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The Latest: AL MVP José Abreu tests positive for COVID-19

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By The Associated Press

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

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American League MVP Jose Abreu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain away from the Chicago White Sox for at least the next few days.

General manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday in a statement the Cuban slugger is "completely asymptomatic." Hahn said testing also showed the presence of COVID antibodies and Abreu believes he had a mild case of the virus in January.

"Other than being frustrated, Jose feels great and, like the rest of us, is looking forward to when he rejoins the club in the not too distant future," Hahn said.

Abreu powered the White Sox back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The three-time All-Star hit .317 with 19 home runs and a major league-leading 60 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season. He joined Nellie Fox (1959), Dick Allen (1972) and Frank Thomas (1993, 1994) as the team's only MVP winners.

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The West Coast Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clark County in Nevada would have allowed a limited number of fans, but the conference decided it would be safer for athletes and staff with no one else in the arena.

The tournaments are March 4-9 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The WCC has played its postseason basketball in Las Vegas for 13 years, selling out every time.

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Updated February 24, 2021

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