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Sam Farmer

Sam Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times in a city that only recently got an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday Night Football" booth, and climbing Mount Rainier – or at least to base camp – with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.
Pat Perez is one shot off lead at British Open, on a major course that he likes

Pat Perez, a San Diego native, is one shot off the lead after two rounds of the British Open — and he’s joined at five under par by Xander Schauffele of La Jolla, who shot a 66 on Friday, including four birdies and an eagle.

British Open boasts a crowded leaderboard with some big names lurking

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, among several American players sharing a house near the course, lead the British Open after two rounds at six under. Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas — Nos. 1 and 2 in the world — missed the cut Friday, and No. 3 Justin Rose needed to make a putt on 18 to get in.

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