Verstappen wary of talking up F1 title chances in 2017

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Although Max Verstappen is already being talked about as a future Formula One champion, the Dutch teenager is unsure how competitive he can be next season. The 19-year-old Red Bull driver has taken F1 by storm this season, becoming the youngest competitor to win a race. Two weeks ago, Verstappen produced one of the best drives in recent years with astonishingly audacious overtaking at the rain-drenched Brazilian Grand Prix. All eyes will be on Verstappen next year, when rule changes to make cars faster may shake up the title race - potentially in his favor. But he is cautious as to whether Red Bull will be quick enough to break the total stranglehold Mercedes has enjoyed for the past three seasons. ''At the moment it's a bit difficult to say what exactly what I want to achieve for next year because you don't know what the packages are,'' Verstappen said Thursday. ''We're all very positive about next year, bu..

Mercedes exec: Hamilton, Rosberg rivalry a volcano ready to erupt

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be teammates only by name on Sunday as the 2016 Formula One season winds down in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton trails Rosberg by 12 points heading into the year's final race, and the latter needs only a minimum third-place finish to secure his first F1 World Drivers' Championship, while Hamilton needs to finish top to stand a chance at the prize. Those circumstances, along with the added fuel of heated incidents between the pair this season, has Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff warning about a mounting tension between the two rivals during Saturday's practice sessions. "It's normal that here this is like a volcano to erupt with two of them, the two very different personalities. One is going to dig a little deeper, the other one is going to do it in a different way," Wolff told Reuters' Alan Baldwin on Saturday. If Hamilton doesn't finish for whatever reason, Rosberg will be declared champion regardless of the result. Wolff,..

Rosberg wins 1st F1 championship with 2nd-place finish in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - German driver Nico Rosberg held his nerve to win the Formula One championship for the first time after finishing second at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole position for his 53rd GP win. Rosberg was 12 points ahead of his teammate coming into the title showdown and only needed to finish third, even if Hamilton won. Hamilton blatantly disobeyed team orders to speed up near the end, thus backing Rosberg toward Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in third and fourth places, respectively. Vettel could not quite pass Rosberg and he finished third ahead of Verstappen. Having finished runner-up for the past two seasons, Rosberg finally emulates his father Keke Rosberg, who won the F1 title in 1982. ''That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I've had. Can't believe it's over. I'm ecstatic,'' Rosberg said. Hamilton, meanwhile, misses out a thi..

Rosberg celebrates F1 championship by singing ‘Sex on Fire’

German driver Nico Rosberg is the Formula 1 champion for the first time in his career and he's right up there for all-time awkward celebrations, too. WORLD CHAMP!! — Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) November 27, 2016 After earning the title following Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Rosberg went to Twitter to thank his supporters - and sing along to "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon for nearly a minute and a half. In the highly anticipated final race of the season, Lewis Hamilton finished first, but Rosberg entered Sunday 12 points ahead of his teammate and only needed to finish third, even if Hamilton won. The 31-year-old finished second, clinching the championship. Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Champion Rosberg announces surprising retirement from F1

Less than a week after winning the world championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula 1 racing. In a statement posted on Facebook, Rosberg, 31, said winning the Formula 1 title was his goal. After accomplishing that, he's at peace with walking away from the sport. I have a message for you: — Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) December 2, 2016 “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion," Rosberg wrote. "Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. "My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen." Since his first win at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, Rosberg has been nothing if not spectacular on the track. He finished on the podium 57 times in his career, win..

Houston president pokes fun at former Cougars coaches Briles, Sumlin

Houston president Renu Khator is feeling pretty good about the amount of coverage her university and its football program has received lately. So much so, Khator is already placing high expectations on newly hired head coach Major Applewhite after just two days on the job. "The winning is defined at University of Houston as 10 and 2," she told university officials at the schools annual holiday party at her home, according to Brian Rogers of Houston Chronicle. "We'll fire coaches at 8 and 4." Houston fired former coach Tony Levine after a 7-5 season in 2014, which was preceded by an 8-5 year following a bowl loss. The enthusiasm didn't stop there, as Khator continued to pull punches. "Think about our business model. We hired the best, got the best out of them and made money on the exit," she said to applause. "That's our business model." Finally, Khator poked some fun at former Houston head coaches who left for bigger programs, while giving support for Tom Herman at Texa..

Uncle Verne signs off after final broadcast of college career

Verne signs off from college football one final time. — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 10, 2016 Saturday marked the end of an era in college football, as veteran CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist, or Uncle Verne as he's affectionately known, signed off after the Army-Navy game for the last time in a 34-year career. The 76-year-old has been the voice of the SEC on CBS for the past 17 seasons, and has called many of college football's biggest moments, including the iconic "Kick-6" from the 2013 Iron Bowl. While it's the end of his college football broadcasting career, Lundquist will continue with his duties in the 16th tower at Augusta National for the Masters each April. Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Army snaps 14-game losing streak to Navy with narrow win

BALTIMORE - Army ended a 14-year run of frustration against Navy, using an overpowering running game and opportunistic defense to carve out a long overdue 21-17 victory Saturday. With future commander in chief Donald Trump looking on, the Black Knights blew a 14-point lead before quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 9-yard run with 6:42 left to give Army the win it had been waiting for since 2001. The Black Knights' 14-game losing streak was the longest by either academy in a series that began in 1890. Army (7-5) now trails 60-50-7 in one of the nation's historic rivalries. Navy (9-4) was coming off a physical 34-10 loss to Temple in the American Athletic Conference title game and had only one week to prepare for Army with a new quarterback, sophomore Zach Abey, who was making his first college start. Abey took over Will Worth, who broke his foot against Temple. Abey ran for two touchdowns but passed for only 89 yards and was intercepted twice. Navy had four turnovers, thre..

Former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham transfers to Auburn

Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham will be playing for Auburn next season, after committing to the Tigers as a junior college transfer on Saturday. Stidham came to Baylor as the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015 and the 37th overall prospect on the ESPN 300. Following a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Seth Russell, Stidham was pressed into action during his freshman campaign, and immediately shone in Art Briles' fast-paced offense. The Texas native would finish the season completing 68 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. While he was recruited as a dual-threat option, he only carried the ball 36 times in his first season, most likely due to the injury concerns at the position for Baylor. After Baylor dismissed Briles in May, Stidham opted to transfer out of the Baylor program, rather than play for interim coach Jim Grobe. He spent last season attending a junior college close to the Baylor campus, and will be eligibl..

Army cadets celebrate 1st win over Navy in 14 years by storming field

Army snapped a 14-year losing streak against No. 25 Navy on Saturday in the annual matchup between the two programs and naturally, the Army cadets in the crowd weren't shy of showing their excitement. The Midshipmen still hold the lead in the all-time series record, but the Black Knights and their fans aren't focusing on that right now. #Army Cadets celebrate the end of the 14-year losing streak to #Navy #ArmyNavy — SB Nation Radio (@SBNationRadio) December 10, 2016 Army snaps the streak! The Black Knights win, 21-17, for the first time since 2001. #ArmyNavy 🏈🇺🇸 — Army-Navy Game (@ArmyNavyGame) December 10, 2016 The celebration is real #ArmyNavy — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 10, 2016 Army is loving their 21-17 lead. Is the streak about to end? #ArmyNavy — USAA (@USAA) December 10, 2016 Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certa..