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March 2020 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 8 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • Mar 8 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the safety of participants and attendees
  • Mar 11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19
  • Mar 12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 12 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spread of COVID-19; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled
  • Mar 13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 13 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to COVID-19 pandemic; return dependent on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • Mar 17 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

PandemicCOVID-19

Mar 24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Mar 30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 1 Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), dies from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 52
  • Mar 4 Robert Shavlakadze, Georgian high jumper (Olympic gold high jump for Soviet Union 1960), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Antonio Permunian, Swiss soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern), dies at 89

Person of interestHenri Richard

Mar 6 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Mar 7 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), dies from pelvic cancer at 41
  • Mar 17 Roger Mayweather, American boxer (WBA & lineal super featherweight title 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), dies at 58
  • Mar 20 Borislav Stanković, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), dies at 94
  • Mar 23 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), dies from Parkinson's disease at 65
  • Mar 24 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), dies at 103
  • Mar 25 Bill Bartholomay, American businessman and MLB owner (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 1962-76), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Mar 25 Peter Kemper, Dutch soccer defender (3 caps; PSV 221 games), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 25 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • Mar 26 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), dies at 87
  • Mar 26 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77
  • Mar 26 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70
  • Mar 27 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), dies at 81
  • Mar 27 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), dies from cancer at 77
  • Mar 29 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), dies of COVID-19 at 72
  • Mar 29 Jim Lambright, American college football coach (University of Washington 1993-98; 44–25–1 record), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • Mar 30 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Mar 31 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), dies at 51