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IPL indefinitely suspended amid COVID disaster

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The Indian Premier League has been suspended amid the country’s devastating COVID toll.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the decision tonight to indefinitely suspend the league after a host of players tested positive to the virus.

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the decision, and in a statement, stressed the safety of all stakeholders involved with the competition

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” the league’s official statement read.

“This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.

“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.

“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”

The IPL said the decision was “unanimously” taken by the tournament’s Governing Council.

Earlier today, Sunrisers Hyderabad keeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19, while Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a member of the travel support staff both tested positive.

More than 30 Australians remain at the IPL, including players, commentators and support staff, with Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting now in isolation, following confirmation two of their Kolkata Knight Riders teammates had tested positive to the virus.

Scott Morrison to review India travel ban

Fierce debate had continued for weeks about the continuation of the IPL in India, as the country’s COVID-19 situation continues to spiral out of control.

India recorded more than 352,991 new coronavirus cases on Monday, with the country’s health system struggling to cope.

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Stanford football’s first early enrollees a success so far | SportsPac12

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By Jackson Moore, Cardinal 247: This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. Based on the early progress of the Cardinal’s first two early recruits, head coach David Shaw voiced his favor of bringing in more early additions in future classes.

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Stanford’s first early enrollees a success so far

This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. So far, so good says head coach David Shaw.

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Followers of my writing know I work with a group called Following Football, which uses a simple method to rate teams in a wide range of sports – all football-adjacent such as Aussie Rules, American football, rugby and the like – and use those ratings to forecast game outcomes. (more…)

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Sam Ehlinger, found dead

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Texas football player Jake Ehlinger was found dead on Thursday by the Austin Police.

Devastating news for the Texas football program, as linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead by the Austin Police on Thursday afternoon.

The Austin Police Department received a call on the matter at 12:18 p.m CT. While they did not reveal how they found him, authorities have said his death is not considered suspicious. Ehlinger was the younger brother of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend after a stellar career in Austin. What an absolute tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Ehlinger Family and Longhorn Nation in this time of need.

Texas football: Linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away

While this was supposed to be Ehlinger’s third year with the Texas football program, he had yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns. He was entering his redshirt sophomore season as a former two-star recruit out of nearby Westlake High School. With his brother now in the NFL, the younger Ehlinger was slated to finally make his name on the Longhorns football. This is so heartbreaking.

2021 is the first year Steve Sarkisian has taken over the Texas program after having reinvented himself as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons before that. While he has a ton of work ahead of him in his first year on the job, this is the hardest thing he and his team will have to overcome this offseason. Ehlinger was entering the prime of his life.

May the Ehlinger and Texas football families find peace after this incredibly tragic loss.

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