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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 world: ___ 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 September. 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 scrapped. 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 caution." 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 teams. 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. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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