College Football

The Latest: No Ireland trip for Nebraska-Illinois football

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By The Associated Press

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

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The Nebraska-Illinois football game scheduled for August in Ireland has been called off because of the pandemic.

The game will be played Aug. 28 in Champaign, Illinois, instead.

Officials said the decision was made after consultations with the Irish government, medical experts and the administrative staffs at the schools.

The teams had been set to play in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Game organizers said they hope Illinois and Nebraska can play in Ireland in the future.

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Two Arizona Diamondbacks players have tested positive for COVID-19 and didn't start practice with the team's pitchers and catchers on Wednesday.

Manager Torey Lovullo said veteran catcher Stephen Vogt received a positive result during intake testing and would miss at least the next 10 days. Pitching prospect Luis Frias tested positive a few days earlier and also didn't practice.

This is Vogt's second season with the Diamondbacks. He hit .167 with one homer last year in 72 at-bats.

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Louisville's basketball game against Syracuse has been postponed following a positive COVID-19 test, quarantining and contact tracing within the Cardinals' program.

Wednesday's postponement is Louisville's fifth in six games, including both scheduled meetings against the Orange. The Cardinals haven't played since beating Georgia Tech on Feb. 1 and have had six Atlantic Coast Conference games postponed this season because of COVID-19 issues.

Louisville coach Chris Mack returned to practice on Tuesday after testing positive last week and experiencing mild symptoms. A day earlier, assistant coach Dino Gaudio revealed in an ACC coaches conference call that the Cardinals would be without two scholarship players and a walk-on against Syracuse following positive tests.

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Keeneland's spring meet will allow a limited number of spectators and limit access for race participants, sponsors, box holders and Club members.

The historic horse track in Kentucky's bluegrass country canceled last year's spring meet just after the pandemic began and held a special five-day summer meet in July without spectators. Keeneland's fall meet and the season-ending Breeders' Cup World Championships also went off without spectators.

A limited number of pre-sold ticket packages including dining, reserved seating and general admission will be available for the meet that runs from April 2-23, highlighted by the Blue Grass and Ashland stakes races on opening weekend. Those marquee events award points toward the 147th Kentucky Oaks for fillies on April 30 and Kentucky Derby on May 1.

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Updated February 17, 2021

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