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NEW YORK -- Jordan Spieth never missed so many putts and felt so excited leaving a golf tournament.I hit the ball so good, Spieth said as he signed autographs at Bethpage Black. I was Tiger Woods in 2000.He signed another autograph, looked back and grinned.OK, I was exaggerating a little on that, he said.The Barclays was one of those rare tournaments that Spieth had slightly lower expectations with his putter. His practice in Dallas was limited to a 12-foot strip of artificial turf because the greens where he normally practices were closed.Plus, he is still working on his relationship with poa annua.Im Bermuda, and then Im bent, he said of the grasses on which he putts his best. And then theres probably six other kinds. And then Im poa.The two-time major champion is not hopeless on poa. Spieth missed a playoff by one shot at Riviera, the same course where he helped lead Texas to an NCAA title. He has a pair of top 10s at Pebble Beach and he had the 36-hole lead one year at Torrey Pines.When its softer, I have a harder time trusting the shorter length putts because I know theyre going to hop so I change my stroke, which I probably shouldnt, he said. But its hard for me to trust it. I hit putts where I wanted to, but I either under-read them or over-read them. Just bad timing.He missed six birdies chances from the 10-foot range or closer in the final round. But the fact he had that many chances was good news for him.I knew coming in the putting was going to be down because I hadnt worked on it to the extent I usually do, he said. I told Michael (Greller) on 10 that I wanted to have a good look at birdie on every hole coming in, which on this back nine is really hard to do. And I had a legitimate chance, other than 16, on making birdie on every hole.That he made only one of those didnt bother him.I leave here on a big-time high, Spieth said.He headed to Friars Head for a game with Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman on Monday before making his way up to the TPC Boston. Spieth and Brandt Snedeker in 2013 are the only FedEx Cup champions to start the playoffs in the top 5 the following year.Spieth stayed at No. 5 in his bid to become the first repeat winner of the $10 million prize.---OMINOUS WORDS: Adam Scott has thought about winning the FedEx Cup since he won back-to-back in Florida, and his desire has nothing to do with the $10 million bonus. His motivation in golf is beating everyone who enters the tournaments.I try not to play golf thinking about money at all, Scott said. If I did, and you told me 3-foot putts are worth $500,000, I probably wouldnt be able to play. So I try and play golf not thinking about money or having it have any influence on my decisions.Thats a good thing.Because when Scott finished up at The Barclays, he had a 3-foot putt on the final hole for a 70 that would have put him in a tie for second.He missed it.The cost of missing that putt was just over $300,000.---MOVING ON: Ollie Schniederjans, Trey Mullinax and Seamus Power are among the top 25 on the Tour money list who earned a PGA Tour card for the first time. Martin Flores, Brad Fritsch and Mark Anderson are among those returning.What the Tour showed this year is that winning a tournament is a big step toward finishing in the top 25. But more is required.Stephan Jaeger (28), Andrew Svoboda (29) and James Driscoll (39) all won on the Tour this year and failed to finish in the top 25 to get a PGA Tour card. They will move on to the Tour Finals, which start next week and determine the other 25 Tour players and PGA Tour players will play four tournaments with a card on the line.---MCILROYS CLUBS: Rory McIlroy had a new putter for The Barclays. It could take a little longer to figure out what he wants to use through the rest of the bag now that Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business.Im not going to commit to anything, McIlroy said. I wouldnt be surprised to see me not go with a manufacturer for a year or two, just sort of play with what I want to play, what Im comfortable with, and go from there. ... No reason to start changing just because I can.It doesnt sound like hell be switching golf balls anytime soon.I got them to save me three years worth of golf balls, McIlroy said. So at least Ive got a golf ball that I like and that I know I can play well with.---SPIETH AND PIETERS: Jordan Spieth has a strong memory of Thomas Pieters from their amateur days, and not just Pieters winning the NCAA title at Riviera in 2012. Later that summer, the Belgian was playing the European Amateur in Ireland and had to get to Denver for the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills.He got there so late that he didnt have time to see the golf course, but he managed to get into a 17-for-14 playoff to advance to match play. Spieth was already in and waited to see who he would get in the opening round of matches.If youre paired against someone in the first round or the final round it doesnt matter, Spieth recalled. But he was someone youd like to wait until later to play.No such luck. He drew Pieters.The first hole can be reached with driver, and Spieth was in good shape in the rough on the left edge of the green.Thomas hooks it off the downslope of the No. 2 tee box into the rough, Spieth said. Then he hits this flop shot that lands next to where my ball is, takes a hop in the rough, rolls down and goes in for a 2. The first hole. One down. Thanks for coming.Pieters ended up winning the match on the 18th hole, and then lost in the next round.---DIVOTS: This years FedEx Cup playoff rotation features for big courses -- Bethpage Black, the TPC Boston, Crooked Stick and East Lake. This rotation last was used in 2012, when the FedEx Cup champion was Brandt Snedeker, who started at No. 19. ... U.S. Amateur runner-up Brad Dalke, Maverick McNealy and Scottie Scheffler have been selected for the U.S. team that will compete Sept. 21-24 at Mayakoba Resort in Mexico. ... Three Americans who were among the top eight in Ryder Cup points going into the 2016 failed to earn an automatic spot on the team -- Rickie Fowler (4), Kevin Kisner (6) and Bubba Watson (7).---STAT OF THE WEEK: Ian Poulter fell to No. 101 in the world ranking, his first time out of the top 100 since May 25, 2003.---FINAL WORD: Great thing about the game of golf is if you dont like where youre at, you can do something about it by simply playing better and shooting lower scores. Theres no judges here that are giving you scores that are subjective. Its all out there. Whatever your number is, just shoot it. Shoot a lower score than the other guy and youll do pretty good. You might win. -- Phil Mickelson. Larry Allen Cowboys Jersey . The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. 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Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying.BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins see the glass as half-full despite their 6-5 overtime loss to the Chicago in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. But they have plenty to ponder en route to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday even if the team mantra was clearly to look forward not back. The best-of-seven series has become a best-of-three. The Bruins, who bottled up the Chicago attack in winning Games 2 and 3, had hoped to arrive in the Windy City holding a commanding 3-1 lead. "You move on. Its one loss. Weve got two wins, weve got two losses," Boston coach Claude Julien said Thursday after an optional skate following a video session at TD Garden. "Its about preparing for the next game, and our mood is fine. "Who wouldnt be happy to be in the Stanley Cup finals? Youve got to remember where we are and whats at stake here, and certainly not hang your head over a loss." Julien saw lots of positives: his team scored five goals, came back twice from two-goal deficits and the power play was working. But he admitted that the Bruins have to put in a better start and make better decisions throughout. Boston also allowed the speedy, skilful Hawks too much space and too many options, he added. "Theyre a good team," he said of Chicago. "Ive said that all along, and theyre going to get their chances. Weve just got to minimize them." Instead the Bruins and Hawks went on a wild roller-coaster ride, with Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook deciding the game on a slapshot through traffic in overtime. Chicagos reunited line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell buzzed all night. It combined for two goals and three assists and all three made a nuisance of themselves. Toews refused to be budged from in front of the net all game and Bickell helped free his captain on Chicagos second goal, slyly kicking out one of Zdeno Charas skates to topple the giant Bruins defenceman. By the time Chara had got back on his feet, Toews had tipped in Michal Rozsivals point shot for the goal. To his credit, Chara did not complain although he gave the referee a quizzical look. Asked about Charas play on the night, Julien didnt mince words. "I think he was OK. Theres no doubt they went after him and he was OK because our whole team was OK. I dont think anybody on our team can stand up today and say I thought I had a great game, and thats why were sitting here today tied 2-all." Chicago clearly felt that it had brought the six-foot-nine Chara down to size somewhat. "Chara, hes one of their key players," Toews said after the game. "Hes a great player. We know his No. 1 advantage is his size, rreach and strength.dddddddddddd "I think at the same time you cant give him too much respect and want to compensate the way you play as a line considering the fact hes out there against you guys. I mean, theres certain ways you can expose him. I think the dumpings that we made tonight were going to his side. We made sure we were outnumbering him everywhere we went, taking away his stick first thing. "We just try not to be intimidated by his size. You have to get to the net, find a way inside, not be, like I said, intimidated by that. We can outwork him, and we did that tonight, and we want to continue that." Apprised of those comments, Bruins forward Brad Marchand called his captain one of the best defencemen in the league and then refused to take the bait "Theyre welcome to say whatever they want," he said of the Hawks. "Were just worried about how we have to play, in the (dressing) room. "Z (Chara) steps up and plays his best. We can expect that." Julien was his normally affable self Thursday, although he took the time to remind his listeners that Bruins hockey was more than "being rough and tumble and not much else." Whatever it is, Boston didnt showcase its brand in Game 4. The Hawks even enjoyed success in the faceoff circle, normally the Bruins domain, narrowing the deficit in faceoff wins to 39-38 from the lopsided 40-16 of Game 3. Boston was sluggish once again at the start. The Blackhawks were outshooting them 7-1 at one point. Chicago got bodies in front of Tuukka Rask. At the other end of the ice, the Hawks blocked more shots than the Bruins for the first time in the series. "I think both sides were pretty poor on the D (defence) side of the puck," said Boston forward Chris Kelly. "Its a game of mistakes," he added. "And I think both sides made their fair share of mistakes." Added defenceman Adam McQuaid: "We werent at our best, theres no question about that." The Bruins were looking to leave the negatives behind them as they headed west. "Theres nothing you can do about it. Look to the next one," said Kelly. "It would have bee a nice game to win, for sure," added Marchand. "But at this point of the season, whether you win or lose, youve got to let the game go and focus on the next one. It comes too quick and the next one means too much." Said Julien: "I dont think anything positive will come out of just worrying about what happened last night." "Nothing you can do about it today, but you can do something about if for the next game," he added. ' ' '

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