The Latest: Rockets to miss 4 players through Wednesday

The Houston Rockets will be without DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Mason Jones and John Wall for at least two games while they complete quarantines related to the NBA’s coronavirus safety protocols

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The Houston Rockets will be without DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Mason Jones and John Wall for at least two games while they complete quarantines related to the NBA’s coronavirus safety protocols. Their quarantines, provided they test negative, would end Wednesday.

The Rockets play in Portland on Saturday in their delayed season-opener.Their original opener was set to be this past Wednesday against Oklahoma City and had to be postponed because Houston did not have enough players. They also play at Denver on Monday.

James Harden is expected to play Saturday. He served a four-day quarantine for breaking protocols, one reason the Rockets couldn’t play Wednesday.

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Arsenal says center back Gabriel is self-isolating because he had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and will miss the next three matches.

The London club also tweeted that former Chelsea players David Luiz and Willian feel unwell, but both have recently tested negative for the virus. All three players were unavailable for the English Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.

Arsenal said “we will continue to monitor, support and assess their conditions.”

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While the Premier League charges ahead, several lower-tier English soccer games have been suspended because of coronavirus cases.

Rotherham’s scheduled Boxing Day game at Middlesbrough in the second-division Championship was suspended after the visitors had “recent positive COVID-19 tests.”

Rotherham’s previous match against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County had also been called off. The club discovered more cases this week after “an increased series of testing.”

Millwall this week announced an outbreak that forced the suspension of Saturday’s game against second-place Bournemouth. It’s been rescheduled to Jan. 12.

Several third-tier League One games have also been postponed because of coronavirus cases.

Doncaster’s match against Accrington Stanley was suspended hours before kickoff Saturday.

The day’s other suspended games include league leader Portsmouth against Swindon Town.

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