Richmond Times-Dispatch

Saban out for IronBowl after COVID-19test

Alabama coach reported to have mild symptoms

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Coach Nick Saban of

No. 1 Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the Iron Bowl with No. 22 Auburn.

The Crimson Tide team physician, Dr. JimmyRobin­son, and head trainer Jeff Allen said in a joint statement the positive test came Wednesday morning.

“He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorize­d as a potential false positive,” the statement said. “He will follow all appropriat­e guidelines and isolate at home.”

The Crimson Tide will face their biggest rival Saturday at BryantDenn­y Stadium without the 69-year-old, six-time national champion coach. Offensive coordinato­r Steve Sarkisian, a former head coach at Southern California and Washington, will oversee preparatio­ns within the football building and oversee the team on game day.

Saban said he has had a runny nose, but no major symptoms. He had previously received a false positive ahead of the gamewith Georgia but didn’t have any symptoms that time.

He was cleared to coach in the game after subsequent tests leading up to the game came back negative.

Saban will still run meetings and monitor practice via Zoom at home as he did ahead of the Georgia game. Sarkisian will still call offensive plays during the game, but Saban said other details were still to be ironed out.

Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati’s game at Temple this weekend was canceled because both teams are dealing with COVID-19 issues.

The American Athletic Conference said the game scheduled for Saturday could not be made up on Dec. 5, even though both teams have an open date, because the league’s protocols “would not allow for a sufficient number of players to be available for competitio­n on that day.”

The unbeaten and conference-leading Bearcats’ next game is scheduled for Dec. 12 at No. 24 Tulsa, whose game scheduled for Saturday against Houston was postponed because the Cougars have been hit by the virus.

Tulsa is also unbeaten in conference play, and with a victory next week against Navy. it would clinch a spot in the AAC championsh­ip against Cincinnati.

Texas State DB is killed in drug deal

Texas State defensive back Khambrail Winters was fatally shot in San Marcos, Texas, and two men were arrested and charged in the killing, officials said Wednesday.

Police officers responded to calls of shots fired at the Lodge Apartments in San Marcos on Tuesday evening after what witnesses described as a drug deal gone wrong, according to a statement from the San Marcos Police Department and city officials.

The officers found Winters with a gunshot wound to the chest. San Marcos police, Hay County EMS and San Marcos Fire Department personnel began lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessf­ul, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that Winters, EnalisaBla­ckman and Michael Ifeanacho went to the apartment building with the intention of buying marijuana, the police statement said. Winters was shot and killed during the deal.

Police arrested Blackman and Ifeanacho, who have been charged with capital murder. Both are being held at the Hays County Jail.

Texas State coach Jake Spavital said he shared the news of Winters’ death with his teammates Wednesday morning and that they are saddened.

“We will stand together as a team and support one another during this difficult time,” Spavital said. “Our thoughts and condolence­s are with Khambrail’s family and loved ones.”

Vandy eyeswomen’s soccer player askicker

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller has practiced with the Vanderbilt football team, and coach Derek Mason said she’s a good option to be the Commodores kicker Saturday against Missouri.

“We’re keeping all options open right now, and we’ll get a chance to see what she does on Saturday if given the opportunit­y,” Mason said.

Mason said his Commodores (0-7) are having health issues with their specialist­s. Vanderbilt has declined to comment on any players who’ve either tested positive for COVID19 or are in quarantine. Junior Pierson Cooke is 3 of 7 on field goals this season, and junior Wes Farley is the backup.

Fuller, a senior from Wylie, Texas, made three saves last weekend as Vanderbilt upset topseeded Arkansas 3-1 in women’s soccer to capture the Southeaste­rn Conference tournament tile.

West Virginia to play top- ranked Gonzaga

No. 15 West Virginia will play top-ranked Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 2 in Indianapol­is.

West Virginia announced the scheduling addition Wednesday, saying it will be the opening game of a men’s basketball doublehead­er. No. 2 Baylor will face No. 8 Illinois in the second game.

The Mountainee­rs had been scheduled to host Youngstown State in their home opener on Dec. 2. That game was postponed after the Penguins paused all team activities due to COVID-19.

Elsewhere

Nebraska: TheNCAA suspended DerrickWal­ker for the first 16 games of the basketball season for a rules violation while he was at Tennessee in 2018-19.

The 6-foot-8, 232pound junior forward played limited minutes for the Volunteers team that reached the NCAA regional semifinals in 201819. Walker sat out last season at Nebraska under transfer rules. The nature of Walker’s violation was not disclosed.

Kentucky: Interim women’s basketball coach Kyra Elzy suspended All-America guard Rhyne Howard for two games and forward Tatyana Wyatt for three on Wednesday just hours before the No. 11 Wildcats began the season against Murray State.

Howard, a junior, was suspended for not upholding program standards while Wyatt, a senior, was discipline­d for a violation of team rules. No specifics were stated in a news release announcing the punishment..

Earlier this month, Howard, who averaged 23.4 points last season for the Wildcats, became the program’s first player to be honored as a preseason All-American by The Associated Press. She was a unanimous selection by a national media panel. Southeaste­rn Conference coaches named Howard as player of the year last season and as the preseason top player.

Wyatt last season led Kentucky with 42 blocks.

Oklahoma: The Sooners’ men’s basketball program paused organized team activities because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

Oklahoma’s first two games, scheduled for Wednesday night against Texas-San Antonio and Saturday night against Central Florida, were postponed.

Monmouth: The men’s basketball program has been paused following a positive COVID-19 test result. It will enter a 14-day quarantine period.

The decision caused the Hawks to cancel a game Wednesday night against Hofstra. Games against Maryland on Dec. 1 and Saint Francis of New York on Dec. 4 also have been canceled.

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