The last: the France-Fiji rugby match in Vannes canceled


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Fall Nations Cup organizers called off France’s match against Fiji in Vannes on Sunday after members of the Fijian team contracted the virus.

A member of the Fijian team tested positive on Tuesday, and further testing resulted in four more positive cases, organizers said.

They added that the game could not be rescheduled and hoped that Fiji’s scheduled game against Italy next weekend could still take place.


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 on Friday that every head coach in Tennessee has signed an addendum to the contract agreeing to cut wages 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.


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