John Daly has his golf cart and cigarettes, but he still looks miserable at the PGA

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With his golf cart, smokes, and McDonald’s, John Daly has become a sideshow at Bethpage.

Golf is a slow game played in quick bursts but there were two rare moments of drawn-out drama as John Daly played the 17th hole on Thursday. It was the kind of extended uncertainty you get when an elite NBA scorer dribbles contemplating an isolation move at the top of the key. The first moment came when Daly’s bunker shot went to the ledge of the top tier of the green, waffled, and then slowly chose to come back toward the hole as the crowd got louder with each revolution. The second moment came when it appeared as if a nearby TV production crane may be needed to help tow Daly up the bunker face to get him out of the sand.

It was in that instant of real uncertainty as he simply attempted just to hobble up and back onto green grass that I muttered to a nearby friend, “Jesus, this is sad.” It’s sad in the every sense of the word. It’s both pitiful and sorrowful. It’s sad to watch. It’s sad it’s a part of a major championship. It’s sad that Daly has been reduced to this. It’s sad that Daly looks so sad about this.

The idea of John Daly as an commoner with an image so far removed from the buttoned-up traditional image we associate with most golfers is entertaining as hell. You can share a picture of Daly rolling around in his goofy pants with a smoke and a large McDonalds cup and the likes and favs and retweets will pile up. The people will love it. This idea of Daly and these images of Daly are fun. But Daly didn’t look like he was having any fun at all. He looked like he was in pain and he looked miserable. And it wasn’t just limping from one spot to the next or struggling to go up and down a bunker face. He almost never smiled as the fans shouted one adoration after another while he cruised past the rope line in his quiet electric cart.

Daly’s day began with a session on the range that could not have lasted much more than one cigarette. Hobbling to the far end of the range with his McDonald’s cup and then hobbling back may have taken longer than his warm-up. He may be in too much pain to take any extra swings that don’t count towards his score, but it was not exactly a rigorous routine to get dialed in before a major championship round.

The work on the putting green approximated a more customary length for a pre-round routine at a major. The physical exertion there is limited and with two hands on the club, the cigarette is safely snug in the mouth as the head stays still over the ball. On the putting green, Daly had a run in with a grinning Kevin Na. It’s unclear if Daly and Na have a friendly relationship or any relationship at all. What is clear is that a day prior, Na retorted “no u just fat lol” in the comments of Daly saying “It sucks getting old” in a social media post. Daly did not seem to be as gleeful during the run-in on the putting green. John Daly and shame have never been closely related, but it has looked like and sounded like Daly has some shame and self-consciousness and hurt from comments like Tiger’s jab about playing on a broken leg without using a cart.

After some practice putting, Daly, with the Yankees logo plastered all over his pants and the Trump logo on his sleeve and a McDonald’s cup in his hand, struggled to step up into the Cadillac Escalade that would shuttle him to the 10th tee and his other four-wheel transportation for the day. Some combo of the Yankees, Trump, McDonald’s, a Cadillac, and debilitating osteoarthritis would probably relate at this New York muni.

During the short appearance on the range as he strolled down the line, Cameron Champ could be spotted on the other side of Daly’s paunch. Champ is the current moment’s mythical power talent. He is a perfectly cut athlete that launches rockets into the sky and regularly bombs drives pushing 400 yards with the modern equipment. The juxtaposition of the legendary bomber strolling past the bomber du jour was conspicuous. Champ might carry a protein shake onto the range instead of super size McDonald’s cup, but it remains to be seen if he’ll ever have the game to win a PGA or an Open at St. Andrews, as Daly once did.

That past show of natural talent, history of success, and the intervening years are the context that makes this just look so sad. At the prior men’s major championship this year, the phrase “self-sabotage” became the focus of the pre-Masters discussion as analyst Brandel Chamblee critiqued Brooks Koepka for losing weight for an alleged magazine spread in the middle of the season in the middle of his prime. Daly is the connoisseur of self-sabotage and that’s why his cart use at a major is complicated. Were this some club pro or an up-and-coming talent that earned his way into the field but had a health condition that required a cart, there would be far less eye-rolling and jeering from Tiger. Daly’s history of self-sabotage and sideshow stunts complicate things, especially if you’re another player trying to win a major walking a massive course that’s an exhausting test.

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John Daly disembarks at the third green.

The truth is Daly is no serious threat to win or even compete, with a cart or without one. It should not be a controversy even if it may bother a few of his fellow competitors. He deserves his spot and earned it based on past brilliance. His 4-over 75 has him in a tie for 112th but it is a respectable score better than a handful of players at the top of the world rankings. If he wants to play and can play, then he should. The still photos with the cigs and McDonalds in the cupholder have made this PGA more entertaining. But given how melancholy he looked on Thursday as he tried to weave his cart through the crowding fans, it’s hard to find a winning argument for why he’s even bothering with it.

When Daly was cruising, he often rolled around with his left leg hanging limp off the side of the cart in the way your parents might yell at you for with some tale about how they knew a guy who mangled his ankle doing that. He did not look happy, but at least he looked casual. When the cart stopped and he had to put it in park, however, felt like a moment of reckoning each time. At the 18th, he grimaced in pain as he put it in park and struggled to lower himself the 10 or 12 inches from the floor of the cart to the floor of Bethpage Black. It looked painful and he muttered “fuck” under his breath as he stepped down to the turf just moments after a fan shouted “I want to be John Daly when I grow up.”

That was a shout heard several times even as the subject of the admiration looked downright miserable. Everyone around him in these New York crowds at this open-to-the-public New York course hollered with delight as JD rolled around the PGA Championship. The person who looked like he was having the least fun with all of it was the inspiration for everyone else’s enjoyment.


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Game of Thrones Remake, Mr. Ratburn, Farmers, Pelosi’s Handcuffs, Nyle DiMarco, Bison, Greg Berlanti: HOT LINKS

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PHILLY. Joe Biden chooses campaign headquarters: ‘The choice is both practical and symbolic for Biden. Philadelphia is convenient to his homes in Wilmington, Delaware, and northern Virginia. The site of the nation’s founding also highlights Biden’s campaign promise to “restore the soul of this nation” as he casts President Donald Trump as a threat to U.S. values.’

GAME OF THRONES. Petition asking HBO to remake Season 8 hits more than half a million signatures.

AD MAKERS. Obama admaker signs on with Pete Buttigieg: “I thought about a number of candidates. This is the one that ended up feeling like a right fit for the firm and a sense of what the country is looking for and what we need.”

FRANKLIN GRAHAM. Rise up against PBS and gay Mr. Ratburn:

FARMERS. Trump gave $62 million in bailout money for American farmers to a pair of corrupt Brazilian crooks: “The Department of Agriculture cut a contract in January to purchase $22.3 million worth of pork from plants operated by JBS USA, a Colorado-based subsidiary of Brazil’s JBS SA…. The bailout raised eyebrows from industry insiders at the time, as it was sourced from a $12 billion program meant for American farmers harmed by President Trump’s escalating trade war with China and other countries. …reports obtained by the Daily News this week reveal the administration has since issued at least two more bailouts to JBS…”

ZETA PHI BETA. Sorority walks back ban on transgender women.

DID YOU BRING YOUR HANDCUFFS? Bill Barr said this to Nancy Pelosi.

DAN LIPINSKI. Only House Democrat to not sponsor the Equality Act says he’ll vote for it: ‘In a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, Lipinski said that he would vote for the bill but wants religious liberty concerns to be addressed before it becomes law. “All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law and should have these rights protected, including individuals in the LGBT community,” Lipinski said. “At the same time, the free exercise of religious belief is a core ideal of our country, protected in the Constitution and through federal law.”‘

JAIR BOLSONARO. Brazil’s “proud homophobe” president met with George W. Bush.

EUPHORIA. Dan Scavino used to do Trump’s tweets but “that setup didn’t last long, this person said. Trump ‘wasn’t feeling the actual euphoria of typing the tweet himself and … then within 15 seconds seeing it blasted on one of the cable shows.’”

ROCKETMAN. Elton John and cast celebrate premiere at Cannes.

BISON. Animal groups ask for bison to be declared threatened or endangered: ‘Buffalo Field Campaign, Friends of Animals and Western Watershed Project filed the claim against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. The three organizations are represented by the Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program. The groups claim failure to grant the request could cause “irreparable ecological harm” to the bison’s natural habitat and the study of bison in the park. They argue the bison play a “keystone role” in the Great Plains ecosystem and are imperiled by hunting and livestock grazing, infrastructure and climate change.’

BRITNEY SPEARS. Conservatorship under review….

NYLE DIMARCO. For the Equality Act.

BABY #2. Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti and soccer player Robbie Rogers welcome daughter.

NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Slayyyter “Daddy AF”. “The breakout star reminds me of Myspace-era Ke$ha mixed with a bit of vintage Peaches. All in all, it’s a heady mix.”

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Why Liz Cambage’s trade to the Aces is incredible for the WNBA

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Cambage makes the league’s newest market in Las Vegas must-see TV. (Sorry, Wings fans).

Four months after she requested out from the Dallas Wings, Liz Cambage was traded to the Las Vegas Aces. The deal will send Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison, and 2020 first- and second-round picks to Dallas. Cambage, the WNBA’s leading scorer and MVP runner-up a year ago, immediately makes Las Vegas a championship contender.

Cambage’s inevitable trade lingered for months, with fans wondering if she’d play at all during the 2019 season. Cambage had her eyes set on the Los Angeles Sparks at the time of her request, but the 6’8 center is happy to play in Las Vegas, her agent, Alison Galer, told SB Nation. Cambage will report to the team prior to the May 26 season opener and is expected to start the season on time.

Though the Aces won out, the Sparks were in contention for Cambage’s talents up and through the final weeks before she was dealt to Vegas. Even after the Sparks made a separate trade for all-star big Chiney Ogwumike on April 27, they aimed to acquire Cambage, too, league sources told SB Nation.

Instead, Cambage will head to Vegas with a chance at competing for a title.

The Aces are now stacked with back-to-back-to-back No. 1 picks and the league’s most dynamic scorer, Cambage, who set a WNBA record with 53 points in a 40-minute game last season. Kelsey Plum, 2017’s top pick and the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, will play guard with 2019 No. 1 pick and do-it-all complement Jackie Young. All-Star Kayla McBride is a knockdown shooter on the wing, and Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson will join Cambage down low.

In just their second season since relocating from San Antonio, the Aces are about to be the league’s biggest bandwagon franchise.

Cambage’s trade is perfect for a growing WNBA

The WNBA has rarely featured significant star player movement due to its current team-friendly CBA. Teams are awarded a “core” provision, which is essentially a franchise tag that forces a player into signing with her current team, and it can be applied four times. Players can reach 30 years old before having their first unrestricted free agency, providing little offseason drama for fans and an unreasonable wait time for superstars to go play where they want.

But this summer has featured two stars relocating, with Ogwumike forcing her way from the Connecticut Sun to reunite with her sister in L.A., and now Cambage doing the same to land in Vegas. Though Sun and Wings fans may not be happy, their moves are net positives for the league and will provide a more competitive and spicy postseason.

It’s important for the league in particular that Cambage ended up in Vegas. Greenlighting the franchise’s relocation from stable San Antonio to a city without another pro basketball team was a gamble. But now, Las Vegas is stacked with two of the WNBA’s most recognizable superstars in Cambage and Wilson, as well as a fleet of top picks. The WNBA couldn’t have asked for better tools to capture the interest of a fresh basketball market, both on and off the court.

The Dallas Wings got a crummy deal

Replacing Liz Cambage’s talent was never feasible after she requested out. She’s arguably the best player in the world, and certainly no worse than third alongside Seattle’s Breanna Stewart and Washington’s Elena Delle Donne.

But Dallas had at least one better and less risky deal on the table. According to High Post Hoops’ Howard Megdal, the Sparks offered Dallas 2018 first-round pick Maria Vadeeva, their 2019 No. 7 pick (which ultimately became Kalani Brown) and a 2020 first-round pick prior to the WNBA draft. Instead, the Wings made a move with Vegas for two players who were injured last season and low-round picks.

Jefferson, a former UConn standout, was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 WNBA, but injuries have hampered the beginning of her career. She was stellar as an All-Rookie team member in 2016, but missed 13 games in 2017 to a right knee injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery. She missed the first 17 games rehabbing in 2018, and only averaged five points and two assists in 16 minutes per game for the Aces upon returning. She still isn’t herself, and Dallas Wings CEO Greg Bibb said that she may even sit out the 2019 season.

“While Moriah may ultimately decide to sit out the 2019 season, we are willing to wait for her first appearance in a Wings uniform. We believe she is an elite-level point guard and we are excited for her to join her hometown team and to be a key part of our organization for the foreseeable future,” Bibb said in the press release announcing the trade.

Harrison is a 6’3 center who took a personal medical leave of absence in the 2018 season, but had a solid 2017 showing, averaging 11 points on 50 percent shooting and six rebounds during the franchise’s final season in San Antonio. She’s solid, but she’s no Cambage.

The Wings do have plenty of young talent to develop. The group, which includes 2019 No. 5 pick Arike Ogunbowale, 2018 No. 6 pick Azura Stevens, and 2017 No. 4 pick Allisha Gray, is a coveted core which will only improve when All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith returns from the birth of her son.

But the talent received from the Cambage trade has a lot of question marks and a ceiling way lower than what Cambage brought, or even what the Sparks were prepared to provide.


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Pete Buttigieg to Hold Rally, Fundraiser in Provincetown on July 5

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg will hold a public rally at Provincetown Town Hall on July 5 at the height of the Massachusetts LGBTQ resort destination’s busy tourist season, followed by a private fundraiser.

Wicked Local reports: “Buttigieg will be appearing at the rally before a variety show put on by teenagers from Camp Lightbulb, a nonprofit serving LGBTQ youth ages 14 to 18, said Bryan Rafanelli, who along with his husband, Mark Walsh, hosted a fundraiser at their Boston home for the candidate on April 30. It raised almost $150,000. … While the time of the rally is still being finalized, the July 5 arrival and fundraiser at an undisclosed West End residence is confirmed, said Rafanelli, whose event planning company designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. Both he and Walsh are Democratic fundraisers and organizers. They own a home in Provincetown.”

Last week, Buttigieg sold out a 700-person event at West Hollywood’s The Abbey gay bar. There’s little doubt that Buttigieg’s appearance in Ptown over the Independence Day holiday will generate equal interest.

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Gay High School Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant for Hugging: ‘We Don’t Want Your Kind Here’ — WATCH

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Kendall Anderson and Peder Sevig, a gay couple at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, were kicked out of a restaurant near the school for hugging, they told CBS Chicago.

Anderson said the incident happened at Big Boy Gyros, across the street from Lane Tech.

“We can’t have two guys hugging in here,” said an employee to the young men, according to Anderson. “And then he said something to the effect of if it was a guy and a girl it would be okay, but we can’t allow two boys. Right before we left he said, ‘Get out. We don’t want your kind here, anyway,’ and that was that.”

The restaurant would not speak to CBS Chicago when the network went to investigate, but the school said it does not stand for discrimination and would address the incident “in person.”

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AOC Grills Gilead CEO Over High Cost of PrEP Drug Truvada: WATCH

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Daniel O’Day, the CEO of Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication Truvada, about the drug’s inflated costs in a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

AOC pointed out that the current list prize of Truvada is nearly $2,000 (It’s $1,780 according to O’Day) in the U.S. and asked O’Day why the drug is $8 in Australia.

Said O’Day: “Truvada still has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is generic. I can’t comment on the price in Australia of the generic medicines. … It will be generically available in the United States as of September 2020…one year early.”

Replied AOC: “I think it’s important that we notice here that we the public, we the people, developed this drug, we paid for this drug, we led and developed all of the grounding patents to create PrEP, and then that patent has been privatized despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public. We refuse to enforce it. There is no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it. And there’s no enforceable reason for it. We own the core intellectual property for it and as a result people are dying. For no reason.”

O’Day had told the committee earlier: “Our well-supported view is that the U.S. government does not hold valid patents on the use of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (‘PrEP’), nor does it hold any patent for Truvada itself.”

The Washington Post reports: ‘The panel called the hearing after The Washington Post reported in March that the government had opted not to file an infringement suit to enforce a 2015 patent on Truvada from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of the drug to prevent HIV infection was discovered in federal labs in Atlanta, according to the government. Since the article appeared, members of Congress have written letters to the Department of Health and Human Services demanding to know why the patent has not been enforced. The Justice Department has opened a review of the patent, which would be an initial step toward more aggressive enforcement.’

The Department of Health and Human Services last Thursday announced that Gilead would provide PrEP for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.

HHS wrote: The agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Gilead will last until at least December 31, 2025 and possibly through December 31, 2030, and will provide medication to treat individuals who are at risk for HIV and who are uninsured. This donation will deliver Gilead’s PrEP medication Truvada, which currently carries a list price of more than $20,000 per patient per year, to up to 200,000 people per year, including in the states and counties identified as priority areas in the Trump Administration plan – PDF to end the HIV epidemic in America.”

HHS added: “Gilead will donate Truvada until its second-generation HIV preventative medication, Descovy, becomes available.  At that time, Gilead will donate Descovy.  The agreement would end after 11 years, or when a generic version of Descovy becomes commercially available, whichever comes first. The government has agreed to cover costs associated with distributing the drugs.”

Said HHS Secretary Alex Azar: “Securing this commitment is a major step in the Trump Administration’s efforts to use the prevention and treatment tools we have to end the HIV epidemic in America by 2030. Under President Trump’s leadership, HHS worked with Gilead to secure preventative medication for individuals who might otherwise not be able to access or afford this important treatment. The majority of Americans who are at risk and who could protect themselves with PrEP are still not receiving the medication. This agreement will help close that gap substantially and deliver on President Trump’s promise to end the HIV epidemic in America.”

The NYT reported: “H.I.V. activists and experts had mixed reactions to the news. While some felt the donation was a good start, they said it filled only one-fifth of the need in the United States. The high cost of Truvada has been called a major barrier to stemming the spread of H.I.V. among low-income Americans, critics say, and part of the reason the AIDS epidemic has persisted for so long. A deep price cut for Truvada — and the Gilead drug slated to replace it, Descovy — would do far more to protect Americans at risk, they said. Truvada now costs about $20,000 a year in the United States.”

Activist Peter Staley pointed out to the NYT that the DOJ is investigating whether Gilead failed to pay the CDC royalties for work it did developing Truvada: “Neither Azar’s announcement nor Gilead says whether this is part of some settlement of that Justice Department investigation. Also, this won’t cut into Gilead’s sales at all, and it’s a very cheap marketing program for Descovy.”

The news comes in the wake of Gilead’s announcement that it had reached an agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals to release a generic version of Truvada one year earlier than expected.

NBC News reported: ‘Activists who have been pushing Gilead to #BreakThePatent hailed the news Wednesday, calling it “a victory for the LGBTQ+ community, for HIV activists, and for U.S. taxpayers,” but also tamped down expectations. In a statement from the PrEP4All Collaboration, Dr. Aaron S. Lord said allowing just one generic manufacturer, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, to make generic PrEP “will do little to reduce the price in a way that will increase access, and PrEP4All remains suspicious of the terms and lack of transparency surrounding the Teva settlement.”’

In related news, a study of nearly 1,000 serodiscordant couples using antiretroviral therapy found no transmission of the HIV virus during condomless sex.

CNN reported: “A European study of nearly 1,000 male couples, where one partner with HIV was taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) to suppress the virus, has found that there were no new cases of transmission to the HIV-negative partner during sex without a condom. HIV can lead to AIDS. While 15 men were infected with HIV over the course of the eight-year study, genetic testing showed that it was a result of sexual relationships with someone other than their partner.”

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