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US Presidents Cup team to stand for national anthem

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Steve Stricker, captain of United States Presidents Cup team, said his team will stand for the national anthem during the opening ceremony Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

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Steve Stricker, the captain of the United States’ Presidents Cup team, says his team will stand together for the playing of the national anthem at the opening ceremony on Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Stricker said he met with his four assistant captains, talked it over with his 12 players on a bus ride to New York on Tuesday, and reached a quick consensus. ‘‘So we were going to do what we always do, and that’s take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag. So that’s what we’re planning on doing,’’ Stricker said. The discussions followed a widespread demonstration during NFL games in response to President Donald Trump’s comments that players should stand for the national anthem or be fired . . . Davis Love III, a PGA Champion and two-time Ryder Cup captain, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with former LPGA stars Lorena Ocha and Meg Mallon, Ian Woosnam and late British golf writer Henry Longhurst.

WNBA

Fowles, Lynx rebound in Game 2

The Minnesota Lynx were still stinging two days after they failed to grab a single rebound in the first quarter of their Finals-opening loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. So Sylvia Fowles decided to grab them all in Game 2. Fowles grabbed a Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the visiting Sparks, evening the series at one game apiece. ‘‘When we really put our minds to rebounding nobody can stop us. I think that was fresh in my head,’’ Fowles said, referring to the zero rebounds. ‘‘My mind-set was just crash the boards. Every opportunity I got, crash the boards.’’ Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve torched her veteran team Monday after getting behind 28-2 in the first eight minutes Sunday. She took little solace in watching them rally to a late lead, saying any pats on the back were from ‘‘Loserville.’’ On Tuesday, Fowles broke Taj McWilliams-Franklin’s record of 16 for Connecticut in 2005. Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 12, and the Lynx held the defending champions to 38.7 percent shooting while bouncing back from a last-second loss in Game 1.

Hockey

Laraque: White House trip ‘just wrong’

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Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque says it is “an embarrassment” that the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are willing to visit President Trump at the White House. Laraque, who was a black player in a predominantly white league, told The Canadian Press that even though hockey is more conservative than other sports, “this time it’s just wrong.” The Penguins say they plan to make the traditional White House visit made by championship teams . . . The Canadian women’s hockey team will host the archrival United States in Winnipeg on Dec. 5 in a pre-Olympic matchup. The game is one in a series of six — including an Oct. 25 date in Boston — Canada and the US will play prior to February’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Soccer

Refs get lifetime bans in match-fixing

The Malawi National Referees Association handed down lifetime bans to four game officials in the southern African country for match-fixing after receiving just $20 between them to fix a game and returning $15 to the team doing the bribing because it still lost. Referee Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Limbani Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri, were all found guilty of fixing a national cup match. The fixing was revealed after lower league team Nchalo United still lost a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw and demanded its money back . . . Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help two-time defending champion Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage . . . Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat trick to lead host Sevilla to a comfortable 3-0 win over Maribor in Group E of the Champions League.

Miscellany

WADA bars French anti-doping lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency has provisionally prohibited France’s only accredited anti-doping laboratory from doing testing work after a positive sample it analyzed from a bodybuilder contaminated two other samples with traces of a steroid . . . Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider O.J. Simpson’s 1989 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse when it granted his release because it wasn’t listed in the national clearinghouse of FBI crime data . . . Retired tennis pro James Blake called for the dismissal of James Frascatore, the New York Police officer who tackled and mistakenly arrested Blake outside a Manhattan hotel in 2015. Lawyers for the policeman argued during an internal disciplinary trial for a loss of 10 vacation days as punishment . . . Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Richardson played 46 NFL games with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. He was traded to Indy for a 2014 first-round pick and cut after two seasons.