• The U.S. Presidents Cup team carries a huge 4-1 edge into Day 2 of the Presidents Cup after winning all but one of five alternate-shot matches on Thursday in South Korea. The format changes for the Friday (Thursday night in the U.S.) slate of matches, switching to fourballs, also known as best ball. 

    The strategy for American captain Jay Haas is pretty simple: keep his winners in action. All four winning U.S. teams play together again on Friday, while the lone losing duo of Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed head to the bench so Haas' son Bill and Chris Kirk can team together.

    International captain Nick Price slotted his only winning team, South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, in the lead position to take on the American duo of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Sangmoon Bae, the only man on the team who calls Korea home, gets in the lineup on Friday, teaming with Danny Lee, a New Zealander who was born in the host nation. Hideki Matsuyama and Anirban Lahiri head to the bench.

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  • This Presidents Cup almost didn't happen.

    (And don't make a wisecrack how, now facing a 4-1 deficit after Day 1, the Internationals might wish it never got started.)

    The International players, led by the likes of captain Nick Price, PGA Championship winner Jason Day and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, had planned a boycott of the biennial meeting if PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem didn't agree to reduce the number of matches. 

    "Had it stayed at 34 points, it would have been a massive decision as a team, but I don't think that we would have played," Oosthuizen said, according to Golf.com.

    After some heavy lobbying from Price, Finchem agreed to drop four matches, going from 34 to 30 matches for the 2015 contest. Price and company wanted a six-point drop to 28, matching the number of points up for grabs in the Ryder Cup, which matches the U.S. against Europe in the off years of the Presidents Cup cycle.

    The United States team, led by Jay Haas, has expressed some confusion as

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  • Eric Bledsoe and company have their sights set on a bounce-back season. (Christian Petersen/Getty)Eric Bledsoe and company have their sights set on a bounce-back season. (Christian Petersen/Getty)Expected to contend for the NBA's worst record, the Phoenix Suns instead turned in a remarkable 2013-14 campaign, with first-year general manager Ryan McDonough nailing two big moves — hiring Jeff Hornacek and trading for Eric Bledsoe — that overhauled the franchise. Behind the backcourt of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, the activated Wonder Twin powers of Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, and the sweet-shooting return of Channing Frye, the Suns soared to 48 wins. Unfortunately, in the West, that guarantees nothing; Phoenix's postseason hopes were dashed in the season's final week.

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    McDonough aimed last summer to build on the guard-driven success, swinging a sign-and-trade for scorer Isaiah Thomas and, after a protracted negotiation, re-upping restricted free agent Bledsoe to a five-year deal that ensured Hornacek could keep two playmakers on the court at all times. But he also decided to let Frye walk while locking up the Morii;

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  • It's not an everyday thing that a caddie fires his player, but that's what veteran looper John McLaren did to world No. 1 Luke Donald after a six-year relationship.

    The pair are no longer together, and it came as a shock to the former world No. 1.

    “It was more his decision than mine," Donald said after an opening-round 67 at the British Masters on Thursday, according to the Daily Mirror"I was a little surprised."

    McLaren was vague in explaining his decision.

    “I just felt that it had run its course," he said. "There were just a couple of things that I don’t need to go into that made me feel it was time for a change.”

    Donald, who began the year ranked 33rd in the world, is now 66th. He stopped working with his collegiate golf coach, Pat Goss, in 2014 to work with Chuck Cook. In November 2014, Donald returned to Goss and has been playing better golf throughout the second half of the year. Until missing the cut at last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Donald had made his last 12

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  • Lionel Messi faces 22 months of jail time for fiscal tax fraud after a Spanish judge denied prosecutors’ request to drop charges against the player and focus only on his father. Messi and his father, Jorge, will stand trail accused of defrauding the Iberian country of $5 million using off-shore companies in Belize and Uruguay from 2007-09.

    Though both Messi and his father deny wrongdoing, the younger Messi has argued via his lawyers that he did not pay any mind to the contracts placed before him, as he was only a footballer focused on his art. The case centers on contracts for Messi’s imaging rights for companies including adidas, Pepsi-Cola, and Proctor and Gamble.

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    Despite claiming innocence in the matter, Messi and his father made a “corrective” payment of $6.25 million in 2013, which accounted for the unpaid sum plus interest. One would think that paying off the missing amount plus interest would be enough, but a trial to

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  • The lowest levels of youth football sometimes deliver the most unique plays, and that was definitely the case for the St. Gertrude Bulldogs of Madeira, Ohio, who watched their opponent's kick spin around in front of them before taking off to the house. We don't actually know if this was supposed to be an onside kick, but if it was, this was the exact opposite of what was supposed to happen. Major props to the one kid on the field who knew what to do, and let it be a lesson for the rest of them to always play until the whistle blows. 

    Wednesday night was a huge occasion for Cubs fans, and at least one decided to sneak into a Pittsburgh building before the game to sabotage a local sign. The result? Well, you could say they had it coming when all it took was switching the two letters around, but we have to hand it to the Cubs fan for having the guts to sneak into the building and pull this off. Apparently all was forgiven, though we're not sure it's
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  • Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 17-year run in power was interrupted on Thursday when he was suspended for the first time in his four-decade career at soccer's global governing body. Unending corruption allegations finally caught up to the 79-year-old Swiss when he was disciplined by the Ethics Committee, an arm of FIFA once created by Blatter himself.

    The chairman of the committee's adjudicatory chamber, Hans Joachim Eckert, enacted the recommendation of the investigatory chamber that Blatter be provisionally suspended from all soccer activities for 90 days – with a possible extension of another 45 days. In the past week, Blatter had rejected calls from four major FIFA sponsors to step down immediately, rather than in February, as he has said he plans to.

    UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini was hit with the same disciplinary action, as was FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who had already been placed on mandatory leave last month.

    For years, allegations of

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  • A man wears a face mask on a public bus, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Singapore. The haze is caused by the burning of forests in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)A man wears a face mask on a public bus, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Singapore. The haze is caused by the burning of forests in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    So it’s the time of year when Singapore and Malaysia get increased air pollution and PSI readings that rise well into the triple digit range. Many people, no matter how healthy they are can feel the effects of the haze.

    Many people including myself feel a dryer throat, and a lower energy level. This is due to the extra work required by our bodies to detoxify the pollutants from the haze, and to repair the damage caused at the cellular level by the toxins.

    The actions used to reduce haze exposure are quite well covered. They are all good ideas
        •    Using a good air filter
        •    Keeping your doors and windows closed
        •    Reducing outdoor activities according to MOH guidelines
        •    Using a N95 mask when outdoors for prolonged periods

    But as with all measures, they are not foolproof and we will all be exposed to more pollutants than usual. This is on top of chemicals from the daily exposure like vehicle emissions, plastics and pesticides. This added burden needs to be dealt

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  • The NBA preseason is a time for teams to sort out their on-court systems and prepare for the season ahead, but it's also by nature a more relaxed atmosphere than what basketball fans usually see on the court. Players are a little looser, fans don't care quite so much about the final score, and coaches only yell for 40 minutes instead of their usual 48. It's basically the pro basketball version of a Casual Friday.

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    If you're a kid, that also means you'll have a better chance to interact with your favorite player. Just look at this group of kids that ran up to LeBron James during a third-quarter replay review in Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. As LeBron waited at the scorer's table to restart the game, these kids took advantage of the break to grab a memorable moment:

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com details how it went down:

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  • Former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe. Photo: Masters Football AsiaFormer Manchester United player Lee Sharpe. Photo: Masters Football Asia

    Manchester United supporters are used to being entertained. Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, the Red Devils associated themselves with swashbuckling, offensive football often played with caution thrown to the wind.

    That has all changed under the charge of current manager Louis van Gaal. Since taking over in 2014, the Dutchman has instilled a lower tempo, possession-based game that has been met with a mixed reception.

    On Sunday, United were hammered 3-0 at Arsenal and former winger Lee Sharpe believes that match exposed the shortcomings of Van Gaal’s style.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Castlewood Group Battle of the Reds press conference on Tuesday, the 44-year-old is puzzled about how Van Gaal does not recognise the need for the club to play with more pace.

    “How can you buy someone like Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial and have Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia and all these quick players upfront, yet you are giving defenders time to get back into position and be harder to break

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