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NHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK

Two other NHL teams closed

NO DATE (AP) – More than a quarter of NHL teams have been closed at least over the weekend due to the pandemic. The Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators have become the latest to suspend all activities due to several positive COVID-19 test results among players.

A total of 44 games have been postponed this season for coronavirus-related reasons after Tuesday’s Seattle game against Arizona joined the roster.

More than 15% of the league’s players are on antivirus protocol.

The spread of the delta and omicron variants across North America led the NHL to postpone all cross-border games over the Christmas holidays and made Olympic participation unlikely.

NFL-NEWS-BEARS-VIKINGS

Several asymptomatic NFL players tested positive

CHICAGO (AP) – Several asymptomatic and vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of “targeted” testing, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.

A total of 43 players have been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns, did not say how many players are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.

Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce and Lions quarterback Jared Goff are among the players who have landed on the reserve roster. Players who test positive must self-quarantine until they are allowed to return. Under revised NFL protocols that went into effect Monday, asymptomatic and vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai has cleared COVID-19 protocols and will call games against the Minnesota Vikings tonight. The Bears had 14 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Monday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

–The Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes are likely to rest in Drew Lock’s hands, at least for a week. Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was released from the hospital Monday morning and entered the NFL concussion protocol. Coach Vic Fangio has said it is “highly unlikely” that Bridgewater will play against the Las Vegas Raiders next weekend and he ruled out giving the start to third thread Brett Rypien, although Lock has had three relief appearances this season. Fangio says he’s convinced that with a week of practice Lock can bring the Broncos back to the winning column.

–Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Godwin has an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. Godwin was injured early in the second quarter in a 9-0 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, taking a hard blow directly to the knee of Saints cornerback PJ Williams. The tackle knocked Godwin down in the air and the catcher was momentarily on the ground before being helped up and off the field on his own. He was later seen running around the Buccaneers sideline, but did not return to the game.

–New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones won’t be playing again this season. Coach Joe Judge said Monday Jones was shut down due to a sprained neck that had sidelined him for the past three weeks. The team’s medical staff have reviewed Jones’ medical tests over the past 24 hours and have determined that it would be best if he did not play in the team’s last three games. Doctors said Jones needed rest to recover from his injury. Surgery is not an option at this stage. Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm will start Sunday against Philadelphia.

– Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator and interim head coach Darrell Bevell is stepping down from his call-in duties for the remainder of the season. Bevell will delegate this role to Quarterback Coach / Passing Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the remaining three games. Schottenheimer will call the games starting at the New York Jets on Sunday. The Jaguars have scored just seven touchdowns in their last eight games, including three in the fourth quarter with a double-digit delay. Bevell says the move will allow him “to take on more of the role of head coach I’m asked to do.”

NFL-LAWRENCE TAYLOR-ARREST

Lawrence Taylor accused of failing to declare his new address

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor faces felony charges in South Florida after failing to report a change of address as required because of his status as a registered sex offender.

Court records show Taylor was jailed in Broward County Jail Thursday on two counts of failing to alert authorities of a change of address. He surrendered after Pembroke Pines Police informed him of an active arrest warrant. Taylor was released shortly after booking on $ 500 bond.

Taylor’s attorney says Taylor has complied with all rules and regulations regarding his legal status over the past decade.

BASKETBALL COLLEGE SURVEY

Baylor remains No. 1 in the AP Top 25; Arizona moves up to 6th place

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Defending national champion Baylor retained his first place in the Associated Press’s men’s college basketball poll, not without ceding Arizona a No.1 vote, while the six undefeated remaining continued their ascent.

Duke remained at No.2 after ending a two week hiatus with three easy wins. Purdue finished third as Gonzaga and UCLA flip-flopped, with the Bruins completing the top five while on a COVID-19 break. Arizona jumped two spots to No.6. Providence and Wisconsin entered the AP’s Top 25 while UConn and Arkansas dropped out.

BASKETBALL-KENTUCKY-LOUISVILLE COLLEGE

Kentucky-Louisville Men’s Game # 20 Postponed by COVID (CORRECT RANKING)

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – This week’s men’s basketball showdown between the Kentucky No.20 and rival Louisville in Lexington has been postponed due to several positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ schedule. Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird said in a statement that activities related to the team have been suspended indefinitely.

The Bluegrass Rivalry Showdown that was slated for Wednesday between the school 80 miles apart has been played every year since the 1982-83 season.

The Kentucky Sports Department is looking for a replacement game for the Wildcats on Wednesday or Thursday at Rupp Arena.

BASKETBALL-NCAA-NC COLLEGE STATE

State of North Carolina put on probation by NCAA following investigation

NO DATE (AP) – The North Carolina state men’s basketball program has been placed on probation for one year for NCAA recruiting violations following an independent investigation.

It was the first decision issued by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process, which was created from proposals by the commission headed by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2018 to reform basketball. academic as part of the federal investigation into corruption in sport.

On Monday, the independent resolution committee announced that it had cut scholarships and imposed penalties for violations committed by a former Wolfpack head coach and assistant for violations related to recruiting single player Dennis Smith Jr.

BASKETBALL COLLEGE-FEMALE SURVEY-UCONN

UConn drops top 10 female AP for first time in 16 years

NO DATE (AP) – UConn’s 16-year top 10 record has ended. The Huskies dropped four spots to place 11th in the Associated Press’s poll of women’s college basketball a day after losing to Louisville.

UConn had been ranked in the top 10 teams in the poll for 313 straight weeks dating back to March 2005, when the team was also 11th. No.10 Baylor now has the longest active streak, with 136 consecutive weeks.

South Carolina remained the unanimous top pick, receiving all 29 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks will face No.2 Stanford on Tuesday in the second 1v2 matchup this season.

MLB-MINE LEAGUE TEAMS-PROCEDURE

MLB sued by 4 former affiliates for minor league cuts

NEW YORK (AP) – Four minor league teams that lost their major league memberships before the 2021 season have filed an antitrust complaint against Major League Baseball.

The parent companies of the Staten Island Yankees, Tri-City Valley Cats, Norwich Sea Unicorns and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accusing the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. They called on a law firm that represented the players’ unions.

The MLB ended the professional baseball deal that governed relations between majors and minors at the end of 2020. Affiliates were reduced from a low of 160 to 120.

MLB-PADRES-COACHES

Bob Melvin adds Matt Williams and Bryan Price to Padres staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) – New San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin has hired former third baseman and All-Star manager Matt Williams and former manager Bryan Price to complete his coaching staff.

Williams, best known for his 10 seasons with NL West rival the San Francisco Giants, will coach the third baseman. Price, a former manager of the Cincinnati Reds, will be the main technical staff adviser.

Melvin was hired on October 28 to replace the fired Jayce Tingler. Pitching coach Ruben Niebla was hired by general manager AJ Preller days before the announcement of Melvin’s hiring.

TENNIS-CHINA-PENG SHUAI

Peng Shuai denies being assaulted

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied saying she was sexually assaulted, despite a social media post attributed to her in November that accused a former senior Communist Party official of the ‘forcing them to have sex.

Lianhe Zaobao newspaper published a video of Peng which she said was taken in Shanghai on Sunday, in which she says she mainly stayed at her home in Beijing but was free to come and go as she pleased. .

Peng disappeared after the charge against former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly appeared on Chinese social media before being quickly withdrawn. Screenshots of the post were shared widely, raising widespread concern for Peng’s safety.

TENNIS-NADAL-VIRUS

Nadal says he tested positive

MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal has said he tested positive for coronavirus after participating in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Nadal writes on Twitter that the positive result comes from a PCR test he performed after arriving in Spain. Nadal says he goes through “unpleasant moments” but hopes to improve “little by little”. He is in segregation at home and everyone who has come in contact with him has been notified of his positive result. Nadal said he had been tested every other day while he was away and all results came back negative. Nadal says he will now need to be flexible with his playing schedule.