The Newest on the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on sports activities world wide:
The Atlanta Falcons have positioned heart Alex Mack on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
The transfer got here after the group stopped all in-person work at its follow facility and reported a constructive COVID-19 check. The Falcons did solely digital work on Thursday following the constructive check.
The group says Sunday’s remaining regular-season sport at Tampa Bay is just not threatened.
Pitt has paused all ladies’s basketball group actions simply earlier than the group was scheduled to host Boston Faculty due to a constructive COVID-19 check throughout the Panthers’ program.
The Atlantic Coast Convention introduced the postponement Thursday shortly earlier than tipoff. Pitt is now present process quarantining and contract tracing.
On account of COVID-19 protocols, the Panthers’ subsequent three video games — towards North Carolina on Sunday, at No. 2 Louisville subsequent Thursday and towards Clemson on Jan. 10 — even have been postponed.
Center Tennessee has postponed a pair of basketball video games at Florida Atlantic due to constructive COVID-19 exams and phone tracing throughout the Blue Raiders’ program.
The Blue Raiders had been set to play the Owls on Friday and Saturday in a uncommon back-to-back. Now Center Tennessee and Florida Atlantic are working with Convention USA to reschedule the video games.
That is the third time Center Tennessee’s schedule has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Akron canceled a sport towards the Blue Raiders within the Gulf Coast Showcase beginning the season, and Center Tennessee canceled its home-and-home set with Bellarmine on Dec. 19 and Dec. 21. The Blue Raiders stay scheduled to host FIU on Jan. Eight and Jan. 9.
Detroit Mercy’s basketball program has canceled Horizon League video games scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Illinois-Chicago to deal with what the college known as “the psychological well being and well-being of its student-athletes.”
The Titans are 1-7 and 0-Four in convention play after shedding two video games apiece to Wright State and Oakland.
Athletic director Robert Vowels Jr. mentioned the choice had nothing to do with constructive COVID-19 exams amongst gamers or coaches. Relatively, the pause was determined for “the well being and security of our student-athletes” after discussions with college president Dr. Antoine Garibaldi and coach Mike Davis, who’s in his third season with this system.
The pandemic has compelled many faculties to cancel or postpone video games and a number of other coaches have voiced concern concerning the stress positioned on their gamers. In early December, Duke canceled its remaining nonconference males’s video games and coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned his gamers “should be with their households.” Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams mentioned he was clearly seeing “emotional and psychological fatigue and exhaustion and trauma” because the season has lurched forward.
The Horizon League mentioned in a press release it “is totally supportive of Detroit Mercy’s resolution to pause actions and is guided by our prime precedence: the well being, security and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and employees.”
The Titans go to Milwaukee for video games on consecutive nights starting Jan. 8.
The Atlanta Falcons have stopped all in-person work at their follow facility after a constructive COVID-19 check.
The group didn’t instantly disclose if the constructive check outcome got here from a participant. The Falcons are working just about on Thursday after consulting with the NFL and medical officers.
The group says the constructive check doesn’t threaten the standing of Sunday’s remaining regular-season sport at Tampa Bay.
Cleveland’s COVID-19 considerations are rising, with two extra constructive exams and the Browns making an attempt to get able to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns closed their facility for the second straight day to allow them to conduct shut contact tracing. Follow will doubtless be pushed again once more whereas tracing continues.
The NFL mentioned there is no such thing as a change to the standing of the sport.
The Browns can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a win over Pittsburgh, which can relaxation a number of starters, together with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
It’s the most recent virus-related problem for the Browns, who had been with out eight gamers — together with their prime 4 extensive receivers — final week and misplaced to the New York Jets. A few of these gamers are eligible to return Thursday.
The group has 9 gamers on the COVID-19 listing — the 4 extensive receivers, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph, linebackers B.J. Goodson and Jacob Phillips and tight finish Harrison Bryant.
Goodson and Sendejo examined constructive with the virus and can miss Sunday’s sport. The others are thought of high-risk contacts and will return in the event that they proceed to check unfavourable.
Former top-ranked Andy Murray has pulled out of the Delray Seashore Open to attenuate his coronavirus danger as he appears to be like towards the Australian Open.
The 33-year-old Murray mentioned he was involved concerning the “enhance in COVID charges” and the trans-Atlantic flight in touring to the Florida match that begins Monday.
The 5-time Australian Open runner-up was given a wild-card entry into the primary Grand Slam match of subsequent 12 months.
Murray has slipped to No. 122 within the ATP rankings after a number of years of battling hip accidents and surgical procedure.
Murray made a tearful retirement announcement in Melbourne two years in the past earlier than present process a second spherical of surgical procedures to increase his profession.
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