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COVID-19 in the world of sports: Izzo back, Bucks plan

From The Associated Press

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has resumed leading his team, two weeks following a positive COVID-19 test and after isolating at home.

Izzo was cleared to attend practices over the weekend and returned to work in his on-campus office on Monday. The Hall of Fame coach will be on bench with the 13th-ranked Spartans in their season-opening game Wednesday night at home against Eastern Michigan.

“Our front-line workers during this time have been so essential, and I have a great appreciation for those people and what they have done to fight this disease during this time,” Izzo said. “While some people who have tested positive have not been affected too much by it, I am here to tell you that this virus is no joke and everyone must take this seriously.”

Izzo, an Iron Mountain native, is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.

Bucks announce plans

The Milwaukee Bucks say they won’t allow fans at home games for the 2020-21 season until further notice in accordance with state and local health guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Bucks officials say they will work with state and local health officials as well as the NBA to evaluate a potential time that fans can return to games in some capacity later in the season.

The NBA season is set to start Dec. 22, but the Bucks’ schedule hasn’t been released.

Lambeau Field test

According to Corey Wilson of, packers.com while Lambeau Field is still closed on gamedays to ticketed fans, Sunday’s game between the Packers and the Bears will host a small group of Packers employees and their household family in the stadium bowl to help evaluate COVID-19 protocols that have been implemented.

The post reports the team is hopeful that hosting ticketed fans will be possible in the coming weeks, so the small group invited to Sunday’s game will be part of the process of evaluating the enhanced protocols for fan attendance. The invited guests — approximately 500 — will model operations such as ingress and egress, concession stand and restroom usage, signage effectiveness and positioning, and distancing of seating pods throughout the stadium bowl.

“We want to ensure that we are ready to host fans if and when that time comes,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.

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