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PGA: Ryder CupBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the 41st Ryder Cup, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in Friday's opening foursomes. 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 in a mouth-watering matchup at Hazeltine National. Twice major winner Spieth and Reed, aged 23 and 26 respectively, formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.


A video board shows Arnold Palmer as he is honored at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony in MinnesotaArnold 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.


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.

Lady Gaga arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California(Reuters) - Pop singer Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February, the National Football League said on Thursday. The six-time Grammy Award winner known for songs such as "Bad Romance" and "Born This Way," will take the stage on Feb. 5 in Houston, the NFL said in a statement. This will be Gaga's second time performing on the Super Bowl stage, after having sang the U.S. national anthem at the NFL's championship game last February in San Francisco.


* Clarke never in doubt about Rose-Stenson start * Masters champion Willett left out of first session * Mickelson and Fowler in second match out (Adds detail, quotes) By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the 41st Ryder Cup, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in Friday's opening foursomes. 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 in a mouth-watering matchup at Hazeltine National. Twice major winner Spieth and Reed, aged 23 and 26 respectively, formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.
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.

(L-R)Justin Rose from England , Andy Sullivan from England, Henrik Stenson from Sweden and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland playing for Team Europe arrive during a practice round ahead of 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf CourseEurope'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.


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.

PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


Team Europe's Lee Westwood from England during a practice round ahead ofthe 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota, September 29, 2016Lee 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.


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 ...

Fan David Johnson of North Dakota reacts after being pulled from the crowd and making a putt on the eighth green during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, MinnesotaUS 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.


PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


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.
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.

Danny Willett from England playing for Team Europe is seen during a practice round ahead of 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota, September 29, 2016Masters 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.


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.

PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


MLB: Cincinnati Reds-Press Conference(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.


Ben Crenshaw of the U.S. waves good-bye on the 18th green after golfing his final round at the Masters during second round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in AugustaBy 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.


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.

PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


PGA: Ryder CupBy 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.


PGA: Ryder CupBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson has apologized for sparking a verbal spat with former United States captain Hal Sutton at Hazeltine National over events that occurred during the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. Mickelson on Wednesday criticized Sutton for his decision 12 years ago to pair the left-hander with Tiger Woods on two day's notice before the world's two top-ranked players went on to lose both matches they played against Europe. Mickelson and Woods, put "in a position to fail", were beaten 2&1 by Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington in the opening fourball matches at Oakland Hills before losing one down to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood in the foursomes.


PGA: Ryder CupBy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - It is an individualist game at its core, yet some of golf's most vivid moments come from the Ryder Cup and the first tee of the preeminent team competition in the sport. "There's nothing really to compare it to," said Rickie Fowler, who this week is competing in his third Ryder Cup. "Probably one of the most nerve-wracking shots you'll ever hit throughout your career is the first tee shot at a Ryder Cup." Phil Mickelson, who this week will tie Nick Faldo for most Ryder Cups played, said: "It's truly one of the greatest experiences in the game of golf as a professional golfer to experience walking to the first tee.


PGA: Ryder Cup - Practice RoundBy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Patrick Reed loves the Ryder Cup and its match play format, as he showed two years ago at Gleneagles, but he positively lit up when asked about working with Tiger Woods in preparing for this week's competition. Assistant captain Woods has been working with a pod of U.S. players at Hazeltine comprising Reed, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, and Reed gushed about how generous the 14-times major winner has been and how much he has learned from him. "The way his mind works on the golf course, it's impressive and it definitely shows why he has won so much," said Reed, who believed the experience would pay dividends in his career.


Team USA player Dustin Johnson gestures during a practice round ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf CourseDustin Johnson took part of 2014 off to deal with personal challenges and now that he's enjoying his best season ever, the US Open champ is looking to end the USA's misery at the Ryder Cup. "Every achievement is very important to me," Johnson said Thursday on the eve of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Johnson was named to Team USA two years ago but skipped the Ryder Cup in Scotland to work through some personal problems.


Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Chris Wood and Thomas Pieters of Europe walk during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016Half of Europe's 12-man Ryder Cup roster will be first-time players, but the newcomers are determined to keep the trophy out of American hands. Belgium's Thomas Pieters, Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and England's Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Danny Willett -- the Masters champion -- make their debuts Friday at Hazeltine in alternate shot foursomes and four-ball matches. "We're a strong group," Pieters said.


Patrick Reed of the United States speaks in a press conference prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf ClubPatrick Reed, who famously put finger to lips and shushed European fans in his 2014 Ryder Cup debut, says he expects to produce more antics to fire up US teammates and fans starting Friday. The Americans will try to snap a three-Cup losing streak at Hazeltine in the 41st edition of the men's team golf showdown and Reed will add to the legacy he began two years ago at Gleneagles. "Any time I can wear red, white and blue, it means everything," Reed said Thursday.


Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in HaikouBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Hazeltine National, this week's Ryder Cup venue, is a true test and a better layout than it was in 1970 when Tony Jacklin shook up the golfing world by becoming the first British winner of the U.S. Open in 50 years. American Dave Hill caused a stir when he finished a distant seven strokes adrift of Jacklin in second place, saying the course should be turned into farmland. The routing is different this week to how the club members normally play it but Jacklin is expecting fireworks from the 24 players representing holders Europe and the United States.


By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Hazeltine National, this week's Ryder Cup venue, is a true test and a better layout than it was in 1970 when Tony Jacklin shook up the golfing world by becoming the first British winner of the U.S. Open in 50 years. American Dave Hill caused a stir when he finished a distant seven strokes adrift of Jacklin in second place, saying the course should be turned into farmland. The routing is different this week to how the club members normally play it but Jacklin is expecting fireworks from the 24 players representing holders Europe and the United States.
By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - It is an individualist game at its core, yet some of golf's most vivid moments come from the Ryder Cup and the first tee of the preeminent team competition in the sport. "There's nothing really to compare it to," said Rickie Fowler, who this week is competing in his third Ryder Cup. "Probably one of the most nerve-wracking shots you'll ever hit throughout your career is the first tee shot at a Ryder Cup." Phil Mickelson, who this week will tie Nick Faldo for most Ryder Cups played, said: "It's truly one of the greatest experiences in the game of golf as a professional golfer to experience walking to the first tee.

Danny Willett of Europe plays a tee shot during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016Patrick Reed asked US Ryder Cup supporters Thursday not to punish Europe's Danny Willett for insults made by his brother while Phil Mickelson apologized for igniting a captaincy controversy. The 41st biennial men's team golf showdown between Europe and the Americans starts Friday at Hazeltine with US players trying to snap a record three-Cup losing streak. Willett, the reigning Masters champion from England and one of six Ryder Cup newcomers on Europe's squad, apologized Wednesday for comments by his brother Pete on a European golf website insulting American golf fans.


By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Patrick Reed loves the Ryder Cup and its match play format, as he showed two years ago at Gleneagles, but he positively lit up when asked about working with Tiger Woods in preparing for this week's competition. Assistant captain Woods has been working with a pod of U.S. players at Hazeltine comprising Reed, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, and Reed gushed about how generous the 14-times major winner has been and how much he has learned from him. "The way his mind works on the golf course, it's impressive and it definitely shows why he has won so much," said Reed, who believed the experience would pay dividends in his career.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (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.

Golf - Medinah miracle man Kaymer happy to let others leadGermany's Martin Kaymer gets more attention for his tense six-foot putt to complete Europe's astonishing 2012 Ryder Cup fightback victory than for any tournament he has ever won. The 31-year-old captain's choice pondered his place in Cup lore Thursday, the eve of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, where Europe seeks an unprecedented fourth win in a row over the United States. "People definitely recognize my career more because of the Ryder Cup putt than any other tournament I ever won in my career," said Kaymer, a two-time major champion.


NCAA Football: Battle at Bristol-Tennessee vs Virginia Tech(Story corrects paragraphs 3 & 4 to show Manning was talking about American football in China in general, not the CAFL in particular.) BEIJING (Reuters) - Former Denver Bronco and Indianapolis Colt quarterback Peyton Manning helped promote American football in China on Wednesday, meeting young aspiring players ahead of the launch of the country's new league. Manning, who retired after steering the Broncos to Super Bowl victory in February, is visiting the country ahead of the start of the China Arena Football League (CAFL) this weekend.


Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees celebrates his game winning ninth inning grand slam home run against the Boston Red SoxMark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-3 win over Boston, but didn't stop the Red Sox from clinching the American League East division title. The Red Sox were assured of their eighth division crown when the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto.


Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in HaikouBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The destiny of the Ryder Cup may rest on how Europe's six rookies perform this week, according to Tony Jacklin, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the biennial team event in the 1980s. Jacklin, Europe's most decorated captain after winning twice and tying once in four Ryder Cups, says no one knows how Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters will fare under the microscope.


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