Sports digest: PGA Tour's Nick Watney nervous about how he got virus

Sports digest: PGA Tour's Nick Watney nervous about how he got virus

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Watney bored in isolation, nervous about how he got virus

In this photo taken Thursday, June 18, 2020 Nick Watney signals after a tee shot during the first round of the RBC Heritage Golf tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C. Watney has tested positive for coronavirus and did not play in Friday's round. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Monday marked the 10th day of self-isolation for Nick Watney, the minimum required for PGA Tour players who test positive for the new coronavirus.

He said he is feeling good except for some minor fatigue, perhaps brought on by a major case of boredom, and except for the distinction of becoming the first of what now is five players and two caddies who have tested positive since the PGA Tour returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will say, it’s not the greatest feeling being the first to get it,” Watney said in his first interview since he was notified June 19 at the the RBC Heritage of his positive test.

“Some things are so vague around this thing,” he said. “The symptoms ... some people get this, some get that. I haven’t had a fever or cough the whole time, no shortness of breath. Maybe that’s the reason it’s so scary. I still don’t know how or where I got it.”

He lost his sense of smell, a sensation he described as “gnarly,” but said that is coming back. And perhaps the strangest sensation is being at a golf resort without playing golf.

He remains in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, as the PGA Tour has moved on to Connecticut, and now Detroit this week, and then two weeks in Ohio. The show goes on.

“Very, very boring,” he said. “Being on the road and not playing golf is a weird feeling.” (AP)

Two Nets have coronavirus: Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan and guard Spencer Dinwiddie both announced Monday they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jordan said he will not return to play when the NBA season resumes on July 30, while it is unclear if Dinwiddie will play when the NBA season resumes.

The results mean six Nets players have tested positive. The previous four were in March. (Wire services)

Wizards’ Wall won’t return this season: John Wall will not join the Washington Wizards for the resumption of the NBA season this summer, ending the chances of the five-time All-Star guard playing his first game since 2018.

General manager Tommy Sheppard effectively ruled out Wall returning this season when he said Monday the 29-year-old wouldn’t be part of the Wizards’ traveling party to Florida. Among the factors in the decision was a cap of 35 people per team in the quarantined bubble at Walt Disney World. The COVID-19 pandemic also hindered Wall’s progress in his rehab from multiple surgeries.

Cavs, Bell agree to 2-year deal: The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jordan Bell on a two-year contract and signed two-way forward Dean Wade to a multiyear deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday.

The additions fill two roster openings for the Cavs ahead of the NBA reopening its transaction window Tuesday, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deals. (AP)

Michigan projects deficit: Michigan’s athletic department is projecting a $26.1 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

The school said in a news release it expects athletic department revenues to drop by more than $50 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP)

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