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College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Baylor postpones two upcoming matchups

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Baylor coach Scott Drew and the Big 12 announced Thursday that undefeated No. 2 Bears will have their next two games postponed, with Baylor citing “the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball interruption guidelines” as the reason. Baylor was set to host TCU on Saturday and play at No. 9 Oklahoma on Wednesday. The league is expected to work with the teams to reschedule the games.

The interruption comes as the Bears (17-0, 9-0 Big 12) have positioned themselves as the unquestioned frontrunners in the Big 12 and heavy favorites to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament next month. They are one of just three unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball along with No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 25 Drake, and the only one of the trio that plays in a major conference. The Bears have yet to win a game by fewer than eight points and

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt tests positive for COVID-19, will miss next few ‘SportsCenter’ episodes [Video]

Popular ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt will be sidelined for the next few midnight episodes of “SportsCenter” after testing positive for COVID-19, he revealed through Twitter on Thursday.

Van Pelt disclosed that while he feels fine, he has lost his senses of smell and taste, which first prompted him to get tested. It’s unclear how long Van Pelt will be out.

Van Pelt joins a list of ESPN personalities including Matthew Berry, Doris Burke, Todd McShay and Dan Dakich to test positive for the virus. He later added that his dog

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Jusuf Nurkic’s grandmother dies of COVID-19

Jusuf Nurkic announced on Saturday that his grandmother died.

Less than two hours later, he played one of the best games of his career to help the Portland Trail Blazers secure a playoff spot.

Nurkic’s grandmother died of COVID-19

Nurkic told reporters on July 31 that his grandmother was in a coma with COVID-19. He announced her death on Instagram early Saturday.

Per Google translate, Nurkic’s Croatian message reads: “We are all Allah’s and to Him we return.”

Nurkic plays big with heavy heart

Nurkic announced the news just hours before Portland’s play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland won, 126-122 to secure a berth in the NBA playoffs.

Nurkic tallied a massive line in the high-stakes victory, posting 22 points, 21 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. The Trail Blazers held a moment of silence for Nurkic’s grandmother prior to tip. Head coach Terry Stotts called

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