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Virginia’s ACC/B1G Problem recreation in opposition to No. Four Michigan State on Wednesday evening has been postponed attributable to COVID-19 points inside the Cavaliers’ program.

The No. 18 Cavaliers (3-1) are subsequent slated to play William & Mary on Sunday. The Tribe shut its program down on Nov. 30 for COVID-19. The standing of that recreation is to be decided.

Virginia didn’t reveal if the optimistic take a look at was from a participant, coach or employees member.


West Virginia says its males’s basketball residence opener scheduled for Wednesday in opposition to Robert Morris has been canceled attributable to COVID-19 protocols inside the Colonials’ program. The 11th-ranked Mountaineers are set to play subsequent at residence Sunday in opposition to No. 19 Richmond.


USA Diving has postponed the 2021 World Cup trials due to a spike in COVID-19 instances. The occasion was scheduled for subsequent week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The governing physique says it’s engaged on potential contingency plans. Choices embrace holding one other qualifying occasion on a special date or selecting the American crew in different methods.

Within the assertion, USA Diving officers say they continue to be assured they are going to discover a viable resolution to subject the very best crew they’ll for April’s 2021 FINA World Cup.

“This resolution was not made calmly,” USA Diving President Lee Michaud mentioned. “However after receiving suggestions from public well being professionals, our athletes, coaches and different people, we felt it was in the very best pursuits of our group’s well being to chorus from touring and coming collectively presently.”


South Carolina has canceled a males’s basketball recreation in opposition to Wofford on Thursday and paused crew actions due to optimistic COVID-19 exams inside the program.

South Carolina mentioned it’ll take a look at the crew once more Wednesday. The Gamecocks final performed Saturday evening, dropping to 10th-ranked Houston 77-67. The college mentioned the standing of future video games might be decided as soon as subsequent take a look at outcomes are again.


A optimistic COVID-19 take a look at inside UNLV’s males’s basketball program has trigger the Runnin’ Rebels to cancel their residence recreation with Jap Washington on Wednesday.

Jap Washington was notified of the take a look at earlier than touring to Las Vegas from Eugene, Oregon, after enjoying the Geese Monday evening. The Eagles as an alternative flew again to Spokane.

Jap Washington had two earlier video games canceled attributable to optimistic exams at Northwest and Montana Tech.


East Tennessee State is not going to permit followers at any athletic occasion way of Dec. 27 after consulting with the college’s medical response crew and each native well being care specialists and native officers.

Dr. Brian Noland, the college president, mentioned it’ll consider regional COVID-19 information on the finish of the month about future occasions.

ETSU initially had deliberate to permit for 10% capability at Freedom Corridor, the place its males’s basketball crew performs.

The announcement comes after ETSU postponed Tuesday evening’s recreation in opposition to UNC-Asheville due to COVID-19-related points within the Buccaneers’ program.


No. eight Indiana canceled Tuesday’s follow and has paused all football-related actions due to a rise in COVID-19 instances inside the program.

The announcement happened 5 hours after Purdue introduced it additionally had canceled Tuesday’s follow to “consider the outcomes of latest COVID-19 testing.”

The in-state rivals are scheduled to play Saturday for the Outdated Oaken Bucket. Indiana officers mentioned no resolution has but been made concerning the recreation.

Indiana mentioned in an announcement that each one gamers, coaches and Tier 1 employees members had PCR exams.

“The well being and security of our college students, coaches and employees is paramount,” Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson mentioned. “In session with our medical specialists, we determined that is the suitable resolution presently. We are going to proceed to evaluate the scenario transferring ahead.”

Indiana (6-1, No. 12 CFP) has clinched the No. 2 seed within the Massive Ten East and would qualify for subsequent week’s convention championship recreation if No. Four Ohio State (5-0, No. 4) is deemed ineligible as a result of it failed to satisfy the league’s minimal requirement of enjoying no less than six video games to qualify.


The No. 2 Baylor males’s basketball crew will play its residence opener Wednesday, an evening later than scheduled and in opposition to a special opponent than deliberate.

The Bears will play Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday evening, changing Tuesday evening’s scheduled recreation in opposition to Nicholls State that was canceled after COVID-19 points within the Colonels applications.

Baylor has additionally added a Dec. 15 residence recreation in opposition to Tarleton State. That replaces a canceled recreation at Seton Corridor that had been scheduled Nov. 29.

Baylor has performed solely one of many first six video games on its preliminary schedule. With the 2 additions, together with video games in opposition to Louisiana-Lafayette and Washington in Las Vegas, the Bears have changed 4 of the 5 canceled video games.

The one recreation performed as scheduled was an 82-69 win over No. 5 Illinois final Wednesday in Indianapolis, the place Baylor’s deliberate matchup in opposition to No. 1 Gonzaga was scrapped 90 minutes earlier than tipoff Saturday due to two optimistic exams within the Bulldogs’ touring occasion, together with one participant.


Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson says operating again Kenneth Walker III has knowledgeable the teaching employees that he plans to choose out of the rest of the season.

Walker is the Demon Deacons’ No. 2 rusher at 579 yards and has 13 speeding touchdowns. His resolution comes as Wake Forest prepares to play its first recreation in practically a month this weekend at Louisville after being on maintain attributable to coronavirus points.

Clawson mentioned Tuesday some gamers had determined to choose out and later modified their minds. He mentioned the crew can be open to Walker returning if he modified his thoughts and went again way of required security protocols to rejoin the crew.

“However we’re anticipating to play the remainder of the yr with out him at this level,” Clawson mentioned.

Clawson mentioned the sophomore has indicated he plans to return to the crew within the spring semester.

Christian Beal-Smith had cut up work with Walker this season, speeding for a team-best 592 yards. Clawson mentioned reserves Justice Ellison and Ahmani Marshall may see extra work in Walker’s absence.


The Washington Nationals have laid off 18 full-time workers from their enterprise operations employees, citing the coronavirus pandemic’s financial impact on the game.

The 2019 World Sequence champions mentioned Tuesday in addition they are eliminating a lot of the vacant jobs they deliberate to fill within the coming months.

The crew will finish a partial furlough for business-side workers who stay with the Nationals and restore their full salaries subsequent yr.


DePaul says its males’s basketball recreation in opposition to No. 9 Villanova on Dec. 14 has been postponed.

The announcement from the college Tuesday adopted an earlier announcement the Massive East that the Blue Demons wouldn’t play Seton Corridor on Friday.

DePaul has paused crew actions due to optimistic COVID-19 exams in this system. The Blue Demons have but to play a recreation in a season that was scheduled to open two weeks in the past.

Seven video games have been postponed or canceled, together with one at Iowa State that received referred to as off shortly earlier than tipoff on Sunday. Video games in opposition to Western Illinois, Chicago State and Alcorn State have been canceled, and one in opposition to Northern Illinois scheduled for Dec. Three was postponed.


NASCAR already has began adjusting the 2021 calendar.

The primary three races of the season, which begins Feb. 14 with the Daytona 500, all might be held in Florida now.

NASCAR shifted the February race scheduled for Fontana, California, to the street course at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. It swapped the Fontana date to make it the second race of the season and comply with the Daytona 500 on the identical observe.

The race at Homestead-Miami Speedway initially scheduled because the second occasion of the yr was moved into Fontana’s authentic slot and might be run Feb. 28.

Homestead mentioned its race weekend may have restricted spectators. NASCAR mentioned the schedule after Homestead will proceed as beforehand introduced with the fourth race of the season.


Swimming Canada is altering the best way its athletes qualify for subsequent yr’s Olympic crew.

It plans to restrict the variety of rivals at its trials making it an invitational occasion. A most of 20 locations per Olympic occasion might be supplied on the trials scheduled for April 7-11 in Toronto.

Every occasion might be held as a timed ultimate over two 10-lane heats, with devoted warmup and cooldown durations earlier than and after every occasion.

Swimming Canada will put up on its web site an preliminary ranked record of 30 swimmers per Olympic occasion who’re eligible to be invited to the trials Dec. 22. The primary spherical of invites might be despatched Jan. 6.

The Canadian open-water trials scheduled for April 17-18 on Grand Cayman island have been canceled. As an alternative, positions for Canada’s ultimate spots within the FINA Olympic marathon swim qualifier in Fukuoka, Japan, on Could 29-30 might be decided on the pool trials.

Canada’s excessive efficiency director John Atkinson says that if the COVID-19 pandemic improves considerably, the trials format could also be reviewed. Nonetheless, he says extra athletes gained’t be invited to the trials.


Arizona Cardinals large receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 record after a two-game absence.

The 37-year-old Fitzgerald, who went on the record on Nov. 26, has caught 43 passes for 336 yards this season in 10 video games.

His presence might be welcome because the Cardinals attempt to snap a three-game dropping streak after they face the New York Giants on Sunday. Arizona has a 6-6 file and is 2 video games behind the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks for the highest of the NFC West.


Texas says all soccer actions for the No. 23 Longhorns stay on pause “out of an abundance of warning” after the college beforehand introduced that three gamers and two employees members examined optimistic for COVID-19 following a recreation at Kansas State.

Texas (6-3, 5-Three Massive 12) is scheduled to play at Kansas on Saturday. That recreation had initially been set for Nov. 21 earlier than it was postponed attributable to virus points inside the Jayhawks’ program.

Texas had mentioned the gamers and staffers who examined optimistic on Sunday had handed pre-game testing and have been allowed to journey to Kansas State. It hasn’t recognized the gamers and staffers who examined optimistic after the crew returned to Austin following the Longhorns’ 69-31 victory.


Purdue says it has canceled Tuesday’s soccer follow to “consider the outcomes of latest COVID-19 testing.” Athletic division officers offered no extra remark.

The Boilermakers are scheduled to resume their rivalry with No. eight Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana. The Hoosiers gained final yr’s recreation in time beyond regulation to reclaim the Outdated Oaken Bucket.

Indiana (6-1) already has locked up the No. 2 seed within the Massive Ten East and has met the minimal customary of enjoying six video games to be eligible for the convention championship recreation.

Purdue (2-4) has misplaced 4 straight and has had some points with COVID this season. Coach Jeff Brohm missed the season opener after testing optimistic and all-conference defensive finish George Karlaftis sat out the final two video games after additionally testing optimistic. The Boilermakers additionally had their Week Three recreation at Wisconsin canceled due to a COVID outbreak.


The NFL says there have been 18 new confirmed optimistic COVID-19 exams amongst gamers and 27 amongst different personnel within the newest spherical of testing, which concluded Saturday.

The weeklong program included 16,475 exams administered to 2,427 gamers and 25,194 given to 4,585 crew personnel.

Since testing started in August, 173 gamers and 297 different personnel have been confirmed optimistic instances out of greater than 757,000 exams given.


No. 7 Houston’s males’s basketball crew has paused all crew actions and postponed its two video games this week due to optimistic COVID-19 exams and make contact with tracing.

The Cougars have been scheduled to host Sam Houston State on Wednesday evening and Rice on Saturday.


Michigan has scheduled a males’s basketball recreation in opposition to Toledo to exchange the one in opposition to North Carolina State that was canceled.

The Wolverines have been presupposed to play the Wolfpack on Wednesday evening within the ACC/Massive Ten Problem, however that was referred to as off due to COVID-19 issues involving N.C. State. Now Michigan is ready to host Toledo as an alternative.

The colleges are about 50 miles aside, however these applications haven’t performed since 1983, when Michigan gained 55-52.


Michigan’s soccer crew is relegated to restricted exercises for a second day in a row attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak inside the program.

The Wolverines are scheduled to play No. Three Ohio State on the street on Saturday, however there are rising doubts about whether or not they are going to be medically cleared to compete after canceling final weekend’s recreation in opposition to Maryland.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and a few of his gamers have been scheduled to be on Zoom calls with reporters on Tuesday, however these media availabilities have been postponed.


The Massive East Convention has switched a few opening evening males’s basketball video games due to COVID-19-related issues.

St. John’s is now scheduled to go to Seton Corridor on Friday on the Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey. The sport will begin at 4:30 p.m. Jap and be broadcast on CBS Sports activities Community.

St. John’s was initially scheduled to welcome UConn again into the Massive East on Friday in Storrs, Connecticut, and Seton Corridor was to host DePaul. However UConn and DePaul are each coping with COVID-19 points.

DePaul introduced Tuesday it was pausing all crew actions this week following optimistic COVID-19 exams involving its program, two days after an identical announcement from UConn.

Additionally, the beginning time of Friday’s Villanova-Georgetown recreation has been modified from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Seton Corridor ladies’s basketball coach Anthony Bozzella will miss Tuesday’s season opener in opposition to St. Peter’s due to COVID-19 issues.

This system paused practically three weeks in the past after optimistic exams have been revealed, the crew was quarantined for 14 days and has since accomplished the protocol course of.

Bozzella stays in quarantine. There is no such thing as a timetable for his return. Assistant coach Lauren DeFalco will function interim head coach throughout Bozzella’s absence.


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