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New York Rangers coach David Quinn, middle rear, speaks to players during a timeout in the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The New York Rangers will be without coach David Quinn and his entire staff tonight against Philadelphia because of NHL COVID protocol.

The team says Quinn and assistants Jacques Martin, David Oliver and Greg Brown are unavailable. Martin is among the oldest coaches in hockey at age 68.

Kris Knoblauch, who coaches the Rangers’ top minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Hartford WolfPack, will serve as acting coach. Hartford assistant Gord Murphy and associate general manager Chris Drury will also be behind the bench. Knoblauch and Murphy are former Flyers assistants.

The Rangers will have defenseman Adam Fox and forward Pavel Buchnevich back after each player spent time on the league’s COVID protcol list.

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Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday that guard De’Vion Harmon will miss the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

That means the team’s No. 2 scorer won’t be available when the eighth-seeded Sooners play No. 9 seed Missouri on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Harmon averages 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. The sophomore scored 22 points earlier in the season in a win over Kansas and a career-high 23 in a loss to Oklahoma State.

Kruger said Harmon is the only Oklahoma player to test positive or be in contact tracing.

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Tennessee has temporarily paused all football activities a week before starting spring practice.

The Volunteers have had multiple positive COVID-19 test results among athletes and staff members in recent rounds of testing.

Those who tested positive have isolated themselves and are following all safety guidelines.

The Volunteers are scheduled to start their first spring practice with new coach Josh Heupel on Tuesday.

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