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    NEW YORK, N. Rashaan Gaulden Jersey .Y. - Once mumps invades a professional sports dressing room, it finds a fertile breeding ground and the NHL is finding that it is not easy to get rid of.Multiple players on multiple teams from coast to coast have come down with the mumps, an illness more typically associated with children.It started in Anaheim and plagued the Ducks, who had three players affected. The Minnesota Wild was next, with five victims. Tanner Glass of the New York Rangers then came down with it, and as recently as Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils had two players turn up sick.It is certainly an outbreak that was unexpected and has caused unwanted disruption at the team level, but it is not something we have any significant control over, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. As long as our clubs are doing what they need to do to minimize risk of contraction, we are hopeful that the wave of cases will run their course and life will return to normal.The Ducks hosted the Wild in mid-October, New Jersey and the Rangers played each other a few days later and Minnesota visited the Rangers not long after that before facing the Devils in mid-November. But it was not clear whether the teams shared the virus with each other or picked it up in other ways.You see the hits that they have, and sometimes the spraying of saliva, said Dr. Judith Aberg, chief of the infectious diseases division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. I think they are high risk. I am surprised we havent actually seen this before.The illness isnt just hitting hockey players, of course. Students on college campuses have also recently fallen victim in another close environment that promotes spreading of the very contagious virus.It is relatively uncommon since the vaccine was licensed in the early 1960s, but this year weve actually had more cases, Aberg said. In 2013, we had less than 500 cases, and already this year were looking at about 1,000 cases in the United States. One person is expected to infect 10 others.Millions are vaccinated at a young age, but Aberg said the immunity can wane with age and 10 to 20 per cent of individuals who have been vaccinated may not have full protection.The NHL and the players association have provided information to teams and players on ways to protect themselves against the mumps. Vaccination decisions for any disease are made by club medical staffs and the players themselves.The Rangers quickly moved to give boosters to players, and other teams have done the same. The Ducks cleaned and sterilized their entire operation following the outbreak that hit Corey Perry and others. Everyone was encouraged to get re-vaccinated and most did.Some affected players have already returned to the ice, and all should recover without lasting effects.Each season at training camp, players are encouraged to provide their vaccination records. Childhood vaccine programs are fairly universal and accessible worldwide, although arent mandatory in every country, the NHLPA said.The NHLPA has been actively educating the players regarding the recent outbreak, while providing best practices on how to avoid contracting and spreading mumps, players association spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said.Many of the recommendations about locker room and bench behaviour are similar to the standard precautions the NHL provides regarding the flu, which is similarly transmitted.Simple coughing and sneezing and getting those respiratory droplets on each other can cause the spread of mumps, Aberg said. The problem is that it is contagious before you have symptoms. Thats where it gets tricky because you dont know youre going to come down with the mumps, and youre contagious. Then you are contagious for five days or so after you have symptoms.The illness even felled Minnesota ironman defenceman Ryan Suter, the rare American-born player to be affected.Every Wild player was offered a booster shot last month when the virus surfaced. Suter decided not to take it, and paid the price. He was the fifth Minnesota player — all defencemen whose cubicles are next to each other — to come down with the mumps.Suter, who hadnt missed a game since joining the Wild in 2012, led the NHL in ice time each of the last two seasons.I probably wash my hands more than anybody, he said. I go out of the way to make sure Im a clean guy. So for me to get it, it stunk. I always tell these guys, Youve got to be mentally strong and youll never get sick. So theyre all giving me a hard time.___AP Sports Writers Greg Beacham in Anaheim, Calif., and Dave Campbell in St. Paul, Minn., contributed to this report.Daeshon Hall Panthers Jersey . -- Even as Chris Paul remained evasive about his future, he did what team leaders are expected to do. Torrey Smith Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos retired John Elways No.Barnsley are in good health while Millwall have a defensive worry ahead of Sundays Sky Bet League One play-off final. The Reds return to Wembley for the second time this season, having won the Johnstones Paint Trophy in April, and caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom has a fully-fit squad to choose from.Heckingbottom, whose side thrashed Walsall 6-1 on aggregate to reach the showdown, has picked the same side for the last five matches and is likely to keep faith again, though James Bree, George Smith (both hamstring) and Marley Watkins are available.  Barnsley have already won the Johnstones Paint Trophy at Wembley this season The Johnstones Paint Trophy was massive - it brought people together at the club - but this is bigger for whats at stake, Heckingbottom said. Its not a cup final, its promotion, its the chance to perform at the next level.Millwall defender Byron Webster is the major doubt for Neil Harris after he limped off in the second leg of their tie against Bradford. Webster suffered a hamstring strain and will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness, with club captain Tony Craig or youngster Sid Nelson ready to step in at centre-half if Webster does not make it.  Byron Webster is the main concern for Millwall Veteran Carlos Edwards will continue at right-back as Mahlon Romeo is still suspended.We deserve to be there and theres no doubt in the mentality of the group; we are going there to win, Harris said.Naturally there is a lot at stake and subconsciously that is always in your mind, but the players have to focus on the game and not the occasion. Weve had a real focus about us for a period of time now and that wont change this weekend. We will be ready. Neil Harris says his players are focused ahead of Sundays clash Match statsBarnsley have reached two previous play-off finals, losing in 2000 against Ipswich in the second tier but beating Swansea on penalties in League One in 2006 after a 2-2 draw. Marquis Haynes Jersey. .The Lions have reached two previous play-off finals, both in League One - they lost 3-2 to Scunthorpe in 2009 before defeating Swindon 1-0 a year later.Millwall have lost in three of their four visits to Wembley, most recently playing there in April 2013 in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan, where they lost 2-0. Lee Gregory is one of Ian Holloways men to watch Gregory has scored in each of his last three games (three goals), with the last two goals assisted by strike partner Morison.Barnsley have won five of their last six contests against Millwall (L1), including the last three in a row.Winnall has scored four goals in his last three appearances for Barnsley.Ollies predictionPicking a winner here is tough. Barnsley are the most successful team this calendar year in the country while Millwall are building something special with a team that all are pulling in the same direction.Its that spirit that makes me think Neil Harris and his boys will get the job done on Sunday. They started the season slowly but grew as the year went on and are peaking at just the right time. Harris putting faith in youth Millwall chief exec Andy Ambler reflects on Neil Harriss first full season in charge The front two of Lee Gregory, whom I fancy to score first, and Steve Morison are among the best around as a duo. Theyve got one of their own in charge and a few of their own on the pitch. That makes a huge difference when youre looking for that extra bit of edge in a final. OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 to Millwall in 90 minutes (Sky Bet odds 7/1)BettingBarnsley are Sky Bets 13/8 favourites for the victory on Sunday, with Millwall 9/5 to win within 90 minutes while a draw and extra-time is priced at 21/10. Either side to produce a winner in additional time is a 6/1 chance while a penalty shoot-out is 15/4 with the Football League sponsor.Sam Winnall heads the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 while Lee Gregory is considered the Lions main threat at 9/2 to net first.Watch the League One play-off final on Sky Sports 1 HD from 2pm on Sunday, May 29 - or follow with our live blog on skysports.com and the Sky Sports apps.  Discount NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys WhiteCheap NFL Jerseys China China Womens NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '