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With many countries and state and local governments banning large gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, sports have been shut down across the world since mid-March.


But sports are starting to return in ways big and small as the PGA Tour, NASCAR, NWSL and MMA have returned to action in the United States, and soccer has resumed in England, Germany, Italy and Spain.

MLB and the MLB Players Association reached an agreement for a 60-game regular season schedule. Training camp will start on July 1 with games expected to be played around July 23.

The NBA's board of governors and players have finalized their return to action on July 30 in Orlando with 22 teams playing eight final regular season games before a full playoff schedule. The Timberwolves season is over.

The NHL announced that training camp is expected to start on July 10 in states where health and government officials deem it okay as the league continues to build up toward the postseason. The Wild will have started group workouts at TRIA Rink in St. Paul.

Major League Soccer announced the "MLS is Back" Tournament will start July 8 in Orlando. And the WNBA will return to action in late-July in Bradenton, Fla.

The NFL still plans to play a full regular season.

Here is the latest on sports cancellations and postponements and when the games may begin again:



Targeted return date: July 23

Spring training was suspended on March 12, and Opening Day, scheduled for March 26, was postponed indefinitely.

As the league tried to return to play, a labor dispute erupted. After a number of proposals and counter-proposals between owners and the MLB Players Association, Commissioner Rob Manfred gave a unilateral order to play a 60-game season with full prorated salaries for players. Both sides agreed to the deal.

The Twins will open training camp July 1 at Target Field, and teams are expected to play their first games on July 23 or 24.

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: July 3

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 will return to play on July 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D., one of three hub cities that will host games for the league. The team opened training camp at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul on Thursday.

Teams will play a 60-game schedule, but only six of 12 teams in the American Association will participate. All teams are expected to return for the 2021 season.

Northwoods League

Targeted regular season return date: Play has resumed

The summer collegiate baseball league announced that its season, which was set to begin on May 26, was delayed indefinitely.

Now teams will play in regional pods with various start dates. While some teams have already returned to the field, the Iowa-Minnesota pod will begin play on July 1 and feature 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. Training camps are expected to open as scheduled in late July.

The Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, which was set to be held on Aug. 6 as the NFL preseason opener, was canceled. And the NFL is expected to cut the preseason from four games to two.

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 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: July 30

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 will bring 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 will resume on Thursday, July 30, with a doubleheader on TNT featuring the Jazz vs. the Pelicans and the Lakers vs. the Clippers.

The Timberwolves will not be one of those 22 teams, and their season is over after a 19-45 campaign.


Targeted return date: TBD

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 announced that the players' association and the owners had agreed to a plan that will bring 24 of the 31 teams back to play in a postseason tournament.

The league and players still need to hammer out health and safety protocols and determine where and when the games would be played, but training camps will be allowed to open on July 10 in locations where health and government officials say it is okay.

The 24-team field would include games at hub locations, likely without fans in attendance. The hub are likely to be Edmonton and Toronto.

The top four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences would receive byes but play a round-robin series that could impact first-round seeding.

The remaining eight teams per conference would square off in best-of-five play-in series to cut the field to 16 teams. Under the plan, the Wild will be the No. 10 seed in the West and face No. 7 Vancouver.


Targeted return date: Late July

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., beginning in late July with playoffs ending in October. Players will receive their full salary. Teams are expected to arrive in Florida on July 6, with training camp beginning a few days later.

Final roster cuts were made even though teams have been unable to workout their players.


Targeted return date: August 29

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

The NCAA voted to allow 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 will allow practices to start on Aug. 7.

The Gophers have started the gradual process of allowing athletes to return to campus. University of Minnesota President Joan Gable recommended to the Board of Regents that students return in the fall for in-person classes on campus.

The FBS football season is scheduled to start Aug. 29, with the Gophers' opener on Sept. 3.


Targeted return date: Practices have resumed

The Minnesota State High School League allowed schools to resume practices for athletes with coaches present, but there is still no decision on whether fall sporting events will be allowed to take place.

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



Targeted return date: July 8

Regular season matches, which began Feb. 29, are currently suspended. MLS has approved a return to play on July 8 with all 26 teams based in the Orlando area and playing a World Cup-style tournament without spectators.

The tournament will officially be called the "MLS is Back" Tournament. There are still plans to continue the regular season play after the tournament.

Minnesota United, which won its first two games of the season in March, left for Orlando on Sunday. The team will play its next match July 12 against Sporting Kansas City. The Loons will then play Real Salt Lake on July 17 and Colorado on July 22.


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 Saturday with the first games of the NWSL Challenge Cup, which will continue through July 26 at Zions Bank Stadium in Utah. Fans will not be 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.

The tournament will feature 25 games and will be televised on CBS and CBS All Access.


Targeted return date: Play has resumed

Germany's Bundesliga was the first major European soccer league to return to action, on May 16.

Spain's La Liga restarted on June 11 and plans to finish on July 19 with 11 rounds of fixtures to finish the season.

The Premier League returned with 92 games remaining on the schedule. Plans are to complete all league matches by August 1. Coronavirus testing will be increased to 60 tests per club with anyone testing positive being asked to self-isolate for seven days.

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

The Champions League was halted at the round-of-16 stage and will now be completed in Lisbon starting Aug. 7 with the final being 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.


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 have previously been canceled because of wars, but they had never been postponed.

Minnesota Olympians have had to come up with creative solutions for how to train while stay-at-home orders were in place.

USA Gymnastics has canceled all of its top-tier events for the rest of this year. The organization is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships, after initially hoping to reschedule the events.


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 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. Fans are being kept away for at least the first month of play.

The revised PGA Tour schedule will feature the 3M Open being held in Blaine from July 23-26. 3M Open executive director Hollis Cavner said he is very disappointed the event will not be allowed to have fans.

The tournament submitted a proposal to Gov. Tim Walz to allow up to 6,000 fans at the 250 acre site, but that was rejected. Instead 1,200 essential employees, volunteers and media members will be allowed to host the tournament for television only. It will be broadcast on the Golf Channel and CBS.

“It’s still going to be a great TV show, shown worldwide," Cavner said. "It’s still a chance to showcase Minnesota in a great way … A lot of effort has been put into this.”

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

  • The PGA Championship, originally May 14-17, will be Aug. 6-9 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 remains on track for Sept. 25-27 at at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.


Targeted return date: July 23

The top women’s pro tour hasn’t held a tournament since mid-February. The LPGA had hoped to restart July 15-18 at a team event in Michigan, but that tournament was canceled. The next event on the schedule is July 23-26 in Sylvania, Ohio, outside of Toledo.

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: Aug. 3

No top-level pro tennis events are scheduled until August, but an exhibition tour in the Balkans featuring top players from around the world was being held until Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for the coronavirus and the remainder of the event was canceled. Tournament organizer Novak Djokovoic, the No. 1 men's player in the world, also tested positive.

The next ATP sanctioned event will be the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., beginning Aug. 14, two weeks later than normal. The next WTA sanctioned event is the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy, beginning Aug. 3.

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. Several prominent players have voiced their concern about attending the tournament, but Serena Williams said that she planned to play.

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.


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 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 both 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.

A legislative bill to allow in-state online and phone betting for Minnesota horse racing fans was pulled before a vote, due to opposition.



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 Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, 5,000 fans were scheduled to be in attendance before rain postponed the event.


Targeted return date: Racing has resumed

The series returned with the Genesys 300 on June 7 with the next race scheduled to take place on July 4 at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis 500 will 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: July 5

The first 10 races of the season were postponed or canceled, including the Monaco Grand Prix in May. But Formula One is targeting a return to racing on July 5 in Austria with races throughout Europe in July and August and the rest of the world from September to December for a total of between 15-18 races. The early races would be without fans in attendance.


Targeted return date: July 11

The drag racing series plans to resume on July 11 at the NHRA Mellow Yellow at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, set for Aug. 13-16, are on schedule.


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.


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 President Dana White announced that UFC 251 will take place on "Fight Island" in the United Arab Emirates on July 11 with three other fight nights taking place after that 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.