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Nike orders miss estimates as competition heats up

Logo of Nike sportswear maker at company's store at Tbilisi Mall in TbilisiNike and its Jordan brand still command the lion's share of the U.S. footwear market, but rivals Adidas and Under Armour are chipping away at the company's decades-long dominant position. The company has been losing ground to Under Armour in the basketball category since the latter poached Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry in 2013, while Adidas has scored mostly with fashion shoes promoted by celebrities such as Kanye West. Adidas in June expanded its partnership with Kanye West, who had moved to the German sportswear maker from Nike in 2013.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:48:41 -0400
U.S. captain Love embraces motivational tricks

PGA: Ryder Cup Captain's Press Conferences-Europe at USABy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, tired of losing and seeking new ways to motivate, invoked the rah-rah style of American soccer coaches on Tuesday on how he would rally his team past Europe. The United States, who once dominated the biennial match play competition, have lost three times in a row and eight of the last 10 and are desperate to end Europe's run at Hazeltine National starting on Friday. This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled." European veteran Sergio Garcia told reporters that his team mates had taken notice and were using it for their motivation.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:52:42 -0400
Golf-U.S. captain Love embraces motivational tricks

By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, tired of losing and seeking new ways to motivate, invoked the rah-rah style of American football coaches on Tuesday on how he would rally his team past Europe. The United States, who once dominated the biennial match play competition, have lost three times in a row and eight of the last 10 and are desperate to end Europe's run at Hazeltine National starting on Friday. This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled." European veteran Sergio Garcia told reporters that his team mates had taken notice and were using it for their motivation.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:57:39 -0400
Garcia warns USA 'you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth'

"At the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth," Sergio Garcia saidSergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy fired up European passions Tuesday at the Ryder Cup, taking exception to US captain Davis Love's contention that his Americans might be the best team ever. "At the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth," Garcia said. European teams have won three consecutive Ryder Cups, seeking an unprecedented fourth in a row this week at Hazeltine, while the Americans have lost six of the past seven and eight of 10.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:52:03 -0400
Garcia ponders Palmer with Seve as teams plan funeral trip

Arnold Palmer won a US record 22 matches with eight lost and two halved in Ryder Cup play from 1961-1973, winning in all six of his Cup appearances as a player, once while also captainStill-mourning US and European Ryder Cup teams began planning Tuesday to attend Arnold Palmer's memorial service while Sergio Garcia pondered Palmer spiritually joining Seve Ballesteros to watch over them. "I'm sure he will be out there looking down, probably talking to Seve a little bit and seeing who is going to win it," Garcia said, recalling his Spanish compatriot and friend who died in 2011 of brain cancer. Palmer also served as a US captain in 1975.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:47:30 -0400
Strong team spirit is natural for Europe, says McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The U.S. have employed a Task Force and revamped their points system to try to end Europe's Ryder Cup dominance but one thing they cannot create is a team spirit that comes naturally, said Rory McIlroy. Fed up with losing for the third successive edition in Scotland in 2014, the Americans set up the 11-man Task Force to identify how they could compete better. "I think there comes a point where you maybe try a little too hard," European talisman McIlroy told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:37:50 -0400
Clarke turns to rugby union great for Cup motivation

PGA: Ryder Cup - Practice RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - As part of Europe captain Darren Clarke's emphasis on 'shoulder to shoulder' unity at this week's Ryder Cup, he has asked former Ireland rugby union great Paul O'Connell to address his team on Tuesday. O'Connell, a lock who was capped 108 times by Ireland and played seven tests for the British and Irish Lions, is known for his inspirational talks and Clarke wanted him to speak to his players ahead of Friday's opening foursomes matches. "Part of my whole thought process for this week is 'shoulder to shoulder', one team, one unit," Clarke told reporters on the first day of official practice at a sunny and windy Hazeltine.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:36:46 -0400
Golf-Strong team spirit is natural for Europe, says McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. have employed a Task Force and revamped their points system to try to end Europe's Ryder Cup dominance but one thing they cannot create is a team spirit that comes naturally, said Rory McIlroy. Fed up with losing for the third successive edition in Scotland in 2014, the Americans set up the 11-man Task Force to identify how they could compete better. "I think there comes a point where you maybe try a little too hard," European talisman McIlroy told a news conference at Hazeltine National on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:38 -0400
World ranking comparison for Ryder Cup teams

(Reuters) - World rankings for members of the United States and Europe Ryder Cup teams, who will compete for the trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: United States Europe 2-Dustin Johnson 3-Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 4-Jordan Spieth 5-Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8-Patrick Reed 10-Danny Willett (England) 9-Rickie Fowler 11-Justin Rose (England) 15-Phil Mickelson 12-Sergio Garcia (Spain) 16-Jimmy Walker 30-Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17-Matt Kuchar 32-Chris Wood (England) 21-JB Holmes 42-Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 22-Brooks Koepka 44-Matt ...

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:28:18 -0400
Golf-World ranking comparison for Ryder Cup teams

Sept 27 (Reuters) - World rankings for members of the United States and Europe Ryder Cup teams, who will compete for the trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: United States Europe 2-Dustin Johnson 3-Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 4-Jordan Spieth 5-Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8-Patrick Reed 10-Danny Willett (England) 9-Rickie Fowler 11-Justin Rose (England) 15-Phil Mickelson 12-Sergio Garcia (Spain) 16-Jimmy Walker 30-Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17-Matt Kuchar 32-Chris Wood (England) 21-JB Holmes 42-Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 22-Brooks Koepka ...

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:22:38 -0400
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