NCAA cancels March Madness amid coronavirus pandemic

The NCAA has officially shut down its annual men's and women's basketball tournaments.

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The NCAA canceled the March Madness tournament on Thursday afternoon.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the US, the NCAA has decided to cancel its annual men's and women's March Madness college basketball tournaments as well as the rest of its winter and spring championships. 

The news comes after several top college conference tournaments were canceled, and after several major professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, MLS and MLB, decided to suspend or postpone their seasons. Two NBA players on the Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, have tested positive for coronavirus. 

The spread of the virus has wreaked havoc on the stock market and caused cities and companies around the country to shut down offices, schools and public gatherings in a bid to contain the illness. 

A number of films, including Fast and Furious 9 and A Quiet Place Part 2, have also postponed their scheduled openings amid the outbreak.

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