The Latest: Duke says 25 returning athletes test positive

Cover Image
Photo credit In this photo made Thursday, July 23, 2020, an upper deck view of the new Texas Rangers home baseball stadium named Globe Life Field is seen in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers' new stadium isn't retro and designers wanted the first next-generation ballpark. There is the full-panel retractable roof, the split seating levels offering full views of the ballpark with plenty of natural light. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:


Duke says that 25 athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary practice, with nine in mandatory isolation.

The school announced the results Friday night following a total of 700 tests being administered to 309 athletes, coaches and staff. Sixteen athletes tested positive, but have gone through a required isolation period and have been cleared by physicians to return to regular activities.

The school said most of the positive tests came as athletes returned to campus, with all being cases with no or mild symptoms. Treatment of infected athletes included rest, over-the-counter medication and the monitoring of symptoms.

The school said no coaches or staff have tested positive and that no teams have had to pause workouts due to testing results.


The Texas Rangers say broadcaster Matt Hicks is among three people who have recently worked in the home radio booth who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Rangers opened new Globe Life Field this month. Their last home game was Wednesday.

Texas said radio broadcaster Eric Nadel, who has gotten a negative test result, has opted out of working this weekend’s road games against San Francisco from Globe Life Field.

The team said the stadium’s broadcast level and booths were sanitized and disinfected Thursday night.


Virginia says no student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last test results were announced a week ago, keeping the total at four since workouts resumed.

The school says three of the positive tests results came in football, and none of the four positives has required hospitalization. In all, the school is testing 235 student-athletes in football, basketball, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.

The individuals who have tested positive were required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until they are fever-free for three consecutive days, whichever is longer. Those known to have come into close contact with the individuals who tested positive have been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.


North Carolina State reported two positive tests for the coronavirus among its latest wave of testing for athletes, coaches and staff.

Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest tweeted the results Friday, noting the two positive results came from 280 tests administered since school’s last update from July 9.