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f1's rosberg stuns with retirement

Formula One champion Nico Rosberg stunningly retired from racing Friday, five days after earning his first world championship.

"I had a very, very clear dream — that was to become Formula One world champion. I have achieved this childhood dream now, and I am not willing to do that sort of commitment again," Rosberg, 31, said in Vienna.

"So I have decided to follow my heart, and my heart has told me just to stop there, to call it a day."

Rosberg said he made the decision Monday, a day after finishing second at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to clinch the F1 title.

"I am on the peak, so this feels right," he said.

He wrote on Facebook about the difficulties he faced over a season that took a toll on people close to him. Rosberg had a strained relationship with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. They came up through the karting circuits to became fierce rivals in F1, constantly needling each other in the media. They dueled for the championship for the past three years. Rosberg was runnerup to Hamilton in 2014 and 2015.

Rosberg's father, Keke, the 1982 F1 champion, said after watching his son in Abu Dhabi that the strain of fighting Hamilton was sapping him.

Rosberg won 23 races (tied for 12th all time) and 30 pole positions (eighth) from 206 races since his debut in 2006.

IndyCar: Japanese veteran Takuma Sato will drive the No. 26 Honda for Andretti Autosport next season. The team's other drivers are Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti. Before joining IndyCar in 2010, Sato made 90 career starts in Formula One. He has 118 IndyCar starts, five podium finishes, five pole positions and one win. The season opens March 12 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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Olympics: The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Summer Games released details of a nearly unheard-of budget plan, insisting that $5.3 billion will be enough to cover operational and infrastructure costs for an Olympics that won't need any new, permanent stadiums. The cost would be less than half that of this year's Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and about a quarter of Tokyo's ballooning budget for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles is going against Paris and Budapest, Hungary.

Track and field: Nine-time Olympic sprint gold medalist Usain Bolt said he doesn't plan to run the 200 meters in his final season next year, realizing that at age 30, his world record of 19.19 seconds is likely beyond him. He also didn't sound optimistic about breaking his 100 record of 9.58, either, speaking in Monaco before picking up the male athlete of the year award for a sixth time from the sport's world governing body. Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana won the women's award for setting a world record in winning the Olympic 10,000 meters.

Winter Sports: American Tucker West won his second career World Cup luge gold medal, edging Russia's Semen Pavlichenko by 0.006 seconds in Lake Placid, N.Y. In men's doubles, Germany's Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken edged Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, who gave USA Luge its first doubles medal since 2010.

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Sports in brief 12/02/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2016 9:28pm]
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