NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in a memo sent to all 30 NBA franchises and obtained by the Associated Press, said he wants teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions.
Silver urged teams to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions in their own organizations. Silver asked teams to thoroughly review the report that was released earlier this week about the Mavericks but stopped short of ordering the 29 other clubs to institute new policies.
His wishes were clear.
"Use this opportunity to make changes and create a dialogue within your organizations about workplace policies, procedures and respectful conduct," Silver wrote.
Incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization were revealed in a Sports Illustrated article in February, and the NBA conducted a monthslong investigation, releasing a report Wednesday.
The league asked clubs to have what it is calling "Community Conversations" with employees within the next two weeks about the investigation and report about the Mavericks.
The league urged teams to consider making more than a dozen changes, including finding better methods for reporting and investigating harassment.
"Respect and integrity are core NBA values, and we all must work to ensure that they are reflected in the culture and workplaces of our organizations," Silver wrote.
Shot-clock rule adjusted
• The NBA approved a rule change. The shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds after offensive rebounds next season, down from 24. The NBA also clarified the rule for clear-path fouls and changed the definition of a hostile act that triggers an instant replay review.
• Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, injured Monday while playing for Serbia in FIBA World Cup qualifying, will have surgery on his left knee.
Osaka wins, reaches semifinals in Tokyo
Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, again, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The U.S. Open champion, who controversially upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, won her ninth straight match, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.
Osaka next will next face Camila Giorgi, who advanced after Victoria Azarenka retired from their match because of a gastrointestinal illness in the first set.
European Tour has its first Mr. 59
English golfer Oliver Fisher shot the European Tour's first round of 59, making an eagle and 10 birdies on par-71 Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.
The European Tour has had 19 rounds of 60. Ten rounds below 60 have been shot on the U.S. PGA Tour; one was a 58, by Jim Furyk in 2016.
Stricker leads tournament
Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 and shared the first-round lead at the PGA Tour Champions Sanford International in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie also shot 63s.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Spain's federation refused to approve having the Spanish league play a regular-season match in the United States, throwing the plan into doubt. A match between Barcelona and Girona on Jan. 26 in suburban Miami is proposed.
Auto racing: Christopher Bell took the lead from Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the opening race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs in Richmond, Va. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in what he said would be his only start of the season. The retired star led much of the second half of the race.