Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets said Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season.
Westbrook made the revelation on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days.
In Westbrook's case, that now seems most unlikely.
"I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my teams departure to Orlando," Westbrook wrote on his Instagram page. "I'm currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared."
Westbrook, averaging 27.5 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, also offered a word of caution: "Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!"
Texas stands by 'The Eyes of Texas'
The University of Texas said it will take steps to make itself more welcoming to Black students but won't shelve its alma mater, "The Eyes of Texas," a song that a number of athletes have said needs to go because it has racist undertones.
"Aspects of its origin, whether previously widely known or unknown, have created a rift in how the song is understood and celebrated, and that must be fixed," said Jay Hartzell, interim president of the Austin campus.
"The Eyes of Texas" has long been criticized for its connection to minstrel shows with characters in blackface in the early 1900s.
SEC puts off decision on football in fall
Southeastern Conference athletic directors met at league headquarters in Alabama to discuss the prospects for a football season, and Commissioner Greg Sankey said afterward that it's "clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve."
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have said they would only play conference schedules this fall in football and other sports. Sankey said SEC leaders "believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us."
Patriot League out for fall
• The Patriot League joined the Ivy League in canceling fall sports, including football, because of the pandemic. The Division I conference will consider holding fall sports in the second semester.
• The National Junior College Athletic Association said it will not have a fall season and will instead attempt to play football and other sports in the spring.
AROUND THE HORN
Marathons: The Chicago Marathon was canceled because of the pandemic, joining the New York City and Boston marathons.
Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks opted out of playing this season, citing health concerns. Hicks has Type 1 diabetes, putting him at higher risk if he were to contract COVID-19.
NFL: Los Angeles Chargers safety Roderic Teamer was suspended for the first four regular-season games because of a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league said.