The Latest: NHL's Canucks get OK to reopen team facilities

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Crick delivers against the Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 8, 2021. A limited number of fans were admitted to the game due to COVID-19 protocol. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Crick delivers against the Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 8, 2021. A limited number of fans were admitted to the game due to COVID-19 protocol. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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

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The NHL says the Vancouver Canucks will reopen team facilities Sunday and resume play Friday after a COVID-19 outbreak in which 21 players and four staff members tested positive for the virus.

The Canucks’ next game will be their first since March 24. They still have 19 players on the league’s COVID protocol list.

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said Friday he was optimistic his team would still be able to complete the shortened, 56-game season. With schedule changes, the Canucks will need to play six consecutive days and eight of nine to get to 56 games by May 16.

The Stanley Cup playoffs could start for the rest of the league while the Canucks, who are out of contention, play out the string.

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The curling world championship playoffs are on hold because of a positive COVID-19 test result inside the bubble set up for a series of events in Calgary, Alberta.