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McDowell profits amid WGC carnage

first_img First-round leader Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan will head into the weekend at the top of the leaderboard. McDowell was level with the card, and four other players, including countryman Rory McIlroy and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, as the former US Open champion showed almost peerless control in the tricky conditions. McDowell steadily combined two birdies with just a single bogey as Donaldson – who shot a round-best 70 – and American Chris Kirk were the only others to pick up shots during the round. Former world number one McIlroy was notably sat level with McDowell on the leaderboard after he fought back after initially appearing like he might go the same way as his higher-profile rivals. The 24-year-old, who lost a play-off at the Honda Classic last weekend, went out in 40, but recovered after the turn with three birdies to signed for a two-over 74. Limiting the damage was the primary concern for every player as the new-look Miami course bared its teeth. Remarkably more than 100 balls found the water during the second round with Woods and Scott the most significant casualties. Both resumed their weather-delayed first rounds in the morning, and both made nightmare starts. Strong winds blew the scoring of nearly every player into the red – most notably the world’s top two Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – with McDowell’s one-under round of 71 enough to lift him a shot off the lead. The Northern Irishman trailed a quartet of Americans, who shared the lead on one under, and were the only players to reach halfway with a minus score. Graeme McDowell was one of just three players to make up ground during a brutal second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the re-designed Blue Monster course claimed some notable scalps in Doral. Scott dropped six shots in his first five holes – including a pair of double bogeys – while Woods leaked four shots in as many holes. Things hardly improved when they began their second rounds either, but both battled their way to ensure they just asurvived the cut. Scott’s 73 left him on four over, while Woods is a stroke further back after he went around in the same score. Defending champion Woods was able to offer one highlight in an otherwise dour round, as he sunk a monster 91-foot putt for birdie – the longest on the PGA Tour for five years – at the par-three fourth. Phil Mickelson, another winner at this course before the changes, also had to grit his teeth to make the weekend after a hat-trick of double bogeys at the start of his round. The left-hander immediately fought back with two of his five birdies in a round of 75 that left him five over for the tournament. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Airbnb Bans “Party Houses” Following Fatal CA Halloween Shooting

first_imgFive people died in a Halloween night shooting at a four-bedroom home which had been rented on Airbnb by a woman who allegedly told the owner that her family members had asthma and needed to escape smoke from a nearby wildfire.The owner, who was suspicious of a one-night rental on Halloween, reminded the renter that no parties were allowed, according to a source.The owner, Michael Wang, says his wife reached out to the renter on Thursday night, when neighbors contacted them about the party.He adds, “We called the police. They were on the way to go there to stop them, but before we got there the neighbor already sent us a message saying there was a shooting.”No arrests have been made, and a motive for the attack is not yet known. However, authorities found two guns at the property.Three people from the Bay Area died at the scene, while a fourth died at the hospital.In addition, Airbnb has banned the renter from its platform, and the home has been removed from its listings. First, we are expanding manual screening of high-risk reservations flagged by our risk detection technology.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019 Airbnb’s CEO says the company is already taking actions against unauthorized parties, following a deadly shooting at a Halloween party that was held at a rental home in California.Brian Chesky tweeted Saturday that his staff is expanding manual screening of “high risk” reservations, and they will remove guests who fail to comply with policies banning parties at the company’s rental homes.He added that the company is forming a “rapid response team” to address complaints of unauthorized parties.We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019center_img Third, we are taking immediate action against users who violate these enhanced guest policies, including removal.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019last_img read more

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Jung Money: A sign of hope for the 2018 Olympics

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanIt’s probably safe to say most fans love sports for their drama above all else — the fleeting minutes after a miraculous comeback or championship-winning score that transcend some of life’s most memorable moments. But sometimes, our affinity for those instants makes us conjure up narratives that aren’t there.I felt myself doing this on Wednesday, when news broke that North and South Korea had struck a deal for a gesture of unity at the Winter Olympics in February. There was doubt last year whether the hermit nation would even attend the Games (North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the South’s capital, and doesn’t have a strong attendance record at the winter edition). Now, the North and South will march together under a single flag during the opening ceremony and field a joint women’s hockey team.It’ll be a strange experience for many here in the United States to watch a pair of countries technically still at war standing under one flag, but back where I was born, it represents what people want to see. Most South Koreans dream of reunification (there’s an entire government agency devoted to it): It’s just a matter of whether they trust their northern neighbors enough to even entertain the prospect of cooperation. There’s an inherent feeling on the peninsula that the two countries are one nation, but it’s hard to forget times like 1987, when the North bombed a southern passenger jet leading up to Seoul’s opening ceremony.Still, when an announcement like Wednesday’s comes around, the sentimental sports fan in me can’t help but think of the perfect, stranger-than-fiction setup for another classic story. What if the unified Korean team makes a Cinderella run to a medal? It would be a completely different — and perhaps even more incredible — Miracle on Ice. What if the decades of animosity and conflict finally started coming to an end in Pyeongchang?But I’ve already lived through this moment. Sixteen years ago, my family settled into the seats of the Seoul World Cup Stadium to watch an exhibition between the North and South. It was the two teams’ first meeting on the pitch in more than a decade. Soccer’s popularity had exploded in East Asia thanks to South Korea and Japan’s joint hosting of the 2002 World Cup, where the former upset the likes of Spain and Italy in a magical run to the third-place match. Sixty-thousand fans were in a frenzy, chanting “unification” and “peace in Korea.” The game was a boring, scoreless draw, but after the final whistle, the competitors embraced. Cameras focused in on a South Korean player stripping off his uniform to reveal underneath: “SOUTH KOREA LOVES NORTH KOREA.” The North would send more than 300 athletes south to the port city of Busan later that month for the 2002 Asian Games. North Korean leader Kim-Jong un was still in college; President Donald Trump was merely a loud-mouthed real estate mogul. The end of the conflict seemed just around the corner.South and North Korea have faced each other more than 20 times on the soccer field since that night. The North has also continued its aggressive nuclear program, and the two nations even fired artillery at each other in 2010. I have always cherished the healing capacity of sports — the Red Sox helping Boston recover from the Boston Marathon bombings with a World Series title in 2013, the Astros doing the same for Houston after Hurricane Harvey last year — but this old wound is too deep to be ameliorated by any ballgame.So, despite a glimmer of hope, South Koreans will soon return to a reality of uncertainty on the peninsula. For three weeks, however, there will be a team the entire nation can get behind. It’s even more significant in an Olympics that has failed to drum up much local or global interest, and if it can make it out of group play, the joint women’s hockey squad could command the spotlight in Pyeongchang, which will be without NHL stars or a true American-Russian rivalry.Speaking of Americans, it’s tough to predict how this Korean embrace will be received stateside. It would be easy to root against the athletes, considering North Korea’s threat to the United States. But the competitors under the unified flag don’t reflect their governments. Despite generations of conflict, a group of women will take the ice next month as a Korea on the world stage after war destroyed a country and countless families nearly 70 years ago. The team may not win a medal, but maybe its simple existence is enough of a miracle to bring some unity — however temporary — to today’s fractured world.Ollie Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money,” runs Fridays.last_img read more