False Positives for the NFL: Top Stories, Sports and Business News — Aug. 24

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Here are the top stories in sports and business on Monday, Aug. 24.

An Overview of the NBA and the NHL

We have some post-season action in the National Basketball League and National Hockey League.

Four games are on the schedule in the NBA including the Bucks and the Magic where Milwaukee leads that series 2-to-1.

Also at 2-to-1 is the Lakers over the Blazers and the Rockets over the Thunder.

The Indiana Pacers are on the brink of being swept by the Heat with Miami leading that series 3-0.

Over to the NHL where the Islanders and Flyers face-off for their first game in a best of seven series. Also in action is the Stars and Avalanche with Dallas leading that series 1-0.

For the latest best bets and gambling odds for the NBA and NHL, head over to SI.com/gambling.

Daily Coronavirus Update

There are over 23.4 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 809,000 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has surpassed 5.7 million cases with over 176,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 38,234 new cases reported Sunday. 611,382 new tests were reported. And 572 deaths were reported yesterday.

In a video on Twitter, Olympian Usain Bolt said that he was tested for COVID-19 and will be undergoing a quarantine. He noted that he is not symptomatic.

The Food and Drug Administration issued an "emergency use authorization" for convalescent plasma as a treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.

The FDA said that based on the scientific evidence currently available, it has concluded the antibody-rich plasma "may be effective" in treating COVID-19. It also concluded that the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

This treatment is not a new treatment, it’s been used previously to help COVID-19 patients and it’s been used during other epidemics -- such as the H1N1 epidemic.

The Mayo clinic released data in June that showed that plasma treatment was safe following a transfusions that included 20,000 people.

False Positives for the NFL

Seventy-seven NFL players and team personnel tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday and all of them appear to be false positives.

Eleven teams including the Bears, Bills, Steelers, Vikings, and Jets all kept their players out of practice after the initial tests indicated their players contracted COVID-19. 

However after further investigation, the NFL and BioReference Labs, which is the league’s testing partner, revealed there was a contamination at BioReference’s new jersey laboratory.

Watch more: Sunday's False Positives Gave the NFL's Gameday COVID-19 Policies a Trial Run

According to a statement by Dr. Jon Cohen, the executive chairman of BioReference labs, the false positives were “caused by an isolated contamination during test preparation.” Cohen goes on to say “possible causes and subsequent testing has indicated that the issue has been resolved. All individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.”

The NFL and Players Union are still finalizing their in-season testing procedures. Right now all team personnel is getting tested daily but that regulation ends on Sept. 5. 

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