Covid-19 update in sports

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Lawrence will miss his second straight game this weekend

The virus is still running rampant in the world of sports

The toughest opponent teams across sports have faced this season is COVID-19. The virus has played a huge factor this year for sports leagues and teams all across the world.  While safety precautions and protocols have been implemented and enforced, many teams and organizations have been stricken by infectious nature.

In college football many conferences have been forced to start and even cancel games. This week’s Wisconsin Badgers and Purdue Boilermakers game was canceled due to Wisconsin dealing with an outbreak of the virus.  In total Wisconsin had 27 total cases among people who were within the football program, with 15 athletes and 12 members of the staff testing positive. The Badgers were also forced to cancel last week’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Trevor Lawrence, the presumptive top pick in next April’s draft, also tested positive for the virus last week. Lawrence missed this past Saturday’s game, a near loss to Boston College, and will also miss Clemson’s mammoth matchup against Notre Dame this coming weekend.

In the NFL, many players have been forced to sit out games because of COVID, coaches have even been fined for not wearing masks. One of the big names this season to test positive for the virus was Cam Newton who tested positive back in late September. Newton was forced to quarantine and did not play the week four game against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

In September, Tennessee had a huge outbreak of the virus forcing them to shut down facilities, the NFL even fined the team $350,000 for violating league protocols and fueling the league’s first outbreak of COVID-19. On Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton was put on the COVID list. The question now is will the Cowboys stick with Ben DiNucci or turn to Cooper Rush, a member of the practice squad. 

In October, Christiano Ronaldo one of the most popular soccer players in the world, tested positive for the virus.  Ronaldo was forced to enter quarantine and he missed Portugal’s game against Sweden.  According to officials, Ronaldo was asymptomatic to the virus.

In last week’s World Series finale, Dodgers player Justin Turner was forced to leave the game after a positive test came back. Controversy came in later when Justin Turner was seen celebrating with his team after the Dodgers won the Series. 

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