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 […]

Two more Haas F1 staff isolated over virus fears

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Two more staff from the Haas Formula One team have been isolated while they are tested for the new coronavirus, taking the total to four, team officials said Thursday. McLaren also has a staff member in isolation at a hotel pending test results. Both teams are in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, whose first practice sessions are on Friday. “It’s four in total, one engineer and three mechanics,” team […]

LeBron, Davis off-target as Nets stun Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James missed a game-tying layup with just seconds remaining as the Los Angeles Lakers suffered an upset 104-102 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. James looked poised to force overtime at the Staples Center as he drove towards the basket with the Nets holding a two-point lead. But James fluffed his effort and then Anthony Davis missed an open three-pointer as Brooklyn held on for a win […]

Tatum, Hayward star as Celtics book playoffs berth

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and Gordon Hayward finished with a double-double as the Boston Celtics punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 114-111 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Tatum made 11 of 22 shots from the field including a trio of three-pointers as Boston dug in for the win after twice letting big leads slip late in the game. The Celtics looked to be cruising […]

James and Davis combine for 58 as Lakers defeat Clippers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 58 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season with a 112-104 NBA victory on Sunday. James scored 28 points and dished out nine assists while Davis finished with a team-high 30 points in the showdown between the two best teams in the NBA’s Western Conference. “These are two teams gearing up for […]