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Holiday getaway pushes US airport traffic to pandemic high

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is jamming U.S. airports with the biggest crowds since the pandemic began in 2020

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is jamming U.S. airports with the biggest crowds since the pandemic began in 2020. Newly released numbers show 2.49 million passengers went through security checkpoints at U.S. airports Friday, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 2.46 million reached earlier in the week. The increase is the latest sign that leisure travelers aren’t being deterred from flying by rising fares, the ongoing spread of COVID-19 or worries about recurring flight delays and cancellations. In an even more telling indication, the average passenger volume at U.S. airports for the past week is nearing the same level as in 2019. Read more

AP sources: Williamson agrees to 5-year, $193M extension

Two people familiar with the decision say star forward Zion Williamson has agreed to a five-year extension worth $193 million

Two people familiar with the decision say star forward Zion Williamson has agreed to a five-year extension worth $193 million. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA rules do not allow the extension to become official until July 6. The deal sets the stage for the 2019 top overall draft choice out of Duke to give an All-Star caliber boost to a squad that just proved it could make the playoffs without him. ESPN first reported the agreement, citing information provided by Williamson’s agent, Austin Brown. The deal comes despite Williamson missing all of last season with a foot injury. Read more

J.T. Poston made up for two back-nine bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 17th, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic. Trying to complete a wire-to-wire victory after tying for second last week in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, Poston made a 13 1/2-foot eagle putt on 17. He had a 19-under 194 total at TPC Deere Run. Playing partner Denny McCarthy birdied the final two holes for a 66 to join Scott Stallings and Emiliano Grillo at 16 under. Stallings shot a 64, and Grillo had a 65. From Hickory, North Carolina, the 29-year-old Poston won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Read more

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