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Daily Briefing: March 13, 2020

Here’s today’s round-up of some of the notable stories and developments centering around the impact of Covid-19 on our local, national and international sports communities. Keep listening to ESPN Honolulu for breaking news, updates and interviews.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION: President Trump this morning declared a national state of emergency due to the coronavirus. He said this action will “open up access” to up to $50 billion for “states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.” For the full article, click HERE.

AYSO ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED: ESPN Honolulu’s Josh Pacheco gave us word that all AYSO practices and games have been canceled until March 31.

UH ATHLETICS UPDATE: The University of Hawaii Athletics Department has issued an update on “the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff as well as the university community and our fans.” Click HERE.

SUDDEN END: The Rainbow Warrior basketball team reacts to the cancellation of the Big West Tournament. Click HERE.

MASTERS TOURNAMENT ON HOLD: The Masters Tournament, golf’s first major of the year, has been postponed. The event was set for April 9-12. The Masters dates back to 1934 and has never been held outside of March or April. For the full article, click HERE.

ONE MORE YEAR?: The NCAA Division I Council Committee has recommended that “eligibility relief” be provided for all student-athletes who participate in spring sports. For the full article, click HERE.

SPORTS BETTING INDUSTRY IMPACTED: “March Madness” has long been one of the biggest source of revenue in Las Vegas sportsbooks. What will they do now that the NCAA Tournament is canceled? Click HERE.

A HELPING HAND: Kudos to NBA star Kevin Love. The 12-year league veteran announced that he will donate $100,000 to Cleveland arena workers impacted by the suspension of the NBA season. Click HERE.

WRESTLEMANIA STILL ON?: Despite a shutdown of large-scale public gatherings across the U.S., as of now WrestleMania 36 is still scheduled to take place in Tampa, Florida. Several WWE employees are concerned about staging such an event before 70,000 attendees. Click HERE.

RACE DELAY: The annual Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, has been pushed back to Sept. 14. Click HERE.

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