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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Sorenstam to captain

Annika Sorenstam will captain the European Solheim Cup team next year in Des Moines, Iowa. The Ladies European Tour unveiled the selection at the ANA Inspiration on Wednesday, a day before the start of the major championship. Sorenstam played in the matches eight times from 1994 to 2007, helping Europe beat the US in 2000 and 2003, and was an assistant captain in three events. The 45-year-old Swede won 72 times on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Juli Inkster is returning to captain the US team after leading the US to a comeback victory last year in Germany. The matches are from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20 next year at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

ATHLETICS

Pistorius sentencing in June

Disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend, Sky News reported on Wednesday. Citing sources, Sky News said Pistorius will be sentenced between June 13 and 17. Pistorius, known as “Blade Runner” for the carbon fiber prosthetic blades he used to race, faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence. The South African Supreme Court in December last year upgraded the 29-year-old Paralympian’s sentence on appeal to murder from “culpable homicide” — South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence. Pistorius was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Oct. 19, having spent one day less than a year behind bars for shooting dead model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, in a case that attracted worldwide interest and continues to fascinate and divide South Africa.

MOTOR RACING

Hamilton eager for Bahrain

Three-time drivers world champion Lewis Hamilton says he relishes the prospect of another wheel-to-wheel scrap with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari team at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The 31-year-old Briton, who finished second behind Rosberg at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, has been involved in previous thrilling and close battles with the German at the Bahrain International Circuit. And he fought back after a bad start in Australia to help Mercedes deliver a one-two at the opening race after a fight to catch and overhaul the Ferrari drivers, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and the Finnish 2007 title-winner Kimi Raikkonen. “I’m excited by the thought that there will be more races like Melbourne,” Hamilton said. “We know there are going to be weekends where we are a few seconds up the road ahead of the Ferrari [team], races where it’s wheel to wheel and some races where they might be ahead. At the moment, we really don’t know what lies ahead and that makes it exciting. Bahrain has been very entertaining for the past two seasons so more of the same would be great for everyone.”

BASKETBALL

Lauren Jackson retires

Injuries finally succeeded in doing what many of Lauren Jackson’s opponents could not do: prevent her from exceling on the basketball court. The 34-year-old Australian retired yesterday, ending an illustrious career that saw her star for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and lead Australia to four Olympic medals. A fifth Olympics could have been the Rio Games in August, but that possibility ended with her announcement on the same court she began playing at Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport in 1997, and where her Olympic teammates were training.

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