Ryder Cup: Europe cuts US lead

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  • Team USA leads 5-3 after day one
  • Americans swept opening session
  • Champion Europe won second 3-1
Darren Clarke’s defending champions battled back from the ignominy of a 4-0 whitewash in the morning foursomes matches at Hazeltine to end the opening day of the team contest just two points behind after rallying in the fourballs contests.
It was the first time the Americans had swept the opening session of the biennial competition since 1975 — and any session since 1981.
However, the European team has won six of the last seven titles despite not having won the opening session since 2006.
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Nonetheless, US captain Davis Love III will take great encouragement as he plots his tactics and player combinations for Saturday’s foursomes and fourballs in Minnesota.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed showed the way as they disposed of Olympic champion Justin Rose and British Open winner Henrik Stenson 3 & 2 in the first completed match of the day as mist and fog gave way to bright sunshine. However, they had less success in the fourballs, being crushed 5 & 4 by the Brit and Swede.
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Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker made it 2-0 to the US, beating Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer 4 & 2.
US Open champ Dustin Johnson bounced back from missing out on a $ 10 million FedEx Cup jackpot at the Tour Championship as he and Matt Kuchar thrashed English Ryder Cup veteran Lee Westwood and Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters 5 & 4.
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Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler clinched the whitewash against FedEx champ Rory McIlroy and English rookie Andy Sullivan, coming from behind to win 1 up.
Fowler described it as “a huge match” for the duo — he had never won in eight previous Ryder Cup matches, while Mickelson spent much of the week embroiled in debate about past controversies involving the US team.
“Both of us had a lot on our back out there this morning,” Fowler told CNN. “Not the start we wanted to get off to early in the match but we showed a lot of heart with a big comeback at the end, and I’m proud of my partner.”
They had trailed by two after 14 holes, but leveled and then took the lead on 17 when Sullivan found the water hazard.
“I fed off of Rickie today because I was playing a bit tight, I needed a little bit off assistance and he sensed that, he said the right things,” Mickelson, playing his 11th Ryder Cup, told CNN.
“That’s why we have a good rapport. We’ve known each other for a long time and played matches together for a long time, so we know when someone’s feeling a bit down to give them a bump up, and when someone’s feeling excited — like when Rickie made that putt after 16, I grabbed him and slowed him down.”
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Mickelson sat out the afternoon session as Love opted to give all of his 12 players some action Friday.
Clarke, a four-time winner as a player for Europe, left two of his six rookies — Englishmen Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick — on the bench for the fourballs.
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Rose and Stenson led the comeback with the opening point, but Brandt Snedeker — recalled after missing the 2014 defeat — and debutant Brooks Koepka thrashed two-time major winner Kaymer and new partner Danny Willett.
Willett, who won his first major title at April’s Masters, received predictable flak from the crowd following the article his brother wrote during the week that labeled US fans as “imbeciles.”
The veteran Garcia — this time teamed with fellow Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello, making his debut — won 3 & 2 against the new US pairing of Ryan Moore and JB Holmes to close the gap once again.
McIlroy and Pieters then wrapped up the day with a 3 & 2 victory over Dustin Johnson and Kuchar, keeping Europe in touch.
“We were bitterly disappointed at lunchtime,” Clarke told UK broadcaster Sky Sports. “They just didn’t play the way we know they can play this morning. America did, that’s the beauty of matchplay golf.
“To put in a performance like that this afternoon was scintillating. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
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Love, captaining the US for the second time after defeat in 2012, had been wary of getting too excited when talking to CNN after the opening session, stressing that there was “a lot of golf still to play.”
He told Sky at the end of play: “We had a great morning, we got beat by a team playing unbelievable golf this afternoon. Everyone was under par, they didn’t play bad — they just didn’t play great. The Europeans played great.”

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Amanda Knox documentary takes media to task

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Filmmakers Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn can’t remember the exact moment when they decided to do a documentary about Amanda Knox, but it was sometime around 2011.

At that point, it was about four years after British college student Meredith Kercher was killed in an Italian villa she shared with her American roommate Knox. It was a four-year-old story that was still making front page news.

“For us that was just a confusing thing. We couldn’t understand how coverage had stayed this popular for something that was at its heart a tragedy,” McGinn told CNN. “Terrible murders like this disappear from the news after a cycle or two, but this was something that really hung around.”

The reason, he said, is that the case had — over the course of the long and winding proceedings — become personal. The lives of the victim and the accused had been exposed, their online identities woven into narratives and coverage of the case had largely strayed from facts of the crime. Instead, key figures were turned into “accidentally celebrities.”

Much like how the O.J. Simpson case is seen as one of the first instances of “trial as entertainment,” Knox’s legal proceedings were the first instance of a trial becoming a “social media extravaganza,” McGinn said.

“It had gotten so far away from the bare essentials of the story,” McGinn said. “We thought there was something interesting there that not only we could explore from a first person perspective, but also examine the larger phenomenon of these stories in our society.”

Amanda Knox initially turned down their offer to speak for the documentary. For a moment, they thought their film hopes were dashed. They had only wanted to tell a first-person narrative.

But after her second conviction in 2014, Knox changed her mind. (In the film, available on Netflix starting Friday, there is footage of Knox celebrating her exoneration in 2015.)

“After that, that sort of opened the flood gates a little bit,” McGinn said.

Knox, her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and journalist Nick Pisa, who covered the story for The Daily Mail, are among those interviewed.

Everyone featured in the documentary got to see it before the public. After having their stories controlled by the media for so long, Blackhurst said, “it was important for each of them to know that the version of them in this film was in their own words and representative of who they were as people.”

They believe their mission was accomplished.

They were also pleased to see their subjects respond to the stories of the other people featured. Knox, for example, hadn’t known that Mignini — a man she knew as an adversary — had four daughters.

“[The interviewees] were all marked at how they learned something about the other people involved in this story that they [didn’t know]. They hadn’t maybe considered them as human beings before,” Blackhurst said. “They saw [each other] as a character in the same way they all became characters in the larger narrative.

Blackhurst said they hope the film clears the air for the subjects but also makes viewers “consider the role that they play in the commodification of tragedy.”

“We want people to consider how they consume these types of stories and how they turn these real people and real situations into entertainment,” he said.

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Hurricane threatens Jamaica, Cuba

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  • Tropical Storm Matthew has become a hurricane, threatening Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba
  • It still unclear whether the storm will have any impact on the southeast United States
The storm took on a Category 4 rating, which made it a major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.
“Many land areas are at least threatened by the system,” said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center. “Hurricane hunters are going to be flying in and out of Matthew for days to come.”
Knabb noted that south Florida could be threatened next week, but inhabitants had “the luxury of time,” and he encouraged people to use it to prepare and buy supplies.
CNN Weather said it is still unclear whether Matthew will hit Florida, where weather models currently have it possibly scraping. But by late Sunday or Monday the dangerous storm should be approaching Jamaica, Haiti and eastern Cuba.
IBC Airways has canceled all flights to and from the American naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday because of the approaching storm, the naval station announced via Twitter.
The storm was a Category 1 storm on Thursday. Early Friday it was re-categorized as a Category 3 storm, before ultimately being named a Category 4.
Jamaica Meteorological Service’ Director Evan Thomas said he expected the storm to hit the island and said fishermen have been advised to evacuate from the cays and return to the mainland, the Jamaica Observer reported.
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Judy Smith’s real-life scandals

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Paula Deen, the Southern cooking mogul who battled allegations of racism, hired Smith.

Judy Smith’s real-life scandals

Judy Smith’s real-life scandals

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Judy Smith’s real-life scandals

Judy Smith’s real-life scandals

Here Smith is seen with Monica Lewinksy in 1998, when Smith aided the former White House intern during the Clinton sex scandal.

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‘Westworld’ ambitiously reboots sci-fi thriller into HBO series

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On the plus side, for those unenthused about a recent wave of series inspired by movies or old TV shows — most of which haven’t been particularly inventive — in bringing “Westworld” to life, the writers didn’t just robotically go through the motions.
Crichton’s 1973 film (which spawned a good sequel, “Futureworld”) was clearly prescient, dealing with an amusement park for adults populated by realistic robots, allowing for hedonistic indulgence. Despite assurances to the contrary, everything went wrong, as the robots went haywire and began killing their human playmates.
As conceived by writer-director Jonathan Nolan (a veteran of brother Christopher’s movies and “Person of Interest,” another series with a baked-in warning about technology) and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” seems just as timely. After all, part of that early vision has already come to pass, with dramatic breakthroughs in AI, robotics, and immersive entertainment experiences like virtual reality.
The main twist, beginning with the 75-minute premiere, is that the producers approach the material heavily from the point of view of the “hosts,” as they’re called, who are experiencing new sensations that come perilously close to the dawning of sentience.
At the same time, the “guests” — most of whom pursued fantasies that involved good guys in Crichton’s take — now revel in wearing black hats. That includes Ed Harris, a frequent visitor whose barbaric tastes hint at a deeper, more nefarious motivation, still vague after previewing four episodes.
In fact, there are a lot of mysteries that the writers of “Westworld” appear in no hurry to disgorge. There’s also a genuine all-star cast of a caliber only HBO could likely lure to TV, including Anthony Hopkins as the facility’s eccentric founder, Jeffrey Wright as his chief programmer, and Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton as “hosts” who seem to be retaining memories in a manner that’s more than just a glitch.
Flipping the concept on its head brings a subversive quality to the show, leading the viewer toward identifying with the machines, whose rising consciousness creates the prospect of rebelling against their abusive overlords.
The actors, certainly, master blurring the line between who’s fake and who’s real. Even so, the program’s unorthodox perspective proves intellectually engaging and emotionally chilly, and at times the show’s internal logic seems a little twitchy too.
Notably, very little is exposed or discussed about the world beyond the park. But the wealthy that come to play cowboy revel in behaving badly, exploring the heinous things people do commit if they knew they could get away with murder.
At its core, “Westworld” — whose premiere was delayed due to production complications — contemplates what makes us human as technology makes more and more marvels that were once the stuff of science fiction possible.
“We practice witchcraft,” Hopkins’ character says at one point. “We create life itself out of chaos.”
Handsomely produced, there’s certainly enough here to sustain interest and curiosity, without fully cementing the show’s must-watch status just yet.
“Westworld” premieres October 2 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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Guerrillas wonder what’s next

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FARC soldiers worry about life after peace in Colombia

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  • Over the 52-year conflict, the FARC has recruited tens of thousands of child soldiers
  • Colombians head to the polls to vote on the peace deal on Sunday
Using pens made from recycled bullets, President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, signed a historic peace deal on Monday that requires rebels to lay down their weapons and participate in a path toward transitional justice. The accord still needs final approval from the public in an October 2 referendum.
While tranquility is visibly on the horizon, there are many concerns.
One of the many challenges is the reintegration of FARC members, some of whom became soldiers when they were just children. What will they do once they lay down their weapons and bid farewell to the jungle, the only home they’ve known?
But they have hopes and plans too, some rebels told CNN en Español’s Fernando Ramos in the southern plains of Llanos del Yarí.

Giving up their arms only to get killed?

For Mireya, a 33-year-old fighter who joined the FARC when she was just 16, her biggest fear is being killed once she gives up her weapons.
“The great uncertainty and the fear of all of us is that this [getting killed] could happen to us. But I also trust my comrades,” she told Ramos. “One feels insecure because, despite everything, one has enemies. Just the fact you are in the FARC, you have enemies.”
The group’s chief negotiator, Ivan Marquez, echoed these fears last week, stressing assurances were vital for the peace deal to succeed.
Fighters must be given amnesty if peace in Colombia is to succeed, he said an interview with CNN en Español. For many Colombians, the idea of forgiving rebels for a conflict that has claimed an estimated 220,000 lives and displaced about five million, is unfathomable.
READ: The last armed conflict in Latin America is finally ending
Ten years ago, Felipe Rodríguez became a guerrilla. At 23, he only has a basic education and the only thing he really knows how to do is shoot a weapon.
Soon he will be joining the many other soldiers who are trying to prepare for a new life. For him, finishing school is a priority, and then he will figure out the rest.
But his biggest fear is that the government won’t keep their word on the peace accord.
Like Mireya and Rodríguez, many rebels want to believe in the possibility of peace through a political process. The accord offers the FARC 10 seats in congress as the group pivots to a future through political participation instead of war.
“We always wanted an exit from this conflict through peaceful means. The comrades have always instilled this. Always,” Rodríguez said. “Consciously, we have always known that we aim to go for power, may it be through arms which was the only thing they left us as an alternative or through a political path.”

Searching for their lost loved ones

Like many among the tens of thousands of soldiers who were recruited as young kids, Mireya and Rodríguez don’t know about their family’s whereabouts or if they are even alive.
Mireya has tried to find her family before but has been unsuccessful. “I don’t know if they are alive or dead,” she said.
The thought of seeing his mother after 10 years makes Rodríguez wonder what will he do when he sees her.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Look at her, hug her, give her all the love that I could never giver her while I was absent.”
READ: FARC rebels release child soldiers
These soldiers all have a past and families they hope to come home to. They told CNN en Español they are tired and want to have a normal life like other Colombians.
However, the Colombia they hope to see might not be what they have fought for.
“We are brothers, a war that the poor are fighting because the rich of this nation have never sent their children to war,” Rodríguez said. “The soldiers and the police that have fallen in this war are poor families just like ours.”
“What we all dream of is a country where everyone has education, health, everything. That everyone has a home to live in and that misery and hunger end,” Mireya said.

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China is cutting off cash to Venezuela

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Venezuela can’t pluck leaves off China’s money tree anymore.

After pouring billions into Venezuela over the last decade, China is cutting off new loans to the Latin American nation. It’s a major reversal of relations between the two nations, experts say. It also comes at the worst time for Venezuela, which is spiraling into an economic and humanitarian crisis.

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What’s the magic formula for making it in F1?

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Talent is vital in Formula One, but so too is money and luck for drivers looking to break into F1, says veteran motorsport journalist Maurice Hamilton.

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Magnussen escapes unscathed after fire

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  • Kevin Magnussen’s car catches fire at Malaysian GP practice
  • Renault driver forced to leap from cockpit to avoid flames
  • Magnussen was unhurt and able to take part in further practice
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen was fortunate to walk away unscathed after his car caught fire in the pit lane during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix Friday.
The Danish driver had just completed his first installation lap but was forced to make a quick exit as the cockpit was enveloped in flames.
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Renault engineers later blamed the fuel breather system as the source of the fire and revealed that the car had suffered surprisingly little damage.
“We had a fuel leak from a breather,” said Renault technical director, Nick Chester. “It looks like the tank pressurized, but we will investigate. We were running the tank full and we were running some experimental parts really in preparation for Mexico.
“Everyone’s okay, that’s the main thing. Fortunately the car doesn’t seem to be too badly damaged.”
Magnussen returned to the track for the second practice session later in the day, although he could only record the nineteenth fastest time of the 22 drivers on track.
Unsurprisingly the pace was set by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Read: Can Mexico’s first supercar compete with best?
Further back, the Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had the edge on Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton will be looking to overturn the narrow advantage held by Rosberg atop the drivers’ standings in Malaysia this weekend.

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