Chiefs shut training base after COVID case

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The Kansas City Chiefs closed their facility after practice on Thursday when an unidentified staff member tested positive for COVID-19, forcing them to continue their preparations remotely for Sunday's NFL game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Chiefs became the third NFL team this week to close their facility due to positive tests.

The Houston Texans announced on Wednesday night that a player had tested positive and all operations would be conducted virtually on Thursday.

Theyhad to shut their facility during its bye last week after another player tested positive.

The Chicago Bears cancelled their Thursday workout when another of their players tested positive.

The Chiefs have been remarkably clear of positive COVID-19 tests since early in the season, when a player on their practice squad tested positive before a game against the New England Patriots.

In the UK, a decision to pause the Women's FA Cup during England's four-week lockdown may be reversed by the government.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said talks have begun with the Football Association with the first and second rounds of the cup competition initially scheduled to be played this month.

Meanwhile, an outbreak of COVID-19 cases has forced the postponement of soccer's J.League Cup on Saturday in Japan.

The J.League says 10 new coronavirus cases were reported among players and staff of Kashiwa Reysol.

The club said two were players and eight were staff members while three other people related to the club had already tested positive during the week.

Kashiwa and FC Tokyo were to have played on Saturday. An alternate date has not been set.

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi was cleared to travel to Spain on Thursday for the weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia after his latest COVID-19 test was negative, his Yamaha team said.

The Italian, who missed two races at Spain's MotorLand Aragon circuit because of the virus, will take another test on Friday and only if he passes that will he be allowed to rejoin his team and compete.

Rossi has been in isolation at home in Italy after testing positive for the virus as recently as Tuesday.

The 41-year-old is the first MotoGP rider to test positive for the new coronavirus.