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US Open will be shell of itself without New York fans

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US Open will be shell of itself without New York fans

This is the week when golf will feel it most.

The eerie quiet that comes with no spectators.

The unsettling sound of silence around tee boxes and greens while the world’s best players are doing the otherworldly things they do with the golf ball.

Since the PGA Tour’s restart in June after a pandemic pause of some three months, we’ve gotten somewhat accustomed to having no fans at golf tournaments and other sporting events. It’s become an unsatisfying, but necessary, element of the world we live in.

But it will hit home more than ever in golf at this week’s U.S. Open — more than it has the previous 14 weeks the PGA Tour has played without fans. Because this is New York and we’re more vocal and vibrant in New York than other places where sports are played.

New York expresses itself in a different, more animated and opinionated way than Wisconsin or Michigan or Pennsylvania or even California.

Winged Foot, under non-COVID-19 circumstances, would be buzzing this week with some 45,000 spectators a day roaming the grounds and voicing their approval and disapproval.

Instead, when Tiger Woods is introduced at 8:07 Thursday morning on the first tee as the 2000, 2002 and 2008 U.S. Open champion and all you hear is the sound of the morning crickets, it’ll be more jarring than ever.

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Tiger Woods hits from a bunker today on the fifth fairway during practice before the U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club.AP

Wherever Phil Mickelson goes, adulation follows. In New York, it’s more pronounced and magnified. Despite the fact that he’s from San Diego, we in New York treat him as if he’s one of our own, a homegrown public-golf kid who used to sleep overnight in the Bethpage parking lot to score a weekend tee time on the Black Course.

“The way the people treat me here is second to none, so I’m going to dearly miss having people out here this week,’’ Mickelson said.

“I miss the energy and just the positiveness that the fans bring and just that electricity,’’ Woods said. “That’s something that I’ve been playing in front of for over two decades. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of that.

“This area has some of the best golf courses on the planet, but also what makes coming up here and being a part of these events are the fans and the energy that this entire area brings. They love sports. It’s a shame that we’re not going to have that atmosphere out here this particular week.’’

Justin Thomas, ranked No. 3 in the world, said last month’s PGA Championship at Harding Park “didn’t feel anything remotely close to a major’’ without spectators.

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Phil Mickelson smiles as he heads to the range prior to a practice round before the US Open Championship.AP

“It is a shame because Harding and here are just two terrific major championship venues, especially here in New York with the very passionate fans that they have here,’’ Thomas said. “To not be able to experience that takes away a lot of a championship, let alone a U.S. Open. Especially coming down the last nine and on Sunday, it’s going to have a big impact. I know I miss them and I wish they could have been out here.’’

Some players, including defending U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, have struggled with the flat atmosphere at tournaments.

“Without fans the last couple months it’s been sometimes tough to get energy and get things moving,’’ Woodland said. “I’ve kind of struggled with the last couple months. But this week, I’m excited that being defending champ I have some emotion, I have some energy, and hopefully I can ride that.’’

Rory McIlroy has been transparent throughout the return to golf in saying he’s had difficulty maintaining his focus in the events without spectators, allowing his mind to wander during tournaments. His results since the restart have reflected that with only one top-10 finish in the nine events he’s played.

“I’m used to it now,’’ McIlroy said. “It took me a while to adjust to not having fans. But it’s sort of become the norm nowadays. Look, it’s different. I wish we were playing in front of fans, especially here in New York. It’s a different reception than you receive most other places in the country.’’

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Valorant Launches Forced Name Changes For In-Game Riot IDs

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Valorant Launches Forced Name Changes For In-Game Riot IDs

Online multiplayer games like Valorant are usually prone to toxic behavior by some players. One such method some use to spread hate and toxicity is offensive names. However, Valorant devs are focussed on removing such toxic elements from their game.

Anna Dolan, the executive leader on Valorant, tweeted about the importance of engaging and learning about the game community. In this process, she had exposed herself to negativity, but she assured everyone that she’ll stick around.

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Adding to this, the Valorant handle also tweeted,

“Keeping a sportsmanlike environment where players respect one another is one of our top priorities.

As a result, Valorant is launching forced name change system for in-game Riot IDs. Reported players’ IDs will go through an automated check based on the game’s Code of Conduct. Devs won’t tolerate any hate speech and slurs in player names.

In case a name is flagged by their filters, the player will have to change his/her Riot ID the next time they log in to their Riot Client.

This is one of the many steps to make Valorant a safe space for all

It is very obvious that offensive names are not the only issue here. Players are also subjected to bullying and insults during games. Devs are showing a positive attitude to improve the game, and players trust them to take action against toxic players. Other ill practices like hacking also ruin the experience for a lot of players, and Valorant is working on its anti-cheat effectively.

The game was released in June 2020 and has gotten a great response till now as it blends the playstyles of Overwatch and CS: GO. Fans of both these titles love Valorant. Moreover, the game receives regular updates, with several nerfs and buffs to maintain balance amongst the agents and their abilities and the weapons.

The tactical FPS is also making its way round to the eSports competitive scenario by organizing tournaments such as the First Strike tournament. In conclusion, the game is getting the spotlight it deserves but it also means consistency is a must, and devs can’t afford to let down the fans.

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Israel Adesanya Reveals What Really Happened During the Faceoff With Paulo Costa

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Israel Adesanya Reveals What Really Happened During the Faceoff With Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa are set to headline UFC 253 this weekend. The two had a run-in at a hotel a few days ago. To the fans, it looked like a very respectful interaction. However, the same is bound to change if you hear the middleweight champ’s side of the story.

During UFC 253 media day, Adesanya detailed every minor aspect of his short meeting with his Brazilian opponent. The meeting and greet was actually a way by which the Nigeria-born Kiwi wanted to size up his opponent. He wanted to feel if “The Eraser” kept the same energy even without a crowd.

However, to his disappointment, Adesanya felt like Costa was a dog kept behind the fence. As soon as he comes out, he becomes all timid.

“Well, what happened was I walked past him. If you see in my story I checked and he was like what did he say.”

“He said you’re good? I said I’m great. Then Wallid or him muffled something and I doubled back. I just went over there to check his energy. I went there and sized him up patted him on the shoulder to see how dense he is.”

“I shook his hand cause I wanted to feel the kind of pressure that he puts on from a guy who said I would not shake his hand when I beat him,” Adesanya said during UFC 253 media day.

Israel Adesanya always knew Paulo Costa would submit to him

Israel Adesanya is a technical striker with years of kickboxing experience under his belt. Moreover, he has had five-round wars such as the one against Kelvin Gastelum. Furthermore, he is also the busier fighter of the two lately.

Consequently, Adesanya must feel that he is the mentally tougher fighter between the two. After the hotel interaction, that belief was strengthened even more.

“He’s just like one of those dogs that bark behinds the fence but when the fence opens up he just comes around and is like real timid. I could feel that off him that energy. I even said you look skinny and I expected him to take that the wrong way but he and Wallid were just giggling like little girls.”

“I confirmed what I already knew, I knew they were gonna submit to me. So yeah he didn’t check out when I checked him,” Adesanya added.

The fight between Adesanya and Costa should hopefully be a frontrunner for the ‘Fight of the Year’ honor. Both the middleweights are primarily strikers, and hence they won’t hesitate from trading blows. While Costa relies heavily on his power and volume, Adesanya is the more technically sound fighter who picks his opponents apart.

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Watch: Young WWE Fan Shocked After Knowing Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are Engaged

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Watch: Young WWE Fan Shocked After Knowing Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are Engaged

In a recent interactive session, a fan was surprised by Seth Rollins. The kid did not know that Rollins and former women’s champion Becky Lynch are a couple. This revelation was super cute as the Monday Night Messiah laughed his way.

WWE superstars have to strictly maintain kayfabe and put their personal relationships aside. No personal relationship gets revealed or promoted unless the creative team gives a green signal. Hence most of them stay hidden.

In the latest video, WWE Superstars like Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Bayley, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman held a virtual fan meet. Seth Rollins spoke to a young fan and talked about his wife-to-be Becky Lynch is pregnant with their first surprise.

The fan was clearly taken aback which prompted Rollins to throw his hands in the air and laugh.

See the fan interactions below. The Rollins revelation starts from 1:35 –

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Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins are dating since early 2019. The couple had their engagement in August last year with plans to get married in May 2020. In May 2020, Lynch announced her pregnancy and gave her Raw Women’s title to Asuka at Wrestlemania 36. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple postponed the wedding.

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Twitter reacts to Seth Rollins and the fan

After the video went viral, fans all over gave hilarious reactions. Here are some of them –

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Becky Lynch Gives An Update On Her Future In WWE After Pregnancy

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The baby is due in December this year. While Lynch rests at home, Rollins is causing chaos in WWE Raw. He is currently feuding with Dominik and Rey Mysterio.

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