UNDATED (AP) — The NBA gave its employees paid time off on Juneteenth for the first time and Commissioner Adam Silver urged league personnel to take the day and think about race relations. Silver, in a letter to league employees, said Juneteenth provides a moment in which to “pause, further educate ourselves and reflect on both the history and the current state of race in our country." In Washington, some players from the Wizards and WNBA's Washington Mystics took part in a march.
UNDATED (AP0 — Clemson says 28 athletes or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to school June 8. Clemson has administered 315 tests since the school was given the green light to resume on-campus athletic activity. An athletic spokesman said most of those who tested positive have been asymptomatic for coronavirus and none have required hospitalization. All those who tested positive have been isolated for a period of at least 10 days.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Trump administration is supporting Idaho's new law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. It's the first law of its kind in the nation and the Justice Department backed it in a court filing Friday. Department lawyers say a federal court considering a challenge to the ban should conclude the law complies with the U.S. Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Voice group filed a lawsuit in April saying the law is discriminatory and an invasion of privacy. They also say the ban set to start July 1 violates a landmark 1972 U.S. law banning sex discrimination in education.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson spent two days at Harbour Town watching bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau swing out of his shoes and realized his own brand of golf works just fine. They traded birdies Friday morning in the RBC Heritage until Simpson got the last word with a 6-footer on his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead over DeChambeau (and Corey Conners. DeChambeau made six birdies on his final nine holes, missing a 5-footer on No. 9.
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, their second-round draft pick in April, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the move. Mims fits a major need for a Jets offense that lost its top wideout, Robby Anderson, to Carolina in free agency. Chosen 59th overall, he’ll get a four-year deal worth about $5.5 million.