The Latest: South Korean baseball season postponed March 12, 2020 ___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later. The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding. The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m. “The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday. Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___ South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m. Associated Press “Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” 10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date. The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___11 a.m. 9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.
Back from another weekend on the road, Wisconsin’s volleyball team began Big Ten play with a four-set victory against an unbeaten Northwestern team Friday and followed it with a five-set loss to No. 20 Illinois Sunday.Head coach Pete Waite, whose team now sits at 13-2 and 1-1 in Big Ten play, was pleased with the team’s performance to start off conference play.“I like what I’m seeing, they are progressing well, [the] Big Ten is here,” he said at the weekly press conference Monday. On Friday, UW displayed its progress by battling back from a 23-18 deficit in the third set to win 26-24 and take a 2-1 lead over the Wildcats. The Badgers went on to close the match with a 25-23 victory in the fourth set.“That was a really good road win for us,” Waite said, “I think it just showed [that] the team has come together and is pretty gritty, and that they’ll fight until the end.”Against Illinois, however, the team fell short, dropping the fifth set 15-9 and putting an end to its 11-game winning streak. The loss reminded the so-far winning Badger team they still have small areas in which they have to be more consistent late in the game. Despite the loss, the team showed determination by forcing a fifth set after being down 15-10 in the fourth game to the 2011 national title runner-up. “I thought we had a good shot at them,” Waite said. “That was a team that was in the national championship last year, and we nearly got them in five games but fell a little bit short.”Another positive of the weekend’s games came from strong individual play from sophomore Courtney Thomas and junior Annemarie Hickey. Thomas, the 6-foot tall setter, picked up her sixth and seventh double-double of the season while recording a career best 57 assists against the Fighting Illini. She averaged an impressive 12.56 assists and 2.44 digs per set on the weekend.Hickey, the 5-foot-8 libero, also stood out by returning to the top of the Big Ten rankings in digs per set, leading the league in all matches with 4.92.Wisconsin will be relying on Thomas and Hickey’s strong play as it looks to extend its unbeaten record at home this season when Big Ten powerhouses Penn State and Ohio State come into town Friday and Saturday.“We’re up to the task,” Waite said, “I think our defense is solidifying, and they’re excited about playing. We’re not afraid about playing these teams coming up.”According to Waite, the key to playing a Penn State team standing between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6 will be ball handling, speed and attacking the block. Waite also said he will put more defensive focus on the left side this week in practice to prepare for Penn State’s strong left side attackers.The Nittany Lions will be looking to beat the Badgers at home, something they were unable to do last year.“A year ago, they were a very young team – just like we were,” Waite said. “Just like we’ve matured, they’ve matured … for us we have to play real consistent ball, real aggressive, real confident and go after them just like we did here last year.”As Wisconsin looks ahead to the rest of the Big Ten season, its head coach anticipates tough competition and exciting play.“It’s just going to get better and better, more exciting for our fans,” Waite said. “Players have to step up so that’s going to make you better too … you don’t really find out about [where you stand] until you’re against the Big Ten teams because they’re all just bigger, faster and stronger in every way.”The Badgers will take on Penn State this Friday night at 7 p.m. and will be honoring former head coach Steve Lowe with the 22nd annual Steve Lowe Night. Lowe coached UW’s volleyball squad from 1986-90 and led the program to its first-ever Big Ten championship in 1990 before dying of lung cancer in 1991 at age 35.They will be playing the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games will take place at the UW Field House.