice and competition this year after the winter sports season ended on March 13, five days before tip-off of the boys' basketball state tournament and the day before the girls' basketball state finals.



Targeted return date: Play has resumed

Regular season matches, which began Feb. 29, were suspended on March 12. MLS returned to play on July 8 with all 26 teams based in the Orlando area and completed aWorld Cup-style "MLS is Back" tournament without spectators.

MLSCommissioner Don Garber announced that the leaguewould resume the regular seasonshortly after the end of the tournament and that clubs will be allowed to have fans where local governments allow it. The Loonsreturned to play in St. Paulat Allianz Field.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The top domestic women's league delayed the start of its season, scheduled for April 18.

The league returned June 27 with the first games of the NWSLChallenge Cup (above) at Zions Bank Stadium in Utah. The tournament concluded on Sunday with the Houston Dash defeating Chicago in the championship. Fans were not allowed in attendance.

The Orlando Pride pulled out of the tournament after several staff members and players tested positive for the coronavirus, though all were asymptomatic.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

Germany's Bundesliga was the first major European soccer league to return to action, on May 16 while Spain's La Liga restarted on June 11. Both leagues completed their regular season.

The Premier League returned with 92 games remaining on the schedule and completed play on August 1.

Serie A in Italy resumed play on June 20 under an agreement that the testing of their clubs would not interfere with the ability to test other Italian citizens.

The Champions League was halted at the round-of-16 stage but was restarted in Lisbon and the final was held on Sunday with Bayern Munich defeating Paris Saint-Germain.

The European Championships and Copa America, the premier events of the summer, were rescheduled from June 2020 to June 2021.

France, Belgium and the Netherlands all canceled the remainders of their seasons.

The Ballon d'Or and Ballon d'Or Feminin trophies, which are awarded to the top player in men's and women's soccer by Group L'Equipe, was canceled for the first time in history.


PGA Tour

Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The PGA Tour stopped play after the first round of the Players Championship on March 12. The tour resumedJune 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas (above).

The revised PGA Tour schedule featured the 3M Open in Blaine. The event was not allowed to have fans.

Here are the plans for the season's major golf events:


Targeted return date: Play has resumed
The top women's pro tour stopped play in mid-February. The LPGA had hoped to restartJuly 15-18 at a team event in Michigan, but that tournament was canceled. The LPGA started with the Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

The Evian Championship, usually the last major of the season which was schedule to be held from Aug. 6-9 in France, has been canceled.

The four other major tournaments have been rescheduled with the U.S. Women's Open going last, running from Dec 10-13 in Houston.

Minnesota courses: Golf courses around the state were allowed to open in mid-April.Special no-touch and social-distancing rules apply, and courses are adjusting to the new normal.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

Top-level pro tennis tournaments stopped play in early March. A few exhibition events were disrupted by players testing positive for the virus, including a tour in the Balkans at whichNovak Djokovic, the No. 1 men's player in the world, contracted the virus.

The ATP returned to actionat the Western & Southern Openin New York City.

The WTA restarted play at the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy.

The U.S. Open, normally the last Grand Slam event on the year, will be played as scheduled starting Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York City. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead to host the tournament without spectators. But several high profile players have opted out of the tournament, including Ash Barty and defending men's champion Rafael Nadal.

The French Open moved from May 24-June 6 to Sept. 27-Oct. 11, and will allow fans to attend, with stadiums filled up to 60% capacity. Wimbledon, which was to begin June 29, was canceled for the first time since World War II.

China announced that it would not hold any international sporting events, except Olympic trials, for the rest of the year. That would affect at least 10 scheduled tennis tournaments in the fall.


Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

Many tracks around the country have resumed operations, but those that are open are holding races with limited or no spectators.

The Kentucky Derby was postponed from its traditional date on the first Saturday in May until Sept. 5.The Preakness Stakes, scheduled for May 16, will be Oct. 3.

The Belmont Stakes ran on June 20 as the first leg of the Triple Crown instead of the last.The race, won by Tiz the Law, was shortened to a mile and an eighth rather than its traditional mile and a half.

Live racing at Canterbury Park in Shakopee returnedin June for a 52-day racing schedule. Running Aces harness track in Columbus opened its stable area and resumed racing on June 20 with a 50-day schedule.

And after initially saying that Canterbury would only be allowed to race without spectators, Gov. Walz announced that up to 250 fans can be in attendance.

Canterbury attendance is by invitation only, for the time being, but people can place self-service walk-up bets outside the track.



Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

NASCAR was the first major sports organization in North America to return to action. They have also allowed different levels of fan attendance. At the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1,000 first responders and military families attended the event. At the NASCARAll-Star Race on July 16, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, 20,000 fans were allowed in attended at the track, which can hold 140,000.


Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

The series returned with the Genesys 300 on June 7. After sharing a July weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with NASCAR (above), IndyCar ran four races in eight days starting July 11 at Road America in Wisconsin.

The Indianapolis 500 was not be held on Memorial Day weekend and instead was held Aug. 23. It was the first time in the race's history it was not in the month of May.

Formula One

Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

The first 10 races of the season were postponed or canceled, including the Monaco Grand Prix in May. Formula One returned with a race in Austria.


Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

The drag racing series resumed on July 11 at the NHRA Mellow Yellow at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. But on Friday the series announced that the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, set for Aug. 13-16, is postponed.


Targeted return date:July 23, 2021

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, scheduled for July 24-Aug 9,were postponed and will instead begin July 23, 2021. The Olympics were previously canceled because of wars, but they had never been postponed.


Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

The International Cycling Union announced a revised schedule, and the first event to take place was the Slovenian National Championships on June 21.

The three biggest races in cycling -- the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana -- are scheduled to take place over a 72-day span between August and November. The stretch started with the Tour de France on Aug. 29 in Nice.

"If we manage to have all these races as planned, we will be very happy," UCI president David Lappartient said in conference call. "This is the ambition we have."

The major races on the women's circuit have also been maintained, and the UCI announced the debut of a female Paris-Roubaix on Oct. 25 -- the same day as the men's event.


Targeted return date: Matches have resumed

UFC returned on May 9, and the organization has hosted several events since then. UFC 250 took place on Saturday in Las Vegas with increased virus testing in place.

UFC251 took place on "Fight Island" in the United Arab Emirates on July 11 with three other fight nights scheduled to take place on the island.

Canceled sports/events

The minor league baseball season, American Hockey League, National Women's Hockey League, XFL, New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Little League World Series and American Legion baseball season, have all been canceled.

Correction: Previous versions of this article misstated the day of Nascar's race at Darlington Raceway.