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So … it’s back to regular programming in the world of golf.

If only for one week.

There’s going to be a major championship played this coming week, with the U.S. Open beginning Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Surely, there will still be residual chatter regarding the controversial, hot-button LIV Golf Invitational Series venture, fronted by polarizing CEO Greg Norman and backed by an endless supply of soiled Saudi Arabian money.

But the focus of the golf world — which has been diverted to th inaugural LIV Golf event this week outside of London (where Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson were the headline acts) — will return to so-called mainstream major championship golf as we’ve known it, with the U.S. Open in play.

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced Thursday the suspension of the 17 players competing in the LIV event in London and any of those players who follow, no one is banned from playing this week at Brookline.

The USGA, which perhaps may later follow suit with the PGA Tour and align with Monahan in the future, announced last week that its Open championship will remain open to those who have qualified.

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That includes the 51-year Mickelson, whose U.S. Open heartbreak (six times a runner-up) is one of the enduring storylines in this championship, the only major trophy he’s missing in his dogged pursuit of completing a career Grand Slam.

It, too, includes Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer — all former U.S. Open winners who are firmly entrenched in Norman’s LIV Golf series — having gone as far as to resign from their PGA Tour membership. And Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, who on Friday announced he has signed on with LIV.

These are fast-moving, polarizing and complicated times in golf.

There is, however, not much complicated about the task that lies ahead at The Country Club.

Survival is the name of the week — as it always is at a U.S. Open. The legendary course, which oozes history, will be set up with the usual USGA brute force, which means the rough will be strangling and the small greens will rock hard.

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Defending U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm
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There will be plenty for the players to deal with while navigating their way through holes 1-18 at The Country Club than their thoughts on LIV Golf, Saudi money, allegiances to the PGA Tour and the star-power division that’s taking place in the game will be pushed to the back of minds.

Among the great storylines this week include the history that has taken place on the venerable course, which underwent a restoration by renowned course designer Gil Hanse.

The last time the U.S. Open was played at The Country Club in 1988, when Curtis Strange defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff to win his first of consecutive U.S. Open titles.

The Country Club also famously hosted the 1999 Ryder Cup, when the United States made its historic comeback from a 10-6 deficit entering Sunday singles to defeat Europe, 14 ½-13 ½ — highlighted by that miraculous birdie bomb Justin Leonard drained on the 17th hole against Jose Maria Olazabal to clinch the chalice and ignite that wild American celebration on the green that still has the Europeans chafed.

More recently, the club hosted the 2013 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Matt Fitzpatrick, now one of the top players in the world. That U.S. Amateur field was littered with players who are now prominent on the PGA Tour such as current World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas, Canadian Corey Conners, DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Will Zalatoris, Talor Gooch and Cameron Young.

The most storied piece of history involving the club was the 1913 U.S. Open that was won by 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet, who defeated Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff. In 1963, Julius Boros beat Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in a U.S. Open playoff.

The defending champion is Jon Rahm, who prevailed at Torrey Pines a year ago to win his first career major and has been relatively quiet since.

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Mickelson will be perhaps the most fascinating player. Both how he’ll play and how he’ll be received by the spectators as he emerges from his four-month self-exile after explosive comments he made about the Saudis and the PGA Tour (in what he said was a private conversation published by the reporter) will be scrutinized.

The U.S. Open will be the first major championship Mickelson has played this year after he skipped the Masters (his favorite tournament which he’s won three times) and the PGA Championship (which he would have defended in May).

“Hey, that’s why we watch,’’ said Paul Azinger, a former player and a current NBC analyst who’ll be broadcasting this week.

Former player and current NBC analyst Notah Begay III echoed Azinger: “That is why we watch. We want to see what’s going to be the response. This [LIV Golf] is a major thing that’s going on. It’s a major disruption to the sport. I don’t know how the American golf fan … there’s no telling how that reaction’s going to be. I think it’s going to be much anticipated.’’

Leonard, also a part of the NBA broadcast team this week, said he believes the public will continue to embrace Mickelson despite the fact that his decision to take the Saudi money has turned a lot of fans off.

Booing and outward negative reaction isn’t really a part of the culture of golf spectators, barring the occasional fans who’ve been overserved at the various watering holes around the courses.

“I think the response [to Mickelson] will be mostly positive because he has been a fan favorite for so many years,’’ Leonard said. “I’m really more curious where his game is, just because he hasn’t played competitively in so long. I think we’re all curious to see both how he plays and how he’s received.’’


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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