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The Latest: Blue Jackets to play in nearly empty arena

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):

6:15 p.m.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.

The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”

The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order

The Latest: Baylor’s Drew ‘sad’ about NCAA tourney fan ban

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):

5:25 p.m.

Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games.

Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.

Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced

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Mariners moving games, Warriors going fanless

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night will be played without fans in the arena, and the Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has banned all gatherings of 1,000 or more people for the next two weeks. Shortly after that announcement Wednesday, the Warriors announced they would go ahead with the game, but without fans at Chase Center. Four other events

The Latest: Only staff, limited family at NCAA Tourney games

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):

4:40 p.m.

NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.

4:30 p.m.

NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening

Jackson St., Prairie View meet in SWAC semis

No. 4 seed Jackson State (15-17, 12-7) vs. No. 1 seed Prairie View (19-13, 15-4)

Southwestern Athletic Conference Tourney Semifinals, Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama; Friday, 2:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Jackson State is ready to face Prairie View with a spot in the SWAC championship game on the line. In the regular season, Prairie View won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last met on Feb. 17, when the Panthers outshot Jackson State 41.7 percent to 36.5 percent and made seven more 3-pointers en route to the nine-point victory.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The Tigers are led by Tristan

Fla St. meets Clemson in ACC quarters

Clemson (16-15, 10-11) vs. No. 1 seed Florida State (26-5, 16-4)

Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Thursday, 11:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the ACC semifinals is on the line as Clemson matches up against Florida State. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Feb. 29, when the Tigers shot 48.2 percent from the field en route to a one-point victory.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: This game represents a North Carolina homecoming for Tigers sophomore John Newman III, who has averaged 9.5

Sac State, EWU meet in Big Sky quarters

Sacramento State (16-14, 9-12) vs. No. 1 seed Eastern Washington (23-8, 16-4)

Big Sky Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento State is set to take on Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament. In the regular season, Eastern Washington won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played each other on Feb. 20, when the Eagles shot 50.8 percent from the field and went 11 for 25 from 3-point territory en route to a one-point victory.

FAB FRESHMEN: Eastern Washington’s Mason Peatling, Ellis

The Latest: World Figure Skating Championships canceled

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):

4:10 p.m.

The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.

Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.

The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year.

On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey