The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
There will be no fans for the Denver Broncos’ season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night Sept. 14 because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Broncos said Friday they hope to have fans at subsequent games. The team has sold out every home game since the 1960s.
The Broncos have been working with the Colorado governor’s office, using computer-generated plans that include up to 20,000 fans at Empower Field at Mile High.
But the team said having an empty stadium for the opener was the “responsible thing to do right now for our community.”
Vanderbilt has canceled Friday’s practice after some positive COVID-19 test results.
The private Southeastern Conference university is not sharing the number of positive results. But Vanderbilt issued a statement noting the university’s ongoing testing procedures has “positive COVID-19 test results.”
Vanderbilt says it is working closely with its Public Health Command Center and other health officials assessing potential close contacts and advising on additional steps. But Vanderbilt cites federal student privacy law in not disclosing information that could identify any student who has tested positive.
SEC schools started practice Monday with the league set to start a 10-game, league-only season Sept. 26.
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French league clubs Monaco and Lens both say one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Monaco did not name the player but says he is recovering and that the club has informed league officials.
Monaco is scheduled to play at home against Reims on Sunday in the opening weekend of the season.
Lens defender Jonathan Clauss has also tested positive for the virus. Lens coach Franck Haise says Clauss is showing no symptoms and is in isolation from the rest of the squad.
Newly-promoted Lens is also in action on Sunday. The club will travel south to play Nice.
The World of Outlaws is “ramping up” its COVID-19 protocols following an outbreak after last weekend’s event at Knoxville, Iowa.
The sprint car series confirmed “several drivers and crew members have tested positive for COVID-19” following the Saturday night main event won by suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson.
Daryn Pittman, Tori Knutson and Paul McMahan all confirmed they had tested positive for the coronavirus. Kraig Kinser Racing and Roth Motorsports said team members had tested positive and Knoxville Raceway said one of its employees had tested positive.
Series officials urged anyone at the track who had come into contact with those infected to get tested. Several other participants and family members tested positive following that notification.
Fans were allowed at the races last weekend and also took part in autograph sessions. WoO says it will be reverting to the initial protocols in place when the series resumed racing earlier in the pandemic. Among the tightened restrictions will be closing the pit area to fans until further notice.
The World of Outlaws says all affected parties must quarantine until medically cleared to return to the track. Drivers racing for season-long points now unable to race because of the positive test will receive points based on their average finish for the season until they are able to return.
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