Steve Stricker was appointed Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday, put in charge of an American team trying to win back the trophy in his home state of Wisconsin.

The 2020 matches will be played at Whistling Straits, an hour north of Milwaukee. It's no surprise Stricker was chosen, except for this: Each of the 28 previous American captains has won a major.

"I was thinking they're not going to have me. I haven't won a major," he said.

Stricker had other qualifications. He has played in three Ryder Cups and spent the next six years in the backroom as an assistant captain. He was captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Tiger Woods, among three players on the Ryder Cup committee, said Stricker was a unanimous choice.

"He's very good at communicating with the players and getting their opinions but also putting his foot down when he has to," Woods said.

NFL

Steelers to let Bell go

Pittsburgh won't place a transition tag on running back Le'Veon Bell, allowing him reach the open market, General Manager Kevin Colbert said.

Colbert also said the team doesn't plan to unload wide receiver Antonio Brown.

"We will not be discounting him on the trade market, and we certainly will not be releasing [him]," Colbert said.

AROUND THE HORN

Baseball: Detroit and second baseman Josh Harrison agreed on a one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Harrison, 31, was an All-Star in 2014 and 2017 but hit .250 last season for Pittsburgh.

NBA: All-Star center Joel Embiid will be sidelined at least a week because of tendinitis in his left knee, the Philadelphia 76ers revealed.

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