College basketball schedule 2020-21: Louisville pausing activities due to COVID-19, cancels Friday’s game

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Louisville became the latest high-profile college basketball program to pause activities due to issues with COVID-19 on Thursday night, when the school announced an indefinite halt after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start, but their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday will be canceled. Louisville is next scheduled to play Dec. 9 against No. 4 Wisconsin.

The school has not determined if that game will be affected by the COVID-19 issues in the program. Louisville is far from the only program to be hit with scheduling problems related to the coronavirus this season. Dozens of games have been canceled or postponed as the sport begins its season with the pandemic sweeping the nation.

As developments continue to unfold, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and notes surrounding scheduling snafus below in our tracker.

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Ole Miss football cancels practice to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing

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OXFORD — For the first time this fall, Ole Miss football has had to cancel team activities because of COVID-19.

The team released a statement Wednesday morning saying Wednesday’s team activities were canceled out of an “abundance of caution.” The team is using the time to conduct contact tracing after a small number of players tested positive for COVID-19.

Pending additional tests, the statement says, practice is expected to resume Thursday.

“It’s not enough to where we wouldn’t play today but the concern is obviously the spreading of that,” Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said. “We’re retesting today. Staff, offensive and defensive players. Players are not in the building outside of the test. If these all come back negative, then we’ll continue things tomorrow.”

If Ole Miss had to play a game Wednesday, Kiffin said, the Rebels would still be able

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The Latest: Wisconsin women’s hoops cancels another game

Wisconsin says its women’s basketball home game next Tuesday with Prairie View A&M has been canceled due to protocols related to COVID-19

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The Badgers’ Big Ten opener Saturday at Iowa remains on as scheduled.

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Kent State’s football game at Miami (Ohio) scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19

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College notebook: MAAC cancels track, swimming championships


The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that it has canceled its indoor track and field championships and postponed its swimming and diving championships.

“The MAAC membership looked at various options for indoor track and regrettably saw no viable option under the current circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor said in a statement. “The conference plans to conduct its rescheduled Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in March and, combined with the outdoor track season, there seemed adequate competition options for the impacted student-athletes.”


“The postponement of the Swimming and Diving Championships provides the coaches and student-athletes the opportunity to properly train for their events,” Ensor added. “MAAC administrators and the sport committee will study competition models for April dates while awaiting further guidance on venue restrictions that arise from the pandemic and state and local health regulations.”



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The MAAC announced Tuesday afternoon that

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No. 3 Ohio State cancels game at Illinois after virus spike

No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten’s best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title.

The cancelation Friday night came about seven hours after Ohio State announced coach Ryan Day tested positive and wouldn’t travel with the team to Champaign, Illinois.

The team did not fly to Illinois as scheduled Friday night so additional COVID-19 testing could be conducted in Columbus, Ohio. The revised plan was to fly up Saturday

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The Latest: No. 3 Ohio State cancels game at Illinois

The team did not travel Friday to Champaign, Illinois, as scheduled so additional COVID-19 testing could be conducted. After finding returning positive tests, the game was called. This is the second game of the Big Ten season Ohio State has had canceled. Big Ten rules require teams to play at least six game in this abbreviated season to be eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game unless the average for all teams drops below six. Ohio State (4-0) has only two game remaining on its regular-season schedule.

Arizona has canceled its scheduled men’s basketball home game Sunday against UTEP after a positive COVID-19 test in the Miners’ program.

Arizona is looking for opportunities to replace the game.

The Wildcats also had their season opener Wednesday canceled due to a positive coronavirus test in Northern Arizona’s program. Arizona beat Grambling State 74-55 on Friday.

Middle Tennessee has canceled Saturday’s

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Ohio State Cancels Football Game Against Illinois Amid Virus Outbreak

Ohio State on Friday night called off its football game scheduled for Saturday at Illinois after coronavirus testing revealed an increasing number of cases on the team. The cancellation was announced hours after the university revealed that Ryan Day, the head coach of the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, had tested positive and would not travel to the game.

“Further positive tests for the coronavirus were discovered after a round of PCR testing this afternoon,” the university said in a statement, without offering more details.

This is the second recent cancellation for Ohio State (4-0). It did not play its scheduled Nov. 14 game against Maryland, which suspended football activities that week because of an elevated number of coronavirus cases. The reduced schedule could imperil a shot at the Big Ten title and the national championship for the Buckeyes, who were fourth in the College Football Playoff initial ranking, released early this week.

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Tennessee basketball cancels games, pauses after COVID-19 positives

Tennessee basketball won’t open its season Wednesday as scheduled.

The Vols canceled their season-opening games after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the program, including coach Rick Barnes. They also paused all team basketball activities.

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Two games canceled (so far)

Tennessee canceled its first two games Monday after consultation with the Knox County Health Department, scrapping The Volunteer Classic because of COVID-19 contact-tracing protocol.

The No. 14 Vols were scheduled to open their season against Charlotte on Wednesday and VCU on Friday. The Vols face No. 2 Gonzaga on Dec. 2 in Indianapolis, and reportedly play at Notre Dame on Dec. 4. UT has not confirmed the Notre Dame game.

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Tennessee indicated the game against Gonzaga has not been ruled out but is in limbo “as a projected activity-resumption date for the Volunteers will be determined following further

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DePaul men’s basketball cancels first three games of season due to COVID-19

DePaul is pausing all men’s basketball activities due to positive COVID-19 tests and will cancel its first three games of the season, the school announced Thursday.

“We have been able to sustain a level of productivity while facing the COVID-19 pandemic during the preseason, but unfortunately, as positive cases have been increasing all around us, we now have to deal with it directly in our program,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “The attentiveness and understanding of the situation by our players and staff have been a priority since we all returned to campus this summer. We’ll get through this together. We’ll return to the practice floor and competition after we complete all mandated protocols and procedures.”

The Blue Demons will miss games scheduled for Nov. 25, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1. Their first game of the season is now set for Dec. 6 at Iowa State as part of the

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Real Madrid’s Ramos cancels conference to avoid speculation over future

Sergio Ramos cancelled a news conference he was due to hold ahead of Spain’s match with Germany to avoid adding to speculation about his Real Madrid future, sources have told ESPN.

The national team captain was due to speak to the media in Seville on Monday alongside coach Luis Enrique, the day before a UEFA Nations League game which Spain must win to progress to the competition’s final phase.

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Ramos — who missed two penalties in Spain’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Saturday — was replaced at the conference by Manchester City midfielder Rodri.

Sources told ESPN that Ramos preferred to focus on the Germany match and the player himself had chosen not to appear at the news conference.

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