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RUGBY

The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.

The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.

EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”

AUSTRALIAN SOCCER

Australian soccer's A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.

That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.

Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue.

The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.

Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”

Newcastle's 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed.

Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.

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