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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that high school football and other contact sports will be postponed until at least the spring semester.

The move, based on a spike in coronavirus cases, makes New Mexico the state the first to definitively push back football to the spring. 

The New Mexico Activities Association said in a release it was working with its members on contingency plans and is working to ensure all sports can be played in this academic year, adding a tentative plan should be available on or around July 15.

"Interscholastic athletics are an important part of the overall educational process. ...

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