10 Pilates Tips for Posture and Alignment

Assessing clients’ posture or alignment can sometimes be overwhelming for both novice and experienced Pilates instructors. Even with all our knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, movement and injuries, it can be hard to know where to start. A useful approach when assessing movement patterns is to focus on footwork on the reformer. It’s powerful to see the transformation that occurs in clients with each repetition. More important, clients walk away with a better sense of how their bodies move.

10 Tips for 10 Toes

Here are some steps to keep in mind when assessing a client’s movement during footwork on the reformer:

  1. Keep it simple. You have learned a lot of valuable information that is beneficial to you as a practitioner; use your teaching and cuing skills to share essential information without overwhelming the client.
  2. Notice the client’s posture on the reformer, and combine verbal and kinesthetic cues to help correct imbalances. For example, rather than saying, “Drop your right hip, keep the pelvis neutral, draw in your abdominals and put weight evenly through your feet,” it might make more sense to put your hands on the client’s body to guide it into proper alignment. Don’t force, as you might be unaware of injuries, muscle imbalances or tight muscles preventing proper alignment. By guiding gently, with patience, you will see changes from session to session.
  3. Get the client moving. Have him perform 10 repetitions of footwork: in parallel, on heels, arches, Pilates V and turnout.
  4. During footwork, look for movement patterns and the ripple effects throughout the body. Associate movement patterns. Pay attention to what’s occurring with the feet, knees, pelvis and back as the client pushes the carriage in and out. Think in terms of movement strategy (how a person chooses to move). For example, one common movement strategy is arching the back and hyperextending the knees (rather than using the core) to push off the reformer bar.
  5. Cue the client to think of the reformer springs as gravity, advises Wallin-Hart. By “standing on the feet,” the client must work to return the carriage, as opposed to letting the springs pull her back.
  6. Pay attention to movement pattern changes as the client becomes grounded in the feet. Do you see changes to the pelvis position or to foot-knee-hip alignment?
  7. Observe how breathing affects movement patterns. This Pilates principle is sometimes overlooked. Breathing can play an important role in how a client moves and feels.
  8. Go into a session with a theme, such as pelvic alignment and feeling the lower abs (or hamstrings, pelvic floor or adductors), then choose exercises that are specific to finding neutral spine. Avoid the urge to overcue. Engaging the right muscles will come more easily when the client can feel the difference in his own body rather than being dependent on cues.
  9. Ask the client what she feels. Having awareness of a feeling (i.e., hip movement or how muscles are turned on and off) can be more powerful than being provided with information.
  10. Share your careful observations when referrals are necessary. The detailed information you garner from working intensively with clients will help you communicate with other medical professionals should problems arise that are outside your scope of practice. If issues require medical or other healthcare attention, you’ll be able to confidently communicate using technical, anatomical terms. It’s also a great way to network with doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and other bodywork professionals.

The most powerful thing you can offer as a teacher is your ability to help a person move efficiently through a movement experience. Footwork on the reformer is a valuable tool in assessing alignment and posture, as well as a powerful way to educate clients about body awareness.

For more information, please see the complete article, “A Pilates Approach to Posture & Alignment,” in the online IDEA Library or in the February 2012 issue of IDEA Pilates Today.

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Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 By Zacks Equity Research | Zacks – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
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Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in smaller quantities to customers through retail shops or online platforms. As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry becomes an important economic indicator.

As a leader in the retail business, the United States provides ample growth opportunities for all types of retail companies. The retail industry covers everything in its scope, ranging from internet catalog sales, auto dealers, convenience stores, vending machines and clothing; thus dividing retailers into numerous categories. Retailers of all sizes, including individual direct marketers or direct sellers, small- to medium-sized franchise unit owners, and large “big-box” store operators compete in the U.S.

From a growth perspective, the retail industry is among the dominant U.S. industries, and employs an enormous workforce.

Correlation with the Economy

So far this year, the broader markets have showcased signs of a better pace of recovery and have thus infused hopes of a better economic scenario in the second half of the year and beyond. One could contest this economic outlook, but the stock market’s strong recent gains show clearly which way investors think the economy is headed. The S&P 500 index has clocked gains of roughly 14.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained approximately 15.2% so far this year.

The belief in economic recovery is reflected in measures of consumer confidence hitting new multi-year high. The recent Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index improved to 81.4 in Jun 2013 from a revised 74.3 in May 2013. The index notched its highest level since Jan 2008, when it had touched 87.3. This prompts a sense of optimism about steady increase in consumer spending going forward.

The recovery in the housing market, stock prices gaining momentum and improving labor market conditions played vital roles to help the consumer confidence move north.

According to the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new houses jumped 2.1% sequentially in May 2013 and surged 29% from May 2012. Additionally, unemployment rate is currently hovering around 7.6%, reflecting an improvement from 7.9% in the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, Fed Officials hinted that it might gradually roll back the $85 billion monthly stimulus program in the later part of the year and said that they might discontinue the program by the middle of next year if economy improves further.

Fed Officials look quite optimistic about the unemployment rate going down to a range of 7.2% to 7.3% in 2013 with expected economic growth of 2.3% to 2.6%. Moreover, they see the unemployment rate between 6.5% and 6.8% next year, driven by economic growth in the 3% to 3.5% range.

We will have to wait and see how the economic picture unfolds, but Ben Bernanke in his Congressional testimony this week indicated that the Fed will maintain accommodative monetary policy for a very long time even if they make changes to the QE program.

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The key data in retail industry analysis is comparable-store sales (comps), as it excludes sales at newly opened and closed stores. Improving job market, lower gas prices, warmer weather and clearance discounts boosted consumer sentiment. These positives aided retailers to generate healthy sales for the month of June with consumer spending gaining some pace.

Among the retailers, clothing chain The Gap Inc. ( GPS ) led the pack with a 7% rise in comps and an 8% increase in net sales to $1.53 billion for the month of June. Off-price retailer of apparels, footwear and accessories Stein Mart Inc. ( SMRT ) was also on the list of best performers. The company registered a 6.5% rise in June comps, while total sales increased 2.6% to $109 million.  

Furthermore, discount store operator Fred's, Inc. ( FRED ) witnessed a significant improvement with a 4.5% rise in comps, substantially up from the 4% decrease witnessed in Jun 2012. Net sales for June increased 3% to $187.7 million. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ), the warehouse retailer, delivered comparable-store sales growth of 6% in June, following an increase of 5% in May. Meanwhile, net sales for June rose 8% to $9.92 billion from $9.16 billion in the year-ago period.

The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE ), a retailer of casual apparels, footwear and accessories for men and women, witnessed a 3.4% rise in comps when compared with Jun 2012 results. Net sales increased 3.9% to $82.5 million from $79.4 million in the prior-year period.

However, some retailers showcased soft performance. Apparel and accessories retailer, Cato Corporation ( CATO ) reported a 1% rise in comps. L Brands, Inc. ( LTD ), a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products posted flat comparable-store sales. Washington-based retailer of sports-related teen apparel Zumiez Inc. ( ZUMZ ) reported a 1.0% increase in comps.

Drugstore chain retailer Rite Aid Corp. ( RAD ) reported marginal growth in comparable-store sales for Jun 2013, thereby breaking the declining trend of comps for the past four months. The company’s comps for the 4-week period ended Jun 29, 2013 inched up 0.7%, primarily driven by improved comps results at its pharmacy and front-end stores.

However, the U.S. retail and food services sales data for Jun 2013 were somewhat disappointing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the retail and food services sales grew 0.4% sequentially and 5.7% year-over-year to $422.8 billion. The rate of increase decelerated from 0.5% gain in May 2013 and fell short of analysts’ expectation of 0.7% to 0.9% increase. Retail sales represent approximately 30% of consumer spending.

Retailing - New Game, New Rules

The retail industry is rapidly evolving with a dramatic change in consumer buying habits. Satisfying customers and enriching buying experience require new strategies from retailers today. Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules.

Despite the gradual rise in consumer discretionary purchases, the sluggish U.S. economy and recessionary fears in Europe cannot be ignored. Burdened with the lackluster scenario, retailers have largely concentrated on buyers’ needs and lured them with innovative products, attractive discounts, free shipping and the ease of shopping through smartphones and tablets. However, these strategies only helped in generating modest revenues.

Thus, retailers essentially need to ideate brilliant strategies, while incorporating technological advancements and utilizing their real estate portfolio to the optimum level. In short, they need to Experiment, Differentiate, Optimize and Transform.

Banking on this new mantra, Staples Inc. ( SPLS ), the world’s largest retailer of office products and services and second largest online retailer, launched its first omnichannel stores – what it refers to as the future of retail.

Simply put, through this omnichannel strategy, Staples hopes to integrate its retail network with enhanced digital capabilities. The company stated that stores will incorporate its .com and mobile assets. Alongside, the stores will feature Staples.com kiosks.  

This new era store concept, with all its attractions could well prove to be a game changer in the long run for Staples. Providing shoppers the ease of shopping on their own terms and enriching their in-store shopping experience could be a crucial point of differentiation among other retailers.

In harmony with the evolving retail industry, department store operator Macy's, Inc. ( M ) also adopted an omnichannel strategy. Despite macroeconomic challenges and cautious consumer spending, Macy’s continues to post healthy results. Management largely attributes the credit to its omnichannel strategy aimed at enhancing customers’ shopping experience.

Trends to Rule 2013

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With the growth of the .com era, shoppers have largely adopted new purchasing modes, using the Internet, mobile phones and tablets. Consumers today prefer to use their laptops or smartphones to compare prices of products they want to buy and place orders online, instead of visiting the company’s stores. This growing trend has guided major U.S. retail chains to downsize their physical retail operations, and in turn develop their e-Commerce and m-Commerce sites to attract customers.

Other traits that are expected to affect the retail industry are the growth of self-service options for processes such as checking out and finding items in stores. These offerings provide greater convenience and faster transactions, and they satisfy shoppers who prefer to visit brick-and-mortar locations for immediately purchasing predetermined items.

Of late, store-within-a store has been making headlines, though the concept is nothing new to retailers. J. C. Penney Company Inc. ( JCP ) is one such retailer which has been focusing on this business strategy for quite some time. The recent one to join the league is consumer electronic retailer Best Buy Company Inc. ( BBY ), which has been facing stiff competition from industry bellwethers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT ) and Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN ) to increase its footfall, sales and profitability.

Best Buy is leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers and attain incremental revenue, and it was well evident from its strategic initiative of opening over 1,400 "Samsung Experience Shops" within its stores, announced in April. The model seems to be working for the retailer, which also has a dedicated floor area for Apple Inc.’s ( AAPL ) products. Taking the initiatives further, Best Buy recently unveiled its partnership with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) to roll out “Windows Store” across its 500 outlets in the U.S. with an additional 100 in Canada.

Challenges and Some Remedial Measures

The retail industry is highly competitive and encounters significant challenges. Although the U.S. economy has started witnessing a recovery, we still believe that 2013 will not fully mark the resurrection. Consumers are slowly regaining confidence and cautiously increasing their spending.

Moreover, consumers remain sensitive to macroeconomic factors including interest rate hikes, increase in fuel and energy costs, credit availability, unemployment levels, and high household debt levels, which may negatively impact their discretionary spending and eventually adversely affect the growth and profitability of retail companies.

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Zacks Industry Rank

Within the Zacks Industry classification, Retail/Wholesale (one of 16 Zacks sectors) is divided into two categories – Nonfood Retail-Wholesale and Food/Drug- Retail/Wholesale under the Medium ( M ) Industry Group and further sub-divided into 15 industries at the expanded level – Building Products-Retail/Wholesale, Food Items-Wholesale, Internet Commerce, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck, Retail-Apparel/Shoe, Retail-Consumer Electronic, Retail-Discount, Retail-Drug Store, Retail-Jewelry, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified, Retail-Restaurants, Retail-RGN Department, Retail-Supermarket, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts and Retail/Wholesale CMP.  

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As a point of reference, the outlook for industries with Zacks Industry Rank #88 and lower is 'Positive,' between #89 and #176 is 'Neutral' and #177 and higher is 'Negative.'

The Zacks Industry Rank for Retail-RGN Department #8, Retail/Wholesale CMP #9, Retail-Restaurants #40, Retail-Jewelry #44, Building Products-Retail/Wholesale #61, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck #67, Retail-Drug Store #71, Retail-Consumer Electronic #76, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified #97, Internet Commerce #104, Food Items-Wholesale #111, Retail-Apparel/Shoe #156, Retail-Supermarket #159, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts #184 and Retail-Discount #204.

Analyzing the Zacks Industry Rank for the constituent industries in this space, it is apparent that the overall outlook for the Retail/Wholesale sector is positive.

Earnings Trends

The broader Retail/Wholesale sector portrays an impressive earnings trend. The first quarter 2013 results for the sector were impressive in terms of both beat ratios (percentage of companies coming out with positive surprises) and growth.

The earnings "beat ratio" was 75%, while the revenue "beat ratio" was 50%. Total earnings for this sector increased 7.9%, reflecting an improvement over 6.6% growth registered in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenue grew 1.7% in the quarter versus 5.3% jump in the previous quarter.

Looking at the consensus earnings expectations for the rest of the year, we remain encouraged since earnings are expected to grow 5.9% in the second quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the third quarter, but are expected to decline by 9.1% in the fourth quarter, thereby registering full-year 2013 growth of 10.0%.

For more details about earnings for this sector and others, please read our ‘Earnings Trends’ report .

Conclusion

Retailers are trying to remain competitive primarily by shifting focus to the long-term horizon and finding innovative solutions to create value, reduce operating costs and mitigate risks throughout the enterprise.

Right-sizing inventories, enhancing efficiency and competence and bringing in technological advancements are the key agendas that retailers are focusing on. Moreover, cost-containment efforts and merchandise initiatives to improve margins are top priorities.

Retail, owing to its huge spectrum, remains a lucrative investment avenue for investors. The sector reflects consumer spending trends, an important parameter to gauge the health of the economy. Thus, identifying future winners from this sector would be a good investment decision.

We recommend few stocks in the sector at this point, as these companies are showing significant growth despite the secular headwinds. The stocks in our coverage with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) include, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. ( BONT ), Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. ( BGFV ), PVH Corp. ( PVH ), The Children's Place ( PLCE ), Macy’s Inc. ( M ), Mohawk Industries Inc. ( MHK ), Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. ( HVT ), Conns Inc. ( CONN ) and Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. ( RH ).

Additionally, we prefer stocks with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), namely Tiffany & Co. ( TIF ), Kohl's Corp. ( KSS ), SUPERVALU Inc. ( SVU ), The Kroger Company ( KR ), Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. ( BBW ), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ( ULTA ), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII ) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited ( KORS ).

On the other hand, there are stocks that don’t hold promise in the near term, and carry Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). These include Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ), Target Corp. ( TGT ), Ascena Retail Group Inc. ( ASNA ), Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( CBD ), Furniture Brands International Inc. ( FBN ), Gordmans Stores, Inc. ( GMAN ), Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. ( JOSB ), Marinemax Inc. ( HZO ) and Safeway Inc. ( SWY ).
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Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in smaller quantities to customers through retail shops or online platforms. As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry becomes an important economic indicator.

As a leader in the retail business, the United States provides ample growth opportunities for all types of retail companies. The retail industry covers everything in its scope, ranging from internet catalog sales, auto dealers, convenience stores, vending machines and clothing; thus dividing retailers into numerous categories. Retailers of all sizes, including individual direct marketers or direct sellers, small- to medium-sized franchise unit owners, and large “big-box” store operators compete in the U.S.

From a growth perspective, the retail industry is among the dominant U.S. industries, and employs an enormous workforce.

Correlation with the Economy

So far this year, the broader markets have showcased signs of a better pace of recovery and have thus infused hopes of a better economic scenario in the second half of the year and beyond. One could contest this economic outlook, but the stock market’s strong recent gains show clearly which way investors think the economy is headed. The S&P 500 index has clocked gains of roughly 14.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained approximately 15.2% so far this year.

The belief in economic recovery is reflected in measures of consumer confidence hitting new multi-year high. The recent Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index improved to 81.4 in Jun 2013 from a revised 74.3 in May 2013. The index notched its highest level since Jan 2008, when it had touched 87.3. This prompts a sense of optimism about steady increase in consumer spending going forward.

The recovery in the housing market, stock prices gaining momentum and improving labor market conditions played vital roles to help the consumer confidence move north.

According to the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new houses jumped 2.1% sequentially in May 2013 and surged 29% from May 2012. Additionally, unemployment rate is currently hovering around 7.6%, reflecting an improvement from 7.9% in the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, Fed Officials hinted that it might gradually roll back the $85 billion monthly stimulus program in the later part of the year and said that they might discontinue the program by the middle of next year if economy improves further.

Fed Officials look quite optimistic about the unemployment rate going down to a range of 7.2% to 7.3% in 2013 with expected economic growth of 2.3% to 2.6%. Moreover, they see the unemployment rate between 6.5% and 6.8% next year, driven by economic growth in the 3% to 3.5% range.

We will have to wait and see how the economic picture unfolds, but Ben Bernanke in his Congressional testimony this week indicated that the Fed will maintain accommodative monetary policy for a very long time even if they make changes to the QE program.

Key Metric for June

The key data in retail industry analysis is comparable-store sales (comps), as it excludes sales at newly opened and closed stores. Improving job market, lower gas prices, warmer weather and clearance discounts boosted consumer sentiment. These positives aided retailers to generate healthy sales for the month of June with consumer spending gaining some pace.

Among the retailers, clothing chain The Gap Inc. ( GPS ) led the pack with a 7% rise in comps and an 8% increase in net sales to $1.53 billion for the month of June. Off-price retailer of apparels, footwear and accessories Stein Mart Inc. ( SMRT ) was also on the list of best performers. The company registered a 6.5% rise in June comps, while total sales increased 2.6% to $109 million.  

Furthermore, discount store operator Fred's, Inc. ( FRED ) witnessed a significant improvement with a 4.5% rise in comps, substantially up from the 4% decrease witnessed in Jun 2012. Net sales for June increased 3% to $187.7 million. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ), the warehouse retailer, delivered comparable-store sales growth of 6% in June, following an increase of 5% in May. Meanwhile, net sales for June rose 8% to $9.92 billion from $9.16 billion in the year-ago period.

The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE ), a retailer of casual apparels, footwear and accessories for men and women, witnessed a 3.4% rise in comps when compared with Jun 2012 results. Net sales increased 3.9% to $82.5 million from $79.4 million in the prior-year period.

However, some retailers showcased soft performance. Apparel and accessories retailer, Cato Corporation ( CATO ) reported a 1% rise in comps. L Brands, Inc. ( LTD ), a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products posted flat comparable-store sales. Washington-based retailer of sports-related teen apparel Zumiez Inc. ( ZUMZ ) reported a 1.0% increase in comps.

Drugstore chain retailer Rite Aid Corp. ( RAD ) reported marginal growth in comparable-store sales for Jun 2013, thereby breaking the declining trend of comps for the past four months. The company’s comps for the 4-week period ended Jun 29, 2013 inched up 0.7%, primarily driven by improved comps results at its pharmacy and front-end stores.

However, the U.S. retail and food services sales data for Jun 2013 were somewhat disappointing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the retail and food services sales grew 0.4% sequentially and 5.7% year-over-year to $422.8 billion. The rate of increase decelerated from 0.5% gain in May 2013 and fell short of analysts’ expectation of 0.7% to 0.9% increase. Retail sales represent approximately 30% of consumer spending.

Retailing - New Game, New Rules

The retail industry is rapidly evolving with a dramatic change in consumer buying habits. Satisfying customers and enriching buying experience require new strategies from retailers today. Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules.

Despite the gradual rise in consumer discretionary purchases, the sluggish U.S. economy and recessionary fears in Europe cannot be ignored. Burdened with the lackluster scenario, retailers have largely concentrated on buyers’ needs and lured them with innovative products, attractive discounts, free shipping and the ease of shopping through smartphones and tablets. However, these strategies only helped in generating modest revenues.

Thus, retailers essentially need to ideate brilliant strategies, while incorporating technological advancements and utilizing their real estate portfolio to the optimum level. In short, they need to Experiment, Differentiate, Optimize and Transform.

Banking on this new mantra, Staples Inc. ( SPLS ), the world’s largest retailer of office products and services and second largest online retailer, launched its first omnichannel stores – what it refers to as the future of retail.

Simply put, through this omnichannel strategy, Staples hopes to integrate its retail network with enhanced digital capabilities. The company stated that stores will incorporate its .com and mobile assets. Alongside, the stores will feature Staples.com kiosks.  

This new era store concept, with all its attractions could well prove to be a game changer in the long run for Staples. Providing shoppers the ease of shopping on their own terms and enriching their in-store shopping experience could be a crucial point of differentiation among other retailers.

In harmony with the evolving retail industry, department store operator Macy's, Inc. ( M ) also adopted an omnichannel strategy. Despite macroeconomic challenges and cautious consumer spending, Macy’s continues to post healthy results. Management largely attributes the credit to its omnichannel strategy aimed at enhancing customers’ shopping experience.

Trends to Rule 2013

Some of the trends that are expected to rule the retail sector this year include employing more technological solutions, incorporating customer feedback and targeting additional audiences with products and services.

With the growth of the .com era, shoppers have largely adopted new purchasing modes, using the Internet, mobile phones and tablets. Consumers today prefer to use their laptops or smartphones to compare prices of products they want to buy and place orders online, instead of visiting the company’s stores. This growing trend has guided major U.S. retail chains to downsize their physical retail operations, and in turn develop their e-Commerce and m-Commerce sites to attract customers.

Other traits that are expected to affect the retail industry are the growth of self-service options for processes such as checking out and finding items in stores. These offerings provide greater convenience and faster transactions, and they satisfy shoppers who prefer to visit brick-and-mortar locations for immediately purchasing predetermined items.

Of late, store-within-a store has been making headlines, though the concept is nothing new to retailers. J. C. Penney Company Inc. ( JCP ) is one such retailer which has been focusing on this business strategy for quite some time. The recent one to join the league is consumer electronic retailer Best Buy Company Inc. ( BBY ), which has been facing stiff competition from industry bellwethers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT ) and Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN ) to increase its footfall, sales and profitability.

Best Buy is leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers and attain incremental revenue, and it was well evident from its strategic initiative of opening over 1,400 "Samsung Experience Shops" within its stores, announced in April. The model seems to be working for the retailer, which also has a dedicated floor area for Apple Inc.’s ( AAPL ) products. Taking the initiatives further, Best Buy recently unveiled its partnership with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) to roll out “Windows Store” across its 500 outlets in the U.S. with an additional 100 in Canada.

Challenges and Some Remedial Measures

The retail industry is highly competitive and encounters significant challenges. Although the U.S. economy has started witnessing a recovery, we still believe that 2013 will not fully mark the resurrection. Consumers are slowly regaining confidence and cautiously increasing their spending.

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Zacks Industry Rank

Within the Zacks Industry classification, Retail/Wholesale (one of 16 Zacks sectors) is divided into two categories – Nonfood Retail-Wholesale and Food/Drug- Retail/Wholesale under the Medium ( M ) Industry Group and further sub-divided into 15 industries at the expanded level – Building Products-Retail/Wholesale, Food Items-Wholesale, Internet Commerce, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck, Retail-Apparel/Shoe, Retail-Consumer Electronic, Retail-Discount, Retail-Drug Store, Retail-Jewelry, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified, Retail-Restaurants, Retail-RGN Department, Retail-Supermarket, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts and Retail/Wholesale CMP.  

We rank all the 260 plus industries in the 16 Zacks sectors based on the earnings outlook and fundamental strength of the constituent companies in each industry. To learn more visit: About Zacks Industry Rank.

As a point of reference, the outlook for industries with Zacks Industry Rank #88 and lower is 'Positive,' between #89 and #176 is 'Neutral' and #177 and higher is 'Negative.'

The Zacks Industry Rank for Retail-RGN Department #8, Retail/Wholesale CMP #9, Retail-Restaurants #40, Retail-Jewelry #44, Building Products-Retail/Wholesale #61, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck #67, Retail-Drug Store #71, Retail-Consumer Electronic #76, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified #97, Internet Commerce #104, Food Items-Wholesale #111, Retail-Apparel/Shoe #156, Retail-Supermarket #159, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts #184 and Retail-Discount #204.

Analyzing the Zacks Industry Rank for the constituent industries in this space, it is apparent that the overall outlook for the Retail/Wholesale sector is positive.

Earnings Trends

The broader Retail/Wholesale sector portrays an impressive earnings trend. The first quarter 2013 results for the sector were impressive in terms of both beat ratios (percentage of companies coming out with positive surprises) and growth.

The earnings "beat ratio" was 75%, while the revenue "beat ratio" was 50%. Total earnings for this sector increased 7.9%, reflecting an improvement over 6.6% growth registered in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenue grew 1.7% in the quarter versus 5.3% jump in the previous quarter.

Looking at the consensus earnings expectations for the rest of the year, we remain encouraged since earnings are expected to grow 5.9% in the second quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the third quarter, but are expected to decline by 9.1% in the fourth quarter, thereby registering full-year 2013 growth of 10.0%.

For more details about earnings for this sector and others, please read our ‘Earnings Trends’ report .

Conclusion

Retailers are trying to remain competitive primarily by shifting focus to the long-term horizon and finding innovative solutions to create value, reduce operating costs and mitigate risks throughout the enterprise.

Right-sizing inventories, enhancing efficiency and competence and bringing in technological advancements are the key agendas that retailers are focusing on. Moreover, cost-containment efforts and merchandise initiatives to improve margins are top priorities.

Retail, owing to its huge spectrum, remains a lucrative investment avenue for investors. The sector reflects consumer spending trends, an important parameter to gauge the health of the economy. Thus, identifying future winners from this sector would be a good investment decision.

We recommend few stocks in the sector at this point, as these companies are showing significant growth despite the secular headwinds. The stocks in our coverage with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) include, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. ( BONT ), Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. ( BGFV ), PVH Corp. ( PVH ), The Children's Place ( PLCE ), Macy’s Inc. ( M ), Mohawk Industries Inc. ( MHK ), Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. ( HVT ), Conns Inc. ( CONN ) and Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. ( RH ).

Additionally, we prefer stocks with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), namely Tiffany & Co. ( TIF ), Kohl's Corp. ( KSS ), SUPERVALU Inc. ( SVU ), The Kroger Company ( KR ), Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. ( BBW ), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ( ULTA ), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII ) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited ( KORS ).

On the other hand, there are stocks that don’t hold promise in the near term, and carry Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). These include Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ), Target Corp. ( TGT ), Ascena Retail Group Inc. ( ASNA ), Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( CBD ), Furniture Brands International Inc. ( FBN ), Gordmans Stores, Inc. ( GMAN ), Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. ( JOSB ), Marinemax Inc. ( HZO ) and Safeway Inc. ( SWY ).
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replica patek philippe aquanaut NEW YORK — Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the U.S. and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.
patek philippe watches At many gay bars across North America, owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka — notably the popular brand Stolichnaya. Activists also are pressing the International Olympic Committee and NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights for Sochi, to be more aggressive in criticizing new Russian laws.
replica patek philippe nautilus So far, there have been only scattered calls for a full-fledged boycott of the Sochi Games, but there is active discussion of how to convey gay-rights messages once the competition begins — including gestures by individual athletes and perhaps a gay-pride parade.
patek philippe replica watches The chief flashpoint is a law signed by President Vladimir Putin last month that bans the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes hefty fines for providing information about the gay community to minors or holding gay pride rallies. Foreign citizens arrested under the law can be jailed for 15 days and then deported.
There also is concern about a long-running problem of violence against gays in Russia, as well as a new law restricting adoptions of Russian children by people in countries allowing same-sex marriage.
The new laws were approved by parliament with overwhelming support, reflecting animosity toward gay activism that is widely shared across the political spectrum in Russia.
Responding to the furor, the IOC said it has received assurances "from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games." It pledged to ensure there would be no discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media in Sochi.
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A sign at another Chicago bar proclaiming its participation in the boycott.


However, the Human Rights Campaign, a leading U.S. gay-rights group, said the IOC should take a stronger stand.
"They should be advocating for the safety of all LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people in Russia, not simply those visiting for the Olympics," HRC president Chad Griffin said. "Rescinding this heinous law must be our collective goal."
The New York Times, in an editorial Sunday, said the U.S. government "needs to be more forceful" in denouncing the new laws.
"So does the International Olympic Committee, which too often fails to defend the Olympic ideals and should be leading a full-throated international campaign to insist that Russia repeal these laws," the editorial said.
NBC also is coming under pressure, including an open letter from the Human Rights Campaign saying it would be wrong to televise Sochi's opening ceremonies without reporting on the anti-gay legislation.
Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, was asked about the matter during a weekend meeting with television critics.
"We will address it if it becomes an issue," he said. "If it is still their law and it is impacting any part of the Olympics Games, we will make sure that we acknowledge it and recognize it."
There seems to be little momentum at this stage for organizing a boycott of the games.
"History has proven that the only people that are negatively affected by boycotts are the athletes who have trained their whole lives to compete," said Patrick Sandusky of the U.S. Olympic Committee. "Past boycotts have not worked, and the USOC is not planning on boycotting these Games."

Patrick Burke of the You Can Play Project, which seeks to combat anti-gay prejudice in major sports, is urging outspoken participation at Sochi by gay athletes as well as straight athletes who support them.
"Maybe some of the individuals who go will feel compelled to take a stand — for themselves, for their family, for their friends, for the Russian people," Burke wrote in a column. "Maybe they'll remind us of the power of pure, unadulterated sport to compel change. We'll know only if we show up."
Gay U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir, who has not ruled out a comeback attempt for Sochi, has depicted the repression in Russia as "heartbreaking" but says he opposes a boycott.
"There isn't a police officer or a government that, should I qualify, could keep me from competing," he wrote in an op-ed last week in a Virginia newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press.
Another gay athlete, New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup, says he will be wearing a rainbow pin at the Olympics, and "If that gets me in trouble, then so be it."
"I have no interest in going back into the closet in Sochi," he told the Daily Xtra, an online news outlet in Canada, where he was training. "This is not about defiance. This is me standing up for what I believe in."
Charley Sullivan, associate men's rowing coach at the University of Michigan and one of the first openly gay coaches of a major-college sports team, suggested that other athletes could adopt similar tactics, wearing gay pride pins and carrying rainbow flags to the closing ceremonies.
The athletes, Sullivan said, have "a moral imperative not to let their efforts, their body, the images of what they do, their names, to be hooked to legitimizing of the host country without their consent."
Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent Russian gay-rights activist, suggested staging a gay pride parade in Sochi as the Olympics begin "to attract the maximum attention to the rights violations."
Alexeyev was not among a group of more than 20 other Russian activists who issued an open letter endorsing efforts to boycott Russian goods and companies, as well the Sochi Games.
Russian journalist Masha Gessen, who helped organize the letter, also suggested that activists around the world should confront Russian officials when they travel abroad.
"Our goal is that any foreign trip made by Russian officials or representatives of big Russian companies becomes hell," she said.
Another signer of the letter, photographer Mitya Aleshkovsky, welcomed the boycott of Stolichnaya.
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"If more Russian brands face rebuke and boycott in the West, it would help influence the Russian government," he said. "Of course, a boycott of Russian oil and gas would be the most efficient step, but, regrettably, none of Western oil and gas importers are willing to do that."
The vodka boycott took shape last week, fueled by appeals from popular gay columnist Dan Savage and various other activists and organizations. Gay bars in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere joined the effort.
In New York, the activist group Queer Nation is planning to organize a "vodka dump" Wednesday at the Russian consulate.
Hoping to defuse the boycott, the CEO of the company that produces Stolichnaya, Val Mendeleev, issued a statement criticizing the Russian anti-gay laws as "dreadful actions." He depicted his company as a longtime supporter of the global gay community, as evidenced by Stolichnaya's role as a sponsor of various gay pride events.
"We are upset and angry," Mendeleev wrote. "We fully support and endorse your objectives to fight against prejudice in Russia."
Mendeleev said his company, SPI Group, has no ties to the Russian government. The vodka is made from Russian wheat, rye and raw alcohol at a distillery in Latvia.
Some U.S. activists proposed that the boycott be extended to Russian caviar, and also suggested that American companies doing business in Russia be pressured to speak out against the laws.
Two gay-rights groups, All Out and Athlete Ally, on Monday announced the launch of a "speak out, not sit out" campaign that would oppose a boycott of Sochi while encouraging gay-rights activism before and during the games.
"Staging the Games in Russia with these laws in place is like holding the Olympics in Johannesburg at the height of apartheid," said Andre Banks, executive director of All Out. "President Putin will risk his country's international reputation if these games go ahead with laws in place that are in fundamental opposition to Olympic values."
Yelena Goltsman, the founder of a New York-based gay-rights group for immigrants from the former Soviet Union, initially called for moving the games from Sochi to another country, but now says it's too late for that.
Goltsman's group, RUSA LGBT, is encouraging international corporations to withdraw their sponsorship of the Olympics or to flout the Russian law by including statements supporting gay rights in their commercials.
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There also is concern about a long-running problem of violence against gays in Russia, as well as a new law restricting adoptions of Russian children by people in countries allowing same-sex marriage.
The new laws were approved by parliament with overwhelming support, reflecting animosity toward gay activism that is widely shared across the political spectrum in Russia.
Responding to the furor, the IOC said it has received assurances "from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games." It pledged to ensure there would be no discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media in Sochi.
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However, the Human Rights Campaign, a leading U.S. gay-rights group, said the IOC should take a stronger stand.
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Patrick Burke of the You Can Play Project, which seeks to combat anti-gay prejudice in major sports, is urging outspoken participation at Sochi by gay athletes as well as straight athletes who support them.
"Maybe some of the individuals who go will feel compelled to take a stand — for themselves, for their family, for their friends, for the Russian people," Burke wrote in a column. "Maybe they'll remind us of the power of pure, unadulterated sport to compel change. We'll know only if we show up."
Gay U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir, who has not ruled out a comeback attempt for Sochi, has depicted the repression in Russia as "heartbreaking" but says he opposes a boycott.
"There isn't a police officer or a government that, should I qualify, could keep me from competing," he wrote in an op-ed last week in a Virginia newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press.
Another gay athlete, New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup, says he will be wearing a rainbow pin at the Olympics, and "If that gets me in trouble, then so be it."
"I have no interest in going back into the closet in Sochi," he told the Daily Xtra, an online news outlet in Canada, where he was training. "This is not about defiance. This is me standing up for what I believe in."
Charley Sullivan, associate men's rowing coach at the University of Michigan and one of the first openly gay coaches of a major-college sports team, suggested that other athletes could adopt similar tactics, wearing gay pride pins and carrying rainbow flags to the closing ceremonies.
The athletes, Sullivan said, have "a moral imperative not to let their efforts, their body, the images of what they do, their names, to be hooked to legitimizing of the host country without their consent."
Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent Russian gay-rights activist, suggested staging a gay pride parade in Sochi as the Olympics begin "to attract the maximum attention to the rights violations."
Alexeyev was not among a group of more than 20 other Russian activists who issued an open letter endorsing efforts to boycott Russian goods and companies, as well the Sochi Games.
Russian journalist Masha Gessen, who helped organize the letter, also suggested that activists around the world should confront Russian officials when they travel abroad.
"Our goal is that any foreign trip made by Russian officials or representatives of big Russian companies becomes hell," she said.
Another signer of the letter, photographer Mitya Aleshkovsky, welcomed the boycott of Stolichnaya.
'Our goal is that any foreign trip made by Russian officials …becomes hell.'
Masha Gessen
Journalist
"If more Russian brands face rebuke and boycott in the West, it would help influence the Russian government," he said. "Of course, a boycott of Russian oil and gas would be the most efficient step, but, regrettably, none of Western oil and gas importers are willing to do that."
The vodka boycott took shape last week, fueled by appeals from popular gay columnist Dan Savage and various other activists and organizations. Gay bars in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere joined the effort.
In New York, the activist group Queer Nation is planning to organize a "vodka dump" Wednesday at the Russian consulate.
Hoping to defuse the boycott, the CEO of the company that produces Stolichnaya, Val Mendeleev, issued a statement criticizing the Russian anti-gay laws as "dreadful actions." He depicted his company as a longtime supporter of the global gay community, as evidenced by Stolichnaya's role as a sponsor of various gay pride events.
"We are upset and angry," Mendeleev wrote. "We fully support and endorse your objectives to fight against prejudice in Russia."
Mendeleev said his company, SPI Group, has no ties to the Russian government. The vodka is made from Russian wheat, rye and raw alcohol at a distillery in Latvia.
Some U.S. activists proposed that the boycott be extended to Russian caviar, and also suggested that American companies doing business in Russia be pressured to speak out against the laws.
Two gay-rights groups, All Out and Athlete Ally, on Monday announced the launch of a "speak out, not sit out" campaign that would oppose a boycott of Sochi while encouraging gay-rights activism before and during the games.
"Staging the Games in Russia with these laws in place is like holding the Olympics in Johannesburg at the height of apartheid," said Andre Banks, executive director of All Out. "President Putin will risk his country's international reputation if these games go ahead with laws in place that are in fundamental opposition to Olympic values."
Yelena Goltsman, the founder of a New York-based gay-rights group for immigrants from the former Soviet Union, initially called for moving the games from Sochi to another country, but now says it's too late for that.
Goltsman's group, RUSA LGBT, is encouraging international corporations to withdraw their sponsorship of the Olympics or to flout the Russian law by including statements supporting gay rights in their commercials.
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Sentence Reduced In Yukos Case
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to cut the sentence of former oil tycoon and Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev by two months, but their supporters called the move a "pathetic gesture" and their lawyers promised to appeal the court's decision.
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'Dissident' Priest Stabbed to Death in Pskov
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But that’s the kind of gal I am—tireless in the service of others. I ordered Ms Raymond to buy some shoes herself (six-and-a-half English size, I hear), to mark, if not celebrate, her return to the newsroom, but she does not always listen to me, which might be why she has no wrinkles, as well as no purple velvet bell-bottoms.
 
The right shoes, like the perfect tailored suit, can be like battlegear—empowering. Some people would like to see the editor-in-chief walk the plank. Others want her to kick some serious assets, stomp all over the competition, and get the paper into top of the Market Facts and Opinion polls. Either way, Ms Raymond would need the fabbest footwear. Nobody ever scaled a mountain or conquered in battle in so-so sandals.
 
Ask Jennifer Lopez, an expert in having the right shoes for the right job. For example, on the day she opened up to newswoman Katie Couric about her divorce from Marc Anthony, she wore a leather tunic and leather pants, and a pair of dominatrix Christian Louboutin patent red-soled high heels with silver spikes, which looked as if they could be used as weapons to nail Marc Anthony’s head to a fence.
 
J-Lo may not understand men very well but the queen knows shoes.
 
She even wrote a song, Louboutins, which is sort of an anthem for anyone leaving something or someone. “Watch these red bottoms, and the back of my jeans. Watch me go, bye, baby.’’
 
The sentiments just would not be the same if she were belting out, “Watch these vinyl knock-offs.’’
 
Being the best opinonista anyone could ever have, I immediately called up J-Lo on the hotline (a number only her close personal sister-friends possess) and asked her advice on how best I could assist Ms Raymond in putting her best foot forward, after her march through hell.
 
Like a trooper, J-Lo promised to Fed-Ex an emergency pair of her own Louboutins and also suggested that Ms Raymond change her ringtone to J-Lo’s song Mile in these Shoes.
 
Here’s how it goes: “Strangers always got some mess to spread. But I have learned to flick them off. Can’t walk a mile in my YSL’s. I strap ‘em on and I walk it off.’’
 
So, walk it off, Ms Raymond, walk it off. Let the pages of the paper speak for themselves. The readers will know well enough whether the newsroom is packed by cowardly lions or actual journalists doing a difficult job.
 
When things get rough, sit back, put those red soles on the desk, and turn up the volume on J-Lo in Mile in these Shoes.
 
“Even if they try they still can’t walk a mile in these shoes. They couldn't even lace ‘em up right. Honey, these pumps are too big to fill.”
 
Step lively to [email protected]
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Aaah, the things I do for Ms Raymond.
 
But that’s the kind of gal I am—tireless in the service of others. I ordered Ms Raymond to buy some shoes herself (six-and-a-half English size, I hear), to mark, if not celebrate, her return to the newsroom, but she does not always listen to me, which might be why she has no wrinkles, as well as no purple velvet bell-bottoms.
 
The right shoes, like the perfect tailored suit, can be like battlegear—empowering. Some people would like to see the editor-in-chief walk the plank. Others want her to kick some serious assets, stomp all over the competition, and get the paper into top of the Market Facts and Opinion polls. Either way, Ms Raymond would need the fabbest footwear. Nobody ever scaled a mountain or conquered in battle in so-so sandals.
 
Ask Jennifer Lopez, an expert in having the right shoes for the right job. For example, on the day she opened up to newswoman Katie Couric about her divorce from Marc Anthony, she wore a leather tunic and leather pants, and a pair of dominatrix Christian Louboutin patent red-soled high heels with silver spikes, which looked as if they could be used as weapons to nail Marc Anthony’s head to a fence.
 
J-Lo may not understand men very well but the queen knows shoes.
 
She even wrote a song, Louboutins, which is sort of an anthem for anyone leaving something or someone. “Watch these red bottoms, and the back of my jeans. Watch me go, bye, baby.’’
 
The sentiments just would not be the same if she were belting out, “Watch these vinyl knock-offs.’’
 
Being the best opinonista anyone could ever have, I immediately called up J-Lo on the hotline (a number only her close personal sister-friends possess) and asked her advice on how best I could assist Ms Raymond in putting her best foot forward, after her march through hell.
 
Like a trooper, J-Lo promised to Fed-Ex an emergency pair of her own Louboutins and also suggested that Ms Raymond change her ringtone to J-Lo’s song Mile in these Shoes.
 
Here’s how it goes: “Strangers always got some mess to spread. But I have learned to flick them off. Can’t walk a mile in my YSL’s. I strap ‘em on and I walk it off.’’
 
So, walk it off, Ms Raymond, walk it off. Let the pages of the paper speak for themselves. The readers will know well enough whether the newsroom is packed by cowardly lions or actual journalists doing a difficult job.
 
When things get rough, sit back, put those red soles on the desk, and turn up the volume on J-Lo in Mile in these Shoes.
 
“Even if they try they still can’t walk a mile in these shoes. They couldn't even lace ‘em up right. Honey, these pumps are too big to fill.”
 
Step lively to [email protected]
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Ryder Cup: day four – as it happened
• Read Graeme McDowell's interactive hole-by-hole guide • Relive the worst round ever played
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Graeme McDowell sprays the victory champagne. And relax. Photograph: Mike Egerton/Empics Sport
So then. Welcome to the Fourth Day of the Ryder Cup®. It's unprecedented! Or, to use the Guardian parlance, without precedent. After an amazing rout of the US team yesterday, Europe are in the box seat here, holding a lead of 9½-6½. It's looking - whisper it - very good indeed. One word of warning, though: Brookline. [MBM reporter shudders, begins to cry a bit, finds he is sitting in a warm but quickly cooling puddle] Anyway, many players are now out on the range warming up, hitting a few balls, and smoking large chunks of Cuba. So let's get straight down to it. Here's the line-up for today: 9.05am: Lee Westwood v Steve Stricker 9.17: Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink 9.29: Luke Donald v Jim Furyk 9.41: Martin Kaymer v Dustin Johnson 9.53: Ian Poulter v Matt Kuchar 10.05: Ross Fisher v Jeff Overton 10.17: Miguel Angel Jiménez v Bubba Watson 10.29: Francesco Molinari v Tiger Woods 10.41: Edoardo Molinari v Rickie Fowler 10.53: Peter Hanson v Phil Mickelson 11.05: Padraig Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson 11.17: Graeme McDowell v Hunter Mahan The weather: The forecast, believe it or not, is good. We're expecting sun! It's a very misty morning, though, crisp and cold. The crowd: Already sound half cut. "Europe! Europe! Yooooooooo-rope! There's only one Lee Westwood!" They sound half cut, but they can't actually be half cut already, surely? A reminder: Europe need to win 14½ points if they want the Ryder Cup back. A 14-14 tie and the US keep their cup. So, then. Five points, please. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Ah but. 9.05am: So here we go, then. It's singles day of the Ryder Cup! The atmosphere on the first tee is electric, nuclear, and wonderfuel gas too. Steve Stricker takes a few practice swings. Every one is met with a "wwwoooooooRRRAAAAYYYYY!" Stricker grins broadly. He tees up. Ivor Robson, golf emcee extraordinaire, introduces Stricker to very generous applause. He hits his opening drive down the fairway, content. Then Lee Westwood steps up. The stove, heating and music is turned up to 11. Westwood steps up and... booms one into the semi-rough down the right. But that'll be alright. IT IS ON!!! 9.10am: Setting Themselves Up For A Fall dept. "I will deliver a point," promises Ian Poulter, before repeating, very slowly: "I. Will. Deliver. A. Point." There is a wild look in his eyes. He's burning with a Kevin Rowland intensity this morning. I guess he's worked out that everyone's under enough pressure anyway, a little more won't hurt. Then he apologises to companies across Britain for the upcoming day's lack of productivity, what with the golf being on and that. "Sorry, businesses!" he chirrups. There's nice. 9.15am: Westwood hits his second, a mid-iron greenward. It's not great, tell the truth, finding the front of the green. The pin's right at the back; getting down in two from there won't be the easiest thing he's ever done. Stricker, from a perfect position in the middle of the fairway, hits a shot into a bunker on the left. It's met with an embarrassed silence. He hangs his head. 9.17am: Stricker splashes out to a couple of feet. That is a wonderful recovery. The par's surely a formality. Westwood rolls a very decent long effort up the green to a couple of feet. He should knock in too, but the jobs have to be done. "Sod Brookline, is this our Australian cricket ground starting with A moment?" wonders Andy Bradshaw. "I fear a day of gnawing terror as the day goes along, leaving us to the last putt on the last game on the 18th. I don't need this kind of stress." 9.20am: The mist has just come down in the blink of an eye. The players can hardly see a thing! Up on the tee, McIlroy and Cink prepare to start their match. "You've got Big Macs, we've got Little Mac," shouts one wag. (I'm using wag in the old, non-tedious, sense.) The crowd turn it into a chant. Cink smiles through thin lips. He then bombs his drive down the right of the fairway. Then Rory steps up, and hammers one down the fairway himself. Down on the green, Westwood knocks in his par putt, and concedes Stricker's putt, not giving the American a chance to get used to knocking the tiddlers in. He'd have not missed it, of course, but these little things may prey on the mind later on. Westwood v Stricker A/S (1) 9.25am: Cink toys with the bunkers front right of the green, but finds the green stuff in between them instead. From a similar position, McIlroy hits his mid-iron into the green. "Be good. BE GOOD! " he screams. And it is, Rory, it is. The ball arrows straight at the flag, bouncing towards the pin, 12 feet or so from the cup. That's a great birdie chance. "McIlroy better beat Cink or the TV goes out the window," promises Simon Farnaby, still scarred by that 2009 Open, I'll be bound. 9.33am: Westwood drives into a bunker down the 2nd, but it's a three-shot par-5 at the best of times, so he can clip an iron out and set himself up for a mid-iron approach with his third. Up on the 1st, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk wait to tee off. There's some banter, the crowd enjoying the comedy loops of Furyk's practice swing. Furyk plays it for laughs, almost wafting a figure-of-eight on one backswing. "WooooooRRRAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!" A very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment, though it probably wouldn't work were you to transfer it to stage or television. Up on the green, Cink chips close, but to no avail: Rory rolls his right-breaking putt into the cup to win the first hole of the day! Westwood v Stricker A/S (1) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (1) 9.35am: Furyk and his Strangely Alluring Swing take aim for the fairway. They don't make it; he's wide right in rough. Then it's the turn of Luuuuuuuuuuuke Donald, who sends his ball straight down the middle. On the 2nd, Westwood hits his third fat, short of the green. Stricker is fairly close in three; this doesn't look great for Europe. "If USA wins it'll be like when the Tories won the election," writes Alex Warwick. "A massive sinking feeling, and the knowledge that there's nothing you can do about it for a few years. On the plus side Poulter's right, there will be very little work done today." 9.38am: Stricker had a ten-footer for his birdie on 2. He doesn't quite give it enough, and it dies to the right before the hole and rolls apologetically past. That's a real chance spurned, because while Westwood managed to get up and down from the front, he played that hole badly, leaving the door open for the Americans to sashay through. But there's no big-leggy walking here. That's poor from Stricker, normally such a solid putter. Westwood v Stricker A/S (2) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (1) 9.40am: Furyk can only chip out sideways. Maybe a bit forward. He's facing a wedge to the green. Donald finds the centre-front of the green. Safe, but in pole position. On the par-3 3rd, Stricker finds the middle of the green. Westwood finds the back, but the ball falls off down the bank. Advantage USA. 9.45am: On the 2nd, Cink has missed the green left with his third, leaving himself a very tricky chip up. McIlroy is in the middle of the green. He's got a decent chance to go two up, here. On 3, Westwood is busying himself losing the hole, chipping up the bank and watching in horror as the ball teeters on the green and topples back down. His third bumbles well past the hole. "I think you're mistaken with comparing the look in Poulter's eye to Kevin Rowland," argues John Stonestreet. "The crazy look in his eye is a cross between Dennis Hopper and John Lydon." 9.50am: Donald's birdie putt never looks like going in, but it's close enough to the hole to be given. Furyk had hit a very decent wedge in to four feet, and rolls his par putt in. That's the hole shared. A par is good enough at the 3rd for Stricker, as expected. On 2, Cink can't get up and down from down the bank, and McIlroy is off like a train. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (3) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 2 UP (2) Donald v Furyk A/S (1) 9.55am: US PGA champion Martin Kaymer is out, calmly knocking his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway. Dustin Johnson... not sure. Rory hits a pin-high beaut on 3. Cink replies with an even better shot, his ball landing six feet, if that, in front of the hole. McIlroy has to hole his tricky downhill right-to-left 12-footer. But he can't, the ball breaking left very early and never troubling the hole. Cink should win the hole, and he does, dribbling in a perfect right-to-left putt from six feet or so. "Take that photo down Scott," demands Guy Hornsby, "it's giving me shivers. We all KNOW what happened, but we don't need reminding of it. How about a picture of Sam Torrance in '85, or Monty at Valderrama, or Canizares at the Belfry? Something that will keep us smiling when the times are bad? God, right now I'd even settle for a photo of Harrington. Anything else. Please." Maybe later. For now I'm tempting fate. It also serves as some sort of Reithian balance to the raging pro-European bias I'll no doubt show somewhere down the line. And anyway, like Teacher or Dad slippering Roger the Dodger, it's hurting me more than it's hurting you. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (3) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (3) Donald v Furyk A/S (1) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson 10am: On 4, Stricker hits his approach fat and only finds the very front right-hand edge of the green, miles from the flag. Westwood is pretty close. On 1, Johnson has found a bunker down the left. He'll not be too worried, as Kaymer slices his second, a dreadful effort miles down the right. At best, he's in the bunkers. And there we go, Johnson finds the middle of the green. This doesn't look good for Europe. 10.05am: On 2, Furyk heads down the bank into Cink Country. Donald follows him. Both players manage to get up and down, quite brilliantly. On 4, Westwood holes his putt to level the match. But there's not so much good news on 1, where Kaymer entertains us all with a performance of Carry On Bunker. Johnson is going to win that hole. "Should I have more faith in Rory?" asks Gary Naylor. "I wouldn't back him for a point if he was dormie nine up." Westwood v Stricker A/S (4) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (3) Donald v Furyk A/S (2) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson Poulter v Kuchar 10.08am: Cink is warming up after a cold start, hitting a lovely second shot close on 4. The Americans are, overall, looking the more confident so far this morning. Perhaps this is because of their nothing-to-lose position, perhaps they've realised they can't be as hapless as they were yesterday. 10.10am: Or can they? Furyk finds water on the left, teeing off on 3. Oh dear. Donald finds the light rough to the right of the green. The mist is lifting, bright sun shining through. 10.15am: Cink birdies his 384th par-three of the tournament, to square his match with McIlroy. Westwood has just clipped an absolute beauty to ten feet on 5. On the 1st green, Poulter is inside Kuchar, but both men are a long way off. Up on 3, Furyk forces Donald to make par after scrambling to make 4 after finding the drink - but Luke rolls in a nerveless four-footer to win the hole. Westwood v Stricker A/S (4) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar 10.18am: Westwood knocks in his birdie putt on 5. That's back to back birdies, and from one down, he now leads. Poulter and Kuchar halve the 1st. "I'm assuming that each team only brought enough new uniforms for three days," writes Richard O'Hagan, "so which hideous outfits are getting a second outing today?" It's all very tasteful. Europe are in blue checked sweaters, the States wandering around in red and black. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (5) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) 10.20am: Whisper it, but Naylor might be right. Going down 5, McIlroy finds a bunker, then water. He's unravelling terribly here, after going two up in 2. On 1, Fisher, playing Overton, knocks his approach to eight feet. 10.25am: Westwood is ON. He hits another wonder approach, this time on 6. Stricker is fairly close too, though, so a win is far from on the cards. This is some performance so far from the new world No2, especially after that poor start. On the 1st, Fisher rolls his birdie putt in to win the hole. He has been absolutely brilliant this week. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (5) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.30am: Donald misses a 20-foot birdie effort for the win on 4. Meanwhile Stricker hits the worst putt he's ever hit in his entire life, I'd say, on 6. A simple six-footer, inside the right half of the cup, he closes the blade on impact and it springs off miles to the left. Never going in. Westwood should take advantage - but he does exactly the same thing! God almighty. That was a two-hole lead on a plate. Will he live to regret it? Probably. This is the Ryder Cup, after all. Regret is what the Ryder Cup is . Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (5) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.35am: Westwood's missed putt on 6 doesn't put a stop to his gallop. He clips a lovely tee shot close on the par-3 7th. Eight feet away, tops. Stricker is nearly pin high, but only on the edge of the green. He's got a 20-footer for birdie. On 3, Dustin Johnson misses a simple birdie chance, but he's still gifted the hole as the suddenly bumbling Kaymer - who has been so staunch during this Ryder Cup so far - nervously misses a tiddler. Europe are now two down after three in that match. "My major client is an American company," begins Keith Newman, with what promises to be a predictable tale, "so first thing this morning I drafted a gloating email (saved in Drafts) in anticipation of a European victory. The fact I may have tempted fate (Rory?!) is now worrying me a lot more than the fact that the email would almost certainly get me fired. Keep the Brookline photo. It might balance out my presumptuous stupidity." Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (5) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (3) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.38am: On 1, Jimenez, who has never won a Ryder Cup singles match, rolls in a short par putt to win the hole against Bubba. Westwood yet again misses a simple birdie chance. You cannot keep doing this, Lee. Kuchar rakes in a 20-footer on 2 to halve the hole with Poulter. But on 6, McIlroy clips an approach close, then knocks in a ten-foot birdie putt. Not a halved hole in that match yet, three wins each. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink A/S (6) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (3) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (2) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger 10.40am: Francesco Molinari knocks the best approach of the day into 1 so far, the ball rolling up to four feet. A great start after a perfect drive. On 7, McIlroy and Cink pepper the pin. They are playing some high-class matchplay golf. Speaking of which, Donald knocks in a ten-footer on 5 to go two up. 10.45am: Kaymer rolls in a ten-foot putt on 4 to claw a hole back against Dustin Johnson. That shows wonderful character after that miss on the last. On 3, Poulter drains one from the edge of the green: the wild eyes are on again. What a putt! On 7, McIlroy can't match it, missing a relatively easy eight-foot birdie putt to win the hole. McIlroy and Cink halve a hole at last. And on 1, the younger Molinari pops in his birdie putt, a fuss-free effort that'll hopefully give him a lot of confidence with his blade today. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (7) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (5) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (2) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.50am: If 25-foot putts can ever be easy, the one Steve Stricker has on 8 is it. But he doesn't hit it, the ball dying left before it reaches the cup. Westwood pops in a four-footer for the half. On 3, Fisher continues his great start with another deadly putt, a right-to-left breaker that drops in from 20 feet. On 6, Furyk pulls a terrible birdie putt left of the hole. Donald, who had clipped one to eight feet, makes no mistake and wins the hole. He's three up. He's been of cool hand this morning alright. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.55am: Bubba rolls in a fairly straight 15-footer to win the 2nd against Jimenez with a birdie. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (2) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) E Molinari v Fowler 11am: Martin Kaymer has just Van de Velded a shot on 5. One bare foot in the water, he literally splashes the ball out - it's right on the edge of dry land - but only a couple of feet ahead of him. Not only that, he sluices about 385 gallons of water into his confused face. He's having a bit of a nightmare this morning, all told. 11.03am: IT'S MOLINARI TIME!!! On 1, Edoardo matches his brother by winning the hole. He makes par, his opponent Fowler a terrible double-bogey. And on the 2nd, Francesco goes two up against the world number one, Tiger Woods, after knocking in a crisp and confident 12-foot putt. Wonderful stuff! Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (8) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (4) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (2) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (2) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (1) Hanson v Mickelson 11.10am: "Ian Poulter drained it at 10.45am," notes Mac Millings. "I, too, once drained it from the edge of the green. I was then politely asked never to return to that course again." Very droll. Hold on, he's emailed in again. "Let's just say, from fully 65 feet away, the cup runneth over." Will you stop now, Millings? This is a family newspaper. Anyway, speaking of fusty water, Kuchar has just dribbled his ball into the drink at 5; Poulter should be a shoo-in to go two up. Elsewhere, Cink hits a beauty into 8 and converts the birdie chance to go one up against Rory, Westwood knocks in a tester on 9 for a half, while Mickelson holes a 30-foot putt on 1, a simply brilliant putt, and one totally not in keeping with the rubbish he served up over the weekend. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (9) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (8) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (7) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (5) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (4) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (3) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (2) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (1) Hanson v Mickelson USA 1 UP (1) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson 11.20am: Westwood totally misreads a birdie putt from 30 feet on 10. Stricker is one or two turns from holing one from similar length. Westwood knocks in a tricky four-footer to secure the half and maintain his one-hole lead. This match is fairly rattling along. On 9, McIlroy has a putt for birdie and a win, but he hits it too hard and it stays high on the right. "I wonder if Harrington will have the honesty and good grace to apologise for suggesting in interviews on Sky that he was somehow instrumental in guiding Ross Fisher around on Saturday and Sunday, despite performing like a 20 handicapper all weekend," rails Iain Wilkinson. "I got very tired of being told Harrington was lining up all of Fisher's putts - amazingly Fisher is draining them today with no sign of Harrington's 'triple-major-winner's experience' to carry him along. Fisher must feel the release of a kid who had to humour his senile grandad all weekend but can now go out and play with his mates." 11.25am: Fisher hits an absolutely brilliant second to the 5th, but the ball bites as it lands right by the cup and spins off back all the way off the green and into the water! On 4, Woods rattles in a long right-to-left breaker to claw a hole back from Francesco Molinari. And look what's happened in Harrington's game. "All weekend I've been wondering who Ian Poulter looks like, especially when he's all big eyes after holing a birdie," begins AR Thomas. "Finally I think it's a mix of Woody from Toy Story, Mike Doonesbury from the GB Trudeau strip and the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (10) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (9) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (8) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (7) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (6) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (4) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (3) Hanson v Mickelson USA 1 UP (1) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP McDowell v Mahan 11.30am: Fisher gets a half on 5 despite finding water! Overton misses a tiddler for par, and the hole's halved in bogey. What an escape for Europe, though you'd have to say Fisher was desperately unlucky to find the drink. On 9, Donald and Furyk pepper the flag. They're both three feet from the pin. Superb golf. "We saw quite a few tour pros outside the ropes on Saturday, cheering on their mates," reports Simon Thomas. "No sign of Paul Casey or Justin Rose though. Must have missed them. Costantino Rocca smokes like a chimney, by the way." 11.35am: On 5, Bubba has the luck of Fisher, a great approach landing near the hole and spinning back into the water. Westwood nearly eagles 11, but the ball lips out. Kaymer has a putt on 8 to win, but it stays up on the left. In the last match, McDowell birdies the opening hole to go one up on Mahan. And Mickelson is in last-day-at-Augusta mode: he's three up after three. "When was 'sinking' replaced by 'draining' for holing a putt?" wonders Dominic O'Reilly. "And who put plumbers in charge of golf terminology?" Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (11) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (9) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (9) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (7) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (6) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (3) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (1) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.38am: Bubba can get to his ball, which hasn't been gulped up by the lake, and Van de Veldes it to eight feet! Great shot! He manages to avoid hosing 489 gallons of water straight between his eyes, too. Martin Kaymer please take notes. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (11) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (10) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (9) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (8) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (4) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (2) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.42am: Bubba's heroics can't save his par, and can't stop Jimenez going one up again. McIlroy, who hasn't been firing on one cylinder, never mind some or indeed all of them, lands his ball behind the hole on 11; it spins back and wallops the flagstick. But it does spin back 10 feet or so, and Cink is right by the hole. On 12, Stricker knocks his second to three feet. Westwood, in thick rough down the left, can only find the front of the green. Unless he knocks that in from silly yards, or Stricker has a small nervous breakdown, he'll lose this hole. Meanwhile on 10, Donald misses a tiddler to give Furyk the hole on a plate. Very poor, but you can hardly knock a man who'd gone out in 33. A good couple of minutes for the US, those were. 11.50am: Shot of the day from Kaymer, who hits his third on 9 to two feet. That earns him a birdie, and a win. Harrington, who was two down after two, rolls in a nerveless right-to-left putt on the third to half his deficit. Right, Padraig, now you've got your gameface on, it's time to pay back Monty for the captain's pick with some consistency. And Francesco Molinari strokes a peach of a left-to-right ten-footer on 5 to go two up again on Woods! But it's not all good news: on 13, Westwood's tee shot spins back into the water. The wheels aren't quite falling off, but the road's getting bumpy and the suspension's playing up. Westwood v Stricker A/S (12) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (11) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (10) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (9) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (5) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (5) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (4) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (3) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.57am: Scrub Kaymer's shot of the day; McIlroy's just bested it on 12, clipping a mid-iron just past the hole and sending the ball rolling back to a couple of feet. Genius. And it earns him the hole, Cink unable to chip in from the side of the green to match the birdie. Donald makes up for his tiddler miss on 10 to thwack a 20-footer right in the middle of the cup. It's a birdie, and secures a half, because Cink was near the hole. Fowler birdies 5 to level his match up against the older Molinari. Jimenez and Bubba pepper the flag on 7. And Westwood concedes the 13th. God alone knows how this Ryder Cup is going to end, it's a textbook definition of ebb, and also a fair crack at the word flow. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (13) McIlroy v Cink A/S (12) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (11) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (9) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (6) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (5) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (5) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (3) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) Midday: Woods has just raked in his second long putt of the day, to peg Francesco Molinari back to only one up. On 13, McIlroy follows Westwood into the water. Cink makes no mistake in finding the green. After all that good work... 12.07pm: Nah, the wheels are falling off Wagon Westwood. Stricker finds the heart of the green on 14, while the world number two can only plonk an iron in a bunker on the right. Kaymer hits a poor putt on 10, to go two down again. On 8, Overton nearly holes his second for the second time this week, his iron resting a couple of inches from the hole. Fisher can't salvage the situation, and he's pegged back. And on 12, Furyk knocks his approach very close. There's a palpable sense that the US team are beginning to get on top here. "Oh dear, it's happening isn't it?" worries Niall Mullen. O aye. I think we all know it. 12.13pm: Tell you what, Westwood has saved a half brilliantly there. He splashes from the bunker to six feet. Stricker misses his 12-foot putt, pulling his ball well left. And Westwood then knocks his saver in. On 12, Furyk makes no mistake with his birdie putt - but the problem for him is, Donald has just drained a 20-footer for a birdie himself. That's a couple of great halves for Europe. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (14) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (13) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (12) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (10) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (9) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (8) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (7) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (6) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (6) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (5) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (4) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (3) 12.20pm: A very intense Poulter birdies 10 to move three up on Kuchar. The eyes, the eyes. Jimenez moves one up on Bubba again, after 8. Hanson hauls a hole back from Mickelson with a straight 15-footer on 6. Donald misses a small putt on 13, but Furyk does even worse, and the hole goes to Europe. But on 15, Stricker rolls in a delicious right-to-lefter; he's two up with three to play on Westwood, whose chassis is now sparking along the floor. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (15) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (13) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (13) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (10) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (9) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (8) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (7) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (6) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (6) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (5) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (4) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (3) 12.25pm: HARRINGTON'S KEEPING HIS GAMEFACE ON THIS TIME! He wallops a majestic iron into 5, the ball resting a couple of feet from the hole. One of the shots of the day, no question. He rolls in the putt to bring a match he started abysmally back all square. This is brilliant from Harrington. "Ross Fisher looked like he was 'cowed' by the infectious presence of Ian Poulter in their first outing, a match in which they lost," writes Laurie O'Connor. "Agreed Harrington has been wobbly, but his efforts in coaxing/ mothering the young Fisher into some form should not be demeaned. Are you so sure that a Casey or Rose would Have unleashed Fisher's best game?? Harrington has a warmth to his character that certainly Casey lacks. So much of the captain's role is the psychological prep of this players and the combinations which he sends out." 12.30pm: Back to back birdies from Dustin Johnson puts Kaymer in deep trouble: Europe is now four down in that match with six to play. Payback time for the USPGA, perhaps. McIlroy saves a half on 14 with a short but nervy putt. Poulter moves four up by chipping in for eagle on 11: he has been FANTASTIC today. Man, he really has delivered. That was straight as an arrow, scuttling across the green and into the hole like a mouse making off with its dinner. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (15) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (14) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (13) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 4 UP (12) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 3 UP (10) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (9) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (8) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (7) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (7) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (6) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (5) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (4) 12.35pm: Jimenez goes two up through the turn, a chip in on 8, a long birdie effort on 9. Edoardo Molinari rolls in a 20-footer against Fowler to go one up again. Zach Johnson's long snaky putt on 6 regains the lead for the US against Harrington. Meanwhile Westwood is in loads of bother now, Stricker 12 foot from the pin at 16 with a putt to win. Win the match, that is. "Considering Lee Westwood's dramatic weight loss recently, is the use of the terms Wagon and wheels in your previous description not a bit passe?" wonders Justin Spencer 12.37pm: Stricker can't knock his right-to-left 12 footer in for the match against Westwood on 16. He's dormie two, though. 12.40pm: Stricker hits a beauty of a tee shot on 17, just over the flag, ten feet downhill. Westwood hooks a nightmare shot left, sending the ball bouncing down the cartpath. That's a humiliating end to the match, which this surely is. On 13, Johnson secures his fourth birdie in a row; he's dormie five. Furyk is now only two down to Donald, knocking in an eight-footer on 14. Another US birdie on 10, Overton knocking in a 20-footer against Fisher. But Furyk three-putts from close range on 15, handing McIlroy a lifeline: that game's all-square with three to play! And McDowell is three up through six, with this third birdie of the day, a lovely zig-zagging effort from 20 feet. 12.43pm: Westwood is in deep filth on 17. This is all over. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (16) McIlroy v Cink A/S (15) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (14) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 5 UP (13) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (11) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (10) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (8) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (8) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (7) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (6) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (6) 12.50pm: EUROPE 9½-7½ USA Woods birdies 9 to tie up his match against Wee Molinari. They're both out in 33. And on 17, it's all over, Westwood chipping bravely to 15 feet and rattling in the birdie. But he needed to win the hole. Stricker has two putts to win the match, and he takes them, playing it safe. The first point of the day goes to the USA. Stricker was just amazing since the turn; he fully deserves his victory, earned in the face of an early Westwood onslaught. "Just so you know," begins Andi Thomas, "the crushingly inevitable European collapse can be laid at the feet of one man, and one man only: John Inverdale. Who, on 5Live just an hour or so ago, actually said 'It's now a question of when, not if, Europe win this.' The man's ruined everything." 12.52pm: EUROPE 9½-8½ USA Dustin Johnson completes a 6&4 win over Martin Kaymer, who was never at the races today. The mood at Celtic Manor is suddenly quite grim, as the realisation of what could occur sinks in. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (15) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (14) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (11) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (10) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (8) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (8) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (7) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (6) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (6) 12.55pm: Three great halves for Europe in quick succession. First McIlroy denies Cink on 16 with a nerveless 12-footer, while Donald scrambles up and down from the edge of the water on 15 to annoy Furyk. And on 9, Edoardo Molinari knocks in a ten-footer to halve in birdie, Fowler having hit his third dead. Meanwhile on 13, Poulter moves four up on Kuchar with a 25-footer, straight across the green. Fists are pumped, eyes bulge. This is simply outstanding. Celtic Manor is not so quiet now. 1pm: Rory's tee shot on 17 dices with death down the bank on the right of the green. Cink, who keeps making birdie, hits the bank at the left, the ball turning in towards the pin, eight feet from the flag. But Poulter, with Kuchar in the bunker on 14, hits to ten feet: he's close to victory. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (16) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (15) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (13) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (11) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger A/S (9) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (9) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (8) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 2 UP (8) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (7) EUROPE 9½-8½ USA 1.01pm: Right, I'm off for a quick break. James Dart will be your host... 1.05pm: Hi, James here, as Scott takes a well-earned break. Cink finds himself with a shortish one to take the hole off McIlroy at 17, but leaves it wide right. They remain all square going to the 18th. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (17) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (15) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (13) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (11) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger A/S (9) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (9) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (8) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 2 UP (8) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (7) EUROPE 9½-8½ USA
Someone's pumped. And rightly so. Photograph: Getty Images
1.06pm: Poulter, meanwhile, has been playing ludicrously good golf in the last half an hour, and rounds this off with a birdie from 10 feet, seeing off Kuchar 5&4. 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But he leaves it in the bunker ... Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (17) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (17) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE WIN 5&4 Fisher v Overton A/S (12) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (11) F Molinari v Tiger USA 1 UP (10) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 2 UP (10) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (10) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (9) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (8) EUROPE 10½-8½ USA 1.20pm: McIlroy's next effort flops out to around 10 feet. Stewart Cink's only going to go and do it again, isn't he? 1.21pm: Cink's effort looks good, but it slides just low on the left side, giving McIlroy a chance to escape the match with a half. He lines it up, admittedly, more six feet than the original 10 ... 1.25pm: ... and he makes it. A splendid up and down from his second attempt in the sand, rolling it into the centre of the cup. EUROPE 11-9 USA . Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (17) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE WIN 5&4 Fisher v Overton A/S (12) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (11) F Molinari v Tiger USA 1 UP (10) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 2 UP (10) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (10) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (9) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (8) EUROPE 11-9 USA 1.30pm: Molinari (E) makes his third birdie in three holes to go 2UP on Fowler, but things aren't going so well for brother Francesco a hole ahead at the 12th: Tiger's only gone and eagled, holing out from around 150 yards out with a short iron, screwing it back down the green's slope and into the hole. He's gone birdie-birdie-eagle and is now -7 for his round and 3UP. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (17) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE WIN 5&4 Fisher v Overton A/S (12) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (12) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (12) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (11) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (10) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (10) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (8) EUROPE 11-9 USA 1.32pm: McIlroy is collared alongside the 18th green. "I wouldn't have said this a year ago, but this is the best event in golf," he cheers. He has just holed out a match-levelling putt, admittedly. And Europe are winning. In front of him, Donald's third to the par five is safely on, around 20 feet away. Furyk must attack, but cuts it that little too fine and watches his approach trickle back, agonisingly, into the front bunker. 1.34pm: Furyk pretty much needs to hole this to have a chance of winning. It's an admirable attempt, but flies 10 feet long. Two putts for Donald to win this one, then. He steps up and leaves it on the lip, more than enough to secure victory. EUROPE 12-9 USA . Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S Donald v Furyk EUROPE WIN 1 UP Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE WIN 5&4 Fisher v Overton A/S (12) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (12) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (12) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (11) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (10) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (10) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (8) EUROPE 12-9 USA 1.35pm: Europe are now up in three of the remaining matches on the course, each of them by at least two holes. They're going to need each of the three - Jimenez, Molinari (E) and McDowell - to hang on and avoid defeat (and two of them to win) if they're to win this. 1.40pm: Hanson faces a 20-footer to halve the 11th against Lefty. He misses, and that match looks like being out of reach for Europe, while Overton is now 1 UP on Fisher. Fowler's not at the races here, though, leaving a bunker shot in the trap. Scott's back, meanwhile, and he can guide you through to the conclusion. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S Donald v Furyk EUROPE WIN 1 UP Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE WIN 5&4 Fisher v Overton USA 1 UP (13) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (12) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (12) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (11) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (11) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (10) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (9) EUROPE 12-9 USA 1.42pm: For the love of Jesus H Alliss, this is tense. 1.45pm: OK, this is not good. Fisher has just carded his third bogey in a row. A terrible yip. "WHERE'S PADRAIG???" his eyes scream. Fisher is now two down with four to play. Fisher v Overton USA 2 UP (14) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (12) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (12) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (11) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (11) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (10) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (9) EUROPE 12-9 USA 1.50pm: On 15, Fisher hooks his drive into the pond on the left. Oh dear. He's fallen to bits, totally gone. "We could bloody lose this couldn't we?" asks Alex Warwick. "That's we as in Europe, obviously. That would be crushing. The Americans are such poor winners." But are they? Surely the problem is that they're so very good at it. Fowler grabs a hole straight back off Molinari at the short 13th. Fisher v Overton USA 2 UP (14) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (14) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (13) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (13) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (12) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 4 UP (11) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (10) EUROPE 12-9 USA 1.55pm: Fisher hits a simply majestic chip from beside the water at 15. But he's hitting three. Overton, from the other side of the green after a very decent drive, hits a poor chip 10 feet past the hole. He can't make the birdie attempt, so Fisher has halved the hole. That's good work, because he looked all over the place back on the tee box. Meanwhile McDowell birdies 11, Mahan missing a short effort himself. This match looks like being the decider, you know. "Has Ian Wilkinson (11.20) come back to you yet to say that now he knows what Harrington brought to the Fisher table?" asks Ronan Hayes. No, but I've a funny feeling he'll counter about what Fisher brought to his. Have you seen Padraig's score? Fisher v Overton USA 2 UP (15) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 3 UP (14) F Molinari v Tiger USA 3 UP (13) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (13) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (12) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 4 UP (11) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (11) EUROPE 12-9 USA 2pm: On 15, Jimenez's drive looks to be heading for the water on the left, but his ball hits the very top ridge of a bunker and tips back in. On 14, Francesco Molinari creams a shot from the rough on the left into the heart of the green. "I was at Celtic Manor on Saturday, and every American fan I met was good humoured, fair and appreciative of good golf," reports Mark Cruise. "I witnessed Cink chatting and bantering with the crowd and enjoyed watching Watson and Overton immensely. I'd love to see Europe win, but I've actually got a lot of time for this US setup." 2.05pm: What a shot by Jimenez on 15, who can't stand in the bunker and has to crouch down to splash out. He sends the best sand shot of the day to four feet, a simply amazing recovery. Bubba has to birdie from the fringe to save the match, surely. But he can't, not cooking his putt enough, the ball dying a good two feet before it reaches the hole. Jimenez can finish him off here... 2.06pm: EUROPE 13-9 USA. And he does! He knocks in the simple putt to wrap up a comfortable 4&3 victory over Bubba Watson, a very good player indeed. And to think Jimenez's drive wasn't far from finding water, too! Fisher v Overton USA 2 UP (15) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE WIN 4&3 F Molinari v Tiger USA 4 UP (14) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (13) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (13) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 4 UP (12) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (11) EUROPE 13-9 USA 2.10pm: EUROPE 13-10 USA. Fowler has a 15-foot putt to win on 14, but doesn't find the line; Edoardo Molinari will be three up with four to play. On 16, Overton misses a birdie effort. Fisher can win the hole, but trundles his turn miles past and ends up three-putting. That's the end of that game, Fisher having fallen to pieces like wet cake over the back nine. Meanwhile Harrington loses yet another hole on 13; this weekend is becoming embarrassing for him now. And get the knees knocking: Mahan wins 12 in birdie to make the last match against McDowell very interesting. "It's going to be fine," smiles Louise Wright. "Everything Is Going To Be Fine. Really. Fine. But if it turns out not, please start lying to preserve my happiness. I can't cope with starting the week this way." Fisher v Overton USA WIN 3&2 Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE WIN 4&3 F Molinari v Tiger USA 4 UP (14) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (14) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (13) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 5 UP (13) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (11) EUROPE 13-10 USA 2.15pm: EUROPE 13-11 USA. The USA only need three more points to retain their cup, after Woods knocks in a birdie putt on 15 to complete a tonking of Francesco Molinari. To be quite frank, the Italian did next to nothing wrong today. Tiger, who lost the first two holes to birdies, was nine under for the 15-hole round. "I don't know what the panic is all about," writes Tammy Mattinson, tapping away at her computer insouciently. "It goes down to McDowell on the last. He halves his match following near-heroics from Mahan. It's ours with 14½ points. C'mon people. We're talking Montogmorie here. It has to be dramatic. But it's in the bag. Really." F Molinari v Tiger USA WIN 4&3 E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (14) Hanson v Mickelson USA 4 UP (14) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 5 UP (13) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (11) EUROPE 13-10 USA 2.20pm: Mickelson trundles in another birdie putt to move dormie four on Hanson. The way Harrington ended up five down with five to play was humiliating: a double-bogey five on the par-three 13th losing to Zach Johnson's birdie two. "Maybe, just maybe," begins Iain Wilkinson, "Ronan Hayes is right and having Harrington in the gerneral area of the green did help to steady Fisher's nerve over the past couple of days but this isn't an event for golfers and their gurus, it's about players contributing with good scores and supporting each other. Harrington didn't score when playing with Fisher and he's not doing it today. What galled me was he seemed to claim some credit for Fisher's performance on Saturday and gave Monty credit for giving him the responsibility. The implication was that Fisher was in need of Harrington's steady hand when I reckon he'd have been happier with the steady play of Donald, Westwood or McDowell. I'm not getting any pleasure out of this by the way, I'm Irish and would rather see him do well than badly, but playing the way he has been recently he was a risky pick and has proved to be a predictable disappointment. No-one can say if Casey, Rose, Stenson or anyone else would have done better but on balance there's a fair chance of it." E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (14) Hanson v Mickelson USA 4 UP (14) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 5 UP (13) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (13) EUROPE 13-11 USA 2.22pm: Edoardo Molinari drives the 15th, the ball ending up maybe 12 feet from the hole. He could wrap his match up here, and then it'll all be down to the 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell. I don't think I can take this. I'm not designed to take this. 2.25pm: Fowler drove his ball to the left-hand edge of the 15th green. He bumps a lovely little chip to about three feet, a certain birdie. Molinari would have eagled and won the match if he'd hit his putt, but he doesn't, and must be content with dormie three. Here's Mark Walsh, who is no fan of Nice War: "Will you please tell Mark Cruise that his un-bigoted comments have no place at this point of such a close contest and if he can't say something nasty then he shouldn't say anything at all." And neither is Andi Thomas: "Could you tell Tammy Mattinson (2.15 pm) that (a) it is most certainly not in the sodding bag, and (b) if she's going to go all fifth column, pretend to be an over-confident European and jinx the whole caboodle, she needs to change her name. 'Tammy Mattinson' is way too t'other-side-of-the-Atlantic for that to work." 2.35pm: Hanson is still alive, as is Harrington, both players winning holes at 15 and 14 respectively. Surely it makes no difference, though. Fowler could still grab half a point, though: he's now only two down with two to play, after a lovely mid-iron to ten feet on 16 bests Edoardo. "Does anyone know what Graeme McDowell's cojones are made from?" asks Paul Wakefield. "Please tell me they are massive and made from gold-plated steel." Well, it looks that way, or even best-brand platinum: he gets up and down from off the green, chipping to a couple of feet, to save his par on 14 and halve the hole. E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 2 UP (16) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (15) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 4 UP (14) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-11 USA 2.37pm: On 17, both Fowler and Molinari find the green, the American to the left of the pin, the Italian just behind it. I think that's Europe to putt first. 2.40pm: Hanson has found greenside sand going down 16. That could be curtains. "Thomas Levet on French TV has dismissed any potential questioning of Monty picking Padraig," reports Niall Sheerin. "The team looks like winning, he helped Fisher and he's been a good influence in the dressing room. As long as the team wins, he reckons, you can't really question Monty. On that note, Monty's pick of the G-Mac as last man looks inspired!" 2.45pm: AMAZING SCENES ON 17!!! (and it's EUROPE 13-12 USA, too). Molinari can't make his putt, leaving it left. A good effort, though. Fowler surely can't hole his 25-footer - but he does!!! A majestic left-to-right roller! Back on 15, Harrington is going down like champions do: fighting. He birdies the hole, Johnson misses, and now he's three down with three to play. Surely not? Surely not?! Oh, and on 16, Mickelson birdies to win the hole and the match, but we always knew that would happen. Is that news? E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Hanson v Mickelson USA WIN 4&2 Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-12 USA 2.47pm: On 18, Fowler hits a monster down into filth on the left. Edoardo Molinari hits one down the middle too, but it's only Fowler with a realistic chance of making the green in two; despite being in the rough, it's all trodden down. He'll have a great angle into the green if he wants it. 2.50pm: On 15, Mahan is by the hole in two, after driving right front, and flopping a ball almost dead. G-Mac is pin high, but to the right in deep flith up on the bank. He's got an almost impossible shot. And he fannies it, the ball only squirting a few feet forward and staying in the thick stuff, albeit nearly by the green. Up on 16, Harrington channels Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros by driving like a madman. This is not going well for Europe. E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Hanson v Mickelson USA WIN 4&2 Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-12 USA 2.52pm: Fowler is hoping for a drop. There's a bit of a pow-wow going on at present. "What is the panic?" wonders Rick Harris. "Molinari will lose the 18th but still halves the match. McDowell will win to take the cup back 14 ½ to 13 ½ and loads of people will bang on and on and on and on about how this has been the greatest Ryder Cup ever. Of course, another scenario is McDowell gets sand in his eye and has to retire thus gifting the cup to the Yanks, but don't forget that historically they are all Europeans anyway." 2.55pm: With Mahan almost dead, McDowell goes for the cup with his chip. He sends it ten feet past, but holes the return. Mahan taps in for birdie, to win the hole. On 18, Molinari lays up in front of the water, but pushes the shot into the rough! Fowler also lays up. This is how we stand: E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (15) EUROPE 13-12 USA 3pm: Fowler knocks his third to 25 feet, behind the pin. Molinari needs to knock this close - but he doesn't, hitting the ball pin high but miles left of the flag. Still, he's on the green. This is a shoot-out now, and if Fowler wins it, it'll be a real rabbit punch in the solar plexus for Europe. On 16, Mahan drives into thick rough, but G-Mac whips a boomer straight down the middle, then scampers off after it. "I come from Ilkley, which is where Monty used to go to school," writes Alex Warwick. "Although he's Scottish, he spent most of his youth in West Yorkshire. Other famous people who came from Ilkley, Jimmy Saville. I'm just trying to take my mind off this game of golf, it's killing me." 3.02pm: Molinari rolls his long putt, around 30 feet, to three feet or so. That should be a four, though in these circumstances it's missable. Fowler will probably have to hole his 15/20-footer to halve this match. "Historically Tiger Woods is European, is he?" asks Niall Mullen. "That'll be news to him." 3.03pm: WHAT A PUTT BY THE 21-YEAR-OLD FOWLER! EUROPE 13½-12½ USA. 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Ryder Cup: day four – as it happened
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Monday 4 October 2010 08.00 BST
Graeme McDowell sprays the victory champagne. And relax. Photograph: Mike Egerton/Empics Sport
So then. Welcome to the Fourth Day of the Ryder Cup®. It's unprecedented! Or, to use the Guardian parlance, without precedent. After an amazing rout of the US team yesterday, Europe are in the box seat here, holding a lead of 9½-6½. It's looking - whisper it - very good indeed. One word of warning, though: Brookline. [MBM reporter shudders, begins to cry a bit, finds he is sitting in a warm but quickly cooling puddle] Anyway, many players are now out on the range warming up, hitting a few balls, and smoking large chunks of Cuba. So let's get straight down to it. Here's the line-up for today: 9.05am: Lee Westwood v Steve Stricker 9.17: Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink 9.29: Luke Donald v Jim Furyk 9.41: Martin Kaymer v Dustin Johnson 9.53: Ian Poulter v Matt Kuchar 10.05: Ross Fisher v Jeff Overton 10.17: Miguel Angel Jiménez v Bubba Watson 10.29: Francesco Molinari v Tiger Woods 10.41: Edoardo Molinari v Rickie Fowler 10.53: Peter Hanson v Phil Mickelson 11.05: Padraig Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson 11.17: Graeme McDowell v Hunter Mahan The weather: The forecast, believe it or not, is good. We're expecting sun! It's a very misty morning, though, crisp and cold. The crowd: Already sound half cut. "Europe! Europe! Yooooooooo-rope! There's only one Lee Westwood!" They sound half cut, but they can't actually be half cut already, surely? A reminder: Europe need to win 14½ points if they want the Ryder Cup back. A 14-14 tie and the US keep their cup. So, then. Five points, please. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Ah but. 9.05am: So here we go, then. It's singles day of the Ryder Cup! The atmosphere on the first tee is electric, nuclear, and wonderfuel gas too. Steve Stricker takes a few practice swings. Every one is met with a "wwwoooooooRRRAAAAYYYYY!" Stricker grins broadly. He tees up. Ivor Robson, golf emcee extraordinaire, introduces Stricker to very generous applause. He hits his opening drive down the fairway, content. Then Lee Westwood steps up. The stove, heating and music is turned up to 11. Westwood steps up and... booms one into the semi-rough down the right. But that'll be alright. IT IS ON!!! 9.10am: Setting Themselves Up For A Fall dept. "I will deliver a point," promises Ian Poulter, before repeating, very slowly: "I. Will. Deliver. A. Point." There is a wild look in his eyes. He's burning with a Kevin Rowland intensity this morning. I guess he's worked out that everyone's under enough pressure anyway, a little more won't hurt. Then he apologises to companies across Britain for the upcoming day's lack of productivity, what with the golf being on and that. "Sorry, businesses!" he chirrups. There's nice. 9.15am: Westwood hits his second, a mid-iron greenward. It's not great, tell the truth, finding the front of the green. The pin's right at the back; getting down in two from there won't be the easiest thing he's ever done. Stricker, from a perfect position in the middle of the fairway, hits a shot into a bunker on the left. It's met with an embarrassed silence. He hangs his head. 9.17am: Stricker splashes out to a couple of feet. That is a wonderful recovery. The par's surely a formality. Westwood rolls a very decent long effort up the green to a couple of feet. He should knock in too, but the jobs have to be done. "Sod Brookline, is this our Australian cricket ground starting with A moment?" wonders Andy Bradshaw. "I fear a day of gnawing terror as the day goes along, leaving us to the last putt on the last game on the 18th. I don't need this kind of stress." 9.20am: The mist has just come down in the blink of an eye. The players can hardly see a thing! Up on the tee, McIlroy and Cink prepare to start their match. "You've got Big Macs, we've got Little Mac," shouts one wag. (I'm using wag in the old, non-tedious, sense.) The crowd turn it into a chant. Cink smiles through thin lips. He then bombs his drive down the right of the fairway. Then Rory steps up, and hammers one down the fairway himself. Down on the green, Westwood knocks in his par putt, and concedes Stricker's putt, not giving the American a chance to get used to knocking the tiddlers in. He'd have not missed it, of course, but these little things may prey on the mind later on. Westwood v Stricker A/S (1) 9.25am: Cink toys with the bunkers front right of the green, but finds the green stuff in between them instead. From a similar position, McIlroy hits his mid-iron into the green. "Be good. BE GOOD! " he screams. And it is, Rory, it is. The ball arrows straight at the flag, bouncing towards the pin, 12 feet or so from the cup. That's a great birdie chance. "McIlroy better beat Cink or the TV goes out the window," promises Simon Farnaby, still scarred by that 2009 Open, I'll be bound. 9.33am: Westwood drives into a bunker down the 2nd, but it's a three-shot par-5 at the best of times, so he can clip an iron out and set himself up for a mid-iron approach with his third. Up on the 1st, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk wait to tee off. There's some banter, the crowd enjoying the comedy loops of Furyk's practice swing. Furyk plays it for laughs, almost wafting a figure-of-eight on one backswing. "WooooooRRRAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!" A very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment, though it probably wouldn't work were you to transfer it to stage or television. Up on the green, Cink chips close, but to no avail: Rory rolls his right-breaking putt into the cup to win the first hole of the day! Westwood v Stricker A/S (1) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (1) 9.35am: Furyk and his Strangely Alluring Swing take aim for the fairway. They don't make it; he's wide right in rough. Then it's the turn of Luuuuuuuuuuuke Donald, who sends his ball straight down the middle. On the 2nd, Westwood hits his third fat, short of the green. Stricker is fairly close in three; this doesn't look great for Europe. "If USA wins it'll be like when the Tories won the election," writes Alex Warwick. "A massive sinking feeling, and the knowledge that there's nothing you can do about it for a few years. On the plus side Poulter's right, there will be very little work done today." 9.38am: Stricker had a ten-footer for his birdie on 2. He doesn't quite give it enough, and it dies to the right before the hole and rolls apologetically past. That's a real chance spurned, because while Westwood managed to get up and down from the front, he played that hole badly, leaving the door open for the Americans to sashay through. But there's no big-leggy walking here. That's poor from Stricker, normally such a solid putter. Westwood v Stricker A/S (2) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (1) 9.40am: Furyk can only chip out sideways. Maybe a bit forward. He's facing a wedge to the green. Donald finds the centre-front of the green. Safe, but in pole position. On the par-3 3rd, Stricker finds the middle of the green. Westwood finds the back, but the ball falls off down the bank. Advantage USA. 9.45am: On the 2nd, Cink has missed the green left with his third, leaving himself a very tricky chip up. McIlroy is in the middle of the green. He's got a decent chance to go two up, here. On 3, Westwood is busying himself losing the hole, chipping up the bank and watching in horror as the ball teeters on the green and topples back down. His third bumbles well past the hole. "I think you're mistaken with comparing the look in Poulter's eye to Kevin Rowland," argues John Stonestreet. "The crazy look in his eye is a cross between Dennis Hopper and John Lydon." 9.50am: Donald's birdie putt never looks like going in, but it's close enough to the hole to be given. Furyk had hit a very decent wedge in to four feet, and rolls his par putt in. That's the hole shared. A par is good enough at the 3rd for Stricker, as expected. On 2, Cink can't get up and down from down the bank, and McIlroy is off like a train. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (3) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 2 UP (2) Donald v Furyk A/S (1) 9.55am: US PGA champion Martin Kaymer is out, calmly knocking his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway. Dustin Johnson... not sure. Rory hits a pin-high beaut on 3. Cink replies with an even better shot, his ball landing six feet, if that, in front of the hole. McIlroy has to hole his tricky downhill right-to-left 12-footer. But he can't, the ball breaking left very early and never troubling the hole. Cink should win the hole, and he does, dribbling in a perfect right-to-left putt from six feet or so. "Take that photo down Scott," demands Guy Hornsby, "it's giving me shivers. We all KNOW what happened, but we don't need reminding of it. How about a picture of Sam Torrance in '85, or Monty at Valderrama, or Canizares at the Belfry? Something that will keep us smiling when the times are bad? God, right now I'd even settle for a photo of Harrington. Anything else. Please." Maybe later. For now I'm tempting fate. It also serves as some sort of Reithian balance to the raging pro-European bias I'll no doubt show somewhere down the line. And anyway, like Teacher or Dad slippering Roger the Dodger, it's hurting me more than it's hurting you. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (3) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (3) Donald v Furyk A/S (1) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson 10am: On 4, Stricker hits his approach fat and only finds the very front right-hand edge of the green, miles from the flag. Westwood is pretty close. On 1, Johnson has found a bunker down the left. He'll not be too worried, as Kaymer slices his second, a dreadful effort miles down the right. At best, he's in the bunkers. And there we go, Johnson finds the middle of the green. This doesn't look good for Europe. 10.05am: On 2, Furyk heads down the bank into Cink Country. Donald follows him. Both players manage to get up and down, quite brilliantly. On 4, Westwood holes his putt to level the match. But there's not so much good news on 1, where Kaymer entertains us all with a performance of Carry On Bunker. Johnson is going to win that hole. "Should I have more faith in Rory?" asks Gary Naylor. "I wouldn't back him for a point if he was dormie nine up." Westwood v Stricker A/S (4) McIlroy v Cink EUROPE 1 UP (3) Donald v Furyk A/S (2) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson Poulter v Kuchar 10.08am: Cink is warming up after a cold start, hitting a lovely second shot close on 4. The Americans are, overall, looking the more confident so far this morning. Perhaps this is because of their nothing-to-lose position, perhaps they've realised they can't be as hapless as they were yesterday. 10.10am: Or can they? Furyk finds water on the left, teeing off on 3. Oh dear. Donald finds the light rough to the right of the green. The mist is lifting, bright sun shining through. 10.15am: Cink birdies his 384th par-three of the tournament, to square his match with McIlroy. Westwood has just clipped an absolute beauty to ten feet on 5. On the 1st green, Poulter is inside Kuchar, but both men are a long way off. Up on 3, Furyk forces Donald to make par after scrambling to make 4 after finding the drink - but Luke rolls in a nerveless four-footer to win the hole. Westwood v Stricker A/S (4) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar 10.18am: Westwood knocks in his birdie putt on 5. That's back to back birdies, and from one down, he now leads. Poulter and Kuchar halve the 1st. "I'm assuming that each team only brought enough new uniforms for three days," writes Richard O'Hagan, "so which hideous outfits are getting a second outing today?" It's all very tasteful. Europe are in blue checked sweaters, the States wandering around in red and black. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (5) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) 10.20am: Whisper it, but Naylor might be right. Going down 5, McIlroy finds a bunker, then water. He's unravelling terribly here, after going two up in 2. On 1, Fisher, playing Overton, knocks his approach to eight feet. 10.25am: Westwood is ON. He hits another wonder approach, this time on 6. Stricker is fairly close too, though, so a win is far from on the cards. This is some performance so far from the new world No2, especially after that poor start. On the 1st, Fisher rolls his birdie putt in to win the hole. He has been absolutely brilliant this week. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (5) McIlroy v Cink A/S (4) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (3) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.30am: Donald misses a 20-foot birdie effort for the win on 4. Meanwhile Stricker hits the worst putt he's ever hit in his entire life, I'd say, on 6. A simple six-footer, inside the right half of the cup, he closes the blade on impact and it springs off miles to the left. Never going in. Westwood should take advantage - but he does exactly the same thing! God almighty. That was a two-hole lead on a plate. Will he live to regret it? Probably. This is the Ryder Cup, after all. Regret is what the Ryder Cup is . Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (5) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (1) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.35am: Westwood's missed putt on 6 doesn't put a stop to his gallop. He clips a lovely tee shot close on the par-3 7th. Eight feet away, tops. Stricker is nearly pin high, but only on the edge of the green. He's got a 20-footer for birdie. On 3, Dustin Johnson misses a simple birdie chance, but he's still gifted the hole as the suddenly bumbling Kaymer - who has been so staunch during this Ryder Cup so far - nervously misses a tiddler. Europe are now two down after three in that match. "My major client is an American company," begins Keith Newman, with what promises to be a predictable tale, "so first thing this morning I drafted a gloating email (saved in Drafts) in anticipation of a European victory. The fact I may have tempted fate (Rory?!) is now worrying me a lot more than the fact that the email would almost certainly get me fired. Keep the Brookline photo. It might balance out my presumptuous stupidity." Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (5) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (3) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (1) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.38am: On 1, Jimenez, who has never won a Ryder Cup singles match, rolls in a short par putt to win the hole against Bubba. Westwood yet again misses a simple birdie chance. You cannot keep doing this, Lee. Kuchar rakes in a 20-footer on 2 to halve the hole with Poulter. But on 6, McIlroy clips an approach close, then knocks in a ten-foot birdie putt. Not a halved hole in that match yet, three wins each. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (6) McIlroy v Cink A/S (6) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 1 UP (4) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (3) Poulter v Kuchar A/S (2) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (1) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger 10.40am: Francesco Molinari knocks the best approach of the day into 1 so far, the ball rolling up to four feet. A great start after a perfect drive. On 7, McIlroy and Cink pepper the pin. They are playing some high-class matchplay golf. Speaking of which, Donald knocks in a ten-footer on 5 to go two up. 10.45am: Kaymer rolls in a ten-foot putt on 4 to claw a hole back against Dustin Johnson. That shows wonderful character after that miss on the last. On 3, Poulter drains one from the edge of the green: the wild eyes are on again. What a putt! On 7, McIlroy can't match it, missing a relatively easy eight-foot birdie putt to win the hole. McIlroy and Cink halve a hole at last. And on 1, the younger Molinari pops in his birdie putt, a fuss-free effort that'll hopefully give him a lot of confidence with his blade today. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (7) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (5) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (2) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.50am: If 25-foot putts can ever be easy, the one Steve Stricker has on 8 is it. But he doesn't hit it, the ball dying left before it reaches the cup. Westwood pops in a four-footer for the half. On 3, Fisher continues his great start with another deadly putt, a right-to-left breaker that drops in from 20 feet. On 6, Furyk pulls a terrible birdie putt left of the hole. Donald, who had clipped one to eight feet, makes no mistake and wins the hole. He's three up. He's been of cool hand this morning alright. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (1) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) 10.55am: Bubba rolls in a fairly straight 15-footer to win the 2nd against Jimenez with a birdie. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink A/S (7) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (3) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (2) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (1) E Molinari v Fowler 11am: Martin Kaymer has just Van de Velded a shot on 5. One bare foot in the water, he literally splashes the ball out - it's right on the edge of dry land - but only a couple of feet ahead of him. Not only that, he sluices about 385 gallons of water into his confused face. He's having a bit of a nightmare this morning, all told. 11.03am: IT'S MOLINARI TIME!!! On 1, Edoardo matches his brother by winning the hole. He makes par, his opponent Fowler a terrible double-bogey. And on the 2nd, Francesco goes two up against the world number one, Tiger Woods, after knocking in a crisp and confident 12-foot putt. Wonderful stuff! Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (8) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (8) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (6) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (4) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (4) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (2) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (2) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (1) Hanson v Mickelson 11.10am: "Ian Poulter drained it at 10.45am," notes Mac Millings. "I, too, once drained it from the edge of the green. I was then politely asked never to return to that course again." Very droll. Hold on, he's emailed in again. "Let's just say, from fully 65 feet away, the cup runneth over." Will you stop now, Millings? This is a family newspaper. Anyway, speaking of fusty water, Kuchar has just dribbled his ball into the drink at 5; Poulter should be a shoo-in to go two up. Elsewhere, Cink hits a beauty into 8 and converts the birdie chance to go one up against Rory, Westwood knocks in a tester on 9 for a half, while Mickelson holes a 30-foot putt on 1, a simply brilliant putt, and one totally not in keeping with the rubbish he served up over the weekend. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (9) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (8) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (7) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (5) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (4) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (3) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (3) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (2) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (1) Hanson v Mickelson USA 1 UP (1) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson 11.20am: Westwood totally misreads a birdie putt from 30 feet on 10. Stricker is one or two turns from holing one from similar length. Westwood knocks in a tricky four-footer to secure the half and maintain his one-hole lead. This match is fairly rattling along. On 9, McIlroy has a putt for birdie and a win, but he hits it too hard and it stays high on the right. "I wonder if Harrington will have the honesty and good grace to apologise for suggesting in interviews on Sky that he was somehow instrumental in guiding Ross Fisher around on Saturday and Sunday, despite performing like a 20 handicapper all weekend," rails Iain Wilkinson. "I got very tired of being told Harrington was lining up all of Fisher's putts - amazingly Fisher is draining them today with no sign of Harrington's 'triple-major-winner's experience' to carry him along. Fisher must feel the release of a kid who had to humour his senile grandad all weekend but can now go out and play with his mates." 11.25am: Fisher hits an absolutely brilliant second to the 5th, but the ball bites as it lands right by the cup and spins off back all the way off the green and into the water! On 4, Woods rattles in a long right-to-left breaker to claw a hole back from Francesco Molinari. And look what's happened in Harrington's game. "All weekend I've been wondering who Ian Poulter looks like, especially when he's all big eyes after holing a birdie," begins AR Thomas. "Finally I think it's a mix of Woody from Toy Story, Mike Doonesbury from the GB Trudeau strip and the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (10) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (9) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (8) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (7) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (6) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (4) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (3) Hanson v Mickelson USA 1 UP (1) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP McDowell v Mahan 11.30am: Fisher gets a half on 5 despite finding water! Overton misses a tiddler for par, and the hole's halved in bogey. What an escape for Europe, though you'd have to say Fisher was desperately unlucky to find the drink. On 9, Donald and Furyk pepper the flag. They're both three feet from the pin. Superb golf. "We saw quite a few tour pros outside the ropes on Saturday, cheering on their mates," reports Simon Thomas. "No sign of Paul Casey or Justin Rose though. Must have missed them. Costantino Rocca smokes like a chimney, by the way." 11.35am: On 5, Bubba has the luck of Fisher, a great approach landing near the hole and spinning back into the water. Westwood nearly eagles 11, but the ball lips out. Kaymer has a putt on 8 to win, but it stays up on the left. In the last match, McDowell birdies the opening hole to go one up on Mahan. And Mickelson is in last-day-at-Augusta mode: he's three up after three. "When was 'sinking' replaced by 'draining' for holing a putt?" wonders Dominic O'Reilly. "And who put plumbers in charge of golf terminology?" Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (11) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (9) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (9) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (7) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 1 UP (6) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (3) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (1) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.38am: Bubba can get to his ball, which hasn't been gulped up by the lake, and Van de Veldes it to eight feet! Great shot! He manages to avoid hosing 489 gallons of water straight between his eyes, too. Martin Kaymer please take notes. Westwood v Stricker EUROPE 1 UP (11) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (10) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (9) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (8) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (4) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (4) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (4) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (2) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.42am: Bubba's heroics can't save his par, and can't stop Jimenez going one up again. McIlroy, who hasn't been firing on one cylinder, never mind some or indeed all of them, lands his ball behind the hole on 11; it spins back and wallops the flagstick. But it does spin back 10 feet or so, and Cink is right by the hole. On 12, Stricker knocks his second to three feet. Westwood, in thick rough down the left, can only find the front of the green. Unless he knocks that in from silly yards, or Stricker has a small nervous breakdown, he'll lose this hole. Meanwhile on 10, Donald misses a tiddler to give Furyk the hole on a plate. Very poor, but you can hardly knock a man who'd gone out in 33. A good couple of minutes for the US, those were. 11.50am: Shot of the day from Kaymer, who hits his third on 9 to two feet. That earns him a birdie, and a win. Harrington, who was two down after two, rolls in a nerveless right-to-left putt on the third to half his deficit. Right, Padraig, now you've got your gameface on, it's time to pay back Monty for the captain's pick with some consistency. And Francesco Molinari strokes a peach of a left-to-right ten-footer on 5 to go two up again on Woods! But it's not all good news: on 13, Westwood's tee shot spins back into the water. The wheels aren't quite falling off, but the road's getting bumpy and the suspension's playing up. Westwood v Stricker A/S (12) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (11) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (10) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (9) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (5) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (5) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (4) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (3) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) 11.57am: Scrub Kaymer's shot of the day; McIlroy's just bested it on 12, clipping a mid-iron just past the hole and sending the ball rolling back to a couple of feet. Genius. And it earns him the hole, Cink unable to chip in from the side of the green to match the birdie. Donald makes up for his tiddler miss on 10 to thwack a 20-footer right in the middle of the cup. It's a birdie, and secures a half, because Cink was near the hole. Fowler birdies 5 to level his match up against the older Molinari. Jimenez and Bubba pepper the flag on 7. And Westwood concedes the 13th. God alone knows how this Ryder Cup is going to end, it's a textbook definition of ebb, and also a fair crack at the word flow. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (13) McIlroy v Cink A/S (12) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (11) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 1 UP (9) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (7) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (5) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (6) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 2 UP (5) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (5) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (3) Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (3) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (1) Midday: Woods has just raked in his second long putt of the day, to peg Francesco Molinari back to only one up. On 13, McIlroy follows Westwood into the water. Cink makes no mistake in finding the green. After all that good work... 12.07pm: Nah, the wheels are falling off Wagon Westwood. Stricker finds the heart of the green on 14, while the world number two can only plonk an iron in a bunker on the right. Kaymer hits a poor putt on 10, to go two down again. On 8, Overton nearly holes his second for the second time this week, his iron resting a couple of inches from the hole. Fisher can't salvage the situation, and he's pegged back. And on 12, Furyk knocks his approach very close. There's a palpable sense that the US team are beginning to get on top here. "Oh dear, it's happening isn't it?" worries Niall Mullen. O aye. I think we all know it. 12.13pm: Tell you what, Westwood has saved a half brilliantly there. He splashes from the bunker to six feet. Stricker misses his 12-foot putt, pulling his ball well left. And Westwood then knocks his saver in. On 12, Furyk makes no mistake with his birdie putt - but the problem for him is, Donald has just drained a 20-footer for a birdie himself. That's a couple of great halves for Europe. Westwood v Stricker USA 1 UP (14) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (13) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (12) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (10) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (9) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (8) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (7) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (6) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (6) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (5) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (4) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (3) 12.20pm: A very intense Poulter birdies 10 to move three up on Kuchar. The eyes, the eyes. Jimenez moves one up on Bubba again, after 8. Hanson hauls a hole back from Mickelson with a straight 15-footer on 6. Donald misses a small putt on 13, but Furyk does even worse, and the hole goes to Europe. But on 15, Stricker rolls in a delicious right-to-lefter; he's two up with three to play on Westwood, whose chassis is now sparking along the floor. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (15) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (13) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (13) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 2 UP (10) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 2 UP (9) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (8) Jimenez v Bubba A/S (7) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (6) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (6) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (5) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (4) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (3) 12.25pm: HARRINGTON'S KEEPING HIS GAMEFACE ON THIS TIME! He wallops a majestic iron into 5, the ball resting a couple of feet from the hole. One of the shots of the day, no question. He rolls in the putt to bring a match he started abysmally back all square. This is brilliant from Harrington. "Ross Fisher looked like he was 'cowed' by the infectious presence of Ian Poulter in their first outing, a match in which they lost," writes Laurie O'Connor. "Agreed Harrington has been wobbly, but his efforts in coaxing/ mothering the young Fisher into some form should not be demeaned. Are you so sure that a Casey or Rose would Have unleashed Fisher's best game?? Harrington has a warmth to his character that certainly Casey lacks. So much of the captain's role is the psychological prep of this players and the combinations which he sends out." 12.30pm: Back to back birdies from Dustin Johnson puts Kaymer in deep trouble: Europe is now four down in that match with six to play. Payback time for the USPGA, perhaps. McIlroy saves a half on 14 with a short but nervy putt. Poulter moves four up by chipping in for eagle on 11: he has been FANTASTIC today. Man, he really has delivered. That was straight as an arrow, scuttling across the green and into the hole like a mouse making off with its dinner. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (15) McIlroy v Cink USA 1 UP (14) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 3 UP (13) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 4 UP (12) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 3 UP (10) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 2 UP (9) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 1 UP (8) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (7) E Molinari v Fowler A/S (7) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (6) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (5) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (4) 12.35pm: Jimenez goes two up through the turn, a chip in on 8, a long birdie effort on 9. Edoardo Molinari rolls in a 20-footer against Fowler to go one up again. Zach Johnson's long snaky putt on 6 regains the lead for the US against Harrington. Meanwhile Westwood is in loads of bother now, Stricker 12 foot from the pin at 16 with a putt to win. Win the match, that is. "Considering Lee Westwood's dramatic weight loss recently, is the use of the terms Wagon and wheels in your previous description not a bit passe?" wonders Justin Spencer 12.37pm: Stricker can't knock his right-to-left 12 footer in for the match against Westwood on 16. He's dormie two, though. 12.40pm: Stricker hits a beauty of a tee shot on 17, just over the flag, ten feet downhill. Westwood hooks a nightmare shot left, sending the ball bouncing down the cartpath. That's a humiliating end to the match, which this surely is. On 13, Johnson secures his fourth birdie in a row; he's dormie five. Furyk is now only two down to Donald, knocking in an eight-footer on 14. Another US birdie on 10, Overton knocking in a 20-footer against Fisher. But Furyk three-putts from close range on 15, handing McIlroy a lifeline: that game's all-square with three to play! And McDowell is three up through six, with this third birdie of the day, a lovely zig-zagging effort from 20 feet. 12.43pm: Westwood is in deep filth on 17. This is all over. Westwood v Stricker USA 2 UP (16) McIlroy v Cink A/S (15) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (14) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA 5 UP (13) Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (11) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (10) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (8) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (8) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (7) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (6) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (6) 12.50pm: EUROPE 9½-7½ USA Woods birdies 9 to tie up his match against Wee Molinari. They're both out in 33. And on 17, it's all over, Westwood chipping bravely to 15 feet and rattling in the birdie. But he needed to win the hole. Stricker has two putts to win the match, and he takes them, playing it safe. The first point of the day goes to the USA. Stricker was just amazing since the turn; he fully deserves his victory, earned in the face of an early Westwood onslaught. "Just so you know," begins Andi Thomas, "the crushingly inevitable European collapse can be laid at the feet of one man, and one man only: John Inverdale. Who, on 5Live just an hour or so ago, actually said 'It's now a question of when, not if, Europe win this.' The man's ruined everything." 12.52pm: EUROPE 9½-8½ USA Dustin Johnson completes a 6&4 win over Martin Kaymer, who was never at the races today. The mood at Celtic Manor is suddenly quite grim, as the realisation of what could occur sinks in. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (15) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (14) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson USA WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (11) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (10) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger EUROPE 1 UP (8) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (8) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (7) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 1 UP (6) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (6) 12.55pm: Three great halves for Europe in quick succession. First McIlroy denies Cink on 16 with a nerveless 12-footer, while Donald scrambles up and down from the edge of the water on 15 to annoy Furyk. And on 9, Edoardo Molinari knocks in a ten-footer to halve in birdie, Fowler having hit his third dead. Meanwhile on 13, Poulter moves four up on Kuchar with a 25-footer, straight across the green. Fists are pumped, eyes bulge. This is simply outstanding. Celtic Manor is not so quiet now. 1pm: Rory's tee shot on 17 dices with death down the bank on the right of the green. Cink, who keeps making birdie, hits the bank at the left, the ball turning in towards the pin, eight feet from the flag. But Poulter, with Kuchar in the bunker on 14, hits to ten feet: he's close to victory. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (16) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (15) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (13) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (11) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger A/S (9) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (9) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (8) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 2 UP (8) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (7) EUROPE 9½-8½ USA 1.01pm: Right, I'm off for a quick break. James Dart will be your host... 1.05pm: Hi, James here, as Scott takes a well-earned break. Cink finds himself with a shortish one to take the hole off McIlroy at 17, but leaves it wide right. They remain all square going to the 18th. Westwood v Stricker USA WIN 2&1 McIlroy v Cink A/S (17) Donald v Furyk EUROPE 2 UP (15) Kaymer v Dustin Johnson WIN 6&4 Poulter v Kuchar EUROPE 4 UP (13) Fisher v Overton EUROPE 1 UP (11) Jimenez v Bubba EUROPE 2 UP (9) F Molinari v Tiger A/S (9) E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (9) Hanson v Mickelson USA 2 UP (8) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 2 UP (8) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 3 UP (7) EUROPE 9½-8½ USA
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1.06pm: Poulter, meanwhile, has been playing ludicrously good golf in the last half an hour, and rounds this off with a birdie from 10 feet, seeing off Kuchar 5&4. 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But he's hitting three. Overton, from the other side of the green after a very decent drive, hits a poor chip 10 feet past the hole. He can't make the birdie attempt, so Fisher has halved the hole. That's good work, because he looked all over the place back on the tee box. Meanwhile McDowell birdies 11, Mahan missing a short effort himself. This match looks like being the decider, you know. "Has Ian Wilkinson (11.20) come back to you yet to say that now he knows what Harrington brought to the Fisher table?" asks Ronan Hayes. No, but I've a funny feeling he'll counter about what Fisher brought to his. Have you seen Padraig's score? 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The USA only need three more points to retain their cup, after Woods knocks in a birdie putt on 15 to complete a tonking of Francesco Molinari. To be quite frank, the Italian did next to nothing wrong today. Tiger, who lost the first two holes to birdies, was nine under for the 15-hole round. "I don't know what the panic is all about," writes Tammy Mattinson, tapping away at her computer insouciently. "It goes down to McDowell on the last. He halves his match following near-heroics from Mahan. It's ours with 14½ points. C'mon people. We're talking Montogmorie here. It has to be dramatic. But it's in the bag. Really." F Molinari v Tiger USA WIN 4&3 E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (14) Hanson v Mickelson USA 4 UP (14) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 5 UP (13) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (11) EUROPE 13-10 USA 2.20pm: Mickelson trundles in another birdie putt to move dormie four on Hanson. The way Harrington ended up five down with five to play was humiliating: a double-bogey five on the par-three 13th losing to Zach Johnson's birdie two. "Maybe, just maybe," begins Iain Wilkinson, "Ronan Hayes is right and having Harrington in the gerneral area of the green did help to steady Fisher's nerve over the past couple of days but this isn't an event for golfers and their gurus, it's about players contributing with good scores and supporting each other. Harrington didn't score when playing with Fisher and he's not doing it today. What galled me was he seemed to claim some credit for Fisher's performance on Saturday and gave Monty credit for giving him the responsibility. The implication was that Fisher was in need of Harrington's steady hand when I reckon he'd have been happier with the steady play of Donald, Westwood or McDowell. I'm not getting any pleasure out of this by the way, I'm Irish and would rather see him do well than badly, but playing the way he has been recently he was a risky pick and has proved to be a predictable disappointment. No-one can say if Casey, Rose, Stenson or anyone else would have done better but on balance there's a fair chance of it." E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 3 UP (14) Hanson v Mickelson USA 4 UP (14) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 5 UP (13) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (13) EUROPE 13-11 USA 2.22pm: Edoardo Molinari drives the 15th, the ball ending up maybe 12 feet from the hole. He could wrap his match up here, and then it'll all be down to the 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell. I don't think I can take this. I'm not designed to take this. 2.25pm: Fowler drove his ball to the left-hand edge of the 15th green. He bumps a lovely little chip to about three feet, a certain birdie. Molinari would have eagled and won the match if he'd hit his putt, but he doesn't, and must be content with dormie three. Here's Mark Walsh, who is no fan of Nice War: "Will you please tell Mark Cruise that his un-bigoted comments have no place at this point of such a close contest and if he can't say something nasty then he shouldn't say anything at all." And neither is Andi Thomas: "Could you tell Tammy Mattinson (2.15 pm) that (a) it is most certainly not in the sodding bag, and (b) if she's going to go all fifth column, pretend to be an over-confident European and jinx the whole caboodle, she needs to change her name. 'Tammy Mattinson' is way too t'other-side-of-the-Atlantic for that to work." 2.35pm: Hanson is still alive, as is Harrington, both players winning holes at 15 and 14 respectively. Surely it makes no difference, though. Fowler could still grab half a point, though: he's now only two down with two to play, after a lovely mid-iron to ten feet on 16 bests Edoardo. "Does anyone know what Graeme McDowell's cojones are made from?" asks Paul Wakefield. "Please tell me they are massive and made from gold-plated steel." Well, it looks that way, or even best-brand platinum: he gets up and down from off the green, chipping to a couple of feet, to save his par on 14 and halve the hole. E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 2 UP (16) Hanson v Mickelson USA 3 UP (15) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 4 UP (14) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-11 USA 2.37pm: On 17, both Fowler and Molinari find the green, the American to the left of the pin, the Italian just behind it. I think that's Europe to putt first. 2.40pm: Hanson has found greenside sand going down 16. That could be curtains. "Thomas Levet on French TV has dismissed any potential questioning of Monty picking Padraig," reports Niall Sheerin. "The team looks like winning, he helped Fisher and he's been a good influence in the dressing room. As long as the team wins, he reckons, you can't really question Monty. On that note, Monty's pick of the G-Mac as last man looks inspired!" 2.45pm: AMAZING SCENES ON 17!!! (and it's EUROPE 13-12 USA, too). Molinari can't make his putt, leaving it left. A good effort, though. Fowler surely can't hole his 25-footer - but he does!!! A majestic left-to-right roller! Back on 15, Harrington is going down like champions do: fighting. He birdies the hole, Johnson misses, and now he's three down with three to play. Surely not? Surely not?! Oh, and on 16, Mickelson birdies to win the hole and the match, but we always knew that would happen. Is that news? E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Hanson v Mickelson USA WIN 4&2 Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-12 USA 2.47pm: On 18, Fowler hits a monster down into filth on the left. Edoardo Molinari hits one down the middle too, but it's only Fowler with a realistic chance of making the green in two; despite being in the rough, it's all trodden down. He'll have a great angle into the green if he wants it. 2.50pm: On 15, Mahan is by the hole in two, after driving right front, and flopping a ball almost dead. G-Mac is pin high, but to the right in deep flith up on the bank. He's got an almost impossible shot. And he fannies it, the ball only squirting a few feet forward and staying in the thick stuff, albeit nearly by the green. Up on 16, Harrington channels Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros by driving like a madman. This is not going well for Europe. E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Hanson v Mickelson USA WIN 4&2 Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 2 UP (14) EUROPE 13-12 USA 2.52pm: Fowler is hoping for a drop. There's a bit of a pow-wow going on at present. "What is the panic?" wonders Rick Harris. "Molinari will lose the 18th but still halves the match. McDowell will win to take the cup back 14 ½ to 13 ½ and loads of people will bang on and on and on and on about how this has been the greatest Ryder Cup ever. Of course, another scenario is McDowell gets sand in his eye and has to retire thus gifting the cup to the Yanks, but don't forget that historically they are all Europeans anyway." 2.55pm: With Mahan almost dead, McDowell goes for the cup with his chip. He sends it ten feet past, but holes the return. Mahan taps in for birdie, to win the hole. On 18, Molinari lays up in front of the water, but pushes the shot into the rough! Fowler also lays up. This is how we stand: E Molinari v Fowler EUROPE 1 UP (17) Harrington v Zach Johnson USA 3 UP (15) McDowell v Mahan EUROPE 1 UP (15) EUROPE 13-12 USA 3pm: Fowler knocks his third to 25 feet, behind the pin. Molinari needs to knock this close - but he doesn't, hitting the ball pin high but miles left of the flag. Still, he's on the green. This is a shoot-out now, and if Fowler wins it, it'll be a real rabbit punch in the solar plexus for Europe. On 16, Mahan drives into thick rough, but G-Mac whips a boomer straight down the middle, then scampers off after it. "I come from Ilkley, which is where Monty used to go to school," writes Alex Warwick. "Although he's Scottish, he spent most of his youth in West Yorkshire. Other famous people who came from Ilkley, Jimmy Saville. I'm just trying to take my mind off this game of golf, it's killing me." 3.02pm: Molinari rolls his long putt, around 30 feet, to three feet or so. That should be a four, though in these circumstances it's missable. Fowler will probably have to hole his 15/20-footer to halve this match. "Historically Tiger Woods is European, is he?" asks Niall Mullen. "That'll be news to him." 3.03pm: WHAT A PUTT BY THE 21-YEAR-OLD FOWLER! EUROPE 13½-12½ USA. 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Weeks plans to perform a show filled with music, humor and games for children 11 or younger. Call 702-507-3710. Free guitar classes are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. the first three Sundays of each month through the end of the year at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. The next session is slated for Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Arrive at 11:45 a.m. with a playable guitar and a guitar pick. Call 702-533-3611. The Royal Tea Society plans to host a Champagne Summer Tea event for members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Garfield’s Restaurant, 2620 Regatta Drive in Desert Shores. The cost is $35. RSVP with pre-payment is due Aug. 8. Send RSVP with pre-payment to: Royal Tea Society; P.O. Box 370545, Las Vegas, NV 89137. Call 702-260-4600 or email royalteasociety@cox.net . Summer Movie Camp is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Red Rock Lanes inside Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. The schedule is: “Hotel Transylvania,” Aug. 7, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” Aug. 21. The cost is $15 and includes two hours of bowling, rental shoes and a lunch of a hot dog, chips and a soda. All the while, favorite movies will be shown on the screens throughout the lanes. Participation is limited to those 18 or younger. Call 702-797-7467. Regal Summer Movie Express is set for 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 7 at Regal Village Square Stadium 18, 9400 W. Sahara Ave. Admission is $1, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. The schedule includes: “Racing Stripes,” July 30; “Happy Feet Too,” July 31; “African Cats,” Aug. 6; and “Chimpanzee,” Aug. 7. Call 702-838-0490. Summer Dollar Movies for children are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 13 at the Century 16 Suncoast Movie Theater at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. The lineup includes: “Rio,” July 30; “Chimpanzee,” Aug. 6; and “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Aug. 13. Call 702-869-1880. The Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to present free live entertainment in Addison’s Lounge at 8 p.m. in August, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is: Klique Band, Aug. 2-3; Early Clover & the Soul Drifters, Aug. 9-10; Treasure, Aug. 16-17; In A Fect, Aug. 23-24; and Fast Company, Aug. 30-31. Mark O’Toole is slated from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 702-507-5900. J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub in the Rampart casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., features live music at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule is: 3 Digit IQ, Aug. 2-3; Breakbeat 23, Aug. 9-10; Rok of Ages, Aug. 16-17; Finnegan’s Wake, Aug. 23-24; and Roxy Gunn, Aug. 30-31. Call 702-869-7725. The Round Bar in the Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to present free live entertainment in August. The schedule is: More & Gendel, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 2-3; U4EA, 6:30 p.m., and Jarr Duo, 11 p.m., Aug. 9-19; Cool Change, 6:30 p.m., and More & Gendel, 11 p.m., Aug. 16-17; More & Gendel, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 23-24; and Toto & Laura, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 30-31. Mark B is set for 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call 702-507-5900. WORTH A DRIVE Ballroom dancing is planned Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 401 E. Bonanza Road. Music is provided by Boyd Coulter’s Good Times Band. The cost is $4 per person. Call 702-795-8140. The Tanglewood Marionettes are slated to put on an underwater fantasy puppet show titled “The Dragon King” at 10:30 a.m. July 31 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $3. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-6383. “Godspell” is set to be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, and 17 and 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E. Sahara Ave. Tickets are $25. Visit onyxtheatre.com or call 702 732-7225. “We Are Not Spies,” a one-man play presented by the Hamyar Art Foundation and Mansoor Taeed, is scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Tickets are $25 to $35 and can purchased in advance by calling 702-499-1919. Visit lvccld.org. A summer program will explore the greatest mob movies of all time from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Las Vegas Film Critics Society members are set to discuss notable movies depicting organized crime and law enforcement then stay for a screening of their choice. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400. Tickets are available for the 2013 season of Super Summer Theatre, set at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, roughly 10 miles west of the Las Vegas Beltway on Charleston Boulevard/state Route 159. Advance tickets are $12 plus a handling charge. Children 5 or younger are admitted free. Season-opener shows may have lower-priced tickets. The lineup includes “Legally Blonde the Musical,” Aug. 7-24, and “The Producers,” Sept. 5-21. Call 702-594-7529 or visit supersummertheatre.org. Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas announced extended Friday and Saturday hours until 10 p.m. through Aug. 23, and a new Dive ‘n’ Movies program that will feature an outdoor family movie by the wave pool on select Fridays through Aug. 23. All movies are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The schedule is: Aug. 9, “Madagascar 3”; and Aug. 23, “Rise of the Guardians.” Wet ‘n’ Wild offers a Twilight Ticket for $25, available to purchase at 5 p.m. or later on Friday or Saturday. Visit wetnwildlasvegas.com. Weekly children’s events at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., will include story time, scheduled from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays at the activities center and toddler time for children 5 or younger, scheduled for 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the library. The cost is included with general admission to the preserve. Visit springspreserve.org or call 702-822-7700. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market is set to be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday inside the Desert Living Center at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Admission is free, and purchases are cash only. Three sea-based traveling exhibits are set to be on display through August at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North. “Sea Monsters” explores scary characteristics of undersea dwellers; “Discovery Reef” looks at the interconnection of coral reefs; and “Sanctuary Reef” features a replica of a coral reef in the Florida Keys and discusses the human impact on it. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and military personnel, $5 for children 3 to 11 and free for children 2 or younger. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit lvnhm.org or call 702-384-3466. Retired art educator and Summerlin resident Richard D. Ramsdell visited the construction site of Clark County Firehouse No. 107 and was inspired by the heavy equipment parked onsite. His series of paintings based on the experience, titled “The Talking Machines,” is scheduled to be on display through Sept. 24 at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. Visit lvccld.org. PLAN AHEAD An artist reception is planned for Bill and Rose Glass from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in honor of their exhibit “Optical Fusion” at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. The exhibit features Bill’s ceramic work and Rose’s poetry and is set to be on display during regular library hours Aug. 6-Oct. 1. Call 702-507-3860. The free Ward 2 Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park is planned from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at AnSan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. at Villa Monterey. Join Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers for the back-to-school fair and the planned “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie under the stars. Free school supplies and binders are slated to be given out and light refreshments offered while supplies last. Also enjoy a balloon artist, face painters and a jump house. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov. B.J. Thomas is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-11 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 702-636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com. The Silver Statesmen plan to present “A Salute to the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 75th Anniversary” at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. The Resort on Mount Charleston plans its fourth annual Mount Charleston Arts and Crafts Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at 2755 Kyle Canyon Road. The event features more than 30 local Las Vegas artisans, jewelry, clothing, food, fiber arts, toys, baby and children’s clothing, home décor and other crafts. Food will also be available. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free. Call 702-872-5500. Broadway Bound and Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy plan to present “Hello, Dolly” at 7 p.m. Aug. 16-24, with 1 p.m. matinees set for Aug. 17 and 24 at the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Tickets are $15 at broadwayboundlv.com. Brandon Bennett’s “Elvis My Way” is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 702-636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com. Dive In Movie Night! is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. The cost is $3 per person for all ages. The movie title is yet to be determined. Take a dip in the pool, lounge on a raft or in a deck chair while watching a movie on the big screen. Light refreshments will be provided for a small cost. Call 702-229-6309 or 702-229-1488. The IV Tenors plan to perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $18 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. Paul Reiser is slated to perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-25 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 702-636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com. The IV Tenors are slated to perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15 for residents and $18 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. “Cruisin’ Classics — A Night at the Diner” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 702-636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com. American Trilogy is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $17 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. TOTO is slated to perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Sandbar outdoor poolside venue at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Tickets are $39 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only and $59 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Guests younger than 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and the Fiestas, by visiting sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit totoofficial.com. Broadway and Beyond is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept.15 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. Patty Ascher plans to perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $18 for nonresidents. Visit mistinguettshowgirls.com. Darius Rucker is set to perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Red Rock Resort’s Sandbar, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m., and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $49 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only and $89 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and the Fiestas, at sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. The Nevada Ballet Theatre plans to present “A Choreographers’ Showcase” in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 and 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Call 702-894-7722. The Nevada Ballet Theatre plans to perform Swan Lake Act II and Sleeping Beauty Act III (Aurora’s Wedding) in “A Tribute to Tchaikovsky” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Aug. 5. Call 702-749-2000. ONGOING EVENTS Karate Karaoke is planned from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays in July at the Suncoast Fan Sports Bar, 9090 Alta Drive. Visit suncoastcasino.com. Line dance lessons are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays in the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit sclv.com. Next Movement is booked from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays in June and July at the Suncoast Showroom Lounge, 9090 Alta Drive. Visit suncoastcasino.com. Live complimentary music is scheduled at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd. View Wine Bar & Kitchen at The Market LV hosts live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. La Casa Cigars & Lounge is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Pizza Lounge is from 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, and BRIO Tuscan Grille is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays on the patio. Visit tivolivillagelv.com. Bluesman Bobby Jonz is set to headline a Celebrity Guests Dinner Show from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at The Mad Greek Cafe, 8565 W. Sahara Ave. The show is free to diners. Call 702-242-7669 for reservations. The Las Vegas Farmers Market is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Gardens Park, 10401 Garden Park Drive, and Wednesdays at Bruce Trent Park, 8851 Vegas Drive. Find produce from regional farmers, baked goods and artisan crafts. Visit lasvegasfarmers market.com or call 702-562-2676. The fresh52 Farmers Market at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd., is set to operate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Visit fresh52.com. T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., hosts live music several times a week. Rick Duarte is scheduled to perform from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Tim Catching is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, and Dave Ritz is slated from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit redrock.sclv.com. The Onyx Bar at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., hosts live music several times a week. Arrow Arts is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Rick Duarte is set to perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and Daniel Park is set to perform from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit redrock.sclv.com. 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Sahara Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Call 702-742-6109 or 702-360-4080. “Children’s Letters to God” is planned to be performed at 7 p.m. Aug. 2-3 and Aug. 9-10 with 4 p.m. matinees set for Aug. 3 and 10 at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive (across from Palo Verde High School). General admission is $7.50. Call 702-290-1173. “The Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition,” a free public exhibition that showcases select pieces of art created by people touched by cancer, is slated to be at 8975 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, through Aug. 2 and at 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 720, in Henderson from Aug. 5-9. Both centers are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Themes range from fear and hope to loss and survival to isolation and the embrace of family and friends. Call 702-380-6170 or 702-269-5200. Jason Garfield plans to present his juggling act at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Tickets are $10 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $13 for nonresidents. Call 702-240-1301. The annual Cardboard Boat Regatta is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Desert Breeze Aquatics Facility, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. Swimming, water games and music are planned. Participants may build and decorate boats made of cardboard and duct tape only. Boats may be no bigger than 8 feet long. Prizes are planned for the most creative, the fastest and the Bismarck. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 3 to 17, $1 for seniors 55 or older and free to children 2 or younger. Visit tinyurl.com/cardboardraces. “Under the Streetlamp” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. Call 702-636-7075 or visit suncoastcasino.com. A family program, Steve Weeks’ World of Music, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. Weeks plans to perform a show filled with music, humor and games for children 11 or younger. Call 702-507-3710. Free guitar classes are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. the first three Sundays of each month through the end of the year at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. The next session is slated for Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Arrive at 11:45 a.m. with a playable guitar and a guitar pick. Call 702-533-3611. The Royal Tea Society plans to host a Champagne Summer Tea event for members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Garfield’s Restaurant, 2620 Regatta Drive in Desert Shores. The cost is $35. RSVP with pre-payment is due Aug. 8. Send RSVP with pre-payment to: Royal Tea Society; P.O. Box 370545, Las Vegas, NV 89137. Call 702-260-4600 or email royalteasociety@cox.net . Summer Movie Camp is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Red Rock Lanes inside Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. The schedule is: “Hotel Transylvania,” Aug. 7, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” Aug. 21. The cost is $15 and includes two hours of bowling, rental shoes and a lunch of a hot dog, chips and a soda. All the while, favorite movies will be shown on the screens throughout the lanes. Participation is limited to those 18 or younger. Call 702-797-7467. Regal Summer Movie Express is set for 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 7 at Regal Village Square Stadium 18, 9400 W. Sahara Ave. Admission is $1, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. The schedule includes: “Racing Stripes,” July 30; “Happy Feet Too,” July 31; “African Cats,” Aug. 6; and “Chimpanzee,” Aug. 7. Call 702-838-0490. Summer Dollar Movies for children are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 13 at the Century 16 Suncoast Movie Theater at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. The lineup includes: “Rio,” July 30; “Chimpanzee,” Aug. 6; and “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Aug. 13. Call 702-869-1880. The Rampart Casino, 221 N. 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The schedule is: More & Gendel, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 2-3; U4EA, 6:30 p.m., and Jarr Duo, 11 p.m., Aug. 9-19; Cool Change, 6:30 p.m., and More & Gendel, 11 p.m., Aug. 16-17; More & Gendel, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 23-24; and Toto & Laura, 6:30 p.m., and DnD Project, 11 p.m., Aug. 30-31. Mark B is set for 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call 702-507-5900. WORTH A DRIVE Ballroom dancing is planned Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 401 E. Bonanza Road. Music is provided by Boyd Coulter’s Good Times Band. The cost is $4 per person. Call 702-795-8140. The Tanglewood Marionettes are slated to put on an underwater fantasy puppet show titled “The Dragon King” at 10:30 a.m. July 31 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $3. 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PLAN AHEAD An artist reception is planned for Bill and Rose Glass from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in honor of their exhibit “Optical Fusion” at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. The exhibit features Bill’s ceramic work and Rose’s poetry and is set to be on display during regular library hours Aug. 6-Oct. 1. Call 702-507-3860. The free Ward 2 Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park is planned from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at AnSan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. at Villa Monterey. Join Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers for the back-to-school fair and the planned “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie under the stars. Free school supplies and binders are slated to be given out and light refreshments offered while supplies last. Also enjoy a balloon artist, face painters and a jump house. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov. B.J. Thomas is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-11 at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $15.95. 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[b][url=http://www.perfecttiffanysale.com]cheap tiffany[/url][/b] I can vividly remember being transfixed by Pearl Jam's "Alive" video when it was the first single release from their debut album "Ten." It was simple and straightforward with live clips interspersed, but the power of the band and lead singer Eddie Vedder was evident in that first video. That is how regional bands were launched to a national audience by the major labels. Then, of course, the era of big budget videos, Hollywood directors, and packaged acts like 'N Sync, Boyz II Men, Tiffany, and many others that we would just as soon forget, followed. Again, they adhered to the simple formula of a video makes a brand - they just took it to "11" (in Spinal Tap parlance).
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After the glitz and glamour of Hollywood-ized videos came the era of simplification and DIY stars like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen. For the first time, these musicians were able to attract fan bases and then talent scouts and major labels through homemade videos. They took what they saw on MTV (when MTV occasionally showed videos) and created videos in their living rooms that launched international careers.
Exhibit C: Brand Reboot
Now here we are in 2013. And one of the biggest music stories and top-selling acts is Justin Timberlake. He has become successful by taking an entirely new and different course. Timberlake, who at 32 is the same age as MTV, of course gained prominence as lead singer of the boy band 'N Sync after serving as a Mouseketeer. After establishing himself as a solo act and attracting a teen audience base, he took seven years off between the release of FutureSex/LoveSounds and this year's 20/20 Experience. In music history seven years without a new album is considered a death sentence, but for Timberlake it was a new life.
While taking an extended break from recording, he applied his talent to building his brand and growing his audience through movie and TV appearances and, perhaps most importantly, leveraging the new tools that social media affords, including online videos. Consider the following two examples:
"Saturday Night Live" short films "Dick in a box" and "Motherlover" have garnered 40 million and 53 million YouTube views, respectively.
The four "History of Rap" collaborations with Jimmy Fallon have accumulated more than 12 million views and countless shares across social networks.
So while his main product (music) was stagnant and that audience was lacking, Timberlake reached out to a much broader, more diverse audience and built both his street cred and audience following. The results speak for themselves:
The top-selling CD of 2013 with over 2.6 million copies sold, despite generally average reviews.
Co-headlining the "Legends of the Summer" stadium tour with Jay Z that debuted with two nights at Yankee Stadium and will play 12 stops in total.
Solo headlining tour kicking off this fall at arena venues.
In an industry where you can grow stale even while at your peak (think of all the songs that get overplayed to the detriment of the artist's brand), Timberlake grew fresh with no new product. In addition to creating yet another model for music and video distribution, Timberlake's brand resurgence is also a great example of how brands can employ social media and online video to cultivate and grow audiences during "quiet" product cycles.
Online video and social media provide the perfect channels for brands to engage, entertain, and grow an audience. Look at products like Oreo that have been the same for decades but have breathed new energy into the brand through real-time marketing. While the Oreo product has always been fun for users, the personality was driven by user interaction - dunking, opening, whatever your style. Now the brand personality is defined by responsive, real-time engagement as exhibited by the "You can still dunk in the dark" tweet during the Super Bowl blackout.
So now is the time to reengage your audience or, like JT, reach an entirely new demographic. Taking advantage of online video is as simple as shooting with your smartphone and posting to Vine, Instagram, Photobucket Stories, or any other outlet. The opportunities exist, now it is up to your brand to bring its own sexy back.
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[b][url=http://www.perfecttiffanysale.com]tiffany[/url][/b] As consumers and marketers, we have all participated in and watched the rapid evolution (or is that devolution?) of the music industry over the past few decades. While consumer-direct devices and services like Napster, the iPod, and iTunes are often viewed as culprits in the perceived demise of the music industry, the way that bands reach their audiences has also changed industry dynamics dramatically over the last 30 years - with many of these changes driven by video.
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[b][url=http://www.perfecttiffanysale.com]cheap tiffany[/url][/b] I can vividly remember being transfixed by Pearl Jam's "Alive" video when it was the first single release from their debut album "Ten." It was simple and straightforward with live clips interspersed, but the power of the band and lead singer Eddie Vedder was evident in that first video. That is how regional bands were launched to a national audience by the major labels. Then, of course, the era of big budget videos, Hollywood directors, and packaged acts like 'N Sync, Boyz II Men, Tiffany, and many others that we would just as soon forget, followed. Again, they adhered to the simple formula of a video makes a brand - they just took it to "11" (in Spinal Tap parlance).
[b]tiffany co[/b] Exhibit B: Homemade Video
After the glitz and glamour of Hollywood-ized videos came the era of simplification and DIY stars like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen. For the first time, these musicians were able to attract fan bases and then talent scouts and major labels through homemade videos. They took what they saw on MTV (when MTV occasionally showed videos) and created videos in their living rooms that launched international careers.
Exhibit C: Brand Reboot
Now here we are in 2013. And one of the biggest music stories and top-selling acts is Justin Timberlake. He has become successful by taking an entirely new and different course. Timberlake, who at 32 is the same age as MTV, of course gained prominence as lead singer of the boy band 'N Sync after serving as a Mouseketeer. After establishing himself as a solo act and attracting a teen audience base, he took seven years off between the release of FutureSex/LoveSounds and this year's 20/20 Experience. In music history seven years without a new album is considered a death sentence, but for Timberlake it was a new life.
While taking an extended break from recording, he applied his talent to building his brand and growing his audience through movie and TV appearances and, perhaps most importantly, leveraging the new tools that social media affords, including online videos. Consider the following two examples:
"Saturday Night Live" short films "Dick in a box" and "Motherlover" have garnered 40 million and 53 million YouTube views, respectively.
The four "History of Rap" collaborations with Jimmy Fallon have accumulated more than 12 million views and countless shares across social networks.
So while his main product (music) was stagnant and that audience was lacking, Timberlake reached out to a much broader, more diverse audience and built both his street cred and audience following. The results speak for themselves:
The top-selling CD of 2013 with over 2.6 million copies sold, despite generally average reviews.
Co-headlining the "Legends of the Summer" stadium tour with Jay Z that debuted with two nights at Yankee Stadium and will play 12 stops in total.
Solo headlining tour kicking off this fall at arena venues.
In an industry where you can grow stale even while at your peak (think of all the songs that get overplayed to the detriment of the artist's brand), Timberlake grew fresh with no new product. In addition to creating yet another model for music and video distribution, Timberlake's brand resurgence is also a great example of how brands can employ social media and online video to cultivate and grow audiences during "quiet" product cycles.
Online video and social media provide the perfect channels for brands to engage, entertain, and grow an audience. Look at products like Oreo that have been the same for decades but have breathed new energy into the brand through real-time marketing. While the Oreo product has always been fun for users, the personality was driven by user interaction - dunking, opening, whatever your style. Now the brand personality is defined by responsive, real-time engagement as exhibited by the "You can still dunk in the dark" tweet during the Super Bowl blackout.
So now is the time to reengage your audience or, like JT, reach an entirely new demographic. Taking advantage of online video is as simple as shooting with your smartphone and posting to Vine, Instagram, Photobucket Stories, or any other outlet. The opportunities exist, now it is up to your brand to bring its own sexy back.
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For more information on the DMCA Safe Harbors, see the FAQs on DMCA Safe Harbor. For more information on Copyright and defenses to copyright infringement, see Copyright.
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DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google
April 03, 2013
Sender Information:
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Sent by: [Private]
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IT
Recipient Information:
[Private]
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Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA

Sent via: online form

Re: Websearch Infringement Notification via Online Form Complaint
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Google DMCA Form: Infringement Notification for Web Search Contact Information
Name: [redacted]
Company Name: Moncler
Copyright holder: Moncler srl
Country/Region: IT YOUR COPYRIGHTED WORK Copyright claim #0:
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Question: What are the provisions of 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3) & 512(d)(3)?
Answer: Section 512(c)(3) sets out the elements for notification under the DMCA. Subsection A (17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)) states that to be effective a notification must include: 1) a physical/electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the infringed right; 2) identification of the copyrighted works claimed to have been infringed; 3) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed; 4) information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party (e.g., the address, telephone number, or email address); 5) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner; and 6) a statement that information in the complaint is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. Subsection B (17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(B)) states that if the complaining party does not substantially comply with these requirements the notice will not serve as actual notice for the purpose of Section 512.Section 512(d)(3), which applies to "information location tools" such as search engines and directories, incorporates the above requirements; however, instead of the identification of the allegedly infringing material, the notification must identify the reference or link to the material claimed to be infringing.

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For more information on the DMCA Safe Harbors, see the FAQs on DMCA Safe Harbor. For more information on Copyright and defenses to copyright infringement, see Copyright.
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Critic's Notebook: For Cate Blanchett, it's an inspired trip from 'Streetcar Named Desire' on stage to 'Blue Jasmine' on film.
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Cate Blanchett starred as Blanche in the Sydney Theatre Company's revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."
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From her "Streetcar" experience, Blanchett has no doubt gained a deeper understanding of the precarious plight of women who have tied their security to success with men. A trophy wife whose husband, Hal ( Alec Baldwin ), was about to discard her before the FBI came after him, Jasmine (who changed her name from the more banal Jeannette) is in the throes of a violent identity crisis, forced to confront whether it's too late to acquire an authentic self.
When I saw Blanchett in "Streetcar" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009, I marveled at how the wings of this delicate moth, as Williams described the character, were made of steel. This wasn't a replica of Vivien Leigh's iconic performance in Elia Kazan's 1951 film version. Under the direction of Liv Ullmann, Blanchett discovered something harder and more coolly calculating.
The façade of neurasthenia may have looked the same, but underneath the feline affectations and fluttery madness was a woman strategizing her survival. Her Blanche was above all an actress, deploying all the tricks of the trade to rescue herself from a fate more shameful than death — desperate poverty and humiliating dependence.
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"There's only so many traumas a person can withstand before they take to the streets and start screaming," Jasmine acknowledges at a low point. But what makes her story so fascinating is her willful complicity with her own victimization.
To become the bejeweled queen of Manhattan dinner parties, Jasmine had to turn a blind eye to her husband's shady business dealings and philandering ways. She remains deluded even after having lost everything but her clothes and those accessories she could hide from Uncle Sam. She's still replaying the sentimental anecdote of hearing "Blue Moon" when Hal first swept her off her feet. And she hopes to be swept up again by another wealthy gentleman ( Peter Sarsgaard ), if only she can keep her secrets from him.
The parallels with Williams' play could hardly be more obvious, and Blanchett couldn't be better prepared. What makes her handling of Jasmine so provocatively fresh is precisely what made her Blanche so revelatory — her understanding that a woman of this sort is always performing, improvising a character for others rather than forming one for herself.
Jasmine is locked into a theatrical role every bit as inappropriate as that of the Southern belle in honky-tonk New Orleans. She flounces , she swoons, she beams like a Cartier bracelet in cheap San Francisco eateries. She rehearses her whitewashed back story as though the retelling of it will erase the tabloid headlines. Even her sorrow — observe the way despair and degradation smear across Blanchett's face like expensive makeup — is a spectacle too grand for her setting.
Which isn't to say that nothing about her is genuine. Jasmine's anger at her sister for settling for a grocery store job and a grease-monkey boyfriend ( Bobby Cannavale ) is ferociously felt. It is this overwhelming drive to live a fairy tale existence that thwarts her adjustment to her grubby new circumstances. She doesn't want the truth; she wants what ought to be true, to paraphrase Blanche.
This is an old story, but Allen and his luminous star give it a contemporary spin. There's much that's ugly and unsympathetic in this portrait, but Blanchett never lets us lose sight of the anguished humanity under Jasmine's faltering show.
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Lapadite at 9:35 PM August 02, 2013
My, are you narrow-minded.
HemiFaulk at 12:37 PM August 01, 2013
?  Woody runs free by staying at home, yet Polanski has 44 years to roam.? how many times does 7 go into 13, how many times does 42? go into 7now now its time for a Mia Culpa, sure dear Prudence, won't you come out to play, sister dearest
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Critic's Notebook: For Cate Blanchett, it's an inspired trip from 'Streetcar Named Desire' on stage to 'Blue Jasmine' on film.
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Cate Blanchett starred as Blanche in the Sydney Theatre Company's revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."
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Mixing flamboyant gestures with raw despair, Blanchett's work in "Blue Jasmine" is the finest I've seen from her, a crystallization of her daring sensibility and theatrical gifts. Deliciously stagy (watch her uncap those pill bottles) yet undeniably haunted (look how she falls down a well when staring off into space), her performance finds psychological truth even when the histrionics threaten to topple the camera.
I don't think Blanchett would have been quite as fearless, as fluid or as devastating without having undergone the challenge of playing Blanche. This is quicksilver acting of a very high order, mercurial in its movement yet impressively disciplined in its interpretation of a character who has spent her adult life floating in a cloud of illusions.
Liberated by Jasmine's brokenness, Blanchett scales heights and tumbles into pits, switches from lavish theatricality to sorrowful indirection. She's not worried about being too big or too small — like Blanche, she knows that bold art can reveal more than prosaic accounting. Blanchett has always been a courageous performer, but her recent theater work seems to have given her film acting even more freedom — a freedom she expertly calibrates for the screen.
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From her "Streetcar" experience, Blanchett has no doubt gained a deeper understanding of the precarious plight of women who have tied their security to success with men. A trophy wife whose husband, Hal ( Alec Baldwin ), was about to discard her before the FBI came after him, Jasmine (who changed her name from the more banal Jeannette) is in the throes of a violent identity crisis, forced to confront whether it's too late to acquire an authentic self.
When I saw Blanchett in "Streetcar" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009, I marveled at how the wings of this delicate moth, as Williams described the character, were made of steel. This wasn't a replica of Vivien Leigh's iconic performance in Elia Kazan's 1951 film version. Under the direction of Liv Ullmann, Blanchett discovered something harder and more coolly calculating.
The façade of neurasthenia may have looked the same, but underneath the feline affectations and fluttery madness was a woman strategizing her survival. Her Blanche was above all an actress, deploying all the tricks of the trade to rescue herself from a fate more shameful than death — desperate poverty and humiliating dependence.
Jasmine is in a similar bind. She has nowhere to go but the home of her sister, Ginger (an exquisitely real Sally Hawkins ), who plays earthy Stella to Jasmine's strung-out Blanche. Hawkins' characterization is as grounded as Blanchett's is quivering. Adopted siblings with different birth parents, Jasmine and Ginger are a study in contrasts, and the different acting styles of Blanchett and Hawkins — both of whom richly deserve Oscar nominations — draw out the thematic vision of the film.
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"Blue Jasmine" is a movie only Woody Allen could have made. Complaints that it is detached from the way real people live are silly, as Allen is first and foremost a modern-day fabulist, spinning urban tales that have the exaggerated accuracy of a New Yorker cartoon. But it is a work deeply indebted to Williams' masterpiece and his gallery of contradictory female characters whose heroism is a function not of their stainless goodwill but of their determination to endure.
"There's only so many traumas a person can withstand before they take to the streets and start screaming," Jasmine acknowledges at a low point. But what makes her story so fascinating is her willful complicity with her own victimization.
To become the bejeweled queen of Manhattan dinner parties, Jasmine had to turn a blind eye to her husband's shady business dealings and philandering ways. She remains deluded even after having lost everything but her clothes and those accessories she could hide from Uncle Sam. She's still replaying the sentimental anecdote of hearing "Blue Moon" when Hal first swept her off her feet. And she hopes to be swept up again by another wealthy gentleman ( Peter Sarsgaard ), if only she can keep her secrets from him.
The parallels with Williams' play could hardly be more obvious, and Blanchett couldn't be better prepared. What makes her handling of Jasmine so provocatively fresh is precisely what made her Blanche so revelatory — her understanding that a woman of this sort is always performing, improvising a character for others rather than forming one for herself.
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This is an old story, but Allen and his luminous star give it a contemporary spin. There's much that's ugly and unsympathetic in this portrait, but Blanchett never lets us lose sight of the anguished humanity under Jasmine's faltering show.
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? Woody runs free by staying at home, yet Polanski has 44 years to roam.? how many times does 7 go into 13, how many times does 42? go into 7now now its time for a Mia Culpa, sure dear Prudence, won't you come out to play, sister dearest
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Glitch: Organisers say the clock will fix the technical problem soon

Dissent: The Confederations Cup was marred by public protests against the spending for next year's World Cup

More...
The wonderkid makes his bow: Neymar joins Messi and Co as he dons Barcelona shirt in friendly debut
Show us your medals! Ronaldinho adds the Copa Libertadores to his World Cup, Champions League and 29 individual gongs
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Which had the unfortunate effect of making it sound like anti-choicers had to avoid showers that were contaminated with pro-choicers for fear of catching abortion cooties. Which is made all the more awesome if you remember, as I do, that Santorum’s wife not only dated an abortion provider for years before dating Santorum, but only left her previous boyfriend with great reluctance because he didn’t want to have kids. Feel free to speculate about how marrying a woman who settled for you because she couldn’t get what she wanted from an abortion provider might fuel Rick Santorum’s obsession with hating abortion and thus the people who provide them. If nothing else, you can see why a belief in abortion cooties might develop.
But actually, there’s a story here, and a helpful anti-choicer, who clearly didn’t get that I’m actually well-versed in how these kinds of legends develop on the right, pointed me to what the fuck Santorum was talking about. Seems Students for Life is running around claiming they are so oppressed by the YMCA—which stands for, for those who are too dim to grasp the implications here, the Young Men’s Christian Association—for their Christian, anti-abortion beliefs that they were barred from using the showers there in Austin. Here’s their version of the story :
Pro-life students who traveled to Texas during the recent abortion debate in Austin were booted from a YMCA there when pro-abortion customers complained.
The 56 students, part of the  Students for Life  organization, were using the YMCA to take showers at night.
Students for Life spokesperson Alexa Coombs says YMCA reported to the student group that pro-abortion supporters had confronted staff about the students, and the staff felt threatened by the complaints.
“And they asked us not to return because the staff was pretty much bullied into denying us showers,” she tells OneNewsNow.
Word got out, and the YMCA was inundated with calls, creating a public relations nightmare.
“And they put out a press release pretty much blaming us, saying that we were creating a disruptive atmosphere and engaging in political debate, and that couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Coombs. “Our students were very quiet, non-confrontational. I don’t even think that they talked to anybody there.”
Of course, these are people who claim that yelling at women trying to get into abortion clinics is “counseling”, putting their honesty into question immediately. As anyone who knows the Christian right can attest, it’s really, really common for them to run around being aggressive, harassing and provocative, and when they are held accountable, to preen about how they’re being oppressed for their faith and isn’t this a free country and wah wah wah? One reason they do this is because they believe that’s what liberals do—that we routinely make up claims of sexism and racism so that we get our sexism/racism checks in the mail or something—and that justifies this blatantly dishonest behavior in their minds. It’s super ugly, and one reason that one should be wary of the “both sides” mentality in the media, because the behaviors in this case are absolutely not parallel. That’s why, when I read this, I immediately thought that what likely happened was that they went into the showers and started proselytizing, and when people understandably argued with them or asked them to take it elsewhere, they responded in an ugly fashion. We are, after all, talking about high school and college age conservatives—think James O’Keefe during his pimp videos and plotting to kidnap journalists days —so not exactly the most evenly tempered crowd.
The YMCA’s response to the claims that they’re out to get right wing Christians, after all, tells a very different story:
As a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, it is not our intention to inject ourselves into this issue, nor do we take a position on this issue.
We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, where people of all backgrounds are comfortable.
That’s what we were striving to do in accommodating the Students for Life group who were in need of a place to shower.
Unfortunately, in this instance, it caused the political debate to come into the Y.
If any person or group enters our facilities and creates an atmosphere that is disruptive, we have an obligation to our members and program participants to ask that person or group to leave or to refuse them access.
There are appropriate places in which to conduct a political debate, and that place is down the street at the State Capitol, not at our YMCA.
It seems unlikely that the Y didn’t know that they were an anti-choice group, so the claim that this is what it’s about doesn’t hold water. Instead, it seems more like the Y, who I may remind you believes their mission is to “put Christian Principles into practice”, simply believed that the admission price to use the showers should be that Students for Life not use their facilities to try to provoke debate over the issue of abortion rights. It seems that if the anti-choicers could have shown up and taken a shower without picking fights over this, it probably would have been just fine. Instead, Santorum is basically telling them that they need to be more aggressive about picking fights in inappropriate situations, because—he claims—the other side is doing it. That we are not—personally speaking, I have been in many a gym and community center in my life and so far have started zero fights over abortion rights in that time—doesn’t matter. It’s the pretext to do what they wanted to do anyway, which is pick fights and then preen like they’re victims when they’re held accountable for it.




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Which had the unfortunate effect of making it sound like anti-choicers had to avoid showers that were contaminated with pro-choicers for fear of catching abortion cooties. Which is made all the more awesome if you remember, as I do, that Santorum’s wife not only dated an abortion provider for years before dating Santorum, but only left her previous boyfriend with great reluctance because he didn’t want to have kids. Feel free to speculate about how marrying a woman who settled for you because she couldn’t get what she wanted from an abortion provider might fuel Rick Santorum’s obsession with hating abortion and thus the people who provide them. If nothing else, you can see why a belief in abortion cooties might develop.
But actually, there’s a story here, and a helpful anti-choicer, who clearly didn’t get that I’m actually well-versed in how these kinds of legends develop on the right, pointed me to what the fuck Santorum was talking about. Seems Students for Life is running around claiming they are so oppressed by the YMCA—which stands for, for those who are too dim to grasp the implications here, the Young Men’s Christian Association—for their Christian, anti-abortion beliefs that they were barred from using the showers there in Austin. Here’s their version of the story :
Pro-life students who traveled to Texas during the recent abortion debate in Austin were booted from a YMCA there when pro-abortion customers complained.
The 56 students, part of the  Students for Life  organization, were using the YMCA to take showers at night.
Students for Life spokesperson Alexa Coombs says YMCA reported to the student group that pro-abortion supporters had confronted staff about the students, and the staff felt threatened by the complaints.
“And they asked us not to return because the staff was pretty much bullied into denying us showers,” she tells OneNewsNow.
Word got out, and the YMCA was inundated with calls, creating a public relations nightmare.
“And they put out a press release pretty much blaming us, saying that we were creating a disruptive atmosphere and engaging in political debate, and that couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Coombs. “Our students were very quiet, non-confrontational. I don’t even think that they talked to anybody there.”
Of course, these are people who claim that yelling at women trying to get into abortion clinics is “counseling”, putting their honesty into question immediately. As anyone who knows the Christian right can attest, it’s really, really common for them to run around being aggressive, harassing and provocative, and when they are held accountable, to preen about how they’re being oppressed for their faith and isn’t this a free country and wah wah wah? One reason they do this is because they believe that’s what liberals do—that we routinely make up claims of sexism and racism so that we get our sexism/racism checks in the mail or something—and that justifies this blatantly dishonest behavior in their minds. It’s super ugly, and one reason that one should be wary of the “both sides” mentality in the media, because the behaviors in this case are absolutely not parallel. That’s why, when I read this, I immediately thought that what likely happened was that they went into the showers and started proselytizing, and when people understandably argued with them or asked them to take it elsewhere, they responded in an ugly fashion. We are, after all, talking about high school and college age conservatives—think James O’Keefe during his pimp videos and plotting to kidnap journalists days —so not exactly the most evenly tempered crowd.
The YMCA’s response to the claims that they’re out to get right wing Christians, after all, tells a very different story:
As a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, it is not our intention to inject ourselves into this issue, nor do we take a position on this issue.
We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to all, where people of all backgrounds are comfortable.
That’s what we were striving to do in accommodating the Students for Life group who were in need of a place to shower.
Unfortunately, in this instance, it caused the political debate to come into the Y.
If any person or group enters our facilities and creates an atmosphere that is disruptive, we have an obligation to our members and program participants to ask that person or group to leave or to refuse them access.
There are appropriate places in which to conduct a political debate, and that place is down the street at the State Capitol, not at our YMCA.
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Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in smaller quantities to customers through retail shops or online platforms. As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry becomes an important economic indicator. As a leader in the retail business, the United States provides ample growth opportunities for all types of retail companies. The retail industry covers everything in its scope, ranging from internet catalog sales, auto dealers, convenience stores, vending machines and clothing; thus dividing retailers into numerous categories. Retailers of all sizes, including individual direct marketers or direct sellers, small- to medium-sized franchise unit owners, and large “big-box” store operators compete in the U.S. From a growth perspective, the retail industry is among the dominant U.S. industries, and employs an enormous workforce. Correlation with the Economy So far this year, the broader markets have showcased signs of a better pace of recovery and have thus infused hopes of a better economic scenario in the second half of the year and beyond. One could contest this economic outlook, but the stock market’s strong recent gains show clearly which way investors think the economy is headed. The S&P 500 index has clocked gains of roughly 14.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained approximately 15.2% so far this year. The belief in economic recovery is reflected in measures of consumer confidence hitting new multi-year high. The recent Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index improved to 81.4 in Jun 2013 from a revised 74.3 in May 2013. The index notched its highest level since Jan 2008, when it had touched 87.3. This prompts a sense of optimism about steady increase in consumer spending going forward. The recovery in the housing market, stock prices gaining momentum and improving labor market conditions played vital roles to help the consumer confidence move north. According to the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new houses jumped 2.1% sequentially in May 2013 and surged 29% from May 2012. Additionally, unemployment rate is currently hovering around 7.6%, reflecting an improvement from 7.9% in the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, Fed Officials hinted that it might gradually roll back the $85 billion monthly stimulus program in the later part of the year and said that they might discontinue the program by the middle of next year if economy improves further. Fed Officials look quite optimistic about the unemployment rate going down to a range of 7.2% to 7.3% in 2013 with expected economic growth of 2.3% to 2.6%. Moreover, they see the unemployment rate between 6.5% and 6.8% next year, driven by economic growth in the 3% to 3.5% range. We will have to wait and see how the economic picture unfolds, but Ben Bernanke in his Congressional testimony this week indicated that the Fed will maintain accommodative monetary policy for a very long time even if they make changes to the QE program. Key Metric for June The key data in retail industry analysis is comparable-store sales (comps), as it excludes sales at newly opened and closed stores. Improving job market, lower gas prices, warmer weather and clearance discounts boosted consumer sentiment. These positives aided retailers to generate healthy sales for the month of June with consumer spending gaining some pace. Among the retailers, clothing chain The Gap Inc. ( GPS ) led the pack with a 7% rise in comps and an 8% increase in net sales to $1.53 billion for the month of June. Off-price retailer of apparels, footwear and accessories Stein Mart Inc. ( SMRT ) was also on the list of best performers. The company registered a 6.5% rise in June comps, while total sales increased 2.6% to $109 million.   Furthermore, discount store operator Fred's, Inc. ( FRED ) witnessed a significant improvement with a 4.5% rise in comps, substantially up from the 4% decrease witnessed in Jun 2012. Net sales for June increased 3% to $187.7 million. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ), the warehouse retailer, delivered comparable-store sales growth of 6% in June, following an increase of 5% in May. Meanwhile, net sales for June rose 8% to $9.92 billion from $9.16 billion in the year-ago period. The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE ), a retailer of casual apparels, footwear and accessories for men and women, witnessed a 3.4% rise in comps when compared with Jun 2012 results. Net sales increased 3.9% to $82.5 million from $79.4 million in the prior-year period. However, some retailers showcased soft performance. Apparel and accessories retailer, Cato Corporation ( CATO ) reported a 1% rise in comps. L Brands, Inc. ( LTD ), a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products posted flat comparable-store sales. Washington-based retailer of sports-related teen apparel Zumiez Inc. ( ZUMZ ) reported a 1.0% increase in comps. Drugstore chain retailer Rite Aid Corp. ( RAD ) reported marginal growth in comparable-store sales for Jun 2013, thereby breaking the declining trend of comps for the past four months. The company’s comps for the 4-week period ended Jun 29, 2013 inched up 0.7%, primarily driven by improved comps results at its pharmacy and front-end stores. However, the U.S. retail and food services sales data for Jun 2013 were somewhat disappointing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the retail and food services sales grew 0.4% sequentially and 5.7% year-over-year to $422.8 billion. The rate of increase decelerated from 0.5% gain in May 2013 and fell short of analysts’ expectation of 0.7% to 0.9% increase. Retail sales represent approximately 30% of consumer spending. Retailing - New Game, New Rules The retail industry is rapidly evolving with a dramatic change in consumer buying habits. Satisfying customers and enriching buying experience require new strategies from retailers today. Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules. Despite the gradual rise in consumer discretionary purchases, the sluggish U.S. economy and recessionary fears in Europe cannot be ignored. Burdened with the lackluster scenario, retailers have largely concentrated on buyers’ needs and lured them with innovative products, attractive discounts, free shipping and the ease of shopping through smartphones and tablets. However, these strategies only helped in generating modest revenues. Thus, retailers essentially need to ideate brilliant strategies, while incorporating technological advancements and utilizing their real estate portfolio to the optimum level. In short, they need to Experiment, Differentiate, Optimize and Transform. Banking on this new mantra, Staples Inc. ( SPLS ), the world’s largest retailer of office products and services and second largest online retailer, launched its first omnichannel stores – what it refers to as the future of retail. Simply put, through this omnichannel strategy, Staples hopes to integrate its retail network with enhanced digital capabilities. The company stated that stores will incorporate its .com and mobile assets. Alongside, the stores will feature Staples.com kiosks.   This new era store concept, with all its attractions could well prove to be a game changer in the long run for Staples. Providing shoppers the ease of shopping on their own terms and enriching their in-store shopping experience could be a crucial point of differentiation among other retailers. In harmony with the evolving retail industry, department store operator Macy's, Inc. ( M ) also adopted an omnichannel strategy. Despite macroeconomic challenges and cautious consumer spending, Macy’s continues to post healthy results. Management largely attributes the credit to its omnichannel strategy aimed at enhancing customers’ shopping experience. Trends to Rule 2013 Some of the trends that are expected to rule the retail sector this year include employing more technological solutions, incorporating customer feedback and targeting additional audiences with products and services. With the growth of the .com era, shoppers have largely adopted new purchasing modes, using the Internet, mobile phones and tablets. Consumers today prefer to use their laptops or smartphones to compare prices of products they want to buy and place orders online, instead of visiting the company’s stores. This growing trend has guided major U.S. retail chains to downsize their physical retail operations, and in turn develop their e-Commerce and m-Commerce sites to attract customers. Other traits that are expected to affect the retail industry are the growth of self-service options for processes such as checking out and finding items in stores. These offerings provide greater convenience and faster transactions, and they satisfy shoppers who prefer to visit brick-and-mortar locations for immediately purchasing predetermined items. Of late, store-within-a store has been making headlines, though the concept is nothing new to retailers. J. C. Penney Company Inc. ( JCP ) is one such retailer which has been focusing on this business strategy for quite some time. The recent one to join the league is consumer electronic retailer Best Buy Company Inc. ( BBY ), which has been facing stiff competition from industry bellwethers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT ) and Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN ) to increase its footfall, sales and profitability. Best Buy is leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers and attain incremental revenue, and it was well evident from its strategic initiative of opening over 1,400 "Samsung Experience Shops" within its stores, announced in April. The model seems to be working for the retailer, which also has a dedicated floor area for Apple Inc.’s ( AAPL ) products. Taking the initiatives further, Best Buy recently unveiled its partnership with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) to roll out “Windows Store” across its 500 outlets in the U.S. with an additional 100 in Canada. Challenges and Some Remedial Measures The retail industry is highly competitive and encounters significant challenges. Although the U.S. economy has started witnessing a recovery, we still believe that 2013 will not fully mark the resurrection. Consumers are slowly regaining confidence and cautiously increasing their spending. Moreover, consumers remain sensitive to macroeconomic factors including interest rate hikes, increase in fuel and energy costs, credit availability, unemployment levels, and high household debt levels, which may negatively impact their discretionary spending and eventually adversely affect the growth and profitability of retail companies. Macroeconomic Conditions: Retail is no different from other U.S. industries, which is highly dependent on the economy to prosper. Such heightened dependence on the economy and factors like job growth and interest rates indicate that a speedy recovery of the economy is vital for the health of the retail industry. While the unemployment rate has decreased considerably over time, consumers are now beginning to draw out their savings to spend, anticipating some economic recovery. Changes in Consumer Needs, Attitudes and Behavior: The growth of modern retail is linked to consumer needs, attitudes and behavior. Adapting to the sluggish economic environment prevalent over the last few years, consumer behavior has shifted to being more conservative. This has now become the regular behavioral pattern of consumers as they remain budget conscious, seeking greater value. In the process, buyers are swiftly switching to the less expensive brands and consolidating shopping trips. tiffany Moreover, people today prefer to cook at home instead of eat out. This shift in consumer behavior is inducing retailers to adopt various strategies to stay in the competition. Retailers are offering trend-right and well-designed assortments at compelling prices, without compromising on the quality, in order to drive traffic. cheap tiffany & co Staging Stores: The waning popularity of brick-and-mortar store formats has made it essential for retailers to adopt new techniques like ‘staging stores’ to woo customers. Staging basically refers to the act of making the company’s stores attractive, where people like to spend their time. The idea behind this strategy is to make shopping interesting for consumers, so that they would want to walk into the stores, rather than shop online. Zacks Industry Rank Within the Zacks Industry classification, Retail/Wholesale (one of 16 Zacks sectors) is divided into two categories – Nonfood Retail-Wholesale and Food/Drug- Retail/Wholesale under the Medium ( M ) Industry Group and further sub-divided into 15 industries at the expanded level – Building Products-Retail/Wholesale, Food Items-Wholesale, Internet Commerce, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck, Retail-Apparel/Shoe, Retail-Consumer Electronic, Retail-Discount, Retail-Drug Store, Retail-Jewelry, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified, Retail-Restaurants, Retail-RGN Department, Retail-Supermarket, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts and Retail/Wholesale CMP.   We rank all the 260 plus industries in the 16 Zacks sectors based on the earnings outlook and fundamental strength of the constituent companies in each industry. To learn more visit: About Zacks Industry Rank. As a point of reference, the outlook for industries with Zacks Industry Rank #88 and lower is 'Positive,' between #89 and #176 is 'Neutral' and #177 and higher is 'Negative.' The Zacks Industry Rank for Retail-RGN Department #8, Retail/Wholesale CMP #9, Retail-Restaurants #40, Retail-Jewelry #44, Building Products-Retail/Wholesale #61, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck #67, Retail-Drug Store #71, Retail-Consumer Electronic #76, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified #97, Internet Commerce #104, Food Items-Wholesale #111, Retail-Apparel/Shoe #156, Retail-Supermarket #159, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts #184 and Retail-Discount #204. Analyzing the Zacks Industry Rank for the constituent industries in this space, it is apparent that the overall outlook for the Retail/Wholesale sector is positive. Earnings Trends The broader Retail/Wholesale sector portrays an impressive earnings trend. The first quarter 2013 results for the sector were impressive in terms of both beat ratios (percentage of companies coming out with positive surprises) and growth. The earnings "beat ratio" was 75%, while the revenue "beat ratio" was 50%. Total earnings for this sector increased 7.9%, reflecting an improvement over 6.6% growth registered in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenue grew 1.7% in the quarter versus 5.3% jump in the previous quarter. Looking at the consensus earnings expectations for the rest of the year, we remain encouraged since earnings are expected to grow 5.9% in the second quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the third quarter, but are expected to decline by 9.1% in the fourth quarter, thereby registering full-year 2013 growth of 10.0%. For more details about earnings for this sector and others, please read our ‘Earnings Trends’ report . Conclusion Retailers are trying to remain competitive primarily by shifting focus to the long-term horizon and finding innovative solutions to create value, reduce operating costs and mitigate risks throughout the enterprise. Right-sizing inventories, enhancing efficiency and competence and bringing in technological advancements are the key agendas that retailers are focusing on. Moreover, cost-containment efforts and merchandise initiatives to improve margins are top priorities. Retail, owing to its huge spectrum, remains a lucrative investment avenue for investors. The sector reflects consumer spending trends, an important parameter to gauge the health of the economy. Thus, identifying future winners from this sector would be a good investment decision. We recommend few stocks in the sector at this point, as these companies are showing significant growth despite the secular headwinds. The stocks in our coverage with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) include, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. ( BONT ), Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. ( BGFV ), PVH Corp. ( PVH ), The Children's Place ( PLCE ), Macy’s Inc. ( M ), Mohawk Industries Inc. ( MHK ), Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. ( HVT ), Conns Inc. ( CONN ) and Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. ( RH ). Additionally, we prefer stocks with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), namely Tiffany & Co. ( TIF ), Kohl's Corp. ( KSS ), SUPERVALU Inc. ( SVU ), The Kroger Company ( KR ), Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. ( BBW ), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ( ULTA ), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII ) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited ( KORS ). On the other hand, there are stocks that don’t hold promise in the near term, and carry Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). These include Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ), Target Corp. ( TGT ), Ascena Retail Group Inc. ( ASNA ), Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( CBD ), Furniture Brands International Inc. ( FBN ), Gordmans Stores, Inc. ( GMAN ), Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. 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Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in smaller quantities to customers through retail shops or online platforms. As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry becomes an important economic indicator.

As a leader in the retail business, the United States provides ample growth opportunities for all types of retail companies. The retail industry covers everything in its scope, ranging from internet catalog sales, auto dealers, convenience stores, vending machines and clothing; thus dividing retailers into numerous categories. Retailers of all sizes, including individual direct marketers or direct sellers, small- to medium-sized franchise unit owners, and large “big-box” store operators compete in the U.S.

From a growth perspective, the retail industry is among the dominant U.S. industries, and employs an enormous workforce.

Correlation with the Economy

So far this year, the broader markets have showcased signs of a better pace of recovery and have thus infused hopes of a better economic scenario in the second half of the year and beyond. One could contest this economic outlook, but the stock market’s strong recent gains show clearly which way investors think the economy is headed. The S&P 500 index has clocked gains of roughly 14.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained approximately 15.2% so far this year.

The belief in economic recovery is reflected in measures of consumer confidence hitting new multi-year high. The recent Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index improved to 81.4 in Jun 2013 from a revised 74.3 in May 2013. The index notched its highest level since Jan 2008, when it had touched 87.3. This prompts a sense of optimism about steady increase in consumer spending going forward.

The recovery in the housing market, stock prices gaining momentum and improving labor market conditions played vital roles to help the consumer confidence move north.

According to the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new houses jumped 2.1% sequentially in May 2013 and surged 29% from May 2012. Additionally, unemployment rate is currently hovering around 7.6%, reflecting an improvement from 7.9% in the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, Fed Officials hinted that it might gradually roll back the $85 billion monthly stimulus program in the later part of the year and said that they might discontinue the program by the middle of next year if economy improves further.

Fed Officials look quite optimistic about the unemployment rate going down to a range of 7.2% to 7.3% in 2013 with expected economic growth of 2.3% to 2.6%. Moreover, they see the unemployment rate between 6.5% and 6.8% next year, driven by economic growth in the 3% to 3.5% range.

We will have to wait and see how the economic picture unfolds, but Ben Bernanke in his Congressional testimony this week indicated that the Fed will maintain accommodative monetary policy for a very long time even if they make changes to the QE program.

Key Metric for June

The key data in retail industry analysis is comparable-store sales (comps), as it excludes sales at newly opened and closed stores. Improving job market, lower gas prices, warmer weather and clearance discounts boosted consumer sentiment. These positives aided retailers to generate healthy sales for the month of June with consumer spending gaining some pace.

Among the retailers, clothing chain The Gap Inc. ( GPS ) led the pack with a 7% rise in comps and an 8% increase in net sales to $1.53 billion for the month of June. Off-price retailer of apparels, footwear and accessories Stein Mart Inc. ( SMRT ) was also on the list of best performers. The company registered a 6.5% rise in June comps, while total sales increased 2.6% to $109 million.  

Furthermore, discount store operator Fred's, Inc. ( FRED ) witnessed a significant improvement with a 4.5% rise in comps, substantially up from the 4% decrease witnessed in Jun 2012. Net sales for June increased 3% to $187.7 million. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ), the warehouse retailer, delivered comparable-store sales growth of 6% in June, following an increase of 5% in May. Meanwhile, net sales for June rose 8% to $9.92 billion from $9.16 billion in the year-ago period.

The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE ), a retailer of casual apparels, footwear and accessories for men and women, witnessed a 3.4% rise in comps when compared with Jun 2012 results. Net sales increased 3.9% to $82.5 million from $79.4 million in the prior-year period.

However, some retailers showcased soft performance. Apparel and accessories retailer, Cato Corporation ( CATO ) reported a 1% rise in comps. L Brands, Inc. ( LTD ), a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products posted flat comparable-store sales. Washington-based retailer of sports-related teen apparel Zumiez Inc. ( ZUMZ ) reported a 1.0% increase in comps.

Drugstore chain retailer Rite Aid Corp. ( RAD ) reported marginal growth in comparable-store sales for Jun 2013, thereby breaking the declining trend of comps for the past four months. The company’s comps for the 4-week period ended Jun 29, 2013 inched up 0.7%, primarily driven by improved comps results at its pharmacy and front-end stores.

However, the U.S. retail and food services sales data for Jun 2013 were somewhat disappointing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the retail and food services sales grew 0.4% sequentially and 5.7% year-over-year to $422.8 billion. The rate of increase decelerated from 0.5% gain in May 2013 and fell short of analysts’ expectation of 0.7% to 0.9% increase. Retail sales represent approximately 30% of consumer spending.

Retailing - New Game, New Rules

The retail industry is rapidly evolving with a dramatic change in consumer buying habits. Satisfying customers and enriching buying experience require new strategies from retailers today. Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules.

Despite the gradual rise in consumer discretionary purchases, the sluggish U.S. economy and recessionary fears in Europe cannot be ignored. Burdened with the lackluster scenario, retailers have largely concentrated on buyers’ needs and lured them with innovative products, attractive discounts, free shipping and the ease of shopping through smartphones and tablets. However, these strategies only helped in generating modest revenues.

Thus, retailers essentially need to ideate brilliant strategies, while incorporating technological advancements and utilizing their real estate portfolio to the optimum level. In short, they need to Experiment, Differentiate, Optimize and Transform.

Banking on this new mantra, Staples Inc. ( SPLS ), the world’s largest retailer of office products and services and second largest online retailer, launched its first omnichannel stores – what it refers to as the future of retail.

Simply put, through this omnichannel strategy, Staples hopes to integrate its retail network with enhanced digital capabilities. The company stated that stores will incorporate its .com and mobile assets. Alongside, the stores will feature Staples.com kiosks.  

This new era store concept, with all its attractions could well prove to be a game changer in the long run for Staples. Providing shoppers the ease of shopping on their own terms and enriching their in-store shopping experience could be a crucial point of differentiation among other retailers.

In harmony with the evolving retail industry, department store operator Macy's, Inc. ( M ) also adopted an omnichannel strategy. Despite macroeconomic challenges and cautious consumer spending, Macy’s continues to post healthy results. Management largely attributes the credit to its omnichannel strategy aimed at enhancing customers’ shopping experience.

Trends to Rule 2013

Some of the trends that are expected to rule the retail sector this year include employing more technological solutions, incorporating customer feedback and targeting additional audiences with products and services.

With the growth of the .com era, shoppers have largely adopted new purchasing modes, using the Internet, mobile phones and tablets. Consumers today prefer to use their laptops or smartphones to compare prices of products they want to buy and place orders online, instead of visiting the company’s stores. This growing trend has guided major U.S. retail chains to downsize their physical retail operations, and in turn develop their e-Commerce and m-Commerce sites to attract customers.

Other traits that are expected to affect the retail industry are the growth of self-service options for processes such as checking out and finding items in stores. These offerings provide greater convenience and faster transactions, and they satisfy shoppers who prefer to visit brick-and-mortar locations for immediately purchasing predetermined items.

Of late, store-within-a store has been making headlines, though the concept is nothing new to retailers. J. C. Penney Company Inc. ( JCP ) is one such retailer which has been focusing on this business strategy for quite some time. The recent one to join the league is consumer electronic retailer Best Buy Company Inc. ( BBY ), which has been facing stiff competition from industry bellwethers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT ) and Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN ) to increase its footfall, sales and profitability.

Best Buy is leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers and attain incremental revenue, and it was well evident from its strategic initiative of opening over 1,400 "Samsung Experience Shops" within its stores, announced in April. The model seems to be working for the retailer, which also has a dedicated floor area for Apple Inc.’s ( AAPL ) products. Taking the initiatives further, Best Buy recently unveiled its partnership with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) to roll out “Windows Store” across its 500 outlets in the U.S. with an additional 100 in Canada.

Challenges and Some Remedial Measures

The retail industry is highly competitive and encounters significant challenges. Although the U.S. economy has started witnessing a recovery, we still believe that 2013 will not fully mark the resurrection. Consumers are slowly regaining confidence and cautiously increasing their spending.

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Zacks Industry Rank

Within the Zacks Industry classification, Retail/Wholesale (one of 16 Zacks sectors) is divided into two categories – Nonfood Retail-Wholesale and Food/Drug- Retail/Wholesale under the Medium ( M ) Industry Group and further sub-divided into 15 industries at the expanded level – Building Products-Retail/Wholesale, Food Items-Wholesale, Internet Commerce, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck, Retail-Apparel/Shoe, Retail-Consumer Electronic, Retail-Discount, Retail-Drug Store, Retail-Jewelry, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified, Retail-Restaurants, Retail-RGN Department, Retail-Supermarket, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts and Retail/Wholesale CMP.  

We rank all the 260 plus industries in the 16 Zacks sectors based on the earnings outlook and fundamental strength of the constituent companies in each industry. To learn more visit: About Zacks Industry Rank.

As a point of reference, the outlook for industries with Zacks Industry Rank #88 and lower is 'Positive,' between #89 and #176 is 'Neutral' and #177 and higher is 'Negative.'

The Zacks Industry Rank for Retail-RGN Department #8, Retail/Wholesale CMP #9, Retail-Restaurants #40, Retail-Jewelry #44, Building Products-Retail/Wholesale #61, Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck #67, Retail-Drug Store #71, Retail-Consumer Electronic #76, Retail-Miscellaneous/Diversified #97, Internet Commerce #104, Food Items-Wholesale #111, Retail-Apparel/Shoe #156, Retail-Supermarket #159, Retail/Wholesale-Auto Parts #184 and Retail-Discount #204.

Analyzing the Zacks Industry Rank for the constituent industries in this space, it is apparent that the overall outlook for the Retail/Wholesale sector is positive.

Earnings Trends

The broader Retail/Wholesale sector portrays an impressive earnings trend. The first quarter 2013 results for the sector were impressive in terms of both beat ratios (percentage of companies coming out with positive surprises) and growth.

The earnings "beat ratio" was 75%, while the revenue "beat ratio" was 50%. Total earnings for this sector increased 7.9%, reflecting an improvement over 6.6% growth registered in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenue grew 1.7% in the quarter versus 5.3% jump in the previous quarter.

Looking at the consensus earnings expectations for the rest of the year, we remain encouraged since earnings are expected to grow 5.9% in the second quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the third quarter, but are expected to decline by 9.1% in the fourth quarter, thereby registering full-year 2013 growth of 10.0%.

For more details about earnings for this sector and others, please read our ‘Earnings Trends’ report .

Conclusion

Retailers are trying to remain competitive primarily by shifting focus to the long-term horizon and finding innovative solutions to create value, reduce operating costs and mitigate risks throughout the enterprise.

Right-sizing inventories, enhancing efficiency and competence and bringing in technological advancements are the key agendas that retailers are focusing on. Moreover, cost-containment efforts and merchandise initiatives to improve margins are top priorities.

Retail, owing to its huge spectrum, remains a lucrative investment avenue for investors. The sector reflects consumer spending trends, an important parameter to gauge the health of the economy. Thus, identifying future winners from this sector would be a good investment decision.

We recommend few stocks in the sector at this point, as these companies are showing significant growth despite the secular headwinds. The stocks in our coverage with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) include, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. ( BONT ), Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. ( BGFV ), PVH Corp. ( PVH ), The Children's Place ( PLCE ), Macy’s Inc. ( M ), Mohawk Industries Inc. ( MHK ), Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. ( HVT ), Conns Inc. ( CONN ) and Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. ( RH ).

Additionally, we prefer stocks with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), namely Tiffany & Co. ( TIF ), Kohl's Corp. ( KSS ), SUPERVALU Inc. ( SVU ), The Kroger Company ( KR ), Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. ( BBW ), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ( ULTA ), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII ) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited ( KORS ).

On the other hand, there are stocks that don’t hold promise in the near term, and carry Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). These include Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ), Target Corp. ( TGT ), Ascena Retail Group Inc. ( ASNA ), Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( CBD ), Furniture Brands International Inc. ( FBN ), Gordmans Stores, Inc. ( GMAN ), Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. ( JOSB ), Marinemax Inc. ( HZO ) and Safeway Inc. ( SWY ).
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Being a concierge is actually about "making things happen, regardless of what 'it' is", says Avnish Masih, chief concierge at Dubai's Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. Requests can range from the mundane - sourcing a specific type of organic baby food - to the outlandish. It's apparently not unusual for guests to request that they are picked up from the airport on a camel, for example.
"Once a guest wanted to ride Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin horse after seeing a painting of the horse outside the Jumeirah Emirates Towers' Godolphin Ballroom," recalls Alaa El Noamany, chief concierge at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
The oddest request that Sandra Newman, chief concierge at Emirates Palace, has ever received was from a couple who wanted to celebrate the marriage of two of the bears in their 25-strong teddy bear collection. No joke. "There was pizza laid out on a table with every teddy at their respective place with a side plate and slices of pizza for the celebration. This was a serious affair," she says.
At the Burj Al Arab, concierge manager Oscar van der Veen is used to getting calls from guests requesting that he hunt down a certain pair of designer shoes in a specific size. "If they are looking for a pair of shoes, let's say a Jimmy Choo or a Christian Louboutin in a certain size, and it has already sold out in Paris or Amsterdam or London, guests will call me and ask me to check if it is available in the UAE and ask that I purchase it in advance. So when they arrive in two weeks' time, voilà, their [size] 38 slingbacks are here waiting for them."
Going beyond the call of duty is part and parcel of the concierge's remit, says van der Veen, particularly when you work at one of the world's most iconic hotels. "Your guest has a higher expectation, full stop. They are staying at Burj Al Arab, they are arriving by helicopter or a fleet of Rolls-Royces, and so they will generally start off with a higher benchmark in terms of expectations. They are asking for that impossible table at Le Petite Maison or how to get a Birkin bag at Hermès, or they want you to chase around for a reservation in Paris or release an upgrade or redemption at Emirates. It is assumed that you will become a personal lifestyle assistant, not just someone who works at the hotel, and that you will have a contact, whether that's in Botswana or Brisbane, and come up with tangible solutions. You are there to pave the way."
The mark of a good concierge is adaptability, van der Veen adds. "There's a lot of political correctness and diplomacy involved. A good concierge is up to date, whether that's being tech savvy or just knowing what's hot and what's not. You have to do your research, rather than leaving your guests disappointed, or waiting outside a club that's not going to open until 1am."
Nowhere is the need to stay up to date more important than in the UAE, where everything from legislation to landscape is constantly shifting and evolving. That restaurant that everybody was raving about a few short months ago may no longer even exist, and that shop on Jumeirah Beach Road may have relocated to one of the big malls. "Culture and tradition may be fixed but there is always something new coming up and you must always be on top of your game. You need to be proactive, rather than reactive. That's the mark of a good service professional," says Ferrer.
The transient nature of the UAE also means that you are constantly having to rebuild your business network. "Your contacts change very quickly," says van der Veen. "Operations change, legislation changes, you have seasonality and you have Ramadan. We at Burj Al Arab have to be sure that we are providing the right information. A lot of things aren't documented, it's not on the website, it's what he says or what she says, but we need to validate it ourselves. That can sometimes be as simple as the kids policy in a Michelin-starred restaurant, or 'do I need a jacket?' or 'what's the minimum charge?'"
All this makes an association such as Les Clefs D'Or all the more important, offering an opportunity for concierges across the country to interact and benefit from each other's areas of expertise. "I obviously deal a lot with high-end luxury and lifestyle, so another concierge will know that Oscar may have a contact at Gucci for a private event," says van der Veen. "But I may not deal a lot with the camel markets. Yes, I can look through my amazing collection of contacts and find 24-carat-gold camels or a camel mohair twinset by Coco Chanel, but if I just need a camel farm, I may go to a concierge manager who's located near to a camel farm, maybe in Al Ain or Abu Dhabi, and speak to someone there that I respect."
But with technology becoming ubiquitous and an ever-growing number of apps, travel websites and ratings sites at the disposal of the modern-day traveller, is the concierge not becoming defunct, I wonder? Absolutely not, says Ferrer. "Yes, before a guest travels they have already researched a country, so technology does play a role. They may have seen the ratings of a certain restaurant but they will still go to a concierge to find out how to get there. A guest comes to you with an imaginary sign, 'Make me feel important'. And a concierge steps in and does just that. The bottom line is that human touch, that emotional connection and how you made them feel. They may not remember your name, but how you made them feel, that makes a difference."
So look out for those Golden Keys - and then ask away. Camel ride to the airport, anyone?
 
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Looking for advice on the best views, Emirati culture, buying souvenirs, fine dining recommendations, or even finding the right jewellery with which to pop the question? This is where the expert concierges of Les Clefs d’Or come in. Selina Denman tested six of its knowledgeable members on the sort of demands that they regularly receive from their hotel guests.
 
Alaa El Noamany, Jumeirah Emirates Towers – Egyptian
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
An aerial Tour of Dubai with Seawings.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Club Executive, which is located on the 42nd floor, or Vu’s Restaurant, which is located on the 50th floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
A seven sands frame, which can be found at many souvenir shops including Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
Amala at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm offers traditional Northern Indian cuisine, known as Mughlai.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
If you really want to impress, visit Harry Winston or Cartier, or alternatively Ferini, Damas Les Exclusives, Dhamani Jewellery or Bvlgari, which are all located in the Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
 
Avnish Masih, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate – Indian
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
Those who wish to immerse themselves and learn about Emirati culture should visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), a non-profit organisation aiming to increase awareness and familiarise visitors with local culture.
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
A desert safari is a must-do excursion. Dune bashing, sand surfing, camel rides, henna stalls, delicious food, belly-dancing performances and the pristine beauty of the desert make for a truly unforgettable Arabian experience.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Jebel Hafeet Mountain in Al Ain, which is 4,000 feet above sea level, is the perfect destination from which to watch the sunset. It is a two-hour drive from Dubai.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
I would advise the gentleman to pay a visit to Dubai Gold Souq in Deira, with its wide variety of shops and reasonable prices.
 
Nader El Kari, InterContinental Abu Dhabi – Lebanese
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
Aspects of UAE culture can be found by visiting places still favoured by Emirati people, such as the fishing harbours or fish souqs, boatbuilding yards, falconry centres, gold souqs, spice souqs and other venues.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
In my opinion the best place to watch the sunset is from Abu Dhabi’s beautiful Corniche. It’s an unforgettable experience.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
India Palace’s daal makhani is one of the most authentic, basic, simple (and usually cheapest) dishes.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
Abu Dhabi’s Gold Souq is a great place to visit, whether you’re looking to buy or just want to get a cultural insight into Abu Dhabi. You can also sell gold or jewellery.
 
Charles Ferrer, H Hotel – Filipino
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
The best place to watch the sunset is Jumeirah Beach. Hotels located along this stretch of Jumeirah take advantage of the twilight by offering afternoon tea.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
I’d suggest a gold necklace or bracelet with your name spelt out in Arabic (or someone else’s if it’s a gift) as this is both authentic and valuable.
Where can I get a suit tailored?
Cosmos Lane or Textile Souq in Bur Dubai serve as hubs for a wide range of fabric selections. Here they can tailor-make any suit or dress for any occasion at a very reasonable price. They even deliver the items right to your doorstep.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
There are a few good Indian restaurants in UAE. However, I would highly suggest Ananta at the newly opened Oberoi Hotel in Business Bay.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
Dhamani Jewels is the place to go. The only store that is authorised to sell Dubai Cut diamonds is a venue for a wide range of precious stones – particularly diamonds. I have had my guests obtain engagement rings from them and all have expressed great satisfaction with their purchases.
 
Sandra Newman, Emirates Palace – South African
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
To get a better understanding of Emirati culture you should visit the National Museum in Al Ain which enriches you with all the information required to understand the culture and its people.
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
One experience you should not miss out on is the pure-white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings. The experience takes you through a historical encounter of the Islamic religion accompanied by statistical information pertaining to all the details of the mosque. Another special and unique experience will be to expose yourself to a session of falconry, which is unique to the UAE.
Where can I get a suit tailored?
Recommended tailors in Abu Dhabi would by Levante Tailoring for ladies and Abdullah Hussain Khunji Trading Stores for gents.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Round off your stay in the UAE by watching the sun set over the Rub Al Khali Liwa red sand desert or Empty Quarter, where the desert meets the sea.
 
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Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Cruising on-board a luxurious yacht overlooking the Arabian Gulf with the shadow of The Burj Al Arab in the background. You will see the sun setting over the Palm Jumeirah.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
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Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
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Being a concierge is actually about "making things happen, regardless of what 'it' is", says Avnish Masih, chief concierge at Dubai's Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. Requests can range from the mundane - sourcing a specific type of organic baby food - to the outlandish. It's apparently not unusual for guests to request that they are picked up from the airport on a camel, for example.
"Once a guest wanted to ride Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin horse after seeing a painting of the horse outside the Jumeirah Emirates Towers' Godolphin Ballroom," recalls Alaa El Noamany, chief concierge at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
The oddest request that Sandra Newman, chief concierge at Emirates Palace, has ever received was from a couple who wanted to celebrate the marriage of two of the bears in their 25-strong teddy bear collection. No joke. "There was pizza laid out on a table with every teddy at their respective place with a side plate and slices of pizza for the celebration. This was a serious affair," she says.
At the Burj Al Arab, concierge manager Oscar van der Veen is used to getting calls from guests requesting that he hunt down a certain pair of designer shoes in a specific size. "If they are looking for a pair of shoes, let's say a Jimmy Choo or a Christian Louboutin in a certain size, and it has already sold out in Paris or Amsterdam or London, guests will call me and ask me to check if it is available in the UAE and ask that I purchase it in advance. So when they arrive in two weeks' time, voilà, their [size] 38 slingbacks are here waiting for them."
Going beyond the call of duty is part and parcel of the concierge's remit, says van der Veen, particularly when you work at one of the world's most iconic hotels. "Your guest has a higher expectation, full stop. They are staying at Burj Al Arab, they are arriving by helicopter or a fleet of Rolls-Royces, and so they will generally start off with a higher benchmark in terms of expectations. They are asking for that impossible table at Le Petite Maison or how to get a Birkin bag at Hermès, or they want you to chase around for a reservation in Paris or release an upgrade or redemption at Emirates. It is assumed that you will become a personal lifestyle assistant, not just someone who works at the hotel, and that you will have a contact, whether that's in Botswana or Brisbane, and come up with tangible solutions. You are there to pave the way."
The mark of a good concierge is adaptability, van der Veen adds. "There's a lot of political correctness and diplomacy involved. A good concierge is up to date, whether that's being tech savvy or just knowing what's hot and what's not. You have to do your research, rather than leaving your guests disappointed, or waiting outside a club that's not going to open until 1am."
Nowhere is the need to stay up to date more important than in the UAE, where everything from legislation to landscape is constantly shifting and evolving. That restaurant that everybody was raving about a few short months ago may no longer even exist, and that shop on Jumeirah Beach Road may have relocated to one of the big malls. "Culture and tradition may be fixed but there is always something new coming up and you must always be on top of your game. You need to be proactive, rather than reactive. That's the mark of a good service professional," says Ferrer.
The transient nature of the UAE also means that you are constantly having to rebuild your business network. "Your contacts change very quickly," says van der Veen. "Operations change, legislation changes, you have seasonality and you have Ramadan. We at Burj Al Arab have to be sure that we are providing the right information. A lot of things aren't documented, it's not on the website, it's what he says or what she says, but we need to validate it ourselves. That can sometimes be as simple as the kids policy in a Michelin-starred restaurant, or 'do I need a jacket?' or 'what's the minimum charge?'"
All this makes an association such as Les Clefs D'Or all the more important, offering an opportunity for concierges across the country to interact and benefit from each other's areas of expertise. "I obviously deal a lot with high-end luxury and lifestyle, so another concierge will know that Oscar may have a contact at Gucci for a private event," says van der Veen. "But I may not deal a lot with the camel markets. Yes, I can look through my amazing collection of contacts and find 24-carat-gold camels or a camel mohair twinset by Coco Chanel, but if I just need a camel farm, I may go to a concierge manager who's located near to a camel farm, maybe in Al Ain or Abu Dhabi, and speak to someone there that I respect."
But with technology becoming ubiquitous and an ever-growing number of apps, travel websites and ratings sites at the disposal of the modern-day traveller, is the concierge not becoming defunct, I wonder? Absolutely not, says Ferrer. "Yes, before a guest travels they have already researched a country, so technology does play a role. They may have seen the ratings of a certain restaurant but they will still go to a concierge to find out how to get there. A guest comes to you with an imaginary sign, 'Make me feel important'. And a concierge steps in and does just that. The bottom line is that human touch, that emotional connection and how you made them feel. They may not remember your name, but how you made them feel, that makes a difference."
So look out for those Golden Keys - and then ask away. Camel ride to the airport, anyone?
 
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Looking for advice on the best views, Emirati culture, buying souvenirs, fine dining recommendations, or even finding the right jewellery with which to pop the question? This is where the expert concierges of Les Clefs d’Or come in. Selina Denman tested six of its knowledgeable members on the sort of demands that they regularly receive from their hotel guests.
 
Alaa El Noamany, Jumeirah Emirates Towers – Egyptian
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
An aerial Tour of Dubai with Seawings.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Club Executive, which is located on the 42nd floor, or Vu’s Restaurant, which is located on the 50th floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
A seven sands frame, which can be found at many souvenir shops including Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
Amala at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm offers traditional Northern Indian cuisine, known as Mughlai.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
If you really want to impress, visit Harry Winston or Cartier, or alternatively Ferini, Damas Les Exclusives, Dhamani Jewellery or Bvlgari, which are all located in the Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
 
Avnish Masih, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate – Indian
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
Those who wish to immerse themselves and learn about Emirati culture should visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), a non-profit organisation aiming to increase awareness and familiarise visitors with local culture.
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
A desert safari is a must-do excursion. Dune bashing, sand surfing, camel rides, henna stalls, delicious food, belly-dancing performances and the pristine beauty of the desert make for a truly unforgettable Arabian experience.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Jebel Hafeet Mountain in Al Ain, which is 4,000 feet above sea level, is the perfect destination from which to watch the sunset. It is a two-hour drive from Dubai.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
I would advise the gentleman to pay a visit to Dubai Gold Souq in Deira, with its wide variety of shops and reasonable prices.
 
Nader El Kari, InterContinental Abu Dhabi – Lebanese
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
Aspects of UAE culture can be found by visiting places still favoured by Emirati people, such as the fishing harbours or fish souqs, boatbuilding yards, falconry centres, gold souqs, spice souqs and other venues.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
In my opinion the best place to watch the sunset is from Abu Dhabi’s beautiful Corniche. It’s an unforgettable experience.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
India Palace’s daal makhani is one of the most authentic, basic, simple (and usually cheapest) dishes.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
Abu Dhabi’s Gold Souq is a great place to visit, whether you’re looking to buy or just want to get a cultural insight into Abu Dhabi. You can also sell gold or jewellery.
 
Charles Ferrer, H Hotel – Filipino
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
The best place to watch the sunset is Jumeirah Beach. Hotels located along this stretch of Jumeirah take advantage of the twilight by offering afternoon tea.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
I’d suggest a gold necklace or bracelet with your name spelt out in Arabic (or someone else’s if it’s a gift) as this is both authentic and valuable.
Where can I get a suit tailored?
Cosmos Lane or Textile Souq in Bur Dubai serve as hubs for a wide range of fabric selections. Here they can tailor-make any suit or dress for any occasion at a very reasonable price. They even deliver the items right to your doorstep.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
There are a few good Indian restaurants in UAE. However, I would highly suggest Ananta at the newly opened Oberoi Hotel in Business Bay.
I need to buy an engagement ring – any suggestions?
Dhamani Jewels is the place to go. The only store that is authorised to sell Dubai Cut diamonds is a venue for a wide range of precious stones – particularly diamonds. I have had my guests obtain engagement rings from them and all have expressed great satisfaction with their purchases.
 
Sandra Newman, Emirates Palace – South African
Where can I go to get a better understanding of Emirati culture?
To get a better understanding of Emirati culture you should visit the National Museum in Al Ain which enriches you with all the information required to understand the culture and its people.
What’s the one experience that I shouldn’t miss out on during my time in the UAE?
One experience you should not miss out on is the pure-white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings. The experience takes you through a historical encounter of the Islamic religion accompanied by statistical information pertaining to all the details of the mosque. Another special and unique experience will be to expose yourself to a session of falconry, which is unique to the UAE.
Where can I get a suit tailored?
Recommended tailors in Abu Dhabi would by Levante Tailoring for ladies and Abdullah Hussain Khunji Trading Stores for gents.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Round off your stay in the UAE by watching the sun set over the Rub Al Khali Liwa red sand desert or Empty Quarter, where the desert meets the sea.
 
Oscar van der Veen, Burj Al Arab – Australian
Where is the best place to watch the sunset?
Cruising on-board a luxurious yacht overlooking the Arabian Gulf with the shadow of The Burj Al Arab in the background. You will see the sun setting over the Palm Jumeirah.
What’s the ultimate souvenir from Dubai?
One of the top items to take back home would be the exclusive Burj Al Arab 24k gold iPad (Dh37,500), iPad mini (Dh24,000) or iPhone 5 (Dh30,000) with our logo engraved on the cover. These items exude luxury and exclusivity.
Where can I get a suit tailored?
For the ultimate in style, you should visit Tom Ford in The Dubai Mall for a bespoke suit made in Milan but fitted and styled in Dubai. For traditional elegance, head to Brioni, which is also located in The Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates.
Where do I go for authentic Indian food?
For Michelin-star status, you should try Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai, which offers traditional Indian flavours with European techniques, or Amala at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which is also a unique dining experience, with authentic flavours and a unique setting.
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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Shoes found on the bank of the Red River on Thursday afternoon, a full day after Anthony Kuznia went missing, led to the recovery of the 11-year-old’s body just after 4 p.m., said Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman.
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A group from the East Grand Forks, Minn., Fire Department searching for Anthony Kuznia walk a bean field near where the 11-year-old autistic boy was reported missing Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD
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Rescue personnel ready a stretcher on the Red River around 4 P.M. thursday after nearly 26 hours of searching for 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia who went missing from his East Grand Forks home wednesday afternoon. photo by Jenna Watson/Forum News Service
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He told her shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday he was going outside to play in an older recreational vehicle in the yard. When the grandmother went out later, she couldn’t find him and after a brief search called 911 about 2:10 p.m.Within two hours the search had turned massive, with multiple law enforcement agencies and 200 or more volunteers showing up.Anthony had autism, which gave him difficulties walking and expressing himself, said those who knew him. He had run off and hid before and was prone to walk into someone’s house and was attracted to basements, RVs, tents or other “cave-like” spaces, all factors that added urgency to the search, Erdman said.But dark came Wednesday night with no good ending. 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But it was boots on the ground that spotted the boy’s shoes on the river bank that led to the recovery, according to Erdman.A team of law enforcement searchers, who beat the brush and grass along the Red River in a long, probing search, came across the shoes on the bank west of Anthony’s house.“That certainly helped in defining the location for searching,” Erdman said.The same area had been searched, perhaps more than once, on Wednesday. But the terrain on the Minnesota bank of the Red in that area is difficult to get through, with such thick grass and brush and trees that “you can be 5 feet from something and not see it,” Hedlund said.The concerted second-day effort to use trained law enforcement officers, including U.S. Border Patrol agents walking the brush, as well as police and county deputies and others from the area, on both sides of the Red River, paid off, Erdman said.Meanwhile, about 450 volunteers signed up to go out in staged walking searches of about a mile at a time, many of them going out more than once.About 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Jamie Cordell stood outside the VFW Arena in East Grand Forks, where volunteers signed up and were shuttled to and from searches on school buses.“I went out four times and I was going to go out again, but they said they weren’t taking any searchers anymore,” Cordell said, emotionally moved by the obvious conclusion that Anthony’s body had been found.Cordell said he couldn’t think of a better way to spend his vacation than to try to help a child like Anthony who needed it.“We lost our daughter two years ago, she was 12 and had a disability,” Cordell said. “That’s why my voice is a little shaky. Her name was Meagan.”They have sons, 16 and 6, and when they heard of Anthony missing, it seemed natural to volunteer to search, he said.His fellow searchers included teachers and social workers who worked with his daughter as well as with Anthony, he said. “These people really care.”Danny Green brought the eight young men who work for him at his father’s construction company, paying their hours to take part in the search.“They probably don’t want it,” Green said of the pay. “But we all wanted to come.”Erdman said “the community support has been overwhelming.”Even an hour after the searching was called off, people continued to show up at the VFW Arena, offering to help.It was the same with perhaps 100 law enforcement officers, firefighters and a host of others from about two dozen city, county, state and federal agencies who showed up, offering to help, Erdman said.“When a child goes missing, everyone wants to help,” she said.Hedlund said it was so similar to the Dru Sjodin case in sparking concern among so many. In Sjodin’s case, it was the shock of a college student abducted from a public space, with her body not being found, despite massive searches, until five months later.In Anthony’s case, people responded in such a big way, Hedlund said, “certainly because he was a child with autism, with special needs.”There was a criminal investigation side to this incident, although Erdman emphasized that there had been no clear indications of anything amiss.Anthony’s parents, who have two younger daughters, both live in Grand Forks and the entire family had cooperated with the search, Erdman said.But parallel to the searching Thursday, crime investigators could be seen stopping people in the area of the Red River, questioning them. 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A group from the East Grand Forks, Minn., Fire Department searching for Anthony Kuznia walk a bean field near where the 11-year-old autistic boy was reported missing Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD
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Northeast Regional Water Operatons members search the Red River Thursday near the home of Anthony Kuznia, 11, who's been missing since Wednesday afternoon. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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Rescue personnel ready a stretcher on the Red River around 4 P.M. thursday after nearly 26 hours of searching for 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia who went missing from his East Grand Forks home wednesday afternoon. photo by Jenna Watson/Forum News Service
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