The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block.

The flag is one of 19 items in "The Jim Craig 'Miracle on Ice' Collection," which also includes Craig's Olympic gold medal, the jersey he wore against the vaunted Soviet Union and in the gold-medal victory against Finland. Also included are the only mask Craig wore during the Winter Games, his skates and goalie equipment, and the goalie sticks from the games against the Soviets and Finland.

Asking price for the collection is $5.7 million. The items are on display through Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Park rips Olympic selection process

Inbee Park, the top-ranked player in women's golf, has criticized the qualifying criteria for next year's Olympic tournament, saying it will rule out too many of the world's top stars.

Sixty players will compete in the men's and women's events in Rio de Janiero, and a country is allowed a maximum of four players. South Korea, where Park is from, has 15 players in the top 28 in the women's rankings.

"If you are in the world's top 50, you should be able to play in the Olympics," Park said while in Turnberry, Scotland, for the Women's British Open. "There's some countries where [players] ranked No. 300, 400 will play, but obviously not Koreans."

SOCCER

Platini up for FIFA president

Michel Platini confirmed he would run for FIFA president, writing in a letter to the leaders of the organization's member federations that he wanted "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves."

Platini, a 60-year-old Frenchman who is the president of European soccer's governing body and a FIFA vice president, is the most high-profile candidate to enter the special election to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Blatter, 79, announced in June that he would surrender the post he has held since 1998 amid the worst corruption scandal in the organization's history.

By beginning his campaign, Platini instantly became a heavy favorite to win the election.

NHL

Winter Classic in Foxborough

The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice, after holding it in 2010 at Fenway Park.

•Devils forward Dainius Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers by the team with the intention of ending his contract. Zubrus, 37, played for the Devils the past eight seasons and played in 1,243 NHL games, scoring 225 goals and adding 359 assists.

AROUND THE HORN

PGA: Defending champion Rory McIlroy has told the PGA Tour he will not play the Bridgestone Invitational next week in Akron, Ohio, as he recovers from his ankle injury suffered when playing socer with friends in early July.

Horse racing: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived to prepare for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. The horse swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. This will be his first race since the Belmont in early June.

Tennis: The Rogers Cup says Roger Federer has pulled out of next month's hard-court tournament in Montreal, saying Federer "wants to make sure he will be [in] top shape for" the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Aug. 31.

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