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SPORTS BRIEFING

Crestview tops Lisbon

COLUMBIANA — Crestview topped Lisbon, 44-21, in a junior varsity girls basketball game Wednesday.

For the Rebels, Stephanie Coburn finished with a game-high 12 points and Madelyn Black had 11.

For Lisbon (1-1), Cami Freeland led the way with 11 of the teams 21 points.

Staying put in Columbus

COLUMBUS (AP) — Illinois State is spending Thanksgiving weekend in Columbus.

The Redbirds — who lost 94-67 at Ohio State in Wednesday’s season opener — will play UMass-Lowell on the Ohio State campus on Saturday.

“The location was good for us,” Illinois State coach Dan Muller said. “Sometimes it does come down to money. Budget-wise, it was a good trip for us to get two games.”

West Virginia-Oklahoma game rescheduled

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Oklahoma football program has temporarily paused organized team activities due to recent positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

The team’s game at West Virginia game on Saturday has been postponed in accordance with Big 12 Conference football game interruption guidelines.

The game has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.

ACC does the schedule shuffle

BOSTON (AP) — By the time the Atlantic Coast Conference came up with a fourth date for the game between Boston College and Louisville, the teams had one week to prepare.

Gone was the bye, and the chance to rest up and heal. Out was the leisurely Thanksgiving meal the coaches could have had with their families. For the players, there would be no frolicsome Turkey Bowl scrimmage with the upperclassmen acting as coaches. Also absent: Complaints or excuses.

“It’s 2020. It’s COVID,” BC football coach Jeff Hafley said after ditching his bye week schedule to get ready for the Cardinals. “If they tell us that we’ve got to play tomorrow, our kids will get out there and play tomorrow. You can’t get mad. You can’t scratch your head. You’ve just got to get ready and feel lucky that we’re playing football.”

Indianapolis will get 2024 NBA All-Star game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2024, the league said Wednesday, formally rescheduling the plans for that city to be the site of the league’s midseason showcase this season.

Cleveland will play host in 2022 and Salt Lake City will do so in 2023, both of those sites and years previously announced. The next open spot on the league’s All-Star calendar was 2024, which now belongs to Indianapolis.

The league said “public health conditions prevented the Pacers, the NBA All-Star Host Committee and the NBA from appropriately planning and executing fan-focused All-Star activities in Indianapolis that were envisioned for this February.”

The new dates for Indianapolis’ All-Star weekend: Feb. 16-18, 2024.

“While we are disappointed that the NBA All-Star Game will not take place in Indianapolis in 2021, we are looking forward to the Pacers and the city hosting the game and surrounding events in 2024,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

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