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Sorenstam expected to be named Solheim captain

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam isn’t teeing it up this week at the ANA Inspiration, but it’s a big week for her.

The Ladies European Tour is announcing its 2017 Solheim Cup captain in a news conference Wednesday, and it will be a shocker if Sorenstam isn’t named. She acknowledged in February that she submitted her name to the LET selection committee for consideration to lead the Euros against the Americans in Iowa next year. Nobody has won more matches for Europe than Sorenstam in Solheim Cup history.

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Sorenstam’s 22 matches won equal Laura Davies for most on the Euro side.

Sorenstam, 45, who will be an analyst for Golf Channel’s TV coverage of the ANA Inspiration, was also one of the main attractions of Tuesday’s ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference. She joined Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (skiing), Missy Franklin (swimming), Abby Wambach (soccer), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating) and Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long (swimming) in the conference. Julie Foudy, a gold medalist in soccer, was the emcee.

This week’s conference was designed by ANA to inspire future generations of female athletes. Ariana Huffington was the featured speaker.