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GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Striking a psychological blow in the opening session of the Ryder Cup, the underdog Americans took down Europes big guns — Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter — and grabbed a 2 1/2- 1 1/2 lead after the fourballs on Friday. Andre Reed Jersey . Three rookies played a huge part in the U.S. resurgence. In the mornings last match, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley won the final hole to beat McIlroy and Sergio Garcia 1 up to put the U.S. ahead for the first time. Mickelson, who made a short birdie putt on the 18th, and Bradley have won four fourball matches in a row together. Mickelson and Bradley were 2 up after the 10th, but squandered the lead in windy conditions. A 10-foot eagle by Keegan at the 16th put them back on track. That gave us a huge momentum boost coming down the stretch, Mickelson said. Even though we fought it for a few holes, we were able to hang in there until it turned, and those shots that Keegan hit on 16 were just stupendous. It marks the fourth straight time Europe has not won the opening session. Despite that, Europe has won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson gave Europe the first point, beating Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5 and 4. But then the American rookies came up big to swing the momentum, knocking off Poulter in the process. In a stunning performance, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth and 24-year-old Patrick Reed — the youngest pairing in Ryder Cup history — beat Poulter and Scottish rookie Stephen Gallacher 5 and 4. It feels incredible, Spieth said. It was very quiet around our group today. It was a goal we had to achieve. It was nice to have a partner that was making everything he looks at. U.S. captain Tom Watsons gamble of pairing the rookies in the first session paid off. It means a lot that he has trust in us, Spieth said. Watson had singled out Poulter as the one player the Americans wanted to target — even more than No. 1-ranked McIlroy. Poulter had won seven consecutive Ryder Cup matches and was the catalyst of Europes remarkable comeback in Medinah two years ago. This was Poulters heaviest ever Cup defeat. We couldnt manage to get it done today, so its a shame, said the Englishman, who went without a single birdie. We dont hole enough putts, that simple. The third American rookie, 35-year-old Jimmy Walker, also had a big morning, making a birdie putt at the 18th to halve the match against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer. Walker and Rickie Fowler had been trailing the entire match. Walker and Fowler were 3 down after four holes but kept chipping away. Walker holed a bunker shot for an eagle at the 9th. We kept giving ourselves good looks at it, Walker said. We were in good shape. Watson said he was proud of his rookies, but decided not to send them out for the afternoon foursomes. I said, I know youre going to be mad at me, but youll be playing tomorrow for sure, Watson said. Watson retained the Mickelson-Bradley pairing for the foursomes. They faced Graeme McDowell and French rookie Victor Dubuisson in the fourth match. Watson also brought in veterans Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, who were up against Lee Westwood and rookie Jamie Donaldson. Europe captain Paul McGinley stuck with McIlroy and Garcia, who were pitted against Walker and Fowler. Poulter and Gallacher missed out. The day began amid a raucous soccer-style atmosphere, with Simpson badly mishitting the opening tee shot. The veteran course announcer, Ivor Robson, even slipped up, mistakenly introducing Simpson as Bubba Watson. Seconds later, Simpson got under the ball and hit a three-wood high into the air. The shot travelled about 190 yards, barely reaching the fairway. Then Bubba Watson tried to rile up the crowd, as he had at Medinah, cupping his hand to his ear and waving to encourage more noise from the heavily outnumbered U.S. fans. With cheers ringing out, he hit his drive into the left rough. European fans chanted 10-6 — and you still cant win, a reference to the American collapse in Medinah. Jordan Matthews Jersey . "Right now were kind of looking at him at the end of the rotation right now," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Not indicative of how hes doing or how hes feeling. Its just, it seems like the spot we want him right now. Leonard Johnson Jersey . The team said Saturday that the 36-year-old Robidas is expected to miss four to six months, jeopardizing his return this season. He was injured when he slid hard into the boards in the second period of a 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago on Friday.Long heralded for – and proud of – their blue collar reputation, the Pittsburgh Steelers produce their fan favourites and all-time greats in the trenches, or at least the linebacking corps. Even their cherished skill position players are known most for their gritty play, think running back Jerome Bettis or wide receiver Hines Ward. So what happens when a legitimate playmaker and pure skill player dons Steelers black and gold? He flies under the radar some. The playmaker in question – and in Pittsburgh starting lineup – is receiver Antonio Brown, who quietly put up one of the best seasons of any receiver in the league last year. Brown led the Steelers with 110 receptions for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers ranked him second in both catches and yards and with Josh Gordon, last years yards leader, facing a full-year suspension for substance abuse, the path is clear to take the receiving yards title this year. In the Steelers long and storied history, no receiver has put up the kind of season Brown did last year. And perhaps just as important in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers pride themselves on doing things the right way, is Browns evolution into a leader. Once part of the “Young Money Family” alongside fellow receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders – both of whom are no longer with the team – Brown is now taking on a guidance role for the younger pass catchers brought in to replace the likes of Wallace and Sanders. "Everyones watching my attitude, my demeanor, my approach,” Brown told reporters at the start of training camp. “Coach (Mike Tomlin) says Im the guy to look to do things, so theres a lot of emphasis on how to handle things and how to go about a lot of things being the leader." Brown puts in the required hard work as welll, returning kickoffs – a rarity for a No. E.J. Gaines Jersey. 1 receiver to dabble in special teams play – and continuing to target areas he feels still need improvement, such as blocking. Brown may not have started out as your prototypical Steelers player, perhaps the organization rubbed off on him, because he certainly is now. The eye-catching skill and highlight reel plays are almost just a bonus. Notes Brown will need another big season for the Steelers because after him the teams receiving corps is very green. Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders are gone now meaning one of Markus Wheaton or Martavis Bryant should be lining up opposite Brown. Pittsburgh did sign former New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore for a veteran presence. The Steelers have long been known to have a power running game as a focal point of their offence and this year they have a duo that should fill that role nicely. Alongside LeVeon Bell, who looked impressive in his rookie campaign last year, the Steelers added powerful free agent LeGarrette Blount, who flashed – as he has his entire career – strong ability last year with the New England Patriots. Alongside Blount and Moore, the Steelers also added safety Mike Mitchell, who has had a fairly solid career split between the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers. The Steelers landed two borderline first round talents in the first two rounds of the draft – one taken perhaps a little early in linebacker Ryan Shazier (15th overall) and one who could possibly turn out to be a steal in defensive end Stephon Tuitt (46th overall). The Steelers added a great assistant coach in former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Munchak wasnt a very successful head coach but his bread and butter is the offensive line and he should only help Pittsburgh line. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '



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