The Latest: UAlbany pauses both basketball programs

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In this Sunday, March 5, 2017, photo, officials Eric Brewton, left, Joe Vaszily, center, and Maj Forsberg stand together during a timeout during the women’s basketball game between Duke and Notre Dame at the NCAA college championship basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. Vaszily has worked the last seven Final Fours is looking forward to starting his 21st year this week of Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He said that a lot of his officiating colleagues are looking forward to the season despite the higher level of anxiety because of the virus.

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The University at Albany men’s and women’s basketball programs are on a temporary pause from team activities due to presumptive positive tests among individuals associated with both programs’ Tier 1 group.

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Michigan basketball recruits, already the No. 1 class, rise in latest rankings

Michigan already has the country’s No. 1 men’s basketball recruiting class for 2021. The newest rankings have several of the signed prospects listed even higher than before.

Kobe Bufkin and Frankie Collins were the biggest risers among the six Michigan signees, as judged by 247sports.

The recruiting site updated its own rankings on Wednesday, which caused changes to the 247sports composite rankings. The composite draws on ratings from various recruiting services. The previous update came on Nov. 11.

Bufkin went from No. 63 to 52 in the composite. The 6-foot-4 guard who plays for Grand Rapids Christian jumped 43 spots in the 247-specific rankings. Jerry Meyer, a recruiting analyst for the site, explained.

“Bufkin has displayed impressive primary ball handling skills in recent outings,” Meyer wrote. “Combine these skills with his athletic explosiveness, and you have something special. There is a lot of value to a complete three-position perimeter player.”

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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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Alabama remains atop latest College Football Playoff rankings

Dec. 1 (UPI) — The Alabama Crimson Tide again topped the College Football Playoff rankings as the top seven teams remained unchanged Tuesday night.

Alabama sat atop the CFP rankings for the 20th time — the most since the format was introduced for the 2014 season — after a dominant win over Auburn on Saturday. Notre Dame (No. 2), Clemson (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 4) also occupied the same spots as last week.

Ohio State remained at No. 4 despite the cancellation of the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois on Saturday. The matchup was called off due to an increase in COVID-19 cases within the Buckeyes’ program, which included head coach Ryan Day testing positive.

Despite only playing four games this season, Ohio State was ranked ahead of one-loss Texas A&M (No. 5) and one-loss Florida (No. 6).

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta said the group discussed whether to

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The Latest: WVA not allowing basketball fans in December

The university initially had capped fan attendance at 20% of capacity at 14,000-seat WVU Coliseum, or around 2,800.

“To say that we are disappointed is quite an understatement, but the decision not to allow spectators in December is the correct one at this time for the safety of our fans, staff and student-athletes,” athletic director Shane Lyons said.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has postponed its 2021 swimming and diving championships and canceled its 2021 indoor track and field championships.

The decision comes following Tuesday’s Council of Presidents meeting. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says the members looked at various options for indoor track and “regrettably saw no viable option under the current circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ensor says the conference plans to conduct its rescheduled men’s and women’s cross-country championships in March. Administrators are looking at an April date for swimming and diving.

No. 17 Texas Tech has

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Michigan State moves in top 10 in latest AP poll, Michigan falls out

Michigan and Michigan State both opened the college basketball season with 2-0 weeks.

One of them moved into the top 10 of this week’s Associated Press poll. The other dropped out of the poll.

The Spartans jumped up five spots to No. 8 in this week’s poll, released on Monday, setting up a top-10 game at new No. 6 Duke on Tuesday.

Michigan, meanwhile, fell from the No. 25 spot in the poll to the first spot out of it.

Michigan State turned in a pair of impressive wins in the opening week of the season. The Spartans beat Eastern Michigan, 83-67 to open the season. They followed that up with a 80-70 win over Notre Dame, in a game in which they led by as many as 28 in the second half before the Irish came back primarily against Spartans reserves.

Michigan, meanwhile, won comfortably in its season-opener against

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Lakers News: Latest Buzz on Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder and Jared Dudley | Bleacher Report

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    As the Los Angeles Lakers put the final touches on their roster for the 2020-21 season, attention is gradually shifting to how they’ll deploy a retooled rotation.

    Most importantly, the reigning NBA champions need to re-sign Anthony Davis. And once that contract is wrapped up, Lakers coach Frank Vogel and his staff must determine if Dennis Schroder will start alongside Davis and LeBron James.

    While it’s unfair to say Schroder starting on the bench definitely would cause a rift, he’s certainly less amenable to a reserve role than a veteran forward who just re-signed.

    The rundown starts with the latest update on Davis’ free agency.

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    Ever since the Lakers acquired Davis last offseason, the expectation has been he’d decline his option for 2020-21, become a free agent and sign a larger contract to stay in Los

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Latest CBS Sports bowl projection for Ole Miss

Ole Miss celebrates the Egg Bowl victory over rival Mississippi State. (Photo: Josh McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics)

The Ole Miss Rebels own a respectable 4-4 record eight games into this COVID-19-infected season and the probability of them going bowling is very strong. Ole Miss still has two difficult games remaining, both on the road, at No. 5 Texas A&M and LSU. With the NCAA, though, suspending win qualifications for bowl games this season, and with the Southeastern Conference’s strong and numerous bowl tie-ins, the Rebels are practically guaranteed a ticket to the postseason for the first time since the 2015 season.

In this week’s CBS Sports Bowl projections, the Rebels are picked to wind up their season in Nashville, Tenn., in the Music City Bowl. It is the second consecutive week a national outlet has forecast Ole Miss to the Music City Bowl. Last week 247Sports predicted an

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FITNESS FILES: Yoga classes go back online with latest round of restrictions

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As far as Schmidt knows, there has not been a single case of transmission from her studio, so the latest rounds of restrictions did come as somewhat of a surprise.

All team sports, fitness classes and training sessions have been prohibited. Prior to the latest restrictions, yoga studios were adhering to stringent health guidelines.

“We were not touching each other, the instructors weren’t going around and doing any hands-on, and they were wearing a mask the whole time,” Schmidt said. “They’re safe and people are social distanced. I can understand some points because of the sizing, we’re not outdoors, but I was surprised, because I think most members of the health community are taking it seriously, they don’t want to be shutdown.

“The members and the instructors running it are trying to be extra cautious, because the instructors want to keep their jobs and the members don’t

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State health official updates lawmakers on vaccine latest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If federal regulators approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Virginia could begin receiving limited doses as early as mid-December, the state epidemiologist told lawmakers Monday.

Manufacturers already have begun stockpiling doses in anticipation of eventual approval, but the first shots in what’s expected to be the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history will be in short supply. Dr. Lilian Peake outlined the phased approach Virginia plans to use to distribute the doses during a virtual meeting of a House committee.

“We plan to work primarily through hospitals and pharmacy chains in the initial phase to vaccinate groups we anticipate may be prioritized: that’s health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff,” she said.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate. FDA’s scientific advisers are holding a public meeting Dec. 10 to

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