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Todd turns career around with help of former tour player By Reuters



By Andrew Both

(Reuters) – Brendon Todd’s once-promising professional golf career was in danger of petering out until one of his friends last year mentioned an e-book written by a retired touring pro.

With little to lose, he bought the book — “The Golf Swing… The Great Ball Strikers” — written by Brad Hughes and neither player nor author has looked back since.

Todd has made one of the most astonishing comebacks of recent times, and has just finished the PGA Tour year as the hottest player on the planet, winning two consecutive events before finishing fourth in a bold quest for a rare hat-trick.

Hughes’ instruction business, meanwhile, has taken off.

It’s an unlikely partnership considering Todd and Hughes had never met until the latter stumbled upon the former.

Todd was a very good tour player who won the 2014 Byron Nelson tournament, only to lose his exempt status two years later as his swing and confidence disintegrated in a vicious circle of sprayed shots and frayed nerves.

Four long and frustrating years later he bought the Hughes e-book and booked a lesson with the South Carolina-based Australian.

So what exactly was the magic elixir imparted by Hughes?

“We just changed his swing a little bit,” Hughes said, launching into a technical explanation before reverting more to layman’s terms.

“I just gave him some freedom to release (the club) again, give it a smack and then we worked on some footwork to get his body to be able to move faster as well. And we shallowed out his downswing a fraction.”

Improvement was immediate, according to Hughes, and Todd went home to Georgia and worked on the changes, before visiting Hughes again in April of this year.

“We worked then on trying to take all the tension out of his shoulders and arms,” said Hughes, 52, who played on the International Team at the inaugural 1994 Presidents Cup.

“We had lunch afterwards and he said: ‘That felt unreal. That’s the first time I’ve been free, forever. I’m going to win again’. I told him: ‘I believe you’.”

Todd played well enough on the developmental secondary tour this past northern summer to regain his card back to the big time for the 2019-20 PGA Tour season, before going on to win the Bermuda Open and the Mayakoba Classic.

A straight driver, excellent iron player and superb putter, perhaps the only ingredient Todd lacks is length off the tee, an important factor as courses get stretched longer in an effort to guard against being plundered by the likes of Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.

But on a horses for courses tour, Hughes thinks 34-year-old Todd can continue to contend regularly if he chooses a schedule to suit his game, with the British Open particularly on the radar.

“He loves playing the British Open. That’s a great set up for him,” said Hughes.

“He’s got lofty goals, he’s very level headed and he works hard.”

As for Hughes, his e-book has been flying off the proverbial shelf since Todd started talking about it publicly.

“I’ve probably sold 1,000 in the last year-and-a-half and I’ve sold another 1,000 in the last two weeks,” Hughes said, adding that his instruction schedule was fully booked.

“It’s nuts at the moment,” he said. “I’ve probably got $1 million or $2 million of free coverage from Brendon talking about me.”

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Jets RB Bell (illness) misses practice again By Reuters



New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell was sent home and missed his second consecutive day of practice due to illness.

His status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is in doubt and he is listed as questionable on the injury report. With 589 rushing yards on 183 carries, Bell’s 3.2-yard average is a career low. His total of 55 catches ranks second on the Jets this season.

“I think I’ll have more information probably by (Saturday),” head coach Adam Gase said. “We’ll see how he feels. The biggest thing was get him checked out and get him out of the building so nobody else gets sick.”

Illness also has affected tight end Ryan Griffin and cornerback Maurice Canady this week, but they’re expected to play Sunday.

–Without a kicker, the New England Patriots are ready to welcome back Nick Folk if he can show he is recovered from an emergency appendectomy last week, according to an NFL Network report.

Folk was reportedly back at practice with the Patriots on Friday trying to show he is healthy enough to deliver in Sunday’s key game against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he remained a free agent at the start of the day.

After three games as the Patriots’ kicker, Folk was cut last week after his appendix procedure, with speculation that he would return when healthy. New England brought in Kai Forbath to kick against the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he was cut after going 1 of 1 on field goals and 1 of 2 on extra points in a 28-22 defeat.

–Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Colts, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth more than $21 million — plus incentives that boost the contract’s total to $24 million.

Doyle had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He has 36 receptions for 377 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games this season.

–Oakland Raiders right tackle Trent Brown has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.

Brown sustained a pectoral injury in last Sunday’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Brandon Parker will start in Brown’s place. He will be backed up by David Sharpe.

–San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford will be back in the lineup Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Ford has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and was a limited participant in practice this week, but Shanahan said the six-year veteran was on pace to play this weekend in New Orleans.

–Chiefs running back Damien Williams (NYSE:) has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the New England Patriots.

Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City’s 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18 and has not played since.

–Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his fifth straight game this Sunday when Detroit (3-8-1) visits the Minnesota Vikings (8-4).

The 31-year-old Stafford is still recovering from a back injury sustained during the Lions’ Week 9 loss at the Oakland Raiders.

–Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton have been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vinatieri, who is dealing with an ailing knee, will miss his first game due to injury since 2009. Hilton is nursing a calf injury.

–Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Olsen sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington Redskins defensive end Ryan Anderson in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 29-21 setback last Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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Russian operation believed to be ‘tied to’ leaked UK trade documents



Reddit says a Russian disinformation operation appeared to be “tied to” the dissemination on its online discussion platform of classified UK-US trade documents that were used by the Labour party in its recent election campaigning.

The social media site said on Friday that it had examined the account that had first posted the leaked 451-page “dossier” of UK government documents and discovered a network of dozens of accounts that appeared to be manipulating its system in order to promote the post. 

According to the company, the group of accounts had “the same shared pattern” of behaviour as a disinformation campaign that used social media sites such as Facebook and Reddit, which researchers believe was directed by the Kremlin. Revealed in June, that campaign was dubbed “Secondary Infektion”.

“Suspect accounts on Reddit were recently reported to us, along with indicators from law enforcement, and we were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of co-ordination,” Reddit said. 

“All of these accounts have the same shared pattern as the original Secondary Infektion group detected, causing us to believe that this was indeed tied to the original group.” 

The discovery is an embarrassment to Labour after party leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted the papers at a press conference last month, saying they proved the NHS would be “up for sale” if Boris Johnson were to forge a post-Brexit trade deal with the US — claims that the UK prime minister denies. It is unclear how the documents first came to the attention of the Labour party. 

Friday’s statement comes amid rising public concern over the potential for foreign interference in the forthcoming general election, and as the UK government’s refusal to publish a report by its intelligence and security committee about possible Russian manipulation in the Brexit referendum has angered critics. 

Reddit said it was banning 61 accounts and one messaging thread under its “policies against vote manipulation and misuse of the platform”. 

The potential link to Secondary Infektion first came to light after researchers at US social media analysis group Graphika and Washington-based think-tank Atlantic Council published a report earlier this week saying the tactics first mirrored those used by the group. 

For example, the leaks were amplified elsewhere online on the exact same set of websites used by the Russian operation via a similar type of one-off “burner” accounts. They also made similar language errors, indicative of non-native language speakers, the report said. 

Secondary Infektion itself was first uncovered by Facebook, who linked it to Russia, and then examined by the Atlantic Council, who found that it had used fake accounts, forged documents and “dozens of online platforms” to spread stories that attacked western interests and unity.

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