Two NFL players test positive for COVID-19

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The New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers have each had a player test positive for coronavirus as the pandemic continues to play havoc with sporting fixtures around the globe.

As UK rugby union and rugby league officials brace for the financial repercussions of the pandemic, the NFL is implementing protocols to deal with infected players.

Left guard Will Hernandez became the first Giants positive COVID-19 test of the regular season.

The Chargers also placed guard Ryan Groy on the league's COVID-19 reserve list and cancelled practice.

This is also first time a Chargers player has tested positive since the league's daily testing started during training camp, and they were one of the few teams to not have a player opt out for the season.

The Giants continued to practise at Quest Diagnostics Training Centre, but the team has quarantined eight players, including Hernandez, and two assistant coaches for contact tracing purposes.

The Giants (1-6) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) on Monday night and the game remains on as scheduled.

If more positive tests pop up that could change but for now, only Hernandez is going on the reserve list.

In the UK, England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) has warned it could lose Stg145 million ($A267 million) in revenue in the short term but managed to keep its annual operating losses for 2019-20 within budget despite the impact of COVID-19.

However, chief executive Bill Sweeney said the financial impact of the pandemic would take four or five years from which to recover.

Two Women's Six Nations matches have been postponed following positive coronavirus tests.

Ireland's clash with France and Scotland's trip to face Wales in Cardiff have both been called off.

France's trip to Dublin on Sunday was shelved after a number of their players tested positive.

In soccer, AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has featured in a promotional video clip from Italy's Lombardy region promoting a campaign against the coronavirus pandemic.

"The virus challenged me and I won, but you are not Zlatan. Don't defy the virus," the 39-year-old striker said.

St Mirren have been charged with breaching the Scottish premiership's coronavirus protocols ahead of two postponed fixtures.

Meanwhile, multiple world swimming champion and 200m freestyle world record holder Federica Pellegrini has tested negative for COVID-19, two weeks after a returning a positive test.

"This time is for real! Negative," said the 32-year-old Italian who intends to take part in her fifth and final Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.