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GOLF

Watson takes responsibility

Tom Watson took the blame on Saturday for his communication with his players in another US loss at the Ryder Cup, and the 65-year-old captain said he called Phil Mickelson earlier this week to clear the air. “I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup,” Watson said in a statement issued through the PGA of America. Mickelson indirectly called out Watson in an awkward press conference after Europe’s 16.5-11.5 victory, the eighth out of the past 10 times they have won the cup. Mickelson said the US have strayed from a winning formula they had under Paul Azinger in 2008. The statement was issued one day after an ESPN report citing four unidentified people who were in the US team room on the night before the final round. They said Watson blamed the players for their performance in foursomes and scoffed at a gift from the players by saying it was meaningless if they did not win. The gift was a replica of the Ryder Cup the players had signed. The report also said Watson denigrated some of the European players, and only praised the play of US rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

BOXING

Barthelemy beats Saucedo

Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy made a successful first defense of his IBF super featherweight world title on Saturday with a lopsided unanimous decision over Fernando David Saucedo. Barthelemy, who improved to 21-0 with 12 wins inside the distance, was rarely tested by the Argentine, winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards to gain the victory by three scores of 120-108. Barthelemy was making his first defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Argenis Mendez in a world title rematch on July 10. That followed a first meeting between Barthelemy and Mendez in which Barthelemy landed a knockout blow that was deemed to have come an instant after the bell to end the second round — resulting in a no-decision. Saucedo fell to 52-6-3 and saw a 14-fight winning streak come to an end. He lost for the first time since dropping a unanimous decision to Indonesia’s Chris John in a WBA featherweight title bout.

ICE HOCKEY

Jets beat Calgary 4-1

Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba and Evander Kane each scored in Winnipeg, Canada, on Saturday night as the Winnipeg Jets closed their pre-season with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. It was the first goal for all three in the pre-season. Bryan Little finished the scoring with a short-handed, empty-net goal at 18 minutes, 20 seconds of the third. David Jones scored for the Flames (5-4-0), who beat the Jets 4-2 in Calgary on Thursday. The Jets finished the pre-season 4-3-0. It was the first time this season coach Paul Maurice was able to ice anything close to a starting lineup for the Jets as injuries have sidelined a number of veterans. Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian did not play on Saturday.

ICE HOCKEY

Columbus beat Nashville

Nick Foligno scored twice, Cam Atkinson added a late power-play goal and Sergei Bobrovsky made 45 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the pre-season finale for both teams on Saturday night. Atkinson scored with five minutes left in regulation for a two-goal lead. James Neal scored for Nashville during a two-man advantage with 1:33 remaining, but the Predators could not get the equalizer against Bobrovsky, who denied Mike Ribeiro’s penalty shot earlier. Eric Nystrom had the other goal for the Predators.

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