Arizona State-Cal soccer canceled, Edwards constructive

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Arizona State-Cal football canceled, Edwards positive


Arizona State’s house sport in opposition to California on Saturday has been canceled due to a number of constructive COVID-19 checks amongst Arizona State’s gamers and training workers, together with head coach Herm Edwards.

The varsity mentioned Friday that the constructive checks put the soccer crew beneath 53 accessible scholarship gamers, which is the minimal allowed in response to the league’s cancellation coverage.

“The cancellation of a sport could be very tough to simply accept for all of us, however it’s the proper resolution beneath the circumstances,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson mentioned in a press release. “In each case we proceed to think about the well being, security and welfare of our student-athletes as our primary precedence.”

The Pac-12 mentioned the sport will likely be declared a no contest. It’s Arizona State’s first cancellation of the 12 months. The Solar Devils misplaced to USC 28-27 final weekend.

The 66-year-old Edwards mentioned in a press release that he and his household are superb and inspired followers to take the virus critically.

“As I’ve acknowledged many occasions over, the well being, security and well-being of our student-athletes is totally paramount and we won’t put them in danger,” Edwards mentioned. “Our crew has labored extraordinarily arduous to get thus far, and even performed a sport final weekend. We are going to proceed to look after our students-athletes and observe all protocols very completely as we put together for our subsequent sport. Our crew and training workers are disenchanted, however we do perceive what we’re coping with.”

Cal nonetheless hasn’t performed a sport this season. The Golden Bears’ opener in opposition to Washington final weekend was additionally canceled as a result of they couldn’t subject a aggressive crew given the numerous variety of gamers affected by the method of contact tracing, coach Justin Wilcox mentioned. The Golden Bears have simply 4 video games remaining on their schedule.

Additionally on Friday, No. 15 Coastal Carolina’s sport in opposition to Troy was canceled due to a “mixture of constructive COVID-19 checks and accidents to a selected place group inside the Troy soccer program.” The varsity mentioned the 2 groups and the Solar Belt Convention are working to reschedule the sport at a later date.

Up to now, 60 video games between faculties within the Soccer Bowl Subdivision have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic since late August — and 13 this week.

The Ivy League additionally introduced Thursday that it will turn out to be the primary Division I convention this 12 months to cancel all winter sports activities, together with males’s and girls’s basketball.

The information comes because the coronavirus instances are hovering throughout the U.S. Newly confirmed instances per day within the U.S. have rocketed greater than 70% over the previous two weeks, reaching a mean of about 127,000 as of Thursday — the best on file. And the variety of folks hospitalized with the virus hit an all-time excessive of greater than 65,000.

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