September 11, 2020 University President Vincent E. Price announced those steps Friday, with the daily testing focusing on the sports considered to be of higher transmission risk for transmission by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s medical advisory group.The school will require athletes in those sports to sequester in designated residential areas after competitions until cleared to return to the campus community through testing and monitoring.Price says teams will all travel by charter bus or plane and will ideally leave and return to campus on the same day.The school had previously announced that it will begin the football and fall sports seasons with no fans at home competitions.___ The Latest: Positive tests prompt pause to Memphis football Washington State was already facing financial woes nefore COVID-19. The athletic department has a debt of about $100 million from the construction of a football operations building, stadium upgrades and other spending in the past decade.___Vanderbilt has announced the Commodores will start the fall season in all sports without any fans at home events through October.Athletic director Candice Lee said Friday that health and safety concerns about COVID-19 is why Vanderbilt is keeping fans away. She says this is the new normal environment where the focus is on keeping everyone healthy and as safe as possible. Playing without fans will allow officials to focus on minimizing risk to students and coaches, and Lee says that will help their ability to finish the season.Vanderbilt hosts sixth-ranked and defending national champ LSU on Oct. 3 with South Carolina visiting Oct. 10 and Mississippi on Oct. 31. Attendance was announced at 32,048 for Vanderbilt’s game last season against LSU at the Southeastern Conference’s smallest stadium. Washington State’s athletic department will cut 10 full-time jobs and top coaches will take a voluntary 15% pay cut to help deal with budget problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Pat Chun, football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking the 15% pay cuts, the school said Friday. Women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge will take a 12.5% salary reduction.Every other head coach, assistant coach and contracted staff member has been asked, or mandated, to take a 10% salary reduction, the Pac-12 school said.In addition, all non-contracted staff members are required to take two furlough weeks by Nov. 20, and two more weeks between Feb. 1-June 1, 2021.Chun said the goal is to cut into a $30 million loss in athletic department revenue this fall because of the pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Memphis has paused football practice and all group activities for the team, saying a “number of individuals” with the program have tested positive for COVID-19. The university will be offering fans virtual programming that includes a virtual tailgate and live pregame show to make up for not being able to attend games.Lee said Vanderbilt will continue consulting with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and local public health experts to decide fan attendance for events after October.Vanderbilt is located less than five miles from Nissan Stadium where the NFL’s Tennessee Titans will host Jacksonville on Sept. 20 for their home opener with no fans in the stands. Nashville’s MLS team also is playing without fans at Nissan through September.___Duke is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during fall sports. That includes daily testing of athletes, coaches and staff in football, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Associated Press The Tigers are scheduled to host Houston on Sept. 18 in a prime-time game on national TV. A decision on whether Memphis will be able to play Houston will be announced early next week.University officials say the positive tests and contact tracing indicate most of the cases are linked to social events outside of team activities. Combined with contract tracing, Memphis says a “significant number” are in quarantine in keeping with CDC guidelines.University officials say there are no serious cases but that all players and staff affected are being closely monitored.The Tigers opened the season by beating Arkansas State 37-24 on Sept. 5___
Wisconsin forward Mallory Deluce will try to help the Badgers regain their offensive touch against OSU.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s hockey team, which has stumbled to a 2-2 record in its quest to repeat last year’s national championship, hosts Ohio State this weekend for a two-game series at the Kohl Center.After splitting two weeks ago in Bemidji, Minn., the Badgers have their work cut out for them if they wish to maintain an early presence in both WCHA and national standings.Interestingly enough, head coach Tracey DeKeyser’s Badgers have held steady puck control, exhibited appropriate effort and possess passable numbers in every stat, save for goals scored.Passing lanes have been hard to come by, and shots have been noticeably off the mark as early season rust has been amply visible in Wisconsin’s first two weekend splits. Despite returning a myriad of gifted goal-scorers, the team lost — be it through graduation or the Olympics — a handful of the nation’s top offensive players and are still struggling to replace that departed production.Wisconsin has seen a dozen different players find the score sheet, but not a single Badger has more than two points through the season’s first four games. Senior Mallory Deluce, who stands as the lone Badger with both a goal and an assist, believes goals will come with time and chemistry.“We’ve had lots of shots and lots of chances, but I think its just because it’s the beginning of the year — we’re just kind of getting used to each other,” Deluce said of the Badgers’ offensive struggles. “Once it starts, it will just keep going, hopefully.”The Buckeyes come to Madison winless in their last 21 games against the Badgers. Wisconsin will look to extend that streak through fundamental hockey with an extra focus on playing one game at a time, Deluce said after Thursday’s practice.“I hope we come out strong, [with a] good forecheck and just play like we can,” Deluce said of her goals for the team against Ohio State. “Play simple, get lots of shots and just worry about the first game first. ”As in their season-opening series with North Dakota, Wisconsin dropped Friday’s game last weekend in Bemidji, and also like in the series with North Dakota, the Badgers responded with an impressive win on Saturday night.DeKeyser expects the Buckeyes to be very much the same hardworking team she has faced in years past. Ohio State enters the series with 1-2-1 record, after posting a 6-20-2 mark in 2008-09.“OSU is always a hard-working team, they are a tough team that goes hard from one end to the other,” DeKeyser said. “They like to crash the net. They’re just a hard-working group.”OSU struggled with injuries last year and consequently failed to live up to sizeable expectations. However, they enter 2009-10 with improved health and return a formidable defensive unit, bolstered by a healthy sophomore Kelly Wild, as well as one of the WCHA’s most feared offensive threats in Natalie Spooner.“Natalie Spooner is a pretty good center. She’s tall, she’s strong, she’s a national team member for Canada,” DeKeyser said. “She’s a scoring threat, so we’ll be wary of her and be conscious of her when she’s on the ice.”Considering Wisconsin’s early season struggles, it comes as no surprise that DeKeyser and her staff have had the Badgers focus primarily on improving themselves as opposed to applying heavy focus on their opponent.“We try to figure out what to do with their special teams, try and have a plan in action for penalty kill, (and) focus on face-offs,” DeKeyser said. “[We’ve focused] not so much with regards to what they do, but what we do ourselves.”
There’s evidence to suggest the Billikens have become the kind of force they were expected to be from the beginning of the season. They shortened their rotation down the stretch, leaning even more heavily on Javon Bess, Hasahn French, Jordan Goodwin and Isabell than before. D.J. Foreman, Fred Thatch Jr. and Maryl and transfer Dion Wiley split time for the final spot on the floor. Concentrated minutes for top contributors has helped boost overall production.Every regular but Wiley is considered at least an average defender, and French and Goodwin grade as elite defenders. The question will be whether Saint Louis can shoot well enough for its defensive muscle to matter. After all, it ranked 296th in the nation in field goal percentage (42 percent) during the regular season and did not improve much in that respect in the A-10 Tournament. Bess in particular will need to get hot for the team to beat Virginia Tech on Friday.The Hokies are adept at both ends of the floor and have gone toe-to-toe with powerhouse ACC foes in recent months. But they are also one of the slowest-tempo teams in the country, and a defensive rock fight could bode well for Saint Louis’ hopes of an upset. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPredictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsAs a result, many picked Oregon and Saint Louis to win their respective conferences. But by January, they were long-shots to make the NCAA Tournament at all, having lost core pieces of their rosters to injury and transfer in the middle of the season.After winning their conference tournaments to book unlikely tickets to March Madness — and potentially discovering their identities in the process — they’ll be popular picks to continue those late-season surges in the NCAA Tournament.Oregon is the No. 12 seed in the South Region and will play Wisconsin in the first round. Saint Louis, meanwhile, is the No. 13 seed in the East Region and will play Virginia Tech in the first round.Could the Ducks or Billikens spring an upset? Let’s explore what makes them so intriguing this March.MARCH MADNESS: Get your printable NCAA Tournament bracketOregon (23-12, 10-8)In truth, the trouble for Oregon started before Bol suffered a season-ending foot injury in mid-December. The Ducks lost nonconference games to Iowa (NET: 43), Texas Southern (NET: 230) and Houston (NET: 4) with their star 7-2 big man in the lineup producing consistent double-doubles. Once the projected NBA lottery pick went down, though, early-season warning signs became a midseason free fall.The Ducks went 4-4 in January, essentially knocking them out of at-large contention given the weakness of the Pac-12. Three straight losses in late-February made things even worse for coach Dana Altman.REGIONAL PREVIEWS: East | West | Midwest | SouthThen something funny happened. Oregon finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, beating Washington and Arizona State twice each en route to a Pac-12 Tournament triumph. It averaged 18 points more than its opponents over that span. It held teams to 35 percent shooting overall and 23 percent from three.Defense, of course, was expected to be Oregon’s biggest strength entering the campaign, and while Bol’s injury might have eaten away the unit’s ceiling, it did not keep the Ducks from morphing into an elite guarding team late. Wooten is a monster at that end of the floor, averaging more than two blocks per game for the second straight year while effectively switching onto multiple positions. Miles Norris, Francis Okoro and Louis King are also long and capable of securing the paint for stretches. Even Pritchard, the experienced guard known more for his offensive skill set, has performed well defensively.Wisconsin and Kansas State are each mediocre offensive teams, ranking 52nd and 102nd in KenPom’s defensive rating. That means Oregon’s defense will have a real shot at powering a Sweet 16 trip if it can continue to play with the same collective intensity it’s showed in recent weeks.SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS:Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsSaint Louis (22-12, 10-8)Saint Louis was already reeling when Gordon, its star freshman, announced he would transfer to DePaul in January. It had lost four times in nonconference play, including a letdown to Southern Illinois (NET: 143).Without Gordon, its chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament appeared shot.But Saint Louis found its defensive identity late, much like Oregon, and stormed through the A-10 Tournament to earn an auto-bid to March Madness despite the loss of one of its top contributors. It won six of its last seven games, thumping Davidson in the A-10 semifinal, 67-44, in the process. Oregon and Saint Louis were considered among the most well-rounded dark horse programs entering the 2018-19 college basketball season.Oregon boasted the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class, headlined by Bol Bol, and returned standout guard Payton Pritchard and forward Kenny Wooten. Saint Louis was supposed to be lifted by incoming freshman Carte’Are Gordon (No. 78 ranked recruit) and highly-touted transfers Tramaine Isabell and Dion Wiley. The Billikens returned four regulars from the previous campaign.