Boston University men’s ice hockey pauses all activities after positive COVID-19 case

Boston University is pausing all men’s ice hockey activities after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, the school said Thursday.

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The school said a member of the team’s “Tier 1 personnel” tested positive. The group, which includes student-athletes, coaches, managers and support staff, is tested three times a week in accordance with NCAA, Hockey East and school protocols.

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BU’s game against UConn that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The game would have been the team’s season opener.

As of Tuesday, there have been 26 positive cases of COVID-19 at BU — 16 were among students and 10 among staff.


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Boston University men’s hockey team pauses all activities after positive COVID-19 test

The Boston University men’s hockey team has paused all athletic activities and canceled Saturday’s game at UConn after a positive COVID-19 test.

a person walking down a sidewalk in front of a building: The BU men's hockey team has paused all activities at Agganis Arena.

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The BU men’s hockey team has paused all activities at Agganis Arena.

According a statement from the school, the positive test came from a member of the team’s Tier 1 personnel, which includes athletes, coaches, managers, and support staff. Tier 1 personnel are tested three times a week in accordance with NCAA, Hockey East, and university protocols.

“To ensure the health and safety of the BU campus and greater Boston community, the Department of Athletics and all of its varsity programs have been following state, city and University guidelines since returning to campus in August,” the statement read.

The Terriers were originally scheduled to open the men’s hockey season this weekend with a pair of games at Vermont, but that series was postponed when Vermont decided to delay the start of its men’s and women’s hockey and basketball seasons until Dec. 18.

Earlier this week, the Catamounts announced that the men’s hockey team had paused team activities following four positive coronavirus tests among the program’s Tier 1 personnel.

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Education Department pauses bills for student loan borrowers amid uncertainty over relief

The Education Department has ordered the companies that collect federal student loans to temporarily postpone sending bills to borrowers as the Trump administration figures out how to handle the looming expiration of student loan relief.

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Florida State University students leave Landis Hall on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Unless Congress or the Trump administration takes action in the coming weeks, the freeze on monthly payments and interest for tens of millions of federal student loan borrowers is set to expire on Dec. 31.

The Education Department, which had been gearing up to collect payments starting in January, now appears to be trying to buy time to figure out how to go about collection. Department officials last week instructed federal student loan servicers to hold off on sending billing statements to borrowers until at least Dec. 8, according to a person familiar with the guidance.

Key context: It is not yet clear how the Education Department plans to restart the collection of student loans early next year. But the timing, just weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, could create confusion for borrowers. The department’s student aid office has warned that it faces a “heavy burden” to suddenly restart the monthly payments of more than 23 million accounts at once, potentially leading to a spike in delinquencies.

The postponement pushes up against the deadline by which servicers would need to begin sending notices to borrowers for payments due at the beginning of January. Under the terms of their contracts with the Education Department, loan servicers are required to send borrowers a billing statement at least 21 days before a payment is due — a requirement the Obama administration imposed as a consumer protection measure.

President Donald Trump, in announcing his extension of the loan benefits in August, said he would “most likely” further extend the relief at the beginning of December. But the White House has declined to say whether he is still committed to that plan.

Potential change in plans: Federal student loan servicers had been preparing to resume collecting payments in January. The Education Department also started directly notifying borrowers last month through emails and text messages that payments were set to begin “in January 2021.”

But internally, department officials have also discussed the possibility of effectively pushing the due date on federal student loans from January to February, even without further executive action from Trump. At issue is how the Education Department interprets a complicated array of federal requirements governing when monthly payments resume following a period of forbearance.

That option, which still remains in flux at the department, would provide the incoming Biden administration with more leeway to take its own action to suspend payments.

The strategy would not address the interest on federal student loans that is set to begin accruing on Jan. 1, though the Education Department previously retroactively forgave the interest that accrued on student

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College basketball tips off, but COVID-19 cancels games, pauses programs

Nov. 25 (UPI) — More than 200 Division I men’s and women’s college basketball games are planned for Wednesday to tip off the 2020-2021 season, with thousands of athletes on courts around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But not all games will go on.

The pandemic has impacted this year’s schedule, with games originally planned to start Nov. 10, but then delayed until Wednesday.

Dozens of men’s and women’s games and tournaments have been canceled or postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests for players and coaches at different programs.

Baylor, ranked No. 1 in the men’s basketball coaches poll, and No. 8 Duke are among the top teams that won’t take the floor Wednesday due to positive tests.

No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Iowa, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 9 Kentucky and No. 10 Illinois will start their seasons Wednesday. No. 2 Gonzaga will battle No. 5 Kansas on Thursday in their season opener.

Many college basketball programs will not allow fans to attend games this season as a coronavirus safety precaution, while other programs plan limited capacities.

Villanova, Gonzaga, Baylor and Iowa are among the favorites to win the 2021 men’s title on most sports betting websites. Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, Duke, Illinois and Wisconsin also are among the programs expected to contend.

Wednesday’s games will air on ESPN platforms, FS1, FS2, CBSN, and a variety of conference-owned networks.

East Tennessee State will take on Abilene Christian in the first men’s matchup of the day, at 11 a.m. EST. The first broadcast matchup will features Florida College against South Florida and air at 11:30 a.m. EST on ESPN+.

UCLA will battle San Diego State in the final men’s game at 10:30 p.m. EST Wednesday on CBSSN.

Women’s matchups

The University of Connecticut — one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in history — paused its season Monday and postponed its first four games after a positive COVID-19 test emerged from within the team.

Despite UConn’s absence from a wealth of women’s season openers, plenty of other top programs fill Wednesday’s schedule.

No. 1 South Carolina will host Charleston in the first televised game of the women’s season. That game has a noon EST tip off and will air on the SEC Network. No. 2 Stanford will battle Cal Poly at 2 p.m. EST, but that game won’t be televised nationally.

No. 4 Baylor will take on Central Arkansas at 8 p.m. on ESPN+. No. 5 Louisville — which had their initial season opener canceled — will take on Southeast Missouri State in a late-scheduled game at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN+.

March Madness plans include single sites

Virginia and Baylor won the most recent men’s and women’s Division I basketball titles, respectively, but weren’t able to defend those titles because the 2020 tournament was canceled.

NCAA officials announced in mid-November that they are in “preliminary talks” with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis to host the annual 68-team men’s tournament in March and April.

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University of Wisconsin pauses football activities due to COVID-19

The University of Wisconsin paused its football activities on Wednesday because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases within the program.

Officials announced the program will stop activities for at least seven days, including canceling the Saturday game against Nebraska, which will not be rescheduled.

As of Wednesday morning, 12 people in the program tested positive, including six student athletes and six staff, while additional tests are pending. Head coach Paul Chryst was one of the staff members who tested positive.

The university’s director of athletics, Barry Alvarez, and Chancellor Rebecca Blank decided to pause activities and cancel the game after consulting the Big Ten Conference.

“This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”

“I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week,” he continued. “But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the decision made to pause our team activities.”

The team’s next scheduled game is a home game against Purdue on Nov. 7. 

The game cancelation comes as Wisconsin is experiencing a major coronavirus outbreak, ranking third in the nation for the most cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin reported on Tuesday its highest single-day counts of deaths, hospitalizations and cases, with health official Ryan Westergaard calling it a “nightmare.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE had praised the return of Big Ten football this year after the conference initially canceled the season. During the first presidential debate, he declared that he “brought back Big Ten football.”

The Big Ten conference also includes football teams in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, which along with Wisconsin are swing states in the election that’s less than a week away.

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University of Florida Pauses Football Activities After COVID-19 Outbreak, LSU Game Canceled

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The University of Florida has stopped football practice for their players after an increase in positive COVID-19 cases on the team.

According to a news release from the Florida Gators on Tuesday, the football team “experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players” and paused team activities “out of an abundance of caution.”

The news comes just days before they are scheduled to play Louisiana State University, which has now been postponed.

The Sunshine State’s football team — including players, coaches, and personnel — has had 19 positive tests over the past several days, a source told ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, who confirmed a prior report by The Independent Florida Alligator.

The release added that UF head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, as well as with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s Gators’ opponent Texas A&M, and LSU.

The school’s statement also noted that UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff will reevaluate the situation on Wednesday.

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Earlier this week, prior to news of the positive COVID cases, Mullen praised the way his team has handled their health amid the ongoing pandemic.

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“If you look at what we’ve been able to do … I think we’re a model of safety of what we’ve been doing during this time period,” Mullen said, according to ESPN. “I’m really proud of how we’ve handled everything and how safe we’ve been with everything we’re doing and all the precautions we’ve had in place during this time.”

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork also issued a statement after learning of Florida’s COVID-19 cases, addressing any potential impact on the team.

“We have been in touch with officials at the University of Florida and have also reviewed the available data from the Kinexon contact tracing system deployed by the SEC,” Bjork said. “At this point, there has been no impact within our football program, but we will continue our regular testing regiment [sic] this week and stay diligent with all of our safety protocols.”

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