Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press Published 5:13 p.m. ET March 16, 2020 CLOSE Going through the major sporting events that have been canceled and why USA TODAYThe abrupt halt of sports across North America due the coronavirus last week — championships canceled wholesale, seasons paused for what looks to be weeks or more — felt like history in the making.No March Madness brackets to fill. No Masters countdown to herald the start of spring. Major League Baseball’s Opening Day shelved for the foreseeable future.Aside from labor disputes and wartime suspensions of play, both of which feel more predictable than what has transpired in the past several days, historic precedents are remarkably rare. Go back a century, though, and one is there: The 1919 Stanley Cup. Since 1893, it remains the only time the competition has started and not produced a winner, scrapped after Game 5 due to the ongoing influenza pandemic that struck both teams.That March the Montreal Canadiens, crowned the National Hockey League champions after beating the Ottawa Senators in a best-of-seven playoff, trekked westward to face the Seattle Metropolitans, winners of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The source of the misfortune that year owed to the final occurring at the tail end of the Spanish Flu outbreak that

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