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March Madness, remaining winter, spring championships canceled by NCAA

The NCAA on Thursday canceled all remaining winter and spring sports championships, including the men’s basketball tournament.

The cancellations come as fear over the coronavirus in the sports world grew, leading to many athletic departments, including Houston, to suspend competition until further notice.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement announcing the cancellations said in part.