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Reuters Sports News Summary

18 Oct 2020 / 10:08 H.

    Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

    NFL: Colts close practice facility after positive COVID-19 tests

    The Indianapolis Colts closed their practice facility on Friday after several members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19, the National Football League team said. The Colts did not say how many tests had been positive and added that they were in the process of confirming the results.

    Report: Chiefs deal could pay RB Bell $1.69 million

    Running back Le'Veon Bell's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs carries a low price tag, ESPN reported Friday. Bell was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday, and he signed with the Chiefs on Thursday.

    Alabama coach Saban tests negative in COVID-19 follow-up

    Alabama coach Nick Saban received a negative result in follow-up COVID-19 testing, the school announced Friday. The result leaves open the possibility for Saban to coach in Saturday's showdown between the No. 2 Crimson Tide and No. 3 Georgia at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Schauffele's birdie blitz gives him lead in Las Vegas

    Xander Schauffele sank seven birdies over his first nine holes en route to a second round eight-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Friday. Starting on the back nine, the 26-year-old American birdied the 11th and then caught fire from the par-three 13th when his tee shot nearly found the cup.

    Kansas F De Sousa opts out of 2020-21 season

    Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa opted out of the 2020-21 college basketball season on Friday to focus on "some personal issues." De Sousa is best known for his role in a brawl during the closing seconds of a game against Kansas State on Jan. 21. His actions in the melee earned him a 12-game suspension from the Big 12 Conference.

    Rublev sets up final clash with Coric at St Petersburg Open

    Russian home favourite Andrey Rublev rallied from a set down to beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the semi-final of the St Petersburg Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with Borna Coric. Rublev saved five of six break points to advance and took advantage in the final set when Shapovalov needed treatment on his shoulder.

    British, American challengers launch America's Cup yachts

    British challengers INEOS Team UK unveiled their second generation America's Cup yacht in Auckland on Saturday, just 24 hours after fellow challengers American Magic launched their second boat and almost capsized it. The British AC75 foiling monohull, named 'Britannia', had one significant difference from their first generation boat, with the addition of a bustle keel.

    Ex-Angels employee indicted in Skaggs' death

    A former Los Angeles Angels employee was indicted in the 2019 overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Eric Kay, who worked in the team's media relations department for 24 years, is charged in the indictment with distributing the drug fentanyl that caused Skaggs' death. A federal grand jury in Texas, where Skaggs died, returned the indictment, which was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth.

    Cycling: Ganna takes third stage win as Almeida extends Giro lead

    Italian Filippo Ganna claimed his third victory in this year's Giro d'Italia when he won the 14th stage on Saturday, a 34.1km individual time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, as Joao Almeida extended his overall lead. The time trial world champion powered through the undulating course in 42 minutes 40 seconds to beat his Ineos-Grenadiers team mate Rohan Dennis by 26 seconds and American Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) by 1:09.

    Jepchirchir breaks own women's-only half marathon record

    Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir bettered the women's-only half marathon world record when she took gold in a closely-fought race at the World Athletics half marathon championships in Gdynia on Saturday. Jepchirchir, 27, finished in a time of one hour, five minutes and 16 seconds to improve her own mark set in Prague last month, claiming the title for the second time having won it in Cardiff in 2016.

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