The Sharks plan to return to action Tuesday night after postponing their previous three scheduled games due to COVID-19 concerns, but other teams — in the Bay Area and North America — are facing challenges. significant challenges with the emergence of the omicron variant.
The Warriors are also scheduled to play at home on Tuesday night, but it’s unclear who will be in uniform against the Nuggets after five players, including starters Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Justin Poole, were placed in protocols over the past two weeks.
The No. 2-ranked Stanford women’s basketball team announced that its Pac-12 opener scheduled for Friday in Seattle has been postponed due to Washington’s program COVID-19 protocols. Now, the defending national champions will begin conference play Jan. 2 in Washington State. Cal’s game scheduled for Sunday in Seattle has also been postponed.
The San Jose State men’s basketball team was supposed to open Mountain West Conference play this weekend, but COVID-19 concerns within the program forced the Spartans to cancel their three first matches of the MWC.
It’s not just Bay Area-based teams that face significant challenges.
The NHL closed for the annual Christmas vacation two days earlier than usual and extended it through Monday amid COVID-19 cases and the spread of the delta and omicron variants. The Sharks are among the teams slated to return to the ice on Tuesday, but the league is proceeding with caution. The Vegas Golden Knights said coach Peter DeBoer would not attend Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, and the league postponed three more games scheduled for later this week on Monday to bring the total to 70 this season. For now, the Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild is still scheduled to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Saturday night, per league New Year’s tradition.
In the NBA, the Toronto Raptors had just eight players dressed for their 144-99 loss to the host Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East each announced Monday that they were scrapping three men’s basketball games that were scheduled to take place over the next few days, including No. 2 Duke’s Wednesday night game at Clemson. Reports suggest Duke’s Saturday game against Notre Dame will also be canceled. In women’s basketball, Arizona’s Pac-12 opening weekend was wiped out due to virus concerns at USC and UCLA.
Several college football games have been canceled, including one scheduled to be played tonight (Military Bowl). Washington State (Sun Bowl) and Central Michigan (Arizona Bowl) are looking for opponents – and could face off in the Sun Bowl on Friday – after their original partners had to pull out due to COVID-related concerns .
And in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers sent all of their players home after six more players tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Here’s a look at some of the cancellations so far this week. We will do our best to keep up with the changes and keep updating.
Military Bowl (Boston College vs East Carolina)
Fenway Bowl (SMU vs. Virginia)
Sun Bowl and Arizona Bowl – Not canceled yet, but the Sun Bowl committee was already looking for a replacement to face Washington State, and now Boise State has pulled out of the Arizona Bowl, leaving Central Michigan with nothing to do Friday and a short drive (300 miles) away.
Women’s college basketball
Stanford in Washington
Cal in Washington
Men’s college basketball
State of Colorado in New Mexico
Georgetown to Creighton
Nevada to San Jose State
Duke in Clemson
Georgia Tech at Syracuse
Harvard in Kansas
Arizona at UCLA
Arizona State at USC
Colorado to Oregon
San Jose State to Utah State
Arizona State at UCLA
Colorado at Oregon State
UC Riverside in Hawaii
Georgetown to St. John’s
Arizona at USC
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets
Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars