The Latest: South Carolina coach Martin to miss game at LSU

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Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing shouts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Indianapolis. Butler won 63-55. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin and two other staffers will not travel with the Gamecocks for a game Saturday night at LSU.

The school said Martin, assistant coach Chuck Martin and Doug Edwards, who’s in charge of student-athlete development, are staying home because of COVID-19 “health and safety protocols.”

South Carolina has missed its past two games due to the coronavirus and played just twice since Dec. 5.

Martin tested positive for the virus this spring. Assistant coach Bruce Shingler will direct the team against the Tigers. South Carolina, 3-2 this season, has had seven scheduled games called off because of COVID-19. It last played on Jan. 6, beating Texas A&M 78-54.

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The Atlantic 10 Conference is pulling its men’s basketball championship out of Barclays Center in Brooklyn because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new location of the championship, which will be played March 10-14, is under review and will be announced in the near future.

This will mark the first time since 2004 that the full championship will be contested on a campus, when Dayton, Ohio, served as host at UD Arena.

Barclays Center has served as the conference championship home for six years and is scheduled to host the 2023 and 2024 championships. Capital One Arena in Washington was previously announced as host of the 2022 championship.

The A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship is on schedule to be contested at VCU’s Siegel Center, March 3-7, in Richmond, Virginia.

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Xavier’s scheduled men’s basketball game Saturday at Seton Hall has been postponed because of COVID-19 related issues within the Xavier program.

Xavier is 10-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big East. Seton Hall is 9-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

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The Summit League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held without fans and moved to a smaller venue in Sioux Falls because of the COVID-19 concerns, conference commissioner Tom Douple said Thursday.

The tournament is scheduled March 6-9. It has been originally slated for the Denny Sanford Premier Center, which seats about 12,000, and now will be held at the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon.

“It is with deep disappointment, yet an equally deep amount of conviction that we came to this conclusion because the health, safety, and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, and the Sioux Falls community remain our highest priorities,” Douple said.

This will be the 13th consecutive year the Summit League basketball tournaments will be held in Sioux Falls.

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Offensive left guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif says he hopes to return to the Kansas City Chiefs next season after opting out of the 2020 campaign because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Canadian was one of the first NFL players to announce he wouldn’t play because of the pandemic after helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl last year. He opted to work at a long-term care facility in Montreal.

Duvernay-Tardif received his medical degree from McGill University in 2018 and has continued working out.

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Temple and Tulane will make up their postponed American Athletic Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday after the other games those two teams were scheduled to play were postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing of student-athletes at East Carolina and Cincinnati.

The AAC said two East Carolina games had been postponed, at home Saturday against Temple and at USF next Tuesday. Cincinnati’s home game against Tulane that was scheduled for Saturday also was postponed. The Temple-Tulane matchup was originally scheduled for Jan. 6.

The AAC also said SMU’s game at Memphis that was postponed has been rescheduled for Jan. 26. Memphis has had three straight games postponed due to a COVID-19 situation involving the opposing team.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference says Saturday’s men’s basketball game between Georgia Tech and North Carolina State has been postponed.

The league announced the postponement Thursday, saying it was due to a positive COVID-19 test, quarantining and contact tracing within the Wolfpack program.

This will be N.C. State’s sixth game either canceled or postponed this season, including a run of four in a row in December.

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The No. 3 Villanova Wildcats ended a 10-day break for COVID-related reasons and returned to practice on Thursday.

Coach Jay Wright said he hoped he could field a full roster when the Wildcats play Seton Hall on Tuesday at the Pavilion. Villanova hasn’t played since a Dec. 23 win at Marquette.

Wright said he hoped Caleb Daniels and Jermaine Samuels would get cleared in time for next week’s game. The Wildcats are 8-1 overall but just 3-0 in the Big East. The Wildcats need to play the scheduled Big East minimum of 20 games to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Wright said “there are a couple of scenarios that look crazy” to cram the schedule with the remaining scheduled games and the handful of games that must be rescheduled to reach 20. Wright says the Big East is considering several options, including the possibility of relaxing the minimum number of games.

Wright says there are still “good plans” to play the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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A positive COVID-19 test within the Vermont women’s basketball program has altered the schedules of the University at Albany men’s and women’s basketball teams this weekend.

Instead of visiting NJIT, the UAlbany women will host Maine at SEFCU Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The women’s series at NJIT will be rescheduled to a new date to be announced later by the America East Conference.

The UAlbany men will still play NJIT at home, but Sunday’s game will be pushed back to accommodate appropriate sanitization of the arena after the women’s game.

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Michigan State is postponing a second straight men’s basketball game due to a COVID-19 outbreak within its basketball program.

The school says it will not host Indiana on Sunday as scheduled.

The Spartans previously postponed a game at No. 5 Iowa on Thursday night because three players tested positive for the coronavirus. The players include center Mady Sissoko and guard Steven Izzo, son of coach Tom Izzo.

Michigan State and the Big Ten are working on options to reschedule games against the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers.

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Two more Georgetown men’s basketball games — against Providence and Marquette — have been postponed after the Hoyas reported a positive COVID-19 test.

Georgetown was supposed to play at Providence on Saturday and host Marquette on Jan. 20. Those will make it three consecutive postponements for Georgetown and five overall this season. The Hoyas were supposed to host DePaul on Wednesday.

Coach Patrick Ewing’s team is 3-8 this season and has lost its past five games.

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Georgia State has postponed its third straight game because of COVID-19.

The Panthers halted all team activities for a week after multiple positive tests within the program, including athletes, coaches and support staff. That forced the postponement of two games against Sun Belt Conference rival Troy.

Georgia State (7-2) was scheduled to play back-to-back games against Coastal Carolina this weekend, but the Friday contest was called off. The teams are still set to play on Saturday.

Both programs are looking at possible makeup dates.

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