The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. Faldo, with six majors regarded as Britain's greatest player, was captain of the last European team that lost the Ryder Cup in 2008. Watson, who has five British Open titles among his eight majors, was captain of the U.S. Poulter, a European stalwart with a 12-4-2 record in the Ryder Cup, was critical of both in his book, ''No Limits,'' which was released this week.
With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up. Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. ''We understand in this offense, it can be anyone's night at any moment,'' said Sanders, who didn't catch his first TD pass for Denver until Sunday night, when Manning set the career record.
Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt. The Lakers and the 40-year-old Nash announced their joint decision less than a week before the start of the regular season.
San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night. ''That's the plan,'' athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said via text message late Thursday with word an MRI exam on Lincecum's back was all clear. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco's 7-2 loss at Kansas City in Game 2 when his left lower back tightened. Lincecum retired five straight before exiting during Salvador Perez's at-bat.
The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara. Coach Claude Julien said after the game he had no update, but inside the Boston locker room, Chara's teammates seemed resigned to a long absence. ''He's a presence in all aspects of the game,'' said Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half midway through the third period. We're going to miss him.'' Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help New York snap a two-game losing streak.