As dozens of sports leagues and federations around the globe made major decisions in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus, AP’s sports department raced to cover the developing stories. Among the dozens of people working the story from all angles, several staffers stood out – and helped show why the AP matters more than any other news organization during stories of this magnitude. Tim Reynolds, basketball writer; Ron Blum, baseball writer; Ralph Russo, college sports writer; Rob Harris, global soccer writer; and Stephen Whyno, ice hockey writer, worked at breakneck speed to cover the developments, including cancellations and the news that some players had tested positive for the virus.

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is displayed on a monitor in an empty media room as he talks to the media after canceling the remaining NCAA college basketball games in the Big 12 Conference tournament due to concerns about the coronavirus, March 12, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.

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