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CHASKA, Minn. Authentic Nike Free . -- The first question Rickie Fowler was asked at the Ryder Cup was as good an indication as any of how his year has gone.Can you talk a little about facial hair in golf and your view of it?Fowler is one of golfs it boys, part of young generation of tour players who hang out and vacation together and are as knowledgeable about fashion as they are about flop shots. Theyre masterful at brand-building and are all over social media. Theyre comfortable in the spotlight, engaging and almost always in demand, even when they dont win consistently, which is another way of summing up Fowlers rocky season.He won in January at Abu Dhabi against a field that rivaled most PGA Tour events. A month later, he blew a two-shot lead in Phoenix with two holes left and lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama and his tableau for the rest of his year was set. Fowler subsequently blew leads in Charlotte and New York, making him 0 for 4 when he held the 54-hole lead on tour and eventually costing him both an automatic qualifying berth for the Ryder Cup and a slot in the season-ending Tour Championship.It was a stunning reversal of fortunes, considering the momentum Fowler was building. He finished in the top five of all four majors in 2014, and won twice -- including The Players Championship, golfs unofficial fifth major -- only a year ago. Part of that skid could be the result of fatigue, especially the last two months or so, when Fowler traveled to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics and wound up playing on the road eight out nine weeks.Im feeling better about the game, having those two weeks off than I would have getting ready for the ... Tour Championship, he said. I was able to go relax, rest, recover and then use the week to practice.Im rested and ready to go, he added a moment later. That was big for me after the summer we had.Somewhere in between, Fowler found time to grow a mustache in solidarity with pal Justin Thomas that they dubbed playoff `staches. When his postseason bid fell away, Fowler planned to leave on the facial hair to support J.T. through the playoffs. But then he had to film a video, and off came the mustache.While Fowler and his pals have eschewed the intimidation tactics and cut-throat approach to competition that was part of so many of the tool boxes the last generation carried around, the temptation to do so could prove tempting this weekend. The Ryder Cup is easily the most partisan event in the gentlemanly game, especially since Europe has won the last three and eight of the last 10. And almost on cue, some Europeans have already turned U.S. captain Davis Loves description of his squad as the best team, maybe, ever assembled into a rallying cry.Fowler insists he wont take the bait.It doesnt change for me. I may not be able to talk for everyone, but I dont feel that anyone is acting any differently toward each other, whether its between team or opposing teams, he said. Its an accomplishment just to be here.This will be Fowlers third try and some validation is in order. He was a captains pick this year and in 2010 and has yet to win a match in four-ball, foursomes or singles, losing three and halving three others.I dont think theres any trick to it, he said. At the end of the day, youve just got to go out and beat those other guys. Cheap Nike Free Cheap Nike Free On Sale . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. LUBBOCK, Texas -- Skyler Howard and his West Virginia teammates have had a goal all season to score at least 40 points.They did it and then some on Saturday as the 20th-ranked Mountaineers shut down Texas Tech 48-17. Howard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to keep the Mountaineers unbeaten and in the hunt for the Big 12 title.It shows that we can do it, Howard said. It all goes back to the confidence.The Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) held Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2) to its lowest offensive output this season, just 379 yards, and harassed quarterback Patrick Mahomes most of the day. He threw for 305 yards, his second-lowest passing total of the season, and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Nic Shimonek.A 14-point turnaround in the second quarter helped the Mountaineers gain momentum. Sean Walters interception at the West Virginia 11 led to a TD pass from Howard to Justin Crawford at the other end of the field to put the Mountaineers up 17-7.We made some plays, got a good lead, Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said. We were able to control the ball and shorten the game. Thats, in a perfect world, what we wanted to happen and thats what happened.Howard completed 21 of 31 passes for 318 yards. Rushel Shell, who finished with 104 yards rushing for West Virginia, scored two rushing TDs in the fourth quarter as the Mountaineers pulled away.The Mountaineers got solid play from their defense all game, adding to the mojo the offense felt, Howard saidIts always good when the other side of the ball is doing great, he said. The whole team has confidence.Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said his teams performance was embarrassing and not what he expected.Its the worst Ive seen since Ive been associated with Texas Tech, he said. We seemed intimidated and they took it.Kingsbury said some missed practices might be affecting Mahomes rhythm with the team. Holgorsen, though, thought the juniior quarterback was off a bit physically. Cheap Nike Free Run. ahomes, he needs to get healthy, Holgorsen said. You can tell hes not quite 100 percent right now. But the way he keeps it alive, Ive never seen anything like it. He keeps his eyes down field, makes any throw that you want him to. I mean, hes a fantastic player.TAKEAWAYSWest Virginia: The Mountaineers improved their success dramatically in the red zone. Coming into the game, West Virginia had found the end zone on just eight of 18 trips inside opponents 20 (44 percent). They scored on each of their eight trips there Saturday.Texas Tech: The Red Raiders streak of nine home games with at least 50 points -- an NCAA record -- ended with this loss. Their offense was stymied in every facet by West Virginias defense. Texas Techs run game, which typically sets up the pass, was nearly nonexistent. They finished with just 34 rushing yards.POLL IMPLICATIONS: Its not likely that West Virginia will move up much in The AP Poll after downing an unranked team. But one never knows. They moved up two spots after a bye last weekend.TOO FEW POINTSTexas Techs 17 points were the fewest the Red Raiders have scored since falling to Texas 34-13 in 2014. The second-quarter shutout by WVU snapped a streak of 28 straight quarters in which the Red Raiders have scored.INTERCEPTION STREAKWalters interception was the first of his career, and the team now has one in four straight games. The Mountaineers have forced a turnover in all five games this season and in 10 of their last 11. Walters interception was WVUs sixth of the season.UP NEXT:West Virginia: The Mountaineers host TCU next Saturday.Texas Tech: The Red Raiders host Oklahoma, which is led by former Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield.---This story corrects spelling of Skyler Howard. ' ' '

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