GENERAL NEWS

Karl-Anthony Towns tests positive, Timberwolves’ game postponed

Jan 15, 2021, 7:18 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is shown during the second half of an NBA basketba...
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is shown during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, whose mother and six other relatives have died from COVID-19, said on Friday he has tested positive.

“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions,” Towns wrote on social media.

The Timberwolves’ game with the Memphis Grizzlies was called off under two hours before tip-off.

Minnesota’s next game on the schedule is Monday, the league’s traditional game on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Atlanta. The news that any player has the virus would be crushing, and that it was Towns was particularly so given what his family has endured.

“Karl is the most important part of this organization,” Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas said. “For what he’s gone through, what Karl Sr.’s gone through, it couldn’t be more heartbreaking today.”

The current tally of postponements: 13 since the start of the season, 12 of them — involving 16 of the NBA’s 30 teams — since Sunday alone. Washington has seen four of its games pushed back, Boston and Phoenix have had three postponements. The Celtics returned to the floor Friday night against Orlando, Boston’s first game in a week.

General News

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, left, talks with quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) during the secon...
Dan Bickley

Madcap world of college football head coaches’ salaries have gone wild

Every so often, a sordid story returns to college campuses, threatening the sanctity of all that is good and pure: Salaries Gone Wild.
1 day ago
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the second half of an NCAA college football game ...
Associated Press

LSU hires Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame to be Tigers’ next coach

LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a stunning move by one of the most accomplished coaches in college football.
1 day ago
Follow @AZSports...
Arizona Sports

Trivia Tuesday: Last 25 NFL QBs with 4+ picks in a win

Do you think you can name the last 25 NFL QBs to overcome four or more interceptions in a game his team won? It's Trivia Tuesday!
2 days ago
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) passes during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college footba...
Associated Press

Valley product, Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler enters transfer portal

Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, who lost the starting job early in the year, announced that he will enter the transfer portal.
2 days ago
Green Bay Packers' Rasul Douglas breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams' Van Jefferson duri...
Associated Press

Packers take down Rams, become 2nd NFL team to reach 9 wins

The Arizona Cardinals now have a two-game lead in the NFC West as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
3 days ago
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs for a touchdown against the Minnesota Viki...
Associated Press

49ers defeat Vikings for third straight win, take over No. 6 seed in NFC

Deebo Samuel ran for two touchdowns leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 34-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
3 days ago
Karl-Anthony Towns tests positive, Timberwolves’ game postponed