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Stricker, MacKenzie share Valspar lead; Spieth makes cut

first_imgPALM HARBOR, Fla. – Jordan Spieth holed three shots from off the green and made the cut with one shot to spare Friday in the Valspar Championship. Now he has to figure out how to catch up to Steve Stricker and Will MacKenzie. Stricker, playing for only the fifth time this year, holed out from the 10th fairway for eagle and made a 60-foot birdie putt across the fourth green for a 5-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with MacKenzie, who had a 67. They were at 5-under 137, one shot ahead of Bill Haas (67), Graham DeLaet (66) and Daniel Berger (68). Spieth is just happy to be joining them. He opened with a 76 and was in danger of missing the cut, especially when the wind began to pick up just as he was starting his second round on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. And then he hooked his tee shot on the par-5 opening hole into a bush, had to take a penalty shot and made bogey on the easiest hole on the course. ”I’m walking off that green going, ‘Oh, boy. We can either somehow flip this one around today or … I don’t want that to be the key of me not being able to be here for the weekend.’ I thought it was really strong what we did after that,” he said. Nearly five hours later, after he nearly holed a bunker shot on the 17th to save par, Spieth exhaled on the 18th tee and said with a smile, ”This was grinding today. I’ve got some good stuff coming on the weekend.” Valspar Championship: Articles, photos and videos He wound up with a 68 and was at 2-over 144 to make the cut by one shot. That’s all he was thinking about until he chipped in from behind the green on the 15th for a birdie, and his tee shot on the 16th narrowly cleared the water. It was hard work, and there is plenty left. More than just trying to make up seven shots on the weekend, he had 42 players in front of him. Stricker began to cut back on his schedule a few years ago, and he had back surgery at the end of 2014 that limited his playing even more. But the strength is starting to return to the 49-year-old with the pure putting stroke, and he has looked solid for two days. Stricker was tied for the lead early on Thursday until three straight bogeys late in his round. This time, he took the eagle and keep running, adding a short birdie putt on the par-5 14th and a 10-foot birdie on the 16th hole to catch MacKenzie. ”There are times I escaped with a few good breaks,” Stricker said. ”Holing out on 10, you don’t expect to do that. And that putt at No. 4 was going pretty quick, and that ended up going in. So some things evidently went my way. I’m starting to play a little better. Definitely putting better. And slowly, things are coming together.” The large group at 3-under 139 included Justin Thomas, who hit a sharp slice to escape the trees on his first hole of the day (No. 10) and turned potential bogey into birdie on his way to a 67. Also at 139 were Augusta, Georgia, native Scott Brown (69), who has yet to play the Masters; past champion Retief Goosen and Charles Howell III, another Augusta native who had a 72. Only eight shots separated the top and bottom of the leaderboard, leaving the weekend wide open. That includes Spieth, the defending champion, whose first goal was get to Saturday. It wasn’t easy, but he settled into his round with a 6-iron over the water to 5 feet on the third hole. He used the blade of his sand wedge to hole a birdie putt from the collar the par-5 fifth – the first time he has used that shot in competition – and putted one from off the green on No. 7 for another birdie. He lost an easy birdie opportunity on the par-5 11th when he barely got out of a greenside bunker and was in deep rough. But he holed a 4-foot par putt that could have sent his momentum in the other direction, and despite missed birdie chances on the next three holes, the chip-in on the 15th was key. ”Today it was all about the cut,” he said. ”All of a sudden I’m over the green on 15, kind of sitting down in the bluegrass rough just trying to hope to chip that one to tap-in range. … Then all in all, we get finished and we’re back in the tournament.” Among those missing the cut were Keegan Bradley, who followed his 67 with a 79. It was more critical to Harris English and Webb Simpson, who were outside the top 66 in the world and will not qualify for the Dell Match Play in two weeks.last_img read more

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Egnor: Why Machines Will Never Think

first_img Recommended Tagsartificial intelligencecomputationconsciousnesseventlaunchmeaningMichael EgnormindMind MattersneuroscienceneurosurgeryphilosophyspiritualitythoughtWalter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligenc,Trending For me, one of the highlights of the Bradley Center launch was meeting our friend and contributor Michael Egnor. While for some years I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dr. Egnor, the distinguished neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, I had never met him face-to-face.His remarks at the panel discussion last Wednesday night were excellent as you’d expect. Get a taste at the new Mind Matters site. The gist is this:The hallmark of human thought is meaning, and the hallmark of computation is indifference to meaning. That is, in fact, what makes thought so remarkable and also what makes computation so useful. You can think about anything, and you can use the same computer to express your entire range of thoughts because computation is blind to meaning.Thought is not merely not computation. Thought is the antithesis of computation. Thought is precisely what computation is not. Thought is intentional. Computation is not intentional.Computers do computation, and “Thought is the antithesis of computation.” That is why hype about computers achieving consciousness is such baloney. Which doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves. Oh, that is going to be bad, as Egnor also elaborated at the Bradley event. More on that when we have the video ready for you.Mike Egnor is a remarkably clear thinker and writer, a scientist with a rare philosophical and spiritual sensitivity. Again, please go read his comments in full at Mind Matters.Photo: Michael Egnor at the inauguration of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence, by Nathan Jacobson. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Neuroscience & Mind Egnor: Why Machines Will Never ThinkDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 17, 2018, 4:24 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

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Daytona Beach NASCAR fan Charlene Greer wins 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2020) – Today, The NASCAR Foundation announced that Charlene Greer, a lifelong NASCAR fan and nine-year volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, is the winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Greer received the award — along with a $100,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties — during a celebration live-streamed on NASCAR.com from the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Daytona International Speedway.Greer, from Daytona Beach, Florida, is one of four finalists who are all longtime NASCAR fans. Greer grew up spending weekends at the track with her father, a motorsports mechanic. Some of her fondest memories are witnessing Bill Elliott go from being known as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” to “Million Dollar Bill” with his win at Darlington in 1985 over Labor Day weekend and her first time attending the DAYTONA 500, now her home track.RELATED: Learn more about The NASCAR FoundationThis year, The NASCAR Foundation chose to celebrate each finalist with a small celebration in their race markets. Finalists include Daryl Farler representing Amputee Blade Runners celebrating at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation with Nashville Superspeedway; Larry Jordan representing Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; and, Rich Langley with the Roc Solid Foundation celebrating with the team at Richard Childress Racing Museum. Each of the three finalists receives a $25,000 donation to their charity and with it being the 10th year of the Award, an additional $5,000 gift to honor the occasion.“This year’s finalists are all stand outs. Their NASCAR spirit is behind the incredible work they do to improve the lives of children in our communities each and every day,” said Mike Helton, chairman of The NASCAR Foundation. “What a year this has been and our fans rallied around this award like never before. We are very proud of all the finalists and particularly proud to present the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Charlene Greer, a very deserving recipient, to honor the work she’s doing in NASCAR’s hometown of Daytona Beach.”The award honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of The NASCAR Foundation’s late founder and chairperson, Betty Jane France, and is annually presented to a NASCAR fan who is an accomplished volunteer championing children’s causes. This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the award impacting 354,647 children to date while recognizing 40 finalists with a total of $1,770,000 in contributions to the causes they represent.Greer’s win will help change the lives of children living with disadvantaged circumstances. The resulting $100,000 donation will cover the costs to transport all of the organization’s more than 1,400 children safely to the eight Boys & Girls clubs after school utilizing bus transportation. With 87 percent of its members on free or reduced lunch and the club’s motto to never turn any child away for their inability to pay, this would help the children to realize their full potential.“Being a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has been overwhelmingly humbling,” stated Greer. “I cannot thank The NASCAR Foundation enough for giving us the platform to talk about the life-changing works that our staff and volunteers at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties facilitates every day. Being able to represent the incredible team of people that stand beside me serving the mission and the passion for our kids has been an honor. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!”Greer lends nearly 120 hours each month in her support of the Boys & Girls Clubs including operational funding, and her vision and execution of special activities that directly benefit the students. She mentors children which is her favorite role, participates in board meetings and advocates for the cause while meeting with local elected officials and community leaders. Her fundraising efforts are likely the most widely recognized as her support wholly funds the Clubs’ annual Honor Roll Banquet and Christmas party.To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s programs, including the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and Speediatrics Children’s Fund, please visit NASCARfoundation.org.last_img read more

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Tipperary golfers getting back into the swing of things

first_imgSlievenamon Golf Club members Michael and Shane Lawrence with Glen Maher. Photo © Tipp FM – Jamie O’Flaherty Golf courses opened their doors yesterday as Phase 1 of the Government’s road map to re-opening the country came into effect.Clubs in Tipperary all saw time sheets booked up in advance with golfers eager to get back into the swing of things.Co-Owner of Slievenamon Golf Club Mary Hand said they were delighted to welcome their members back. “Everyone is thrilled to be back. I think a lot of people have been cocooning for the last six or eight weeks so this is an amazing opportunity to get out.”“Just have a safe game and meet some of their friends. They’ve all been responding really really well to it so we’re delighted to have everyone back”Monday’s time sheet in Clonmel Golf Club was booked from 8am to 8pm as Golf returned for the first time in almost two months.With strict social distancing measures in place, members were welcomed back from early morning.Club professional David Ryan hopes it’s the start of a good period for golf.“We’re waiting eight weeks to get out; it’s great to see so many people out there playing. We haven’t seen this much activity here since probably last years Captain’s Prize or President’s Prize.”“I think people are just starved of the game. As I said it’s great to see a packed time-sheet now this morning from 8 o’clock till nearly 8 o’clock tonight so hopefully it’ll be the start of a good run for golf in this country.”last_img read more

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Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and rest of the ‘Pitch Perfect’ cast reunite for COVID-19 charity single

first_imgLester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — They’re back, pitches!  The Barden Bellas from Pitch Perfect held a socially distanced reunion over Zoom on Monday to belt out their brand new charity single, which benefits COVID-19 relief efforts worldwide.Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and the rest of the Bellas — Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Jama Mae Lee and Shelley Regner — joined together to cover Beyoncé’s “Love on Top.“But before the show could start, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins reprised their roles as the bitter A capella judging duo Gail and John to introduce the charity single and explain its purpose.“I’m afraid we have some bad news. The Barden Bellas have gotten back together again,” Higgins quips. “It seems that not even a quarantine could prevent them from harassing us with another musical performance.”Banks breaks character as she reveals why the actresses have joined forces, saying the charity single will benefit UNICEF’s global COVID-19 relief efforts, which now includes assistance for Lebanese children devastated by the explosion in Beirut.  The Bellas’ A capella reimagining of “Love on Top” is, understandably, chock full of the magic fans came to love about Pitch Perfect‘s soundtrack.  The bubbly tune is filled with the Bellas’ signature beat boxing, musical riffs and powerhouse vocals.Hilariously, as the key rises above Kendrick’s vocal range, the “Cups” singer flashes a few homemade signs that read, “As the key gets higher and Kelley takes over the top notes, I just want to say I miss you guys so much!”The charity single is available now for purchase on the Amazon and iTunes Store.  It also can be streamed on Spotify.So far, the song has generated over $3,500 in sales.By Megan StoneCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Las Palmas sporting director Luis Helguera has landed in Barcelona

first_img Upd. at 18:53 17/05/2016 Luis Helguera is in Barcelona. The Las Palmas sporting director has landed in the Ciudad Condal to speak about various issues ahead of next season. His arrival coincides with the news that Barcelona are interested in Mauricio Lemos, the young Uruguayan centre-back at the club. He has been one of their best players towards the end of the season.  CESTcenter_img Sport EN Barcelona say they are not having any official meetings with the sporting director to discuss the future of Lemos. Sources from Barcelona and Las Palmas have said that the idea of including any players to reduce the cost of the deal is not going to happen.last_img read more

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Wires crossed: It is an Ancient Mariner

first_imgA FEW weeks back the Gazette ran this photo of legendary Pakenham trainer Ray ‘Darby’ Webster and said he was…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Tayla needs our help

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie More and more families are slipping through the cracks when it comes to government disability funding. 8-year-old…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img