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The Latest: SEC joins rest of Power 5 in keeping fans away

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9:17 P.M.

The Southeastern Conference has joined the rest of the Power Five leagues in closing off its men’s basketball tournament to fans.

The SEC opened its tourney in Nashville on Wednesday night after the NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend its men’s and women’s tournament games that begin around the country next week. The league said then it was evaluating plans for the remainder of its tournament.

About 15 minutes after Georgia beat Ole Miss to open the

The Latest: Big 12 crowd boos statement on no fans for games

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8:57 p.m.

The crowd late in the Big 12 first-round game between Iowa State and Oklahoma State booed loudly when the public address announcer read a prepared statement on the tournament being played without fans beginning with the quarterfinal round Thursday.

The league made the decision shortly before tip-off of Wednesday night’s game. It had considered barring fans from the first-round games, including a nightcap between TCU and Kansas State, before deciding that such a decision made so close to the

The Latest: A’s working on new plans for opening series

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8:47 p.m.

The Oakland Athletics are working with Major League Baseball to figure out alternate plans for their season-opening series at the Coliseum after the City of Oakland imposed a ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through the end of March.

The team hasn’t said whether it was considering a different location for the games or the idea of playing in an empty ballpark the way the Golden State Warriors plan to do across the bay in San Francisco on Thursday night.

Oakland is scheduled to host

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No fans at NCAA men’s women’s hoops tournaments.

UNDATED (AP) — March Madness is giving way to March Silence.

NCAA President Mark Emmert says its Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement that he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.

The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to the

The Latest: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten to begin tournament fan ban

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8 p.m.

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament joined the Big 12 and Big Ten in playing without fans starting with Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

The league announced the decision in a statement Wednesday evening. That came late on the second day of the five-day event, after fans had attended four full games and half of the Boston College-Notre Dame game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The league cited the “rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19,” saying games would

The Latest: Big 12, Big Ten to begin tournament fan bans

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

7:10 p.m.

The Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA Tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel. Each conference started Wednesday’s tournament games with fans in attendance.

Going forward, Big 12 teams will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The arena will be cleared after each game. The