The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities.The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided.___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed. Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. The Latest: UT to limit stadium capacity for football games July 20, 2020 ___The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week.The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday. Associated Press The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there. Georgia’s governing body for high school sports has pushed back the start of football season for two weeks, until the week of Sept. 4.The Georgia High School Association still plans for a full 10-game regular season and a full playoff schedule. Other fall sports will start on time. The delay was needed for several school districts, including Atlanta public schools, which have pushed back the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The association’s board of trustees voted 8-4 against a proposal to keep the current sports calendar. The subsequent vote was unanimous to push back the football opening schedule by two weeks. The opening games had been planned for the week of Aug. 21.___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps.___California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December.The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately. Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played .California is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands. Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Athletic Director Chris Del Conte emailed season ticket holders Monday telling them the school is working closely with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and is following state guidelines on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Texas said it’s still preparing for the season to start Sept. 5 at home against South Florida. The Big 12 has not yet said if it will duplicate moves by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to play only conference games. South Florida plays in the American Athletic Conference.Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium holds about 100,000, although that figure was going to be reduced slightly this season because part of the stadium is undergoing renovation.Even with limited capacity, the school said it expects to offer all season ticket holders a chance to get tickets.___ Fifteen athletes returned to campus late last month under a phased training approach.___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.
This year has been a difficult transition for University of Wisconsin men’s basketball forward Ethan Happ after the recent loss of his former teammates Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter.Almost nine months have passed since the fateful day in March when the Badgers shocked the College Basketball world beating No. 1 seed Villanova. When Nigel Hayes’ layup bounced off the backboard to fall gracefully into the net it seemed to hang there for a lifetime. But unfortunately for the Badgers, this elation would disappear almost as quickly as it came.Men’s Basketball: Badgers drop another close contest to TempleThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (4-6, 1-1 Big Ten) fell 55-59 to Temple (7-2, 0-0 AAC) last night Read…A difficult defeat in Wisconsin’s next match against Florida had many questioning what the future of the team would entail. Key contributors Hayes, Brown, Koenig and Showalter were all in their final seasons and only one senior, forward Aaron Moesch, remains with the team.The stakes for this team to succeed are high: Wisconsin has made the NCAA tournament an incredible 19 consecutive seasons. But, the possibility of increasing the streak to 20 seems to grow more and more unlikely with each game that the Badgers play this season.Early in the year success has been limited: The team is currently 4-7 in regular season play with only one win against a power conference opponent. The team has lost four of their last five games and are starting to look for anything to gain some positive momentum.Happ has been taking on the majority of the weight for this team all by himself. Despite averaging a solid 16.2 points a game, Happ alone has not been enough to lead Wisconsin to success.Former Badger star Jordan Taylor continues successful career abroadThere are countless athletes that have come through the University of Wisconsin over the years to play for the Badgers. Read…With so much on the line this season, and so much of the pressure falling on Happ to continue the success that Wisconsin basketball has been building over the past two decades, there is a lot of stress that falls on the junior’s shoulders. It is in these moments when Happ thinks back to his former teammates and realizes how much he misses his old support system. “I miss having [Brown], [Hayes], [Showalter] and [Koenig] around cause when I’m really struggling I can lean on those guys,” Happ said. “Now I do feel that I have to play [a] complete [game]. I can’t gamble, I can’t foul out. I have to play a complete 40 minutes and I have to play a very productive 40 minutes.”The redshirt junior has been averaging more minutes and field goal attempts than at any point in his career. Unfortunately, this increased usage has led to a decrease in efficiency for the forward as his field goal percentage has dropped from .586 last year to .536 this season.This is in large part due to opponents using heavy double teams on Happ throughout games. While last year this strategy would have been ineffective as Ethan could simply rely on teammates Koenig and Showalter to hit open shots when facing pressure, this team simply doesn’t have the same depth of talent this year.Two freshmen are currently starting on Wisconsin, Brad Davison and Aleem Ford, while freshmen Kobe King and Nate Reuvers are getting significant minutes. In fact, Reuvers just recently had his redshirt removed in an attempt to bolster an uncharacteristically weak Badger front court. The veteran presence has had to come from players who came off the bench in previous seasons like Khalil Iverson, D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl. Despite the challenges that come with an inexperienced team, Happ remains optimistic.“I mean there is a lot of guys and they’re not all young guys” Happ said, “Brad is an obvious choice just cause of the toughness that he’s shown. His shot’s been there so I see him being like a [Showalter] Josh Gasser type of player. But as far as skill wise I mean I think Aleem can really take a jump here in the next year or two.”Both Ford and Davison began the year on the bench but earned their way into the starting lineups. Head Coach Greg Gard’s decision to give these players heavy minutes in critical situations may be partly to hasten the experience and development from Wisconsin’s younger pool of talent.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to turn season around as Big Ten play beginsMonday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team continue the early season portion of their Big Ten schedule with Read…Unfortunately for Wisconsin, things are only going to get harder this season after it was announced on Saturday that Trice would be out for an indefinite period of time and that King would miss the remainder of the season. King will undergo knee surgery in the immediate future, but he is eligible for a medical hardship waiver.Hopefully Wisconsin can regain its form as a powerhouse in the basketball world as the season goes on. Regardless of this team’s success, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of Wisconsin basketball coaches and players that made excellence not only desired, but expected over the past two decades.