Two positive COVID-19 tests Sunday confirmed what Purdue coach Jeff Brohm suspected.

On Monday, Brohm announced he had contracted the virus and would not be on the sideline for Saturday's season-opener at home against Iowa. Instead, offensive coordinator Brian Brohm will replace his older brother and will continue calling plays.

• No. 22 Marshall has scheduled a Nov. 7 home football game against Massachusetts. Marshall (4-0, 2-0 Conference USA) had three other games called off this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

• Adrian Martinez turned back a challenge from Luke McCaffrey to win the starting quarterback's job for Nebraska's opener at No. 5 Ohio State.

McCaffrey, brother of NFL star Christian McCaffrey and son of former pro receiver Ed McCaffrey, played quarterback and receiver as a freshman last season and quickly became a fan favorite.

• The Rutgers quarterback competition is down to Nebraska graduate transfer Noah Vedral and redshirt sophomore Art Sitkowski.

• Michigan State linebackers Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes have been suspended indefinitely after being charged with assault early last month.

auto racing

Larson can return

Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game.

He was suspended in April for after he used a racial slur while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. He was dropped by his sponsors and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Larson has spent significant time with retired soccer star Tony Sanneh, whose foundation works on youth development and empowerment in the Minneapolis area.

AROUND THE HORN

NHL: The Coyotes signed forward Christian Fischer to a two-year contract. The 23-year-old was a restricted free agent after finishing with six goals and three assists in 56 games with the Coyotes last season. Fischer has 35 goals and 28 assists in 213 career games since being drafted by Arizona in the second round in 2015.

Baseball: Reds General Manager Nick Krall was named director of baseball operations for the team.

Krall is being promoted to replace Dick Williams, who resigned Oct. 7 to assume a larger role in his family's development business. Krall will still hold the GM title but now will report directly to owner Bob Castellini.

• The baseball players' association is starting an annual Curt Flood Award.

Part of the annual Players Choice Awards, the Flood honor will be given to a player "who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the players' association and advancement of players' rights."

College basketball: Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk tested positive for the coronavirus and will self-isolate for 10 days.

• Richmond guard and captain Nick Sherod will miss the coming season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in practice. The redshirt senior started 31 games for the Spiders last season, averaging 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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