Another NBA game postponed by virus issues
The Washington Wizards will go at least 11 days between NBA games after yet another postponement as the team deals with COVID-19 issues.
The Wizards' game that was scheduled to be played Wednesday in Charlotte is now off, the NBA said on Monday.
"Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team will not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game against the Hornets," the NBA said in a statement.
That is the 14th postponement since January 10 and 15th in total this season - after the December 23 match-up between Oklahoma City and Houston was pushed back because the Rockets did not have enough eligible players.
No team has had more games called off than the Wizards with 19 of the 30 franchises affected so far.
Washington have had five consecutive games pushed back, and the earliest the Wizards will play again is on Friday at the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Wizards revealed late last week that six players were positive for COVID-19 and three others were ruled out because contact tracing said they may have been exposed to the virus.
In a relatively minor development, the Monday game in Miami between the Heat and the Detroit Pistons was pushed back five hours, with the league and teams making that decision so additional COVID-19 testing could be processed.
Postponed games, when possible, will be made up in the second half of the season, which will take place from March 11 - the one-year anniversary of last season shutting down because of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Cape Verde became the third team to withdraw from the men's world handball championships because of coronavirus cases.
Two players from the African island nation's 11-man squad tested positive for COVID-19 with the team unable to field the minimum number of 10 for their forthcoming games.
The United States and the Czech Republic withdrew because of coronavirus cases in their squads before the tournament began and were replaced in the 32-team tournament.
The race director of the men's World Cup will miss the biggest race in skiing after testing positive for COVID-19.
The International Ski Federation said Markus Waldner is self-isolating before the Hahnenkamm races this weekend in Kitzbuhel, Austria after he tested positive while overseeing slalom races in Flachau, Austria.
In soccer, four players from the Colombia women's national team have been ruled out of a friendly scheduled to be played later on Monday in Orlando against the United States due to COVID-19 protocols.
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