Americans take early lead in Presidents Cup

Jordan Spieth hits from a sand trap on the 11th hole during the Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The opening ceremony at the Presidents Cup was unlike any other in golf with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on the first tee.

Cardinals to miss playoffs, lose to Cubs 2-1

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong flips his helmet as he walks off the field after flying out to end a baseball game as members of the Chicago Cubs celebrate in the background Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cubs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention when Leonys Martin leaped at the center-field fence to rob Paul DeJong of a tying home run with two outs in the 11th inning, preserving the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.

McCann has hat trick, Panthers beat Lightning 5-2

Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) shoots the puck and scores during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jared McCann scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

Sparks to continue protest for Game 3 of finals

Los Angeles Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike (30) looks to shoot as Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, and Sylvia Fowles defend during the second half of Game 2 in the WNBA basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 70-68. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks received a letter from a Minnesota fan who thanked them for taking a stand and going into the locker room for the national anthem before the first two games of the WNBA Finals.

NHL stars pick between Crosby, McDavid as best player

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) and Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh. Coming off back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP with the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, Crosby is widely considered by his peers as the best player in hockey. Crosby has just one true rival in that department: 20-year-old reigning MVP Connor McDavid, whose speed makes him a threat to be the NHL’s best for the next decade or more. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Associated Press asked 30 top NHL players to name the best hockey player in the world. One catch: players couldn’t pick a teammate. Sidney Crosby received 21 votes, Connor McDavid six, Erik Karlsson 1, two players couldn’t choose between Crosby and McDavid and one couldn’t choose anyone. A look at some of the answers:

Playoff-chasing Rockies top Marlins 15-9

Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story connects for a double to drive in two runs off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Denver. Colorado won 15-9. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado was intentionally walked twice by Miami to face the cleanup hitter, Trevor Story .

Hischier has goal in Devils’ 4-1 win over Caps

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, tangles with New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (16) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — First overall pick Nico Hischier had a power-play goal and two assists in the first period to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 4 -1 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

Marshall: NFL can show support by hiring Kaepernick

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) takes a knee during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Denver. Marshall said the NFL can show its support of its players by hiring quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He's the one who started the national anthem protests last year to bring attention to racial inequality. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he appreciates NFL teams supporting the rights of their players to protest during the national anthem. He also suggests they show it by giving Colin Kaepernick a job .

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