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The Latest: Dolphins rookie Malcolm Perry donate plasma

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Running back Malcolm Perry is among several Miami Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19.

The plasma helps patients still fighting the virus.

“Being able to give back to people who weren’t fortunate enough to react the same way you did to the virus and give back to the community was important,” Perry said in a statement released Thursday by the team.

People who have recovered from the coronavirus have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood. By transfusing plasma from a person who has recovered from COVID-19 into a patient still fighting the virus, it can boost their immune system and potentially help them recover.

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There has been a spike in the number of Rutgers’ football players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the number is now 15 and noted that even smaller gatherings can lead to positive tests.

Rutgers halted all in-person team activities and quarantined the entire program this past weekend after learning six people associated with the program had tested positive.

The Big Ten Conference member had previously reported four positive tests since returning to campus on June 15.

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Sevilla says no other players have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of its Europa League match against Roma.

The Spanish club announced on Wednesday that Serbian player Nemanja Gudelj tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolated from the rest of the squad.

Sevilla says players and club employees were tested again and no positive results were reported.

The club says training will resume with individual sessions.

Players and employees will continue to be tested before the team’s trip to Germany for the match.

The round-of-16 game is scheduled to be played on Aug. 6. The team plans to travel on Tuesday.

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is concerned about his club traveling to face Barcelona in the Champions League amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Spain.

De Laurentiis says “I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they’re acting like nothing is wrong. What does it take to say, ‘Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?’”

The Barcelona-Napoli game is scheduled for Aug. 8. The first leg of the round-of-16 encounter finished 1-1 in Naples in February. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Napoli president says “if they’ve decided to play the Champions League in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16. I don’t understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation.”

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