Willett should be left out until Sunday - Jacklin

By Tony Jimenez
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota If it was down to Tony Jacklin, Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup captain, Danny Willett would not play in this week's matches against the United States until Sunday's final-day singles.

The 72-year-old Englishman, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the Ryder Cup in the 1980s, said the Willett incident that blew up earlier this week was "a mess".

Rose and Stenson to lead off for holders Europe

By Mark Lamport-Stokes
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota Ryder Cups are known for being one of the most highly charged occasions in sport and the 41st edition is poised for an electrifying launch at Hazeltine National on Friday in the opening foursomes.

In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the biennial competition, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in a mouth-watering matchup.

Pumas wrestle with stamina in search of holy grail

BUENOS AIRES Argentina will try to pace themselves looking to finish with more stamina in their quest for a first win over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship test at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday.

The Pumas took more points off the All Blacks than in any previous clash when they scored 22 and were equal to their opponents for nearly three quarters of their previous clash in Hamilton three weeks ago.

Pumas bring in Landajo to face All Blacks

BUENOS AIRES Scrumhalf Martin Landajo will make his return to the Argentina side to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, as coach Daniel Hourcade made minimal changes to the side beaten by Australia in their last match.

Landajo started against the All Blacks in Hamilton where the Pumas pushed the world champions for about 50 minutes before losing 57-22.

He was replaced by Tomas Cubelli for the 36-20 loss to the Wallabies the following week in Perth but the 28-year-old returns with Cubelli dropping to the bench.

Southampton assistant Black named in newspaper probe

LONDON Southampton have vowed to work closely with the FA and Premier League after the club's assistant manager Eric Black was named in the newspaper investigation that has seen England manager Sam Allardyce and Barnsley assistant Tommy Wright lose their jobs.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday that Black, 52, met a bogus representative of a Far East firm on Sept. 2 at a hotel in Hampshire who said he was interested in English football's billion-pound transfer market.

Golf - Ryder Cup first tee a 'forever' moment

By Larry Fine
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota 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.

The tradition, urgency and passion of the biennial match play event make the first tee a moment that resonates with the world's top players.

Bruce ideal for England, says Hull captain

By Claire Bloomfield

England would be hard-pushed to find a better manager than Steve Bruce, according to Hull City captain Curtis Davies, who believes his former boss would be the ideal candidate to replace Sam Allardyce.

Bruce, who led Hull to promotion through the second tier playoffs last season, is widely reported to be on the Football Association's shortlist for the England job after Allardyce's 67-day reign ended on Tuesday.

Rugby - Faltering Boks and Wallabies seek win to restore confidence

PRETORIA A disappointing year for both South Africa and Australia will take a turn for the worse for whichever team finishes on the losing side of their Rugby Championship encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Both countries have looked shadows of the teams that challenged New Zealand for dominance at the Rugby World Cup a year ago, when the Wallabies finished second and Springboks third, and find themselves with crises of confidence ahead of Saturday's game (kick-off 1505 GMT).

Gladbach forward Raffael out with thigh muscle injury

BERLIN Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Raffael will be out for an unspecified length of time after sustaining a thigh muscle injury in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Brazilian, who helped set up their goal, was taken off injured three minutes after the restart with Gladbach conceding two goals to lose their second consecutive Group C match.

"A scan today revealed that the Brazilian sustained torn muscle fibre in his left thigh," the club said in a statement.

Golf - Clarke's wildcard phone call was agony for rookie Pieters

By Mark Lamport-Stokes
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota 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.

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