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At long last, Shane Lowry gets to defend British Open title

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One of Shane Lowry’s first acts on Monday at Royal St. George’s upon his arrival to play in the 149th British Open was an unpleasant one: He had to return the precious Claret Jug to the powers that be at the Royal & Ancient.

It was a nice — and extended — run for Lowry, though, as he’s had possession of the best trophy in golf for two years. The 2019 British Open champion held onto the Claret Jug with the Open being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.

The 34-year-old Irishman said Monday he has “no idea’’ what to expect as the de facto defending champion, two years removed from triumphantly hoisting the jug on the 18th green at Royal Portrush, “but I’m kind of going into this week with an open mind.’’

“I’ve defended tournaments before,’’ Lowry went on, “but I’ve never come and defended a tournament of this magnitude. Everything that happens for me this week is kind of new. Obviously, there’s going to be high pressure at certain stages. I’d just like to put up a good defense of my trophy.’’

One thing Lowry is both looking forward to and looking forward to getting out of the way is his opening tee shot on Thursday.

“To be announced on the first tee as defending champion, I’ll be happy obviously to get that tee shot away,’’ he said. “And, if you’ve seen the rough down the first hole, I’ll be happier if it’s on the fairway.’’

Since Lowry’s victory, his performance dipped then elevated, but it has not yet produced a win. He finished tied for 52nd and 48th in the two FedExCup events he played after winning the Open in 2019. Then 2020 was a lost year for him. He played in 13 events, missed three cuts and the only two results he produced in the top 10 were a tie for sixth at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational and a tie for 13th at the Zozo in Japan.

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry at this year’s British Open
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Lowry said his 2020 dip had a lot to do with playing in front of no spectators because of COVID and that he believes it was an anomaly.

“I look back on 2020 as a season, and without making excuses too much, I think playing in front of fans does it for me,’’ Lowry said. “Not playing in front of fans doesn’t do it for me. I struggled last year coming out of lockdown. I just was stale when I got out there. I just couldn’t get it going.

“Even little things, like if you’re struggling to make a cut or if you’re down at the bottom of the field, having people out there on the golf course kind of spurs you on a little bit,’’ he went on. “We’re in the entertainment business when we’re out there, and when I have a difficult shot or when I’m stuck behind a tree or I have a tough up-and-down, I’m trying to almost show off a little bit.

“I feel like 2020 is kind of a bit of a write-off for me. It’s kind of put behind me and move on, and this year thankfully has been a little bit better.’’

Indeed, Lowry has posted some impressive finishes in 2021. He enters this week having played in six events, with an eighth-place finish at The Players Championship, a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship and a tie for sixth at the Memorial. His last result, though, was a tie for 65th at the U.S. Open.

Lowry will have the spectators back this week at St. George’s, where 32,000 fans will be in attendance each day — all of whom must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Lowry is ready to get on with his defense.

“You never get sick of hearing that you’re the Open champion, but I’m kind of ready to defend it,’’ he said. “I’m ready to go and play in the Open again and I’m looking forward to it. I look back on Portrush with incredible memories and fond memories and something that I’ll have no matter what I do for the rest of my career. I’ll always have that.

“Portrush is the pinnacle of my career. Whatever I do in the rest of my career, I’ll never get anywhere close, let alone top it. I’m very grateful it happened. I’ll probably spend the rest of my career chasing that same feeling again.’’

The chase is on this week in Southeast England, where Lowry will hope to be taking that Claret Jug back home with him for a third consecutive year.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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