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The sports landscape continues to change in the face of a pandemic

W-League Final - Melbourne City v Sydney Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

With the W-League wrapped, that’s one less league still playing. Brazilian stadiums are being offered in support of the efforts to deal with the coronavirus, the NWSL has delayed its start, and we’re all just trying to find ways to entertain ourselves.

Seattle/Tacoma

Many of your favorite Tacoma restaurants are open. Here’s how to support them. Guide to Supporting Tacoma Businesses

The Seahawks and CenturyLink Field will pay more than $700,000 to part-time employees impacted by events that will be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the team announced Friday. Seahawks, CenturyLink Field announce they will help part-time employees during coronavirus crisis | The Seattle Times

We know that some of R City have come into some unplanned co-workers this last week. If that is you, we will keep this page packed and regularly updated with kids activities designed to connect you back to R House even when we have to be apart. That starts now with the Heroes of R City, easily downloaded and printed here for your kids to color and add. Heroes of R City - Coloring Book

On the surreal experience of seeing Lulu Barnes and Steph Catley’s Melbourne City win the W-League title behind closed doors. Like listening to music with no bass: the experience of playing in an empty stadium | Kyah Simon | Football | The Guardian

It’s a goose wearing a Sounders scarf. You know, because of the Sounders player, Goose. What else do you need? An ode to Gustav: Sounders fan posts photo of goose wearing Sounders scarf | Seattle Sounders FC

Steph Catley captained the team and scored the goal that won the Grand Final for Melbourne City. ‘It was a grind’ – Catley’s pride as City cap ‘unbelievable season’ by battling to Grand Final glory | Westfield W-League

MLS/USL

Well, of course Nouhou is the left back. MLS all-time cult hero XI: The characters that kept the league weird – The Athletic

David Estrada’s club just keeps putting out great jerseys. KITTED OUT: New Mexico United Reveals 2020 Home Uniforms

Bob Bradley talked with Alicia Rodriguez about what his experience has been like during the pandemic. LAFC’s Bob Bradley on coronavirus shutdown: “We have to work together” - Angels on Parade

It’s games like this that remind you that it takes an especially odd type of person to be a goalkeeper. On this date: Tony Meola kept a clean sheet, then lost an 11-kick shootout | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

What can the league do during a difficult time? How NWSL’s 2020 season might be affected by a COVID-19 shutdown - All For XI

The start of the NWSL season has been delayed. There’s no date for when they’ll start yet, for obvious reasons. NWSL delays start of 2020 season - RSL Soapbox

USA

Danny Leyva gets a shout. Armchair Analyst: US prospects' club situations broken down by tier | MLSsoccer.com

World

Borussia Monchengladbach players will waive part of their salary in an effort to ease fears over the Bundesliga collapsing. Gladbach players partially waive salaries over Bundesliga collapse fears

Women professional athletes were starting to make huge gains. But the COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating to their leagues. Coronavirus And The Olympics: A Disaster For Women’s Sports | Buzzfeed News

A look at some soccer training resources for the whole family to get you through the COVID-19 shutdown. Resources for soccer training at home - Brotherly Game

Potential Team GB footballer Jessica Fishlock says the Olympic Games should be postponed due to coronavirus. Coronavirus: Footballer Jessica Fishlock calls for Olympics postponement - BBC Sport

Paulo Dybala confirmed via Instagram that both he and his girlfriend have tested positive for the Coronavirus, making him the third Juventus player with the illness. Dybala: 'I too have Coronavirus' | Football Italia

If you can’t take the heat, get away from the wood fire grill. Top Chef All Stars S17 E1 Recap: The Chefs Arrive in La La Land - The Busby Babe

Marble racing has gone viral in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as sports fans are hungry for competitive action. From commentator Greg Woods to the intense races and intricate courses, Jelle’s Marble Runs certainly deliver. Marble racing: Why sport is so popular; commentator Greg Woods - Sports Illustrated

The International Olympic Committee has given itself a month to consider postponing the event after an emergency meeting on Sunday, CBC Sports has confirmed. IOC sets mid-April deadline for decision on Tokyo 2020: reports | CBC Sports

Bonilla becomes the second person related to Liga MX to test positive for the virus. Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla tests postive for COVID-19 - FMF State Of Mind

Bobby Firmino’s had some great goal celebrations. I’m partial to the eye patch, but we’ve all got our own favorites. Roberto Firmino’s Best Goal Celebration: You Make The Call - The Liverpool Offside

The rumor mill is undefeated. Rumor Mongering: Liverpool Plot £74M Move For Napoli Midfielder - The Liverpool Offside

These gestures are a bright spot in a currently dark world, as Brazilian clubs offer their stadiums as sites for field hospitals and clinics. Brazil's football clubs offer stadiums to help with coronavirus sick

There’s just no two ways about it, this is the greatest sports photo ever taken. This is the greatest sports photo ever taken - SBNation.com