The latest news on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports worldwide:
DePaul canceled two more men’s basketball games because of positive COVID-19 tests, delaying the start of the season at least next week.
The Blue Demons were scheduled to play in Providence on Thursday and Butler on Monday. But with team activities paused, Big East games were postponed and no replacement dates were announced. DePaul is scheduled to host Connecticut on December 23.
DePaul canceled or postponed 10 games. Blue Demons was scheduled to debut on November 25 against Western Illinois at home.
The University at Albany women’s basketball game, scheduled for December 23, against Siena, has been postponed.
The Saints announced a positive test on Monday afternoon in their Tier 1 staff group and subsequently paused the team’s activities, affecting their games next week, including against UAlbany.
The Great Danes will try to schedule a new opponent in place of Siena.
UNLV canceled its home basketball game against Pepperdine on Monday after a positive COVID-19 test.
The school said it tested positive during routine pre-game tests.
UNLV also had its game against eastern Washington canceled on Wednesday due to a positive test.
The end of Vanderbilt’s season in 10th position in Georgia has been canceled with Commodores falling below the number of available fellows and position requirements.
The game was declared without competition.
Vanderbilt was originally scheduled to play in Athens on December 5, only to have the game postponed the day before because Commodores could not meet the minimum lineup requirements. Vanderbilt played and lost to his state rival, Tennessee, by 42-17 on Saturday, despite having only 49 fellows available. Interim coach Todd Fitch hoped to have some players back this week, but the problems with COVID-19, contact tracking and withdrawal have left Vanderbilt thin.
Commodores conclude this exclusive SEC season at 0-9, the first unsuccessful season in the show’s history.
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus says he goes on the reserve list / COVID-19 because he is in close contact with someone outside the facilities of the team who has the new coronavirus.
McManus will isolate himself in a hotel and says he hopes to play Saturday against Buffalo Bills. He will have to test negative five days in a row.
If not, the Broncos have Taylor Russolino, the emergency kicker they hired for their training team the next day when they were forced to play against the Saints without any of their four quarterbacks because of COVID-19.
Russollino was 9 out of 10 in field goal attempts with the XFL St. Louis BattleHawks earlier this year with a 58-yard long.
South Carolina men’s basketball postponed their home game with No. 24 Clemson on Saturday night due to continued editions of COVID-19.
The school paused basketball activities last Tuesday and canceled the home game with Wofford scheduled for last Thursday. At the time, Gamecocks coach Frank Martin hoped his team could resume training on December 17 and play the rivalry game with Clemson.
South Carolina decided to reschedule the annual Tigers contest. The next game scheduled for South Carolina is at home against the state of South Carolina on December 23.
The latest English Premier League tests revealed six new positive tests for COVID-19.
A total of 1,549 players and club staff were tested from December 7 to 13. The six unidentified people with a positive test will isolate themselves for 10 days.
The most recent number was the lowest recorded in the league since the beginning of November. In the previous round of testing, there were 14 positives.
The EPL does not disclose names or clubs.
Wake Forest says it plans to start running men’s basketball drills on Sunday after a break due to problems with COVID-19.
The school announced a timetable on Monday for the return to team activities. After returning to training, the Demon Deacons would be scheduled to play against Syracuse on December 30th. They haven’t played since defeating Longwood on November 27. Four consecutive games have been canceled or postponed, including the opening originally scheduled for Wednesday for the Atlantic Coast Conference to play against No. 17 Virginia and the home game scheduled for next week with VMI.
In a statement, coach Steve Forbes said the plan allows most players to return to training this weekend, depending on their ability to comply with all necessary protocols.
“No one will step on the court until our medical team says they are authorized to do so,” said Forbes.
Wisconsin 12 and Louisville 23 rescheduled their Big Ten / ACC Challenge men’s basketball game.
The two teams will meet on Saturday at noon at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was originally supposed to host Louisville on December 9, but the game was postponed after Louisville announced it was pausing team-related activities due to a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracking measures within its program.
This will only be the second time that Wisconsin and Louisville face each other in men’s basketball. Louisville won 70-53 at home in 1978.
Participation at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium will be limited to 1,500 for the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday between No. 6 Bearcats and No. 20 Tulsa.
The university said it requested a variation with the state of Ohio to increase the game’s capacity, but was denied amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.
The number will include family members and friends of players and staff, bands and spiritual squads, as well as a limited number of students and other guests. Tickets are being offered to students for $ 10.
Washington dropped out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to problems with COVID-19 on the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play USC’s 13th place in the conference title game on Friday in Los Angeles.
Washington (3-1) announced that it was withdrawing from the championship game after determining that the Huskies did not have at least 53 fellows available and did not meet the minimum number of fellowship athletes in specific positions.
Washington had to cancel its game last weekend against Oregon (3-2) that would determine the Pac-12 North champion due to cases of COVID-19 in the program that caused the Huskies to pause training in the middle of last week.
The Washington team doctor, Dr. Kim Harmon, said the program has continued to see positive cases in the past few days and said in a statement that “combined with problems with a key position group does not allow a way forward.”
Washington was named champion of the Pac-12 North by virtue of having a better winning percentage than Oregon.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said his team had a lot of “energy and enthusiasm” when they were released to practice for the first time since a COVID-19 outbreak broke out within the program.
Harbaugh says the Wolverines trained on Sunday and would do it again on Monday, before taking a break for final exams on Tuesday.
He says the practice will continue later in the week to prepare to play at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday night. Harbaugh refuses to say how many players will not be available to compete against the Hawkeyes, citing privacy.
Michigan’s previous two games were canceled due to 16 people within the program who tested positive for coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school was not disclosing details about the outbreak. .
Buffalo male basketball coach Jim Whitesell will be quarantined for 14 days after coming into close contact with a person whose test was positive for COVID-19.
Whitesell says he was negative for the new coronavirus, but is saying goodbye to the Mid-American Conference team to follow local health protocols. The school released the coach’s announcement on Monday after Whitesell coached the Bulls in the stands, rather than on the bench, in the 81-64 victory over Mercyhurst on Thursday.
Whitesell says that the person with a positive test is not associated with the team or the school. He will continue to communicate with his team and players remotely, while assistant Angres Thorpe takes over in Whitesell’s absence.