MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning today. That’s what a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press. The person, who asked to remain anonymous, says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed. The person says the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines.
UNDATED (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders. Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal. Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr. has died at age 65. Williams was the first black player to appear in a game at Mississippi. Ole Miss says Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital. Affectionately known as “Gentle Ben,” he was the Rebels’ first black player to earn All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1975 and was also a three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former umpire Richie Garcia has ended a decade of silence over his firing as a Major League Baseball supervisor, telling The Associated Press he kept quiet to protect his son-in-law and daughter. Garcia feels impugned by former colleague Randy Marsh, who testified in a deposition that Garcia was let go because he attended minor league games umped by son-in-law Vic Carapazza. Marsh retracted that comment in an interview with the AP, saying he doesn’t know why Garcia was dismissed. Jimmie Lee Solomon, then in charge of umpires, says MLB wanted new supervisors with new ideas. Carapazza is a top umpire now, just like Garcia was.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are upset that their emblem has been used in the cover design of a local magazine that combines the logo with the novel coronavirus. Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says the organizers have requested that the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan “take down” the image. Takaya did not answer a direct question if Tokyo 2020 was planning a legal challenge.