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The Latest: Newcastle captain recovers to start FA Cup match

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

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles started in the FA Cup match against Arsenal on Saturday, after about six weeks on the sidelines with a bad case of COVID-19.

The return of the skipper was welcome news for manager Steve Bruce, who had to deal with an outbreak in his squad last month.

Lascelles, a center back, reportedly had long-term effects after contracting the virus. Lascelles had only recently returned to full training ahead of the third-round clash against Arsenal. He was substituted at halftime.

On Friday, Bruce said it was “morally wrong” for football to continue amid the latest outbreak, which has affected a number of teams.

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A third United Arab Emirates cricket player has tested positive and forced the scheduled one-day international against Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to be postponed to next Saturday.

The unnamed player was in isolation following positive tests by UAE vice captain Chirag Suri and spinner Aryan Lakra.

Cricket Ireland said all of its players have tested negative.

The UAE won the first of the four matches, all in Abu Dhabi, on Friday. The next ODIs are scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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The Browns finally caught a break when safety Ronnie Harrison, tight end Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith were activated from the COVID-19 list and can play in Sunday night’s wild-card game at Pittsburgh.

The hard-hitting Harrison’s return helps a depleted Cleveland secondary missing cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, who remain on the COVID-19 list and will not play.

Ward is the Browns’ best defensive back and his absence hurts as he would have been assigned to cover Juju Smith-Schuster or Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh’s top deep threats.

The sixth-seeded Browns (11-5) will make their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season short-handed.

First-year coach Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio tested positive this week and cannot take part in the game because league rules require anyone testing positive to isolate for 10 days.

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Duke says Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to the sideline Saturday for the 21st-ranked Blue Devils’ game against Wake Forest.

Krzyzewski missed Wednesday’s win against Boston College while completing a COVID-19 quarantine protocol.

The 73-year-old coach said earlier this week e and his wife were placed into quarantine after a family member tested positive for COVID-19. He said they had both tested negative to that point.

Associate head coach Jon Scheyer led the Blue Devils on the sideline during the BC win.

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