07/09 12:13 CDT The Latest: Brazil's soccer championship to start in August
The Latest: Brazil's soccer championship to start in August
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the
Brazil's soccer confederation said Thursday its main national championship will
be played between Aug.9 and Feb.21.
The Brasileir?o tournament usually starts in May and ends in December but was
delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The confederation also said it expected World Cup qualifiers to be played in
the same dates decided by FIFA. The earliest fixtures are scheduled for
More than 68,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, and another 1.7
million are confirmed to have the disease.
The plan to have fans at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis has been
Officials announced Thursday that the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC
Southwind will not have any spectators due to what they call "an abundance of
Tournament officials have been talking extensively with both the PGA Tour and
local and state health officials. Executive director Darrell Smith says they
had a safety plan for limited spectators but ultimately felt it was best to
host without any fans. Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically.
The PGA Tour and the Memorial announced Monday a reversal of their plan for a
limited amount of spectators next week in Dublin, Ohio, because of the COVID-19
pandemic. This means that every PGA Tour event through at least July will be
held without fans since play resumed June 11 in Texas.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is putting fall competitions on hold until at
least Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that won't affect
football as of now.
The league announced the decision Thursday impacting non-revenue sports such as
soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. North Carolina State and
Louisville meet on Sept. 2 in the first football game involving any league
Schools won't be able to hold exhibitions or regular-season competition before
that date, and it will be up to the schools to determine whether to reschedule
any affected events. But the ACC isn't barring teams from holding workouts and
preseason practices "in anticipation of a fall season."
North Carolina State says five people tied to Wolfpack sports have tested
positive for the new coronavirus.
Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Thursday those positives came after the
school tested 315 athletes, coaches and staff starting May 29. That's a
positive rate of roughly 1.6%.
N.C. State athletic director Boo Corrigan had announced in early June that the
school had begun a schedule of allowing athletes to return in phases to campus.
That plan started with testing of members of the football, men's basketball and
women's basketball programs who live locally. Athletes who were cleared were
then allowed to participate in voluntary workouts in small groups.
On Wednesday, rival North Carolina said it was pausing football workouts for at
least a week. That came after 37 positive results among 429 tests administered
to UNC athletes, coaches and staff as they returned to campus in phases
starting in June.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says forward Vincius Jnior will need to
have another coronavirus test after an initial test result came out "wrong."
Zidane says "the doctor informed me that the test had come out wrong and we
were going to repeat it."
Zidane says the Brazilian's test was not positive. He says "sometimes there are
errors. It wasn't negative or positive."
Spanish league players have undergone regular testing since the competition
resumed last month.
Some players and staff members at Valencia and Alavs tested positive in March.
They have all recovered. No player has tested positive since the competition
resumed in empty stadiums.
Madrid leads the Spanish league with four games left.
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