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Former Ohio State runner Julia Rizk hopes to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
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The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic left many athletes disappointed. One Central Ohio native, however, is taking the news in stride.

Major League Baseball players are bracing for a 2020 that might not see a single game played.

Another possibility forced by the coronavirus outbreak is that the baseball season will move down the calendar.

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating and possibly axing this year's season.

Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET

The NCAA has announced that it is canceling its Division I men's and women's college basketball tournaments. This year, there will be no March Madness.

"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," the NCAA said in a statement Thursday.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball are the latest professional sports leagues to suspend its regular season over concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Ohio State Marching Band and Alumni Marching Band Members perform Script Ohio at an Ohio State football game
Thomas Bradley / WOSU News

Ohio State has canceled its annual spring football game, which was set for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Updated at 11:21 p.m. ET

March Madness is going to be very different this year. The NCAA has decided both the men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments won't be played in front of fans. The energy. The excitement. The yelling. All gone. Thanks, coronavirus.

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Despite a recommendation from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Columbus Blue Jackets plan to move forward with home games on Thursday and Saturday in front of fans at Nationwide Arena.

State leaders are urging people around Ohio to avoid large crowds and to do whatever they can to prevent the spread of germs, calling this a critical moment to stem the increase in coronavirus cases.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (2), linebackers coach Al Washington and head coach Ryan Day celebrate after a 56-27 win against Michigan after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Paul Sancya / AP

Four Ohio State assistant football coaches will make more than $1 million this year.

Columbus Crew's Artur (right) and Toronto FC's Tosaint Ricketts chase a loose ball during the an MLS Eastern Conference championship soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Columbus Crew SC executives say the team will not cancel Saturday's game in Seattle, one of the country's hot spots for coronavirus. 

Matthew Scott of Cincinnati was waiting in line Thursday at the Arnold Sports Festival when he found out spectators weren't allowed in.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

It’s been a chaotic couple of days for the Arnold Sports Festival. First came word the expo was cancelled and spectators would be limited to a few competitions, then festival organizers said fans could come watch.

Product Delivered to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2020 Arnold Fitness Expo
Nicole Rasul / WOSU

The cancellation of this week's Arnold Fitness Expo has vendors who anticipated marketing their products at the annual event returning home earlier than expected. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

The Arnold Sports Festival will be a lot smaller than usual this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Arnold Sports Festival at the Great Columbus Convention Center in 2018.
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The annual Arnold Sports Festival arrives in Columbus on Thursday, and officials are taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus amid the flood of athletes and onlookers. 

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Mar 2, 2020
Student athletes competing in track and field.
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Transgender women and girls would be barred from competing in female-only high school and college sports under a bill announced last week in the Ohio House.

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