Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara contracts COVID-19

Liverpool’s Thiago during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

LIVERPOOL, England— Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 29-year-old Alcantara, who joined the Premier League champions from Bayern Munich this month, will now self-isolate for at least 10 days as required by authorities.

The Spaniard made his Liverpool debut in a 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea but missed Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

In Tuesday’s statement, Liverpool did not say when the test was taken. The Premier League announced Monday that 10 people had contracted COVID-19 after 1,595 players and club staff members were tested in the seven days through Sunday.

Three of those cases came at West Ham, including manager David Moyes.


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From the depths of English rugby to the heights of European glory, this is the story of Exeter Chiefs

In 1996, when Toulouse clinched their first European Cup, a young Rob Baxter was captaining Exeter out of the English fourth division in front of a few hundred fans on the south coast.

Not normally a man known for bursts of emotion, the 49-year-old must pinch himself when contemplating how far the club has come over the last twenty-four years.

After retiring as a player, Baxter went into coaching and has transformed the Chiefs from Devon minnows to a team now on the cusp of Premiership and European glory.

Exeter’s thrilling win over Toulouse last weekend means they will play Racing 92 in their first-ever Champions Cup final next month. A sweet victory in just their 10th year as an English top-flight team.

What’s remarkable about their fairytale story is that it hasn’t come true because of heavyweight Southern Hemisphere signings or rich Middle Eastern owners, but from creating a ferocious work ethic, committed culture and willingness to win.

After a series of unsuccessful skirmishes in the early years, the Chiefs only gained promotion to the Premiership for the first time in 2010 after beating Bristol in the Championship play-offs.

The cries from Devon would surely have been heard all over Britain after years of near-misses as the club longed for a place in English rugby’s top tier.

Since that sunny day in May over a decade ago, it’s been a gradual but swift evolution, which has also included Heineken Cup qualification in 2014 and winning the LV Cup in the same year.

Exeter’s steady, yet positive development saw them reach their maiden Premiership final in 2016, losing out to Saracens in a one-sided contest at Twickenham.

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Aces advance to their franchise’s second WNBA Finals

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Wilson had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Angel McCoughtry added 20 points and the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces held off the No. 7 seed Connecticut Sun 66-63 on Tuesday night to advance to the franchise’s second WNBA Finals.

“Knew it was my time to put the team on my back,” said Wilson, who had 11 points in the final period, including making nine of 10 free throws. “Thought I was in cruise control throughout the whole season. When the fourth quarter came had to flip the switch. Felt like I did that. The job still isn’t done.”

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