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U.S. sweeps Solheim Cup fourball matches, takes 3-point lead

The United States swept the afternoon fourball matches to take a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead over Europe in the Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Lizette Salas and U.S. newcomer Danielle Kang each won two matches, teaming to beat Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson 1 up for the Americans’ lone full point in the morning foursomes, then leading the U.S. to its first ever fourball sweep in the afternoon.

Annika Sorenstam leads Europe as Solheim Cup captain

After accomplishing just about everything there is to accomplish in golf, Annika Sorenstam finally got her shot to be a Solheim Cup captain. Leading Team Europe might prove to be a lot more difficult for Sorenstam than playing ever was. But Sorenstam is confident the underdog Europeans can hang with the U.S. when play begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

U.S. star Lexi Thompson fighting virus ahead of Solheim Cup

Star U.S. golfer Lexi Thompson has a virus, and captain Juli Inkster is worried about her status for this weekend’s Solheim Cup. Inkster says Thompson has had a sore throat the past three days and been limited in practice. Thompson had to skip a news conference Wednesday. Thompson is the highest-rated player in the biennial tournament between the top American and European female golfers.

Paula Creamer out to prove in Solheim Cup she’s still got game

For so long, U.S. star Paula Creamer has been a lock to play in the Solheim Cup. But her results have declined and she was told she wouldn’t be on the team. Then Jessica Korda withdrew because of a forearm injury, and Creamer was on the squad. She’s intent on showing she can still play at the highest level. The biennial tournament between the U.S. and Europe begins Friday in West Des Moines, Iowa.

European star Suzann Pettersen out of Solheim Cup with back injury

Suzann Pettersen was hoping to move past the furor she fueled at the 2015 Solheim Cup by helping return the trophy to Europe. The 36-year-old Norwegian star’s balky back won’t let her get that opportunity. Pettersen pulled out of the biennial event between the U.S. and Europe because a slipped disk.

Golf with Jim Meehan: Wendy Ward back for more at Solheim Cup

Still in celebration mode shortly after the U.S. team’s stunning rally to win the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany, Juli Inkster was asked if she wanted to return as captain in 2017. “Juli kind of looked up at us and said, ‘Are you ready to go?’ ” recalled Wendy Ward, an assistant captain with Pat Hurst and Nancy Lopez. The answer was a resounding yes.

Potentially deadly drug abuse worsening at concerts

Organizers of the electronic music festival Paradiso promised the event last weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre would be an “electronic paradise.” Instead, one person died and dozens were hospitalized after taking a cocktail of drugs. Preliminary reports indicate 21-year-old Patrick D. Witkowski, from Des Moines, Wash., died when he apparently overdosed on a variety of dangerous drugs, Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said. Harris said medical examiners have not completed the autopsy and don’t yet know what was in Witkowski’s system.