• MLS Black Players Coalition —Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse is a board member of the Black Players Coalition of MLS, a new group of 70 Black MLS players.
The formation of the coalition was announced on Friday in conjunction with the Juneteenth holiday recognizing the date in 1865 when Union troops reached Galviston, Texas and delivered news of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Black Players Coalition, in the announcement of its formation, said in part:
"This is a new organization that will address the racial inequalities in our league, stand with all those fighting racism in the world of soccer, and positively impact black communities across the United States and Canada.
"We pledge to help bridge the racial equality gap that exists in our league by lobbying for initiatives like implicit bias training, cultural education courses, and diversification hiring practices. Beyond addressing these overlooked systemic issues around soccer in this country, the BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have prevented black people from having an equitable stake in society. Among the many goals we will strive to achieve in our black communities, some will include targeted spending, educational advancement initiatives, and mentorship programs."
The coalition will work with the MLS Players Association and with MLS to pursue its goals.
• Chris Leben retires — Former UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
The Portland native most recently competed in Bare Knuckle Fighting. He announced his retirement on YouTube, stating that he wants to focus on becoming a referee and on coaching.
• Local golf tournaments — Despite the pandemic, the 11th Oregon Amateur Championship will take place next week at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
The men's field includes 108 players. The women's field includes 48 players, including two-time defending champion Ellie Slama from Salem.
Qualifying will be Monday and Tuesday, with the top 64 men and top 34 women advancing to match play.
Social distancing guidelines will be followed and golfers are limited to one spectator, preferably a family member.
Also, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's men's 40-and-older Amateur will take place June 22-26 at Salishan Golf Resort.
• Weekend TV highlights —
Horse racing: Belmont Stakes, noon Saturday, NBC (KGW, channel 8), post time 2:42 p.m.
Golf: PGA RBC Heritage tournament will be on CBS (KOIN, channel 6) noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
English Premier League soccer: Watford vs. Leicester City, 4:30 a.m. Saturday (NBCSN); Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal, 7 a.m. Saturday (NBCSN); West Ham United v. Wolverhampton, 9:30 a.m. Saturday (NBC, KGW); Newcastle United vs. Sheffield United, 6 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN); Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, 8:15 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN); Everton vs. Liverpool, 11 a.m. Sunday (NBC, KGW).
German soccer: Bayern Munich vs. Freiburg, 6:30 a.m. Saturday (FS1); RB Leipzig v, Borussia Durtmund, 6:30 a.m. Saturday (FS2).
NASCAR: Xfinity Series Unhinged 300, 2:30 p.m. Saturday (FS1); GEICO 500, noon Sunday (FOX, KPTV).
ESPYs: The annual awards show is 6 p.m. Sunday (ESPN). Hosted by Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird.
• Ken Griffey Jr. documentary — The MLB Network will debut a 90-minute documentary on the career of Ken Griffey Jr. at 5 p.m. Sunday.
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