The coronavirus outbreak has led the suspensions and cancellations of sporting events across the world. Last week, the NBA, NHL and MLS each suspended their seasons and MLB suspended spring training and pushed back the start of the regular season.
In the midst of the sports world going dark, some athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. Here is a list of players and sports figures who have tested positive for the coronavirus:
Two players on the Lakers tested positive for the coronavirus on March 18 before being cleared on March 31. The two players were among 14 Lakers who were tested for the coronavirus virus at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.
The Sparks announced March 27 that guard Sydney Wiese had tested positive for the coronavirus following her return from playing in Spain. Wiese has been in self-isolation in Phoenix since she returned from Europe, according to the team.
Smart posted a tweet Thursday confirming that he had tested positive. “I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. I’ve been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness.” Smart was later cleared of the virus.
Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The three others weren’t named by the team. The Nets’ last game before the suspension of the NBA season was in Los Angeles when they beat the Lakers at Staples Center. Of the four players, the team said, one is exhibiting symptoms. All four were placed in isolation and under the care of team doctors.
Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus. His positive test March 11 is what led the NBA to suspend its season. A few days before, he had made fun of the virus, touching every microphone at a news conference. On March 12, he issued a statement saying: “The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse.” Gobert was later cleared of COVID-19.
He was the second NBA player confirmed to have contracted the virus. Mitchell spoke about his positive test in an Instagram post. “We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.” Mitchell was later cleared of the virus.
On March 28, the Knicks announced that their team owner had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks said he was experiencing little to no symptoms, had been in self-isolation and was continuing to oversee business operations. He is the first owner in the NBA known to have tested positive for the virus.
Real Madrid basketball player Trey Thompkins has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the team. The positive result prompted Real Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center. Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”
He was the third NBA player to test positive of the virus. The Pistons played the Utah Jazz on March 7, which has two players who have tested positive.
The 76ers announced that three members of the organization have tested positive of the virus. In a statement, the team said NBA and medical experts recommended that players, coaches, and basketball operations support staff be tested for the coronavirus. The positive individuals are in self-isolation. The statement did not specify whether those with the virus are players.
The Nuggets tweeted March 19 that the person is under the care of the team’s medical staff and in isolation after being tested three days earlier.
Edwards has died after battling the coronavirus, Texas A&M confirmed to the Dallas Morning News on March 23. Edwards played as a freshman at Georgetown in 1989-90 before transferring to Texas A&M, where he averaged 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists over three seasons. His 265 assists his senior year remain a Texas A&M single-season record.
A game official who worked the Colonial Athletic Assn.'s men’s basketball championship game on Tuesday tested positive for the coronavirus. The official worked during Tuesday’s game between Hofstra and Northeastern, which Hofstra won, 70-61. The official, according to the CAA, did not exhibit symptoms until 72 hours after the game he worked.
Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Güler and trainer Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London, the federation announced on its website. According to the statement, the team trained in Sheffield, England, from March 3-11, then traveled to London for the competition scheduled for March 14-24. The event took place three days before being halted by the International Olympic Committee because of coronavirus concerns. Upon returning home, the team self-quarantined. Guler, Dumlupinar and two other boxers had high fevers and were tested for the coronavirus. Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in a hospital. The other two boxers are awaiting their test results.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. His is the first known positive test from the NFL. Payton told ESPN that he has no fever or cough but didn’t feel well Sunday, so he was tested the following day. He said he’s feeling fatigued but also upbeat.
Dempsey’s daughter told nola.com that her 73-year-old father, who also is battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, contracted the coronavirus during an outbreak at Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans. Ashley Dempsey said her father has shown only mild symptoms of the coronavirus and his caretakers have been able to control his fever with Tylenol. Dempsey played for five teams during his 11-year NFL career, including the Rams in 1975 and 1976. Born without toes on his right (kicking) foot, Dempsey kicked a 63-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints in 1970 that stood as an NFL record until 2013.
The football league said the player reported his symptoms to team medical staff Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result March 13. The league said the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.
Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis March 17.
Two minor league players on the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus — the first known cases in baseball. The first player, whose name has not been released, was tested after notifying the club of a fever on March 13, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Yankees said the player had been reporting to the team’s minor league complex and was not in contact with anyone in its major league facility, which is about a mile away in Tampa, Fla. On March 17, ESPN reported a second player tested positive.
A Boston Red Sox minor league player tested positive for coronavirus on March 23, according to multiple reports. The team has shut down all activity at its player development complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and the facility will undergo a deep cleaning. The player also will self-quarantine for two weeks.
Oakland Athletics minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus, according to his fiance Nikki Trudeaux. Trudeaux posted her latest update on social media saying the 54-year-old former major leaguer still required a ventilator to fight COVID-19 but hadn’t declined in his battle.
The A’s said Tuesday there were no updates on a minor league staffer - they have not identified him - and said there have not been other positive tests within the organization.
The 25-year-old Hashin Tigers pitcher was tested after losing his sense of smell but displaying no other symptoms. His positive result and those of teammates Hayata Ito and Kenya Nagasaka were announced March 27 by team president Kenji Ageshio. The Tigers had canceled a practice game scheduled for the previous day and had their facilities disinfected. NPB play was originally scheduled to start March 20 but had been previously postponed until April 24.
The Hanshin Tigers outfielder is one of three team members to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Hanshin Tigers catcher is one of three team members to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two players on the Ottawa Senators have tested positive for the coronavirus. On March 17, the team announced a player experiencing mild symptoms had tested positive before announcing March 21 that another player tested positive. Both players were not identified. On March 27, it was reported that Senators radio analyst Gord Wilson tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third member of the traveling party for the team’s road trip to San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Two unnamed Colorado Avalanche players have tested positive with the virus. According to the team, one of the players had been in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal. The Avalanche notified anyone who in close contact with the players.
John Kelly, a television play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Blues tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in self-quarantine since March 13, the team confirmed.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive March 12, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first team in self-isolation.
MX Liga announced Friday that the Mexican soccer league president tested positive for coronavirus. “As of now, in spite of the tests carried out, I don’t have any serious symptoms and I will remain in quarantine as the authorities in the health ministry indicate,” Bonilla said in a statement.
Colley is one of five Sampdoria players, along with team doctor Amedo Baldari, who have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them are in good health and are at their homes in Genoa, the club said in a statement March 13.
The forward is one of three Fiorentina players to test positive for the virus. Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.
Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Saturday, Juventus said the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.” Dybala tweeted that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.”
Ekdal, who has also played for the Swedish national team, tweeted March 13: “I am already feeling much better after a days rest. I hope everybody takes this disease seriously. If you feel the slightest symptoms, stay at home.”
Midfielder Fabio Depaoli announced on his Instragram account March 14 he tested positive for COVID-19. Depaoli wrote on Instagram: “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I’m OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.”
Gabbiandini was the second Serie A player to be confirmed having tested positive for COVID-19, following Juventus’ Daniele Rugani. On March 13, Sampdoria announced that four other players and the team doctor had also tested positive.
Ezequiel Garay tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to confirm he has been infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account on March 15. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.” Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. The team said the individuals are in good health and confined to their homes.
The German defender is one of two players in Bundesliga to test positive for the coronavirus.
The Chelsea winger tested positive on March 12. The entire team has gone into self-isolation as a result.
The South Korean international recently fell ill and has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The German defender reportedly was the first player in Bundesliga to test positive for the coronavirus.
La Gumina is one of five Sampdoria players, along with team doctor Amedo Baldari, who have tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the team’s staff and players are in voluntary self-isolation at their homes, Samporia said in a statement on March 13.
AC Milan announced Saturday that former soccer standout Paolo Maldini tested positive for COVID-19. The 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself,” AC Milan said in a statement. Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.
The captain of the Serie A soccer team tested positive, becoming one of three players from the team to have contracted the virus. He was among a group tested after showing symptoms. A team physiotherapist also test positive.
Rugani plays soccer for Italian Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team and was the first player in Italy’s top soccer league to test positive for the virus.
Thorsby is one of five Sampdoria players, along with team doctor Amedo Baldari, who have tested positive for COVID-19. He has played for the Norwegian national team.
The 20-year-old striker tested positive for coronavirus, according to the team, who sent him home without any symptoms.
The Hungarian Olympic swimmer, who won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships and bronze in the 800 freestyle at the 2016 Olympics, announced March 31 she has tested positive for COVID-19.
Kapas, 26, said on Instagram that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.
“I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” she wrote.
The 20-year-old Brazilian, who just won his first ATP title three weeks ago, posted a video on Twitter that he had contracted coronavirus, and has been in self-isolation for the past week and following doctor’s orders.
The retired tennis player and younger brother of John McEnroe announced on March 31 he tested positive for coronavirus. He said he had been in isolation at his home for about two weeks after first experiencing minor symptoms but added that he is feeling better.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.