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Golf: Watson names Floyd as US Ryder Cup assistant

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson named Raymond Floyd as his second assistant captain on Tueaday for next September's match-play golf showdown against holders Europe in Scotland. Floyd, who was a wildcard choice by Watson in 1993 when he last captained the US Ryder Cup team, will join Andy North as the assistant captains for the Americans. "It's great to have somebody with experience. It's great to have somebody who can really play," Watson said. "Raymond has had a tremendous amount of Ryder Cup experience. He has been successful as a Ryder Cup player."

Golf: Woods has Ryder Cup in his sights

Tiger Woods says he is keen to make the US team which will challenge to break Europe's recent domination of the Ryder Cup when it returns to Scotland after a 41-year gap at Gleneagles in late September. Woods was part of the team that was overhauled by Jose Maria Olazabal's men on the final day singles at Medinah in 2012 and that brought his record in the biennial team event to having played it six times and been on the winning side only once, in 1999. "You know we are looking forward to it," he replied when asked how he felt about playing in the Ryder Cup in Scotland.

Cricket: New Zealand's Ryder banned over drug test

Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was handed a six-month ban Tuesday after testing positive for outlawed substances contained in a weight-loss supplement, the New Zealand Sports Tribunal said. The disciplinary body said Ryder, who has been in self-imposed exile from international cricket since February 2012, tested positive after a domestic match in March this year. It said Ryder's sample showed traces of the stimulants PBA and DEBEA, and the batsman admitted he took two supplement tablets in the days before the test.

Cricket: Ryder only hit once, N. Zealand court hears

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was only punched once and his injuries were not as serious as reported, a lawyer for one of the two men charged with his assault told a court Thursday. Jonathan Eaton said Ryder was sharing a friendly drink with the accused before a dispute broke out, and the cricketer was injured as he fell to the ground "after being punched once".

Cricket: Arrests for assault as Kiwi star Ryder improves

Battered New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was showing signs of improvement Friday and gave family the thumbs-up as police charged two men with assaulting the gifted batsman in a savage beating. Ryder was attacked by a group of men as he left a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch early Thursday, and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition where he was placed in an induced coma. His manager Aaron Klee said Ryder was responsive Friday and had given the thumbs-up to medical staff and members of his family who rushed to be at his bedside.

Cricket: Arrest for assault as Kiwi star Ryder improves

Battered New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was showing signs of improvement Friday and gave family the thumbs-up as police charged a man with assaulting the gifted batsman in a savage beating. Ryder was attacked by a group of men as he left a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch early Thursday, and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition where he was placed in an induced coma. His manager Aaron Klee said Ryder was responsive Friday and had given the thumbs-up to medical staff and members of his family who rushed to be at his bedside.

Cricket: First arrest over assault on Kiwi star Ryder

New Zealand police Friday said they had arrested one man and were looking for another in connection with an assault that left cricket star Jesse Ryder in a critical condition in hospital. Ryder was attacked by a group of men as he left a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch early Thursday morning and was rushed to hospital with a fractured skull and other internal injuries. Hospital authorities said Friday his condition had not improved overnight.

Ryder responding, second man arrested - police

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder's condition was improving and he was responding to medical staff and his family on Friday as police said they had arrested two men in connection with the alleged assault. A 20-year-old man and 37-year-old had been charged with assault and would appear in court on April 4, New Zealand Police (NZP) said in a statement. The men were related, police said, without providing further detail.

Cricket: New Zealand's Ryder critical after brutal attack

Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was in a critical condition in hospital on Thursday after an "extremely vicious" attack as he left a bar in Christchurch, police said. The 28-year-old was in an induced coma with a fractured skull and serious internal injuries, and his family were at his bedside. The attack in the South Island city came just days before the talented batsman was to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract.

Cricket: New Zealand's Ryder critical after bar brawl

Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was in a critical condition in hospital Thursday after an "extremely vicious" attack as he left a bar in Christchurch, police said. The 28-year-old was in an induced coma with a fractured skull and serious internal injuries, and his family were at his bedside. The attack in the South Island city came just days before the talented batsman was to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract.
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