Billionaire U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took his long battle against windfarms near his Scottish golf course to the UK Supreme Court on Thursday. The property mogul - who says plans for 11 offshore turbines will spoil the view from his greens - has lost a series of battles in lower courts, and has vowed to go on to the European Court of Justice if he fails again in London. "Mr Trump does not want a wind farm 1 km (0.6 mile) away from his golf course," Trump's lawyer John Campbell said.
If there had been any lingering doubts about Phil Mickelson being given a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup, he blew them away with a mesmerising display on Thursday. Mickelson was plucked from 30th on the US qualifying list by captain Jay Haas and justified his selection in typical style with a flawless display of golf as the Americans took a 4-1 lead after the first day's foursomes against the International team. The veteran 45-year-old Mickelson has played in all 10 previous editions of the Presidents Cup and the last 10 Ryder Cups.
The US team got off to a flying start Thursday in the Presidents Cup to lead the International team 4-1 after the first five foursome matches. Third pairing out Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker got the first point on the board for the US with a dominant 5 and 4 victory over rookie duo Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Anirban Lahiri of India. By then the scoreboard was bathed in US red with only the South African pair of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace offering resistance with a solid 3 and 2 win over the out-of-sorts Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed.
International team captain Nick Price has shuffled his pack hoping to get "something to click" after going 4-1 down to the US Thursday at the Presidents Cup. The American team dominated the first day's foursome play at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, as they look to extend their 17-year unbeaten streak in the team match play event. While US captain Jay Haas kept all of his four winning pairs together for the second day, Price is desperate to find some winning combinations after a chastening first outing.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Anirban Lahiri is savouring the 'extremely special' experience of being the first golfer from India to play at the Presidents Cup but admits he and playing partner Thongchai Jaidee did not do themselves justice on Thursday. The International pair were hammered 5&4 by Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the alternate shot 'foursomes' format as the United States roared to a 4-1 lead on the opening day. While Fowler and Walker are also making their Presidents Cup debuts it was clear they handled the conditions better, particularly the large rolling greens at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - The fearsome pairing of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will take on South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace to open Friday's four-balls at the Presidents Cup, as the United States look to build on their 4-1 lead from the first day. The Americans, bidding for a ninth win in 11 editions of the Cup, got off to a stellar start on Thursday while their International counterparts struggled to get to grips with the greens at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. Spieth and Johnson swatted aside Marc Leishman and Danny Lee, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker crushed Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee, while Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson held off Jason Day and Steven Bowditch.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The fearsome pairing of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will take on South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace to open Friday's four-balls at the Presidents Cup, as the United States look to build on their 4-1 lead from the first day. The Americans, bidding for a ninth win in 11 editions of the Cup, got off to a stellar start on Thursday while their International counterparts struggled to get to grips with the greens at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. Spieth and Johnson swatted aside Marc Leishman and Danny Lee, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker crushed Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee, while Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson held off Jason Day and Steven Bowditch.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus predicted superior putting would be the key at this year's Presidents Cup and so it proved on Thursday as the United States' prowess on the greens helped them to a 4-1 lead over the Internationals after the opening day's foursomes. The American big guns fired straight and true -- Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson finished off Danny Lee and Marc Leishman 4&3, while Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker crushed Asian duo Thongchai Jaidee and Anirban Lahiri 5&4.
* Dominant US lead 4-1 after solid putting * Skipper Haas hails Mickelson (Adds quotes) By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus predicted superior putting would be the key at this year's Presidents Cup and so it proved on Thursday as the United States' prowess on the greens helped them to a 4-1 lead over the Internationals after the opening day's foursomes. The American big guns fired straight and true -- Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson finished off Danny Lee and Marc Leishman 4&3, while Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker crushed Asian duo Thongchai Jaidee and Anirban Lahiri 5&4.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - After flip-flopping between broomstick and conventional putters this year, Adam Scott has opted to putt cross-handed with a shorter stick at this week's Presidents Cup, committing to the change three months before a ban on anchoring comes into effect. The long and short of it is, however, the Australian is lost without the longer-shafted putter secured firmly to his chest and his woes were laid bare for all to see on the roller-coaster greens of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea on Thursday. Internationals skipper Nick Price had hoped the pairing of Scott and Hideki Matsuyama would set the tone for the Internationals, sending them out first against Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, a late replacement for the injured Jim Furyk.
Jake Arrieta struck out 11 in a four-hit shutout as the Chicago Cubs advanced to the NL Division series by beating Pittsburgh 4-0 in a winner-take-all wild-card contest Wednesday. The Cubs have now won 14 straight Major League Baseball games started by Arrieta, who also tied Kerry Woods' franchise record for most strikeouts in a playoff game. "It was one game do-or-die and one of us had to go and that's how it ended," Arrieta said.
The Chicago Cubs, who have gone 107 years without a World Series title, gave their long-suffering fans a shot of optimism with a victory in a do-or-die Wild Card game on Wednesday to reach the National League Division Series. "It's tremendous for the city, it's been a while," said Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who threw a four-hit, complete game shutout in the 4-0 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Chicago has been waiting for this.
(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Pirates had the second best regular season record in Major League Baseball, but one playoff game against an in-form pitcher on Wednesday ended their season abruptly. For the second successive year, the Pirates had to take their chances in a one-off Wild Card game. Last year they ran into San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who, a few weeks later, clinched the World Series for his team.
(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs celebrated their first postseason win in 12 years when they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the Major League Baseball playoffs on Wednesday. Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta struck out 11 in a complete game shutout while Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler both blasted home runs as the Cubs clinched the one-off National League Wild Card game. For the Cubs, who have not won the World Series since 1908 - the longest drought in North American professional sports - their next opponents will be the St. Louis Cardinals, who they meet in a best-of-five division series, starting Friday.
By Fiona Ortiz and Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Cubs fans savored a rare moment of post-season victory on Wednesday after star pitcher Jake Arrieta led the team to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a wild-card game shut-out that allows the Cubs to proceed in the play-offs. Cubs fans have had a unique history of misery - the professional baseball team has gone without a World Series win since 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Cheering fans gathered at Wrigley Field ballpark to watch the away game on screens, then poured into the streets waving blue-and-white "W" banners, signifying a "win." Cubs gear could be seen everywhere from school playgrounds to the LaSalle Street business district to City Hall during the day.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus concedes he was in a less-than-generous mood when he designed the course being used for the Presidents Cup in South Korea but is happy with recent changes to the greens and says precise putting will trump big hitting this week. Nicklaus, a four-time captain of the biennial event which pits the United States against a team of international players minus Europeans, said he was honored that a course bearing his name was hosting the first Presidents Cup in Asia. Both teams have players noted for their massive distance off the tee such as Jason Day and Dustin Johnson but Nicklaus said it would be the players who negotiate the course's huge, undulating greens that would be in the ascendancy.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Adam Scott got the ball rolling in the 11th Presidents Cup on Thursday with his first drive at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, as he and International team partner Hideki Matsuyama take on Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes in the opening foursomes. Former U.S. President George W. Bush offered words of encouragement to both teams and posed for photos with captains Nick Price and Jay Haas on the first tee, while boisterous Australian fans dressed in green and gold serenaded the players.
Swiss NBA star Thabo Sefolosha insisted Wednesday that he was targeted with unjustified police violence after an incident outside a night club, at his trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Lawyers for the Atlanta Hawks forward, who is black, maintain that New York police officers who arrested him handled him so aggressively that they broke his leg. Police say Sefolosha was belligerent, and that he called an officer a midget.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea Oct 8 (Reuters) - Adam Scott got the ball rolling in the 11th Presidents Cup on Thursday with his first drive at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, as he and International team partner Hideki Matsuyama take on Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes in the opening foursomes. Former U.S. President George W. Bush offered words of encouragement to both teams and posed for photos with captains Nick Price and Jay Haas on the first tee, while boisterous Australian fans dressed in green and gold serenaded the players.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is taking his NBA team to China for a pair of exhibition games, says if given a choice he would rather keep his players at home. "No, I'd never go," Rivers told the Los Angeles Times when asked if the two-game trip was something he was in favour of. The Clippers are expected to fly on Wednesday to China where they are playing the Charlotte Hornets Saturday in Shenzhen and then three days later in Shanghai.
By Sebastien Malo LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protesters stormed the red carpet at the glitzy premiere of the film "Suffragette" on Wednesday that stars Meryl Streep as a leading British women's rights activist a century ago, staging a lie-in and saying the fight for equality was not yet over. The historical political drama is about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in London in 1912 and their campaign of militancy to fight for women to get the right to vote. The story centers on Maud, played by Carey Mulligan, a working wife and mother, whose life is changed forever when she is secretly recruited to join the growing suffragette movement led by activist Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Streep.
Presidents Cup players have enjoyed some traditional Korean cuisine this week, but Aussie Marc Leishman revealed some of the dishes hadn't been to everyone's taste. "That was an interesting experience actually," said Leishman intriguingly on Wednesday when asked about Tuesday's players' dinner. "That's what's so good about coming over here," he added of the first Presidents Cup to be played in Asia.
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey said Wednesday he had been fined after pretending to take a nap in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. The 24-year-old celebrated his third quarter touchdown in the Rams' 24-22 victory by dropping to the ground, using the ball as a pillow and feigning sleep. "Ahhhhhh #NFL Fines suck!!!!! I meant no harm by what I did... Smh" Bailey tweeted late Tuesday.
National Football League owners on Wednesday voted to extend the league's successful international series through to 2025 with an option to stage games outside London's Wembley Stadium. The NFL owners took the decision at the annual autumn meeting, where other key issues -- such as the relocation of a franchise to Los Angeles -- were also to be discussed. The NFL has staged games in London since 2007, with the most recent match Sunday's 83,986 sellout between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
NFL owners voted on Wednesday to extend the league's commitment to play international regular-season games through 2025, including the option to play outside of the United Kingdom beginning next season. The resolution, ratified during a one-day owners' meeting in New York, broadens a 2011 agreement that permitted the NFL to schedule games at London's Wembley Stadium through 2016. "This marks an important step in our long-term international growth," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
Marching bands and traditional Korean drums greeted the US and International teams at a colourful 11th Presidents Cup opening ceremony in Incheon on Wednesday night. Appropriately, given the name of the event, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and former US President George W. Bush gave speeches after the players were treated to a perfectly choreographed ceremonial display for the first Presidents Cup to be held in Asia. After the unveiling of the golden trophy at the Songdo Convensia just a kilometre from the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club venue, Bush spoke to salute the long ties between the US and South Korea.
World number one Jordan Spieth said Wednesday he was excited at the prospect of starting his Presidents Cup campaign for the US in the foursomes alongside big-hitting Dustin Johnson. The pair will play against the International team's trans-Tasman pair of Aussie Marc Leishman and Kiwi Danny Lee in the anchor game of Thursday's opening five matches where one ball is played by both players who hit alternate shots. US captain Jay Haas said Spieth had expressed a preference to play with Johnson, who he pipped to the US Open crown in June.
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the US defence of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins on Thursday for the first time on Asian soil. Four months ago Spieth watched from the clubhouse as big-hitting Dustin Johnson three-putted the final green to hand him the US Open.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that he would like nothing better than to see Jordan Spieth battle Jason Day in Sunday's Presidents Cup singles on the course that bears his name. A match-up of the two best players in the world who have carried off three of the season's Majors is a mouth-watering and likely prospect, said Nicklaus, who himself won 18 majors and has captained the US side four times in Presidents Cups. "Put it this way, if they want to play each other there's ways it can be made to happen," the 75-year-old told AFP on the eve of the US versus International team match play event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was one-and-done for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as they were eliminated from Major League Baseball's postseason by a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in a do-or-die Wild Card playoff game. "It stinks to lose," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "But I'm extremely proud of the guys in that room." Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka paid for a pair of imprecise pitches that ended up as long home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez that put Houston ahead for good.
The Houston Astros showed off their maturity on the diamond but acted their age in a boisterous celebration at Yankee Stadium after eliminating their hosts 3-0 in their one-and-done Wild Card playoff game. The Houston Astros were Major League Baseball doormats for many years, but their promising young players have developed into prime-time performers and it was time for a champagne party in the visitors' clubhouse on Tuesday. When you see the guys happy, that means we are doing our job right," said 25-year-old second baseman Jose Altuve of Venezuela in the bubbly-soaked locker room.
Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in six stellar innings on Tuesday as the Houston Astros ousted the New York Yankees from the playoffs with a 3-0 win in the American League wild card game. Houston left fielder Colby Rasmus and center fielder Carlos Gomez hit solo home runs on the first pitches of the second and fourth innings off Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to help the Astros advance to an American League Division Series clash with the Kansas City Royals.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is confident the Presidents Cup has a bright future despite the overwhelming dominance of the United States over the years and said bringing the event to South Korea was a milestone in the development of Asian golf. Since the inaugural edition of the Presidents Cup in 1994, the United States have beaten a team of international players in eight events and tied once, their only defeat coming at the 1998 competition at Royal Melbourne. Finchem said the Presidents Cup would still be going strong long after it leaves South Korea, which is the first Asian country to host the event.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are counting on Clayton Kershaw to shake off past playoff disappointments when they give the left-handed hurler the ball Friday for their post-season opener against the New York Mets. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced on Tuesday that Kershaw will pitch game one of the best-of-five National League Division Series against the Mets, who will send right-hander Jacob deGrom to the mound at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, led the league this season with 301 strikeouts.
By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Danny Lee and Marc Leishman received the golfing equivalent of a 'hospital pass' on Wednesday after the International duo were served up to America's world number one Jordan Spieth and big-hitting Dustin Johnson for the Presidents Cup foursomes. Thursday's opening foursomes, where players hit alternate shots with the same ball, also sees the Internationals' 2013 pairing of Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama reunited to face Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes. South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace are up against Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed and Asian pair Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee play Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Houston Astros blasted into the next round of the Major League Baseball postseason with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in their Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday. Solo home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez backed the superlative pitching of Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who blanked the Yanks on three hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. Keuchel, 20-8 this season and pitching on three days' rest for the first time, silenced the New York crowd of 50,000 by running his scoreless streak against the pinstripes to 22 innings in 2015.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the NBA team said. The Hornets called Tuesday's operation a success, with the 22-year-old player expected to be sidelined for some six months. Kidd-Gilchrist was hurt late in the second quarter of the Hornets' pre-season game at Orlando on Saturday.
Major League Baseball said on Tuesday it was surprised to learn that fantasy sports operator DraftKings, in which it has an equity investment, allowed its employees to participate in contests and has reached out to the company to discuss the matter. A DraftKings employee recently won $350,000 from a $25 entry fee in an American football contest and had other major winnings on rival website FanDuel, the companies confirmed on Monday.
Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck is "trending in the right direction" as he recovers from a sore shoulder and could be on the field when the Colts play at Houston on Thursday. Luck sat out the Colts' overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona State University officials have asked football fans to refrain from painting their faces black for a so-called blackout home game this weekend after several fans last year caused an uproar by attending the event in minstrel-style blackface. For the annual game, which will be held on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona State University players will wear their all-black uniform and fans are encouraged to arrive similarly dressed. In a statement on Monday, university officials said fans should continue to wear black, but asked them not to paint their faces any color.