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DUBLIN, Ohio -- The Presidents Cup is a lot like The Players Championship. Bruce Irvin Jersey . No one really talks about it until its time to play. And too much time is spent comparing it with something it will never be instead of enjoying it for what it is. At least no one can joke the Presidents Cup is match play between the United States and Florida. This year, only four players on this International team have homes in Florida. One lives in North Carolina, one in Virginia, another in Idaho. And its a home game for Jason Day of Australia, who lives about 10 miles away in Westerville and is an honorary member at Muirfield Village. But it has nothing to do with where these guys live or where they play. Remember, the most recent Ryder Cup at Medinah was a home game for Luke Donald of England. And only two players from Europes team are not PGA Tour members. The Presidents Cup can never equal the passion, pride and excessive hype of the Ryder Cup, just like The Players Championship can have all the trappings of a major championship without ever being considered one. Those vested in the Presidents Cup -- mainly anyone who works for the PGA Tour -- will argue that its only a matter of time. No one paid that much attention to the Ryder Cup when it was first starting out. Now it rivals the Masters as must-see TV. Thats missing the point. Europe has a real flag, not one that someone designed exclusively for a golf tournament. More than playing for a flag, Europe plays for its tour. Padraig Harrington said it best a decade ago when he referred to the European Tour as the "country cousin" of the PGA Tour. Its not as big, not as rich, not as popular. They have something to prove one week every two years. Its the success of the Ryder Cup -- and that success comes from beating up on the Americans every other year -- that pumps much-needed money into the European Tour. Golf fans from European countries build their year-round travel to the Ryder Cup, home and away. The International team comes from Argentina and Japan, South Africa and Australia. The biggest draw this week in Ohio might be Graham DeLaet of Canada, a proud golf nation and not terribly far away from central Ohio. "We are going to have a lot of support from the Canadians, and I think were going to have a lot of people down here from Canada in the next four or five days, so good for him," International captain Nick Price said. Safe to say there hasnt been a big rush for tickets from Zimbabwe. Or Argentina. So why bother with the Presidents Cup? Mainly because its an opportunity, and that should be enough. "When we started out with the Presidents Cup, the initial guys -- myself, Greg (Norman) and Ernie (Els) -- we so enjoyed watching the Ryder Cup and so wanted to be a part of the Ryder Cup-type format," Price said. "And then the Presidents Cup came along, and that was fantastic." Go back two decades to the start of these matches, and it might explain the value of the Presidents Cup -- and perhaps why it has lost some steam in recent years. The biggest stars outside of America in the mid-1990s werent from Europe, but from other parts of the globe. Norman was the biggest draw in golf. Price won three majors and was No. 1 in the world. Els won his first U.S. Open at 24 and was referred to by Curtis Strange as "the next guy." International players not eligible for the Ryder Cup won majors in all but two seasons during the 1990s. The only big stars from Europe when the Presidents Cup began in 1994 were Jose Maria Olazabal (when healthy) and Colin Montgomerie. Yes, Nick Faldo won his sixth major in 1996, but that was his last big moment. Europe got its due at the Ryder Cup. And these days, Europe has the best of both -- the Ryder Cup and some of the top stars. Just two years ago, the season ended with Europeans occupying the top four spots in the world ranking. Maybe thats why its hard to get worked up over this Presidents Cup. Masters champion Adam Scott has emerged as a global star. No other player on the International team is ranked among the top 15. It wouldnt hurt if the International team won the Presidents Cup this year to at least make it look like a contest. The last three have been blowouts, and the Americans only loss in this "competition" was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. It certainly would help for the matches to be close. "We dont like getting beaten," Price said. "This is -- to all of us, I think -- its a really big week." Would it change the interest level worldwide? Not much as people might think. Its still an exhibition between the best players in the world outside of Europe. Its team match play, the most engaging format in golf. It can be fun. It can be intense -- Price once snapped a putter over his knee after losing a match on the 18th hole. Its still a great week of golf. And thats all it needs to be worth playing. Justin Ellis Jersey . Pedroia reached the milestone with a little panache, hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning and propelling the Boston Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Tim Brown Jersey . There were no real chances until Augsburg broke the deadlock through Raul Bobadilla in the 33rd minute. Frankfurt failed to clear a cross and Bobadilla slotted home from close range at the far post.With less than a week until the NHL Trade Deadline, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. Waiting Last Minute As per Arthur Staple of Newsday, barring a cant refuse offer from anyone in the next few days, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow will go as close to the 3pm et deadline on Wednesday as possible to entice better offers for both Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald. He adds that as games go on through the weekend, the number of suitors for MacDonald could go up. Staple also writes that the Islanders have no intention of trading goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. High Asking Price Chris Botta of The New York Times adds that the Islanders are asking for a first-round pick for MacDonald. He adds that theres a lot of interest in MacDonald, but CSNNE.com adds that such a demand is too much for the Boston Bruins, who are reportedly looking for a blueliner. Interest In Stewart? According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, the Senators have an interest in St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart. Garrioch adds that Stewart could be part of a deal with the New York Rangers if the Blues are interested in Ryan Callahan. Staying The Course Larry Brooks of The New York Post writes that Rangers general manager Glen Sather and his front office are devoting their attention to evaluating personnel who might become available in trades for Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, with no progress made toward signing them to contract extensions. No Ones Business As Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger writes, no one should expect New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur to announce publicly that he wants to be traded. Brodeur explained to Chere that he wont even wont say so unless a deal actually happens - and he hasnt even discussed the situation with general manager Lou Lamoriello. Jerry Rice Jersey. "Oh, no. Its not going to be like that. I dont think so, anyway," Brodeur told the paper. "Its nobody elses business but mine as for the direction I want to go. "Its been tough because you go through ups and downs. The more questions Im asked, sometimes my answers change. Thats why in the last few weeks Ive been more quiet about it. Its on purpose, because I want to make sure my decision is an educated decision and there are no influences from the outside. Show up Thursday and youll know if Im on the plane to Detroit (where the Devils play Friday)." Chere also writes that Jaromir Jagr, who doesnt have a no-trade clause, hasnt spoken to Lamoriello about a trade option. "The one thing that is good about this team is we dont have much media coverage," Jagr told Chere. "Less media, less rumors and less trade rumors. I havent even heard any rumors. "Hey, Ive been traded twice during the season. From Dallas to Boston and to New York from Washington. Going to the Rangers from Washington, they told me they were trying to trade me so I was kind of expecting it. The last one, Dallas to Boston, I was surprised. For me its easier than somebody with a big family. I pack my stuff and go, if something happens. Or not go." No Change Of Heart Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports that, to little surprise, Capitals forward Martin Erat is still looking to get out. Erat, back from representing the Czech Republic in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, said Wednesday he still wants the Capitals to trade him but declined to elaborate further. Capitals GM George McPhee said earlier this week that he planned to approach Erat again but didnt expect him to change of mind.  Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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