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Pac-12 cancels Washington State-Stanford game due to COVID-19

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

The Pac-12 has canceled Washington State’s football game at Stanford.

The Pac-12 canceled the game because Washington State lacked “the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols,” the conference said in a statement.

This is the first game both schools have had canceled this season because of the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Colorado’s game against Arizona State was canceled because of virus-related issues at Arizona State.

After the Pac-12 announced Thursday that Pac-12 teams would be allowed to schedule nonconference opponents if their scheduled Pac-12 game was canceled, Stanford looked into other teams to play to replace Washington State. However, it wasn’t expected that they would be able to fill the opening.

Next up for Stanford (0-2) will be next week’s game at Cal for the 123rd Big Game. Washington State is 1-1.

So far a total of six Pac-12 games have been canceled this season, and it is possible that more conference games scheduled for this weekend could be canceled.

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