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2020 Year in Review: Sports Stories

To recap 2020, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we covered last year. Today we’re looking at stories from the world of sports.

New African Basketball League to Start in March

The NBA reveals the logo for the BAL.
After years of effort, the NBA (National Basketball Association) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation) are starting a new professional basketball league on the continent of Africa. The Basketball Africa League (BAL) will begin in March.

Coronavirus Cancels Sports Around the World

Jalen Smith Dunks for Maryland vs. Ohio State. Both teams would have played in the NCAA tournament this year.
COVID-19, the new coronavirus, has caused cancellations of sports events all over the world , disappointing athletes and fans. The main reason is to avoid the crowds that the games attract, but some players have also gotten the disease.

2020 Summer Olympics Delayed Until 2021

Tokyo 2020 logo
On Tuesday, Japan and the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were planned for this summer in Tokyo, have been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus.

Real NBA Players Play Basketball Video Games

NBA 2K Players Tournament
With sports around the world shut down because of the coronavirus, things are getting a little strange. Now real pro basketball players are playing basketball video games against each other and it’s being shown on the sports station ESPN.

A Changed Sports World Starts Back Up Slowly

Sacramento Kings players shoot around after the game is postponed on March 11.
As countries around the world relax their lockdown rules, sports organizations are starting back up. In some countries, some pro sports have begun playing games again. In most places, games are played in empty stadiums with no fans.

Everesting: A Mountain of a Biking Challenge

Everest North Face toward Base Camp Tibet Luca Galuzzi 2006
A surprising activity has become popular among cyclists in recent months. It’s called “Everesting” – riding up and down a hill until you’ve ridden “up” enough to have reached the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

US Sports Groups Work to Start Up Again

Montage of US sports league logos with question mark.
Professional sports groups in the US are facing huge challenges as they try to restart. The US has the largest number of coronavirus cases in the world and is facing a sharp increase in new cases.

Sports Champions: Lakers, Swiatek, Nadal

Lebron James, Iga Swiatek, & Rafael Nadal
This last weekend was a big one for sports. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA Championship. Earlier, the French Open produced an expected champion, Rafael Nadal, and a surprise one, Iga Swiatek.



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