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Coronavirus: Here’s what’s happening in the sports world on Friday

The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe:

  • NHL player tests positive for virus
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport dismisses appeal from Swiss soccer clubs
  • Romanian soccer restart on hold
  • Formula One nixes trio of races

Bruins reveal positive test for unnamed player

The Boston Bruins say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19.

General manager Don Sweeney says the unidentified player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates.

The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms.

The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease.

Swiss soccer clubs lose appeal to continue season

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division.

Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted.

The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.

Switzerland’s top two divisions are set to restart next week.

Romanian soccer hits a roadblock 

The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botosani tested positive for the coronavirus.

Botosani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off.

The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni.

Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed. A staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.

Formula One scraps 3 races

Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers say the long lead times required to construct street circuits in Singapore and Azerbaijan made it impossible to host those races during a period of uncertainty.

The Japanese Grand Prix in October was cancelled because of ongoing travel restrictions.

F1 had already announced a revamped schedule that confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season. It is planning to have from 15-18 races in total.

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