The Bubba Watson Dilemma

September 19th, 2016

Picking Bubba Watson for the final American Ryder Cup spot is both the right and wrong choice for U.S. captain Davis Love III

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Davis Love III invites Bubba Watson to weekend Ryder Cup practice

September 16th, 2016

New wrinkle: Davis Love III invites Bubba Watson to weekend Ryder Cup practice

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Lee Westwood suggests Bubba Watson’s Ryder Cup omission a team chemistry issue

September 14th, 2016

Lee Westwood suggests Bubba Watson’s Ryder Cup omission a team chemistry issue

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Betting odds of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and others being the final Ryder Cup captain’s pick

September 13th, 2016

Betting odds of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and others being the final Ryder Cup captain’s pick

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Bubba Watson is not getting the final captain’s pick. Davis Love already told us

September 13th, 2016

Bubba Watson is not getting the final captain’s pick. Davis Love already told us

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Laurie Hernandez nails aerial cartwheel while throwing out first pitch at Mets game

September 4th, 2016

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles flipped while throwing out her first pitch at an Astros game on July 4 (before competing in the Rio Olympics). Laurie Hernandez, who won gold in Rio with Biles, flipped during her first pitch too. Good form, @lzhernandez02! pic.twitter.com/T4ZCqICUEm — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 3, 2016 In her post-pitch interview, Hernandez casually said, “As soon as I found out I was throwing the first pitch, I was just like, ‘Oh, I’ll just throw a flip in there.’” Your browser does not support iframes. NO BIG DEAL. Doing an aerial cartwheel in front of tons of people at a professional baseball game is as easy as riding a bike for an Olympic gold medalist. (Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports) (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)  (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)  Hernandez also posed with a baseball player who was much taller than her to make for another hilarious photo that shows how tiny gymnasts are. Yes, this is 6'6″ Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard with 5'0″ Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. pic.twitter.com/jXP3z03q2X — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 3, 2016 More MLB!Jose Reyes ripped the cover off a baseball on a foul tip16hr agoPirates have heads shaved by kids for MLB's Childhood Cancer Awareness Day2d agoMom writes emotional note thanking Cardinals usher for going above and beyond for her son2d ago USA gymnasts Simone Biles (left) and Aly Raisman finished first and second, respectively, in the all-around competition. Gwen Jorgensen gave the United States its first gold in triathlon since it became in Olympic sport in 2000. Matthew Centrowitz won the first U.S. gold in men's 1,500 since 1908. The U.S. women's basketball team have won six consecutive Olympic gold medals. USA's Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin provided a lasting moment during the heats for the 5,000 meters. After both runners fell, D'Agostino, who suffered a torn ACL, helped up Hamblin, who then returned the favor to D'Agostino. Katie Ledecky, shown leading the 800 freestyle, won the event by 11 seconds and set a world record. The war of words and gestures between Lilly King (right) and Yuliya Efimova (left) reached its pinnacle when King out-touched Efimova for gold in the 100 breaststroke final. Danell Leyva won silver medals in the parallel bars and high bars in the Rio Olympics. USA's Ibtihaj Muhammad (left) and Dagmara Wozniak celebrate after winning a bronze medal in the team sabre competition. USA's Bubba Watson might have finished 32nd in golf's Olympic return, but he was among the country's best ambassadors, seen cheering at numerous events. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, earned a gold medal in the 200 butterfly, one of five gold medals won in Rio. Phelps ends his career with 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. From left to right: Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel celebrate with their gold medals after winning the 4×100 medley relay. It was also the United States' 1,000th Summer Olympic gold medal. The United States swept the women's 100 hurdles with (from left to right) Kristi Castlin (bronze), Brianna Rollins (gold), and Nia Ali (silver) taking home the medals. The American women had 61 of the 121 overall U.S. medals, with 27 of them gold. The water polo team won gold for the second consecutive Olympics after defeating Italy 12-5. Jamaica's Usain Bolt completed his historic three-peat in his final Games, winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay for the third consecutive Olympics. DeAndre Jordan and Jimmy Butler celebrate winningUSA Basketball'sthird consecutive Olympic gold medal. jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions, scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://ftw.usatoday.com/newscred_gallery/89042526/622796″, customAnalytics: true, title: “16 moments to remember from the Rio Olympics”, feedsrc: -1 );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

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Bubba Watson loses a tee shot despite everyone in New York looking for his ball

August 25th, 2016

Bubba Watson loses a tee shot despite everyone in New York looking for his ball

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Madison Keys on failing to medal in Rio: ‘It still kind of kills me’

August 23rd, 2016

Madison Keys came as close to winning an Olympic medal as a person can get. She lost the first set of her bronze-medal match to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, and while Keys fought hard to win the second, ultimately lost in the third. It stung. But she had a total blast in Rio anyway, as she told me over the phone on Tuesday from New York City, where she’s staying before playing in the US Open next week. Keys talked about how important she thinks the Olympics are, how becoming the first woman to break the international top 10 since Serena Williams isn’t enough, Ryan Lochte’s messy past week and a half, and much more. First of all, you had to withdraw from the Connecticut Open two days ago due to a neck injury. How’s your neck doing? It’s a little bit better, it’s okay now. It was just not going to be okay for a match yesterday. You know when you sleep weird, or something happens, and you wake up and you can’t even look behind you to drive? Yes, one of those freak things. Yeah, one of those freak things where you’re like, “Hmm, why can I not turn my neck right now?” Will you be okay to play in the US Open next week? Yeah, I think it’ll be okay with a little more time. That’s great — we’ll get back to the Open in a bit, but first we absolutely have to talk about the Olympics. Yes, the Olympics were incredible. It still kind of kills me that I was so close to a medal and I just missed it. But I got a great piece of paper that says fourth place on it, so that helps [laughing]. No, I mean, more than any of the disappointment that I feel, or felt, for not getting a medal, it was such an amazing experience and it was so incredible to get to represent my country. Also, it was amazing just being a part of such a big team, in the sense that anytime you saw someone in the Village with Team USA stuff on, you’d acknowledge each other. Like, “We’re on the same team, go you!” It was really incredible. And then walking out for the Opening Ceremony with this massive group of American athletes was probably one of the best moments of my life. What did it feel like? I still get chills talking about it. Just walking out all together — that was when I felt like we were truly a part of a team. That’s so special, just because we [tennis players] very rarely get to play on team. AFP Does it get lonely, playing a solitary sport? It doesn’t necessarily get lonely, because I’m pretty lucky — I do have so many friends on the tour. Even just the Americans, I feel like we’re a really close group, we’ve known each other a really long time. I’m close to Sloan Stephens, Jack [Sock], Ali Riske, Stevie [Johnson] and Dennis [Kudla], Shelby Rogers … we’ve either grown up together or we practice together. It’s nice to feel like a little bit of a family on the road. But at the end of the day, we’re out there by ourselves. Were there any other non-tennis players at the Olympics you were excited to meet? There wasn’t really anyone I met where it was like, “Oh my god, this is so cool.” I mean, we saw some of the basketball players. But it was just cool because it made everyone seem so down to earth and human. Especially for those of us who were there for the first time. And even for those who weren’t there for the first time, they were like, “It never stops. This feeling is always there at the Olympics.” But it was really funny, because everyone kept asking Serena for pictures. And being around her all the time, you forget she’s so well known and popular. And then you get thrown into it and you’re like oh, right, she’s, like, super, super recognizable and famous. Are you and Serena close? Yeah, I mean, we’re not hanging out 24/7, but occasionally we’ll talk, and when we do, we’re always laughing. The Olympics were definitely a bonding experience. AFP So I have to ask — what do you think of the whole Lochte situation? And was there a ton of partying at the Olympics in general? I think there’s obviously some partying, just because a lot of these people have been training so hard for the last three years for this moment. And then it’s so fun. You’re around a group of people who completely understand everything you’ve sacrificed and done to get there, so you build friendships. So there definitely is some partying, there’s going out, having fun together, doing all of that. But I think, as Ryan has said, he handled it badly, and it started off as something he didn’t think was going to be such a big deal. And then it blew up, and now here we are, a week a half later. Do you feel like the Lochte narrative has taken away from the more positive stories to come out of the games? I feel like it was definitely a shame, just because there were so many great stories that came from there. It’s kind of a shame that this story kind of took over a lot of that. But I don’t think he did anything intentionally — it was just a bad decision and it kind of went from there. But I think at the end of the day, there was so much positivity from the Olympics, and we had such a great time. Even though [Lochte] was definitely a big incident, I don’t think that will be the one singular thing we remember. What was your favorite story? One of my favorite things was the one swimmer who got a gold in the 50 meter freestyle. What was his name…Anthony Ervin! Yes! I loved his story. I was cheering so hard for him that night. Were you at the race? No, because I had a match the next day and swimming was always so late. But I was freaking out for him. His whole story — he won a gold, then got out of swimming, his life took a turn, and then he was able to get back into it and he fell in love with sport again. To see him so happy after that race, I was almost in tears. EPA  DO YOU THINK THESE MOMENTS MAKE THE OLYMPICS WORTH IT, THOUGH? THERE’S SO MUCH CORRUPTION AND SO MANY ISSUES WITH THE GAMES, WOULD YOU SAY THEY’RE WORTH THE COST? I would. I’m always so excited for the Olympics, even when I’m not in it. Even the winter Olympics. There’s something about watching these people who — especially for me, I totally get it — have sacrificed so much, and worked so hard, and put themselves in this position. You get to watch them succeed. Or fail. And then it just breaks your heart. But the Olympics really bring everyone closer together. You can go from not knowing who this person is to being their die-hard fan in the span of 45 seconds. And I think there’s something so special about that. I don’t know how we could ever not have that. getting back to the US Open, how are you feeling about it? I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s always fun getting to play the last Slam at home. It’s so special and you feel like there’s such support here. So every time I come here I’m always so exited to play. I really just want to go out and do my absolute best. When I walk off the court, if I know I’ve left it all out there, my absolute best, win or lose, then I’m going to be happy. Is there anyone you really do or don’t want to play? Whoever is on the other side of the net I will be happy to play. How does it feel to be the first woman to break the top ten since Serena did so in 1999? It feels good. I was really surprised when I first heard that stat. There must’ve been so many players close to breaking into the top ten. But it makes me really proud of myself. My hard work is showing. But at the end of the day I definitely want more. Getting to the top ten was a huge goal of mine, but now my goal is to stay in the top ten and make it to the top five. That drive, never being completely satisfied until you’ve made it to the top, seems like it’s what fuels you. Yeah, you know, as soon as I achieve a goal, I’m happy and excited. But I refocus, and now I want more. You can be proud of yourself for reaching a certain goal, but I think what gets me out of bed on those days I don’t feel like practicing is knowing I’ve gotten myself here, and now I want more. When I put in all the work, that’s when I can get more. USA TODAY Sports What’s your training schedule like? I practice usually five times a week, anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours, depending on the day, on court. Then for an hour and a half in the gym. Are you very regimented about what you eat? Yeah, I’m pretty healthy. I actually really enjoy eating healthy. I think it makes me feel better. But everything in moderation, you know? I have such a sweet tooth, so two or three times a week I have ice cream or chocolate. I recently went to the doctor and she seemed shocked when I admitted I eat chocolate every day. Hey, I mean, as long as it’s dark chocolate, right? And red wine? Those are both really good for your heart, aren’t they? Yeah, let’s go with that. So what’s next for you after the Open? After the Open we have a little bit of time, and then we head to China for the last part of our year. I’ll go home for a little bit — I’m partially in Florida, but my family lives in Iowa, so when I have a little time off I try to go home to Iowa. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to be home for more than, like, three days. Hopefully I’ll get home and get to stay there a bit. It’s a grind, huh? A good one, but still a lot. Yeah. But at the same time that I’m like, “This is so hard,” I have friends who have literally been working 9-5 jobs every single day for the last two years. And I’m like — I would go crazy. More Madison Keys!8 burning questions about Wimbledon 201627 JunSerena Williams played a flawless match on Sunday and looks unbeatable at U.S. Open06 Sep 15Madison Keys is going to be America's next Wimbledon champion02 Jul 15 USA gymnasts Simone Biles (left) and Aly Raisman finished first and second, respectively, in the all-around competition. Gwen Jorgensen gave the United States its first gold in triathlon since it became in Olympic sport in 2000. Matthew Centrowitz won the first U.S. gold in men's 1,500 since 1908. The U.S. women's basketball team have won six consecutive Olympic gold medals. USA's Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin provided a lasting moment during the heats for the 5,000 meters. After both runners fell, D'Agostino, who suffered a torn ACL, helped up Hamblin, who then returned the favor to D'Agostino. Katie Ledecky, shown leading the 800 freestyle, won the event by 11 seconds and set a world record. The war of words and gestures between Lilly King (right) and Yuliya Efimova (left) reached its pinnacle when King out-touched Efimova for gold in the 100 breaststroke final. Danell Leyva won silver medals in the parallel bars and high bars in the Rio Olympics. USA's Ibtihaj Muhammad (left) and Dagmara Wozniak celebrate after winning a bronze medal in the team sabre competition. USA's Bubba Watson might have finished 32nd in golf's Olympic return, but he was among the country's best ambassadors, seen cheering at numerous events. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, earned a gold medal in the 200 butterfly, one of five gold medals won in Rio. Phelps ends his career with 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. From left to right: Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel celebrate with their gold medals after winning the 4×100 medley relay. It was also the United States' 1,000th Summer Olympic gold medal. The United States swept the women's 100 hurdles with (from left to right) Kristi Castlin (bronze), Brianna Rollins (gold), and Nia Ali (silver) taking home the medals. The American women had 61 of the 121 overall U.S. medals, with 27 of them gold. The water polo team won gold for the second consecutive Olympics after defeating Italy 12-5. Jamaica's Usain Bolt completed his historic three-peat in his final Games, winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay for the third consecutive Olympics. 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Battle on for last automatic spots on U.S. Ryder Cup team (Reuters)

August 22nd, 2016

(Reuters) – With the Ryder Cup just over a month away, the teams are shaping up, with this week’s Barclays tournament at Bethpage determining the last three automatic spots on a United States team desperate to end Europe’s recent domination. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and Ryder rookie Brooks Koepka are set for the trip to Hazeltine outside Minneapolis for the biennial matches starting on Sept. 30. Eight players automatically qualify from the U.S. points list, creating a scramble for the last three on offer from candidates such as (number six) Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Olympic bronze medallist Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.

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Bubba Watson explains uniqueness of Olympics, contrasts to Masters

August 15th, 2016

Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar are proud Olympians, and they should be

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