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By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, tired of losing and seeking new ways to motivate, invoked the rah-rah style of American football coaches on Tuesday on how he would rally his team past Europe. The United States, who once dominated the biennial match play competition, have lost three times in a row and eight of the last 10 and are desperate to end Europe's run at Hazeltine National starting on Friday. This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled." European veteran Sergio Garcia told reporters that his team mates had taken notice and were using it for their motivation.

"At the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth," Sergio Garcia saidSergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy fired up European passions Tuesday at the Ryder Cup, taking exception to US captain Davis Love's contention that his Americans might be the best team ever. "At the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth," Garcia said. European teams have won three consecutive Ryder Cups, seeking an unprecedented fourth in a row this week at Hazeltine, while the Americans have lost six of the past seven and eight of 10.


Arnold Palmer won a US record 22 matches with eight lost and two halved in Ryder Cup play from 1961-1973, winning in all six of his Cup appearances as a player, once while also captainStill-mourning US and European Ryder Cup teams began planning Tuesday to attend Arnold Palmer's memorial service while Sergio Garcia pondered Palmer spiritually joining Seve Ballesteros to watch over them. "I'm sure he will be out there looking down, probably talking to Seve a little bit and seeing who is going to win it," Garcia said, recalling his Spanish compatriot and friend who died in 2011 of brain cancer. Palmer also served as a US captain in 1975.


By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The U.S. have employed a Task Force and revamped their points system to try to end Europe's Ryder Cup dominance but one thing they cannot create is a team spirit that comes naturally, said Rory McIlroy. Fed up with losing for the third successive edition in Scotland in 2014, the Americans set up the 11-man Task Force to identify how they could compete better. "I think there comes a point where you maybe try a little too hard," European talisman McIlroy told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday.

PGA: Ryder Cup - Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - As part of Europe captain Darren Clarke's emphasis on 'shoulder to shoulder' unity at this week's Ryder Cup, he has asked former Ireland rugby union great Paul O'Connell to address his team on Tuesday. O'Connell, a lock who was capped 108 times by Ireland and played seven tests for the British and Irish Lions, is known for his inspirational talks and Clarke wanted him to speak to his players ahead of Friday's opening foursomes matches. "Part of my whole thought process for this week is 'shoulder to shoulder', one team, one unit," Clarke told reporters on the first day of official practice at a sunny and windy Hazeltine.


By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. have employed a Task Force and revamped their points system to try to end Europe's Ryder Cup dominance but one thing they cannot create is a team spirit that comes naturally, said Rory McIlroy. Fed up with losing for the third successive edition in Scotland in 2014, the Americans set up the 11-man Task Force to identify how they could compete better. "I think there comes a point where you maybe try a little too hard," European talisman McIlroy told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday.
(Reuters) - World rankings for members of the United States and Europe Ryder Cup teams, who will compete for the trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: United States Europe 2-Dustin Johnson 3-Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 4-Jordan Spieth 5-Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8-Patrick Reed 10-Danny Willett (England) 9-Rickie Fowler 11-Justin Rose (England) 15-Phil Mickelson 12-Sergio Garcia (Spain) 16-Jimmy Walker 30-Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17-Matt Kuchar 32-Chris Wood (England) 21-JB Holmes 42-Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 22-Brooks Koepka 44-Matt ...
Sept 27 (Reuters) - World rankings for members of the United States and Europe Ryder Cup teams, who will compete for the trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: United States Europe 2-Dustin Johnson 3-Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 4-Jordan Spieth 5-Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8-Patrick Reed 10-Danny Willett (England) 9-Rickie Fowler 11-Justin Rose (England) 15-Phil Mickelson 12-Sergio Garcia (Spain) 16-Jimmy Walker 30-Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17-Matt Kuchar 32-Chris Wood (England) 21-JB Holmes 42-Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 22-Brooks Koepka ...

Tim Duncan called time on his glittering career with the San Antonio Spurs in July 2016 after 19 seasons, but will continue his association with the teamSan Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich plans to tap into the experience of retired legend Tim Duncan for his coaching staff but is yet to nail down an exact role for the five-time NBA champion. Duncan, 40, called time on his glittering career with the Spurs in July after 19 seasons, but will continue his association with the team as Popovich builds a new-look side. Popovich told reporters however that Duncan's role would evolve over time as he transitioned from playing.


Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps (L) and his fiancee Nicole Johnson (R) take a selfie with their son Boomer at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota on September 26, 2016Olympic swim star Michael Phelps delivered a message on competing for America to the US Ryder Cup team while Irish rugby union legend Paul O'Connell is supporting Europe's "shoulder-to-shoulder" theme. "We had a very exciting talk from Michael Phelps," US captain Davis Love said. O'Connell, a 36-year-old former lock, played 108 international matches for Ireland, captaining his national side as well as Munster and the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013.


Children will no longer be classified as prostitutes in the U.S. state of California after a new law decriminalized prostitution for minors in a move praised by child rights campaigners. Coming on the back of a public campaign coined "There is No Such Thing" as a child prostitute, crimes of solicitation and prostitution will no longer apply to anyone aged under 18. Under-age victims of sex trafficking are to be referred to child welfare agencies.

Rory McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank Championship playoff event as well as the Irish Open last May on the European TourRory McIlroy, who captured the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship last weekend to win a $10 million playoff bonus, was among the six finalists named Tuesday for PGA Player of the Year. The finalist lineup includes the six leaders in the world rankings -- Australia's world number one Jason Day and sixth-ranked Adam Scott, British Open winner Henrik Stenson of Sweden, US Open champion Dustin Johnson and two-time major winner Jordan Spieth.


By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Andy Sullivan is the lowest ranked player in this week's Ryder Cup and the Englishman is still pinching himself in the knowledge his European dream is about to come true. "It's amazing I've got the opportunity to go and showcase myself on one of the biggest stages in the world," Sullivan told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday. Putting on the attire it was a dream come true, I go to bed at night and need to pinch myself that I'm here." Sullivan, who is never short of a grin and a cheery wave to the galleries when he is playing in a regular European Tour event, was smiling like a Cheshire Cat as he gave a flavor of his first few hours in the Ryder Cup team room.
By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Andy Sullivan is the lowest ranked player in this week's Ryder Cup and the Englishman is still pinching himself in the knowledge his European dream is about to come true. "It's amazing I've got the opportunity to go and showcase myself on one of the biggest stages in the world," Sullivan told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday. Putting on the attire it was a dream come true, I go to bed at night and need to pinch myself that I'm here." Sullivan, who is never short of a grin and a cheery wave to the galleries when he is playing in a regular European Tour event, was smiling like a Cheshire Cat as he gave a flavour of his first few hours in the Ryder Cup team room.

PGA: Ryder Cup - Practice RoundBy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Spain's Sergio Garcia threw down the gauntlet on Tuesday when asked about recent comments demeaning the quality of the European side and praising the U.S. squad for this week's Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine. "You don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth," Garcia told reporters. Garcia, playing in his eighth Ryder Cup having celebrated five Europe wins, was reacting to NBC commentator Johnny Miller's assertion that this was a decidedly weak European team, and to U.S. captain Davis Love III's boast about the 'greatness' of his side.


PGA: Ryder Cup - Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has added motivation playing for Europe captain Darren Clarke at this week's Ryder Cup, having first met his fellow Northern Irishman by chance on his 10th birthday 17 years ago. While McIlroy readily concedes that he has been lucky to represent his continent under three superb Ryder Cup captains in Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul McGinley, he says this week at Hazeltine will be extra special.


By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has added motivation playing for Europe captain Darren Clarke at this week's Ryder Cup, having first met his fellow Northern Irishman by chance on his 10th birthday 17 years ago. While McIlroy readily concedes that he has been lucky to represent his continent under three superb Ryder Cup captains in Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul McGinley, he says this week at Hazeltine will be extra special.

Miami Marlins players all wearing jerseys bearing the number 16 and name Fernandez honor the late Jose Fernandez before their game against the New York Mets, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on September 26, 2016Miami Marlins players wearing No. 16 jerseys in honor of Jose Fernandez paid a tearful tribute to their fallen team-mate on Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident. A night of wrenching emotion saw several of the Cuban-born player's team-mates choke back tears as they gathered on the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park ahead of their game against the New York Mets. Tributes followed throughout the game, eventually won 7-3 by the Marlins, with Dee Gordon breaking down in sobs after hitting his first home run of the season, before being embraced by team-mates.


MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins(Reuters) - Miami Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon honored former pitcher Jose Fernandez by hitting a home run in his team's first at-bat in an emotionally charged 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday. The 24-year-old Fernandez, a two-time All Star and 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, was killed early on Sunday in a boating accident, prompting an outpouring of grief around baseball. The Marlins canceled their game on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves and emotions were running high at Marlins Park when they returned to face the Mets on Monday.


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made 20 completions from 30 attempts for 240 yardsMatt Ryan threw two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons piled on the misery for the winless New Orleans Saints with a 45-32 victory at the Superdome. Tevin Coleman ran for two scores before rookie linebacker Deion Jones galloped 90 yards for a touchdown after collecting an interception from Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. The win left the Falcons on top of the NFC South with a 2-1 record as the Saints slumped to 0-3 on a night to forget for the home team.


NFL: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints(The Sports Xchange) - Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes, Tevin Coleman ran for three and linebacker Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards to power the Atlanta Falcons to a 45-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The Falcons (2-1) scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions and added a field goal on their sixth drive to build a 38-25 lead late in the third quarter. Then with the Saints moving into position to cut the deficit to six, Brian Poole jumped a slant route and deflected Drew Brees' pass intended for Michael Thomas.


Arnold Palmer died Sunday at age 87 of heart issuesTwo-time major winner Jordan Spieth says the US Ryder Cup team is looking to pay tribute to Arnold Palmer this week after his death and bringing home the trophy would certainly qualify. The Americans have lost three in a row, six of seven and eight of the past 10 Ryder Cup showdowns to Europe ahead of Friday's start of the 41st biennial matches at Hazeltine. "As Team USA, we're all looking to do something to honor him this week," Spieth said.


Arnold Palmer pauses and bows to the gallery as he walks to the 18th green during his final competitive appearance in the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in AugustaBy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The earthy, endearing and gifted Arnold Palmer left a brilliant legacy in golf but he transcended the links, launching an era of sports stars as high paid pitchmen and pioneering in sports media. "Something of a pop hero," Bob Dorfman, creative director at San Francisco's Baker Street Advertising, told Reuters about Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87. It was kind of the right guy, the right personality, the right time." Palmer, winner of seven majors, captured the public's imagination with his everyman demeanour, swashbuckling style and good looks just as television was coming of age nearly 60 years ago.


By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The earthy, endearing and gifted Arnold Palmer left a brilliant legacy in golf but he transcended the links, launching an era of sports stars as high paid pitchmen and pioneering in sports media. "Something of a pop hero," Bob Dorfman, creative director at San Francisco's Baker Street Advertising, told Reuters about Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87. It was kind of the right guy, the right personality, the right time." Palmer, winner of seven majors, captured the public's imagination with his everyman demeanour, swashbuckling style and good looks just as television was coming of age nearly 60 years ago.

PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola - Final RoundBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's Tour Championship-FedExCup Series double in Atlanta at the weekend has given Europe's team a mighty fillip ahead of the Ryder Cup, said captain Darren Clarke on Monday. World number three McIlroy rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to beat American Ryan Moore and win the season-ending PGA Tour event, FedExCup honors and a mind-boggling $10 million bonus. "From a European perspective it is always good to have one of our members win the week before the Ryder Cup," a hay-fever stricken Clarke told a news conference after arriving at Hazeltine National.


By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's Tour Championship-FedExCup Series double in Atlanta at the weekend has given Europe's team a mighty fillip ahead of the Ryder Cup, said captain Darren Clarke on Monday. World number three McIlroy rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to beat American Ryan Moore and win the season-ending PGA Tour event, FedExCup honours and a mind-boggling $10 million bonus. "From a European perspective it is always good to have one of our members win the week before the Ryder Cup," a hay-fever stricken Clarke told a news conference after arriving at Hazeltine National.

PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola - Final RoundBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson's "ridiculous" ability to overpower golf courses with his length and precision could be the key to American Ryder Cup glory this week, according to twice U.S. Open winner Andy North. The 32-year-old Johnson is ranked second in the world behind Australian Jason Day having won three PGA Tour events this season. Europe's talisman Rory McIlroy may have landed Tour Championship and FedExCup series honors in Atlanta on Sunday but North believes his fellow countryman is as good as anyone in the game at the moment.


PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola - Third RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - One way or another, Bubba Watson always wanted to be a part of the United States Ryder Cup team this week and his pleas to be an assistant captain finally met with success on Monday. Notably overlooked as a wildcard pick by U.S. captain Davis Love III despite being ranked seventh in the world, Watson was officially appointed as one of five vice-captains for the hosts ahead of this week's competition at Hazeltine National. "Bubba has offered a couple times to come and be one of our assistant captains, and I told him we had an extra red cart and we'd love to have him," Love said during a joint news conference on Monday with his European counterpart, Darren Clarke.


The European Union and American flags fly behind a statue of the Ryder Cup trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, MinnesotaArnold Palmer will be remembered with a moment of silence and video at Thursday's opening ceremony for the 41st Ryder Cup, in which US players hope to draw inspiration from the legend. Palmer, who died Sunday of heart issues at age 87, was a 1960s golf star whose charm and skills helped make him the first US celebrity sportsman endorser, spawning in many ways the modern global golf scene and the US and Europe stars who open competition Friday at Hazeltine. "The PGA Tour and the Palmer family created a logo and an Arnie's Army mention and I think there are going to be buttons for the fans and pins for the players.


By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - One way or another, Bubba Watson always wanted to be a part of the United States Ryder Cup team this week and his pleas to be an assistant captain finally met with success on Monday. Notably overlooked as a wildcard pick by U.S. captain Davis Love III despite being ranked seventh in the world, Watson was officially appointed as one of five vice-captains for the hosts ahead of this week's competition at Hazeltine National. "Bubba has offered a couple times to come and be one of our assistant captains, and I told him we had an extra red cart and we'd love to have him," Love said during a joint news conference on Monday with his European counterpart, Darren Clarke.

LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, said he will continue to stand for the national anthem while backing Colin KaepernickNBA stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry voiced support for Colin Kaepernick on Monday but said they had no plans to emulate the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's national anthem protest. Kaepernick has drawn a firestorm of criticism for his protest against social injustice and racial inequality, with critics branding him unpatriotic or worse for his stance.


By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - A video tribute, a moment of silence and a tangible salute to Arnold Palmer will be part of a celebration of the late golfer's life at this week's Ryder Cup matches between U.S. and European golfers. A tribute to Palmer, who died on Sunday at age 87, will be held on the first tee on Friday's opening of the competition, PGA of America president Derek Sprague said on Monday. U.S. team captain Davis Love III and European captain Darren Clarke said the teams would both honor 'The King' during the 41st edition of the biennial match play competition.
By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - A video tribute, a moment of silence and a tangible salute to Arnold Palmer will be part of a celebration of the late golfer's life at this week's Ryder Cup matches between U.S. and European golfers. A tribute to Palmer, who died on Sunday at age 87, will be held on the first tee on Friday's opening of the competition, PGA of America president Derek Sprague said on Monday. U.S. team captain Davis Love III and European captain Darren Clarke said the teams would both honor 'The King' during the 41st edition of the biennial match play competition.

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, pictured in January 2016, failed a physicalMiami Heat president Pat Riley said Monday he believes Chris Bosh has played his last game for the team after his failure of a physical exam following long-running problems with blood clots. Riley told reporters the Heat were planning for a future without their star forward, who has missed large parts of the last two seasons. The Heat announced on Friday that the 11-time All-Star had failed a physical, but did not explain the reasons, citing medical confidentiality.


Golf - Watson finally picked for Ryder Cup -- as assistant captainTwo-time Masters champion Bubba Watson will get to be part of the US Ryder Cup team after all, even though the seventh-ranked star was not selected as a captain's pick. US captain Davis Love named Watson an assistant captain on Monday, four days before the Americans face holders Europe in the 41st edition of the biennial men's golf team matches at Hazeltine. Watson was among the final selections for the last US captain's selection that was given Sunday to first-time Cup starter Ryan Moore hours after he finished second in a playoff to Rory McIlroy at the Tour Championship.


New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been playing a major role as the U.S. presidential race has heated up.

Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks is facing a civil trial in a Los Angeles court over allegations by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 2015New York Knicks star Derrick Rose said he was unfazed by allegations of rape against him on Monday as police in Los Angeles confirmed an investigation into the claims was under way. Rose is facing a civil trial in a Los Angeles court next week over the allegations by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by the player and two friends in 2015.


Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks told reporters that he is fitter than he has been for years following the successful USA campaign in BrazilNew York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony believes a summer spent helping the United States win Olympic gold has left him in prime form heading into the new NBA season next month. The 32-year-old was a key figure for the USA in Rio de Janeiro, winning a record third men's basketball gold in his fourth Olympics. "I feel in the best shape I've felt in a long time due to the fact that I was able to play a lot of basketball and train throughout the summer," Anthony said during the Knicks' media day.


NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers-Media Day(Reuters) - LeBron James said on Monday he supports athletes who have chosen to protest racial inequality during performances of the U.S. national anthem but the NBA's most famous player has no plans to follow in their footsteps. NFL backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers started a controversial movement when he chose to stay seated, and then later opted to kneel, for the national anthem this season and many others have since copied the gesture. "I'm all in favor of anyone - athlete or non-athlete - being able to express what they believe in a peaceful manner," James said at the Cleveland Cavaliers' Media Day.


L-R: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player attend the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament on April 7, 2016Worldwide tributes continued Monday for Arnold Palmer, the golf icon who died Sunday at age 87 as a public memorial was scheduled for next week in his hometown. Palmer's grandson, PGA player Sam Saunders, announced a private ceremony will be held for "The King" this week while a public memorial service will be staged on October 4 at St. Vincent's College Basilica in Palmer's hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Alastair Johnston, the chairman of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said the decision was made to delay the public ceremony until after the Ryder Cup so it does not overshadow the biennial US-Europe men's team golf matches being staged Friday through Sunday at Hazeltine.


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