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Baseball: Emotion, tears as Marlins pay tribute to Fernandez

Miami Marlins players all wearing jerseys bearing the number 16 and name Fernandez honor the late Jose Fernandez before their game against the New York Mets, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on September 26, 2016Miami Marlins players wearing No. 16 jerseys in honor of Jose Fernandez paid a tearful tribute to their fallen team-mate on Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident. A night of wrenching emotion saw several of the Cuban-born player's team-mates choke back tears as they gathered on the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park ahead of their game against the New York Mets. Tributes followed throughout the game, eventually won 7-3 by the Marlins, with Dee Gordon breaking down in sobs after hitting his first home run of the season, before being embraced by team-mates.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:33:05 -0400
Marlins pay tribute to Fernandez with win over Mets

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins(Reuters) - Miami Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon honored former pitcher Jose Fernandez by hitting a home run in his team's first at-bat in an emotionally charged 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday. The 24-year-old Fernandez, a two-time All Star and 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, was killed early on Sunday in a boating accident, prompting an outpouring of grief around baseball. The Marlins canceled their game on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves and emotions were running high at Marlins Park when they returned to face the Mets on Monday.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:51:14 -0400
NFL's Saints slump as Falcons soar

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made 20 completions from 30 attempts for 240 yardsMatt Ryan threw two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons piled on the misery for the winless New Orleans Saints with a 45-32 victory at the Superdome. Tevin Coleman ran for two scores before rookie linebacker Deion Jones galloped 90 yards for a touchdown after collecting an interception from Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. The win left the Falcons on top of the NFC South with a 2-1 record as the Saints slumped to 0-3 on a night to forget for the home team.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:37:18 -0400
Falcons send Saints to 0-3 with 45-32 victory

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints(The Sports Xchange) - Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes, Tevin Coleman ran for three and linebacker Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards to power the Atlanta Falcons to a 45-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The Falcons (2-1) scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions and added a field goal on their sixth drive to build a 38-25 lead late in the third quarter. Then with the Saints moving into position to cut the deficit to six, Brian Poole jumped a slant route and deflected Drew Brees' pass intended for Michael Thomas.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:27:05 -0400
Spieth says US Ryder squad wants to honor Palmer

Arnold Palmer died Sunday at age 87 of heart issuesTwo-time major winner Jordan Spieth says the US Ryder Cup team is looking to pay tribute to Arnold Palmer this week after his death and bringing home the trophy would certainly qualify. The Americans have lost three in a row, six of seven and eight of the past 10 Ryder Cup showdowns to Europe ahead of Friday's start of the 41st biennial matches at Hazeltine. "As Team USA, we're all looking to do something to honor him this week," Spieth said.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:41 -0400
Palmer, America's first commercial hero

Arnold Palmer pauses and bows to the gallery as he walks to the 18th green during his final competitive appearance in the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in AugustaBy Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The earthy, endearing and gifted Arnold Palmer left a brilliant legacy in golf but he transcended the links, launching an era of sports stars as high paid pitchmen and pioneering in sports media. "Something of a pop hero," Bob Dorfman, creative director at San Francisco's Baker Street Advertising, told Reuters about Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87. It was kind of the right guy, the right personality, the right time." Palmer, winner of seven majors, captured the public's imagination with his everyman demeanour, swashbuckling style and good looks just as television was coming of age nearly 60 years ago.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:11:59 -0400
Golf-Palmer, America's first commercial hero

By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The earthy, endearing and gifted Arnold Palmer left a brilliant legacy in golf but he transcended the links, launching an era of sports stars as high paid pitchmen and pioneering in sports media. "Something of a pop hero," Bob Dorfman, creative director at San Francisco's Baker Street Advertising, told Reuters about Palmer, who died on Sunday aged 87. It was kind of the right guy, the right personality, the right time." Palmer, winner of seven majors, captured the public's imagination with his everyman demeanour, swashbuckling style and good looks just as television was coming of age nearly 60 years ago.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:07:39 -0400
Europe captain Clarke hails 'inspirational' McIlroy

PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola - Final RoundBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's Tour Championship-FedExCup Series double in Atlanta at the weekend has given Europe's team a mighty fillip ahead of the Ryder Cup, said captain Darren Clarke on Monday. World number three McIlroy rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to beat American Ryan Moore and win the season-ending PGA Tour event, FedExCup honors and a mind-boggling $10 million bonus. "From a European perspective it is always good to have one of our members win the week before the Ryder Cup," a hay-fever stricken Clarke told a news conference after arriving at Hazeltine National.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:05:30 -0400
Golf-Europe captain Clarke hails 'inspirational' McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's Tour Championship-FedExCup Series double in Atlanta at the weekend has given Europe's team a mighty fillip ahead of the Ryder Cup, said captain Darren Clarke on Monday. World number three McIlroy rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to beat American Ryan Moore and win the season-ending PGA Tour event, FedExCup honours and a mind-boggling $10 million bonus. "From a European perspective it is always good to have one of our members win the week before the Ryder Cup," a hay-fever stricken Clarke told a news conference after arriving at Hazeltine National.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:59:39 -0400
Golf: Johnson's form could be U.S. trump card - North

PGA: The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola - Final RoundBy Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson's "ridiculous" ability to overpower golf courses with his length and precision could be the key to American Ryder Cup glory this week, according to twice U.S. Open winner Andy North. The 32-year-old Johnson is ranked second in the world behind Australian Jason Day having won three PGA Tour events this season. Europe's talisman Rory McIlroy may have landed Tour Championship and FedExCup series honors in Atlanta on Sunday but North believes his fellow countryman is as good as anyone in the game at the moment.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:43:20 -0400
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