en-US Las Vegas#039; pop-up golf course will showcase first putting championships The world’s best amateur and pro putters are coming to Las Vegas on Friday to compete in the first golf putting championships at a temporary 18-hole course adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort Casino. The Major Series of Putting championships are scheduled to start Friday and continue through... Mon, 23 2017 13:15:00 GMT Ronald Koeman, Everton Part Ways After 16 Months Everton have sacked Ronald Koeman with the team 18th in the Premier League table.  The Toffees announced the news on Monday: The Dutchman has departed having lost five of their last seven league matches, while in the UEFA Europa League, they have secured just one point from three games, having been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Apollon Limassol and beaten 3-0 and 2-1 by Atalanta and Lyon. Bleacher Report's Matt Jones repeatedly questioned Koeman's future after the Lyon defeat and shipping five goals against Arsenal on Saturday: After slipping to a 1-0 defeat against Burnley on October 1—at Goodison Park, no less—Koeman had been given a vote of confidence by major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, per broadcaster Jim White: However, the coach has now been relieved of his duties. A promising first season at the club saw him guide Everton to seventh place in the English top flight, eight points shy of sixth-placed Manchester United but 15 clear of Southampton in eighth. United snapped up Romelu Lukaku in the 2017 summer transfer window, leaving the club without their primary goalscorer. While adequately replacing a player of his calibre was always going to be difficult, Everton's disastrous start has come after spending close to £140 million in the transfer window, bringing in the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Wayne Rooney among others. Integrating so many new players into the side takes time, and Koeman has also been without the injured Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie amid a difficult start to the season that has already seen them face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and United. Nevertheless, the manner of the performances he has coaxed out of his players has not been inspiring, and it's clear the powers that be at Goodison Park did not trust the 54-year-old to turn things around. The Toffees must now work to bring in a boss they believe can do just that and help them challenge for the top four. Doing the latter would seem unlikely this season, though, with the team already lagging behind their rivals. Mon, 23 2017 12:39:47 GMT Where the Peppers Grow Each week, Roads Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit its online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. Mon, 23 2017 11:30:00 GMT What it#039;s like to take a £4,500 first class flight on Lufthansa Frequent flier and points expert Gilbert Ott is no newbie to luxury travel — but his experience flying first class on Lufthansa left him impressed. As owner of air miles site God Save the Points, he spends his time travelling the globe in first class, writing about the latest hacks in the travel industry, from how to get cheap flights to how to make economy feel like first class. In July, he took a £4,500 ($5,900) flight on Lufthansa first class for just $750 (£570) using air miles. He departed from Frankfurt Airport heading to New York — and he documented his luxurious experience in a video. Scroll down to see what it's like to fly first class on Lufthansa, according to the man who travels in style on the cheap.This is frequent flier and points expert Gilbert Ott. In July, he paid $750 (£570) for a £4,500 flight in first class on Lufthansa by using Asiana Club miles, which he earned by purchasing Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points. "It’s a little over eight hours in change, and I’d flown over in economy for a short work trip, so it was a very welcomed improvement," Ott told Business Insider. "To be on a plane with four cabins, and be in the one that only has eight seats at the pointiest end is pretty cool." Ott arrived at Frankfurt Airport's First Class terminal — yes, there's a separate one — and said it was "like a hotel lobby but just for first class passengers," compete with a cigar bar, fine dining, unlimited booze, shower rooms, nap rooms, and private security. Once checked in and through to the lounge, he took a shower, "because I have my own bathroom to take showers in," he said. They gave out rubber duckies. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Mon, 23 2017 11:24:06 GMT Mario Balotelli Talks Real Madrid and Barcelona, Reveals Juventus Link Nice striker Mario Balotelli has said he "wouldn't cry" if he received a call from Barcelona but indicated his preferred club out of Spain's big two is Real Madrid. The 27-year-old Italian also revealed he held talks with Juventus before joining AC Milan when he left Manchester City in 2013, per Marca: "I like Real Madrid, but if Barcelona called me I wouldn't cry. First I talked to Juventus but then I decided to sign for Milan. I was a fan of the Rossoneri and [club vice-chairman Adriano] Galliani was there, with whom I get along." Nice are currently 14th in Ligue 1 after losing six of their opening 10 matches, including their last three on the bounce. It is a hugely disappointing run of form for Les Aiglons, who finished third in the French top flight last term. Balotelli top-scored for the club in 2016-17, netting 15 goals in 23 appearances, per His own form has been impressive again in the new campaign, as he has scored five league goals in as many starts. But Balotelli's contract expires at the end of the season and Nice may struggle to keep hold of him unless the club's form improves considerably. It does not seem overly likely Real or Barca would make a move for Balotelli. He is currently in fine form, but he has historically been a frustratingly variable and temperamental player, both on and off the pitch. Given Barca and Real can attract the brightest and best talent from across the globe, it would be a shock were either to move for Balotelli with his history of courting controversy. Mon, 23 2017 11:49:00 GMT Trump played golf for the 75th time of his presidency Cost to Taxpayer: At least $74,899,027 Given that Trump owns the properties where this money is being spent, how much of that went straight into Donald Trump's pocket? Staff, security personnel, all eating, drinking, sleeping at Trump-owned properties every weekend. Mon, 23 2017 11:25:02 GMT U.S. Midwest oil refiners boost output, cut region#039;s dependence on Gulf Coast NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. refineries from Ohio to Minnesota are capitalizing on access to cheap crude from Western Canada and North Dakota oilfields, helping their region break a historic dependence on fuel from the Gulf Coast while redrawing oil trade maps. Mon, 23 2017 07:18:51 GMT Trump, Abe set golf date for start of US leader#039;s Asia tour Donald Trump will start his first trip to Asia as the U.S. president next month in somewhat predictable fashion: with a round of golf. Mon, 23 2017 07:05:08 GMT Dion Lewis, Mohamed Sanu and More Fantasy Reaction from Falcons vs. Patriots The New England Patriots coasted past the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night in a rematch of Super Bowl 51 as Tom Brady led the defending champions with 249 yards and a pair of scores through the air.  But at this point, fantasy owners know what they're going to get from the five-time champion.  What wasn't as certain entering Sunday's prime-time tilt was the Patriots' backfield distribution, which ultimately favored the resurgent Dion Lewis and left bruiser Mike Gillislee in the dust.  There was also plenty to analyze from Atlanta's point of view, as the Falcons offense once again failed to connect on the deep shot plays that helped propel the team to an NFC title a year ago.    Dion Lewis Powers the Patriots Backfield A week after he logged double-digit carries (11) for the first time this season, Lewis continued to trend in a positive direction, as he tallied 13 carries for a season-high 76 yards as the Patriots' early-down workhorse.  Gillislee, meanwhile, managed eight carries for 31 yards and has now gone five straight games without a touchdown after registering four scores over the first two weeks of the regular season.  Rotoworld's Evan Silva noted the two backs are headed in opposite directions with the second half of the season approaching, while the Boston Globe's Ben Volin pointed to Lewis' usage late in the fourth quarter as a positive sign for his season-long stock:  Elsewhere,'s Matt Harmon was blunt in his assessment of Gillislee's skill set:  Not to be overlooked was pass-catching specialist James White, whose role remained intact.  According to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, White finished second among Patriots running backs with 23 snaps, as he totaled four carries for 19 yards and five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown:  Jahnke also observed improved push up front helped fuel a rejuvenated rushing attack:  Now the proud owner of strong back-to-back efforts, Lewis can be viewed as a low-end RB2 with a hint of upside, while Gillislee is looking more and more like a touchdown-dependent RB4.  White, however, should continue to be viewed as a legitimate flex candidate, especially in PPR formats.    Mohamed Sanu Solid in Return from Hamstring Injury Mohamed Sanu missed the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins because of a nagging hamstring issue, but he didn't look limited at all Sunday night.  Although he didn't lead the Falcons in receiving—that honor belonged to Julio Jones (nine catches, 99 yards, TD)—Sanu racked up six receptions for 65 yards on a season-high 10 targets.  Sanu was also on the field for all but six offensive snaps, per Jahnke:  The 28-year-old is still more of a safety blanket than anything else, but considering he's topped five catches in three of his five appearances this season, there's reason to believe he could be a borderline flex play in PPR leagues with some increased volume.    Matt Ryan's Struggles Continue Against Porous Patriots Secondary The NFL's reigning MVP is officially bordering on liability status in fantasy circles after he completed 23-of-33 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown Sunday night.  Now six games into the 2017 season, Ryan has one multi-touchdown game (Week 3) and has finished with a yards-per-attempt average of 9.0 or greater twice a season after he led the league with a mark of 9.3.  Furthermore, Ryan hasn't topped 250 yards passing in his past three games and has managed the same number of touchdowns (three) as interceptions during that disappointing stretch.'s Michael Fabiano noted the absence of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has likely contributed to Ryan's woes:  In Week 8, Ryan and the Falcons will draw the New York Jets—who surrendered 304 yards and four touchdowns to the Miami Dolphins passing tandem of Jay Cutler and Matt Moore in Sunday's 31-28 loss in South Florida. Mon, 23 2017 05:23:08 GMT Golf roundup: Justin Thomas wins CJ Cup in a playoff over Marc Leishman Justin Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday in Jeju, South Korea, to win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA Tour. Thomas sealed his fifth PGA title in 2017 — and his first of the new 2017-18 PGA season — when he birdied the... Sun, 22 2017 17:20:00 GMT