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Aug 30, 2013

On-fire Mickelson has eye on Player of the Year award

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, fresh off a solid start at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday, said he has his sights on the PGA Tour Player of the Year award but knows a FedExCup title is needed to reach that goal.

World number three Mickelson, who won his fifth major crown at the British Open in July, made a glorious start to the second event of the lucrative FedExCup playoffs, reaching the turn at seven-under after starting on the 10th tee.

Aug 30, 2013

Back pain eases but Woods can’t keep pace with Mickelson

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Tiger Woods appeared untroubled by recent back pains but was disappointed with a three-under par round 68 on a low scoring day at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Friday.

Woods, the FedExCup leader, was playing in the same group as leader Phil Mickelson, who shot a superb eight-under 63 after making seven birdies on his front nine.

Aug 30, 2013

Mickelson claims clubhouse lead at Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – American Phil Mickelson grabbed the early clubhouse lead at the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday after shooting an eight-under 63 at the TPC Boston.

Mickelson, who started on the 10th tee, shot a sizzling seven-under 28 over his opening nine holes and finished with a one-shot lead over compatriot Kevin Stadler in the second event of the lucrative FedExCup playoffs.

Aug 29, 2013

Top trio have eyes on $10 million playoff prize

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – The world’s top three golfers tee off together on Friday as the second FedExCup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, gets under way with scores of other players still in the hunt for the $10 million jackpot.

World number one Tiger Woods, nursing a back injury that left him in agony during Sunday’s final round at The Barclays, heads the FedExCup point standings and has been grouped with second-ranked Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson (third).

Aug 29, 2013

Donovan returns to U.S.’s World Cup qualifying campaign

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – United States forward Landon Donovan has returned to their World Cup qualifying campaign after being named in a 23-man squad for September’s qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

The U.S.’s all-time top scorer missed the matches against those opponents in March while he took an extended break from the game and was left out of later squads by Juergen Klinsmann.

Aug 29, 2013

Soccer-Donovan returns to U.S.’s World Cup qualifying campaign

Aug 29 (Reuters) – United States forward Landon Donovan has returned to their World Cup qualifying campaign after being named in a 23-man squad for September’s qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

The U.S.’s all-time top scorer missed the matches against those opponents in March while he took an extended break from the game and was left out of later squads by Juergen Klinsmann.

Aug 29, 2013

McIlroy harbors hopes of a late FedExCup push

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy heads into Friday’s opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship believing he can still turn a disappointing year into a memorable season by winning overall FedExCup playoff honors.

McIlroy sits 36th in the standings, 2,984 points behind leader Tiger Woods, but with 2,500 points available for a win in the FedExCup playoff stages and a re-set before the fourth and final event, positions can be improved dramatically.

Aug 29, 2013

Golf-McIlroy harbours hopes of a late FedExCup push

NORTON, Massachusetts, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy heads into Friday’s opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship believing he can still turn a disappointing year into a memorable season by winning overall FedExCup playoff honours.

McIlroy sits 36th in the standings, 2,984 points behind leader Tiger Woods, but with 2,500 points available for a win in the FedExCup playoff stages and a re-set before the fourth and final event, positions can be improved dramatically.

Aug 29, 2013

Tiger’s practice may be restricted by ailing back

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is undergoing a daily routine to treat his back troubles and the FedExCup points leader may be forced to restrict his practice sessions at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods collapsed to his knees in pain with a spasm on the 13th hole during Sunday’s final round of The Barclays in New Jersey and though he recovered to nearly force a playoff, his ongoing back issues have forced a change of plans this week.

Aug 23, 2013

Soccer-Dempsey home debut gives MLS’s biggest derby extra spice

Aug 23 (Reuters) – United States captain Clint Dempsey is preparing to make his home debut for the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in front of a sell-out 67,000 crowd against local rivals the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer’s biggest derby.

The Pacific Northwest derby is unique in having a history dating back to the days of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1970s.

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