The Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press Other people essential to the staging of events such as officials, coaches, medics, mechanics and incoming members of the media will also be permitted to travel without quarantine.In return, sporting authorities and event organizers must put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health during the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 5, 2020 ___The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. “We all know that being flexible and adjusting to the unknowns is going to be part of everything we do this season,” Forst said. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. ‘“It feels like we’re five days behind with position players,” said Melvin, who has slated the first live batting practice during a longer workout Tuesday. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.The news of the closing was first reported by ESPN, which said the Bucks closed the facility after receiving results from Friday’s testing.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their magic number for clinching the Eastern Conference’s top seed in the playoffs is two as they chase their first NBA title since 1971.Milwaukee is scheduled to resume play July 31 against the Boston Celtics, its first of eight games to close the regular season.___ The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive but Sunday was the first time any were identified.Lovullo said both players are doing well.“The two guys I mentioned are asymptomatic and feel great,” Lovullo said. “They’re in the protocol, doing what they can and taking care of what they can at home and healing up.”___The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. ___Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus.Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”Doolittle, who was part of Washington’s World Series-winning team last season, said he’s still debating whether to play this season, weighing safety concerns and physical and mental health. The 33-year-old said the Nationals still haven’t received the respirator masks they were told were coming and expressed concerns about the situation.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington ___The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days.They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.The White Sox say both players requested privacy, meaning the team isn’t able to comment further. ___The UK government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England.However, those involved will instead live and work in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place. Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions.International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer. Lone Star Park, a horse track about 15 miles west of downtown Dallas that has been allowing fans to attend races, canceled eight of its nine scheduled races Sunday because of coronavirus concerns.“Due to an abundance of caution, all racing operations at Lone Star Park have been suspended due to (COVID-19),” read a statement on the track’s Twitter account. “Racing will resume at a date to be determined.”The announcement was made about 45 minutes after the first race was completed. Racing had been scheduled to resume Monday. There was no immediate announcement on a specific restart date or if the rest of the season, scheduled to run three or four days a week through Aug. 11, will be called off.Lone Star Park had been mandating that fans attending all must wear masks, except when eating or drinking.Texas reported a record daily increase of 8,258 confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and has been retreating from what had been one of the country’s swiftest reopenings. Some officials in major cities such as Austin and Houston have been asking state leaders to restore previous stay-at-home orders.
PRESIDENT of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde made a courtesy call on the new Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (CY&S) Charles Ramson Jr on Tuesday.The GFF boss emphasised the importance of strategic partnerships to enable the development of sports and football, in particular, and updated him on some of the key initiatives being undertaken by the GFF.The visit, through invitation by the Honourable Minister, was held at the Racquet Centre, Woolford Avenue, and was attended by GFF executive committee member, Dion Inniss, while Mr Kashif Muhammed accompanied the minister.Forde, in congratulating the minister and giving GFF’s commitment for a long-term and mutually-beneficial partnership to advance football development, noted the impact these partnerships have on the human capital – the thrust of the investment.“At the core, sports organisations are essentially in the business of human development, which is a primary nation-building objective. Football is a key example of how that takes place.Minister Charles Ramson and team engage the group.“Those of us who are blessed with the privilege to manage football will say to you that less than 1% of every human being that comes into contact with the game from a playing standpoint will go on to play professionally.“So, the vast majority of humans who participate in football, whether they start at the early grassroots level or older, will take away the fundamental human values that football teaches and will most likely go on to lead a wholesome, responsible and productive life.“With football we develop a passion for winning, we also learn to lose gracefully, we learn to respect the rules of the game, and the importance of identifying a figure of authority, who is usually the coach. These are the hallmarks of the football experience.”The GFF president noted the investment being made on student-athlete scholarships as well as the infrastructural projects in train, including the FIFA and CONCACAF-supported projects.These projects include the country’s first exclusive football Technical Training Centre, which is currently under construction at Providence, EBD and the D’Urban Park Complex.The D’Urban Park Complex, for which the Denmark FA will provide engineering assistance, will consist of a playfield for international matches as well as a number of mini pitches for the promotion of grassroots football where the surrounding communities will have unlimited access.“The GFF is committed to cultivating partnerships that would lead to the holistic development of the sport, at every level,” said Forde. “We will surely do our part and that is my assurance to you, under my leadership.”For his part, Minister Ramson has promised to bring a proactive approach towards the management of sports in Guyana, noting that there has to be a holistic approach to revive sports with associations and federations playing a major role.The minister stated that his aim would be to build relationships of trust, cooperation and confidentiality among all stakeholders to advance sports, pointing out that the GFF can look forward to the full support of his ministry,“We want to be able to collaborate first and foremost, to be able to get football with all the main sports functioning at an optimum level so that we can get young people play sports, harnessing young talent for the bigger stage.”While acknowledging the challenges that come with his vision for the development of the sport, which includes infrastructure, he stated that institutional partnerships are key to harness the young talent that is available here, pointing out that there’s a huge difference between “just being good and being great.”“With us here, you’ve got friends who understand the importance of building it from the ground up and who have similar objectives to be able to work together for a common goal. So it’s a win-win situation for us to be able to collaborate in a major way to get things done.”The aim, Ramson said, is for the sports ministry to interface with the various federations and associations on a regular basis. “It would obviously require for you to dance with me because I cannot dance alone. I just want you to know this is where we stand; Collaboration – know that you have access, know that your government is here to work with you.“You would have far more weight in whatever you do in your own operation and relations with your international parent body to say that your government is assisting in this regard. It adds a lot of weight and credibility to you and your operations so I want you to know that this is the basis on which we start and how we will proceed.”Minister Ramson further noted: “What you’re not going to get from me is laziness; it would be a very proactive operation on my end and lots of energy.”Both Forde and Ramson have pledged that they’ll be meeting regularly in the ensuing months and years, as they seek to further advance the development of the world’s most beautiful game.
Munster’s Rory Scannell is one of four uncapped players named on the bench for the match in New Jersey.Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell was ruled out of the tour with an ankle injury while Donnacha Ryan was excluded as he’s leaving Munster for Racing this summer. Joey Carbery is Joe Schimdt’s outhalf for the first Test of the Ireland Summer Tour.The Leinsterman is pairing Kieran Marmion in the halfbacks for the game against the USA tomorrow.Ulster back Jacob Stockdale will make his first start on the wing with Simon Zebo rested amoung the subs.