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Golf: Europe beats United States to win Ryder Cup

Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the USA as star man Francesco Molinari became the first-ever European to win all five of his matches with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

Ian Poulter's dramatic 2-up win against Dustin Johnson had sent Thomas Bjorn's hosts to a guaranteed 14 points with Henrik Stenson 5-up on Bubba Watson with five to play, before Molinari finished the job.

"It's been an incredible week," said Molinari.

"It's been a long week, playing five matches, but you know, again, I stepped it up when I had to and you know, that putt on 14 was great. Just amazing."

Jon Rahm had earlier dealt Tiger Woods a fourth loss of the Ryder Cup as Europe weathered an early fightback from the US at Le Golf National.

Spanish rookie Rahm won his first Ryder Cup point with a 2 and 1 victory over Woods, the American suffering just his second singles defeat in eight matches in the competition.

"To beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on the Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it's the best feeling of my life," said the 23-year-old Rahm.

Rahm's triumph came after Thorbjorn Olesen, in the seventh match to tee off, powered to an impressive 5 and 4 win over the in-form Jordan Spieth to quell the US team's momentum.

Jim Furyk's men had pulled to within a point after claiming 3.5 points from the first four matches on Sunday, with Justin Thomas defeating Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opening clash.

A calamitous 18th hole for McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman find the bunker with his tee shot, as well as the water, as Thomas picked up his fourth point of the competition.

Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka halved the second match, while Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2 after carding six birdies to put away the Olympi c champion on the Albatros course.

Tony Finau romped to a 6 and 4 win over fellow rookie Tommy Fleetwood, denying the Englishman the chance to become the first European to win five points from a possible five at the Ryder Cup.

(AFP)

Date created : 2018-09-30

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England on verge of 'something amazing', says France boss Deschamps

england-cropped Getty Images The World Cup-winning manager believes there is more to come from the Three Lions in the future

France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps thinks England are on the verge of achieving "something amazing" after becoming a real force in international youth football.

After failing to qualify for Euro 2008, an inquest into development took place in English football, with the Football Association (FA) looking to other nations such as Germany and Spain for inspiration.

It took time for obvious results to be made, with the senior side only really starting to see the benefit at this year's Wo rld Cup when they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, but youth success in recent years suggests that even better results could be on the horizon.

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England's Under-17s and Under-20s both won their respective world titles in 2017, while the Under-19s were victorious on the European stage.

Deschamps feels the number of foreign players in the Premier League can have a negative impact, making it more difficult for youngsters to break through, but he has no doubt about England's potential.

"The Premier League has a specific characteristic because they have economic resources nobody else has," Deschamps told the Guardian. "A lot of foreigners come over to play.

"In France a young talent who is 17 plays in Ligue 1. I've seen that in England it is more complicated. It takes longer.

"So, it takes longer to get to international standard, but it seems there are a young generation of players who have particular quality, winning international titles at youth levels.

"They have the potential to improve and do something amazing."

One element that attracted significant coverage during France's World Cup campaign was the team's diversity, with 15 members of the 23-man squad being of African descent.

Some used this as a basis of criticism, with former Croatia coach Igor Stimac suggesting the final saw his country come up against the "African continent", but for Deschamps, promoting diversity and integration is an important responsibility o f football.

"I start from the principle that any player who is French or has become French is selection-worthy," Deschamps added.

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"Some players have dual nationality and I am not going to take that away from them, they have freedom to choose, no problem.

"I give absolutely no consideration to a player's identity, their race, their religion. In fact, it is good for any team to have diversity in it, but they have to agree that what they are representing is France. And like England, like Germany, like many other countries, France is a multicultural society.

"It was an idea that took off in 1998, but it was also something that was taken on by politicians because football has such media presence. They made out it was the representation of an ideal France.

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"We are represented by sportsmen of different colours, different cultures, different religions, different origins, but that's France.

"Quite apart from what they do on the pitch, it is a representation of our social reality. It's a good vehicle for integration.

"There is a set of basic values that come across which can be transmitted; respect for your team-mates, your opponents, the referee. This educational role is essential for young people."

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On a 'voyage en voiture' through France

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We crossed the Pont du Gard to get to its museum. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

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We were treated to magnificent views during our drive through the Parc national des Cévennes. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

The entrance gate for Fort Saint-André and Abbaye Saint-André, in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

The 10th century Chapelle Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe in Le Puy-en-Velay was built atop an 85-meter high volcanic needle and is reached by climbing 268 stairs carved into the rock. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

One of the two volcanic needles in Le Puy-en-Velay, the Rocher Corneille is crowned with a statue of the Virgin Mary. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac, the "hanging gardens" overlooking the Dordogne River, boast over 150,000 box woods sculpted in decorative forms and spectacular views. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

The Girondins were a political faction that came down on the wrong side of the French Revolution. This monument to them, with a ferris wheel behind it, is in Bordeaux. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

"La Grosse Cloche" - "the big bell" - is a landmark in Bordeaux. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

The old port in La Rochelle is dominated by La Tour de l'Horloge. photo by Sarah Bryan Miller

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The Latest: China and France advance to fifth-place game

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The Australian team celebrate their victory over Spain in the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Spain and Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez) The Australian team celebrate their victory over Spain in the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Spain and Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez), The Associated Press Brittney Griner of the United States celebrates with teammates during the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Belgium and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez)

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — The Latest at the Women's Basketball World Cup (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Liz Cambage scored 33 points and had 15 rebounds to help Australia rally from an eight-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and beat Spain 72-66 on Saturday, advancing to the gold medal game of the Women's Basketball World Cup.

Australia will play the U.S. trying to win its second gold medal. The Opals won the gold in 2006, the last time the Americans didn't win.

Spain will face Belgium in the bronze medal game.

Trailing 58-50 to start the fourth quarter, Australia scored the first nine points of the period, including six by Cambage to take a 59-58 lead. The teams went back and forth over the next few minutes. Spain led 64-61 with 4:01 left before Cambage converted a three-point play to tie the game. That started an 11-2 run to close the semifinal. As the final seconds ran off the clock and Australia was celebrating, Cambage teared up, celebrating her first trip e ver to a gold medal game.

8 p.m.

Diana Taurasi scored 26 points, including hitting five 3-pointers, to help the U.S. beat Belgium 93-77 in the semifinals of the Women's Basketball World Cup.

Breanna Stewart added 20 points while Brittney Griner had 16 for the Americans, who will be trying to win a third straight gold medal at the worlds — something the team has never done.

The U.S., which has won 21 consecutive World Cup games, will play Australia or Spain for the title Sunday.

Belgium, making its first appearance in the Women's World Cup, hung around for the first 25 minutes behind the stellar play of Emma Meesseman and some solid outside shooting. The game was tied at 52 midway through the third quarter before the U.S. closed the period with a 21-5 run.

3 p.m.

China will face France in the fifth-place game at the Women's Basketball World Cup.

The Chinese rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Canada 76-71 in the consolation bracket on Saturday. For China, which is the youngest team in the tournament, a chance to play for fifth is big for the future of the team.

Li Meng scored 18 points and Han Xu had 12 for China.

Canada, which was coming off a disappointing quarterfinal loss to Spain, had another rough fourth quarter. The Canadians gave up the first 19 points to Spain in the quarterfinals after leading by three heading into that final period. Against China, Canada led 62-58 going into the final period.

Kia Nurse scored 18 points to lead Canada.

Canada will play Nigeria in the seventh-place contest. Nigeria lost to France 84-62 in the first game of the day.

The U.S. plays Belgium and Australia faces Spain in the semifinal games later Saturday.

2 p.m.

A place in the gold medal game was at stake for the U.S., Belgium, Spain and Australia at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup on Saturday.

The Americans are trying to reach the final for the third straight time. They'll have to beat a Belgium team that is playing in its first Worlds and has exceeded its own expectations by making the final four.

Spain used a 19-0 run to start the fourth quarter and knock off Canada on Friday night. The host nation will have a boisterous crowd behind them when it faces Australia in the second semifinal.

The winners will play for the gold on Sunday night with the two losing teams competing for the bronze.

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