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CAR--F1-ROSBERG RETIRES

UNDATED " Quitting at the top, Formula One champion Nico Rosberg shocked the world of motor racing Friday by announcing he was retiring at the age of 31, five days after earning his first world championship. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 580 words, photos.

With:

" CAR--EARLY RETIREMENTS " A look at some other sports stars who retired at a young age. SENT: 950 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

ATH--BOLT-FUTURE

MONACO " The world's fastest man is slowing down. Usain Bolt again said he doesn't plan to run the 200 meters in his final season, realizing that his world record of 19.19 seconds is now likely beyond him. By John Leicester. SENT: 710 words, photos.

With:

" ATH--ATHLETE OF THE YEAR " Bolt is IAAF athlete of year; Ayana wins women's award. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA AWARDS

ZURICH " Antoine Griezmann is the new challenger to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for FIFA's annual player award. SENT: 380 words, photos.

ATH--IAAF-ADIDAS

MONACO " Sponsor Adidas is ending its commercial agreement with the governing body of athletics three years early, despite the IAAF's plans to broadly reform itself in the wake of doping and corruption scandals. SENT: 200 words.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--MAN CITY-CHELSEA

MANCHESTER, England " Pep Guardiola started the season calling Antonio Conte a "master tactician." Now, he's labeling him "maybe the best" coach in world football. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SOC--MAN UNITED-SCHWEINSTEIGER

MANCHESTER, England " Bastian Schweinsteiger might still have a future at Manchester United. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

BERLIN " It was far from convincing but Bayern Munich did enough to return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 3-1 win at Mainz on Friday. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

NAPLES, Italy " Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes. SENT: 210 words, photos.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

CAEN, France " Playing with 10 men for an hour, Dijon rallied from two goals down to grab a 3-3 draw at struggling Caen in the French league on Friday. SENT: 230 words.

RUGBY:

RGU--ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA

LONDON " The dire relationship between England coach Eddie Jones and the Australian rugby media was strained even more on the eve of the England-Wallabies test at Twickenham. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 410 words, photos.

RGU--DUBAI SEVENS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates " Fiji resumed normal service in sevens rugby and won all three of its pool games in Dubai on Friday, on the first day of the world series. SENT: 250 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--AUSTRALIAN PGA

GOLD COAST, Australia " Andrew Dodt starts the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at 12 under on Saturday, a two-shot lead over fellow Australian Ashley Hall and four shots clear of Adam Scott and New Zealander Ryan Fox. By John Pye. UPCOMING: 450 words by 0900 GMT.

GLF--ALFRED DUNHILL

MALELANE, South Africa " Brandon Stone made an eagle on the last hole after needing treatment on an injured back midway through his round to jump into a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday. SENT: 390 words.

Other Stories:

" OLY--IOC-NHL-OLYMPICS " Bach says it is in the interest of all parties for NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. SENT: 160 words.

" SPE--SPEEDSKATING WORLD CUP " Martina Sablikova wins 3,000m at speedskating World Cup. SENT: 150 words.

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