NBA’s Gobert details coronavirus effects

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, whose positive coronavirus test prompted the NBA to shut down its season, says the virus has caused him to lose his sense of smell. The French big man, whose defensive talents earned him the nickname the “Stifle Tower,” tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, the result bringing the NBA season to an abrupt halt. In social media posts since then, the 27-year-old had […]

Saints coach Payton tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first person from the National Football League known to have contracted the disease. Payton said he is feeling tired but resting at home after going into self-quarantine. “I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky,” Payton told American sports broadcaster ESPN on Thursday. […]

‘Super Spreader’ NBA players test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have tested positive for the new coronavirus on Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers also confirmed that three of their players had contracted the disease. The Lakers said they tested their players because on March 10 they played the Brooklyn Nets, who had four players previously test positive for the virus. The Lakers said team doctors are closely monitoring the two players. “We […]

NBA Nuggets announce coronavirus positive in ‘organization’

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A member of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday, the club announced in a statement. The club did not specify whether the individual was a player or member of the organization’s staff. “A member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19,” the team statement said. “The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is […]

Durant among Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with COVID-19

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant is reportedly among four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation.The injured Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets since signing for the club last year, confirmed to The Athletic website he had tested positive for the virus. “Everyone is careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant was quoted as […]

Four Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with COVID-

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation, the NBA team said Tuesday. The announcement comes with the NBA — and all other major US sports — on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the team said in a statement. “Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. […]

Players treated like ‘guinea pigs’ over coronavirus: Rooney

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims the British government and football authorities have treated players like “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus crisis. While the rest of European football was shutting down due to the growing threat of the global pandemic, Rooney is angry it took several days for the Premier League and Football League to postpone their matches until April 3. It was only when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta […]

Pistons player tests positive for coronavirus

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the third NBA player to contract COVID-19. The Pistons, without identifying Wood, issued a statement on Saturday saying that one of their players had tested positive. Woods’ agent Adam Pensack told the Detroit News on Saturday that his client is the one, adding “he feels 100 percent fine.” “A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is […]

NBA coronavirus shutdown likely to be ‘at least 30 days’ – Silver

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league shut-down because of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last “at least 30 days”. That would see the league shuttered through what would have been about the last month of its regular season. “What we determined today is that this hiatus will be, most likely, at least 30 days,” Silver said on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” program. The NBA suspended play […]

Cavs’ forward Love pledges $100,000 to support idled arena workers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has committed $100,000 to help workers at the team’s arena and support staff impacted by the suspension of the NBA season. The league, already considering contingencies for the coronavirus pandemic including playing in empty arenas, suspended play on Wednesday night after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL and Major League Soccer followed suit on Thursday when Major League Baseball […]

NBA Jazz guard Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus: report

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN reported Thursday, hours after the network identified team-mate Rudy Gobert as the first NBA player to test positive for the virus. The report said Mitchell, who averaged 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game, tested positive in the wake of Gobert’s positive case just before Wednesday’s schedule tip-off in Oklahoma City. The ESPN report said […]

‘Don’t worry, I’m fine,’ insists Juve coronavirus victim Rugani

MILAN, Italy (AFP) — Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani told fans ‘don’t worry, I’m fine’ on Wednesday after becoming the first Serie A footballer to test positive for the new coronavirus. The 25-year-old “is currently asymptomatic,” the Italian champions said, but the Turin-based club are “currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.” “I want to reassure all those who are worried about me, I’m […]