- Associated Press
Saturday, October 3, 2020

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


The head coach of Barcelona’s basketball team has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sarunas Jasikevicius is isolating at home. The team said assistant coach Darius Maskoliunas also tested positive.

The club said both men are “in good health and are in isolation in their homes.”

Jasikevicius played for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors in two seasons in the NBA. The Lithuanian had a long playing career in Europe.

Also Saturday, CSKA Moscow’s basketball team reported three players had “conditionally positive” test results and are being isolated from the team.

CSKA played at Barcelona in a EuroLeague game on Thursday. None of the three CSKA players in question played in that game.


Napoli’s Italian league match at Juventus on Sunday risks being postponed after a number of coronavirus cases at both soccer clubs.

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, just a day after teammate Piotr Zielinski and a squad staff member tested positive.

There has been constant testing at the club after Napoli played Genoa last weekend. More than 20 Genoa players and staff members have tested positive.

Genoa’s match at Torino on Saturday had already been postponed.

Juventus has reported that two staff members have coronavirus but that “these are neither players nor members of the technical or medical staff.”


England’s Premiership Rugby has postponed a key weekend match until Wednesday following the discovery of coronavirus cases in one of the teams.

The league’s final round is Sunday but Sale Sharks reported “a number of positive COVID-19 tests” ahead of its match against Worcester Warriors. Sale needs a victory to guarantee a playoff spot.

Another match - between Northampton and Gloucester - was canceled. Northampton said it can’t field a team because too many players are self-isolating following the recent match against Sale.

Earlier Saturday, the league said it had launched an “urgent review” of cases.


A Nashville player has tested positive for COVID-19, but the MLS team will play the New England Revolution as scheduled after other test results came back negative.

Once the player tested positive, Nashville announced Saturday that the player self-isolated immediately and the team worked through tracing his contacts. Nashville also suspended training until all other players and staff had back-to-back negative results. The player who tested positive will remain in quarantine until medically cleared.

The team left for Massachusetts on Saturday morning to play the New England Revolution that night.


England’s Premiership Rugby said it is conducting an “urgent review” ahead of Sunday’s final round of matches after a team reported multiple coronavirus cases.

Sale Sharks reported “a number of positive COVID-19 tests” ahead of a key match against Worcester Warriors.

League CEO Darren Childs said more than 900 tests were conducted Thursday. Contact tracing began Friday when teams learned of the results. He did not indicate how many teams had positive cases.

The results are being analyzed with the help of national and local health authorities.

Childs said these consultations will help determine if they can hold the Sharks vs. Warriors match “and any others that have been affected by positive results.”

Childs said this “methodical process … cannot be rushed.”


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