National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2016-09-30T05:04:14Z National Sports Fore! South Korea golf course may get anti-missile battery By Ju-min Park and Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military aims to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense unit on a golf course, a defense ministry official said on Friday, after it had to scrap its initial site for the battery in the face of opposition from residents. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January, which was followed by a satellite launch, a string of tests of various missiles, and its fifth and largest nuclear test this month. In July, South Korea agreed with the United States that a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile unit would be deployed in the Seongju region, southeast of the capital, Seoul, to defend the country. Coach KG? Garnett has offers one week after retiring (Reuters) - Just one week into his retirement from the NBA, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett, who ended his career last week after 21 seasons in the league, made an appearance at Clippers' practise on Thursday and offered on-court instruction to the team that impressed head coach Doc Rivers. "K.G. was phenomenal today," Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. Pressure on US to end Ryder Cup drought A veteran US team is seeking to finally end its misery and reclaim the Ryder Cup while a talented but largely untested European outfit hopes to wreak havoc in the American heartland. The anticipation is building for the 41st Ryder Cup which tees off Friday morning with alternate shot foursomes followed by afternoon four-ball matches. "Any time I can wear red, white and blue, it means everything," American Patrick Reed said on Thursday. China's richest man serves up global badminton deal By Matthew Miller BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda Group, controlled by the country's richest man Wang Jianlin, has signed an eight-year exclusive partnership with badminton's international governing body, the latest high-level deal by Wanda to expand its global sports footprint. Wanda signed the deal through its subsidiary, Swiss-based sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media, securing the exclusive sponsorship and media rights of major events of the Badminton World Federation (BWF). "Wanda will continue to develop our sports business," said Wang, chairman of the property and entertainment conglomerate, at a signing ceremony on Friday. Moving tributes, excitement builds at Ryder opening ceremony By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Moving tributes to Arnold Palmer and a celebration of sportsmanship from the Ryder Cup past highlighted Thursday's opening ceremony of the 41st edition of the match play event starting on Friday at Hazeltine. Under blue skies and warm sunshine, Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87, was honored in a touching video montage of his life and exploits on the golf course, and a moment of silence was observed for the man who was known simply as, 'The King'. Thousands of fans crowded a grassy expanse in front of a stage set under a giant banner of the gold trophy donated in 1927 by Samuel Ryder as a prize for the international competition held every two years. Houston's Watt faces season on sidelines after back surgery (Reuters) - Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt underwent back surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, the NFL reported on its website. Watt was placed on the injured reserve on Wednesday after re-injuring his back during last week's loss to New England. "I haven't missed a game since my sophomore year of high school," Watt tweeted. Orioles down Blue Jays to bolster playoff pursuit Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Blue Jays 4-0 to tie Toronto for the first American League wild card berth. The Orioles took the rubber match of the three-game series in Toronto after the Blue Jays took the opener. Baltimore's victory eliminated the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees from wild-card contention. Green shines as Bengals drop Dolphins Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green torched Miami for 173 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals handed the visiting Dolphins a 22-7 NFL defeat. The Bengals bounced back from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday, taking full advantage of a Dolphins team depleted by injury. Miami were without four starting offensive linemen, two linebackers, running back Arian Foster and tight end Jordan Cameron. Green unstoppable as Bengals shred Dolphins (The Sports Xchange) - A.J. Green had 10 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown and Mike Nugent tied a career high with five field goals, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 22-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned from a three-game suspension and had three tackles for the Bengals (2-2). Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times and hit eight times. Spieth predicts victory while McIlroy eyes key win at Ryder Cup Jordan Spieth predicted victory alongside Patrick Reed over Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in Friday's opening Ryder Cup match while Rory McIlroy said a win would carry extra importance. The 41st biennial US-Europe team golf showdown begins Friday at Hazeltine with four morning alternate shot foursomes matches, with Spieth and Reed out first for the Americans. "We believe in ourselves and we will go out there and get our job done and put a point on the board for the United States," Spieth said. Lady Gaga to headline Super Bowl halftime show Pop diva Lady Gaga will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LI in Houston in February. After the six-time Grammy winner broke the news, organizers promised in a release posted on NFL.com that the announcement "is just the beginning" of what promises to be a "historic" halftime show. Gaga will follow Coldplay, who headlined at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in February. Perfect Patriots face Bills test ahead of Brady return New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick will attempt to extend his dominant reign over Buffalo Bills rival Rex Ryan on Sunday as the AFC giants aim to maintain their perfect start to the season. Belichick's rivalry with his outspoken Bills counterpart stretches back several years, from when the pugnacious Ryan was head coach at the New York Jets. To date, Belichick has rarely been troubled by anything Ryan has thrown at his teams, with the Patriots coach leading 9-1 in their last 10 meetings. Willett should be left out until Sunday: Jacklin By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - If it was down to Tony Jacklin, Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup captain, Danny Willett would not play in this week's matches against the United States until Sunday's final-day singles. The 72-year-old Englishman, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the Ryder Cup in the 1980s, said the Willett incident that blew up earlier this week was "a mess". In an article published on a magazine website, he lampooned U.S. golf fans in a crude rant for which both Willet and Europe captain Darren Clarke later apologized. Rose and Stenson to lead off for holders Europe In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the biennial competition, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in a mouth-watering matchup. Olympic champion Rose and British Open winner Stenson, who went 3-0 when paired together at Gleneagles two years ago, will face sizzling American duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, two young guns who relish going toe-to-toe. Twice major winner Spieth and Reed, aged 23 and 26 respectively, formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. Golf-Rose and Stenson to lead off for holders Europe In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the biennial competition, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in a mouth-watering matchup. Olympic champion Rose and British Open winner Stenson, who went 3-0 when paired together at Gleneagles two years ago, will face sizzling American duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, two young guns who relish going toe-to-toe. Twice major winner Spieth and Reed, aged 23 and 26 respectively, formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. Brother's rant did not affect Willett omission, says Clarke By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Very rarely is a reigning major champion benched for the opening session of a Ryder Cup, but Masters winner Danny Willett found himself in exactly that position at Hazeltine National on Thursday. "No, it's a little bit of cat-and-mouse whenever you put pairings out together in practice rounds this week," Clarke told reporters after announcing his four pairings for Friday to get the 41st Ryder Cup under way. "And certainly with regard to Danny, he will be playing tomorrow afternoon. Shush, it's you know who as pumped-up Reed launches U.S. bid By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Patrick Reed, who memorably tried to 'shush' the 2014 Gleneagles crowd by putting his index finger to his lips, looks like he is ready to make a big noise for the U.S. in Friday's opening Ryder Cup foursomes. Captain Davis Love III surprised no one at Thursday's opening ceremony when he named Reed and Jordan Spieth, his powerhouse pairing, to take on European strongmen Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the first match out. "Patrick's name is at the top of the list, our most fired-up guy is going to be in front of the most fired-up crowd maybe in the history of golf so that's a good start," Love told reporters as he looked to end Europe's run of three successive wins in the team event. Friday foursomes players weigh in on opening matches Players weigh in on their foursomes matches in Friday's opening session of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National (United States first): - - Match 1Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed v Justin Rose (England) and Henrik Stenson (Sweden) "I'm pumped," said Reed. "To go up against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, it's going to be a battle of four great golfers." "We play a very similar game I would say," said Stenson about his successful partnership with Rose. Lady Gaga to perform Super Bowl 2017's halftime show (Reuters) - Grammy-Award winning pop singer Lady Gaga will play the halftime show at the 2017 Super Bowl, the musician and National Football League said on Thursday. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!" the musician said on Twitter. Let's do this!" Super Bowl LI is slated to be held in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5. Ryder Cup's opening act pays tribute to Palmer Arnold Palmer, one of golf's greatest icons and an ebullient ambassador for the sport, was remembered during emotional opening ceremonies at the Ryder Cup. The 41st version of the biennial golf tournament kicked off Thursday at Hazeltine National Golf Club with a lavish ceremony that paid tribute to Palmer, who died on Sunday at the age of 87. There was a moment of silence and a video presentation of Palmer's career followed by mentions in speeches from team captains, Darren Clarke of Europe and Davis Love of the United States. Golf-Shush, it's you know who as pumped-up Reed launches U.S. bid By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Patrick Reed, who memorably tried to 'shush' the 2014 Gleneagles crowd by putting his index finger to his lips, looks like he is ready to make a big noise for the U.S. in Friday's opening Ryder Cup foursomes. Captain Davis Love III surprised no one at Thursday's opening ceremony when he named Reed and Jordan Spieth, his powerhouse pairing, to take on European strongmen Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the first match out. "Patrick's name is at the top of the list, our most fired-up guy is going to be in front of the most fired-up crowd maybe in the history of golf so that's a good start," Love told reporters as he looked to end Europe's run of three successive wins in the team event. Golf-Moving tributes, excitement builds at Ryder opening ceremony By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Moving tributes to Arnold Palmer and a celebration of sportsmanship from the Ryder Cup past highlighted Thursday's opening ceremony of the 41st edition of the match play event starting on Friday at Hazeltine. Under blue skies and warm sunshine, Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87, was honoured in a touching video montage of his life and exploits on the golf course, and a moment of silence was observed for the man who was known simply as, 'The King'. Thousands of fans crowded a grassy expanse in front of a stage set under a giant banner of the gold trophy donated in 1927 by Samuel Ryder as a prize for the international competition held every two years. Rose and Stenson open Ryder Cup against Spieth and Reed Europe's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson will face Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in Friday's opening Ryder Cup foursomes match, a showdown of two unbeaten duos from the 2014 event. Europe seeks an unprecedented fourth victory in a row over the host United States at Hazeltine. England's Rose, who won the first Olympic title in 112 years last month, and Sweden's Stenson, the reigning British Open champion, went 3-0 together in Europe's win two years ago at Gleneagles, winning once in alternate shot foursomes and twice in four-ball. Judge dismisses scouts' lawsuit against Major League Baseball A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball's 30 teams of conspiring not to poach each other's scouts and refusing to pay them overtime. Citing baseball's longstanding antitrust exemption, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan dismissed class action claims by Jordan Wyckoff and Darwin Cox, former scouts for the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies, respectively. According to the complaint, the teams colluded to reduce competition by agreeing not to cold-call or otherwise recruit each other's scouts without their employers' permission, and misclassifying scouts as exempt from federal wage-and-hour laws. Team win more important than beating Faldo record: Westwood By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Lee Westwood is taking aim at Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup points record this week but nothing is more important to the former world number one than team victory, he said on Thursday. The 43-year-old Englishman, who made his debut in the biennial team event in 1997, needs another two-and-a-half points to surpass Faldo's tally of 25. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to get past Nick's record because anybody involved in sport wants to break records," Westwood told a news conference at Hazeltine National. Westwood ready to pass on Ryder Cup knowledge Lee Westwood admitted Thursday he has one eye on Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup points record -- but would happily sacrifice the tally if it meant helping Europe beat the United States once again. Westwood is competing in his 10th straight Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, the oldest player on the team at age 43 but also one of the most successful of all-time. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to get past Nick's record, because anybody involved in sport wants to break records," Westwood said on Thursday. Golf-Pairings for Friday's Ryder Cup foursomes matches Sept 29 (Reuters) - Pairings for Friday's opening foursomesmatches in the 41st Ryder Cup being played at Hazeltine NationalGolf Club in Chaska, Minnesota (United States first): Match 1: 0735 local (1235 GMT) Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed v Justin Rose (England) andHenrik Stenson (Sweden) Match 2: 0750 (1250) Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler v Rory McIlroy (NorthernIreland) and Andy Sullivan (England) Match 3: 0805 (1305) Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson v Sergio Garcia (Spain) andMartin Kaymer (Germany) Match 4: 0820 (1320) Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar v Thomas Pieters (Belgium)and Lee ... US heckler upstages Europe stars with Ryder Cup putt US spectator David Johnson never imagined when he got tickets to Thursday's final practice round for the Ryder Cup that he would strike the first blow for America against Europe. Sweden's Stenson, the reigning British Open champion, and Northern Ireland's McIlroy, coming off a victory at last week's US PGA season-ending Tour Championship, each missed the tricky putt multiple times. Ryder Cup success still eludes Johnson's docket By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Twice major winner Zach Johnson has built a career record that most of his peers would envy but it gnaws at him that he has yet to taste Ryder Cup success after playing for the United States on four teams. Johnson is one of the most experienced players in Davis Love III's 12-man lineup assembled at Hazeltine National and says he is excited about the chance this week for the U.S. to beat holders Europe, who have won eight of the past 10 editions. "If there's anything that's kind of left on the docket, it's the fact that I have not been on a winning Ryder Cup team yet. Heckling fan has last laugh on European quartet By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - A fan who heckled European Ryder Cup duo Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan when they could not make a putt in practice on Thursday celebrated as if he had won $1 million after being invited to show what he could do. McIlroy, Sullivan, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose pulled David Johnson out of the crowd at Hazeltine National and offered him $100 if he could do any better. A grinning Stenson pointed to the sky as the ball disappeared into the cup and then gave the fan a big bear hug. Golf-Heckling fan has last laugh on European quartet By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A fan who heckled European Ryder Cup duo Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan when they could not make a putt in practice on Thursday celebrated as if he had won $1 million after being invited to show what he could do. McIlroy, Sullivan, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose pulled David Johnson out of the crowd at Hazeltine National and offered him $100 if he could do any better. A grinning Stenson pointed to the sky as the ball disappeared into the cup and then gave the fan a big bear hug. Golf-Ryder Cup success still eludes Johnson's docket By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Twice major winner Zach Johnson has built a career record that most of his peers would envy but it gnaws at him that he has yet to taste Ryder Cup success after playing for the United States on four teams. Johnson is one of the most experienced players in Davis Love III's 12-man lineup assembled at Hazeltine National and says he is excited about the chance this week for the U.S. to beat holders Europe, who have won eight of the past 10 editions. "If there's anything that's kind of left on the docket, it's the fact that I have not been on a winning Ryder Cup team yet. Willett ready for rough Ryder debut after brother's insults Masters champion Danny Willett is prepared for a rough reception when his first Ryder Cup opens Friday after his brother's insults to American golf fans on a European golf website. World number 10 Willett has not yet faced more heckling that what might be expected by any Europe player from fans on US soil on the eve of the 41st biennial team golf matches at Hazeltine. "I don't think any of the European lads thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Willett said. Golf-Team win more important than beating Faldo record - Westwood By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Lee Westwood is taking aim at Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup points record this week but nothing is more important to the former world number one than team victory, he said on Thursday. The 43-year-old Englishman, who made his debut in the biennial team event in 1997, needs another two-and-a-half points to surpass Faldo's tally of 25. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to get past Nick's record because anybody involved in sport wants to break records," Westwood told a news conference at Hazeltine National. Willett's Cup focus sapped by backlash to brother's rant By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - European player Danny Willett said dealing with his brother's published lampooning of U.S. golf fans has been a distraction for him and that he is keen to immerse himself in the Ryder Cup that starts on Friday. The Masters champion has been busy apologizing to U.S. players and their captain Davis Love III, to his own European team mates and captain Darren Clarke for Pete Willett's crude depictions and the timing of them, and now yearns to get on with enjoying his first experience at a Ryder Cup. Willett said the hardest thing for him has been to focus on his preparations at Hazeltine National but, after working hard to clear the air, he hoped the controversy would fade. Rose seeks rule change to open door to Hall of Fame (Reuters) - Lawyers for Pete Rose have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame seeking a rule amendment that would clear the way for Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader to be considered for induction into the shrine. Jon Shestakofsky, spokesman for the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, New York confirmed to Reuters that Hall president Jeff Idelson had received a letter from Rose's attorneys on Thursday but was out of the office and has not yet seen it. Rose has been ineligible for Hall of Fame consideration since being banned in 1989 for allegedly gambling on games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds. Crenshaw, Kite, Sutton await Ryder Cup excitement By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Past U.S. captains Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Hal Sutton have told Reuters what they expect from the 41st Ryder Cup matches between holders Europe and the United States at Hazeltine National that begin on Friday: Ben Crenshaw, captain when the U.S. won at Brookline, Massachusetts in 1999 "Whichever team has a good knowledge of the golf course and how to get themselves round, and visualize how it can play, will do best. "The Americans cannot be reticent about that fact, they've got to expect them to play well because they have so many times before." Tom Kite, captain when the U.S. lost at Valderrama, Spain in 1997 "I'm expecting a great competition. Golf-Crenshaw, Kite, Sutton await Ryder Cup excitement By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Past U.S. captains Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Hal Sutton have told Reuters what they expect from the 41st Ryder Cup matches between holders Europe and the United States at Hazeltine National that begin on Friday: Ben Crenshaw, captain when the U.S. won at Brookline, Massachusetts in 1999 "Whichever team has a good knowledge of the golf course and how to get themselves round, and visualise how it can play, will do best. "The Americans cannot be reticent about that fact, they've got to expect them to play well because they have so many times before." Tom Kite, captain when the U.S. lost at Valderrama, Spain in 1997 "I'm expecting a great competition. Don't try too hard to impress, Kaymer tells rookies By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Twice major winner Martin Kaymer has urged Europe's six Ryder Cup rookies to soak up the unique atmosphere of the competition, stay calm and "enjoy the amazing life experience they are going to have". Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters are playing in the biennial team event for the first time this week and Kaymer said they should all avoid trying too hard to impress. "For me, it was very important yesterday when I did a little putting competition with the Junior Ryder Cup team. Clarke's wildcard phone call was agony for rookie Pieters By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Belgian Thomas Pieters fulfilled a lifelong dream by making his first Ryder Cup team but he had to endure a nervous wait before learning he had been handed a wildcard spot for Hazeltine National. Twenty-four hours after Pieters had won his third European Tour title at last month's Made in Denmark tournament, he received a phone call from Europe captain Darren Clarke who initially seemed to be the bearer of bad news. "I got the call on the Monday afternoon after Denmark, and I had no idea if I was in," Pieters told reporters at a sunny Hazeltine on Thursday. WRHL 2016-09-30T10:04:14Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495