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Sports Digest: NBA G League regular season suspended until January 5


BASKETBALL

The NBA G League is delaying the start of its regular season until Jan.5 to give teams more time to replenish their rosters after calls from the NBA and players entering health and safety protocols.

The Maine Celtics, who had the second-best record in the Showcase Cup portion of the pre-Christmas calendar, were scheduled to play five games over the next two weeks, including home games against the Long Island Nets on New Years Eve and against the capital City Go-Go on January 2.

Now their first regular season game is Jan. 9 against Wisconsin Herd at the Expo.

Three players from Maine signed 10-day NBA contracts last week – Theo Pinson with the Dallas Mavericks, Luke Kornet with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Juwan Morgan with the Toronto Raptors.

HOCKEY

NHL: The NHL has postponed his return from an already extended vacation break by an additional day, postponing its entire 14-game schedule to Monday for COVID-19 testing reasons.

The league said it now plans to resume play on Tuesday in a decision that brings the total of games postponed this season to 64.

Teams are still scheduled to resume training on Sunday, but will not be allowed to take the ice until traveling players, coaches and officials are cleared following a series of COVID-19 tests. The decision to delay resumption of play will provide what the NHL has called “an adequate opportunity to analyze league-wide test results and assess the readiness of clubs to play.”

The NHL has said it will provide further updates on its return-to-play plans on Sunday.

The move comes after the NHL opened its annual vacation on Wednesday, two days earlier than expected, due to a significant increase in the number of players entering the league’s COVID-19 protocols, and with the suspension of 10 teams.

The Boston Bruins have had five games postponed since their last game on Dec. 16 – a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Boston had 10 players in COVID-19 protocols on Tuesday, including top forwards Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron and goalie Jeremy Swayman.

COLLEGES

SOCCER: Darren Grainger had 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 122 yards and a fourth touchdown to lead Georgia State (8-5) to a 51-20 victory over Ball State (6-7) at the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

Grainger completed 15 of 19 assists and made 11 times, including a false play in the middle of the third quarter when he scampered 34 yards without touching in the end zone. It was the first 100-yard rushing game of his career and he was named MVP of the game.


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