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COVID wrecks havoc with local pro and college sports teams

Games postponed involving IU, Pacers and Fuel
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Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 14, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — The press releases started coming down one after the other Thursday afternoon. First the Indy Fuel, then IU basketball, and finally the Pacers.

All announcing upcoming game cancellations resulting from COVID-19 issues.

The Fuel was forced to postpone until April a pair of East Coast Hockey League games with Wheeling scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

"Following multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Wheeling Nailers active roster, in accordance with League COVID-19 Protocol, the ECHL has postponed the game to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and fans," said team spokesman Mark Grainda.

Shortly after that, word came from I.U. that its men's basketball game at Michigan State this Sunday was postponed "due to COVID-19 issues within the MSU men's basketball program."

Efforts will be made to reschedule the game.

Then the NBA announced the postponement of Saturday's game between the Pacers and Suns in Phoenix, the same team that beat Indiana this past Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The game was called off "in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols." Because of COVID issues, Phoenix does not have the league-required eight available players to play the game.

No word yet on whether that game will be made up.