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PGA Tour newcomer, former Northwestern student takes on the Genesis Invitational

By Kari McMahon
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 25-year-old first-year PGA Tour member, returned quickly to the putting green after his first round at the Genesis Invitational on Thursday to work on his technique after a difficult start to the tournament.

Fitzpatrick teed off from the 10th hole with Jhonattan Vegas and Sam Ryder. Fitzpatrick hit three bogeys in the first nine holes, finishing the round tied for 42nd place with an even par.

“This is the first time I played here so I didn’t have too many expectations. I knew that it was a difficult course,” Fitzpatrick said. “I didn’t get off to the best start. Just trying to grind and get it back. Fortunately, I did on the back nine.”

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South Bay Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach emphasizes moving away from the traditional mobility model

By Kari McMahon
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Basketball players are known more for speed than physical power. However, in the heart of El Segundo, California, lies the Lakers training facility containing two gyms filled with a variety of strength equipment where the Lakers’ G League team, the South Bay Lakers, are breaking the stereotype that basketball players aren’t strong with their nontraditional approach to strength and mobility training.

Misha Cavaye, the South Bay Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach for three seasons, provided insight this week into the importance of strength and conditioning in basketball and his unconventional thinking on mobility training.

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City’s new congestion tax puts burden on Uber and Lyft drivers

By Kari McMahon
Medill Reports

On a recent journey downtown local Uber driver Matt collected a fare of $10 but said he only made $4 from it. The city, which began imposing a new congestion tax a month ago, made $3.

Matt, who typically drives eight hours a night, said that working as a ride-hail driver was not an easy job. He said the congestion tax is just another challenge he has to deal with on top of ride-hail companies taking a significant cut of his fares and having to compete with thousands of other drivers for those fares.

“It really is just a cash grab for the city, cloaked under the guise of congestion reduction,” said Matt, who did not want to share his full name for fear of losing his job. “Now you just have the same number of cars looking for potentially fewer riders.”

 In January, the City of Chicago implemented a new congestion tax on ride-hail providers to encourage riders to either use public transport or shared trips in the downtown area. The thinking behind the tax was that it would encourage residents to use public transportation, thereby lowering the number of vehicles in the city center and reducing congestion.

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