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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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.
You may not have heard any boom or roar or applause. There weren’t any celebratory social media posts or joyous statements released to the public.
But on Tuesday night, high-ranking members in college athletics rejoiced over emerging medical news. The CDC plans to shorten by half its mandatory quarantine time for those who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive, according to a report from The Associated Press. High-risk contacts who are asymptomatic can now return to normal activity after 10 days or leave quarantine after the seventh day with a negative test.
Current CDC guidelines recommend high-risk contacts, who are symptomatic or not, to quarantine for 14 days without any ability to test out.
“We had heard this may be happening,” says Shane Lyons, the West Virginia athletic director who sits on the NCAA DI Council. “This is big news, especially for basketball season and as we finish play in football the next month and a half.”
Another athletic director described the news as a “big damn deal,” and a team physician called it “very big.”
College administrators and physicians expect most conferences to adjust their protocols to mirror the new CDC recommendations. Each league has its own medical advisory group and its own protocols.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, in a message to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday night, says he does not expect any “immediate impact” of the CDC news, but “I am sure our doctors and consultants will discuss.”
Most conferences follow CDC guidelines. Leagues have required a player or coach to quarantine for a full two weeks if it is determined that they are a high-risk contact. A high-risk contact is anyone who is within six feet for more than 15 minutes of a person who tested positive without each party wearing a mask.
The process by which this is determined—referred to as contact tracing—has become the single biggest hurdle to playing college sports. Contact tracing has ensnared hundreds, if not thousands, of coaches and players for two-week-long quarantines that, ultimately, result in very few eventually turning positive, according to college leaders.
College officials estimate that the vast majority of players who have missed games this season were because of contact tracing—not positive tests. More than 100 games have been postponed or canceled for such COVID-related issues.
Meanwhile, the NFL has allowed high-risk contacts to leave quarantine with a negative test after five days. But college sports has made no such adjustment to its policy, likely because of local medical regulations. Universities and conferences have been in a silent fight with local and state public health departments, many of which are requiring campuses to stringently follow CDC guidelines.
“I think it’s going to be widely adopted rapidly,” says Jeff Dugas, Troy’s team doctor and an orthopedic surgeon in Birmingham who chairs the Sun Belt’s COVID-19 advisory panel. “I expect sports leagues and organizations and conferences are going to adopt that policy very quickly.”
However, some questions remain unanswered. The CDC, for instance, hasn’t officially
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is the latest sports star to test positive for coronavirus and is currently self-isolating after experiencing mild symptoms, his Mercedes team announced on Tuesday, meaning he will sit out this Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain—the first absence of his F1 career.
Hamilton’s diagnosis comes days after he won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
His Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said in a statement that the sports star was tested three times last week, each time testing negative, including on Sunday.
“However he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had tested positive,” the statement read.
A test and subsequent retest revealed the positive result, with Hamilton, 35, self-isolating with mild symptoms and being “otherwise fit and well.”
Hamilton’s illness comes after the driver self-isolated in March, although experienced no symptoms, following an event he attended after which two people tested positive.
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Mercedes is set to announce a replacement driver for Sunday’s race in due course. With the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 13, it remains to be seen whether Hamilton will test negative in time to take part.
87,000. That’s how many coronavirus cases have been recorded in Bahrain, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Hamilton’s illness comes amid a triumphant world championship season that has seen him claim his seventh world title in Turkey on Nov. 15. That puts the world’s best ever racing driver alongside Michael Schumacher in terms of world title wins. But the star alluded to some challenges during Sunday’s race, particularly the physical element of the track: “I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end,” he said. Hamilton now makes three F1 drivers to have tested positive during the 2020 season along with a number of F1 staff, while at least 10 Grand Prix races have been cancelled or postponed as a result of pandemic lockdowns.
Sunday’s race also saw Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean escape a life-threatening crash with minor burns, after his car crashed at high speed into the track’s barriers, split in half and burst into flames. He is set to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday.
Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sakhir F1 GP (Associated Press)
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day walks the sideline against Penn State during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ohio State defeated Penn State 38-25. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger) Barry Reeger/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach in Saturday’s game at Illinois, according to multiple sources.
Ohio State still plans to play Saturday and will fly out Saturday morning if the number of positive tests within the program does not grow.
Associate head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim coach in Day’s place.
Reports first surfaced Wednesday night that the Buckeyes were dealing with an unknown number of positive coronavirus tests within the program. Ohio State had previously declined comment on those reports. A source told cleveland.com Thursday that the tests and contact tracing affected players, coaches and support staff.
In its news release, Ohio State confirmed “an increased number of positive tests this week.” It said the program had reported “nearly 0 % positivity” since Aug. 11. It also said the increased tests have not pushed past the Big Ten’s threshold mandating cancellation.
“I have spoken with Coach Day, and he is doing well physically,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in the news release.
Day’s positive tests means the Nos. 1 and 3 teams in the country will be playing without their coaches Saturday. Earlier this week, Alabama Coach Nick Saban tested positive and displayed mild symptoms. Saban will miss the Crimson Tide’s Iron Bowl against Auburn.
VANDERBILT: Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.
“Let’s make history,” senior Sarah Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.
No woman has appeared in an Southeastern Conference football game or for any Power 5 football team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller adjusts her helmet during practice on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. Fuller, a goalkeeper on the Commodores’ women’s soccer team, will wear a football uniform for Vanderbilt Saturday. Vanderbilt Athletics via AP
Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003. April Goss was the second with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.
A senior from Wylie, Texas, Fuller made three saves last weekend as Vanderbilt upset top-seeded Arkansas 3-1 in women’s soccer to capture the program’s first Southeastern Conference Tournament title since 1994. Fuller played every minute of
Workers with Utah’s Department of Public Safety discovered a giant hunk of metal in the Utah desert. They don’t know where it came from.
Despite the discretion of authorities, visitors have successfully located a mysterious metal monolith in Utah that was revealed earlier in the week.
Monday, the Utah Department of Public Safety shared that an approximately 10-foot metal column with four sides had been found in Utah’s Red Rock Country. The exact location of the installation was not disclosed in an effort to stop individuals from attempting to locate it, for fear visitors could potentially become stranded in a remote area. But that didn’t stop David Surber, who started sharing video and images of the monolith to an unverified Instagram account Wednesday.
In a video tagged in Moab, Surber tested if the structure is magnetic and solid. “Hollow, riveted, not magnetic,” he said in the clip.
He detailed the monolith’s makeup in the video’s caption, explaining it is “three pieces riveted together,” noting, “two rivets missing up top.” He also warned fellow curious adventures that “a sedan won’t cut it” and suggested “Crossover SUV or higher.”
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Surber also shared that he was not the only one able to track the site.
“I had it alone to myself for about 10 minutes in the morning before people started showing up but overall not too crowded you all want to make the journey,” he wrote.
In another video shared to the social media site, Surber elaborated on his “awesome journey.”
“Regardless of who built it or where it came from,” he wrote. “It was a positive escape from today’s world. Some for many people to rally behind and enjoy together.”
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Monolith discovered in Utah’s Red Rock Country. (Photo: Courtesy of Utah Department of Public Safety)
The statement added that there was “no obvious indication” of who installed the monolith but reminded the public that it is illegal to install “structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from.”
“We’re almost 100% sure this is an installation attempt of some kind,” Utah Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Nick Street told USA TODAY. “Not an attempt, they successfully installed it in the Red Rock in southeastern Utah.”
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Concordia University in California said more than 50 rapid COVID-19 tests offered to asymptomatic students and faculty came back with false positive results — sparking fears of a potential outbreak on campus.
The Lutheran university in Irvine reported six active cases — four students and two employees — as of Wednesday.
President Michael Thomas thought an outbreak was on the rise when he ordered the tests.
“We wanted to protect families so we offered the rapid, antigen test here at Concordia out of abundance of caution,” he told the Orange County Register. “It was the right thing to do for our students and their families.”
On Saturday, 48 students and 16 staff members tested positive in the last two days after they took the antigen exam, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.
The students self-isolated while waiting for their results from the PCR test, which can detect the virus’ genetic material within days.
The school then canceled sports practices until the spring semester, and urged students not to travel out of state for Thanksgiving.
University officials said students will return to remote learning on Monday until the end of the semester.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19, university officials said Wednesday.
The news comes ahead of Crimson Tide’s annual Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn that’s set to take place on Saturday.
“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19. He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home,” the university said in a statement.
Saban tested positive for the virus before Alabama’s game against Georgia in October, but was asymptomatic, CBS reported. The 69-year-old Saban had three consecutive negative tests and was able to coach in Alabama’s win over Georgia.
According to ESPN, with Saban isolating on Saturday, head-coaching duties will likely be turned over to offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was the previous head coach at USC and Washington.
On a SEC Coaches Teleconference, Saban addressed the positive result.
“It was a PCR test, which was different than the false positive I had before,” Saban said, DawgNation reported.
“I don’t really have any cardinal signs of the virus right now. I don’t have a fever, no loss of taste or smell, no fatigue, no muscle aches,” Saban said. “I’m the only person in the whole organization that tested positive on this round.”
The Crimson Tide is currently ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings and is undefeated this season.
TJ Macías is a Real-Time national sports reporter for McClatchy based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Formerly, TJ covered the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers beat for numerous media outlets including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated).
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Caslen said he tested positive Tuesday evening and is isolating at home, according to a news release, which added that he is asymptomatic.
Caslen, who was chosen to head the state’s largest institution of higher learning in 2019, gets tested at least three times a week for the virus. The positive test was administered through the university, which offers saliva-based and nasal swab tests to students, faculty and staff.
“I am in good health and continuing to work from home. I look forward to returning to the office as soon as possible,” Caslen said in a statement. “My diagnosis reinforces the need for everyone to get COVID tested regularly to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
Caslen had announced earlier this week that the university would institute monthly mandatory testing for students, faculty and staff who work on campus or are enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class. Those living, learning or working on the Columbia campus will also have to show proof of testing before returning to school in the spring.
After reports of large crowds of students at Columbia bars, Caslen visited some establishments on Halloween night to see the conditions himself, WACH-TV reported. He also stopped by a neighborhood where thousands of students had gathered at an outdoor party earlier in the fall.
As of Monday, the university’s Columbia campus had tracked 133 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff. The school has recorded more than 3,000 cases since Aug. 1, according to an online dashboard.
Across the entire state, cases have begun spiking this fall. The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,243 confirmed cases Wednesday and four additional deaths. The state has now tracked nearly 200,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The state health department said it is taking a break from reporting daily COVID-19 numbers on Thanksgiving Day. Health officials will instead provide those daily counts in Friday’s report.
Follow AP coverage of the pandemic at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.
No. 1 men’s team Baylor is out of the Empire Classic at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
The Bears were to be the marquee team before coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. Their opening-game opponent was No. 17 Arizona State. No Baylor players have been reported as testing positive.
The Sun Devils departed on Monday for Connecticut. While the team was still en route, Rhode Island was announced as the replacement for Baylor. The winner of that game would advance to play the winner of No. 3 Villanova-Boston College.
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The four-team Empire Classic is part of a collection of 40 games featuring 30 teams over 11 days at what is being billed as Bubbleville. But earlier this week, Florida pulled out two games, including a matchup with No. 4 Virginia on Friday. The Gators also lost a game with UMass-Lowell.
Wichita State’s rough start to season gets rougher
Less than a week after head coach Gregg Marshall resigned amid an investigation into player abuse allegations, Wichita State finds itself with a COVID-19 outbreak that will stall the start of the season.
According to the Wichita Eagle, the Shockers flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Monday for the eight-team Crossover Classic that starts Wednesday. But when the traveling party arrived, several members tested positive for COVID-19. The team withdrew from the tournament.
CBS Sports first reported the positive tests, following by The Eagle. The paper said the team is to return home Tuesday. If it has to quarantine for 14 days, two more games could be called off, bringing to five at the start of the season the team cannot play.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes tests positive
Tennessee basketball canceled its first two games Monday and paused all team activities after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the program, including coach Rick Barnes.
UT announced the positive tests are among its “Tier 1 personnel, which consists of coaches, student-athletes, team managers and support staff.” The tests were conducted Sunday as part of UT’s three weekly tests. UT retested Monday.
Barnes entered isolation protocol after his positive test.
The Vols canceled The Volunteer Classic, a multi-team event at Thompson-Boling Arena, due to contact tracing after consulting with the Knox County Health Department.
The No. 14 Vols were scheduled to open their season against Charlotte on Wednesday and VCU on Friday. Charlotte and VCU also mutually agreed to cancel their Thursday game