Update on the latest sports
A cold, damp finale at Brookline
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The idea of a firm and fiery final round of the U.S. Open has been cooled off. Rain and temperatures began falling overnight in Brookline, Massachusetts. The forecast called for cloud cover and temperatures barely reaching 60 degrees when co-leaders Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick tee off at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Rain or shine, this U.S. Open should be wide open with defending champion Jon Rahm, Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy all in the mix.
World swimming adopts new policy for transgender athletes
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has adopted new rules for transgender athletes, only permitting swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. FINA members have voted 71.5% in favor of the new “gender inclusion policy” at the organization’s extraordinary general congress. It will apply to all its events from Monday. The 24-page policy also includes proposals for a new “open competition” category. FINA says it is setting up a “new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.” The vote follows recommendations given by the International Olympic Committee last November.
Ballparks mark Juneteenth
UNDATED (AP) — The nation’s newest federal holiday is being celebrated in many ways this weekend at Major League Baseball parks.
The first 10,000 fans attending the Angels-Mariners game at T-Mobile Park will get a replica hat from the 1946 Seattle Steelheads, a team in the Negro Leagues. The Mariners wore Steelheads jerseys on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Fans who bought tickets for the St. Louis-Boston game at Fenway Park through a special offer were to receive a Red Sox jersey in Juneteenth colors featuring the Juneteenth flag.
Juneteenth commemorates the date when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. The proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, and declared free all enslaved people in Confederate states. Some of the newly freed weren’t aware of their freedom until U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to enforce the proclamation.