The USA will seek to win an eighth consecutive edition of the competition against their International opponents in Melbourne, with captain Woods headlining a star-studded visiting line-up. Even with four-time major winner Brooks Koepka forced out through injury, the USA are heavy favourites to prevail and Woods has faith in his team to deliver the goods this week. Tiger Woods picks himself to play at Presidents Cup "I think our strength is that we are a very deep team," he said at the captains' media conference on Tuesday. "The guys have played well this entire year, and you know, we had 11 out of 12 guys play last week, so it was nice for them to shake off some rust, get a feel for things. "Today is an important day for us to just walk and to stretch our legs a bit. Getting in yesterday after a 26-hour ride in a luxurious tin can, it's nice to actually get out there and feel some fresh air." Iconic @Melbourne views 🤩#PresidentsCup week has officially started 🙌 … [Read more...] about Woods lauds USA’s strength in depth ahead of Presidents Cup bid
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Jose Maria Marin, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, has agreed to be extradited to the United States, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice has announced. Marin was among seven officials from football's world governing body FIFA who were arrested in May at their Zurich hotel after being indicted on corruption charges in the United States.The 83-year-old, who was the head of the organisation committee for the 2014 World Cup finals, is accused of having taken bribes in connection with sports marketing rights and had until now fought his extradition.Marin is the second of those arrested to agree to his extradition, following Jeffrey Webb's decision back in July - five further officials continue to oppose the extradition order.He "must be placed in the custody of a US police escort and taken to the USA within 10 days", according to a statement from the ministry.Marin was appointed to the 2014 World Cup role after the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira, who was … [Read more...] about Jose Maria Marin agrees to extradition to USA in FIFA bribery case
SAN DIEGO — For the past couple of years the baseball labor market has taken a major hit. Salaries, for the first time in, well, almost forever, actually went down over the past year despite skyrocketing revenue. Some top free agents have gone unsigned until after the season has begun and merely good free agents have either settled for small deals or, in some cases, no deals at all. A good third of the teams have been tanking, content to not spend money and to not field competitive teams. The situation has been so dire that there has been open talk of a work stoppage when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires following the 2021 season. But in the past couple of weeks something weird has happened: teams have begun to sign some players to some pretty good contracts. Before the Winter Meetings even began, Zack Wheeler, Yasmani Grandal, Cole Hamels, José Abreu, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Moustakas, Michael Pineda, and a handful of lesser players signed … [Read more...] about So, is the labor market all fixed now?
Woods is leading - and playing for – the USA against Ernie Els' International team this week, but Reed, a captain's pick, has been at the centre of controversy coming into the tournament. The former Masters champion was dealt a two-stroke penalty at the Hero World Challenge - hosted by Woods in the Bahamas - for hacking away at the sand around his ball in the third round. Hero World Challenge: Tiger Woods suffers late collapse Reed was punished for "removing or pressing down sand or loose soil" and agonisingly finished two shots behind victor Henrik Stenson. Woods is wary of potential backlash from rival supporters in the coming days, but he hopes the incident can be quickly forgotten. Eagle helps Stenson soar to victory at Hero World Challenge "The fans we have down here are awesome and they are into their sport," the 15-time major champion said. "Yes, I have talked to Pat about it. "But that is behind us and we are focused on this week, on trying to go up against this great … [Read more...] about Woods warns Reed of Australian crowds after penalty controversy
Voters moved LSU ahead of Ohio State and Clemson after the Tigers defeat of Georgia by Chip Patterson @Chip_Patterson Dec 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm ET • 3 min read LSU has not only captured the No. 1 overall seed in the College Football Playoff but jumped ahead of both Ohio State and Clemson to finish the regular season at No. 1 in the CBS Sports 130. The voters in the CBS Sports 130, a comprehensive ranking of every FBS team, moved the Buckeyes into the top spot well before the CFP Selection Committee did earlier this season, but just like those committee members, we could not ignore the impressive performance against a quality foe that unfolded on Saturday in Atlanta.LSU's romp of Georgia, a team that was No. 5 in our rankings going into the week and remains in that position even after the loss, had our voters reorganizing their top five. Ohio State and Clemson remain in their previous order, just bumped down a spot to No. 2 and No. 3. … [Read more...] about College football rankings: LSU jumps OSU, Clemson to take No. 1 in CBS Sports 130