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Sports events in Britain called off after death of Queen Elizabeth

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LONDON (AP) — Several British sporting events have been canceled in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96.

Organizers of the BMW PGA Championship golf event immediately halted play following the announcement of the Queen’s passing, with many players still on the Wentworth course. Courses and practice facilities will be closed on Fridays.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said Friday’s play in England and South Africa’s second Test at the Oval will not take place.

The British horse racing conference was suspended Thursday night and Friday, with the governing body hoping to “remember her extraordinary life and contributions to our sport and our country”.

Domestic rugby matches between England and Scotland have been canceled on Thursday, with no matches over the weekend.

Cycling’s Tour of Britain organizers have declared the race over after canceling Friday’s stage and two more over the weekend. Gonzalo Serrano, who took the lead after Thursday’s stage, was named the winner.

The Premier League paid tribute to the royal family and said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the Queen’s passing. It was not immediately clear if the game would take place this weekend.

The English Football League, which runs the three lower divisions of the Premier League, canceled games scheduled for Friday night and made a decision on weekend games on Friday morning after consultations with the UK government and wider sport. said it would be dropped.

Manchester United’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad came just hours after the Queen’s death was announced. Armbands were worn, and stadium flags were lowered to half-mast as a sign of respect.

There was no pre-match music and the hoarding of digital advertising around the field was turned off.

Other European matches involving British teams, including Arsenal, West Ham and Hearts, saw a minute’s silence.

The United States Tennis Association held a minute’s silence before the first U.S. Open women’s semifinal match on Thursday night — Once Jabbar defeated Caroline Garcia in straight sets.

A stadium announcer said: “We would like to pause to remember Queen Elizabeth II. “Our thoughts are with the British people today. In the moment of silence, please join us.” Please don’t forget.”

Rafael Nadal said his “most respect and heartfelt condolences”, while former England footballer and TV commentator Gary Lineker also tweeted: She is a truly remarkable woman who served her country with dignity, loyalty and grace. A comfort that is always present in most of our lives. Rest in peace, Your Majesty. ”

Brazilian football great Pele has tweeted his admiration for the Queen since meeting her in person during a visit to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana in 1968.

“Her legacy has been passed down through generations,” Pele wrote. “This legacy will last forever.”

The All England Club, home of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, said the Queen had performed her duties “with great wisdom, dignity and charm for 70 years”.

The Queen is the royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and thanked them for “many years of service on this very sad day”.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said Queen Elizabeth “has been an inspiration to so many, including all athletes and stakeholders of the Commonwealth Games.” Her Majesty’s vision for the Commonwealth continues to inspire us.”

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