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NASSAU, Bahamas -- Every single player whos been asked about Tiger Woods return here at the Hero World Challenge has been overwhelmingly diplomatic. They all hope he plays well. They all hope he returns to prominence. They all hope he can once again become one of the worlds best golfers.Dont just take their word for it, though. Consider their actions.On Friday night during the recent Ryder Cup, the entire United States team huddled together in the team room. All 12 players were dressed in red, white and blue onesies with USA written on them, a gift from teammate Rickie Fowler. Thats right -- a dozen of the worlds best golfers, from Phil Mickelson to Dustin Johnson to Jordan Spieth, were covered neck-to-toe in red, white and blue onesies.Underneath those onesies, each player was wearing a red T-shirt, courtesy of Zach Johnson.As they gathered that night, Johnson stood up in front of the room and addressed the team.I just want to pay tribute to one of our assistant captains, he announced. A man who has done so much for this game.The entire team then stood up, unzipped the top half of their onesies and revealed those T-shirts showing a simple four-word message:MAKE TIGER GREAT AGAIN.I thought it was awesome, Woods recalled with a smile. It goes to show you the team bonding that we had, the team unity. Ive been out of the game. Ive been hurt. For them to come together and do something like that, it unified all of us. It was great.Woods will return to competition on Thursday following a 466-day hiatus after three back surgeries. For as much as the general public is filled with inquiring minds about the state of his health, his peers are equally curious to see what the near-41-year-old version of Woods can accomplish inside the ropes once again.And just like so many watching from home, theyll be rooting for him.We want our champion back, Bubba Watson said. We want our Tiger Woods back. We want him playing again.Hes still just turning every head when he walks into the dining area, added Spieth. Or if hes on the driving range, I mean, everybodys looking up to see him hit some shots. I was doing it this morning, interested obviously.Throughout this week, Woods has alternated between self-deprecating jokes about his age and serious concerns about entering this next phase of his career.Hes the oldest player in this weeks field, more than a decade older than six of his 17 fellow competitors, each of whom would relish the chance to compete against him when hes playing his best golf.We all hope for many reasons that he comes back fully healthy and his games fully back, Spieth explained. One, you dont ever want to see somebody go down because of injury. And two, I think it was a dream for all of us young guys to one day grow up and battle Tiger on a Sunday when he was playing his best and see if you can Y.E. Yang it, see if you can pull off a shot where you can take him down. Thats a dream for all of us.In other words, they just want to emulate those T-shirts and Make Tiger Great Again.The general consensus is that Tiger in peak form would push these other top players toward playing even better.Maybe they should be careful what they wish for.When the U.S. players unzipped their onesies that Friday night and revealed those T-shirts, Woods delivered a genuine spit-take, roaring with laughter at the scene unfolding in front of him.The team then urged him to make a speech. Woods stood at the front of the room and, as one player recalled, offered an ominous warning.Dont worry, he told them. Ill be back -- and all of you are going to be pretty upset. Jarrad Davis Jersey . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. 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New York won the NL East last season and went all the way to the World Series before losing to Kansas City.By clinching with one day to spare in the regular season, the Mets can save All-Star ace Noah Syndergaard for the wild-card game. The big right-hander could still get a brief tuneup Sunday against the Phillies, but should be fresh for Wednesday.Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in what was likely his penultimate game with the Phillies, who have dropped six straight. Patrick Schuster (0-1) took the loss.GIANTS 3, DODGERS 0SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Ty Blach outpitched ace Clayton Kershaw, and San Francisco held its lead for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season.The Giants stayed one game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild card.Blach (1-0) earned his first big league victory, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked one in his second start in the majors, and also got his first two hits.Sergio Romo closed for his fourth save.Angel Pagan homered in the fifth off Kershaw (12-4) to break a scoreless tie. Kershaw will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Washington -- the Los Angeles loss gave the Nationals home-field advantage.CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3ST. LOUIS -- Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday provided another big boost and St. Louis pushed the playoff race to the final day.The Cardinals trail San Francisco by one game for the second NL wild card.Gyorkos 30th homer came off Felipe Rivero (1-6).Kevin Siegrist (6-3) pitched the eighth. Seung Hwan Oh left runners at second and third for his 19th save.YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 3NEW YORK -- Tyler Austin tied the score with a seventh-inning home run, Austin Romine and Brett Gardner drove in two runs each in the eighth and New York rallied from a three-run deficit to stall Baltimores playoff push.Thanks to Detroits loss Saturday night, however, Baltimore (88-73) can clinch an AL wild card with a win Sunday at Yankee Stadium.All-Star setup man Brad Brach (10-4) took the loss. He was charged with a season-high four runs.Tyler Clippard (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth, and Dellin Betances struck out the side after an infield hit in the ninth. The Yankees stopped the Orioles three-game winning streak and sent them to their second loss in eight games.Mark Trumbo had four hits for Baltimore, which built a 3-0 lead against Luis Severino on Michael Bourns two-run single and Manny Machados 37th home run. Machados third-inning, opposite-field drive to right ended an 0-for-17 slide.BRAVES 5, TIGERS 3ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and last-place Atlanta damaged Detroits playoff hopes.Detroit began the day a half-game behind Toronnto for the second AL wild card.dddddddddddd The loss meant the Tigers no longer controlled their own fate.The Tigers will have ace Justin Verlander on the mound Sunday. Depending on the playoff scenario, Detroits regular season might extend with a makeup home game Monday against Cleveland.Atlanta took a 5-2 lead in the seventh on Adonis Garcias two-run single, but reliever Mauricio Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Chaz Roe struck out Miguel Cabrera and got J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play.Braves closer Jim Johnson gave up a run in the ninth on Jose Iglesias infield single but retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez to earn his 19th save. The Braves have won 11 of 13 heading into the last game at Turner Field.Blair (2-7) entered with an 8.02 ERA but gave up four hits and two runs in five innings.Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) went four innings and is 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA in four starts since June 24.NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1WASHINGTON -- Nationals rookie Trea Turner hit his 13th homer, Tanner Roark tuned up for the playoffs with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Washington beat Miami while clinching home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.NL East champion Washingtons third trip to the postseason in five years will begin Friday in the nations capital against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with Max Scherzer slated to face Clayton Kershaw.The Nationals, it turned out, didnt need to beat the Marlins -- which they did, thanks to Turner, Roark (16-10) and Bryce Harpers RBI single. The Dodgers loss to San Francisco assured Washington a better record and was announced before the bottom of the seventh to the Nationals Park crowd of 31,635, which responded with a standing ovation.Wei-Yin Chen (5-5) allowed two runs in five innings.Mark Melancon got four outs for his 46th save.INDIANS 6, ROYALS 3KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Francisco Lindor hit a two-out, two-run double during an eighth-inning rally to help Cleveland beat Kansas City .Kevin McCarthy replaced Matt Strahm (2-2) with a runner on and walked the bases loaded before Lindors double over third base.Mike Clevinger (3-3) won for the AL Central champs by retiring the only two batters he faced. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.Trevor Bauer tuned up for the postseason by striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball. Bauer will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Boston.REDS 7, CUBS 4CINCINNATI -- Jon Lester failed to become a 20-game winner, struggling for the first time since mid-July as the Reds pulled away to a victory over whats likely to be the Cubs lineup for the first game of the playoffs.Lester (19-5) gave up five runs in five innings, including Eugenio Suarezs two-run homer and a pair of RBI by Joey Votto. The left-hander hadnt allowed five runs in a start since July 9.Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been getting players -- especially his starting pitchers -- some rest heading into the postseason. Even so, the Cubs have won eight of 12, finishing one of their best regular seasons with a flourish. Chicagos 102 victories are its most since 1910.Tim Adleman (4-4) gave up three runs in five innings as part of a rare Reds victory over Chicago. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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