Latest news on the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on sports around the world:
Canada’s deputy public health chief has said the Toronto Raptors have laid out a good plan to play at home in the upcoming NBA season, but concerns remain about the application of strict health protocols and travel to the border with the United States.
Dr Howard Njoo said on Friday that public health officials from Ontario, Toronto and the Public Health Agency of Canada have had discussions with the Raptors, who hope to play at the Scotiabank Arena despite spikes of COVID-19 cases at home and in the United States.
Njoo said the Raptors presented a plan with good health protocols and learned from the NBA’s “bubble” experience when the league ended the 2019-20 season on an isolated campus in Florida.
But Njoo said it would be “difficult for everyone involved” to observe the same health metrics over a multi-month NBA season in which the teams are not isolated together.
He also said cross-border travel “continues to be a problem”.
The Canada-U.S. Border is closed to non-essential travel, and those entering the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The Cleveland Browns put offensive lineman Chris Hubbard on the COVID-19 list after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The team revealed Hubbard’s result after shutting down its Berea, Ohio facility to conduct contact tracing. The Browns said “no high-risk close contacts were identified” after the tracing.
Cleveland hosts the Houston Texans on Sunday and an NFL spokesperson has said the game will go on as scheduled. Hubbard will not be allowed to play. He started the last three games at right guard as Wyatt Teller came out with a calf strain.
Hubbard’s positive test and contact tracing delayed the start of practice on Friday. The Browns had already adhered to intensive protocols this week after a staff member tested positive for the virus last weekend. That result led to quarterback Baker Mayfield being placed on the reserve / COVID list last Sunday when the Browns were out.
Mayfield missed Monday’s practice but returned on Wednesday.
The Seattle Sounders say a member of their technical staff has tested positive for COVID-19.
The team say the staff member received the result on Thursday and has been placed in segregation. All of the players and other technical and support staff on the team have returned multiple negative tests and none have symptoms.
The team ended operations at their training facility on Thursday and announced they will be hosting a modified outdoor training session on Friday.
The Sounders are out until Nov. 24 when they face LAFC in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Canisius has suspended men’s basketball activities due to a positive COVID-19 test result from an unidentified member of the program. The school says it will conduct contact tracing as part of its protocol to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The team is expected to open the season at home in Buffalo, New York, against Fairfield. Canisius just finished a 12-20 season.
Fans attending games this season for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers will be limited to approximately 20% of FedExForum capacity.
Officials on Friday announced policies for all events for the foreseeable future at FedExForum following advice from the Shelby County Department of Health and NBA protocols. Fans must wear masks or masks at all times inside the arena, and the NBA has previously stated that face shields and bandanas will only count as a second layer of protection. A physical distance of at least 6 feet from each other will also be required.
Officials are also considering the possibility of testing for COVID-19 for fans seated in specific areas inside the arena for Grizzlies games. The NBA season is scheduled to begin on December 22.
Georgia Tech will limit its capacity to 1,200 in men’s basketball games this season, ruling out any ticket sales to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The school said it was following the social distancing guidelines recommended for indoor events by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For games at the 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion, 900 tickets will be reserved for Georgia Tech students. If this allowance is not fully used, these tickets will be made available to Georgia Tech faculty and staff.
The remaining 300 places will be distributed to guests of athletes, coaches and staff of the athletics department.
Siena has suspended all activities for the men’s basketball team following two positive COVID-19 test results among level 1 program staff.
This includes coaches, athletes, team leaders and staff.
In accordance with New York State guidelines and Siena protocols, anyone who tests positive is isolated and close contact with such people is quarantined.
The State Department of Health undertakes all contact tracing and will work cooperatively with the school after interviewing positive people to determine close contacts.
Eight Tennessee assistant football coaches have turned down the proposed pay cuts, with the sports department facing a $ 40 million loss in revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tennessee announced pay cuts in October from Nov. 1 to June 30 for employees earning more than $ 50,000 a year. But Tennessee football coaches must accept any cuts as part of their contracts.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Friday that every head coach in Tennessee has signed an addendum to the contract agreeing to cut pay until June 30.
But sports department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed on Friday that eight assistants had failed to do so. This includes offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, the highest paid of the eight to 1.6 million dollars a year; defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley; offensive line coach Will Friend; quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke; inside linebacker coach Brian Niedermeyer; outside linebacker coach Shelton Felton; Joe Osovet, tight ends coach; and strength and conditioning trainer AJ Artis, the lowest paid assistant at $ 200,000 a year.
The only football assistants to take pay cuts are wide receivers coach Tee Martin and running backs coach Jay Graham, who both played in Tennessee.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was not asked to agree to a pay cut as he did not agree to a 2020 raise in a contract extension signed in September. Sporting director Phillip Fulmer announced in August that he would agree to a 15% pay cut effective November 1.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The announcement was made by the Egyptian Football Association on Twitter ahead of Saturday’s game against Togo.
A Cleveland Browns player has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement, the Browns did not identify the player but said they were informed of the test on Friday morning.
“The individual immediately self-isolated and the Browns facility is closed this morning while contact tracing is ongoing,” the club said. “The team will continue to hold meetings remotely (as part of the intensive NFL-NFLPA protocol) and will consult with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps, as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the whole community remains our highest priority. “
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield returned to training on Wednesday after being on the COVID-19 roster and plans to play against Houston on Sunday. Mayfield had to self-isolate for several days after having close contact with a staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Coastal Carolina’s No.15 game in Troy on Saturday was postponed due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests and injuries for a specific group of positions within Troy’s football team.
Both schools announced the postponement on Friday. Both schools and the Sun Belt Conference are working to reschedule the game.
Coastal Carolina athletic director Matt Hogue said the team were disappointed not to play this weekend, but understood the reasons.
The Chanticleers were looking to go 8-0 on aggregate. Their next game will be on November 21 at home against Appalachian State. Troy is due to play at Middle Tennessee at home on November 21.
The Norwegian Football Association canceled training after an anonymous player tested positive for the coronavirus.
The federation says the player has been quarantined.
Norway are due to face Romania in Bucharest on Sunday in the Nations League.
The Swedish Football Association said defender Carl Starfelt tested positive for the coronavirus.
Team doctor Anders Valentin says Starfelt “is doing fine” and has been isolated in his hotel room.
Sweden are due to face Croatia in Stockholm on Saturday.
Irish midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for the coronavirus after playing England in a friendly.
The Irish Football Association claim Browne has been isolated from the rest of the squad but no one else is seen as close contact.
The FAI said the rest of the squad tested negative ahead of Sunday’s Nations League game against Wales.
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports