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TORONTO —Toronto Argonauts offensive tackle Rob Murphy is retiring from pro
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six CFL seasons, Murphy says he feels hes accomplished all his goals on the
football field. Murphy, who won a Grey Cup with the B.C. Lions in 2006, was a
three-time CFL all-star and twice named the leagues outstanding lineman. Murphy
joined the CFL in 2006 when he signed with the Lions as a free agent. He signed
with the Argos in February 2009. Prior to joining the CFL, Murphy had stints in
the NFL with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts,
Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. “After 13 years of professional
football that has spanned four leagues and three countries, I have decided to
retire from the Canadian Football League,” Murphy said in a release. “The
memories and people I have met along the way have equalled the joy I got from
physically dominating an opponent on the field.” Murphy plans to discuss his
decision more on Thursday at a downtown Toronto bar. Former Argos coach Jim
Barker said Murphy was one of the “great offensive tackles in the league.” “He
had a physical presence that made everyone around him better,” said Barker. “He
was a consummate pro, was always prepared and we were never worried about the
left tackle position when he was in the lineup.” Wally Buono, who coached Murphy
in Vancouver, said Murphy played a key role in the teams Grey Cup crown. “His
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Clark Haggans joined the San Francisco 49ers at practice Tuesday pledging to hit
the ground running with a team that fits the rugged style he has established
throughout a 13-year NFL career.For so many years, the Ryder Cup didnt need a
cast of stars to become the biggest spectacle in golf. The flags stitched onto
the shirts and caps, and the colours on the leaderboards — American red,
European blue — were enough to produce raw emotion, enormous pressure and
compelling theatre. And thats what makes the 39th edition of the Ryder Cup seem
even bigger. Europe has the No. 1 player in the world on its side — Rory McIlroy
— for the first time in two decades. Jim Furyk referred to the 23-year-old from
Northern Ireland as a “marked man” because of his staggering success dating to
his record eight-shot win at the PGA Championship, his second major in as many
years. “Hes the best player in the world right now, and hes going to be the
toughest guy to beat,” Furyk said. The United States counters with Tiger Woods,
whose game has been restored enough for him to win three times on the PGA Tour
this year. Woods is even starting to figure out this Ryder Cup business,
producing a winning record (6-3-0) the last two times he has played. The quality
of the rosters doesnt stop with golfs two biggest stars, however. For the first
time in Ryder Cup history, the 24 players who will be at Medinah Country Club in
the Chicago suburbs all are among the top 35 in the world ranking. Already the
most intense competition in golf, this Ryder Cup has all the trappings of a
heavyweight title fight. “It does seem that way,” Luke Donald said. “McIlroy is
on a phenomenal run. Really, everyone is coming into form.” The Americans have
four players who will be making their Ryder Cup debut, though these “rookies”
have some major experience handling pressure — Masters champion Bubba Watson,
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, who won the PGA Championship
last year. “Ive been looking at the U.S. team for a few weeks now and just
going, Wow. These guys look really strong and really good,” said
Graeme McDowell, the Ryder Cup hero in Wales two years ago when he won the
decisive point at Celtic Manor. “And theres so much young blood on there now who
are right up for these things. Theres a good buzz. Its great. I think its set up
to be an awesome Ryder Cup. I really do.” Europe has a team so strong that
Padraig Harrington was left off for the first time since 1997, and defending
champion has only one rookie. That would be Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, one of
the longest hitters in the game whose lone win this year came at the World Match
Play Championship in Spain. Along with McIlroy, it features the only other three
players to be No. 1 in the world since Woods abandoned the top spot two years
ago — Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Sergio Garcia, who has never lost
a foursomes match in his previous five Ryder Cups, is back on the team after
missing in 2010. One of the captains picks was Ian Poulter, who has won all
three of his singles matches before they reached the 17th hole. The chatter at
most Ryder Cup matches is which team looks better on paper. This time, theyre
both mint. “The U.S. team has a number of players high up in the ranking, as
does Europe,” Phil Mickelson said. “Were going to see some high-quality golf at
the Ryder Cup.” Adding to the star power are the captains. Jose Maria Olazabal
is such a central figure in the Ryder Cup, dating to his “Spanish Armada”
partnership with the late Seve Ballesteros, that when the European Tour
committee set out to identify the next captain, it didnt even bother meeting. He
was the only European captain selected byy a phone call. Peyton Manning Jersey. . The Americans have
Davis Love III, a widely respected figure on the PGA Tour who made the
cup-clinching putt in his Ryder Cup debut in 1993 and played on six teams. So
who has the advantage? “On Friday, you still wont be able to tell who wins,”
Westwood said. “It will be a hotly contested Ryder Cup and everyone will enjoy
watching it.” The Americans would seem to have one advantage simply by playing
before a home crowd. And for Woods, it will feel like a home course. Medinah has
hosted five major championships, the last two won by Woods at the PGA
Championship, the last one in 2006 when he was tied with Donald going into the
last round and won going away. “I personally like Medinah,” Woods said with a
grin. The Americans have lost only once at home in the last 15 years — in 2004
at Oakland Hills — and most Ryder Cup veterans believe playing at home is worth
a point. That was the margin at the last Ryder Cup in Wales, when it came down
to the very last match. Medinah might look like a big stage, though its not
likely to play like a major test. As the home captain, Love can have the golf
course set up the way he likes. He is asking for the rough to be cut back as
much as possible, giving a powerful team of Woods, Mickelson, Watson, Bradley
and Dustin Johnson room to blast away. Love also wants the greens to be fast,
certainly faster than how Europe grooms its greens. “When the Ryder Cup is
played here in Europe, for instance, the speed of the greens are not all that
fast,” Olazabal said. “We like to have them between 10, 10 1/2 (on the
stimpmeter), because we feel more comfortable around that speed. We know that in
the U.S., they prefer the firm and fast greens, and most probably thats what we
are going to find out we are going to have over there. Those little things help.
“And the crowds — the support of the crowds are massive,” he said. “We saw that
in Ireland. We saw that in Wales. Its huge. The players know that the atmosphere
is going to be electrifying. So I need to prepare them for that, tell them that
they cannot allow themselves to be bothered by that.” As evenly matched as these
teams appear to be, experience still favours Europe. Not only does it have only
one newcomer to the Ryder Cup, most of them are used to winning. Europe has won
six of the last eight times, and the only two American victories were
nail-biters — the great comeback at Brookline in 1999 when Justin Leonards
45-foot birdie putt banged into the back of the cup, and Valhalla in 2008 that
was closer than the score indicated. In one of the pivotal matches, Hunter Mahan
made a 60-foot putt across the 17th green. “They putt better than us, it seems
like, in the Ryder Cup,” Love said. Woods, despite 86 worldwide wins and 14
majors, still has a losing record in the Ryder Cup. For years, he was that
“marked man,” and Europe nailed him in singles (Costantino Rocca), when he was
paired with the No. 2 player in the world (David Duval), or when he played well
and Europe was simply better. But its not just Woods. None of the eight
Americans with Ryder Cup experience has a winning record. Woods chalks that up
to the overall result. As much as Europe has been winning over the last 15
years, its not possible for the U.S. players who have a winning mark — not as a
team, not as individuals. “Ive only been part of one winning Ryder Cup team
since my time in 97,” Woods said. “We didnt play well at the right time, and
thats just the way it goes. Hopefully, this year well play well at the right
time.” ’ ’ ’ 

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