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The Latest: Bledsoe, Connaughton out of Friday’s Bucks game

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida because they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game. He says getting them at least a couple of five-on-five practice sessions and some three-on-three work will be important for their conditioning and developing a rhythm.

Budenholzer says it’s a big hurdle to overcome when everybody else has already put in 10 to 14 days of work.

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Season tickets will not be available for Dallas Cowboys games this season.

The Cowboys announced that due to NFL policies, government, and CDC guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity at AT&T Stadium will be limited.

The team sent season ticket holders an e-mail offering them options.

They can opt-in for the opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets for a limited number of games and will have the first chance to purchase those tickets, though they could be in different locations from their normal seats.

They also could decline to buy single-game tickets for the 2020 season but “will still retain tenure, seat location, and associated benefits for the 2021 season and beyond.”

Any season ticket holders who have paid their invoice fee will have the option to apply the credit to future ticket purchases or receive a refund.

The Cowboys also said any fans who purchased single-game tickets from an official NFL licensed channel for games this season will be receiving communication from the point of purchase regarding cancellations of tickets and how to obtain a credit or refund.

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The Phillies have received the results of Wednesday’s testing, and while no players tested positive for COVID-19 two staff members did test positive.

One is a member of the coaching staff and one is a member of the home clubhouse staff.

All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been canceled until further notice.

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Rookie 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,” the former Navy star 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.