Update on the latest sports
T25 FOOTBALL-CINCINNATI/SOUTH FLORIDA
No. 2 Cincinnati aims to stay on course at South Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Second-ranked Cincinnati looks to remain unbeaten and in the conversation for a possible berth in the College Football Playoff when the Bearcats visit heavy underdog South Florida on Friday.
Cincinnati also started 9-0 last season and hopes to begin a season with at least 10 consecutive wins for only the second time in school history. The Bearcats also did it in 2009, when they started 12-0.
Cincinnati, one of four unbeaten FBS teams, is No. 5 in the latest CFP rankings.
South Florida has dropped 18 straight to opponents ranked in the top 20, including last week’s 54-42 loss to Houston. The Bulls haven’t upset a team ranked in the Top 20 since they won at Notre Dame 10 years ago.
2 athletes COVID-19 positive in Beijing Games warmup events
BEIJING (AP) – Organizers of February’s Winter Olympics in Beijing said Friday that two foreign athletes had tested positive for COVID-19 in ongoing test events for the Games.
The two who tested positive are among 1,500 competitors and staff who have arrived in China since the test events began in early October, according to Huang Chun, the deputy director general of the pandemic prevention office for the Games. He didn’t identify them or their country but said they had come on a chartered plane for luge training and the World Cup. Neither showed symptoms and both were allowed to train, but they had to stay in a quarantine hotel and eat their meals alone.
China has among the strictest COVID prevention policies in the world. Entry to the country is restricted, and virtually everyone who does must quarantine in a hotel for at least two weeks, even if they are vaccinated and test negative.
The quarantine requirement is being waived for the test events and the Games, but participants must live and compete in isolation from the rest of the population in China. The athletes speak to Beijing-based media over video, not in person.
In other news related to the Beijing Games:
– Officials expressed sympathy for a luge competitor who fractured his leg at the Olympics sliding center this week in a crash that has been blamed on human error. Polish competitor Mateusz Sochowicz, who was 20th in last season’s World Cup rankings, crashed into a gate that should have been open on Monday at the sliding center in Yanqing, where the downhill ski events will also be held.
– Human Rights Watch is asking leading sponsors of the Winter Olympics to explain why they remain largely silent about alleged human rights abuses in China with the Games opening there in just under three months. The rights group said in an online briefing that it had reached out to the International Olympic Committee’s so-called TOP sponsors – and leading broadcast rights holder NBC – in lengthy letters almost six months ago but received few responses. The letters asked sponsors to be aware of the rights climate in China and to scrutinize supply chains and other operations. Sponsors pay billions of dollars to the IOC.