National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2014-09-22T09:19:39Z National Sports 10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Your Top Plays for Today Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide Ryder Cup jousting gets underway Gleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The guessing game gets going in earnest at the Ryder Cup on Tuesday as players set out in groups for their first practice rounds at Gleneagles. Ravens owner apologizes for not demanding Ray Rice video By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens apologized on Monday for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team called to address an ESPN report that alleged the Ravens had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ... Unlucky leap sees Lions lose Tulloch for season Los Angeles (AFP) - Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the rest of the new NFL season after tearing a knee ligament in a sack celebration gone awry, the team said Monday. Football chant, Fowler's haircut inspire US team Gleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Rickie Fowler has shaved a "USA" into the side of his head and American captain Tom Watson has already selected a motivational chant for a Ryder Cup that doesn't even start until Friday. Ravens deny cover-up bid in Rice case Washington (AFP) - Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti on Monday denied orchestrating a cover-up over the Ray Rice domestic violence case but apologized for the franchise's inadequate response to the scandal. Ravens owner says demanding Rice video 'never crossed my mind' By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens on Monday apologized for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team had called in response to address an ESPN investigative story that alleged the team had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ... Ryder Cup players must leave egos behind : Rotella By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - The 24 players in this week's Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate and focus on the needs of their respective teams, according to one of golf's top psychologists Dr Bob Rotella. The 65-year-old American, who boasts world number one and European team leader Rory McIlroy as a client, believes the stigma attached to being part of a losing team is hard to bear. "The players are competing for something bigger than themselves this week," Rotella told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... Commissioner Selig moves to hurry up pace of play (Reuters) - Efforts to speed up the pace of play in Major League Baseball have intensified as commissioner Bud Selig has challenged a new committee to find ways to shorten the average time of a game. Three seasons ago seven MLB teams averaged over three hours a game, while now all but one of the 30 teams do, according to CBSSports.com. "The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing time of game and improving the overall pace of play in the 2015 regular season and beyond," MLB said in a statement on Monday. ... McIlroy, Poulter top US targets at Ryder Cup Gleneagles (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Top-ranked Rory McIlroy was a focus for both Ryder Cup captains upon arrival Monday at Gleneagles, Americans trying to defeat him and Europeans making sure he wakes up on time. Is the depth of PGA Tour talent stronger than ever? By Andrew Both CARY North Carolina (Reuters) - It is often said that the depth of talent on the PGA Tour has become stronger than ever, but does this apparently widespread belief stand up to statistical analysis? There are several ways to 'measure' depth but, at first glance, it might help to get the opinion of professional golfers who have been playing the tour since the 1990s. Australian Stuart Appleby and American David Toms, two veterans who have competed on the U.S. ... Golf-Is the depth of PGA Tour talent stronger than ever? By Andrew Both CARY, North Carolina, Sept 22 (Reuters) - It is often said that the depth of talent on the PGA Tour has become stronger than ever, but does this apparently widespread belief stand up to statistical analysis? There are several ways to 'measure' depth but, at first glance, it might help to get the opinion of professional golfers who have been playing the tour since the 1990s. Australian Stuart Appleby and American David Toms, two veterans who have competed on the U.S. ... Fowler cuts a dash with 'USA' hairstyle By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler has a new "USA" haircut and his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson thinks it's terrific. The 25-year-old Fowler, who is making his second appearance in the biennial team event this week, raised a few eyebrows when he showed off the letters 'USA' shaved into the side of his head during practice on Monday. "I thought it was terrific," Watson told a news conference. "It brings a light spirit to the team. ... Golf-Fowler cuts a dash with "USA" hairstyle By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler has a new "USA" haircut and his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson thinks it's terrific. The 25-year-old Fowler, who is making his second appearance in the biennial team event this week, raised a few eyebrows when he showed off the letters 'USA' shaved into the side of his head during practice on Monday. "I thought it was terrific," Watson told a news conference. "It brings a light spirit to the team. ... Beware glint in Watson's eye, McGinley warns Europe By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe but he will be mindful this week of the special influence rival captain Tom Watson can exert on his United States side. Holders Europe are considered the favorites to win the 40th edition of the biennial team event especially as they boast four of the top six players in the world rankings and have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. McGinley, however, sounded a cautionary note to his 12 players. "We are confident. ... All the Americans will be gunning for McIlroy, says Monty GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy will have a metaphorical target on his back at this week's Ryder Cup in the same way Tiger Woods did in his heyday, according to Europe's triumphant 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie. Montgomerie believes all 12 members of the United States team will relish the chance of claiming McIlroy's scalp if they are drawn against the British Open and U.S. PGA champion in the foursomes, fourballs or singles matches. ... Golf-World Rankings Sept 22 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.75 2. (2) Adam Scott (Australia) 9.14 3. (3) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7.86 4. (5) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 7.68 5. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.58 6. (6) Justin Rose (Britain) 7.34 7. (7) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.16 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 6.77 9. (9) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.50 10. (10) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.88 11. (11) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 5.80 12. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 5.22 13. (13) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.13 14. (14) Billy Horschel (U.S.) 5.08 15. (15) Tiger Woods (U.S.) 4.85 16. (16) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 4.80 17. ... Steelers dominate Carolina to record big win (Reuters) - Pittsburgh's defense sucked the life out of previously unbeaten Carolina while Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns to help the Steelers record a 37-19 victory on Sunday. The Steelers' defense forced their first two turnovers of the season while the offense gained 454 yards on the back of Roethlisberger's passes to Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell's 147 rushing yards. LeGarrette Blount also ran for 118 yards for Pittsburgh as they established their ground game. ... Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Sept 22 Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - NFL Seahawks down Broncos in Super Bowl rematch The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime this time, but the Super Bowl champions defeated the Denver Broncos again on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFL title game. (NFL/, moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words). - - Pittsburgh show steel in defense to beat Carolina Pittsburgh's defense sucked the life out of previously unbeaten Carolina, while Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns to help the Steelers record a 37-19 victory on Sunday. ... Seattle Seahawks hold off Broncos as focus returns to field Seattle (AFP) - The Seattle Seahawks edged the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime in a rare Super Bowl re-match as onfield action regained center stage in the NFL. Seahawks win again as Lions and Giants pull surprises (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime this time, but the Super Bowl champions defeated the Denver Broncos again on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFL title game. Running back Marshawn Lynch bulldozed his way into the end zone from six yards out to give the Seahawks a 26-20 victory after the Broncos had rallied from a 17-5 deficit in the fourth quarter. ... Seahawks' Shead pops question to girlfriend Seattle (AFP) - Amid the furor over the NFL's handling of recent domestic abuse incidents, there was a heart-warming moment in Seattle Sunday as Seahawk DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend. Seahawks edge Broncos in OT in Super Bowl rematch (Reuters) - Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks survived an inspired fightback by the Denver Broncos to claim a thrilling 26-20 overtime win on Sunday in a heavyweight rematch of last season's title game. A week after suffering a surprise loss to the Chargers in the searing heat of San Diego, the Seahawks regained some of their championship swagger with a confident display on home turf for the first three quarters at CenturyLink Field. ... Hur holds on to claim LPGA Yokohama Classic title Prattville (United States) (AFP) - Hur Mi-Jung fired a six-under par 66 to win the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic, holding off a final-round charge from world number one Stacy Lewis. NFL 49ers' Colin Kaepernick used racial slur, report says (Reuters) - An $11,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct levied against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted from his use of a racial slur during a game last week, Fox Sports reported on Sunday. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, citing an unidentified National Football League referee, said Kaepernick slung the "N-word" at Chicago Bears' defender Lamarr Houston as the two exchanged insults after a play in the Sept. 14 game. Houston is black and Kaepernick is biracial. Kaepernick has denied using inappropriate language and said he would appeal the fine. ... Lions upset Packers, Giants secure first win (Reuters) - The Detroit Lions defense overwhelmed the Green Bay Packers and Eli Manning engineered the first win of the season for the New York Giants in a Sunday of NFL surprises. Defensive back Don Carey scored on a 40-yard fumble return in the first quarter and running back Reggie Bush had a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth as the Lions upended the Packers 19-7, holding Green Bay to 223 yards total offense at Ford Field. Manning threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants beat Houston 30-17, handing the Texans their first loss of the season. ... Tanaka triumphs in return to Yankee mound Masahiro Tanaka, making his first start since early July, pitched five plus solid innings as the New York Yankees cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Tanaka passes test with win in return from injury By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka both breathed sighs of relief on Sunday as the right-hander came back from a two-month layoff for an elbow injury to win at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka, making his first appearance since complaining of elbow pain on July 8, threw all his pitches without discomfort, going five and one-third innings and allowing one run in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he improved to 13-4. “It’s been a while," the 25-year-old Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Overall I’m pretty satisfied with how I pitched today. ... Ryder Cup win 'icing on cake' for McIlroy Edinburgh (AFP) - Europe's star-man Rory McIlroy said Sunday that winning next week's Ryder Cup would be "the icing on the cake" of a brilliant year. Ex-Tennesse Titan Bironas, 36, killed in car smash Nashville (AFP) - Rob Bironas, who played nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans, was killed in a single-vehicle accident near his home, the NFL team announced Sunday. He was 36. U.S. senator says no place for violence in NFL WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women of the U.S. Senate have taken notice and will speak up about how the National Football League has handled domestic abuse cases involving its players, a leading lawmaker said on Sunday. Several recent cases involving NFL players harming their partners or children have embarrassed the league, prompting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to apologize on Friday and promise reforms. That has not silenced the criticism. ... Relieved Luiten hangs on to win Wales Open Newport (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Dutchman Joost Luiten won the Wales Open by one shot on Sunday, as he overcame a dreadful start and a nervous finish, to edge Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Ireland's Shane Lowry at Celtic Manor. Donaldson impresses ahead of Ryder Cup but team mates struggle LONDON (Reuters) - Jamie Donaldson finalised his preparations for next weekend's Ryder Cup with an excellent final round of 67 to finish two shots off the lead at the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Sunday but European team mates Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn struggled. Welshman Donaldson, who will make his Ryder Cup debut against the United States at Gleneagles, bogeyed the second hole of the day before he birdied three of the next four holes to kickstart his round. Three further birdies followed in a composed back nine and the 38-year-old looks in fine fettle ahead of the Scotland showdown. ... Golf-Donaldson impresses ahead of Ryder Cup but team mates struggle LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Jamie Donaldson finalised his preparations for next weekend's Ryder Cup with an excellent final round of 67 to finish two shots off the lead at the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Sunday but European team mates Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn struggled. Welshman Donaldson, who will make his Ryder Cup debut against the United States at Gleneagles, bogeyed the second hole of the day before he birdied three of the next four holes to kickstart his round. ... Golf-European Tour Wales Open scores Sept 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Wales Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Newport 270 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 65 69 65 71 271 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 68 68 68 67 Shane Lowry (Ireland) 68 65 68 70 272 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 66 68 71 67 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 70 67 68 67 Marc Warren (Britain) 70 67 67 68 Eddie Pepperell (Britain) 68 74 63 67 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 72 63 68 69 273 Andrea Pavan (Italy) 72 69 65 67 Romain Wattel (France) 69 72 64 68 Robert Rock (Britain) 67 71 70 65 274 Steve Webster (Britain) 68 72 64 70 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 71 ... Former NFL kicker Bironas dies in Nashville car wreck By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday in a single-vehicle car crash in Nashville, police said on Sunday. Bironas, 36, lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed around a curve in the road, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a line of trees and stopped upside down in a large culvert, police said. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. ... Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Sunday, Sept 21 Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Sunday: - - - - MOTOR RACING Formula One: Singapore Grand Prix Hamilton takes Formula One lead after Singapore victory SINGAPORE - Britain's Lewis Hamilton has won the SingaporeGrand Prix for Mercedes and taken the championship lead after aretirement for team mate Nico Rosberg (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/ (PIX,TV), moved, updates to follow, by Patrick Johnston and JohnO'Brien, 500 words) - - - - SOCCER Premier League (1500 unless stated) Leicester City v Manchester United (1230) Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion (1230) Everton v Crystal Palace Manchester ... Golf-Chapchai wins Malaysia playoff to end five-year drought KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Chapchai Nirat ended his five-year title drought when he held his nerve to roll in a putt at the first playoff hole and beat Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna to win Asian Tour's Selangor Masters on Sunday. The big-hitting Thai carded a closing three-under 68 for a four-day total of 10-under 274, which was matched by the 43-year-old Lascuna who fired a 63, studded with six birdies and an eagle. ... WRHL 2014-09-23T02:19:39Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495