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Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year. That's part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner's office and the players' association.

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The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held "not later than summer 2021" but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback. The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. 

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There's a growing possibility the Tokyo Olympics won't begin in late July as scheduled due to the new coronavirus. The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Summer Games. 

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The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA has doubled to 14. Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics pleaded with people to take social distancing more seriously Thursday and the league ordered all teams to shutter their training facilities indefinitely. 

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The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won't become official just yet. 

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Tom Brady says he's thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots, and it appears he could be headed to Florida. The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media "my football journey will take place elsewhere." The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he's led to six Super Bowl titles. Brady's representatives are in serious contract discussions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

MLB has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus. The decision follows the federal government recommendation restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams. His office issued a statement saying teams remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. The season was slated to begin March 26.

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The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned. New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday night seem to suggest that sports in this country could for all intents and purposes be gone until May, if not later.

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Today, instead of scores, a list of suspensions and cancellations in light of the growing coronavirus outbreak. The NCAA has canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the spread of the virus. The Times Union Center was scheduled to host the men’s tournament next Thursday and Saturday for the first time since 2003. 

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The NBA season has been suspended until further notice over concerns about the virus outbreak. The decision was announced after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, and only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. 

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The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. Marcus Smart's basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana.

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Dominik Kahun scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. 

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The Nets won their first game under interim coach Jacque Vaughn as Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 24 points in a 110-107 decision over the Bulls. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris added 23 for Brooklyn, which has won two straight as it tries to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 11 boards to the win.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have moved into a first-place tie with Washington in the NHL's Metropolitan Division, with the Pittsburgh Penguins climbing within three points of the lead. The Caps lost their division lead when Mika Zibanejad scored his career-high fifth goal of the night, beating Ilya Samsonov at 33 seconds of overtime to send the Rangers past Washington, 6-5. 

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Jayson Tatum dropped in 32 points and the Celtics overcame Collin Sexton's career-high 41 points to beat the Cavaliers, 112-106. Semi Ojeleye scored a career-high 22 points for Boston, which played without injured starter Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward due to injuries.

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Caris LeVert pumped in a season-high 51 points and the Nets halted a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Celtics, 129-120 in overtime at Boston.

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The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. 

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The Philadelphia Flyers' current surge has put them within three points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL's Metropolitan Division. Derek Grant and Travis Konecny each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers picked up their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Rangers in New York. 

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The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division. David Pastrnak’s 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. 

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Jayson Tatum had 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics over the skidding Utah Jazz 114-103. Jaylen Brown added 20 points and Marcus Smart had 17 for Boston. All five starters scored in double figures to help the Celtics finish 3-1 on a road trip out West. Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points to lead the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight game — all at home.

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The Rangers coughed up a 3-1 lead in the last 5 ½ minutes of regulation before Mika Zibanejad tallied 28 seconds into overtime to send the Blueshirts to their fourth win in a row, 4-3 over the Islanders. Artemi Panarin netted his 32nd goal of the season before feeding Zibanejad for the winner.

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Joel Embiid poured in a career-high 49 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the 76ers dumped the Hawks, 129-112. Furkan Kormaz chipped in 15 points for Philadelphia, which wasted a 21-point lead before improving to a league-best 27-2 at home. Trae Young led Atlanta with 28 points despite missing nine of 11 from 3-point range.

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The Washington Capitals have regained sole possession of first place in the NHL's Metropolitan Division by knocking off the suddenly-cold Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps own a two-point lead over the Pens after T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal with 9:20 left in Washington's 5-3 victory against Pittsburgh.

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The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.

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Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad each had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers scored five times in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and assist, and Filip Chytil, Ryan Strome, and Artemi Panarin scored for New York, which won for the fifth time in six games.  

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There's a new leader in the NHL's Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby continued his scoring binge by furnishing a goal and three assists as the Penguins knocked off the Maple Leafs, 5-2. The outcome moves the Pens one point ahead of Washington in the Metropolitan standings. 

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It seems fitting that three Los Angeles-based players led an All-Star victory on a night the league honored Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard received the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after scoring a game-high 30 points in Team LeBron's 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in Chicago. 

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Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal with 66 seconds in regulation before adding a shootout goal in the Rangers' 4-3 comeback against the Wild. Minnesota enjoyed a 3-1 lead until Pavel Buchnevich tallied midway through the third period.

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The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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