Franchitti retires at 40
Dario Franchitti, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion, reluctantly and abruptly retired Thursday, saying doctors told him it would be too dangerous for him to continue racing because of injuries suffered in a harrowing crash last month.
“Racing has been my life for over 30 years, and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over,” Franchitti said.
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Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 race at Houston. Franchitti, 40, underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.
Phelps keeps options open
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug-testing program, the strongest signal yet that he’s planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Phelps said “nothing is set in stone,” though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape — he’s down about 15 pounds — and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
Warriors stun Thunder
Andre Iguodala made a baseline jumper as time expired to lift the host Golden State Warriors (6-3) to a 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-3).
Russell Westbrook’s three-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining put the Thunder ahead after it trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter. Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 27 points for Golden State, making 6 of 9 three-pointers.
Nick Johnson scored 23 points and freshman Aaron Gordon added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 Arizona to a 69-60 victory over host San Diego State. JJ O’Brien and Xavier Thames had 19 points each for the Aztecs (1-1), who had won two of the past three meetings with Arizona (3-0).
In another Pac-12 game, Josh Huestis scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to help host Stanford (2-1) beat Northwestern 71-58.
Aaryn Ellenberg’s jumper with 1:56 left lifted No. 11 Oklahoma into a lead the host Sooners could finally hold onto and turn away No. 25 Gonzaga 82-78 in a semifinal-round battle in the preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The Sooners (3-0) face No. 5 Louisville on Sunday in the tournament’s championship game. Host Louisville beat No. 14 Louisiana State 88-67.
Gonzaga (2-1) nursed a slim lead throughout most of the game. Haiden Palmer had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (2-1). Lindsay Sherbert added 14 points off the bench.
In other women’s games involving top-five teams, Tricia Liston scored 20 points as No. 2 host Duke (2-0) beat South Carolina-Upstate 123-40. Ariel Massengale scored 16 points to lead No. 4 host Tennessee (3-0) over Chattanooga 80-56.
Sharks beat Canucks in OT
Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal at 2:38 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks. Tomas Hertl scored in regulation and Antti Niemi made 34 saves for the Sharks (12-2-5). Roberto Luongo made 28 saves and Kevin Bieksa scored his first goal of the season for Vancouver (11-7-3).
Stenson closes in on title
Henrik Stenson strengthened his chances of winning the European money title, shooting a 4-under-par 68 that left the Swede two shots behind leader Alejandro Canizares of Spain after first round of the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Brian Stuard topped the OHL Classic leaderboard at 5 under with three holes left when first-round play was suspended for the day because of rain and wet conditions in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor was 1 over through 15 holes. Former Husky Alex Prugh was 3 over through 11 holes.
In other events, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum took the first-round lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, birdieing seven of the first 13 holes at Guadalajara (Mexico) Country Club en route to a 6-under 66.
Adam Scott shot a 4-under 67 in the first round of his Australian Masters title defense, leaving him two shots behind fellow Australian Nick Cullen in Melbourne.
• The Chicago Blackhawks acquired right wing Kris Versteeg and left wing Philippe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers for right wing Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
• Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games by the NHL for a hit to Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom’s head.
• Kings goalie Jonathan Quick returned to Los Angeles for evaluation of an undisclosed injury.
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