Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels great and has no symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Pederson is quarantining at home away from family members and plans to run the team virtually while assistant head coach Duce Staley handles leadership duties during training camp.

"I know this virus affects people differently, and I'm respectful and mindful of that," Pederson said in a video conference Monday. "I feel great. Energy level is high. Really no symptoms whatsoever. I'm very fortunate."

Pederson, 52, said the pandemic has trained him for what's ahead.

"I think one of the things I've learned this offseason is, I can still run the team virtually," Pederson said. "I just finished up a bunch of player meetings. Duce assumes my role in the day-to-day activities in the building. He and I talk every single morning."

Racism

WCC encourages hiring diversity

The West Coast Conference is implementing a rule aimed at increasing diversity in hiring for key positions.

The conference announced the adoption of the "Russell Rule," named after former University of San Francisco and Boston Celtics star Bill Russell.

The rule requires each school in the conference to include a member of a traditionally underrepresented community in the pool of final candidates for athletic director, senior administrator, head coach and full-time assistant coach.

Russell praised Commissioner Gloria Nevarez for adopting the rule and said he hopes other conferences will follow.

"We need to be intentional if we're going to make real change for people of color in leadership positions in college athletics," he said.

College football

TCU coach says he's sorry for racial slur

TCU's chancellor said coach Gary Patterson apologized Monday for repeating a racial slur when telling a player to stop using the slur in team meetings.

Linebacker Dylan Jordan accused Patterson on Twitter of using the slur during a confrontation at practice.

Chancellor Victor Boschini wrote in an email to TCU's student media that Patterson didn't use the slur against any player or group.

"He said it trying to ask the players not to use it anymore," Boschini wrote. "He has since apologized."

Big 12 makes a plan

• Big 12 schools agreed to play one nonconference game this year and nine league games. The conference's championship game is scheduled for Dec. 5 but could be moved back to Dec. 12 or 19.

Tennis

Game returns with tour-level event

Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break because of the pandemic, at the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy.

Sixth-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia beat Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2 in the first official match — for men or women — since March.

"I'm definitely happy I didn't forget how to play tennis, how to play matches, how to win," Vekic said in a video conference. "It's a huge relief."

Murray invited

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was given a wild-card entry for the tournament that will be held at Flushing Meadows in New York before the U.S. Open. Murray, 33, hasn't played an official tour match since the Davis Cup in November because of injuries and he pandemic.

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