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The NHL has postponed the Colorado Avalanche’s video games way of Feb. 11.

Colorado turns into the fifth staff shut down, becoming a member of Vegas, New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota. Dallas and Carolina have been placed on pause due to outbreaks in January.

The Avalanche at the moment have two gamers on the league’s COVID-19 checklist: captain Gabriel Landeskog and ahead Tyson Jost. They performed the Wild, who now have seven gamers on the checklist, 3 times over the previous week and already had their recreation scheduled for Thursday night time postponed.

There are 40 gamers from 11 groups on the COVID-19 unavailable checklist, and the league instituted new protocols Thursday in an try to gradual the unfold of the virus.


Michigan’s fourth-ranked males’s basketball staff took a step towards returning to the courtroom, permitting athletes to have their expertise, energy and conditioning assessed coaches after a pause that lasted almost two weeks.

The Wolverines’ 13th-ranked ladies’s basketball staff and extremely aggressive hockey squad additionally have been cleared to enter their amenities.

Michigan paused all of its athletic applications on Jan. 23 after a number of folks inside the athletic departed examined optimistic for a COVID-19 variant that transmits at the next charge.

The transfer to close down the groups was made after the state Division of Well being and Human Providers mentioned it issued suggestions for the college. College officers interpreted the suggestions as an order.

Michigan’s males’s basketball staff is scheduled to play Feb. 11 at dwelling towards No. 12 Illinois.


The No. 2 Baylor males have had their subsequent two video games postponed the Huge 12 due to COVID-19 protocols, the Bears’ season getting interrupted once more after a 17-Zero begin that’s the greatest at school historical past.

The Huge 12 introduced late Thursday that Saturday’s dwelling recreation towards TCU and subsequent Wednesday’s recreation at Oklahoma have been postponed in accordance with the league’s interruption tips. Neither the league nor Baylor supplied specifics.

Baylor is coming off a win at No. 6 Texas on Tuesday night time, the primary assembly this season between the High-10 groups. Their scheduled Dec. 13 recreation in Waco, which hasn’t but been rescheduled, was postponed after the Bears had a program pause due to COVID-19 points then.

With the most recent modifications, Baylor’s subsequent scheduled recreation is at dwelling Feb. 13 towards No. 13 Texas Tech.


Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog, Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe and Minnesota ahead Nico Sturm have been added to NHL COVID-19 protocol checklist. That brings the whole to 40 gamers.

The NHL is releasing the names of gamers who’re “unavailable” to the membership for apply, journey or video games attributable to virus protocols.

In an announcement, commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned: “You will need to be aware that, whereas now we have seen virtually 100 gamers enter our COVID Protocols, fewer than half have carried out so due to confirmed optimistic checks — and, amongst that group, many haven’t been symptomatic. Our precedence has been and can proceed to be to behave conservatively with an abundance of warning, understanding that there are a lot of issues in regards to the transmission of COVID-19 which might be nonetheless being found.”


The Cleveland Cavaliers have been given permission to extend their attendance at dwelling video games.

The staff obtained a letter Thursday from the state of Ohio, which has granted a second variance and can permit the Cavs to have 2,720 (14%) inside 19,000-seat Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. It’s a bump of 4% of what had beforehand been allowed.

The change takes impact instantly. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and Saturday.

Final week, the Cavs held a Zoom assembly with state officers to stipulate their plans to accommodate extra followers in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff want to get one other enhance if potential.

Cleveland is one in every of eight NBA franchises at the moment permitting followers.


West Virginia is boosting dwelling attendance to 2,800, or 20% of capability, for the boys’s basketball recreation Feb. 13 between the 17th-ranked Mountaineers and No. 9 Oklahoma.

No followers, apart from important personnel and the gamers’ and coaches’ households, have been allowed at dwelling video games in Morgantown, West Virginia, over the primary two months of the season. Attendance was restricted to 1,000 for the Jan. 30 Florida recreation and 1,500 for the upcoming recreation Saturday towards No. 23 Kansas.


The Canisius athletic division introduced Thursday that the Golden Griffin ladies’s basketball program won’t full the rest of the season attributable to well being and security considerations.

The college, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Convention, mentioned the choice was made after conversations between the athletes, teaching workers and athletic division administration.

The Griffs haven’t been in a position to play a recreation since Dec. 20, and the staff’s present pause won’t permit it to return to recreation motion till a minimum of Feb. 18. Accidents even have affected the roster, and that has impacted this system’s means to securely apply and compete.

Canisius joins Duke, SMU, Virginia, and San Jose State amongst ladies’s basketball applications which have opted to cease taking part in.

The NCAA introduced Wednesday that it was canceling the Division III winter championships attributable to low participation numbers amongst member faculties.

Canisius mentioned it can keep its present schedule of competitors in different sports activities.


The Nationwide Lacrosse League says its plans for an abbreviated season this spring have been canceled attributable to uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

The league will now transfer to begin a standard season within the fall. NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz says the logistical challenges, together with the just lately introduced tighter journey and quarantine restrictions throughout the Canadian border, compelled the league to pivot.

The precise begin date of a full season will probably be introduced at a later date, and it’ll stretch into 2022.

The NLL is comprised of 14 franchises throughout the US and Canada.


The WTA’s Volvo Automotive Open in Charleston, South Carolina will conduct its April event with out followers due to the persevering with coronavirus pandemic.

Occasion organizers introduced the choice Thursday. The event is historically the primary clay-court event of the season.

The event was canceled final April due to the coronavirus and organizers started ticket gross sales in November for this yr’s occasion.

Match director Bob Moran mentioned for the Volvo Automotive Open to adjust to well being and security protocols, measures must start this week. Nonetheless, with the pandemic nonetheless affecting South Carolina, Moran mentioned that’s not potential.

Moran mentioned those that bought tickets for the event will probably be contacted about refunds. He additionally cited uncertainties about journey inside and out of doors the US as a part of the choice.


Thursday’s ladies’s basketball recreation between No. 17 Indiana and Rutgers has been postponded due to COVID-19 wholesome and questions of safety inside the Scarlet Knights’ program.

The faculties issued an announcement saying that they had mutually agreed to clean the sport after consulting with college medical officers and Huge Ten representatives. They’ll work with the convention workplace to attempt to reschedule the sport.


Invoice Russell is the most recent NBA legend to reveal that he’s gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and Basketball Corridor of Famer made the announcement in a video launched Thursday the league. “That is one shot I received’t block,” Russell says within the video, which exhibits him receiving the vaccine.

Russell turns 87 on Feb. 12.

Russell participated within the video to encourage others to obtain the shot once they have the chance, simply as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gregg Popovich additionally did in current weeks when their vaccinations have been filmed on the league’s behalf.

“No Celtics have been harmed,” Russell mentioned.

Russell meets the standards established the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention surrounding vaccine eligibility. The CDC tips recommend that precedence for receiving the vaccine ought to go to well being care personnel, these residing in long-term care amenities, front-line important staff, these over the age of 65 and folks “with underlying medical situations” that enhance their vulnerability to COVID-19.


The NHL has a collection of pandemic protocol changes in response to extra gamers being added to the COVID-19 unavailable checklist.

The glass is being faraway from behind staff benches to permit for higher air move, no gamers or coaches are allowed on the recreation enviornment till 1:45 earlier than puck drop, besides these getting therapy for accidents, all conferences should be digital and groups have been requested to house out locker rooms to permit for six toes of distance between gamers.

Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly confirmed these updates in an electronic mail to The Related Press on Thursday morning.

The league is just not but contemplating including a each day speedy check to the present PCR testing routine, just like the NBA did.

There are at the moment 40 NHL gamers from 12 groups on the COVID checklist, which may very well be from a optimistic check end result, symptomatic isolation, high-risk shut contact, an unconfirmed virus optimistic or quarantine for journey functions.

4 groups are at the moment shut down due to various levels of outbreaks: Vegas, New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota. The Wild are the newest staff to have video games postponed after 5 new gamers have been added to the COVID checklist on Wednesday.

— AP Hockey Author Stephen Whyno reporting


Iowa wrestling coach Tom Manufacturers has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and will probably be away from the staff till Feb. 13.

Manufacturers, who has no signs, examined optimistic throughout his frequently scheduled speedy antigen check Wednesday. A PCR check confirmed the end result.

Wrestlers, coaches, and workers members are examined each day as a part of the Huge Ten return-to- play protocols. The defending Huge Ten champion Hawkeyes have been dominant this season and are favored to win their 24th NCAA championship however first since 2010.


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