Ryder Cup 2014 – Tom Watson targets Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says his team will be targeting http://www.packersshop.us.com/Micah_Hyde_Jersey Europe’s best player and talisman as they seek to overturn golfing logic and recent history this week.

The US have not won on European soil for 21 years, while the home team count in their ranks the world’s top-ranked player in Rory McIlroy and three of this year’s four major champions.

But Watson, returning to the country where he won four of his five Open championships, believes his unheralded team can bring down both McIlroy and Europe’s great inspiration two years ago, Ian Poulter.

Watson, 65, said: “When you beat the stud on the other side, it gives a boost to your team.

“The bottom line is that if each of your players wins more than they lose, we win as a team. That is what I have told our team.

“Poulter, he’s an 80% victor over the matches he has played in. We would like to reduce that.”

Watson, the oldest captain in http://www.chargers.us.com/Kendall_Reyes_Jersey the contest’s 87-year history, wants revenge for the shock defeat at Medinah in 2012, when they led 10-6 going into the final day’s singles only to lose eight and draw one of the 12 matches as a Poulter-led Europe pulled off one of the great Ryder Cup comebacks.

Only five of that American dozen have made it to Gleneagles, but Watson – captain when the US won at the Belfry in 1993 – said: “I have made it very clear to them that this trip is a redemption trip.

“Those players that played on that team… it’s time to make amends and try to redeem yourselves from what happened in 2012. I think it’s a motivation rather than a negative.

In addition to McIlroy, winner of both the Open and US PGA this summer, Europe’s team contains three more of the world’s top six ranked players and US Open champion Martin Kaymer.

Only once since 2002 – at Valhalla six years ago – have they lost the Ryder Cup.

“I think we’re slight favourites,” said captain Paul McGinley. “We’re not overwhelming favourites.

“But we have been favourites before in Mike Santorelli Blue Womens Jersey Ryder Cups. I think our players have deserved it, and I think it’s a situation to embrace.”

McGinley, 47, said his side should not be “afraid” or “ashamed” of being favourites – and warned they face a “very tough contest”.

He added: “The guys have worked very hard to be in the position they are.

“Having said that, I did a bit of calculation myself when the two teams were formulated, and Tom’s team’s average ranking position was 16 and ours was 18. So this is not a weak American team.

“We might be slight favourites with the bookies, but the two teams are very well balanced and very close together.”

Both teams arrived in Perthshire on Monday, with McIlroy one of the first on the driving range set up alongside the substantially redesigned Centenary course.

McGinley insisted there were no problems between the 25-year-old and his fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

McDowell, 35, admitted in http://www.coltsofficialauthentic.com/COLTS-STANLEY-HAVILI-JERSEY his BBC Sport column that the lawsuit McIlroy has filed against his management company had put a strain on their relationship, but stressed he would love to be paired with his compatriot again.

Yet McGinley may have other plans ahead of Friday morning’s fourballs.

He said: “Both of them have assured me all along that there’s no issues, and that’s the way I’ve always seen it. Whether they come together or not is another story.

“Three or four months ago, I had a very strong view that they would have been, but the more I look at their statistics and the more I look at the different value I have with them, I’m thinking there may be a value in not doing it.

“But if I don’t decide to play them, it would be for tactical reasons. It won’t be for any other reasons.

“They have played six Ryder Cup matches and they have only won two together. It’s not like these guys are written in stone.”


Garth Crooks’s team of the week: Ozil, Welbeck, Moses & Downing

Frank Lampard came back to haunt old club http://www.broncos.us.com/Montee_Ball_Jersey Chelsea with a late goal to earn champions Manchester City a 1-1 draw with the Premier League leaders.
However, Sunday’s big match had its thunder stolen by Leicester City, who achieved a stunning 5-3 comeback victory against Manchester United.
West Ham inflicted a third defeat of the season on Liverpool, Southampton moved up to second with victory at Swansea, Arsenal beat a virus-affected Aston Villa 3-0 and Crystal Palace won their first game of the season at Everton.
Elsewhere, Papiss Cisse rescued a point for beleaguered Newcastle boss Alan Pardew against Hull, QPR came back twice to draw with Stoke and Burnley and Sunderland could not find a goal between them.
Take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with my choices.
Poland international Wojciech Szczesny made some important saves in Arsenal’s win over Aston Villa, but his stop from Ciaran Clark was a defining moment. And what a save it was as well. Even when he mis-kicks or fumbles (which he does from time to time) he still has the extraordinary ability to get himself and his team out of trouble.
Nathaniel Clyne has been producing steady performances for Southampton since the summer shake-up at St Mary’s. He was under pressure for his place at the back end of last season, but, under new manager Ronald Koeman appears to be playing better than ever. He was at the heart off the move that resulted in Victor Wanyama’s excellent finish to win the game at Swansea. It was a typical contribution from a player who loves to get involved.
It was a very professional performance against Aston Villa from Kieran Gibbs, a player who, with a little more adventure and courage to his game, is capable of emulating former Arsenal legends like Pat Rice and Sammy Nelson. I just wish he’d take the handbrake off and really go for it sometimes. The England international can be as good as he wants to be.
Regular readers will know I love to see my centre-backs affecting the play in the opposition Manny Lawson Kids Jersey penalty area. Winston Reid gave West Ham the best possible start against Liverpool on Saturday evening with a goal that set the tempo for an excellent game. He also did extremely well coping with a dangerous Mario Balotelli and a very lively Raheem Sterling.
I don’t normally select defenders whose team have conceded three goals, but Leicester’s performance against Manchester United was so sensational I have to make an exception for Wes Morgan. The Foxes captain and talisman was at the heart of this amazing victory. Don’t worry Wes, you won’t have to cope with Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria every week.
It is only a few weeks into the season, but West Ham have started very impressively and one of the main men responsible for that is Stewart Downing. He was certainly their star player against a Liverpool side who, on this evidence, appear incapable of conducting a Champions League campaign and coping with the demands of the Premier League at the same time.
Looks like the kid is back in business. Mesut Ozil scored a great goal and provided a mesmerising cross for Danny Welbeck to net his first goal for Arsenal against Villa. The big question for Arsene Wenger now is, does he play Ozil on the left in order to accommodate other quality players or play the German in the centre of midfield where he prefers and was so effective for Real Madrid?
I think a few people might have raised their eyebrows when Harry Rednapp brought Niko Kranjcar back to the Premier League during the recent transfer window for a second spell at QPR. However, after the performance and equalising free-kick he produced against a very lively Stoke outfit on Saturday, they needn’t have worried.
I’ve been a fan of Victor Moses since his days at Crystal Palace. That said, I don’t think he fulfilled his true potential at Chelsea or Liverpool, although he would have benefited from the experiences. Against QPR, however, the Stoke winger looked like the performer he was during his time at Wigan.
I must say that, after the possible hat-trick he could have scored but failed to do so in his side’s 2-0 defeat by Borussia http://www.billsshop.us.com/Marcell_Dareus_Jersey Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday I was starting to get a little worried for Danny Welbeck. Yet, his confidence remained undiminished against Aston Villa and his general play was outstanding. His goal will give him a tremendous boost because, when all is said and done, scoring goals is what he is paid to do.
What a performance it was by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy on Sunday. The man who was playing for Halifax FC in the Northern Premier League only three years ago tore Manchester United to shreds with his pace and scored the goal that gave his side the lead. Louis van Gaal will be pondering what happened to his team of Galacticos at the King Power Stadium. He certainly shouldn’t be under any illusion now as to why the Premier League is the most competitive and difficult league to win in the world.


Tucker’s field goal lifts Ravens over Browns 23-21

Oakland Raiders Sebastian Janikowski Limited Nike Men's Black Jersey The Baltimore Ravens aren’t letting anything distract them from winning.

While there are still questions about how their handling http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/COREY-LINSLEY-JERSEY-CHEAP.html of Ray Rice’s case, it’s clear the Ravens haven’t changed – on the field.

With Rice’s troubling situation lingering over them, they pulled off a comeback win Sunday as Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give Baltimore a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Tucker’s boot capped another challenging week for the Ravens (2-1), who continue to be dogged by their management of Rice’s domestic violence arrest and suspension.

But for the second straight game, the Ravens blocked out any external noise and knocked off another division rival.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is impressed with his team’s ability to focus on the task at hand.

”The best way to silence it (distractions) is handle it with class,” he said. ”There’s always going to be in life, challenges and attacks and consequences and all those kinds of things that we’ll talk about I’m sure probably this week and ongoing forever. You just gotta stand up, be accountable and be who you are and try to stand for the right things.

”And our guys do that.”

Joe Flacco set up Tucker’s game-winner with a 32-yard pass to Steve Smith with 1:28 left. Smith beat Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden before hauling in Flacco’s pass and taking it to Cleveland’s 13. The Ravens ran the clock down before bringing in Tucker, who split the uprights and sent the Browns (1-2) to another tough loss.

It was the kind of play the Ravens expected from Smith, signed as a free agent in the offseason. And, it was typical Flacco, who finished 19 of 31 for 217 yards with one touchdown.

”We call him, ‘Joe Cool,”’ Smith said. ”Throughout the whole game, good or bad, Joe stays the same.”

The Browns blew several chances to put the Ravens away in the second half. Cleveland missed a field goal, had one blocked, committed 12 penalties and wide receiver rookie Davon House Authentic Jersey Taylor Gabriel fell after catching a long pass from Brian Hoyer, failing to score what should have been an easy touchdown.

”It’s going to be a long two weeks,” Hoyer said. ”I know we’re going to watch this film and be mad at ourselves. We had some opportunities to put this game away and we didn’t do it. It’s on us.”

Following the game, Harbaugh addressed an ESPN report that claims he wanted the team to immediately release Rice in February after he was arrested for punching his then-fiancee. The report says Harbaugh was overruled by owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

”I can tell you this, we work together in our organization,” Harbaugh said. ”Every single football decision we make, we work together. You get together, you hash it out. Everybody’s got their opinions. It’s not black and white. It’s never nuanced on anything. That decision was exactly like all the other ones. When we walk out of that room, we are united.”

Harbaugh said he thought the team handled the case the right way. ”I felt like we did the right thing and I stand behind it.”

Hoyer completed 19 of 25 passes for 290 yards. Along with the blown opportunities, the Browns had a fake play in which backup quarterback Johnny Manziel fooled Baltimore’s defense negated by a penalty. Manziel started to leave the field and pretended to have a conversation with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

The Browns quickly snapped the ball and Hoyer threw a pass to Manziel for a 39-yard gain, but the play was brought back by an illegal shift.

”It worked pretty well,” Manziel said. ”They didn’t see it coming. Unfortunately we got a penalty on it.”

Ravens rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 91 yards and one TD. He filled in for Bernard Pierce – Rice’s replacement- who sat out with a thigh injury. Smith had five catches for 101 yards.

Not everything went Baltimore’s way. Tight end Dennis Pitta was taken to a hospital after he appeared to sustain a serious hip injury in the first half. Pitta, who played in just four games last season after dislocating his right hip in training camp, went down without being touched after catching a pass.

The Ravens didn’t have a postgame update on Pitta, but his teammates were concerned for him.

”He’s a good friend, he’s a good teammate http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/DATONE-JONES-JERSEY-CHEAP.html and he’s a hell of a player,” Flacco said. ”No matter who it is, it’s tough to see that happen, especially when it looks like it might be serious.”

NOTES: Harbaugh and Flacco improved to 12-1 vs. the Browns. … Baltimore allowed its first TDs inside the red zone this season. … The Ravens snapped a four-game road losing streak against division foes. … With his 45th career 100-yard game, Smith tied Isaac Bruce for 10th on the all-time list.


Getting to know the Oakland Raiders

When the New England Matt Schaub Jersey Patriots begin the process of familiarizing themselves with this week’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders, they will undoubtedly see this strong comment from veteran safety Charles Woodson: “We suck.”
Those words, and more, were delivered by Woodson after the Raiders were smoked by the Texans, 30-14, in their home-opener on Sunday (box score).
Bill Belichick will naturally remind his Patriots players that anything is possible in the NFL, and that if they take the Raiders lightly, they could be upset. He’ll also likely detail some of the Raiders’ individual strengths, pointing out the eclectic mix of experienced veterans and rookies playing key roles.
With an average age of 27.02 on their opening-day roster, the Raiders are the oldest team in the AFC and the second-oldest in the NFL. The Patriots, for a contrast, had an average opening-day age of 25.79.
The numbers for the Raiders are skewed by some of their free-agent signings this offseason, which include Woodson (re-signed), defensive end Justin Tuck, outside linebacker/defensive http://www.raidersshop.us.com/Miles_Burris_Jersey end LaMarr Woodley, receiver James Jones and running back Maurice Jones-Drew. But then consider that the Raiders are starting rookie quarterback Derek Carr (second round, Fresno State), linebacker/defensive http://www.raidersshop.us.com/Mychal_Rivera_Jersey end Khalil Mack (first round, Buffalo) and left guard Gabe Jackson (third round, Mississippi State), and one sees that they are also relying on youth at critical positions.
For more on the Raiders, below is our weekly primer.


Patriots hope to continue home dominance

Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/ANDREW-QUARLESS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots.
The running back’s dad sure picked a winner.

The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that 26-4 when they open their home season against the Raiders on Sunday.

”It’s going to be awesome,” Ridley said. ”My dad’s old favorite team was the Raiders, until, of course, I became a Patriot. So we’ve got about 14 people coming up this week, and my mom’s really excited about it. The family’s going to be here, so it’s going to be an exciting atmosphere to come back here to Foxborough and get in the home stadium.”

The Patriots are 11-1 in home openers since they moved into Gillette in 2002. The only loss came when Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal attempt on the next to last play – after making three longer ones – as the Arizona Cardinals won 20-18 in 2012.

That was one of three home losses for Tom Brady that season. But dating back to 2006, the quarterback is 56-5 in his past 61 home games, 49-3 in the regular season.

His other two losses at Gillette in 2012 were to teams that went to the Super Bowl, Baltimore http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/CLAY-MATTHEWS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html and San Francisco.

The 2011 home loss was to the New York Giants, who beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl that season.

And Brady’s only home loss in the 2010 season was in the playoffs to the New York Jets, who made it to the AFC championship game.
So the Raiders, 32nd and last in the AP Pro32, figure to be Brady’s next conquest.

”We always love playing at home with our fans,” special teams captain Matthew Slater said. ”They give us so much support. They give us an extra boost of energy and we feel like we’ve been all over the country and haven’t played a game at home.”

The Patriots opened the season in hot Miami weather with a 33-20 loss to the Dolphins. Then they went to Minnesota, where they beat the Vikings 30-7.

The schedule gets tougher after Sunday with the next four home games against Cincinnati, the Jets, Chicago and Denver. For now, the Patriots are concentrating on Oakland.

”Home games are so important because you only get so many of them,” Slater said, ”but each and every week is a season within itself. So our total focus is on playing the Raiders, whether it was home, away or out in the backyard.”

Offenses sometimes struggle to communicate signals in front of rowdy road crowds.

The Patriots won’t have to worry about that Sunday.

”On offense, you don’t use the silent count,” right tackle Sebastian Vollmer said. ”You’ve got to take pride in where you play, so you want to keep your record clean at home. Obviously, you want to do that on the road, too, but it doesn’t always work.”

In the past five regular seasons, the Patriots are 37-3 at home and 24-16 on the road. They’re a perfect 8-0 at Gillette in four of the past seven seasons, including 5-3 in 2008 when Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Cheering the Patriots and booing the opponents help but only go so far.

Coach Bill Belichick has a different answer for his team’s success at home.

”Good players,” he said. ”Winning games Corey Linsley Elite Jersey in this league is all about having good players. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of them. Players win games.”

The Patriots have a lot more good ones than the Raiders. And while Ridley is running in his No. 22 jersey, he expects his father to be wearing a replica in the stands.

”He’ll be in 2-2 all the way, man,” Ridley said. ”No black and silver for him.”


With MJD out, Raiders will rotate Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray in Week 2

Raiders running back Maurice D.J. Hayden Jersey Jones-Drew won’t rule himself out of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Publicly, the coaching staff has maintained a similar stance.
Though nothing formal has been announced, multiple sources have indicated that he won’t be available for the home opener.
CSN Bay Area’s Fallon Smith http://www.raidersshop.us.com/Darren_Mcfadden_Jersey originally reported on Wednesday that Jones-Drew had surgery on his right hand. The running back acknowledged having a procedure after Thursday’s practice, his second straight session missed.
“I’d love to go out there, but it’s a long season,” Jones-Drew said. “You want to make sure that everything is right and where it needs to be.”
Per the San Francisco Chronicle…
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said that both Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will get a crack at getting the running game going, a week after Oakland had 25 yards on 12 carries in a loss to the Jets.
“Last week we wanted to http://www.raidersshop.us.com/Dave_Casper_Jersey see Maurice Jones-Drew in a full-time role,” Olson said. “This week, I don’t know if we’ll see that. We’ll start with Darren, and it probably will be more series-wise with Latavius and Darren.”
Fantasy Impact:
Murray is a player that the fantasy community is excited about, but he has been unable to crack the rotation after a lot of early career hype. He’s worth a stash in larger formats. As for Week 2, it sounds as if McFadden will get the start, but that the two backs will rotate series by series. The Redskins had a lot of success running on the Texans in http://www.raidersshop.us.com/David_Ausberry_Jersey Week 1, but the Raiders don’t have that type of running game. Neither player is an attractive start at this point, though either player could be started in desperation.


Bills WRs Watkins, Woods enjoy complementary start

Robert Woods was a big fan of fellow Bills A.J. Hawk Youth Jersey starting receiver Sammy Watkins long before the two began sharing neighboring lockers.
Watkins can say the same thing about Woods, even though the two attended colleges on opposite coasts.
Woods, who played at Southern California, and Watkins, at Clemson, revealed this week that they spent much of the 2012 season tracking each other’s production to serve as motivation.

”We used to compete with them,” Woods said, referring to the Clemson tandem of Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. ”It was my last year, and one day they had four touchdowns between them. And we were like, ‘All right, we’ve got to get four, too.”’

It was no different for Watkins and Hopkins, who kept tabs on USC’s top tandem of Woods and Marqise Lee.

”Yeah, it’s funny, man. That’s what pushed us every week,” Watkins said. ”You always want to be doing what they’re doing and top them just to keep yourself hungry.”

That rivalry has taken on a complementary – and complimentary – dimension. The two have already begun showing flashes of their dynamic chemistry in helping the Bills to a 2-0 start in preparing to host San Diego (1-1) on Sunday.

Woods had four catches – three for first downs – for a team-best 78 yards in a season-opening 23-20 overtime win at Chicago. Watkins responded with eight catches for 117 yards Aaron Rodgers Authentic Jersey and a touchdown in a 29-10 win over Miami last weekend. The eight catches were the most by a Bills rookie since Joe Cribbs had nine in 1980.

And Watkins’ 117 yards receiving were the most by any Bills player since Stevie Johnson had 137 in 2010 – that’s right, four years ago.
It’s your turn, Robert.

”It’s still early,” Woods said, breaking into a big grin. ”Now I’ve got something to go after.”

The Bills’ big investment in revamping their group of receivers is showing signs of paying off for a team that’s been saddled with a popgun passing attack for much of the past decade. The Bills haven’t cracked the NFL’s top 14 in yards passing since finishing fifth in 2002, when Eric Moulds and Peerless Price were Drew Bledsoe’s top threats.

Woods was the first to arrive in 2013, when the Bills selected him in the second round. Watkins arrived with a splash in May.

General manager Doug Whaley thought so highly of Watkins’ ability that he traded next year’s first-round draft pick to move up five spots and select the receiver with the No. 4 pick.

”I’m extremely impressed,” running back Fred Jackson said of the two.

Jackson referred to Woods as one of his ”favorite people I’ve loved to watch,” because of how physical he is in outmuscling defenders as a receiver and blocker.

As for Watkins, Jackson said: ”Sammy’s still scratching the surface, but he’s got the potential to be one of the better ones that have played here in Buffalo.”

Watkins is a speedster who has shown an ability to find holes in opposing defenses. He’s also been resilient in playing despite sore ribs he first injured during the preseason.

Woods has speed and is also a crisp route runner who has been fearless in making catches in traffic.

Their presence has made it difficult for defense’s to determine which one to shadow with double coverage.

The Bills have further depth with fifth-year receiver Mike Williams, acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, and second-year speedster http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/KHYRI-THORNTON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html Marquise Goodwin.

It’s a group that has Watkins already beginning to track some of the NFL’s top receiving corps to use as motivation.

”We’ve got a lot of room to grow, but I think we can be dominant like Julio (Jones) and Roddy White,” Watkins said, referring to the Atlanta Falcons’ top tandem. ”With them, they could win any game at any time. And that’s the situation we’ve got to get here.”


Giancarlo Stanton HBP in face

Stanton was driven off the field in an ambulance after being hit in the face by a pitch in the fifth inning.

The Marlins announced Stanton suffered a laceration and was undergoing X-rays and a CT scan. But Marlins manager Mike Redmond acknowledged after the game that he was not optimistic about the extent of the injury.

“We’ve lost our MVP,” Redmond said. “It doesn’t look good.”

Stanton immediately fell to the ground after being hit by Fiers’ 88 mph fastball. Trainers from both teams came to his assistance, and he was placed on a backboard and then a stretcher.

Stanton’s father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, then left with him in the ambulance.

Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted out support for Stanton following the game.

That was one of the to hardest things I’ve ever had to watch here’s to hoping Big G is alright and makes a full recovery prayers ur way bud

- Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) September 12, 2014
The umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch, setting up an 0-2 count. Reed Johnson pinch hit for Stanton and was hit in the hand by Fiers’ next pitch. Casey McGehee was in the on-deck circle and starting yelling at Fiers, and both benches and bullpens emptied.

There was some pushing and shoving, but it did not appear any punches were thrown. When order was restored, the umpires ejected McGehee and Redmond.

Fiers took to Twitter to apologize for hitting Stanton.

@Giancarlo818 I am deeply sorry about what happened tonight. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through. (Continue)…

- Mike Fiers (@Fiers64) September 12, 2014
@Giancarlo818 my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery.

- Mike Fiers (@Fiers64) September 12, 2014
“[Fiers] gets a lot of [strikeouts] on fastballs up, and the ball just got away from him,” Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “You saw what happened. It was definitely a scary moment. You never wish that on anybody. It’s just a freak accident.”

Marlins reliever Anthony DeSclafani was also ejected in the sixth inning after hitting Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez with a pitch.

“We had a guy hit in the mouth, then we had a guy hit in the hand,” Redmond said. “Then Gomez gets hit, and our guy gets thrown out.”

The beaning of Stanton quickly drew attention around the majors. Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, who was Stanton’s former teammate in Miami, also took to Twitter to send his well wishes to the slugger.