Ronaldo back after negative COVID test

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally tested negative for coronavirus after three weeks out of action.
Cristiano Ronaldo has finally tested negative for coronavirus after three weeks out of action.

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from the coronavirus after 19 days and three missed matches that left the Portugal and Juventus striker increasingly frustrated.

A Juve statement said a swab test had provided a negative result and Ronaldo was "no longer subjected to home isolation."

Ronaldo first tested positive during the international break while with Portugal and missed Juve's draws with Crotone and Hellas Verona in Serie A as well as the loss to Barcelona in the Champions League.

He could now return on Sunday for Juve's game at Spezia.

In Switzerland, the Swiss soccer league postponed two more games this weekend because of coronavirus cases at two more clubs.

The league says eight players or staff members at Servette have tested positive for COVID-19 and the Geneva-based team's home game on Saturday against Zurich is off.

Lugano's game on Sunday against Young Boys has also been postponed because two players tested positive and six teammates are in quarantine.

In England's Premier League, Manchester United left-back Alex Telles will miss Sunday's match against Arsenal following his positive test.

The deadline-day signing made his debut in the Champions League win at Paris St Germain but did not make the squad against Chelsea or RB Leipzig after contracting the virus.

The NFL in the United States is recommending players on the sidelines who are not participating in a game or about to go on the field wear protective masks.

In a memo obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the league's management council also suggested the 32 teams enhance physical distancing on the sidelines while the NFL considers expanding the bench area.

Although the NFL stopped short of mandating masks for all players not on the field, it "strongly encouraged" all active players in the bench area who are not about to enter the game to wear masks while standing on the sideline and/or sitting on the bench.

The NFL cited a player who tested positive two days after playing in a game and who had close contacts with 17 teammates and two team staffers - most of which occurred while the player was standing on the sideline.

In the Six Nations, Alun Wyn Jones will become world rugby's most capped player without his family present after a request to the Welsh Government for them to attend was rejected because of national coronavirus rules.

Jones will win his 149th Test cap in the Six Nations against Scotland on Saturday but his family are unable to share the moment with him in Llanelli because of the lockdown situation in Wales.

The Racing Point Formula One team have had seven positive cases of COVID-19 this season, including both their drivers and team owner.

Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed two races in August, and Canadian Lance Stroll who was ruled out of the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring this month, have both contracted the virus since the season started in Austria in July.

Australian Associated Press