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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 MLB Players 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 players finalized their return to action in Orlando. The league returned to action with a plan to have 22 teams play eight final regular season games before a full playoff schedule.

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

The "MLS is Back" Tournament started in Orlando, but two teams missed it because of the virus. And the WNBA returned to action in Bradenton, Fla.

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

And the NCAA released guidelines for fall sports, but have canceled all Division II and Division III fall championships and Division I fall sports are in jeopardy of being postponed, as well.

Here is the latest on on the sports restart:

BASEBALL

MLB

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 last week.

MLB had to postpone multiple games because several players and coaches of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals 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 CHS Field 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

NFL

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 NFL and 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.

If regular-season games start on time, the Vikings would open the season with the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 13. The five games scheduled for Mexico and England will now be played in the United States.

The Vikings are planning for drastically reduced capacity at U.S. Bank Stadium, if fans are allowed at all. And the NFL announced that no matter how many fans are allowed inside, masks will be mandatory for fans attending games.

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.

NHL

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 Toronto for the Eastern Conference.

The league and players agreed on health and safety protocols and 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 start this week.

NBA

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 ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside Orlando, Fla., to finish a truncated regular season, with each team playing eight games, and a full playoff schedule between July 31-October 12.

Games have resumed but the Timberwolves are not playing, and their season is over after a 19-45 campaign.

WNBA

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 Lynx opened their regular season with a 77-69 victory over Connecticut.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Targeted return date: TBD

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 NCAA President Mark Emmert said that if current trends continue with regard to the coronavirus, sports will not be played.

That appears to be the likely scenario as the NCAA canceled Division II and Division III fall championships and Division I conferences are considering postponing fall football to the spring.

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 that allowed practices to start on Aug. 7.

The Gophers started the gradual process of allowing athletes to return to campus, but Rashod Bateman, the Gophers top returning wide receiver, informed the team that if there is a fall football he will not play this season due to the virus.

The Big Ten eliminated nonconference games from its fall sports schedules because of the pandemic, a move that impacts the Gophers football and volleyball teams, among others. The new football schedule features 10 conference games.

The Pac 12, ACC and SEC followed suit, with independent Notre Dame joining the ACC for this season.

The Ivy League was the first Division I conference to decide not to play sports during the fall semester and the University of Connecticut announced that they will not play football this year. The MAC canceled their football season, as well.

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.

MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOLS

Targeted return date: Practices have resumed

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

The Minnesota Department of Health announced that youth outdoor sports could return to scrimmages and games on June 24 and indoor sports returned on July 1.

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.

SOCCER

MLS

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 are playing a World Cup-style "MLS is Back" tournament without spectators.

FC Dallas had to withdraw from the tournament two days before it began because 10 players had tested positive for the coronavirus. Nashville SC was forced to quit the tournament after nine players tested positive. 

Minnesota United, which won its first two games of the season in March, left for Orlando on June 28. The team returned to action with a win against Sporting Kansas City and have reached the semifinals of the tournament.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that the league will resume the regular season shortly after the end of the tournament and that clubs will be allowed to have fans where local governments allow it. The Loons return to play in St. Paul on Aug. 21.

NWSL

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 NWSL Challenge 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.

International

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 last week with the final to be held on Aug. 23. The championship was originally to be held in Istanbul.

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. 

Daniel Berger during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on June 14.

GOLF

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 resumed June 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas (above). 

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

 

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

  • The PGA Championship, originally May 14-17, took place last weekend in San Francisco, with no fans in attendance.
  • The US Open, scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just outside New York City, is now Sept. 17-20. 
  • The British Open, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in England, was canceled.
  • The Masters moved from April to Nov. 12-15.
  • To accommodate the new date for the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour shifted the FedEx playoff events back one week. The final tournament, the Tour Championship, will end on Labor Day, Sept. 7. 
  • The Ryder Cup, planned for September 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, was postponed until September 2021.

LPGA

Targeted return date: Play has resumed

The top women’s pro tour stopped play in mid-February. The LPGA had hoped to restart July 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.

TENNIS

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 which Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 men's player in the world, contracted the virus

The next ATP sanctioned event will be the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., beginning Aug. 14, two weeks later than normal.

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 from Aug. 31-Sept 13 and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given 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. 

HORSE RACING

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 returned in 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.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR

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 NASCAR All-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.

IndyCar

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 will have 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 will be Aug. 23. It will be the first time in the race’s history it will not be 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 came back Sunday with a race in Austria, and will hold another one there next weekend. Eight races in Europe have been scheduled so far, with the early events without fans in attendance.

NHRA

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.

OLYMPICS

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.

CYCLING 

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 starts 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.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

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.

UFC 251 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.