Johnson and Koepka clash at party in aftermath of US Ryder Cup defeat

first_imgnews Share on LinkedIn Reed and Woods were the only American pair to lose on Friday morning, after which Reed expected Furyk to revert to pairings which had worked previously. Instead he and Woods sat out the foursomes session which was lost 4-0 for the first time in Ryder Cup history.After a second defeat to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood on Saturday morning, Reed was left out again. “For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” added Reed, who beat Tyrrell Hatton in Sunday’s singles. “Every day [in the team room] I saw: ‘Leave your egos at the door.’ They [the Europeans] do that better than us.” Ryder Cup Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Messenger The latest signs of a dysfunctional United States Ryder Cup team have appeared after it emerged that Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka had to be separated following a row at Europe’s victory party on Sunday night. Hours earlier Patrick Reed admitted egos were a problem for the American team as he blamed Jordan Spieth for the end of their successful Ryder Cup partnership before going on to describe the US captain Jim Furyk’s decision to leave him out of two sessions at Le Golf National as “not smart”.Johnson, Koepka and Reed had followed tradition by joining the winning team’s post-event party. Yet Johnson and Koepka, regarded as close friends, became embroiled in a flare-up which had to be calmed by others in the vicinity.Reed and Spieth had won four and halved two of their seven matches together at Gleneagles and Hazeltine but Reed was twice paired with Tiger Woods and Spieth played four matches with Justin Thomas in Paris over the weekend. Topics Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img That was the subject of the final question of the American team’s press conference on Sunday evening, with Spieth answering diplomatically: “We were totally involved in every decision that was made. Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”However, in an interview conducted an hour later with the New York Times, Reed said at that point he was looking at Spieth “like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14”, a reference to Phil Mickelson’s searing criticism of captain Tom Watson – sitting a few feet away – following the defeat at Gleneagles.“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said. “I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success.” Reuse this content Tom Jenkins’ best shots of the 2018 Ryder Cup – in pictures US sports View gallery Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Ryder Cup 2018 Share on WhatsApp Golf Brooks Koepkalast_img read more

What Went Wrong with Purpose Driven Connection

first_imgIn other words, the lack of interest in the full package, and subsequent lack of expected revenue made Purpose Driven Connection an unattractive business for RDA going forward. They made the decision to kill the costly print magazine, and agreed to host its Web site at least through the first quarter next year.I asked the spokesperson directly if RDA considers the Purpose Driven Connection venture a failure. Of course he said it wasn’t a failure. From an operational point of view, he said that shutting down an otherwise interesting product that doesn’t meet financial criteria “is every bit as important as green-lighting others to go forward.” He also said RDA gleaned “proof of concept” insights into serving a community like Warren’s that’s bound by faith or philosophy.“We believe that we could take this forward with a community that had a somewhat different characteristic—larger, more open to purchasing memberships, more universal, global, etc.,” the spokesperson said.More open to purchasing memberships. That might be key.This shouldn’t suggest, though, that Saddleback hasn’t had any success from the venture. The church said subscribers to the Daily Hope devotions newsletter have grown to 400,000 since Purpose Driven Connection launched early this year.If not for monetary reasons, I think the loss for RDA is substantial, despite the positive lessons it says it learned from giving it a shot. It has to be tough, especially for a company that’s now steering itself out of bankruptcy,  to watch a product it called one of its most important ventures ever fail after only four issues. On Wednesday, Purpose Driven Connection—the quarterly published in partnership between Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren and the Reader’s Digest Association—became the latest magazine casualty of 2009 as the groups decided to move the product online-only. Until September, RDA said the title, which launched in January, was still in “development stages.” After four issues it was never green-lighted for a full launch off the newsstand. What gives? When RDA announced the launch late last year, it billed the agreement with Warren and Saddleback as one of the company’s “most important and far-reaching ventures ever.” Yesterday, in a statement, Warren said “impressive reader feedback has prompted us to focus all our energies on our digital format so our content can be expanded, international and free.”So, what about the print product? With a $9.99 cover price, was it a dud on stands? A RDA spokesperson called sales figures “encouraging,” especially at outlets like Wal-Mart, but said the company wasn’t releasing specific numbers. He told me the magazine failed to generate enough full membership buys—$29 for the quarterly magazine, DVDs with each issue, study guides and access to its Web site. Those packages were offered by the church to its immense membership base.last_img read more

HBOs Watchmen ComicCon trailer goes deep into masked vigilante war

first_img Comic-Con 0 TV and Movies Comics Comments The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 The trailer opens with a vigilante crashing into a convenience store being robbed by a gunman — but this isn’t your fun Shazam-type hero moment. For one, the vigilante wears a noose around his neck. We cut to a Rorschach-inspired mask-wearing vigilante, who says, “soon they will shout, ‘Save us.’ And we will whisper, ‘No.'”  The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises 3:00 Very ominous. HBO Damon Lindelof, best known for creating The Leftovers, is the man helming HBO’s Watchmen. A new trailer for this sequel (of sorts) to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel snuck up on San Diego Comic-Con, despite the absence of a panel. 62 Photoscenter_img More from HBO and Comic-Con HBO HBO’s Watchmen series: New teaser trailer, release date, cast and plot Every Comic-Con San Diego 2019 trailer: Picard, Netflix’s The Witcher, It 2, Top Gun sequel HBO’s His Dark Materials lights up Comic-Con with a new trailer Share your voice Tags Originally published July 20, 11:15 a.m. PT.  Now playing: Watch this: The masks, the vigilantes, Ozymandias — they’re all familiar to fans of the graphic novel, but Lindelof isn’t exactly adapting it. Well, at least that’s what he implied in an open letter to fans. Instead of retreading “sacred ground,” he’s going to remix it. The TV series is an original sequel set in the Watchmen world, where new masks and new characters will take the stage.Regina King plays Angela Abraham, Jeremy Irons plays an older Ozymandias, Jean Smart plays Agent Blake — and that’s pretty much all we know about the new cast of characters. A war seems to be in the cards between vigilantes and the police, who — twist! — have also jumped on the mask-wearing bandwagon.Watchmen is set to arrive on HBO sometime in October, 2019.last_img read more

Cleanup Efforts Continue In West Houston After Last Weeks Historic Floods

first_img 00:00 /02:31 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 8When Melissa Alfaro noticed water rising in her garage last Monday morning, she was relieved when it looked like the rain was slowing down. So, at around 2:45, she went back to bed for a couple of hours.“But then my grandson woke up to use the potty,” Alfaro says. “And he stepped into the water when he got off the bunkbed and he started screaming, ‘There’s water in the house!’”It turns out the rain didn’t stop and the family ended up with at least a foot of water in their house, located near Clay Road and Hwy 6 in West Houston.“We actually saw snakes swimming inside the living room, so yeah, it was pretty scary,” Alfaro added. Their neighborhood was just one of many areas hit hard by last week’s devastating floods. Fast forward a week later, where Alfaro’s husband stands in the driveway, grilling dinner on the barbeque pit next to the open garage. Inside, signs of mildew are starting to show up on the sheetrock. Sitting on the curb of nearly half the homes on their block are piles of trash bags, soggy carpet, and carpet padding. The Alfaros lost most of their furniture, including the kids’ beds.The water may be out of a lot of homes, but some areas near the Addicks Reservoir are still completely submerged. On North Eldridge north of Interstate 10, for example, the road looks more like a boat ramp. Beyond the orange and white road blocks in the shadow of the Omni Hotel, the four-lane road is swallowed up by water. It’s so high that only the treetops are showing.Cecilia Valencia and her husband were on their way home from church and stopped to check out the sight. She says the road closures have made traffic brutal.“I have a friend who works right here at Conoco Philips. We live ten minutes up the road it’s taking her an hour now to get to work,” Valencia says.Further west, along Saums Rd. and Barker Cypress, plastic grocery bags and other leftover flood debris tangled in tree branches indicate how high the water had risen. As a couple of ducks paddle through what are normally soccer fields at Cullen Park, Doug Evans is about to get to work at the nearby Velodrome. His cycling organization operates the banked track inside the park, where they rent out a specialized type of bike. Because the containers holding nearly 40 cycles flooded, Evans explains, each one will have to be completely disassembled.  “All of the parts have to be taken off. Everything has to be cleaned, dried, re-lubricated, and then put back together,” he says.Back in Bear Creek Village, down the street from the Alfaro family, Michael Wilson is washing his car in the driveway. He’s lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and says he’s never seen anything like this flood.  “It is what it is,” Wilson says. “We just have to go with the flow and take care of what we’ve got.” Sharelast_img read more

South asian prize longlist out

The longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 was announced on Tuesday. This includes four debut novels and two works of translation from Hindi. The criteria for selection, as K Satchidanandan from the jury panel put it, was: ‘Novelty of theme, the contribution the work makes to the genre of novels and its educative and aesthetic experience.’ The selected works are Alice Albinia’s Leela’s Book, The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care, Roopa Farooki’s The Flying Man, Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s Between Clay and Dust, Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif, Jerry Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom, Uday Prakash’s The Walls of Delhi, The Song Seekers by Saswati Sengupta and Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis among others. read more