As other high-profile sport organizations have wrestled with the hard decision of postponing their leagues or cancelling their seasons to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, UFC president Dana White is committed to having fights continue — even if it means doing so in empty arenas, or having to relocate venues.

“Unless there’s a total shutdown of the country, where people can’t leave their houses and things like that, these fights will happen,” White told ESPN on Saturday night after UFC Brasilia, which took place without any fans in attendance.

Currently, UFC hasn’t cancelled any competitions — even

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BRASILIA, Brazil — The UFC staged a full fight card in an empty arena Saturday night in Brazil’s capital city, sticking to its plan to keep fighting in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Charles Oliveira stopped lightweight Kevin Lee with a guillotine choke in the third round of the main event in the UFC’s first show since many other sports organizations around the world postponed and cancelled competitions.

The world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion held 12 bouts in Brasilia with only the fighters, their camps, the television production crew and a few dozen essential personnel inside Nilson Nelson

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As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Mavericks have announced the organization will provide a full reimbursement to employees for breakfast or lunch purchases made at independent local establishments in the region.

“At a time when people may feel the financial strain of business closures, social distancing and more, supporting our local community is even more important,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a press release. “While encouraging my team to take care of themselves and those around them and to use healthy practices, I also encourage them to support out local north

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Everton’s players seemed to have been advised to self-isolate, but Jordan Pickford has insisted that was not the case.

England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has denied reports he has been advised to self-isolate after making a public appearance on Friday.

Everton shut down their facilities, with players and staff advised to self-isolate after an unnamed member of the squad showed symptoms of coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of all Europe’s major football leagues, including England’s top four divisions.

However, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday that the team were not in self-isolation,

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As sports leagues all around the world hit pause on their seasons amid concerns over spreading the COVID-19 virus which has gripped the planet, UFC pressed on, opting to host UFC Brasilia in an empty arena Saturday night.

The decision to go against the sports world’s collective mindset, according to UFC president Dana White, came about in part following a conversation he had with President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.

“I talked to the president and the vice-president of the United States about this,” White told ESPN. “They’re taking this very serious. They’re saying, `Be cautious, be careful, but

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension Saturday.

Smith, who started five games and led the team with eight special teams tackles in 2019, was set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Smith signed with Atlanta early last season after he played in 16 games, including three starts, with the Raiders in 2018. He had five carries for eight yards and one catch for 13 years with the Falcons.

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BERLIN — Gates closed, turnstiles locked, an empty ground and stillness all around. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Union Berlin fans had this date marked as soon as the schedule was made. Even before then, they were thinking of Bayern Munich’s visit last May when their side clinched promotion in a playoff against Stuttgart.

“We played Bayern before, but never in the Bundesliga,” said Klaus Gesell, the only Union fan outside the Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium at the Old Forester’s House) on Saturday as what should have been kickoff time approached.

Union’s biggest Bundesliga game of

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