FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One spectator tried to sneak into Colonial on Friday, and it was hard to blame him with all the birdies and big names in contention. Harold Varner III opened with a triple bogey and then scored eight birdies to shoot 66 for an early one-shot lead. Right behind was Jordan Spieth. Rory McIlroy bogeyed the last hole and still shot 63. He was two shots behind, with Xander Schauffele (ZAN'-dur SHAWF'-lee) and Justin Thomas in the mix. The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic. Fans are limited to watching TV only.
UNDATED (AP) The NBA has given teams a more definitive timetable for the restart to the pandemic-interrupted season. That includes required coronavirus testing that is set to begin this month and mandatory individual workouts in early July before training camps. The league is still working on completing the health and safety protocols that will essentially become the rulebook for the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Talks with the players' union on those matters are continuing.
UNDATED (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals. The law goes into effect in July 2021. By then, both the NCAA and Congress could have national legislation in place to lift restrictions on college athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Florida is the third state, joining California and Colorado, to pass an NIL law targeting current NCAA rules that restrict college athlete compensation. Florida’s law goes into effect 18 months earlier than the other two.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is encouraging its 1,100 member schools to give athletes the day off from their sports on election day Nov. 3. In response to nationwide protests of police brutality, Georgia Tech announced earlier this week it was giving nine fall sports teams a day off from athletic activities on Nov. 3 so athletes could vote. UCLA followed with a similar announcement. At other schools, coaches and players have organized plans for team-wide voter registration.
UNDATED (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown will serve two years of probation for charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. As part of a deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest Friday to burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Brown was accused of attacking the driver. Hollywood police say Brown didn’t want to pay a $4,000 moving bill. Brown played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded. Off-the-field incidents derailed his attempts to play for the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.