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3M Open: Tony Finau overcomes putting woes to stay in contention

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3M Open: Tony Finau Overcomes Putting Woes To Stay In Contention

Tony Finau’s first hole following a six and a half hour weather delay Saturday was a dousey.

It was the par-4 ninth — one of the longest, most difficult holes on the course. Finau made a bit of a mess of it, too. He was wayward off the tee, then left his approach short. His third raced past the hole to the edge of the rough, about 35 feet from the cup.

In order to catch the ball cleanly against the rough, Finau turned his putter to hit it with the toe of the club.

Bogey seemed inevitable. But he struck the “putt” cleanly, and into the hole it went for a crucial par. That it went in didn’t necessarily surprise Finau.

“I use (the toe) often. Whenever I’m in the first cut or on the collar I use it, so I’m actually pretty lethal with it, which is cool,” he said. “I made a few out here on tour kind of in that same situation, so it was nice to build some momentum off that putt.”

It was a big moment amid Finau’s 6-under 65 round. That leaves him at 13 under for the tournament, tied for third and five back of leader Scott Piercy heading into the final round. That’s a nice spot to be in, no question. Yet it seems like a letdown considering Finau is lapping the field with his driving and iron play through three days.

Finau is nearly nine shots better than Piercy tee to green. But Piercy is leading the field in putting, while Finau is losing strokes to the field on the green. Finau said he didn’t feel as good over his putts Saturday, and was off to the practice green after his post-round media session to work things out and potentially make a run at the tournament title Sunday.

“The biggest thing is the ball-striking’s there. Sometimes putts fall, sometimes they don’t,” he said. “A lot of things happen on a Sunday on the PGA Tour. One shot at a time is something you guys hear all the time. You can’t get too far ahead of yourself, but I know this is a golf course I can attack, and if I get off to the right start, I think there’s a low one in me for tomorrow.”

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Fans who had tickets to Round 3 can again use those for entry onto the TPC Twin Cities grounds for Sunday’s final-round action, the tournament announced Saturday afternoon. Attendance unsurprisingly dipped post rain delay in the evening.

TEAM REUNION

Spring Lake Park grad Troy Merritt was a multi-sport athlete in high school. Along with his golfing prowess, he also led the Panthers to their first boys basketball state tournament appearance in 2004.

His former Panthers hoops coaches made the short trip to Blaine to watch Merritt’s second-round performance on Friday. They all took a photo with Merritt after his round.

“Glad we got the old boys out of the retirement home,” Merritt joked on Twitter after his round. “Awesome to see them all out there today.”

GOING LOW

J.T. Poston fired a 7-under 64 on Saturday to get to 9 under for the tournament. That doesn’t come close to serving as his best round in recent weeks. He shot 62s in consecutive tournaments this summer en route to placing second at The Travelers and winning the John Deere Classic.

Poston has grown accustomed to going low on Tour.

“I’d like to think it was something I already learned how to do a little bit, but it was just a culmination of the game finally coming together,” Poston said. “Every piece has been good, ball-striking has what’s been lacking in probably the last 12 months or so, and really since probably April it’s been much better meeting, heating up, and that leads to a lot birdies and low scores.”

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As many continue fretting about Francisco Lindor’s batting average — which is also trending upward — the Mets’ indefatigable shortstop has shown up to the ballpark every single day and reclaimed his spot as one of the best all-around players in baseball.

Lindor finally gets a break on Thursday, as a Mets’ off day is the only thing that can keep him off the field. Playing virtually without any rest, something that manager Buck Showalter is very fond of reminding people about, Lindor has posted the fourth-most Wins Above Replacement of any position player in the league.

With offensive production that’s 32% better than the average player, clockwork defense at the diamond’s most important position and sneaky good base running, Lindor ranks behind the Cardinals’ corner infield duo of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt for the crown of most valuable player in the league. It will almost certainly not lead to the actual award for Most Valuable Player, but Lindor deserves much more MVP buzz than he’s currently getting.

That’s fine with Lindor, who called breaking Jose Reyes’ single-season club record for RBI by a shortstop “a blessing” and “cool” before seamlessly transitioning into a reminder that the ultimate goal is to win the World Series. Despite having the third-highest WAR since his debut season in 2015 (trailing Mike Trout and Mookie Betts), Lindor is yet to finish higher than fifth in MVP voting. He’s never had a bad year, per se, but last year is one that he’d definitely take a mulligan on.

Because of his typically great defensive work, Lindor’s .230/.322/.412 slash line in 2021 didn’t totally sink his overall season, but as the Mets disintegrated in the second half and he dealt with a right oblique injury, the overall vibe was not what anybody wanted. Now in his second year playing under the bright lights of the New York market, Lindor was asked on Wednesday if simply having more experience with the Big Apple has helped prop his numbers back up.

“It’s something to do with that,” he conceded. “But, it’s [also] learning from the guys and the coaching staff. Feeding off the energy the crowd brings helps, too.”

Those things, obviously, go hand in hand. The crowd brings a much better energy when the Mets are winning over two-thirds of their home games, something they’ve done so far in 2022. It also helps to not actively alienate them with poorly thought-out thumbs down gestures and bizarre stories about a fight in the tunnel actually being an argument over rats and raccoons.

With the Mets where they’re at now, challenging for king of the hill status in not just the National League, but all of Major League Baseball, those self-inflicted headaches from last year feel like they happened on a completely different planet. Showalter has been a very necessary adult in the room, the sort of parent who lets the kids have fun so long as they do their chores, but the new additions in the lineup and pitching staff have transformed the culture too.

It’s hard to imagine a team with Max Scherzer on it pulling the childish hijinks the Mets were doing last season. Starling Marte and Mark Canha raised the collective floor of the batting order, just as Chris Bassitt did for the starting rotation. Within the last few weeks, there’s also the undisputed champion of Citi Field, the designated hitter who reportedly told Scherzer that he hits home runs in bunches, just like he gets his donuts.

Daniel Vogelbach has been a perfect fit, both in the middle of the lineup and in the clubhouse. Tyler Naquin is quickly getting acclimated too, collecting more extra base hits (seven) than singles (four) in his first 10 games with the team.

“I’m happy they’re here,” Lindor said of the players that general manager Billy Eppler copped at the trade deadline. “The front office did an amazing job of bringing the right group of guys that are going to fit in.”

The team, at least on the position player side, still runs through Lindor though. Pete Alonso has been outstanding, and the leap that Brandon Nimmo has made this season could make a kangaroo jealous. But as the captain of the infield, entrenched in the third spot of the lineup, making the most money of any hitter on the team, Lindor is the man. He’s credited the internal communication within the team as one of the reasons for his batting average jumping 40 points from last year to this one, as well as his own habit of taking meticulous notes and crushing film of opposing pitchers.

“I learned that at an early stage in my career,” Lindor said after taking down the Reds on Wednesday. “I saw Andrew Miller took notes and watched the batters that he was going to face, and that he’d faced in previous times. I asked him why he was doing that, and he said he had to study and had to prepare himself to be the best he could be, and not just roll the dice every time he went out there. I took that to heart.”

These Mets are a veteran team, devoid of any player that needs to be coddled or placed under an older player’s wing. Among the nine position players who have made the most plate appearances, the 27-year-old Alonso (born Dec. 7, 1994) is the youngest. Because of that, Lindor doesn’t need to take on that Miller role and explain how to be professional. But, if the Mets are still flying high in October, they’ll certainly heap some praise on the switch-hitting shortstop who piloted them the whole way.

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Fbi And Ohio Police In Standoff With Armed Suspect After Attempted Break-In To Fbi Office In Cincinnati

CINCINNATI– Authorities are embroiled in a standoff with a man who attempted to break into an FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday morning.

The standoff comes after a chase on I-71 in Clinton County, Ohio.

The FBI said that at 9 a.m. an armed man attempted to break into the visitor control center of the FBI’s Cincinnati office.

The man then fled north driving a white Ford Crown Victoria on I-71 in Cinton County, Ohio, where authorities said shots were fired.

The FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement are currently engaged in a standoff with the suspect in Wilmington, Ohio.

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A lockdown is in effect within a one-mile radius of the dead end scene, with people instructed to lock doors and stay inside.

It’s unclear why the man tried to break into the FBI office, but it comes amid threats after the FBI carried out a court-authorized search of former President Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-A-Lago in Florida.

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Colorado wild horses need protection from BLM

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The agency charged with protecting our wild equines for half a century – the Bureau of Land Management – has carried out three large-scale roundups of Colorado mustangs by helicopter since last summer, removing 2,000 wild horses from their ranges and separating highly social animals from their bonds. , family herds, forever.

The largest roundup ended August 1 and set a record when officers removed 864 feral horses belonging to Rio Blanco County’s Piceance-East Douglas herd, named after the white river that runs through this part of the far west of the state.

Under the Wild Horses and Free-Ranging Burros Act of 1971, our land managers are expected to protect wild horses and burros – an integral part of our public lands – from capture, harassment or death.

While Colorado BLM officers continually assure us of their commitment to “humane handling and treatment of wild horses and burros” in the wild and out of reach, the spectacle of these chaotic “management” exercises and the documented results tell another story.

Observers have photographed and reported mustangs suffering from broken legs and dying from broken necks; a horse knocked down, landing on barbed wire. More recently, observers saw a pregnant mare and young foals being chased for miles in sweltering heat. I watched colts struggling to keep up as helicopter pilots at Sand Wash Basin last summer pushed the herd too fast in 95-degree heat.

There is nothing human in a raid.

Horses are prey, fleeing from a flying predator that sounds a whole lot worse than your neighbor’s electric lawnmower at 4am. This is harassment, which wildlife laws define as any act that creates the risk of injury or disrupts normal behavior, such as eating. , resting and bearing young.

Interviewed by the Denver Post, land managers are unfazed by the cruelty of their actions. Six captured horses were euthanized in this latest roundup near Meeker. These horses — like those before them — should have been killed for health reasons, BLM officials say. But how can you trust an agency whose main mission is to remove animals, and not to treat and save people they expect to harm?

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Wild horses in the sand wash basin are pictured in August 2021.

Why Coloradans should trust an agency cited for negligent care two months ago by a team (including a U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian) investigating the rapid deaths of 146 feral horses at the Cañon prison complex City?

Investigators say BLM staff neglected to administer flu shots for seven months to horses held there during last summer’s West Douglas herd roundups in northern Colorado. Euthanasia was performed by untrained personnel and the bodies were moved with the same front-end loaders used to move hay, according to the BLM’s own report, which worsened the spread of the disease. Investigators found a poorly managed and unsafe facility, noting sharp edges in the pastures that could cause injury.

How tragically ironic that BLM’s rationale for the roundups today focuses on saving horses from poor habitats.

I visited BLM’s Cañon City corrals to adopt a mustang in August 2020. Cameras were banned, and I can guess why. The yearling I adopted was very skinny with his tail chewed on by other starving youngsters, a very sad contrast to the healthy sassy youngster alongside his mother whom I had last seen nine months before, wild and free. I had spent time with this colt on the range before he and others were rounded up and taken away.

I reached out to Governor Jared Polis and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse, expressing my concerns about the lack of care and starving horses at the Colorado facility.

BLM’s response was a letter from a veterinarian stating that “the vast majority of animals seen at the Cañon City facility were in good condition.” BLM allowed two reporters into the facility, but did not allow them to see the horses from the Red Desert Complex herd, and these are the horses I saw in poor condition.

There has to be a better way to deal with feral horses and thankfully Polis and Neguse have called for these roundups to stop so they have a chance to consider alternative solutions. But the BLM refused to listen.

Fortunately, the media follows this story, but what is less reported is that the vast majority of feral horses that were rounded up last summer at Sand Wash Basin are still not available for adoption. There are many Coloradans who love and care for these horses and are willing to adopt them and bring them home rather than see individuals from our most popular herd continue to languish in a horse prison.

This year has proven, once again, that wild horses in captivity suffer physically and emotionally. BLM officials admit the reason they failed to vaccinate was that the mustangs were “unusually nervous”. When stressed and kept in crowded conditions, wild animals are more likely to succumb to disease.

Continuing this style of circus management is a recipe for disaster. Wild horses should be managed on the course, where they belong, with their families. It’s time for Coloradians who care about wild horses to speak up. Wildlife belongs to all of us. Tell your local and federal officials that Coloradans want to see our wild horses stay wild and free.

Carol Walker is an award-winning photographer, author, and has been observing, documenting, and advocating for wild horses since 2004. She has worked with the nation’s top national wild horse advocacy groups and recently became a member of the Colorado Council for Animal Wellness. Stock. She lives in Longmont, CO with her three adopted mustangs.

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Heroic Kentucky high school student, 18, dies after falling ‘mysteriously’ ill while helping flood victims

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A Kentucky teenager who selflessly helped historic flood victims for three days has mysteriously died after suddenly falling ill, becoming the 38th victim of the disaster.

Aaron ‘Mick’ Crawford, 18, returned home from his recovery efforts and complained of exhaustion and numbness in his arms.

He was then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and placed on a ventilator, but his condition deteriorated over four days and Crawford ultimately died last Friday.

The cause of Crawford’s sudden death is currently unknown as the teenager was an organ donor, meaning it is unclear whether his family will be able to obtain an autopsy report from the coroner.

Friends and family remember the high school football player and wrestler as a kind person with an inspiring commitment to his Christian faith.

“He used to embarrass me because he would stop and pray for people he didn’t know anywhere,” his sister Rachel said.

Aaron 'Mick' Crawford, 18, Tragically Died On August 5 After Mysteriously Falling Ill Following His Selfless Efforts To Help Victims Of Devastating Floods In Kentucky

Aaron ‘Mick’ Crawford, 18, tragically died on August 5 after mysteriously falling ill following his selfless efforts to help victims of devastating floods in Kentucky

Crawford, Left, Was Described By His Sister Rachel, Right, As

Crawford, Left, Was Described By His Sister Rachel, Right, As

Crawford, left, was described by his sister Rachel, right, as ‘the person I will always aspire to be’.

38 People Have Been Recorded Dead In The Kentucky Disaster, But Many More Are Still Missing And Governor Andy Beshear Said

38 People Have Been Recorded Dead In The Kentucky Disaster, But Many More Are Still Missing And Governor Andy Beshear Said

38 people were recorded dead in the Kentucky disaster, but many more are still missing and Governor Andy Beshear said ‘we’ll be finding bodies for weeks’

“He was the Christian I will always aspire to be. He was the person I will always aspire to be,” she continued.

Crawford wasted no time in springing into action when Kentucky and much of the Midwest were bombarded by heavy rains and raging floodwaters last month.

“As soon as we realized there was a major disaster here, he messaged me,” said Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle, who described the teenager as witty and “ strong as a bear”.

“I’m not sure it even stopped raining by the time he messaged me on Facebook. He said, “Wanting to know where to go. Wanting to know where to help,” Engle, who was also Crawford’s pastor and friend, told CBS.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear called Crawford’s death “another tragic loss for Eastern Kentucky” and said he would mourn his “compassion and kindness for his neighbors” in a series of tweets.

Services for Crawford’s funeral are scheduled for Thursday, August 10, and will be paid for by a relief amusement launched by Beshear for affected areas.

Crawford, a rising junior at Knott County Central and a leader of the football and wrestling team, wanted to be a conservation officer when he was older.

“He had no enemies and hated no one,” Rachel told the Courier-Journal. “He is the closest person I have ever met who lived like Jesus himself.”

Crawford’s mother Ronda wrote on Facebook ‘I miss him already but he’s home now’ and said she ‘lost her heart’.

Crawford Was Described As A Leader On Both His High School Football Team And The Wrestling Team, And For Good Reason – His Pastor Said He Was Also

Crawford Was Described As A Leader On Both His High School Football Team And The Wrestling Team, And For Good Reason – His Pastor Said He Was Also

Crawford was described as a leader on both his high school football team and the wrestling team, and for good reason – his pastor said he was “strong as a bear”.

Heroic Kentucky High School Student, 18, Dies After Falling 'Mysteriously' Ill While Helping Flood Victims

Heroic Kentucky High School Student, 18, Dies After Falling 'Mysteriously' Ill While Helping Flood Victims

Crawford, Far Left, Is Seen Here With His Family.  Crawford's Mother, Ronda, Said She Had

Crawford, Far Left, Is Seen Here With His Family.  Crawford's Mother, Ronda, Said She Had

Crawford, far left, is seen here with his family. Crawford’s mother, Ronda, said she had ‘lost her heart’

A flood warning for the area was issued last night, as Beshear warned of “storms moving through the area which could cause scattered instances of flash flooding”.

Bridges in the Appalachian region collapsed, isolating communities as homes were torn from their foundations as mudslides poured into valleys.

Parts of eastern Kentucky reported receiving more than eight inches of rain in 24 hours as the state was hit by the worst storm in its history.

The water level at the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Whitesburg rose to a staggering 20 feet within hours, well above its previous record high of 14.7 feet.

The severity of the flooding left Beshear lamenting that they “will be finding bodies for weeks,” but assured Kentuckians “we’re going to be working to go door to door, working to find, again, as many people as possible”.

Many have been driven from their homes while others have been stranded without water, electricity or other essential supplies.

Flooding In Kentucky Has Killed At Least 38 And Left Many More Without Access To Power Or Water, Pitting Rescuers Against Time

Flooding In Kentucky Has Killed At Least 38 And Left Many More Without Access To Power Or Water, Pitting Rescuers Against Time

Flooding in Kentucky has killed at least 38 and left many more without access to power or water, pitting rescuers against time

President Biden Told The People Of Kentucky:

President Biden Told The People Of Kentucky:

President Biden told the people of Kentucky: ‘We are staying until everyone is back where they were’

Homes Were Completely Flooded In The Gruesome Scenes In Kentucky Last Month

Homes Were Completely Flooded In The Gruesome Scenes In Kentucky Last Month

Homes were completely flooded in the gruesome scenes in Kentucky last month

Aerial View Of A Car Driving On A Road Submerged By Flood Waters From The North Fork Of The Kentucky River In Jackson, Kentucky On July 28, 2022

Aerial View Of A Car Driving On A Road Submerged By Flood Waters From The North Fork Of The Kentucky River In Jackson, Kentucky On July 28, 2022

Aerial view of a car driving on a road submerged by flood waters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky on July 28, 2022

View Of The Damaged Area After Flooding Caused By Heavy Rain In The Surrounding Towns Of Hazard, Kentucky

View Of The Damaged Area After Flooding Caused By Heavy Rain In The Surrounding Towns Of Hazard, Kentucky

View of the damaged area after flooding caused by heavy rain in the surrounding towns of Hazard, Kentucky

President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration for the Kentucky floods, allowing federal assistance to complement state and local recovery efforts.

Biden stepped back from his formal remarks to speak off the cuff after visiting flood-affected families and receiving a briefing on volunteer efforts.

He praised the spirits of the people of Kentucky and swore the government would be there for them.

‘I promise you. We remain the federal government with the state, county and city. We’re staying until everyone is back where they were – it’s no joke,’ he said as he walked past the crowd, microphone in hand.

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2 teens apprehended after fire set inside vacant Lakeside Club in Mahtomedi

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The Lakeside Club in Mahtomedi was damaged by a fire on Wednesday that officials say was intentionally set.

The fire caused extensive smoke damage to the vacant club, which was featured in the movie “Fargo.”

Two 15-year-old girls were taken into custody in connection with the fire and later released to their parents, said Mahtomedi Fire Chief Terry Fischer. “A guy on his bike saw the two girls running out of the smoking building and took a picture of them,” according to Fischer.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the girls “just up the road from there,” Fischer said. “They took off running, but the deputies were able to apprehend them.”

The girls said they started the fire by lighting some papers underneath one of the upper-level restaurant booths, Fischer said.

The Lakeside Club, a popular bar and restaurant, was shuttered in 2020 after about 60 years in operation. The building is slated for demolition.

In June, the Mahtomedi City Council voted to approve plans for a three-story apartment complex on the site.

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FTX Ventures’ Amy Wu Brings Blockchain Investing Expertise to TC: Crypto Sessions – TechCrunch

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Ftx Ventures' Amy Wu Brings Blockchain Investing Expertise To Tc: Crypto Sessions – Techcrunch

The world of crypto business has been in a whirlwind in recent years, with powerful new players inspiring a furious catch-up among traditional venture capitalists aiming to make a name for themselves in the industry. Throughout this time, the venture capital fund has been reshaped by many top crypto startups, now capitalizing on historic earnings to fund their versions of a web3 future.

FTX has been an undeniable driving force in the crypto industry this year as it rocketed towards its position as one of the leading crypto exchanges. Meanwhile, its global strength has pushed the company to challenge Coinbase on US territory with its US entity FTX US, but the company has also sought to establish a major presence in the venture capital world with FTX Ventures.

The $2 billion multi-stage crypto fund has exploded onto the scene, placing bets in a number of major blockchain startups and projects, including Yuga, NEAR, Aptos, and LayerZero. While FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is an investor in the company, it is led by venture capitalist Amy Wu.

We are delighted to welcome Amy Wu to TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto in Miami on November 17, where we’ll discuss Wu’s outlook on the increasingly volatile crypto markets, how founders can survive a crypto winter, and where FTX fits into the growing world of blockchain financial services.

Prior to joining FTX Ventures earlier this year, Wu was the lead crypto partner at Lightspeed Ventures, where she secured deals with companies like Offchain Labs, Alchemy, and Parallel Finance. Wu was also previously CFO at Discovery and has worked at other venture capital firms including Insight Venture Partners and IA Ventures.

The crypto venture world has never been more vibrant, with massive amounts of capital flowing into the space even as investors fear a downturn. We will be happy to press Wu and what his company is looking for and what opportunities remain in the world of crypto startups.

We’re just beginning to put together an impressive agenda, and we’ll be announcing specific speakers, topics, and related news in the coming weeks. Sign up for updates to keep your fingers on the pulse of our first crypto conference – as well as other TC events.

Take advantage of our special introductory prices — save $250 on general admission passes and $200 on starter exhibitor packages while stocks last. Buy your pass or package today, then join the web3, DeFi, and NFT communities at TC Sessions: Crypto November 17 in Miami.

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