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  • 23 Mar
    CHASKA, Minn. --?Mark James played in the Ryder Cup seven times and captained the European side at Brookline in 1999. Here, the honorary life member of the European Tour gives his views on the 41st edition of the contest in Minnesota.Lee Westwood had a really bad time on Friday morning and there is a fair bit of pressure for him now to play well when he next gets a chance.He didnt just lose in the foursomes with Thomas Pieters, he looked unimpressive and out of sorts. I didnt see any part of his game that looked good.As a pairing it didnt come off and they failed to win a single hole, losing 5 and 4. But Lee was big enough to tell European captain Darren Clarke that his form meant he didnt warrant a place in the team in the afternoon, and that he wanted to hit some more on his own the next morning.He put some work in with his coach, Pete Cowen, on the range on Friday afternoon and he will have been stripping things back to basics with the hope of playing on Saturday afternoon.Lees performance hasnt taken away any of the question marks there were over him before this edition of the competition got underway, thats for certain; the doubts there were about him being in a position to play at his best here.Hes 43 years old and you do very well to play Ryder Cup at that age. If this is to be his last one, he would want so badly to at least go out winning a singles match and finishing with a win. That will be massively important for him.So he will be telling himself its just one session -- anyone can have a bad day and be good the next. Hes experienced enough to shut out all the pressure and the stuff that goes on outside the Ryder Cup and concentrate on playing well next time out.Its fair to say Lee would have had to be really disappointed to drop out of two sessions, but it is a measure of what a team player he is that he volunteered to do that for the good of the European cause.For me, he doesnt need to prove anything as a Ryder Cup player after all that he has done. Hes played in seven winning teams and this is his 10th appearance in the competition.At least he will have taken something from the positive mood there would have been in the European team room at the end of the day.They will have been thinking they did really well to get back to 5-3. After the 4-0 whitewash in the morning, coming back like that was incredible.A bad afternoon would have meant the match was completely over for them. But Darren [Clarke] gave them a good talking-to at lunchtime and they came out with renewed vigour, and played some pretty good golf.There is everything to play for now but Europe really have to keep the hammer down in the foursomes on Saturday.They will have to be at their best against a very good American side because if the U.S. are given an inch, they will take a couple of miles.Mark James was talking to Leo Spall Under Armour Sale Uk . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Under Armour Wholesale Uk . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. http://www.cheapunderarmouruk.com/ . 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CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a plan for facing Yu Darvish in the Texas stars return from the disabled list: load up on lefties and wait him out.It worked, neutralizing Darvishs nasty slider and his nine strikeouts.Darvish couldnt get through the fifth inning and the lefty-hitting Anthony Rizzos two-run double helped lead Chicago past the Rangers 3-1 on Saturday.A guy like that, if you just let him have his way, hell be sitting on 70 (pitches) in the sixth inning, hes going to beat you up, Maddon said. His stuff is that good.In his first start since June 8 because of shoulder pain, Darvish (2-1) reached 98 mph and allowed only two runs and two hits. But the Japanese right-hander lasted just 4 1/3 innings thanks to four walks and shoddy defense.I was throwing the ball well, Darvish said through an interpreter while declaring himself pain-free. It was a little different feeling from the last rehab outing in a good way.Jason Hammel (8-5) struck out seven in six innings for the Cubs, who won their second straight in the interleague matchup of division leaders.Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to complete the three-hitter for his 15th save.Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was making his fourth start since missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery.Darvish fanned Kris Bryant twice, including on a slider in the third. Seven of Darvishs strikeouts came on the slider that was dipping out of the strike zone.(Kris Bryant) has really not been in chase mode, and when hes chasing the slider you know how good it actually is, Maddon said. He was all of that today.Darvish was lifted after 90 pitches when second baseman Rougned Odor dropped what could have been an inning-ending double play.Darvish hurt himself when he walked Miguel Montero, who entered hitting .201, to lead off the third. Then Rizzos two-out double to right extended his hitting streak to 11 games and put the Cubs ahead to stay.I threw that slider where I wanted it to be and I struck him out on the previous at-bat, Darvish said. Got to tip my hat to him.Hammel allowed three hits in his first victory since June 4. 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RHP Jose Leclerc was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Darvish.Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will remain in Chicago through the weekend before a planned minor league rehab assignment.POTATO CHIP DIETHammel, who had to leave his last start early with cramping in his thumb, had no issues this time. The reason: potato chips.(The doctor) said if cramps are a chronic thing, potato chips, because they have a lot of potassium. And obviously the sea salt helps retain water, said Hammel, who said he ate some between innings.Potato chip prescription or PCP is what Im going to go with, he added.DARVISH AT THE DISHDarvish batted for the first time since 2014 and went up left-handed. He didnt swing while striking out on three pitches in the third. 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