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  • Tom Watson picks Bradley, Mahan, Simpson for U.S. Ryder Cup team

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    U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson went with both form and experience when selecting his three wild-card picks. 

    Live Tuesday night from NBC’s famous Studio 8H – the home of “Saturday Night Live” in downtown New York City – Watson announced that Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson would round out the 12-man team that likely will be a significant underdog when the biennial matches begin Sept. 26-28 in Scotland.

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  • 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team announced

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    Here is a breakdown of United States captain Tom Watson's 12-man roster for the 40th Ryder Cup, which will be played Sept. 26-28 at PGA Centenary Course in Gleneagles, Scotland. Click here for European team capsules. The Europeans are the reigning champion, having won, 14 1/2-13 1/2 at Medinah Country Club in 2012.

    Bubba Watson: Equipped with game-changing length, Watson should have a huge advantage on a course that likely will play long and soft – if he can stay mentally in the game. He’ll have to turn around his recent form, however, as he has no top 10s since June.

    Rickie Fowler: He’s arguably the team’s best player, with no finish outside the top 13 since June. Fowler will look to ride the momentum of his last Ryder Cup overseas, when he made four consecutive birdies in singles to steal a half point.

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  • Wes Welker suspended four games for PED use

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    Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

    According to multiple reports, Welker tested positive for a banned amphetamine.

    Welker becomes one of the highest-profile NFL players to be busted for a PED violation. Welker led the league in receptions three times while with the Patriots, and he was a component of the best offense in the NFL last year with the Broncos.

    There’s been much talk in recent days about whether Welker would be healthy enough to play in Week One after suffering a preseason concussion, but now that talk is moot: Welker will miss four games regardless of whether he is cleared by the league’s concussion protocol.

    The Broncos should be in OK shape at receiver even without Welker, thanks to the signing of free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the drafting of rookie receiver Cody Latimer.

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  • Who should Tom Watson choose to fill out US Ryder Cup team?

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    U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson makes his three wild-card picks Tuesday night in New York. Who will he take? That won't be announced until 7 p.m. ET (on Golf Channel). Who should he pick? Our writers offer some advice.

    By RYAN LAVNER

    Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, Billy Horschel.

    Bradley is the no-brainer pick of the trio, given not just his form this season but his potential pairing with Phil Mickelson. He eats, breathes and sleeps the Ryder Cup, and Tom Watson could use as many of those guys as possible.

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  • Will 49ers cut Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest?

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    The 49ers on Saturday reworked the contract of defensive end Ray McDonald to lower his salary-cap number by $2.11 million for the upcoming season, a source confirmed. On Sunday morning, however, McDonald was taken into custody by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. He posted $25,000 bail and was released later that morning.

    -- Matt Maiocco, CSNBayArea.com

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  • Derek Carr's starting nod highlights Raiders' ineptitude at QB

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    Mike Florio questions whether Oakland's decision to start rookie Derek Carr in Week 1 is more a compliment of Carr or a sign of the Raiders' inability to identify quality veteran quarterbacks. The team brought in former Texans starter Matt Schaub during the offseason, but he completed just 24 of 47 passes in the preseason with no touchdowns and an interception. Carr, on the other hand, was 30 of 45 for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

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  • $30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing for J.J. Watt

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    More details are trickling in regarding the new contract for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

    Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Watt will receive $30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing.  The source says that the balance converts at the beginning of the 2016 league year.

    Which means that, after two more seasons, $51.876 million will be fully guaranteed for Watt.  That’s a far better structure than the Colin Kaepernick deal, which won’t see the injury-only guarantees fully flip for five years.

    The structure beyond 2016 still becomes important, because at some point the Texans may have to choose between Watt and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.  The bigger Watt’s cash and cap numbers after Clowney finishes his third season, the less the Texans will have to pay both of them.

    - ProFootball Talk, NBC Sports

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  • Why Michael Sam isn't on an NFL roster

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    The Rams cut their roster down to the required 53-man size on Saturday and seventh-round pick Michael Sam was not one of the players included. The rookie, who happens to be the first openly gay player in NFL history, then cleared waivers but was passed over for St. Louis' 10-man practice squad as well. Now, four days removed from cut day, Sam has still yet to find a home in the league. NBCSN football analyst Ross Tucker joined The Dan Patrick Show to explain why he believes the first-year defensive end has been unable to land on an NFL roster.

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