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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 has scheduled a dozen makeup games next week in the break the conference had left open for such games before the start of postseason tournament play.

No. 2 Baylor, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 10 West Virginia, No. 14 Texas and No. 18 Texas Tech all will play three games next week before the Big 12 tournament is played March 11-14 in Kansas City.

Baylor, which on Tuesday had its first game in three weeks after COVID-19 issues in the program, will still be able to play only a maximum 14 of its 18 scheduled conference games. Texas and West Virginia can get 17 league games in, while every other team could play its full conference slates.

No. 17 Kansas is the only team that can complete its entire 18-game conference schedule by the end of this week.

The Big 12 canceled Baylor’s scheduled home game Thursday against West Virginia, a game that had already been postponed twice before, to keep the Bears from having six games in two weeks. The Bears will travel to West Virginia next week before hosting Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

West Virginia will host three makeup games, with TCU and Oklahoma State also traveling to Morgantown. That gives the Mountaineers four consecutive home games, including Saturday’s game against Kansas State.

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Massachusetts, West Virginia Allow Teachers to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Educators in West Virginia and Massachusetts will now be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that kindergarten through 12th grade educators and K-12 child care workers and school staff will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the state beginning March 11.

The educators and staff will be able to book appointments next week and the state's vaccine command center will work to designate specific days at Massachusetts' seven mass vaccination sites for educators to receive their shots.

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With Wednesday's announcement, 400,000 additional people are now eligible for the vaccine and the governor urged residents to be patient as the supply remains much lower than the demand.

He said it will take about a month for everyone who is currently eligible to be able to book an appointment at one of the more than 170 locations available. However, Massachusetts is expected to receive an initial shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but no other further doses until later this month or April.

According to government data, as of March 2, Massachusetts has administered more than 1.8 million vaccine doses.

West Virginia also expanded vaccine eligibility to some educators. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that teachers and school service personnel aged 40 and older may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents aged 50 and older and people aged 16 and older with certain medical conditions are also eligible.

"We're going to move more aggressively to try to get more people vaccinated and widen the scope of our vaccination efforts because, at the end of the day, we're going to start having more vaccines available to us and we want to just keep pushing them out," Justice said. "Remember, the last thing we want in West Virginia is to have a bunch of vaccines just sitting on the shelf. So we're moving as quickly as we possibly can, West Virginia. We continue to run to the fire."

State data shows that more than 502,400 doses of the virus vaccine have been administered in West Virginia and 11.8% of the state population has received both necessary doses.

Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer

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