Danica Patrick retiring from NASCAR in 2018
Danica Patrick said Friday that she plans to run next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 before bringing an end to her full-time auto racing career. She is calling it the "Danica Double" and it gives the ony woman to lead laps in both races the chance to close her career at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 35-year-old Patrick broke down in tears announcing her retirement at Homestead-Miami Speedway, saying she will race only Daytona and Indy next year and then walk away from a sport where success eluded her even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels. Patrick told The Associated Press it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, she began putting together plans for ‘‘The Danica Double’’ over the last several weeks. Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy. Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012, Patrick is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale by Aric Almirola.
Park opens 3-shot lead at LPGA Tour Championship
Sung Hyun Park made five straight birdies and a late 30-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 65 and 12-under 132 total to take a three-shot lead over of Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith after two rounds at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. A victory would allow the 24-year-old rookie to sweep all the big awards and become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year . . . Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a second straight 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Tyrrell Hatton halfway through the European Tour's season-ending Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates . . . PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook holed a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead over Brian Gay going into the weekend at the RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Ga.. Cook is at 14-under 128 overall at the Tour’s last event of 2017 . . . The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts announced that Falmouth native Hannah Ghelfi, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, is this year’s Anne Marie Tobin WGAM Player of the Year Award winner.
Cavaliers’ Rose out 2 more weeks with ankle injury
Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a left ankle injury. Rose initially injured his ankle Oct. 20 at Milwaukee and hasn't fully recovered. The team said he underwent medical tests and rest was recommended . . . Grizzlies guard Mike Conley is out indefinitely with a sore left heel and Achilles tendon. The team plans to update his status in about two weeks . . . Nets guard D'Angelo Russell had arthroscopic left knee surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. There is no timetable for his return . . . Raptors guard Delon Wright dislocated his right shoulder Wednesday against the Pelicans and will seek further consultation at the Hospital for Special Surgery next week . . . The Philadelphia 76ers restructured forward Robert Covington’s contract for this season and signed him to a multi-year extension.
Yankees interview Boone for managerial opening
Aaron Boone became the first person with no experience as a manager or coach to interview to become Joe Girardi's successor with the New York Yankees. The 44-year-old became the fourth to go through the process after Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, and San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens. Boone, a third generation major leaguer who played for six teams from 1997-2009, has been an analyst for ESPN since retiring. His father, Bob, managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03 . . . John Hart left Atlanta Braves, less than a week after being stripped of his role as president of baseball operations. The decision comes after the hiring of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who now has autonomy over all baseball-related decisions. Hart was bumped to senior advisor, but had no real power under the new arrangement.
UConn advances to NCAA field hockey championship
Top-ranked UConn is in the NCAA Division 1 field hockey title game after its 2-1 shootout win over No. 4 North Carolina at Louisville, Ky. Charlotte Veitner’s goal early in the second half gave the Huskies (22-0) a lead before Eva van’t Hoog tied it for the Tar Heels (18-5). On Sunday, UConn will play Maryland (16-6), a 5-1 winner over Michigan (21-3) . . . Michael Humphrey’s 17 points and 11 rebounds led Stanford (3-1) to a 73-59 win over Northeastern (2-1) in men’s basketball. Donnell Gresham, Jr. scored 15 points to lead the Huskies . . . In women’s basketball, Crystal Dangerfield, Kia Nurse, and Napheesa Collier all scored 14 points to help No. 1 UConn (2-0) to an 82-47 rout of No. 20 California (1-1) in Storrs, Conn. . . . Gabby Giacone had 16 points and Shannon Todd added 15 to pace Northeastern (1-2) to a 63-43 nonleague win over Fairfield (0-3) at Cabot Center . . . Genesis Rivera poured in 22 points and Bre Hampton-Bey had 20 but UMass (2-1) fell, 82-70, at N.D. State (3-0).
Kim’s second goal propels BC hockey to win over UNH
Michael Kim scored his second goal of the game at 8:21 of the third period to lift BC (7-5-1, 7-1-0 Hockey East) to a 3-2 win over No. 11 UNH (6-4-1, 3-3-1) in Durham, N.H. . . . Second-period goals from Ryan Shea and Jeremy Davies gave No. 12 Northeastern a 2-1 win over Vermont at Matthews Arena . . . Brent Gates Jr. scored the first of four unanswered goals and No. 7 Minnesota (8-4-1) held on for a 4-2 nonleague win at home over No. 13 Harvard (2-4-0) . . . Canon Pieper and Patrick Shea each had a goal and an assist to lead host Maine (4-5-0, 3-2-0 Hockey East) to a 5-2 win over No. 18 BU (5-7-1, 3-4-1) . . . Josh Wilkins potted the winner halfway through the third as No. 10 Providence (7-4-0, 4-3-0 Hockey East) held on for a 2-1 win over visiting Merrimack (2-7-2, 1-4-0) . . . John Edwardh and Ryan Dmowski scored twice each and UMass Lowell (7-6-0, (4-5-0 Hockey East) skated to a 5-2 win over visiting UConn (3-9-2, 2-5-1) . . . Caitrin Lonergan and Daryl Watts had a goal and assist each for BC (10-1-1, 5-0-1 Hockey East) as the No. 2 Eagles got a 3-0 win over UConn (4-5-3, 0-4-2) at Conte Forum . . . BU (3-6-2, 2-5-2 Hockey East) powered to a 7-1 road win at Vermont (5-8-1, 3-5-1) behind four goals and an assist from Victoria Bach . . . Becca Gilmore, Kat Hughes, and Keely Moy all scored two goals as Harvard (4-1-1) picked up an 8-3 nonleague win over Holy Cross (5-4-1) at Bright-Landry Center.
Decision on Russia’s 2018 participation due next month
The International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will announce on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Russia faces being banned from February’s competition in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC board is awaiting reports from two commissions it created to verify evidence detailed by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren last year, weeks before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. One panel is prosecuting around 30 individual Russian athletes who are suspected of doping violations at Sochi. A second IOC panel is studying whether Russian state agencies, including the sports ministry and FSB security service, were involved in the doping program.
Figure skater Gold bows out of US Championships
Two-time United States women's figure skating champion Gracie Gold withdrew from the national championships in January while she continues to seek treatment for depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. The 22-year-old, who barely missed the podium at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, said last month that she was withdrawing from her Grand Prix assignments. Her decision to skip nationals ends any chance of her competing at next year's Winter Olympics . . . No. 7 seed David Goffin is into the last four of the ATP Finals in London after beating Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-1, to set up a semifinal match with Roger Federer. Grigor Dimitrov, who will meet American Jack Sock in Saturday’s other semifinal, beat Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-1, 6-1, to become the first player to win all three round-robin matches in his debut since Andy Murray in 2008 . . . Andy Murray and his coach Ivan Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 as well as the 2012 US Open and two Olympic gold medals under Lendl’s tutelage . . . Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher said defenseman Chris Wideman “has a hamstring rip” and will be out for multiple weeks. The 27-year-old was hurt Thursday when Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin fell on top of him in the third period . . . Almost a year after a plane crash in Colombia killed 19 of its players, soccer club Chapecoense avoided relegation in the Brazilian championship, beating Vitoria, 2-1, at home to retain a place in the first division.