So many events in Melbourne, until COVID disrupted the plan

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Erima Nishimura sure picked a decent day to bring her 9-year-old son, Yoshiharu, to Melbourne Park for the first time to see some tennis.

So much tennis: There were 89 matches on the schedule Wednesday, featuring Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Stan Wawrinka and eight other Grand Slam singles champions.

It’s all part of a six-tournament setup meant to help players who had to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine prepare in short order amid a pandemic for the Australian Open — yes, a half-dozen tournaments, and all held at one site, the venue where the year’s

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COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

Players preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, which is supposed to begin Monday, must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible,” Tennis Australia said in a statement announcing the postponement of all matches that were to be played Thursday at Melbourne Park.

Victoria state premier

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National Signing Day 2021: Four-star edge rusher Davon Townley picks Penn State over Nebraska, Washington

Andreas Milano
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Four-star defensive end Davon Townley is an explosive and physical prospect with plenty of room to grow, and he’s going to be doing that development at Penn State after announcing his commitment to the Nittany Lions on CBS Sports HQ on National Signing Day. Townley chose Penn State over Nebraska and Washington, citing not only the program’s athletic success but academic reputation and his relationship with coach James Franklin and the defensive staff. 

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be playing football for Coach Franklin and Penn State,” Townley announced while revealing a shirt and hat to the sound

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Before he won the 1981 Big East tournament, Leo Rautins spent the night in the hospital (Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast)

Andreas Milano

Syracuse, N.Y. ― Leo Rautins lifted Syracuse to an overtime win over Villanova in the 1981 Big East tournament at the Carrier Dome.

But did you know that Rautins had injured his knee two days earlier and had to spend one night in the hospital and the next with his knee wrapped in ice?

Rautins, who went onto play in the NBA and is now a television analyst for the Toronto Raptors, tells that story and more in this week’s Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast.

Listen as Rautins explains why he picked not one, but

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Utah-Arizona State men’s basketball game postponed second time due to Sun Devils’ COVID-19 issues

Andreas Milano

The University of Utah men’s basketball team now has two games to make up, both of which are against Arizona State.



a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley talks to the team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)


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Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley talks to the team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

With Tuesday’s Utah-Arizona State matchup in Tempe already postponed for a second time, Sunday’s matinee at the Huntsman Center was postponed on Tuesday evening, the byproduct of ongoing COVID-19 troubles within the Sun Devils program.

The regular-season calendar is starting to get short, so

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Syracuse-Louisville men’s basketball postponed due to positive coronavirus test

Andreas Milano

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse-Louisville men’s basketball game that was scheduled to be played on Wednesday night has been postponed due to a positive coronavirus test and contact tracing within the Louisville program.



a man playing a game of basketball: Syracuse Orange forward Alan Griffin (0) dives for a ball in front of North Carolina State Wolfpack forward Jericole Hellems


© 4 in a game between Syracuse and North Carolina Sunday Jan. 31, 2021. Dennis Nett | [email protected]
Syracuse Orange forward Alan Griffin (0) dives for a ball in front of North Carolina State Wolfpack forward Jericole Hellems

The Cardinals were scheduled to face the Orange at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday in a game that would have given SU a chance to improve

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