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Ryan Poehling pleased to return to Bell Centre for Canadiens scrimmage

7 hours 7 min ago
MONTREAL - When Ryan Poehling stepped onto the Bell Centre ice for the first time since his record-setting game last year, all the memories came rushing back. The Montreal Canadiens prospect made history in his NHL debut in the final game of last season, scoring three goals and then the shootout winner in a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the franchise’s best NHL debut since 1943. Five months later, the 20-year-old was back in the Canadiens home building for an intrasquad scrimmage at training camp on Sunday afternoon, which Team Red won 5-4 in a shootout over Team White. “It’s hard not to (think about it),” said Poehling, who had one assist for Team Red. “It might happen every time. I mean it’s a special place. To do what I did makes it even more special. I think that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life every time I step on that ice.” With Claude Julien’s first three lines likely already set in stone, it won’t be easy for one of the young players like Poehling to crack the Canadiens lineup ahead of the Oct. 3 season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes. Forwards Nick Suzuki, Nate Thompson, Nick Cousins, Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca, Jordan Weal, Michael McCarron and Poehling all have a shot at the fourth line. But none of those players really stepped up in the hour-long scrimmage in front of roughly 15,000 fans at the Bell Centre. Though none looked out of place, either. Thompson and Weal scored, Cousins and Poehling had an assist, while the others were left off the scoresheet. “I thought it went pretty well,” said Peohling, Montreal’s first pick (25th overall) in the 2017 draft. “You’re playing with new guys every day, so it takes a while to get adjusted. But my line adjusted pretty well and we played a little better in the second half and in overtime too we did a good job getting pucks to the net and creating turnovers.” The score was tied 2-2 after the first of two 30-minute periods. The Reds took a 3-2 lead through Mike Reilly’s shot off Poehling’s face-off win before the Whites tied it up again with Thompson beating backup goalie Keith Kinkaid from the crease at 22:30. With 1:30 left on the clock, Weal gave Team White a 4-3 lead - their first of the game - but Jeff Petry sent the scrimmage to overtime with a nifty dangle on a breakaway in the dying seconds. Paul Byron went top shelf on Cayden Primeau in the shootout to give Team Red the victory. “We’re ramping it up to the start of the season and everyone here is a skilled player and really talented,” said Suzuki, who led the OHL’s Guelph Storm to the Memorial Cup in May. “The speed and strength of everybody is huge and I think I can keep up. I gained weight and feel a lot stronger on my feet. Coming against these big guys, you need that.” Laval Rocket forward Alex Belzile got the Reds on the board first at 7:30 of the first period on a cross-crease feed from Petry. Jonathan Drouin tied the game at 13:30, beating Charlie Lindgren on a rebound off a point shot from David Sklenicka. Following a Shea Weber penalty, Team Red regained the lead through Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s penalty shot goal at 23:45 - a top-corner slap shot that blew past Carey Price. Kotkaniemi had missed a penalty shot two minutes earlier. “Did you see when I spoke to him (Price) before the second one? I told him to give me one please,” said the 19-year-old Kotkaniemi. “And he did it. Thank you Carey. I think he gave me that one.” With 20 seconds remaining in the first half-hour, Josh Brook scored the 2-2 equalizer in a goalmouth scramble. Both teams changed goalies after 30 minutes of play, with Primeau replacing Price and off-season acquisition Kinkaid in for Lindgren. Montreal’s first of seven pre-season games is against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on Monday. “Summer was long and it’s finally good to get things going,” said Kotkaniemi. “All the boys have been waiting for a long time. We’re finally here.” Notes: Forty-three players were dressed for the annual scrimmage. ... The Red versus White intrasquad game made its debut in 2013. Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

New York moves to enact statewide flavoured e-cig ban

7 hours 17 min ago
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. The council can issue emergency regulations that would go into effect as soon as they are voted on and start being enforced in as soon as two weeks, following a short grace period for retailers, officials said. In announcing the action, Cuomo sharply criticized the flavours that are for sale, like bubble gum and cotton candy. “These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said. Officials pointed to a significant increase of e-cigarettes by young people, which they said was driven by the flavours. According to data from the state health department, nearly 40% of high school seniors and 27% of high school students overall in the state use e-cigarettes. High school use went from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018. Nationwide, the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed traditional cigarette usage continuing to fall for students in 6th to 12th grade but vaping continuing to surge higher. The biggest player in the industry, Juul Labs Inc., said it was reviewing the announcement, but agreed with the need for action. The ban would not impact tobacco- and menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes, but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluating and that could change. Not including menthol brought criticism for Cuomo from some quarters. Cuomo “had the opportunity to take decisive action, but instead left menthol e-cigarettes on the marketplace,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, in an email statement. “While today’s announcement was well-intentioned, it will drive our youth to use menthol flavoured products in even greater numbers.” Cuomo signed legislation earlier this year raising the statewide smoking age to 21, and earlier this month signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping. Vaping is also under a federal spotlight , as health authorities look into hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. In his first public comments on vaping, President Donald Trump proposed a similar federal ban last week. The FDA has been able to ban vaping flavours since 2016, but hasn’t taken the step, with officials looking into whether flavours could help cigarette smokers to quit. The global market is estimated to have a value of as much as $11 billion. The industry has spent a lot of money in states around the country to lobby against state-level flavoured e-cigarette bans, in states including Hawaii, California, Maine and Connecticut. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month ordered that state’s health department to come out with emergency rules to prohibit flavoured e-cigarette sales. Juul reiterated Sunday the agreeable stance it had taken following Trump’s proposal. In an emailed statement, spokesman Austin Finan said, “We strongly agree with the need for aggressive category-wide action on flavoured products,” and “will fully comply with local laws and the final FDA policy when effective.” Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

7 hours 18 min ago
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria’s interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief’s demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address to the North African nation Sunday night called on citizens to make Dec. 12 “an historic day to make the dreams of our people concrete.” The powerful army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, has been pushing for elections as quickly as possible and even named Sunday as the date to announce them. A pro-democracy movement holding weekly protests since February wants time to organize elections that ensure all traces of the old system are gone. Bensallah took office as interim leader after Bouteflika, rarely seen since a 2013 stroke, was pushed out by protests in April following 20 years in power. Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term triggered the demonstrations. The interim leader has overstayed his constitutional time limit of 90 days. In his address, he said elections will return the oil- and gas-rich country to “constitutional legality and allow our people to choose its future president freely and sovereignly.” Bensallah last week pushed through two electoral measures, including the creation of a body to oversee the voting process, and parliament quickly gave its approval. While the body is said to be independent, the person chosen Sunday to lead it is a former justice minister long linked to past administrations, including Bouteflika’s. The army chief has said the political vacuum in Africa’s largest country must be filled with an elected president, and contended that the protesters are being manipulated by enemies from within and without. That Bensallah followed through as he demanded suggests that the army, which has run the country at least from behind the scenes since independence, maintains its hold on political life. Police, meanwhile, have increasingly cracked down on protesters. More than two dozen arrested during Friday’s march were jailed, their lawyers told the TSA online media outlet. Karim Tabou, 51, a well-known figure in the movement, was jailed Friday on charges of undermining the military, causing concern among opposition politicians and protesters. Numerous other citizens have been jailed since the Feb. 22 start of the peaceful demonstrations aimed at ridding Algeria of the Bouteflika era, mired in corruption. Among those jailed are people waving regional flags and, shocking for many, a veteran of Algeria’s independence war with France that ended in 1962. Protesters now demand that “political prisoners” be set free and many chant for the army chief to leave. Gaid Salah is widely believed to be behind the crackdown, which also has seen Bouteflika’s inner circle, including his brother Said, along with two once-powerful intelligence officials, jailed on treason charges. Many of the nation’s top industrialists also are behind bars on corruption charges. ___ Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed. Aomar Ouali, The Associated Press

Teen killed in ‘ambush’ shooting an innocent victim, says police chief

7 hours 36 min ago
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Police are searching for at least seven suspects who they say descended on an apartment complex west of Toronto on Saturday evening, firing indiscriminately and killing a teen described as an innocent bystander. Investigators believe the intended targets were a group of people preparing to film a rap video outside the building in Mississauga, Ont., but the “ambush-type” attack claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, said Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord. Five others were wounded in the incident - a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, two 17-year boys and a woman in her 50s. One has been released from hospital and the woman’s once-dire condition has improved, McCord said. “The attackers had complete disregard for public safety within our community,” McCord told reporters on Sunday. McCord said the suspects fired rounds from semi-automatic handguns at around 6:20 p.m. before fleeing the scene. They had been dressed in dark clothing, and some were hiding their faces with balaclavas. He said more than 100 shell casings have been recovered from the area so far, but officers are continuing to comb the scene. Another music video filmed at the location last week is believed to have motivated the attack, he said, adding that “information within that rap video that is challenging other people within the community.” Police haven’t yet identified the people in the video or interviewed the victims. He said the attack brought chaos to an otherwise beautiful late-summer evening, when families were out and about making purchases from an ice cream truck. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said the incident was “a senseless act of gun violence,” that’s prompting her to request more funding from the province to fight back against guns and gangs. “We are victims ourselves today of senseless tragedy and senseless violence and I think we need additional funding to combat that as well as dealing with the issue of illegal guns and getting them off the streets and including semi-automatic weapons and getting them out of the hands of the wrong people,” Crombie said. The federal government has earmarked $54 million for Ontario over three years to combat illegal gun and gang activity, with the funds earmarked for specialized prosecutors, policing projects and intelligence-gathering efforts in jails. The province has said it will use the cash to expand a dedicated team of firearms bail prosecutors in Peel Region and to establish a guns and gangs fund for policing projects in the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, which stretches from the Niagara Region to the Durham Region. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, currently campaigning for re-election, said he would speak later Sunday with Crombie about the shooting. At the scene of the shooting, residents were still reeling on Sunday. Marjorie Judhan, 73, who lives in the apartment complex, said she initially thought the gunshots were fire crackers, but moved away from the living room after she heard more shots ring out. She said she was so shaken by the incident that she couldn’t bring herself to follow her Sunday morning routine. “Usually I go to church but the way I’m feeling - I can’t,” she said. The Canadian Press

Randal Grichuk’s two home runs lift Toronto Blue Jays over New York Yankees 6-4

7 hours 54 min ago
TORONTO - Randal Grichuk snapped a tie with a three-run blast in the fifth inning for his second homer of the game to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday. The victory pushed Toronto (59-91) to a 2-1 series victory against the Yankees (98-53), who came to town with the best record in MLB. The Blue Jays completed their six-game American League East homestand with a 4-2 record against the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. After Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette pushed a bunt single past the left side of the mound with one out in the fifth, Cavan Biggio walked. Grichuk then crushed an 0-2 four-seam fastball from reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-1) into the second deck in left field. Grichuk extended his hit streak to eight games with his two home runs. The twin blasts brought his team-leading and career-high total to 28. Grichuk has gone 10 for 31 during his hit streak with three doubles, a triple, four homers and nine RBI. His solo blast to right centre field in the third inning off Yankees left-handed hurler Jordan Montgomery tied the game at 3-3. The lefty relieved opener Chad Green to begin the second inning. Montgomery made his first appearance since he injured his throwing elbow on May 1, 2018, and underwent Tommy John surgery. Montgomery, however, yielded three runs in his outing. After Aaron Judge gave New York the lead with a one-out homer to right field in the first inning, the Blue Jays scored twice in the second inning with two out. Infielder Brandon Drury doubled to left field and scored on Billy McKinney’s single to centre. He was driven home by Richard Urena’s double to left. Wilmer Font opened on the mound for Toronto. He gave way to 24-year-old righty T.J. Zeuch (1-0) to begin the second inning. Zeuch made his third appearance of the season. After an impressive second inning, the Yankees touched Zeuch for two runs in the third inning thanks to three hits and a walk to the first four batters. D.J. LeMahieu doubled in Tyler Wade, and Didi Gregorius knocked in LeMahieu with a single to right. Zeuch made it through 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs - two earned - with five strikeouts and three walks. The Yankees scored an unearned run in the seventh inning. Catcher Austin Romine led off with a double to left field with Zeuch still pitching. Romine scored two batters later because of a throwing error from third baseman Urena. Toronto’s Ken Giles worked a 1-2-3 ninth, including a game-ending strikeout of Judge, for his 20th save in 2019. The Yankees could have clinched a playoff berth with a win and a Cleveland Indians loss at home to the Minnesota Twins. Tim Wharnsby, The Canadian Press

Pettersen wins dramatic Solheim Cup for Europe then retires

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GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Suzann Pettersen stood over the final shot of her golfing career, not quite realizing it also was the last shot of the most dramatic Solheim Cup ever played. Europe’s players had their hands over their mouths, and their captain could barely watch. Blissfully unaware of what was unfolding was 1-year-old Herman, Pettersen’s first child who was also among the thousands around the 18th green at Gleneagles. The putt was from 7 feet, slightly left to right, and it never looked like missing. After being mobbed by her teammates on the 18th green, an emotional Pettersen held Herman in her arms and kissed him. The Europeans had regained the Solheim Cup and one of the stalwarts of women’s golf had her perfect ending. “Yeah, this is it. I’m completely done,” said the 38-year-old Pettersen, confirming her sudden decision to retire. “It doesn’t get any better.” On an afternoon of singles matches that pretty much had everything, Europe secured a 14 1/2-13 1/2 win over the United States to claim the biggest team prize in female golf for the first time since 2013. The final act, spread over two holes with virtually simultaneous putts, could not have been more thrilling. Just as Pettersen was addressing her putt at No. 18, U.S. player Ally McDonald slid a putt to the right of the hole at No. 17 and walked up to Bronte Law to concede the match in favour of the Europeans. The score changed to 13 1/2-13 1/2 and - without her even realizing - the outcome of the contest hinged on Pettersen. “I thought Bronte was in behind me on the (18th) fairway,” Pettersen said. “I actually didn’t know that it was THE putt.” That it was Pettersen who secured the winning point felt apt. She was a contentious wild-card pick by European captain Catriona Matthew because Pettersen had played just two tournaments - missing the cut in both - since November 2017. She had time off before and after giving birth to Herman, and then because of injury. Pettersen also had a score to settle with the Solheim Cup. In her most recent appearance, at St. Leon-Rot in Germany in 2015, she refused to concede a short putt to Alison Lee on the 17th hole of a tight fourballs match before the singles on the final day. There were angry exchanges, and it stoked a fire inside the Americans as they fought back from 10-6 down going into the singles to win 14 1/2-13 1/2. Pettersen later apologized. “She gone from villain to hero,” said Laura Davies, one of the European vice captains. Pettersen’s redemption story was delivered in Scotland, the home of golf, where the U.S. team hasn’t now won in three attempts. Playing in her ninth Solheim Cup, Pettersen won two of her three matches and is now a four-time Solheim Cup winner. The day started with the teams locked at 8-8 after four sessions, and the first definitive break of the entire contest happened when the Americans took the lead for the first time since Friday lunchtime, at 12-11. At 13 1/2-11 1/2, they needed just a half-point from the final three singles matches out on the course to guarantee retaining the cup, but then came the European fightback. Anna Nordqvist completed a 4-and-3 win over Morgan Pressel. Then, on No. 17, Law sealed a 2-and-1 win over McDonald to tie the score. Pettersen delivered for Europe on No. 18, but only after her opponent, Marina Alex, slid a 10-foot birdie putt wide that, if it had found the hole, would have been enough for the U.S. “I told them afterward, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow,” said U.S. captain Juli Inkster, when asked what she’d said to her players. “It was great for women’s golf. We played great. “But you know what, the Europeans played great. You tip your hat. And you move on to Toledo.” Inkster won’t be there in 2021, confirming afterward that she will not be captain for a fourth straight match. She finishes with two victories from three Solheim Cups as captain. Two of the Americans, in particular, will still look back on the week with fond memories despite the loss. Jessica and Nelly Korda, the first sisters to play together in the fourballs or foursomes at the Solheim Cup, both finished with 3 1/2 points from four matches after coming from behind to win in the singles. Nelly Korda, out in Match 2, was 3 down after nine holes against Caroline Hedwall but won 2 up. Jessica Korda, who at age 26 is five years older than her sister, beat Caroline Masson 3 and 2 after being 2 down. Other key interventions for the U.S. in the singles came from Megan Khang, who birdied No. 18 to claim a half-point against Charley Hull, and Lizette Salas, who parred the last for a 1-up win over Anne van Dam. But Europe, which had a historically inferior record in singles, managed to win the session 6 1/2-5 1/2 after victories in three of the first matches to finish - including Georgia Hall taking down world No. 3 Lexi Thompson 2 and 1 - and then those last three matches. Hall and Celine Boutier, a 2-and-1 winner over Annie Park, both won all four of their matches. Thompson, the highest-ranked player at Gleneagles, collected just two half-points from four matches. Matthew, carried shoulder-high by her players on the 18th green, celebrated victory in her home country. And Pettersen closed her career with 21 points in the Solheim Cup, the Norwegian described by Matthew as “one of the trailblazers in women’s golf.” “Coming down No. 18, Beany (Matthew) said, ‘It’s why I picked you,'” Pettersen said. “In your wildest dreams, especially where I’ve come from, I never thought I was going to do this again.” ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80 Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants

8 hours 10 min ago
DETROIT - The United Auto Workers union announced Sunday that its roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. would go on strike just before midnight because contentious talks on a new contract had broken down. About 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favour of a walkout during a meeting Sunday morning in Detroit. Union leaders said the sides were still far apart on several major issues and they apparently weren’t swayed by a GM offer to make new products at or near two of the four plants it had been planning to close, according to someone briefed on the matter. “We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most,” union Vice-President Terry Dittes said in a statement, referring to union concessions that helped GM survive bankruptcy protection in 2009. “Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members.” It’s still possible that bargainers could return to the table and hammer out an agreement, but union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said at a news conference that it would be unlikely because it is hard to believe they could resolve so many issues before 11:59 p.m. GM on Friday offered to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit that is slated to close next year, according someone who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to disclose details of the negotiations, which hadn’t been released to the public. The automaker also offered to open an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it has a plant that has already stopped making cars. The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, the person said. It’s unclear how many workers the two plants would employ. The closures, especially of the Ohio plant, have become issues in the 2020 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump has consistently criticized the company and demanded that Lordstown be reopened. The UAW’s Rothenberg said the company made general statements about why it is planning to strike, but he would not comment further on GM’s offer. The union said it would strike for fair wages, affordable health care, profit sharing, job security and a path to permanent employment for temporary workers. In a statement, GM also said the offer made to the union on Saturday included more than $7 billion in U.S. factory investments and the creation of 5,400 new positions, a minority of which would be filled by existing employees. GM would not give a precise number. The investments would be made at factories in four states, two of which were not identified. The statement also said the company offered “best in class wages and benefits,” improved profit sharing and a payment of $8,000 to each worker upon ratification. The offer included wage or lump sum increases in all four years of the deal, plus “nationally leading” health benefits. The announcement came hours after the union let its contract with GM expire Saturday night. If there is a strike, picketers would shut down a total of 53 GM facilities, including 33 manufacturing sites and 20 parts distribution warehouses. GM has factories in Michigan, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Indiana and Kansas. On Saturday, Dittes, the union’s chief bargainer, said in a letter to GM members that after months of bargaining, both the union and GM were far apart on issues such as wages, health care, temporary employees, job security and profit-sharing. The letter to members and another one to GM were aimed at turning up the pressure on GM negotiators. A strike would bring to a halt GM’s U.S. production, and would likely stop the company from making vehicles in Canada and Mexico as well. That would mean fewer vehicles for consumers to choose from on dealer lots, and it would make it impossible to build specially ordered cars and trucks. The strike would be the union’s first since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007. On Friday, union leaders extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors was still set to expire Saturday night. The union picked GM, which is more profitable than Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as the target company, meaning it’s the focus of bargaining and would be the first company to face a walkout. Talks between the union and GM were tense from the start, largely because GM plans to close four U.S. factories, including the one on the Detroit border with the enclave of Hamtramck, and Lordstown. The union has promised to fight the closures. Here are the main areas of disagreement: - GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs. - The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity. - The companies want to close the labour cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. - Union members have great health insurance plans and workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees at large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The automakers would like to cut costs. Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Algeria announces Dec. 12 date for presidential vote

8 hours 19 min ago
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria’s interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief’s demand to fill the vacancy left when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed out more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah announced plans for elections during an address to the nation Sunday night. The powerful army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, has been pushing for elections as quickly as possible. A pro-democracy movement holding weekly protests since February wants time to organize elections that ensure all traces of the old system are gone. The Associated Press

Toulouse, Featherstone advance in rugby league promotion playoffs

8 hours 22 min ago
Feathestone Rovers beat Leigh Centurions 34-18 in rugby league play Sunday to advance to a promotion playoff semifinal against York City Knights. Toulouse Olympique beat York 44-6 on Saturday to earn a place in the other semifinal against the Toronto Wolfpack. York is still alive, however, by virtue of the five-team playoff format. Toronto (26-1-0) had a first-round bye by virtue of finishing atop the Betfred Championship regular-season standings. Toulouse (20-7-0) was second and York City (19-7-1) third ahead of Leigh (18-9-0) and Featherstone (17-10-0). The transatlantic Wolfpack will host Toulouse on Sept. 22 at Lamport Stadium next Sunday with the winner advancing to the Oct. 5 Grand Final for a place in the top-tier Super League. The loser plays the following weekend for a second chance to make the final. Toulouse handed Toronto its only defeat of the regular season, a 46-16 decision in France on March 6. The Wolfpack have not lost since, reeling off 21 straight wins - including two over Toulouse (42-14 and 28-16). Toronto fell at the last promotion hurdle last season, losing 4-2 to London Broncos in the Million Pound Game. The Broncos (10-9-0) turned heads in the Super League but were relegated with a loss to Wakefield on Friday.     The Canadian Press

Angels’ Mike Trout to have season-ending foot surgery

8 hours 22 min ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout’s season is over. The Los Angeles Angels say the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to toes that causes pain. “It wasn’t getting any better,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday. We’ve kind of exhausted all non-surgical possibilities. Some point later in the week he’ll be scheduled for surgery to have the neuroma removed.” Trout finished with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. The 28-year-old outfielder had 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary. Trout last played on Sept. 7. He said Saturday he hoped to play in Sunday’s series finale against Tampa Bay as a designated hitter. He felt pain when running the bases Sunday morning. “He realized it was not a pain he could deal with to perform at a high level,” Ausmus said. “He understands forcing himself to play on the field wouldn’t be productive.” Los Angeles already has been eliminated from post-season contention. Trout has a .305 average in nine major league seasons with 285 homers, 752 RBIs and 200 stolen bases. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports By Jill Painter Lopez, The Associated Press

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

8 hours 28 min ago
DULUTH, Minn. - A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn’t appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth, the city’s police chief, Mike Tusken, said at a news conference. Tusken said he has no reason to believe the fire was a hate crime, although the investigation is ongoing. Police are recommending that prosecutors charge Amiot, who has no permanent address, with first-degree arson. A criminal complaint is expected to be filed mid-week, he said. The blaze started in a shed outside the synagogue and spread into the building early Monday, fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. No accelerants were found. Investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist in the investigation, which is standard when fires break out in places of worship. One firefighter who was struck by falling debris was taken to a hospital, treated and released. That firefighter is still recovering from a concussion and doing well, Krizaj said. Mayor Emily Larson said the city continues to offer “our heartfelt condolences” to the Adas Israel congregation and the entire Jewish community. “This has been a very, very difficult week for this community,” Larson told reporters. Phillip Sher, past president of the synagogue, would not speculate on a motive. “We’re not out for vengeance. All I can find out of this event is sadness for everyone,” he said. Sher said it was “extremely sad” for the congregation not to have a home for the Sabbath on Saturday. The charred ruins were released to the congregation on Thursday, and the congregation is exploring how to remove the building, he said. Police previously have had “multiple contacts” with Amiot, but nothing that rose to the level of arson, the police chief said. Authorities are unaware if Amiot has had previous contact with the synagogue. He remains in jail, and the police chief said Amiot probably does not have a defence attorney yet. According to its website, the Adas Israel Congregation is an Orthodox/High Conservative Jewish congregation with 75 members. Construction of the synagogue was completed in 1902. Eight of 14 Torah scrolls, the holy books of Judaism, that were in the synagogue were saved. The Associated Press

Polling firm: Outsider ahead in Tunisia presidential vote

8 hours 35 min ago
TUNIS, Tunisia - A polling firm has projected an independent outsider, Kais Saied, as the winner in the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, with jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui in second place. Projections by Sigma Conseil do not show Prime Minister Youssef Chahed among the top four candidates in Sunday’s vote, which featured 26 contenders. Official preliminary results are expected by Tuesday. The projection gives Saied, a constitutional law professor without a party, 19.5% of the vote and Karoui 15.5%. Ranking third is the candidate for the moderate Islamist party Ennahdha, Abdelfattah Mourou, with 11%. The Associated Press

Federal party leaders address gun violence in wake of weekend shooting

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OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he’ll be speaking later Sunday with the mayor of the Toronto-area city rocked by a brutal shooting. A 17-year-old was killed and five other people were injured in what police are calling an “ambush-style” attack in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday evening. Trudeau, as well as the leaders of the Conservatives and NDP offered their condolences to the families of the victims, but all three parties stopped short of making any new promises to address gun violence. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh both said the root causes of the situation need to be addressed, taking differing approaches to defining what those are. Scheer suggested stricter bail and punishments for gang members were needed, while Singh pitched better access to housing, health care and jobs as necessary to keep young people out of gangs in the first place. Trudeau was expected in Mississauga later Sunday for a rally celebrating tennis champion Bianca Andreescu, and en route, said his party will speak more about community safety and gun control in the coming weeks.   Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

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OTTAWA - The NDP made a play for the hearts of Quebec and Conservatives for the wallets of voters as federal party leaders scattered across the country Sunday. Out in B.C., the Conservatives unveiled their latest idea for cutting back taxes: a cut to the lowest income bracket to take effect in two years time. The party said the drop in the tax rate would see all Canadians pay less tax, but those who earn less than $47,630 would see their bill cut the most. “You shouldn’t have to be a billionaire to get your government's attention,” Scheer said while seated in a home in Surrey, B.C.  “Instead you deserve a government that respects how hard you work and how much you already pay.” The volatile political landscape of B.C’s Lower Mainland was Scheer’s focus for the early part of Sunday; the party is hoping to take seats away from both the Liberals and the NDP in the area. For their part, the NDP were out trying to hold onto - and increase - the seats in a province that once pushed them to Official Opposition status: Quebec. There, leader Jagmeet Singh unveiled a sweeping set of policy promises including more money for immigration, an expansion of the province’s language laws and increased powers in areas such as environmental assessment and trade agreements. The New Democrats made historic gains in Quebec in 2011, capturing nearly 60 seats in a province where they’d previously held only one. The surge was known as the orange wave, and it’s receded quite a bit since. The party is down to 11 seats in the province now. “We can make gains because we have a bold program, we want to address climate change, we want to recognize the importance of Quebec,” Singh said in French. “So I have a lot of confidence that we can make gains but we’ll leave the decision up to Quebecers.” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was in the Toronto area Sunday, not expected to make any policy promises but scheduled to appear at a massive rally for tennis superstar Bianca Andreescu who captivated the country with her win over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open last weekend. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was also campaigning in his home province of Quebec Sunday, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in her home riding on Vancouver Island, expected to travel to Toronto late Sunday in preparation for her party’s platform launch on Monday. The Canadian Press

Dreamy, confident shows mark London Fashion Week

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LONDON - Fashion devotees basked in sunny weather and strong, sometimes whimsical collections as London Fashion Week neared its climax Sunday with runway shows by Roland Mouret, Victoria Beckham, Simone Rocha and others throughout the city. A fleet of black chauffeured Mercedes whisked VIPs from venue to venue, but those who preferred to walk saw the British capital at its best with glimpses of the street style that helps give London its credibility in the fashion competition with Paris, New York and Milan. Two days of shows remain, with Burberry and Christopher Kane on tap. ROLAND MOURET’S COLLECTON FULL OF OPTIMISM DESPITE WOES Roland Mouret’s spring 2020 collection was inspired by his observation of a worrying symmetry between New York in the ’80s, enamoured of its own affluent progressiveness while on the verge of bankruptcy, and today’s social, environmental and political turbulence. “It was a time when people were dressing up amazingly while people were dying in the street. Now we have the same kind of interaction through our media. You go from the new launch at Selfridges and the next day there’s someone dying,” he said after the show in a rarely seen courtyard at the Royal Academy of Arts. Despite that bleak starting point, his show was full of optimistic, even dreamy, colours cut in relaxed silhouettes, with lots of shimmering sequins. The designer, who made his name with the figure-hugging Galaxy dress he debuted in 2005, and which is still in production today, sent out a collection that nodded to the ’80s via soft tailoring (a revolutionary concept led by Giorgio Armani and made famous by Richard Gere in “American Gigolo”), wide shoulders and relaxed American sportswear staples. Those were reframed by Mouret as a low-slung blue sequin skirt worn with a white blouse and a rope belt that looked like it was filched from the nearest yacht. The wolves of Wall Street were alluded to through the corporate appeal of checked suits, the double-pleated fronts on gorgeously fluid wide-legged trousers and stock broker-approved wide lapels that were deployed across jackets and coats. The motif especially stood out on an oyster sequin blazer with a contrasting blue lapel, which was teamed with a blush pink sequin skirt and a white bohemian blouse. SIMONE ROCHA SHOWS SERENE, OFFBEAT COLLECTION Simone Rocha continues to impress and to draw new admirers as her collections grow in sophistication without sacrificing the look that has made her unique. Her colour palette is simple: white and blue, white and red, white and black, but the embroidery and layering are remarkable. The models’ hair seemed sculptural, adding texture and depth to the outfits, as did the elaborate braided straps to some of the handbags, which were similar to detailing on various outfits. Rocha also is improving her staging. With her designer father, John Rocha, watching from the front row, the show unspooled with a certain dignity and serenity, the models walking slowly in a circle on the stage of the Alexandra Palace, a 19th Century landmark in north London. Rocha continued what has become her tradition: the use of some older models and some who were not rail-thin. The additions added spice and variety. Some of the other models broke with tradition by smiling at the audience, and one blew a kiss to a friend near the end of the show. It added to the celebratory feel. STILL BUZZING ABOUT NAOMI CAMPBELL’S GALA Much of the buzz Sunday focused on the success of Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief gala the night before, which continued for hours after the late-night show with a dinner in the heart of the British Museum. Campbell has become a master at organizing big, complex events for her charity efforts, and this was no exception. She managed to procure one of the most prestigious sites in London and filled it with a glamorous crowd. She even returned to the runway, proving without a doubt she can still model any time she chooses. Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

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DULUTH, Minn. - A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn’t appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth, the city’s police chief, Mike Tusken, said at a news conference. Tusken said he has no reason to believe the fire was a hate crime, although the investigation is ongoing. Police are recommending that prosecutors charge Amiot, who has no permanent address, with first-degree arson. A criminal complaint is expected to be filed mid-week, he said. The blaze started in a shed outside the synagogue and spread into the building early Monday, fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. No accelerants were found. Investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist in the investigation, which is standard when fires break out in places of worship. One firefighter who was struck by falling debris was taken to a hospital, treated and released. That firefighter is still recovering from a concussion and doing well, Krizaj said. Mayor Emily Larson said the city continues to offer “our heartfelt condolences” to the Adas Israel congregation and the entire Jewish community. “This has been a very, very difficult week for this community,” Larson told reporters. Phillip Sher, past president of the synagogue, would not speculate on a motive. “We’re not out for vengeance. All I can find out of this event is sadness for everyone,” he said. Sher said it was “extremely sad” for the congregation not to have a home for the Sabbath on Saturday. The charred ruins were released to the congregation on Thursday, and the congregation is exploring how to remove the building, he said. Police previously have had “multiple contacts” with Amiot, but nothing that rose to the level of arson, the police chief said. Authorities are unaware if Amiot has had previous contact with the synagogue. He remains in jail, and the police chief said Amiot probably does not have a defence attorney yet. According to its website, the Adas Israel Congregation is an Orthodox/High Conservative Jewish congregation with 75 members. Construction of the synagogue was completed in 1902. Eight of 14 Torah scrolls, the holy books of Judaism, that were in the synagogue were saved. The Associated Press

New York moves to enact statewide flavoured e-cig ban

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. The council can issue emergency regulations that would go into effect as soon as they are voted on and start being enforced in as soon as two weeks, following a short grace period for retailers, officials said. In announcing the action, Cuomo sharply criticized the flavours that are for sale, like bubble gum and cotton candy. “These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said. The biggest player in the industry, Juul Labs Inc., said it was reviewing the announcement, but agreed with the need for action. The ban would not impact tobacco- and menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes, but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluating and that could change. Cuomo signed legislation earlier this year raising the statewide smoking age to 21, and earlier this month signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping. Vaping is also under a federal spotlight , as health authorities look into hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. In his first public comments on vaping, President Donald Trump proposed a similar federal ban last week. The FDA has been able to ban vaping flavours since 2016, but hasn’t taken the step, with officials looking into whether flavours could help cigarette smokers to quit. The global market is estimated to have a value of as much as $11 billion. The industry has spent a lot of money in states around the country to lobby against state-level flavoured e-cigarette bans, in states including Hawaii, California, Maine and Connecticut. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month ordered that state’s health department to come out with emergency rules to prohibit flavoured e-cigarette sales. Juul reiterated Sunday the agreeable stance it had taken following Trump’s proposal. In an emailed statement, spokesman Austin Finan said, “We strongly agree with the need for aggressive category-wide action on flavoured products,” and “will fully comply with local laws and the final FDA policy when effective.” The Associated Press

Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

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OTTAWA - Federal party leaders have scattered across the country as the election campaign starts to ramp up in earnest. Sunday was the legal deadline for Justin Trudeau to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and call the election, but the Liberal leader got the jump on that by starting the campaign last Wednesday. The first five days were marked by numerous candidates across the partisan spectrum turfed from their rosters or forced to apologize for past homophobic and racist remarks. The Liberals were also haunted by the re-emergence of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and questions about the RCMP investigation running up against issues of cabinet confidence, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer found himself again needing to address his socially conservative views. And the NDP found themselves constantly facing questions about whether they were ready to run at all, considering they had yet to nominate dozens of candidates. Today, all three main parties hope to regain some solid footing. The Liberals will campaign in and around Toronto, with Trudeau scheduled to appear at a massive rally for tennis superstar Bianca Andreescu who captivated the country with her win over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open last weekend. Scheer heads to B.C., starting the day in a Liberal-held riding in Surrey, and then in two NDP-held ridings on Vancouver Island. So far in this campaign, Scheer has fired one candidate and defended four others for comments about abortion, transgender rights and Muslims as well as homophobic slurs, after online posts and videos were unearthed by Liberal researchers. On the plane Saturday night, Scheer defended the decision to keep those four candidates on the roster, including one whose past was deemed controversial enough to bar her from running for the provincial conservatives in Ontario. "I think we all have to acknowledge the fact that people can make mistakes and people can own up to that," Scheer said, though he added that decisions would be made on a case by case basis. The New Democrats will be in Quebec, where in the 2011 election they made historic gains, winning 58 seats in a province where previously they'd held just one. The surge was known as the orange wave, and it's receded quite a bit since. The party is down to 11 seats in the province now, which recently saw one of its stars defect to the Greens and had to fire another candidate over domestic assault allegations. On Sunday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will lay out his plan to try and reconnect with the province, an effort that has already seen him launch a targeted ad campaign there to address what many see as a potential liability for him in the province: his faith. Singh, a Sikh, wears a turban and carries a ceremonial sword known as a kirpan, tightly strapped to his body. Yet in Quebec, a majority are in favour of a provincial bill that bars people in the public sector from wearing religious symbols on the job. Earlier this month, Singh addressed the issue directly in an ad that shows him with his hair down, and a message that he understands the fight Quebecers wage over their identity. People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier marked the first birthday of his party on Saturday, noting it now has 41,000 members across the country. He is set to campaign in his home province of Quebec Sunday. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in her home riding on Vancouver Island, and she is expected to travel to Toronto late Sunday in preparation for her party's platform launch on Monday.

Gasol completes historic double, Spain wins World Cup

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BEIJING - Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He’s getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second time in three months - and this time, he did it for his country. Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points, Sergio Llull added 15 and Spain won the World Cup for the second time by topping Argentina 95-75 on Sunday. “We weren’t the most talented team,” Rubio said. “We weren’t the bigger team. Put anything you want, but we were the team with the biggest heart and we showed it tonight and we showed it during the whole tournament.” Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed and added this crown to the one it claimed in 2006. And for him, 2019 will go down as a year the likes of which few others have enjoyed. The Toronto Raptors centre becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom - who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010. Gasol also became the 19th to win either an NBA or WNBA crown along with a gold medal, either of the Olympic or World Cup variety, in the same year. The first 18 all did it for the U.S. This time, Vamos Espaa! “NBA champion and a World Cup champion as well,” Gasol said. “What can I say? How does it sound to you? I feel very fortunate to be in this position and be able to play this game and help these guys be part of history of Spanish basketball.” Llull and Rudy Fernandez - the team captain, the one who initially got to accept the Naismith Trophy - went to cut down the nets shortly after the final buzzer. Gasol carried the game ball to the gold-medal ceremony, and Spanish fans wept in the stands during the national anthem. Gabriel Deck scored 24 points for Argentina (8-1), which got off to a slow start and played uphill the rest of the way. Luis Scola was held to eight points, shooting 1 for 10 from the floor. “We’re sad right now. We’re very sad,” Scola said. “But I feel confident, in hours, we’ll be able to look back and be very proud. They just played better than us. They were better. They deserved to win. They were the better team in the game and the tournament.” Spain led 43-31 at intermission, after putting together a 14-2 run to open the game and a 17-1 run later in the half. “This is basketball,” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. “If you play better than the other team, you win the game. And Spain was the best team today.” Scola, even at 39 years old still Argentina’s best player throughout the tournament, didn’t get on the scoresheet until he made a pair of free throws with 2:57 left in the third quarter. But they only cut the Spain lead to 19, and by then the Argentinian fans who stood, sang and chanted for much of the game were relatively quiet. The day belonged to Spain. And the year belongs to Gasol. “It’s unbelievable,” Gasol said. TIP-INS Argentina: This was the third FIBA World Cup medal for Argentina, making it the fifth nation with that many after the United States (12), Yugoslavia (10), the Soviet Union (eight) and Brazil (six). Another four nations have two medals, including Spain. … Argentina fell to 2-8 all-time against Spain in World Cup or Olympic competition. Spain: It was also a double-title year for Spain coach Sergio Scariolo; he’s an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. … Gasol said there will be a celebration in Madrid early this week, and then he’ll return to his Barcelona home to pack before heading to Toronto to prepare for camp. … Spain won the rebound battle 47-27. ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Joining Rubio on the all-tournament team were Gasol, Scola, France’s Evan Fournier and Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic. DIGNITARIES Among those in attendance: Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, FIBA ambassador and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, plus Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili - both four-time NBA champions with San Antonio. 5 WITH 2 Spain is the fifth nation to win the World Cup (or its predecessor, the world championship) at least twice. The U.S. and Yugoslavia are five-time champions, the Soviet Union won three titles and Brazil has won two. UP NEXT Argentina: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Spain: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

Pettersen wins Solheim Cup for Europe in stunning finale

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GLENEAGLES, Scotland - The most sensational finish in Solheim Cup history went down to the last putt of the entire match by a veteran player who many thought was lucky to even be selected. Suzann Pettersen didn’t let Europe down. By rolling in a left-to-right birdie from 6 feet on the 18th hole, the 38-year-old Pettersen regained the biggest team prize in women’s golf for the Europeans in a 14 1/2-13 1/2 win over the United States at Gleneagles. “Just unbelievable. Never been a better moment,” said European captain Catriona Matthew, whose contentious decision to choose Pettersen as one of her wild-card picks paid off. The Norwegian was called up by Matthew despite having played just two tournaments - missing the cut in both - since November 2017, having had time off because of injury and after having a baby boy, Herman. After being mobbed by her teammates on the 18th green, an emotional Pettersen held Herman in her arms and kissed him. “Coming down No. 18, Beany (Matthew) said, ‘It’s why I picked you,'” Pettersen said. “In your wildest dreams, especially where I’ve come from, I never thought I was going to do this again.” As an afternoon of tension-filled singles matches drew to a close, the Americans took the lead in the contest for the first time since Friday lunchtime, at 12-11. At 13 1/2-11 1/2, they needed just a half-point from the final three singles out on the course to guarantee retaining the cup but then came the European fightback. Anna Nordqvist completed a 4-and-3 win over Morgan Pressel in Match 12 on No. 16. Then, on No. 17, Bronte Law sealed a 2-and-1 win over Ally McDonald to tie the score. By that time, Pettersen’s opponent, Marina Alex, had slid a 10-foot birdie putt wide on No. 18 that would have retained the cup for the U.S. It was about 30 seconds after Law’s win was confirmed that Pettersen settled over her putt and made it, sparking raucous celebrations for the home team on the PGA Centenary Course. Law jumped about virtually on her own just off the 17th green, before sprinting over to No. 18 where the party was in full flow. The Americans were looking to win the Solheim Cup for the third straight time. Instead, their lead in the overall series was trimmed to 10-6 because of the nerveless Pettersen, who added another chapter in her extraordinary relationship with the competition. In 2015 at St. Leon-Rot in Germany, Pettersen refused to concede a short putt to Alison Lee on the 17th hole of a tight fourballs match before the singles on the final day. There were angry exchanges, and it stoked a fire inside the Americans as they fought back from 10-6 down going into the singles to win 14 1/2-13 1/2. Pettersen later apologized. In 2017, she had to withdraw just before the matches because of injury. Her redemption story was delivered two years later in Scotland, the home of golf, where the U.S. team hasn’t now won in three attempts. Playing in her ninth Solheim Cup, Pettersen won two of her three matches and is now a four-time Solheim Cup winner. Two of the Americans, in particular, will still look back on the week with fond memories. Jessica and Nelly Korda, the first sisters to play together in the fourballs or foursomes at the Solheim Cup, both finished with 3 1/2 points from four matches after coming from behind to win in the singles. Nelly Korda, out in Match 2, was 3 down after nine holes against Caroline Hedwall but won 2 up. Jessica Korda, who at age 26 is five years older than her sister, beat Caroline Masson 3 and 2 after being 2 down. Other key interventions for the U.S. came from Megan Khang, who birdied No. 18 to claim a half-point against Charley Hull, and Lizette Salas, who parred the last for a 1-up win over Anne van Dam. But Europe, which had a historically inferior record in singles, managed to win the session 6 1/2-5 1/2 after victories in three of the first matches to finish - including Georgia Hall taking down world No. 3 Lexi Thompson 2 and 1 - and then the last three matches. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80 Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

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