The Latest: No. 15 West Virginia to play No. 1 Gonzaga

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

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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.

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The Thanksgiving night game between the Ravens and Steelers has been switched to Sunday because of coronavirus issues with Baltimore.

The NFL announced the move Wednesday, but did not specify a time of game nor which network would televise it. Previously, it was scheduled for NBC’s prime-time telecast.

Baltimore placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the reserve/COVID-19 list, joining running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams. The Ravens also have been doing team work virtually.

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Lipscomb has canceled its men’s basketball season opener with Campbellsville Harrodsburg hours before tipoff. The game will not be made up.

School officials said Wednesday the cancellation is because of COVID-19-related issues in the Campbellsville Harrodsburg program.

Lipscomb, of the Atlantic Sun Conference, now will open its season Saturday against Lamar in the Tulane Classic.

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The men’s basketball program at Monmouth University in New Jersey has been paused following a positive COVID-19 test result from the program’s Tier One members. It will enter a 14-day quarantine period.

Tier One members include athletes, coaches, and support staff. The positive result came from the program’s regularly scheduled testing.

The decision caused the Hawks of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 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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The Cincinnati Bengals have added receiver Auden Tate and offensive lineman B.J. Finney to the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Also Wednesday, the team returned cornerback Winston Rose to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list.

The Bengals (2-7-1) host the New York Giants (3-7) on Sunday.

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The Atlanta Falcons have activated defensive end Dante Fowler from the COVID-19 list.

Fowler was placed on the list Nov. 14 during the team’s bye week and didn’t play last Sunday in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.

An edge rusher, Fowler has recorded 16 tackles, six quarterback hits, two sacks and a forced fumble in eight games..

Receiver Laquon Treadwell is now the only Atlanta player on the COVID-19 list.

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The Cleveland Browns have had another yet-to-be identified player test positive for COVID-19.

The team released a statement saying it has closed its facility in Berea, Ohio, to conduct contact tracing to see if others may have been exposed to the person.

The Browns still hoped to practice Wednesday, but that can’t happen until tracing is complete.

This has been a familiar pattern for the Browns, who will be without star defensive end Myles Garrett again this week at Jacksonville after he tested positive for the virus. Garrett also missed Sunday’s game against Philadelphia, and Cleveland’s defense stepped up without him by getting five sacks, a safety and scoring a touchdown.

Garrett remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with fullback Andy Janovich, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard and defensive end Joe Jackson, who went there Tuesday.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without three defensive coaches against Cleveland this weekend because of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Coach Doug Marrone says defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich and defensive assistant Dwayne Stukes will not be available against the Browns. Rebrovich missed last week’s game against Pittsburgh because of coronavirus protocols.

Marron and assistant special teams coordinator Mike Mallory will run the defense during practice this week.

On Sunday, secondary/safeties coach Joe Dana will call the defense and assistant linebackers coach Tony Gilbert will coach the defensive line. Assistant Tyler Wolf will take care of Gilbert’s responsibilities from the coaching booth.

Marrone says he has confidence in Dana’s ability to handle the extra workload.

“He’s called the defense here last year during preseason,” Marrone said. “He’s called them in the preseason games, I’m sure some in Atlanta and he’s done it at Georgia Southern. Obviously, we worked together and been on the phones with him.

“That’s something that I think most teams really prepare for in case of an emergency and obviously with COVID everything is kind of ramped up to making sure that we’re all backed up in everything that we do.”

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