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LSU: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test required to enter Tiger Stadium
LSU, which became the first school in the SEC to outline such a policy, cited a rise in COVID-19 cases and the "highly transmissible" delta variant. The policy will go into effect in time for LSU's home opener against McNeese State on Sept. 11.

Buffalo Bills Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler in quarantine after being considered close contacts
The NFL's policy, which heavily restricts unvaccinated players while allowing a return to near normalcy for vaccinated players, sparked criticism.
 

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COVID-19 concerns have NASCAR Cup Series drivers worried ahead of playoffs
The playoffs begin in two weeks, and if a title-contending driver is simply exposed to a person with the coronavirus, that will end his championship chances.The vaccine is suddenly a topic in NASCAR, though many drivers don't want to discuss it.

NASCAR's COVID-19 protocols sideline Corey LaJoie
LaJoie did not disclose whether he is vaccinated, but it is not required by NASCAR and the series has said there is little it can do beyond urging competitors to get the coronavirus vaccine.
 

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In return to sports, all eight Ivy League schools to require COVID-19 vaccines
All eight Ivies are requiring that their football teams be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Ivy League was the first conference to scuttle its basketball postseason when the pandemic broke out during March Madness a year and a half ago.

Greg Sankey, SEC institute forfeiture policy for teams that can't play because of COVID-19
If both teams can't play because of COVID-19 or other reasons, they will have to forfeit and each team will take a loss in the conference standings. The SEC was the last Power 5 conference to announce its forfeiture policy following a 2020 season.
 

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Indianapolis Colts' Carson Wentz, Ryan Kelly, Zach Pascal placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly and receiver Zach Pascal have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Monday. The three players were placed on the COVID-19 list after coming in close contact with a Colts staff member who tested positive, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. The players can return in five days if they continue to have negative tests and remain asymptomatic. The fact that the three players were placed on the list as close contacts is an indication they are not vaccinated for the coronavirus as, per NFL protocols, vaccinated players would only be placed on the list for a positive test result. The Colts have had one of the lowest percentages of vaccinated players in the NFL. It's something that irked owner Jim Irsay before the start of training camp.

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Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage in health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19

Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed in the WNBA's health and safety protocols, the team announced Wednesday. According to the Aces, Cambage is fully vaccinated and experiencing mild symptoms. She will isolate until she is cleared to return to play. Cambage, 30, is averaging 14.7 points and 8.4 rebounds for the 19-7 Aces, who host the Chicago Sky at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on NBA TV and then travel to Chicago for a 3 p.m. ET game Sunday on ABC. In March 2020, Cambage wrote on Instagram that she thought she contracted COVID-19 in December 2019 while playing in China. She said she was told then that it was a "viral infection," one that resulted in a brief hospitalization. Cambage said she still felt the effects of the illness for more than a month. She did not play in the WNBA's bubble in Bradenton, Florida, last season as she received a medical exemption.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says 'entire organization' is vaccinated against COVID-19

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 100% vaccinated against COVID-19, coach Bruce Arians announced Thursday, making them the second NFL team to reach that threshold. "We're 100% vaccinated -- our entire organization -- all the players, all the coaches, everybody," said Arians, who has been a huge proponent of vaccinations but ultimately said it was the players' choice.

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Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb, Damontae Kazee, Carlos Watkins coming off reserve/COVID list
Guard Connor Williams and wide receiver Noah Brown remain on the COVID list ahead of the Cowboys' opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Thursday. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn returned to The Star on Monday after his bout with COVID.

Carson Wentz among three players activated off COVID-19 list by Indianapolis Colts
Center Ryan Kelly and receiver Zach Pascal also were activated off the COVID list after the three players last week came into close contact with a Colts staff member who tested positive.
 

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Tom Brady says he contracted COVID-19 shortly after Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl parade
Brady also said that he believes the coronavirus will be even more of a challenge this year, despite the Bucs now having a 100% vaccination rate -- becoming just the second NFL team to reach that threshold, behind the Atlanta Falcons.

Tennessee Titans activate QB Ryan Tannehill off reserve/COVID list
Tannehill will be on the field when the Titans resume practice Monday. His return is timely given the limited reps that he and Julio Jones have had together in camp.
 

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Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin tests positive for COVID-19, out for Thursday opener vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Dallas Cowboys will be without Zach Martin for Thursday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the six-time Pro Bowl right guard tested positive for the coronavirus and landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Because of the return-to-play protocols, Martin will not be cleared in time to play, although he is vaccinated. A fully vaccinated player can return to play in five days if he does not have symptoms following two negative tests separated by 24 hours. An unvaccinated player faces at least a 10-day quarantine. The Cowboys have had nine players on the COVID-19 list so far, which is more than they had all of last season.

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Miami Dolphins OL Austin Jackson, TE Adam Shaheen hit reserve/COVID-19 list

The Miami Dolpkins placed offensive lineman Austin Jackson and tight end Adam Shaheen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, sources told ESPN's Field Yates, potentially leaving them short-handed as the team prepares for its Week 1 game against the New England Patriots. The Dolphins confirmed the moves Monday and also elevated cornerback Jamal Perry as a COVID-19 replacement. Jackson started 12 games as a rookie in 2020 after being selected 18th overall by the Dolphins. He was slated to once again start at left tackle for Miami this season. For Shaheen, who came to Miami via trade last offseason, this marks a second stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list in as many months after he was deemed a close contact in August.

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says vaccines alone won't solve all problems

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick clarified his remarks on vaccinations Monday, saying even though the team would be better off if everyone was vaccinated, it wouldn't solve all problems. Belichick's comments came five days after he said quarterback Cam Newtons's vaccination status wasn't a factor in his release. At the time, Belichick had noted that "a pretty high number" of vaccinated players, coaches and staff members have been infected by COVID-19 in training camp. The NFL previously announced that 68 players and staff tested positive for COVID-19 out of 7,190 tested individuals during a three-week stretch from Aug. 1-21. The rate of positive tests among unvaccinated NFL personnel was seven times higher than the rate of positive tests among vaccinated personnel, according to the league.

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Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2021

After electing a star-studded Class ot 2020, led by NBA legends Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kevin Bryan, the Basketball Hall of Fame will officially enshrine two classes in 2021. The full Class of 2020 was unveiled on April 4, 2020. The nine new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame were enshrined in April after the original 2020 ceremony was delayed and relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 16-person Class of 2021 will be enshrined this week, led by former NBA superstars Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is also being enshrined for his coaching career, making him the fifth person to receive the honor of being a Hall of Famer as both a player and a coach. All 16 members of the Class of 2021 will be presented at the official enshrinement ceremony by current members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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