4 players from Nets, the Lakers’ last opponent, test positive for coronavirus — Daily News

Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Tuesday – a worrisome development for the NBA and the Lakers, their last opponent. The Nets issued a statement saying that only one player has shown symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, while the three others with positive tests have not. The team…

4 players from Nets, the Lakers’ last opponent, test positive for coronavirus — Daily News

ESPN reported that in light of the reports, the Lakers would be testing players on Wednesday and would urge them to follow a two-week quarantine.

Coronavirus: Each MLB team commits $1 million to aid ballpark workers during delayed season —

The start of the MLB season has been pushed back until at least May because of the global pandemic

Coronavirus: Each MLB team commits $1 million to aid ballpark workers during delayed season —

The start of Major League Baseball’s 2020 season has been pushed back until at least May because of the novel coronavirus, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. As such, seasonal ballpark employees stand to take a financial hit because of the delay and the likelihood of an abbreviated 2020 schedule. That’s why each of MLB’s 30 teams are committing $1 million to aid those employees and address the harm caused by those lost wages. 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the initiative on Tuesday, citing a “desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community.” 

Here’s the full statement from the league:MLB Communications@MLB_PR

The @MLB teams are donating a total of $30 million — $1 million each — to assist the ballpark employees affected by the delayed start to the 2020 season. https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-clubs-pledge-30-million-for-ballpark-employees …

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Paul George and Kawhi Leonard brought the Clippers to another level — VegasTopDogs Sports Blog

The question after every off-season transactions always is the same. Are the teams better than it was last season? Obviously no team wants to sit stagnant, especially if one of the bottom tiered teams that is looking to generate a league buzz and get better, and compete. Adding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to LA […]

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard brought the Clippers to another level — VegasTopDogs Sports Blog

Justin Verlander has groin surgery — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

I guess if you have to miss six weeks due to surgery, now is the time

Justin Verlander has groin surgery — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

The Houston Astros announced this afternoon that ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery on his groin. His recovery timeline: six weeks. Which, hey, if you have to miss six weeks, now is the time to do it, right?

Verlander had a couple of different health problems this spring, dealing with that groin early on and then dealing with a hurt lat muscle, each causing him to push back or miss starts. It’s not hard to imagine that the lat injury was compensating for the sore groin. Either way, he’s on the shelf now, as is everyone else, with a lot more time to recover from this without missing games than he otherwise would’ve had.

Raptors visits by Warriors, Valanciunas, Vince could all be scrapped by coronavirus — Toronto Sun

Monday was supposed to give thousands of delirious Raptors fans the chance to relive the happiest memory of their hoops fandom. Golden State was slated to be In Toronto for the first time since last June, when the Raptors set off a huge celebration across Canada by bringing the NBA title north of the border […]

Raptors visits by Warriors, Valanciunas, Vince could all be scrapped by coronavirus — Toronto Sun

Roberto Clemente Museum collection going from Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico — Repeating Islands

A report by Ryan Recker for Pittsburgh Action News. For 25 years, Duane Rieder has been dedicated to accumulating and documenting mementos and memories of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. The extensive collection is permanently displayed at the Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville, where Rieder is the executive director and curator. Rieder is now in the […]

Roberto Clemente Museum collection going from Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico — Repeating Islands

A report by Ryan Recker for Pittsburgh Action News.

For 25 years, Duane Rieder has been dedicated to accumulating and documenting mementos and memories of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. The extensive collection is permanently displayed at the Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville, where Rieder is the executive director and curator.

Rieder is now in the process of packing up many of the museum’s prized items, shipping them to Clemente’s native home of San Juan and loaning them to the Sports Museum of Puerto Rico for a Roberto Clemente exhibit.

“Everybody can’t wait to see the stuff that we’re putting up, and all of these new images and things that they’ve never seen,” Rieder said. “Most people know that story that Roberto dies in a plane crash on his way to Nicaragua, body never found. That’s the part of the story everybody knows. Now we’re going to fill in the gaps of all the things people don’t know.”

On display will be a treasure of artifacts: hundreds of photos, game-used bats, one of Clemente’s 12 Gold Glove awards and the final jersey he ever wore while managing the San Juan Senators in 1972.

“It’s the last uniform he ever puts on,” Rieder said. “They play a couple of days before he gets on that plane and goes to Nicaragua, so it’s kind of going to be the theme and the star of our show down in Puerto Rico.”

The exhibit will also pay tribute to Clemente’s wife, Vera, who died in November.

“We’re going to do a whole Vera wing with her dresses — the dress that he bought her in Nicaragua. It’s the most beautiful dress you’ve ever seen,” Rieder said. “Roberto buys it in Nicaragua for her. It’s one of the last dresses she ever wears before he passes. They’re doing a fundraiser to load the plane, and she has the dress on. We’re going to have that dress and the photos that we’ve been working on for years in the exhibit now, so we’re going to do a nice little homage to Vera.”