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United States hold narrow lead in Presidents Cup

Late afternoon sunlight falls onto the 14th green during the opening fourball matches in   the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Photograph:Jeff Haynes/Reuters

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Report: United to open 787 base in Los Angeles Today in the Sky Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY 9:18 a.m. EDT October 4, 2013 A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner as seen near Boeing’s assembly line facility in Everett, Wash., in 2012. (Photo: United Airlines) China SHARE 331 CONNECT 52 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE United Airlines will make Los Angeles its second base for pilots who fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, according to FlightGlobal.com’s Edward Russell . Russell writes “subsidiary Continental captains and first officers will fly the aircraft when the base opens,” adding that “a timeline (for) when that will occur has not been set.” United first began flying the Dreamliner in November of 2012 . Until now, the carrier’s 787 pilot base has been at its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental. The establishment of a 787 pilot base at LAX comes as United increasingly looks to deploy its Dreamliners on Asian routes from the West Coast. ARCHIVES: First Dreamliner passengers sing new jet’s praises (October 2011) “Our 2014 international schedule has the 787 flying many routes to Asia,” Howard Attarian, United’s senior vice-president of flight operations, is quoted by FlightGlobal as saying in a September letter to United’s flight operations group. “In August, we told you that we believe this amount of flying warrants a west coast 787 base to reliably support our network. We have decided that LAX is the right location for this 787 base.” United’s trans-Pacific Dreamliner routes from the West Coast include flights from LAX to Shanghai and Tokyo Narita and soon-to-launch 787 routes between Seattle and Tokyo, San Francisco and Osaka and San Francisco and Chengdu, China . Also in western United States, United offers a trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo out of its Denver hub.

United States roster falling to pieces ahead of remaining 2014 World Cup qualifiers

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But Klinsmann (pictured along with Clint Dempsey ) will tell you that opportunities to fine tune and tweak between now and next summer are precious and few, and squandering these chances to reinforce all good tenets and to further fuse the combinations is wasteful. Either way, hes not going to have that chance over the next couple of weeks; his plan to use these upcoming qualifiers for further World Cup prep is unraveling, and quickly so. Lets look at the first-choice players who will not be available, or who will be limited in their fitness and abilities due to recent injuries: Michael Bradley could return to the training field for Roma this week, but his ongoing ankle injury makes a trip to the United States seem less and less likely. Everybody should know by now that Bradley is the one absolutely indispensable piece to this U.S. puzzle, so any efforts at a top performance begins with their midfield glue. Clint Dempseys hamstring issue (Where did he get this thing? No one seems to know.) has kept the U.S. attacker out of Seattles last two matches. Even if Dempseys condition improves, Seattle is likely to lobby for keeping him, for playoff positioning and Supporters Shield pursuits next week. Considering Dempsey is Major League Soccers top wage earner, it seems like a reasonable request. (MORE: U.S. Soccer and Jones refute reports of injury) Jermaine Jones status may be up in the air; reports out of Germany say surgery will have Jones on the shelf for a few weeks. But Jones and U.S. Soccer are refuting those reports, so stay tuned on this one. Either way, if Jones has a knee issue, its fair to wonder if Schalke will be excited about extra travel and matches that are, officially speaking, meaningless.

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Photograph:Jeff Haynes/Reuters Topics: First published: Fri, Oct 4, 2013, 09:47 The United States needed a par on the final hole to retain the overall lead over the Internationals on the first day of the Presidents Cup after almost throwing away a commanding advantage following a lengthy weather delay. Steve Stricker calmly got up and down from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker to par the 18th, sinking a three-footer to secure the decisive point that allowed the Americans to finish the opening fourballs leading by 3.5 points to 2.5. At one point, the Americans led in all six encounters at rain-softened Muirfield Village Golf Club where birdies were plentiful but South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel inspired a stirring fightback by the Internationals. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, who briefly donned garish wigs on the first tee, came from two down after seven holes to beat British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley 2&1 in a contest of high quality involving four former major winners. Bradley put the Americans two up by sinking a six-foot eagle putt at the par-five seventh but the South Africans won the next two holes with birdies, Oosthuizen draining a 16-footer at the eighth and Schwartzel tapping in a two-footer at the ninth. Oosthuizen then put the Internationals one up by knocking in a three-foot birdie putt at the par-five 11th, and his good friend Schwartzel sealed victory with a birdie at the 17th. We knew it was going to be difficult, Keegan and Phil are a great team, said 2010 British Open winner Oosthuizen. I think the break did us all really well, he added, referring to a thunderstorm delay of just under an hour-and-a-half which effectively stalled the early U.S. momentum. We came back out and felt refreshed. We just played well. Whenever Charl was in trouble; I played really well. And whenever I was in trouble, Charl played well. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar earned the first point of the day for the home side, hammering Argentinas Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman 5&4 in a match they led from the opening hole. We ham-and-egged it pretty good, said Woods. Kuch made a bunch of putts on the front nine, I got it rolling there for a little bit and on the back nine.