The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The Browns finally caught a break when safety Ronnie Harrison, tight end Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith were activated from the COVID-19 list and can play in Sunday night’s wild-card game at Pittsburgh.
The hard-hitting Harrison’s return helps a depleted Cleveland secondary missing cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, who remain on the COVID-19 list and will not play.
Ward is the Browns’ best defensive back and his absence hurts as he would have been assigned to cover Juju Smith-Schuster or Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh’s top deep threats.
The sixth-seeded Browns (11-5) will make their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season short-handed.
First-year coach Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio tested positive this week and cannot take part in the game because league rules require anyone testing positive to isolate for 10 days.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has been named in the starting lineup for the FA Cup match against Arsenal on Saturday, after about six weeks on the sidelines with a bad case of COVID-19.
The return of the skipper is welcome news for manager Steve Bruce, who had to deal with an outbreak in his squad last month.
Lascelles, a center back, reportedly had long-term effects after contracting the virus. Lascelles had only recently returned to full training, with the club posting a series of photographs of him practicing with his teammates ahead of the third-round clash against Arsenal.
On Saturday, Bruce said it was “morally wrong” for football to continue amid the latest outbreak, which has affected a number of teams.
Duke says Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to the sideline Saturday for the 21st-ranked Blue Devils’ game against Wake Forest.
Krzyzewski missed Wednesday’s win against Boston College while completing a COVID-19 quarantine protocol.
The 73-year-old coach said earlier this week e and his wife were placed into quarantine after a family member tested positive for COVID-19. He said they had both tested negative to that point.
Associate head coach Jon Scheyer led the Blue Devils on the sideline during the BC win.