Australian Open start date not confirmed despite reports

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis Australia is still awaiting confirmation from the Victorian state government on its plans for the Australian Open amid reports that the season-opening major will be delayed by three weeks and not start until Feb. 8.

“There have been many reports, but we don’t have final details yet signed off by the Victorian government yet,” a Tennis Australia spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Melbourne’s The Age newspaper and others reported a letter sent by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to players which made reference to a Feb. 8 start date. The tournament was scheduled for Jan. 18-31 at Melbourne Park, which is the tournament’s regular slot late in the southern summer holidays.

“It’s taken a while, but the great news is it looks like we are going to be able to hold the AO 8 February,” Tiley was quoted as saying.

Players will have to quarantine for two weeks from Jan. 15, but the Victorian Government has reportedly agreed to special conditions for players. Organizers also are offering to pay for charter flights, quarantine costs and accommodation.

Tiley had previously said players will likely quarantine in a downtown hotel and ride sealed transport to Melbourne Park so they could train during a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the tournament.

Having the tournament any earlier than the second week of February would reduce the chances of having any competitive leadup matches before the Grand Slam event.

Last week, the Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula said the Australian Open would “most likely” be delayed by a week or two.

“There’s a number of potential dates on the table. I’ve seen reports that suggest that it’s likely to be delayed by a week or two. I think that’s still most likely,” Pakula said.

Victoria was hard-hit by a second wave of COVID-19, forcing the city of Melbourne into a lengthy lockdown, a night curfew and travel and other restrictions in the state. But despite more than 800 deaths during that time, the state has had no new infections for 34 consecutive days.

The delay and quarantine period would place into doubt many of the warmup tournaments ahead of the Australian Open.

How to watch Broncos vs Chiefs: kickoff time, TV channel, live stream online

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It’s the Broncos vs Chiefs this week on Sunday Night Football. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America.

All four of the Denver Broncos quarterbacks were ineligible to play in Sunday’s 31-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Rookie WR Kendall Hinton, a practice squad player, filled the starting quarterback position on Sunday, going 1-of-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. The Broncos offense gained a total of only 112 yards in the game. Denver currently sits 3 games back of 2 teams in the final AFC Wild Card spots (MIA, IND) with 5 games to play.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (10-1) are coming off a 27-24 win against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. WR Tyreek Hill had a big game putting up 269 yards–203 in the first quarter alone–and scoring three touchdowns.  Hill leads the NFL with 1,021 receiving yards this season while Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is second with 978 receiving yards. Mahomes once again demonstrated that he is worth the half-billion dollar contract he signed, finishing the game with 462 passing yards.

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How to watch Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium
  • When: Sunday, December 6
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

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Which NFL stadiums, teams will allow fans at games in Week 13 of the 2020 season?

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Here is what NFL stadium capacity is expected to look like this week as the league is allowing each of its 32 teams to determine whether or not fans can attend games.

Check out the full schedule of this week’s games, including TV info and this week’s Sunday Night Football game on NBC between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Week 13 NFL Stadium Capacity

Sunday, December 6

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

  • The Falcons are allowing a limited amount of spectators this Sunday.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Soldier Field

  • The Bears are not allowing spectators.

Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – Nissan Stadium

  • The Tennessee Titans will be allowing spectators at 21% of the stadium’s capacity.

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins – Hard Rock Stadium

  • The Dolphins are allowing spectators at nearly 20% capacity.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings – U.S. Bank Stadium

  • The Vikings are only allowing up to 250 friends and family members of players into games.

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets – MetLife Stadium

  • The New York Jets are not currently allowing spectators.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – NRG Stadium

  • The Texans are allowing spectators at nearly 20% capacity.

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – State Farm Stadium

  • The Cardinals are not currently allowing spectators.

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks – Lumen Field

  • The Seahawks are not allowing spectators.

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field

  • The Packers are expected to allow only employees and family members to attend Sunday’s game.

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers – SoFi Stadium

  • The Chargers are not allowing spectators.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Arrowhead Stadium

  • The Kansas City Chiefs are allowing spectators at nearly 22% capacity.

Monday, December 7

The Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers – Heinz Field

  • As of December 1, attendance at Heinz Field is limited to 2,500.

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers – State Farm Stadium

Tuesday, December 8

Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens – M&T Bank Stadium

  • The Ravens are not currently allowing spectators.