UNDATED (AP) — Unity was a clear and powerful sentiment across sports on Friday, as many teams from the major U.S. pro leagues stopped to commemorate Juneteenth. That's the celebration of what occurred June 19, 1865, the day that all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they had been freed from bondage. The day carried particular importance this year, with teams recognizing the day as important enough to declare it a paid holiday for workers. The celebrations this year acknowledged the problems the country is facing today after several weeks of protests demanding the elimination of police brutality and racial inequality. 

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have shut down their spring training complex in Florida after a player presented symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Earlier Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies closed their site in Florida after five players and three staff members tested positive for the virus. The Phillies’ camp in Clearwater is about five miles from Toronto’s complex. The Blue Jays said personnel at their camp have undergone testing. The club said it was following protocols established by its medical team and Major League Baseball. Philadelphia and Toronto said their camps were indefinitely closed.

UNDATED (AP) — Canadian health officials’ approval of the NHL’s return-to-play proposal has led the league to consider designating one or more cities north of the border to serve as hubs for its 24-team playoff format. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the approval followed productive discussions with government health officials. The approval comes as the NHL has entered the advanced stages of selecting its hub cities, which include three located in Canada. the NHL, however, encountered a setback with the Tampa Bay Lightning closing their facilities after three players and some staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Albert Pujols will pay the salaries of the Los Angeles Angels’ furloughed employees in his native Dominican Republic for five months. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Pujols didn’t publicly announce his commitment to pay roughly $180,000 to cover the salaries. The strict budget cuts made by Angels owner Arte Moreno during the coronavirus pandemic have included extensive furloughs for scouts, player development staff and minor league employees. The furloughs also included most of the staff of their Dominican academy in Boca Chica.

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Nick Watney is the first player to test positive for the coronavirus since the PGA Tour returned from the pandemic. The RBC Heritage is the second event since the restart. Watney missed the cut last week in Texas and traveled on his own to Hilton Head. His test for the virus when he arrived was negative. But before going to the course on Friday, he reported symptoms and another test that came back positive. Watney now must self-isolate for at least 10 days at Hilton Head.