Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth's big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder Cup with the United States.

"We're tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We're tired of hearing about the past," the top-ranked Spieth said Wednesday, adopting a fierce tone. "And we're ready to believe in a younger, more hungry team going forward."

The European team has won eight of the past 10 editions of the Ryder Cup, and will defend the cup at Hazeltine in September for a third straight time after winning 16-11 at Gleneagles in 2014.

Since then, the Americans have appointed Davis Love III for a second stint as captain and created a so-called "task force" to take a closer look at where the team has been going wrong.

"When we get there this year, it starts over," said Spieth, who is playing the Abu Dhabi Championship this week. "If we go in believing that the Ryder Cup, this is the inaugural event, this is a clean slate, we are ready to go and start a new trend, then we'll be fine."

The 2014 edition of the Ryder Cup ended in acrimony for the U.S. team, with Phil Mickelson — sitting beside captain Tom Watson at a closing news conference — praising the success of Paul Azinger in 2008 in the most recent USA victory and suggesting that Watson didn't embrace that winning formula.

Referencing up-and-coming players such as Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed, Spieth predicted there will be a younger U.S. team with "less scar tissue" and a "fiery" side through its success in team events in junior and amateur tournaments.

"We are all going to listen to our captain. We are going to listen to our assistant captains, and they are going to listen to us," said Spieth, saying the Ryder Cup was a "huge goal" that was "possibly at the very top of the list" for 2016.

"We are going to have to -- all as team members -- put a lot of thought into this ahead of time on how we want to prepare, so that when we get there, we know the teams, we can then play matches against each other."

"We don't have to figure stuff out last minute," he added in what appeared to be a nod to Watson's leadership in 2014. "That's going to be important for us, to just kind of ease the transition."

soccer

Player: Ref asked me out

A soccer player in Spain who said a referee tried to ask her out during a game will not file a formal complaint because it's her word against his.

Romanian defender Elena Pavel accused referee Santiago Quijada Alcon of trying to provoke her by asking her on a date in Sporting Huelva's first-division game against Santa Teresa on Sunday.

Pavel told Marca newspaper she felt "humiliated" but won't take further action, partly because nobody else witnessed the incident.

According to Pavel, the referee said he wanted to grab a cup of coffee with her after the game. She said she told him to keep the focus on his officiating.

The referee denied saying anything to Pavel, and the local referee's association said Wednesday it might take action against Pavel because of her accusation.

around the horn

Baseball: A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the Mets agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract. Bastardo was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and one save in 66 games last season for Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates claim an NL wild card. The lefthander had 64 strikeouts and 26 walks in 57 innings.

... Free agent Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract that could be worth up to $7 million over two years with the Padres, who will give the veteran reliever the opportunity to close.

College baseball: The NCAA announced that beer and wine will be sold in general seating areas for the first time this year at the College World Series in Omaha and the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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