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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The top five players on the PGA Tour this season should be plenty rested going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.Most of them havent played since the PGA Championship three weeks ago.Thats because most of them didnt go to the Olympics.Jason Day is the No. 1 player in the world and No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, narrowly moving past U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson on the strength of his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. They are followed by Adam Scott, Russell Knox and Jordan Spieth.Knox won the Travelers Championship a week after the PGA Championship, but with a chance to earn Ryder Cup points last week, the Scot decided he needed a rest.The playoffs begin Thursday at The Barclays, which returns to Bethpage Black.At the end of this five-week bonanza is a $10 million bonus to the winner. Thats still a long way off. For now, there is plenty to keep their attention.RYDER CUP QUALIFYING: The Barclays is the final week for American players to earn points -- one point for every $1,000 in PGA Tour earnings -- toward getting one of the eight automatic spots on the Ryder Cup team.Five already have been decided -- Johnson, Spieth, Phil Mickelson, PGA champion Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka. Brandt Snedeker tied for third last week to move up to No. 6 and would appear to be safe. He is ahead of Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed, the lone Olympian from that group.The purse at The Barclays is $8.5 million, so nothing is set except for whos not going to make it. Charley Hoffman at No. 22 is the last player who has a mathematical shot, and its a long shot at that.As for Rickie Fowler? He would have to finish no worse than a two-way tie for fourth.THE POINTS: The PGA Tour made a slight tweak to the points system for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Points are quadrupled for the next three weeks, instead of being five times their normal value in previous years.The hope is that it allows for volatility in these big events, without someone far down in the pack having one good week and being locked in for the Tour Championship.The top 125 qualify for the playoffs, and then its a matter of attrition.The top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the second playoff event next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship; the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship the following week at Crooked Stick outside Indianapolis. The top 30 move on to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.THE COURSE: Bethpage Black rose to prominence when the public golf course hosted the U.S. Open in 2002, and Tiger Woods held off Sergio Garcia and Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open. It hosted another U.S. Open in 2009, when Lucas Glover won in a rain-delayed finish.Now its on the rotation for the FedEx Cup playoffs, with Nick Watney winning The Barclays in 2012.The course is famous for its warning sign on the first tee: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.It should say its a risk even for really good players, Spieth said. The course Ive played the last two days is up there with the hardest, probably top-five courses Ive ever played in my life. And its Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and its soft.THE BUBBLE: Jim Furyk (No. 94) and Steve Stricker (No. 98) did well to make it to the playoffs because of their limited schedules -- Stricker only plays a dozen times a year, and Furyk started late because of wrist surgery.All it takes is one good week to keep advancing. If they miss the cut, odds are they wont stay in the top 100.Among those outside the top 100 are Keegan Bradley at No. 106. Happy to be here is Shawn Stefani, who tied for 14th last week to move into the top 125 (at No. 123) and even have a chance.PLAYER OF THE YEAR: The FedEx Cup figures to sort out who will be the front-runner for PGA Tour player of the year.Major champions typically get the vote from the players, but there are four of them this year -- Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker. Jason Day won The Players Championship and leads the tour with three victories, so he cant be ruled out.Day believes he only has to win two events to be voted player of the year. Cheap Air Max 270 Green .S. hockey team after paying his dues as an NHL general manager for more than three decades and giving up a lot of his free time to help USA Hockey. Cheap Air Max 270 Gold . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. http://www.airmax270cheap.us/ . 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It beat a strongly-favored Belgium side 3-1 on Friday to line up a semifinal against Portugal, the national teams biggest achievement since reaching the quarterfinals of the 1958 World Cup.However, its a case of sporting success with a tragic backdrop.Over the past five years, the Welsh squad and its supporters have been coping with the sudden death of its coach, Gary Speed, who was found hanged in his home in 2011 at the age of 42.His childhood friend and fellow coach Chris Coleman took over the work that Speed had just begun with Welsh football, a sport constantly in the shadow of rugby -- in which Wales has enjoyed global success -- and in a country with a population of just over 3 million.Speeds progressive methods were starting to pay dividends when he died, a blow to Welsh football lovers who saw the young coach as a role model. He played 85 times for Wales and was its coach for less than a year.At every major game, the Welsh fans still sing in memory of Speed. Theres only one Speedo, goes the chant.At Euro 2016, excitement about the national team is clearly growing and tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey across the English Channel next week for the game against Portugal in Lyon.That support has become crucial to Welsh success. From a country famed for its singing, the national anthem of Wales, the 1856 song Hen Flad Fy Mhadau -- which translates into English as Land of my Fathers -- seems to inspire the team.You only have to listen to the `hwyl (of the anthem) to know the effect it has on the boys, spectator James Owen of Abertillery, southern Wales, said in Lille. The national anthem brings tears to your eyes and makes your hair stand on end when its sung in a football or rugby stadium.Only the Welsh understand the power of their anthem, which translates as follows.The Land of my fathers is dear unto meLand of Poets and singers and people of statureHer brave warriorss, fine patriotsShed their blood for freedom.ddddddddddddWhen Coleman took over in January 2012, Wales had recently been outside the top 100 in the world by FIFA rankings. Wales came into Euro 2016 in 26th position and will rise even further following its run to the semifinals. With 10 goals from five games, Wales is also among the top scoring teams in the competition.From the qualifying competition to the final tournament, success has helped to make Wales a closely-knit squad -- and that also includes their children.After the final whistle, as the crowd sings to the team, the players regularly bring their children onto the pitch and let them run around kicking footballs. About 10,000 fans cheered Gareth Bales three-year-old daughter in Paris when she managed to kick the ball into the net.We never forget our belief and our identity, Coleman told a news conference after Fridays victory.Bale is the teams undoubted star, but he is much more of a team player with Wales than he is with Real Madrid. As captain, he leads by example, working tirelessly.His relationship with Wales could not be more different than that of his club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo with the rest of the Portugal squad. Ronaldo often appears aloof from other players in the national side, and he can win games single handedly.There is also a contrast between the fortunes of the Welsh and their neighbor England, which still sees itself as a footballing giant despite a consistent record of tournament failure since winning the World Cup in 1966.Welsh fans chanted, Are You Watching England as Wales scored its third goal in the victory over Belgium, one of the tournament favorites.England failed to make it beyond the last 16, slumping to an embarrassing defeat to Iceland.From watching Euro 2012 on TV to playing in the semifinals of Euro 2016, the turnaround for the Welsh is little short of remarkable.Four years ago we were as far away as you can be from where we are right now, Coleman said. We find ourselves in an incredible position. China NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '