Men’s triathlon: Argentina’s Gonzalo Tellechea, Brazil’s Reinaldo Colucci and Diogo Sclebin Costa Martins, Chile’s Felipe Van de Wyngard, Colombia’s Carlos Quinchará and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales will compete in a competition that consists of 1.5-kilometer (.93-mile) swim, a 43-kilometer (26.7-mile) bike ride and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run. Men’s RS Sailboard: Brazil’s Ricardo Santos advanced to the final race, where he’ll compete against Canada’s Zac Plavsic, France’s Julien Bontemps, Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey, Germany’s Toni Wilhelm, Greece’s Byron Kokalanis, the Netherlands’ Dorian Van Rijsselberghe, New Zealand’s Jon-Paul Tobin, Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski and Switzerland’s Richard Stauffacher. When and at what time is the 200 meter dash final? Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: She made her claim as being the world’s fastest woman for the second straight Olympics by winning the 100-meter dash in 10.75 seconds, just ahead of American Carmelita Jeter (10.78) and Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown (10.81). Colombia’s Caterine Ibargüen: She won silver in the triple jump with a mark of 14.8 meters, finishing behind Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova’s 14.98 and ahead of Olha Saladuha of the Ukraine (14.79). Jamaicans Kimberly Williams and Trecia Smith placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz Bocourt: She won gold in the plus-78-kilogram (171-pound) judo competition by defeating Japan’s Mika Sugimoto in the final. Cuba’s Leuris Pupo: He won the 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition with 34 points, four ahead of India’s Vijay Kumar and seven more than China’s Ding Feng. Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada: The duo won bronze in the star sailing competition, finishing behind Sweden’s Max Salminen and Fredrik Lööf and Great Britain’s Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy. The Brazilians finished with 40 points, with the Swedes scoring 32 and the Brits 34. Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills: She placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 50.11 seconds. American Sanya Richards-Ross won gold in 49.55, followed by Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu (49.70) and American DeeDee Trotter (49.72). Jamaica’s Rosemarie Whyte placed eighth in 50.79. Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 7: By Dialogo August 06, 2012 LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from this past weekend’s Olympic action: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt: He successfully defended his gold medal in the 100-meter dash in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds, finishing ahead of compatriot Yohan Blake (9.75) and American Justin Gatlin (9.79). Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson placed seventh in 9.98 seconds and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell took eighth in 11.99. Bolt eclipsed his Olympic record set at the Beijing Games in 2008 (9.69 seconds) and was .05 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he established at the world championships in 2009. Brazil’s César Cielo: He took the bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.59. France’s Florent Manaudou won the gold in 21.34 seconds, followed by America’s Cullen Jones in 21.54. Cielo, who won gold in the event at the Beijing Games in 2008, held off countryman Bruno Fratus, who finished fourth in 21.61. Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell finished seventh in 21.82. “Manaudou had the race of his life and his time was better than my best time this year,” Cielo told reporters. Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro: He earned the bronze medal in tennis with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the All England Club. Del Potro had his gold-medal aspirations end in a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the longest three-set men’s match ever played in the modern era, as it lasted four hours and 26 minutes.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old man was fatally hit by a car while crossing a road in his hometown of Bellport over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Juan Mejia was walking across Montauk Highway when he was struck by a westbound Volkswagen Rabbit west of Bellport Avenue at 8:11 p.m. Saturday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was neither injured nor charged.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle sat down with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Thursday to discuss ways CUNA can partner with the SBA to help more credit unions and small businesses make use of SBA lending programs, particularly the 7(a) guaranteed loan program.Contreras-Sweet has noted her support of credit union and community bank participation in SBA lending and CUNA staff said the meeting dialogue was very productive.SBA loans can be an important lending tool for credit unions, since the portions of the loan guaranteed by the SBA, usually from 50% to 90%, do not count against a credit union’s member business lending cap.SBA loans at credit unions have grown in both the average size and total dollar amount by nearly 50% over the past two and a half years. Average loans have risen to $147,000 (up from $101,000) and the outstanding dollar amount has risen to nearly $1.2 billion from around $800 million.While these number represent an increase, they are still below the average credit union member business loans, which average $225,000 per loan and have an outstanding dollar amount at $48.8 billion. continue reading »
Australia recorded its deadliest day with at least 13 deaths and more than 700 new infections, mostly in the second-most populous state of Victoria, where the government ordered all residents to wear face-coverings outside.The country has confirmed a total of 16,298 cases since the pandemic began, with 189 fatalities, more than half in Victoria and its capital Melbourne, which is under a new lockdown.Victoria’s new infections have seeded outbreaks in other areas, including Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, which reported 18 new cases.Authorities are weighing new measures to stop the spread but further restrictions on movement would deal a blow to the economy, already in its first recession for 30 years. Spikes in novel coronavirus infections in Asia have dispelled any notion the region may be over the worst, with Australia and India reporting record daily infections on Thursday, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance.Asian countries had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the virus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency.”We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. But failure to control the outbreaks would do more economic harm in the long run, Morrison said.’Act now, act fast’Vietnam, virus-free for months, has also had a harsh reminder of the dangers with a new surge spreading to six cities and provinces in six days, linked to an outbreak in the central city of Danang.The health ministry on Thursday reported nine new locally transmitted cases linked to Danang, taking total infections to 42 since the virus resurfaced at the weekend.Cases have also appeared in the capital, Hanoi, the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City and in the Central Highlands.Thanks to a centralized quarantine program and aggressive contact-tracing, Vietnam has registered a total of only 459 cases, with no deaths.But now more than 81,000 people are in quarantine.”We have to act now and act fast,” Nguyen Duc Chung, the chairman of the administration in Hanoi, said in a statement.Hanoi authorities said they will test 21,000 people who recently returned from Danang.Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the new surge was different to a wave Vietnam fought in March, and every province and city was at risk, state broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) reported.India reported more than 52,000 new cases over the previous 24 hours, its highest in a single day and taking its tally to almost 1.6 million.India has the third highest number of infections globally, and while its major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai have seen their case-loads ease, infections are increasing sharply in rural areas.North Korean warningChina reported 105 new coronavirus cases on the mainland, up from 101 the previous day, with 96 of them in the far western region of Xinjiang, five in the northeastern province of Liaoning, one was in Beijing and three imported cases.As of Wednesday, China had 84,165 confirmed cases, with 4,634 deaths.Isolated North Korea was on alert after a defector suspected of having the virus sneaked back in from South Korea.North Korea, which says it has had no domestic cases, imposed strict quarantine and screening in Kaesong, just north of the border with South Korea, where the suspected infection was reported in a 24-year-old man who defected to South Korea in 2017 and slipped back in to the North this month.North Korea has not confirmed the man tested positive for the virus but said he was showing symptoms.The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, a ruling Workers’ Party mouthpiece, warned against carelessness.”A moment of inattention could cause a fatal crisis,” it said. Topics :
Ocean Infinity will be working with the government of South Korea in the search for the wreckage of the ship Stellar Daisy, which was lost on 31 March 2017. The vessel was lost in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 2500 nautical miles due east of Uruguay with 24 people on board, whilst transporting iron ore from Brazil to China.Operations are expected to start in January 2019. Ocean Infinity will deploy a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to search for Stellar Daisy. Upon locating the wreck there will be an extensive 3D imaging survey.Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said: “For the sake of all involved we sincerely hope that we can find Stellar Daisy and be able to collect as much evidence about her loss as we can. As always with deep sea search there can be no guarantee of success as neither the precise location nor the specific circumstances of her loss are known. We are grateful that the Government of South Korea awarded us the contract for this challenging project and affirmed Ocean Infinity’s position as the leading deep-sea search and recovery services provider in the world.”
HealthLifestyle 6 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore by: – December 5, 2011 One of Men’s Health’s top experts, T.E. Holt, M.D., a physician in North Carolina, tells this story about one of his patients:A man came in, dragged by his daughter because, she explained, he had been steadily losing weight and was covered in big lumps. The lumps had been growing for 2 years, maybe more, she said.I had no doubt, from the moment I saw him, that this man was dying. He had lumps as big as my fist on his forehead and his back, and as I came closer and moved around him, more came into view. When I pressed deeply into his belly, I felt a solid rock where there should have been yielding space.It was metastatic sarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissue. Four months later, the man was dead.When it comes to their health, says Dr. Holt, guys are notorious for doing too little, too late. As men, we’re told to play through the pain, tough it out, shake it off, and suck it up. There are a dozen other variations of the same message, and they’re all code for: Ignore your symptoms.And why not? What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?Here’s the problem: Things kill us all the time. Even when we’re young. In fact, guys between the ages of 20 and 40 are twice as likely to die as women, says Dr. Holt. Most of us, I’d hope, would call a doctor if we were struck by blinding head pain, suddenly couldn’t feel one side of our body, or, frankly, noticed fist-size bumps emerging from our foreheads. But some symptoms aren’t so obviously dire. We asked writer Allen St. John to put together a list of surprising symptoms you should never ignore. Why? Because your life may literally be hanging in the balance. Call your doctor immediately if you feel . . .1. SEVERE BACK PAINWhat it feels like: Similar to the kind of agony you’d expect if you’d tried to bench press an armoire. The usual remedies—heat, rest, OTC painkillers—offer no relief.What it could be: “If it’s not related to exercise, sudden severe back pain can be the sign of an aneurysm,” says Sigfried Kra, M.D., an associate professor at the Yale school of medicine. Particularly troubling is an abdominal aneurysm, a dangerous weakening of the aorta just above the kidneys. If it bursts, you’ll die within minutes.A less threatening possibility: You have a kidney stone, in which case you’ll only wish you were dead.How to fix it: Aneurysms can be treated with blood-pressure medication or surgery to implant a synthetic graft.NO FLU FOR YOU! Tis the season for coughing, aching, stuffy heads, and fevers. But not for you! Here are easy ways to prevent or treat the cold and flu this winter.2. SUDDEN GROIN PAINWhat it feels like: It’s as if you were kicked below the belt, but the pain is not quite as intense. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by swelling.What it could be: It’s probably testicular torsion. Normally, a man’s testicles are attached to his body in two ways: by the spermatic cords, which run into the abdomen, and by fleshy anchors near the scrotum.But sometimes, in a relatively common congenital defect, these anchors are missing. This allows one of the spermatic cords to get twisted, which cuts off the flow of blood to the testicle. “If you catch it in 4 to 6 hours, you can usually save the testicle,” says Jon Pryor, M.D., a urologist with the University of Minnesota. “But after 12 to 24 hours, you’ll probably lose it.”Another possible cause: an infection of the epididymis, your sperm-storage facility.How to fix it: A surgeon will straighten the cord, and then construct artificial anchors with a few stitches near the scrotum. If it’s just an infection, antibiotics will take care of it quickly.3. SHARP PAIN IN THE ABDOMENWhat it feels like: All the metaphors apply—knife in the gut, bullet in the belly, skewer in the stomach—except this attack is from within.What it could be: Since the area between your ribs and your hips is jam-packed with organs, the pain can be a symptom of either appendicitis, pancreatitis, or an inflamed gallbladder. In all three cases, the cause is the same: Something has blocked up the organ in question, resulting in a potentially fatal infection. How to fix it: If the pain is in your lower-right abdomen and your white-blood-cell count is up, says Dr. Kra, it’s probably appendicitis (out comes the appendix).Pain in your upper abdomen with high white blood cells usually means an inflamed gallbladder (goodbye, gallbladder).And if it hurts below your breastbone and certain enzymes in the blood are elevated, then pancreatitis is probably the culprit. (The pancreas stays, but a gallstone may be blocking things up. If so, the stone and the gallbladder may have to come out.)4. TRANSIENT CHEST PAINWhat it feels like: A heavy ache that comes on suddenly and then goes away just as quickly. Otherwise, you feel fine.What it could be: Maybe indigestion. Or it could be a heart attack. “Even if it’s very short in duration, it can be a sign of something serious,” says John Stamatos, M.D., medical director of North Shore Pain Services in Long Island and author of Painbuster. Here’s how serious: A blood clot may have lodged in a narrowed section of a coronary artery, completely cutting off the flow of blood to one section of your heart.How much wait-and-see time do you have? Really, none. Fifty percent of deaths from heart attacks occur within 3 to 4 hours of the first symptoms. You’re literally living on borrowed time.How to fix it: A blood test checks for markers of damaged heart tissue. Treatment: angioplasty or bypass. Then try any or all of our 100 Ways to Protect Your Heart5. LEG PAIN WITH SWELLINGWhat it feels like: Specifically, one of your calves is killing you. It’s swollen and tender to the touch, and may even feel warm, as if it’s being slow-roasted from the inside out.What it could be: Deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, which occurs when blood pools in your lower legs and forms a clot. Next thing you know, that clot is big enough to block a vein in your calf, producing pain and swelling.Unfortunately, the first thing you’ll probably want to do—rub your leg—is also the worst thing. “It can send a big clot running up to your lung, where it can kill you,” warns Dr. Stamatos.How to fix it: Doctors will try to dissolve the clot with drugs, or outfit vulnerable veins with filters to stop a clot before it stops you.6. PAINFUL URINATIONWhat it feels like: Relieving yourself has become an exercise in expletives, and your urine has a rusty tint.What it could be: Worst case? Bladder cancer, according to Joseph A. Smith, M.D., chairman of the department of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University. The pain and the blood in your urine are symptoms of this, the fourth most common cancer in men. Smoking is the biggest risk factor. Catch the disease early, and there’s a 90 percent chance of fixing it. Bladder infections share the same symptoms.How to fix it: Doctors diagnose this by process of elimination. Urinalysis first, to rule out bugs, followed by inserting a scope to look inside the bladder. If you have a tumor, it’ll be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.By Bill Phillips and the Editors of Men’s HealthYAHOO News Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 23 Views no discussions Share Share
FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Rabbi admits filming women at baths by: BBC News – February 20, 2015 178 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Rabbi Barry Freundel used a secret camera in the women’s changing roomsA prominent US rabbi has pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism after secretly filming women in his congregation’s ritual baths.Barry Freundel, 63, may have recorded as many as 150 women in the changing area at his orthodox synagogue in Washington DC.The women were disrobing for the ritual Jewish bath, known as a mikvah.He has confessed to recording at least 52 nude or partially nude women. Prosecutors say he should be jailed.They say the actual number of women filmed is likely to have been much higher.Before his arrest in October 2014, Barry Freundel was a rabbi at the Kesher Israel synagogue in the Georgetown area of the US capital for more than 25 years.Freundel – seen here at Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown in August 2000 – was a rabbi at the Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington for more than 25 yearsHe was arrested after a person associated with the synagogue’s baths, the National Capital Mikvah, discovered the hidden camera.The rabbi has now been fired from the synagogue, which occupies a prime spot in a wealthy area of Washington and has numbered Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and ex-Senator Joe Lieberman among its congregants.Court documents revealed that Freundel set up a recording device hidden within a digital clock radio in the changing and showering area.He was initially charged with six counts of voyeurism, but a search of his home uncovered additional material on other media storage devices.Prosecutors determined that more women had been taped and increased the charges.Each misdemeanour charge is punishable by up to a year in jail, and prosecutors said they would seek a prison sentence.“We will be seeking a prison sentence that reflects the gravity of this disturbing assault on the privacy and dignity of so many victims,” US Attorney Ronald Machen said.A closed-door meeting for victims was last week told that Freundel had taped more than 150 women, though a statute of limitations prevented them from charging him with many of the tapings.
Manchester United could have signed Alphonso Davies for £2million in 2017 but missed their chance after delaying the transfer. Davies has gone on to become one of the most exciting prospects in European football for Bayern Munich, reflected in the 19-year-old’s performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Chelsea were unable to cope with Davies pace down the left flank in a 3-0 home loss, with Davies setting up Robert Lewandowski for the third goal.Advertisement Loading… The Canadian now looks the long-term successor to David Alaba at left-back but United could have been enjoying the fruits of Davies’ labour had they been more proactive a few years ago. The club’s North America scouts identified Davies when he made his debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) for Vancouver Whitecaps, according to The Times. Read Also:Beckham: Solskjaer is doing a good job with Man Utd Davies was just 15 years old at the time and was valued at around £2m by the Canadian outfit. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 10 Historical Mysteries That Still Haven’t Been Solved8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2017 before Bayern Munich pipped them to the post.
Press Association Radamel Falcao declared his readiness to fire Manchester United to Champions League qualification this season on the day Louis van Gaal made it clear he felt Danny Welbeck was not good enough for the Red Devils. United pulled off a headline-grabbing coup by recruiting prolific Colombia striker Falcao on transfer deadline day on a season-long loan from Monaco. The 28-year-old missed the end of 2013/14 and the summer’s World Cup after sustaining a serious knee injury in January, but he has been back in action for the French club and his country this term, getting on the scoresheet for the former. “I think that Manchester United are building a big team for this season and the future and I would like to be here and be part of this project,” he said. “I hope to stay for many years and make history at this club.” While Falcao was joining United on deadline day, Welbeck, a product of their youth academy, was moving to Arsenal for a reported £16million. The 23-year-old England forward – scorer of two goals for his country in this week’s Euro 2016 qualifying win in Switzerland – has netted 24 times in the last three seasons for the Red Devils since returning from a loan spell with Sunderland in 2010/11. Van Gaal left no doubt on Thursday that he thinks that is not up to scratch as he drew comparisons with United frontmen Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, as well as Falcao. Van Gaal said of Welbeck: “After coming back from Sunderland, he has played three seasons for Manchester United. “But he doesn’t have the record of Van Persie or Rooney, and that is the standard. “That is why we let him go – also because of Falcao, and the youngsters who can fit in.” The decision to sell Welbeck, coupled with an outlay of around £150million on six new players over the summer, has prompted suggestions there is a changing culture at United, moving away from their tradition of youth development. Assistant manger Ryan Giggs has insisted United remain committed to giving youth a chance, though, and Van Gaal on Thursday echoed that sentiment, while also emphasising he has no worries about how he might fit all his players into a coherent system. The Dutchman said: “We brought six players in and we let 14 players go. So fitting in these players is not so difficult I think. “Then, also, we need the youth education, and that is the policy of Manchester United. “We give youth players a chance. The question is if they take the chance. “I am always willing to give young players chances. “The possibility is there, and all the youngsters have to know that.” On Falcao, Van Gaal – who stressed he had not brought the player in due to any notion that Van Persie is a fading force – said: “I don’t have doubts because he is for me one of the best strikers in the world, and when you see his record it is unbelievable. “Today in training he got one ball and it was in the goal. So he confirmed it in his first training session with me. “But when I say this, I put too much pressure on him.” Sunday’s game could also see United bows for summer arrivals Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and a first home appearance for another, Angel di Maria, who the Red Devils – still without a win this season – paid a British record transfer fee for. Talking at his and fellow deadline day recruit Daley Blind’s official United unveiling on Thursday, Falcao moved to alleviate any fears over his physical condition. And, 24 hours on from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward saying the Old Trafford outfit are budgeting to come at least third in this campaign, the frontman also emphasised his confidence he can help them bounce back from finishing seventh last season with a return to the top four. Asked about his fitness, Falcao – set, along with the versatile Blind, to make his debut in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with QPR – said: ”I feel well. I started to play two months ago with Monaco and I have improved a lot. ”I have scored goals. I’m confident with my physical condition and I am comfortable with my knee.” He added: “I think I won’t have a problem with adaptation.” And regarding United not being in Europe, he said: ”Every player wants to play in the Champions League, and this year it’s not possible for Manchester United. ”But we are confident we will be able to qualify for next season in the Champions League.” United have the option to buy Falcao after the loan deal ends and he certainly appears keen to commit himself long-term to the club.
The backing of players such as Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter was vital in Clarke being handed the 2016 captaincy ahead of Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez. And while McIlroy would appear a certainty to make the team and again play in all five sessions, Clarke could face some tough decisions when it comes to his wild cards and pairings. “I’m fortunate to be able to say that I’ve come down the stretch leading a major and managing to win it. But I’d still say that the pressure of a Ryder Cup is greater than that – that’s what I found.” Clarke will be under pressure at Hazeltine to match the universally-praised leadership of predecessor Paul McGinley, who was part of the selection panel which unanimously opted for Clarke despite the pair falling out over the captaincy battle for 2014. But the former Open champion believes the opposition, led by 2012 captain Davis Love, will be under far greater pressure having lost six of the last seven and then forming a task force to examine their entire approach to the contest. “The US are on home soil, they are desperate to win it back again,” Clarke said. “Yes we are going for a record win but the Americans are professional golfers, they have pride, they want to win. You’ve got guys like Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth. You can see the kinds coming in and they will do whatever. They’ll want to do it for Davis too.” Love was captain at Medinah in 2012 when his side squandered a 10-4 lead, with Tiger Woods being left out of a session for the first time in his career and contributing just half a point from four matches. Woods also ruled himself out of contention for a wild card in 2014 after an injury-plagued season but Clarke would like to see his friend back in the side in Minnesota. “I’ve seen Tiger at his absolute best and it would be great to see him get back to his best again, or somewhere near, because any event with Tiger in it is that little bit more special,” Clarke said. “With some of the scores he’s had (a career-worst 82 in Phoenix), it’s not the Tiger we know. But I don’t think we should be too hasty to write him off because he’s gone through so many swing changes in the past and managed to prove people wrong. ” He’s one of the best players that’s ever played the game and we tend to forget that a bit too quickly. Due to Rory coming along and Jordan Spieth playing so well, people are saying ‘Tiger’s done, he’s finished’ but I wouldn’t be quite as quick to write him off as he’s a special man. “You can’t be as good as he was then lose it all.” McDowell narrowly held on to the last automatic qualifying place in 2014 while Westwood and Poulter needed wild cards, and Clarke hinted he would be more likely to reduce his wild cards from three to two rather than increase them. “Different captains have different styles,” said Clarke, who partnered Westwood eight times in the Ryder Cup. “Some have their arms around the players, others are more distant. I’d like to think I’m somewhere in the middle ground. “I’m still playing and very friendly with possible members of the team. I’m close to the players, maybe too close. I’ll be very player-friendly. “Don’t get me wrong, I won’t shirk my responsibilities of making tough decisions. I will not shirk at all. I will do that (leave players out) when I have to. That’s the way it is. I think the players nowadays realise that. There’s very few players nowadays who play five matches now. “So everybody understands that if you leave someone out it is for the benefit of the team. People look at how successful Europe have been of late, that goes a long way down to the captain managing the players and the players willingness, albeit disappointed, to accept the captain’s decision.” Clarke expects the core of the Gleneagles team to be pushing for places in the side for Hazeltine, when Europe will be seeking an unprecedented fourth straight victory. And although he would favour experience in his wild cards due to being away from home, the 46-year-old can give any rookies the benefit of his experience of five contests as a player and two as vice-captain. “If there are new players in the team I’ll be able to help them because I’ve been there myself and know what it is like,” Clarke said. “It’s hard and I will always remember Sam Torrance saying to me once: ‘Playing in the Ryder Cup is like having your first child; until you have that you won’t understand what it’s all about’. Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke admits there is a danger he will be “too close” to the players on his team at Hazeltine, but insists he will not shy away from making tough decisions. Press Association