Presidents Cup 2013: Analyzing United States’ Triumph Over International Team

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United States Steel Corporation : Workers and employers face off at Supreme Court

There were 12 singles matches to be finished over the course of the rest of the day. The Internationals couldn’t possibly put another scare into the United States, could they? Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports Well…almost. Ernie Els,Jason Day,Graham DeLaetand Adam Scott all ripped off wins in the early afternoon, keeping the International team’s comeback hopes alive.Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson had each gotten wins, leaving the red, white and blue just one halving away from another triumph. But much like a year ago, the Internationals had pilfered momentum by mid-afternoon as the final matches of the day started revving up. The visiting side held leads or were within one stroke late in each of the final singles matches of the day, leaving Yahoo! Sports’ Shane Bacon to awaken (you see, that rhymes) the slumbering golf public by telling them to start following the action: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images This comeback would prove futile, however, thanks to a man whose performance in these events has often drawn criticism. Woods certainly didn’t play his best round on Sundayhis round translated to even par on Sundaybut he took advantage of Sterne’s mistakes. The world’s top-ranked player twice won holes where his opponent hit balls into the water (No. 9 and No. 12) and captured a critical win on No. 16 when Sterne sent his approach flying over the green. That win culminated a sensational week for Woods, who has been battling a nagging back injury throughout the fall.

The case contends that some of the terms in these now ubiquitous agreements are essentially bribes. If the court agrees, employers and unions that enter into agreements with such terms would be committing felonies, legal experts say. The two union cases have reached the court in large part due to the efforts of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represents workers that don’t want to be unionized in both cases. One of its lawyers, William Messenger, said victory in both cases would be “very significant” for his organization’s mission. “Everyone should be able to decide individually who they associate with,” he added. RENEWED FOCUS? The National Labor Relations Board case hinges on a broad issue concerning the president’s power to make so-called “recess appointments” when the U.S. Senate, which would normally have to approve them, is not in session. The case will have a direct impact on companies involved in disputes with employees because if the court rules for the challenger, Noel Canning Corp, it would knock out hundreds of labor relations board decisions dating back to January 2012 and require them to be reconsidered. The steel plant case has much smaller ramifications, focusing as it does on the meaning of the phrase “changing clothes” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. A group of 800 current and former hourly workers at the U.S. Steel Corp plant in Gary, Indiana, say they should be compensated for changing clothes because it is a key part of their job. Looking at all four cases, Shanmugam warned against drawing too many conclusions on whether the court has a new interest in labor issues because, he noted, they all deal with quite separate legal questions.