Adrian Mariappa reveals he is Watford player who tested positive for Covid-19

Beatrice J. Doty

Watford defender Adrian Mariappa is one of the three Hornets staff to have tested positive for coronavirus but insists he has no idea how he caught it.

The 33-year-old was one of six positive results from the first round of Premier League testing this week as the top flight takes steps towards a resumption.

Along with two other members of Watford staff, Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan also tested positive.

Watford’s Adrian Mariappa will now self isolate. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Mariappa told the Telegraph: “Ever since I got my positive result back on Tuesday, I’ve been scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus.

“It was a big surprise because I haven’t really left the house, apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids. I’ve mainly just been homeschooling and keeping fit.

“The club doctor called to tell me and, to

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Chris Froome headlines Challenge of Stars as uncertainty rumbles on

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) will take part in RCS news virtual event called ‘The Challenge of Stars’ this weekend, with the four-time Tour de France champion joined by Vincenzo Nibali, Jakob Fuglsang, Warren Barguil and other big-name riders.

RCS have organized two events on the Bkool platform with sprinters competing on Saturday and then climbers following suit a day later. The competition will take on a head-to-head format.

The race will be Froome’s first form of competition since Cyclingnews last week broke the story that Froome, out of contract at the end of the season, had been approached by several teams for next seasons. Discussions had also included the idea of a mid-season move ahead of the this year’s rescheduled Tour de France.

Froome – who has been drawn against Barguil in the first round of The Challenge of Stars – was coy when the matter of

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Premier League could face a year of coronavirus restrictions

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year across English football, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.

England’s top division has been studying how the Bundesliga was able to resume competition at the weekend while being realistic about missing its aspiration of getting back underway by June 12.

”We have to be flexible about it,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a media call Monday. ”The Germans are a couple of steps ahead of us obviously and we can learn from them and watch them and take confidence from their success.”

Team executives will hold talks next Tuesday to discuss protocols for allowing players to take part in contact training, but it is dependent on government approval and there being no new spike in COVID-19 cases after an easing

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Lakers get OK to open practice facility, per report

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The Los Angeles Lakers will open their practice facility on Saturday after getting clearance from city and county health officials, per a report by The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the county was “with all certainty” expected to extend its stay-at-home order through at least July. The Lakers had reportedly been in talks with the city mayor’s office about reopening the facility.

The NBA targeted May 8 as an official reopen date for team facilities, though only a few franchises took advantage.

Practice facility availability will be limited

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, left, talks with forward LeBron James, center, and forward Anthony Davis. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Lakers facility will not be open every day of the week, Charania reported. The NBA imposed strict regulations for those that do open their facilities in

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