Report: NHL Expected to Close Wednesday through Christmas Day

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As of Monday night, all four of Wednesday’s schedule had already been postponed and only five of the 15 games remained on Thursday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators became the last teams to suspend all activity on Monday. The Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs have also closed their facilities, and the Calgary Flames have just reopened theirs to players, coaches and staff who are not in the antivirus protocol.

More than 15% of the league’s 700-plus players are in protocol, and the resulting schedule disruption has almost certainly doomed a return to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. A final decision on the Beijing Games is expected. this week.

At this point, league officials are just trying to keep the season on track.

The NHL and NHLPA said in a joint statement on Sunday that the plan was to avoid a complete league shutdown, suspend team activities on a case-by-case basis and postpone all cross-border games until Thursday. .

“We will continue to play the 2021-22 regular season schedule,” they said. “While there has been a recent increase in positive COVID test results among players, coaches and hockey staff, there have been a low number of positive cases that have resulted in worrying symptoms or serious illness. “

Additionally, the US and Canadian women’s hockey teams canceled their scheduled pre-Olympic game Monday night in St. Paul, Minn.

Rafael Nadal tested positive following UAE exposure and dinner with former King of Spain

Rafael Nadal tested positive for coronavirus after participating in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, the Spaniard writing on Twitter that the positive result came from a PCR test he had taken after arriving in Spain.

Nadal, who played his first game in more than four months on Friday, said he was enduring “unpleasant times” 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.

Former Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates since allegations of financial scandals swirled and embarrassed the Spanish royal household last year, were among those likely to be in contact with Nadal. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Nadal and Juan Carlos, 83, shared a meal on Saturday.

The newspaper also published photos of them posing together without masks.

English football opts for full break

Premier League clubs have decided not to suspend the season on Monday despite the postponement of 10 matches to the previous week due to the most widespread coronavirus outbreaks in teams to date.

While more than 90% of players in the Italian and Spanish leagues have been fully vaccinated, the Premier League has revealed that only 77% of its players have received two doses. In its first immunization update in two months, the league also said 16% had not even received a single dose.

Coronavirus cases among players and staff hit another high last week, doubling to more than 42 to 90. This reflects an increase in infections across Britain – up 60% last week – with more 90,000 daily cases reported in three of the last four days.

The Premier League clubs met virtually on Monday after six of the weekend’s 10 games were canceled.

“While acknowledging that a number of clubs are experiencing outbreaks and challenges of COVID-19,” the league said after the call, “it is the league’s collective intention to continue the current match schedule as safely as possible. The health and well-being of all concerned remains our priority and the league will continue to monitor and reflect public health advice, always proceeding with caution. “

Due to the impending match congestion to play postponed matches, plans to replay the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup have been scrapped. The league has urged players to get vaccinated to prevent teams from being exhausted and games from being canceled due to coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Salernitana has been barred by local health authorities from traveling to Udine for Tuesday’s Serie A game in Udinese after a member of the team tested positive. If further PCR tests for the rest of Salernitana’s players turn out negative, the team could still travel on Tuesday.

Kentucky-Louisville men’s basketball game postponed

Wednesday’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. As schools monitored developments to reschedule this meeting, Wildcats coach John Calipari announced on his radio show that his team would host West Kentucky on Wednesday night, the first matchup between the Wildcats and Hilltoppers since the tournament. of the 2012 NCAA. Texas, which reached 16th in the standings, opened Wednesday after its scheduled meeting in the state against Rice was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns in the Owls’ program. Additionally, Tuesday night’s New Hampshire men’s game at VCU was canceled due to issues in the Rams schedule, Brown’s Wednesday men’s game against Rhode Island was called off due to concerns within the Rhode Island schedule and the Northeastern’s men’s game on Wednesday against St. Bonaventure was called off due to a positive test in his schedule. . . Dartmouth has canceled the Dartmouth stints scheduled for Jan. 8-9. One of the largest indoor competitions on the East Coast, the event typically hosts more than 2,000 athletes, including high school, masters and college teams from across New England. The school said other indoor events with significantly fewer competitors will take place as planned. . . Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger and Alice Robinson of New Zealand tested positive for the coronavirus within two months of the Olympics, joining Swiss star Lara Gut-Behrami on the sidelines. The three women will likely have to miss two World Cup giant slalom races in Courchevel, France this week. Robinson and Gut-Behrami have already missed races in Val d’Isère this weekend.


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