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


South Carolina is increasing the allowed attendance for the team’s spring football game later this month from 9,000 to 15,000.

The school’s athletic department said that the rollout of vaccinations within the state had gone well and Prisma Health officials agreed that an increase in attendance at Williams-Brice Stadium for the game April 24 would not impact a vaccination clinic being staged at Gamecock Park directly across from the field.

The athletic department says face coverings must be worn to come inside and will be required while watching, except if a fan is eating or drinking.


The Nashville Predators will be able to host up to 5,700 fans with local health officials expanding COVID protocols.

The Predators will be able to host up to 33% of capacity at Bridgestone Arena starting Monday with a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s an increase of more than 1,500 fans.

The changes mean more fans will be allowed in the lower bowl and suite areas. Fans still are required to wear masks inside the arena except when eating and drinking.

The updates from the Nashville Metro Public Health Department also allow for 40% capacity at outdoor stadiums. Nashville SC in MLS will be able to take advantage of that for the club’s opener Saturday night against Cincinnati.


Rice is out of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, because of COVID-19 protocols, and its opening match against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night was declared a no contest.

The Owls (16-5) were set to make their third straight appearance in the tournament, and sixth overall, after winning the Conference USA West Division title.

Coach Genny Volpe says the team is devastated.

“It certainly is painful to see how much the team wanted to compete and to have to break the news to them that they couldn’t play," Volpe said. “To compete in this tournament meant so much to all of us.”


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