South Africa v England first ODI called off at last minute after Covid positive

The first one-day international between South Africa and England at Newlands was called off just an hour before the start of play on Friday after a member of the home team’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.

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Both squads underwent their latest round of testing on Thursday and, following the emergence of a positive result among the South Africa squad, a decision was made to move the start of the three-match series to Sunday in Paarl.

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The second match will now be staged on Monday before the final fixture on Wednesday, both of which are due to take place at Newlands. It represents the third positive test result among the 24-man South Africa squad since the start of the tour.

a group of people in a field with a mountain in the background: A beautiful backdrop but no play at Newlands.

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Alex Smith’s staying power as Washington QB relies on escaping the rush

What was going to happen when blitzes came and the pass rushers poured in? Could he escape? Even after proving again and again that he can be slammed to the ground and stand back up, the question of his elusiveness has followed him through these last few weeks.

Earlier this season, when asked what trait is most essential for any quarterback to succeed in this league, Arizona Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t hesitate. “Can they get you out of a bad place,” he said. “When the play breaks down … can they move around and extend the play?”

For most of his career, extending plays was one of the things Smith did best, scrambling from disaster, dancing around tacklers’ hands just enough to make a throw. In the early winter of 2017, when Washington was considering Kirk Cousins’s replacements, it was Smith’s gift for escape that made him their first

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Colorado high school football championships scouting report

A breakdown of each of the Colorado high school football championship games in Class 3A, 4A and 5A to be played this weekend at the ThunderBowl at CSU-Pueblo.

Class 5A

No. 1 Cherry Creek (8-0) vs. No. 2 Valor Christian (7-0)

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Last meeting: Valor Christian 24, Cherry Creek 14, on Dec. 1, 2018

Passing leaders: Creek —  Julian Hammond III, Sr., 105-of-153 passing for 1,373 yards, 19 TDs and 5 INTs. Valor — Sean McNair, Sr., 57-88-790, 6 TDs, 1 INT.

Rushing leaders: Creek —  James Walker II, Sr., 108 carries, 1,010 yards, 11 TDs. Valor — Gavin Sawchuk, Jr., 108-1,086, 17 TDs; Zachary Wiley, Jr., 61-413, 9 TDs.

Receiving leaders: Creek — Chase Penry, Sr., 45 catches, 648 yards, 8 TDs; Gunnar Helm, Sr., 28-367, 7 TDs. Valor — Tyler Larson, Sr., 14-381, 2 TDs.

Defensive leaders: Creek —

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Mansfield Summit overcomes bizarre path to playoffs with fast start against Birdville in 38-24 win

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MANSFIELD — Mansfield Summit could not control the bizarre set of circumstances that put it in position to clinch a playoff berth Thursday night.

But Summit could control what happened in a football game that it had to win to get into the postseason. The Jaguars took care of business — after an unusual start at Vernon Newsom Stadium.

Summit had a 14-point lead before it ran its first offensive play of the game, and the Jaguars went on to beat Birdville 38-24 in the regular-season finale to earn the final playoff spot from District 4-5A Division I. Summit will open the playoffs against District 3-5A Division I champion Abilene Cooper at 7 p.m. next Friday at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.

“It’s been a crazy season,” Summit coach Channon Hall said. “Our kids have been resilient. It’s win or go home from this

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Three ways Ohio State football can win the way it needs to at Michigan State: Buckeye Take

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Back on Monday morning, I did not like Ohio State’s chances to play Saturday at Michigan State.

We do not know the extent of last week’s increase in coronavirus cases on the team the Buckeyes will take to East Lansing. We know coach Ryan Day, still in quarantine, will not make the trip. We believe other players, coaches and staff are affected as well, and Day admitted Thursday OSU will be “a little short-handed.”

The cancellation of last week’s game at Illinois did not cost Ohio State its No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Lackluster play in the final weeks, however, would chisel away at any margin for error the Buckeyes have left.

Ohio State would do itself a favor by living up to its status as a three-plus touchdown favorite at Spartan Stadium. That seems attainable if they come through in three particular

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Lovejoy volleyball sweeps short-handed McKinney North in regional final, eyes second straight Class 5A state championship

ALLEN — The banner had been made far in advance. With the Lovejoy volleyball team posing behind it, it read, “Region 2 champions 2020.”

Even Lovejoy coach Ryan Mitchell was surprised by how easily his defending state champs swept McKinney North Thursday night at Allen High School.

“When you play a district team for the third time, you don’t know what to expect,” Mitchell said.

Against defending state champ Lovejoy (24-0), the Dallas Morning News’ top-ranked 5A team and the District 10-5A champion, McKinney North (23-4) had the fewest points in three three-set losses this season, falling 25-10, 25-13, 25-19.

The young North team, the runner-up in 10-5A and The Dallas Morning News ranking, was without senior middle Nylah Encalade, a McNeese State signee on the bench with her right foot in a boot because of a high ankle sprain.

“Our defense is what really separates us from most

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Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of game vs. Kansas

Texas Tech announced Thursday that head football coach Matt Wells has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6 Big 12) are scheduled to host Kansas for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday in Lubbock.

”Texas Tech received notification earlier this morning that Coach Wells tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Coach Wells has returned home to self-isolate and will continue his duties remotely leading into Saturday’s game against Kansas,” the school said in a statement.

“He will remain in the Big 12′s testing guidelines in order to confirm the positive test. In the case Wells is unable to lead the Red Raiders on Saturday, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will serve in the head coach capacity.”

Wells is 7-14 since taking over the Red Raiders, who after a big comeback of their own to beat Baylor on a game-ending field goal in their last home game three weeks

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Oregon recognizes Cal’s defense features several of the best players the Ducks will face this season

EUGENE — For all the attention Evan Weaver deservedly received last year at Cal, the former Bears inside linebacker wasn’t the only major contributor on the defense.

No. 23 Oregon (3-1) knows this well and isn’t looking past winless Cal (0-3) on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN). The only team to hold the Ducks under 20 points last season, albeit in a 17-7 defeat, the Bears have key playmakers back at every level of the defense in edge rusher Cameron Goode, weak-side linebacker Kuony Deng and cornerback Camryn Bynum.

“I think it was no secret going into the season there was a lot of attention surrounding their program, and as it warrants because they’ve done a really good job of recruiting and done a really good job of developing football players and you know they’re coached really well,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “We feel they’re as good as any team

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Coach Boeheim talks about the players missing in action in post game conference

Right before tip off of Syracuse athletics made the announcement that one member of the men’s basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. Because of that, a few others, including Buddy Boeheim had to miss out on tonights game. Despite that, Syracuse were able to come away with a convincing win against Niagara.

Coach Boeheim said in the post game conference that the player who did test positive was away and was not in contact with the team. He did talk about what this meant for his son Buddy Boeheim,

“In this case, Buddy suffered and I’m not talking as his coach but as his father, he worked his tail off everyday since last season to be on the court.”

Teammates Quincey Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj also spoke about how when they found out and how they felt about going into the game without Buddy

“We found out today and we

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Nigeria coach Mike Brown is leaving no NBA stone unturned to find D’Tigers stars

Golden State Warriors associate coach Mike Brown took charge of the Nigeria national basketball team for the first time this past November, in the first round of the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers, and got off to a 3 and 0 start.

With no time to scrimmage, and only a handful of practice games before the tournament, Brown’s 20-man roster could have been forgiven for squeaking through, maybe even dropping a game.

Instead, they beat South Sudan (led by Brown’s former player Luol Deng), Rwanda, and Mali by margins of 20, 21 and 23 respectively, leaving Brown drooling over the heights they can scale in the immediate future.

After leading an essentially second string team to an unbeaten record on his very first bite at the cherry, Brown is feeling bullish enough to contemplate not just a medal for D’Tigers at the Olympic Games, but also becoming a FIBA top five team.

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