Patrick to end racing career at 2018 Indy 500

Danica Patrick wipes away tears as she speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)

Danica Patrick announced Friday in Homestead that next year’s Daytona 500 and Indy 500 will be her final races.

MLS attendance up, TV ratings lag as US mulls future

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2005, file photo, FC Dallas and the MetroStars play during the first half of an MLS soccer game during the home opener at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Launched with 10 teams in 1996, two years after the U.S. hosted the World Cup, MLS expanded to 12 but cut back to 10 after the 2001 season. There has been steady growth since expansion started in 2004. Next year's total will be 23, already well over the norm for a first division, and the league is planning to settle at 28. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

While attendance at MLS was up this past season, U.S. Soccer has much to consider after missing its first World Cup since 1986.

Steelers make statement in 40-17 rout of Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrates a touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Steelers won 40-17. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The end is creeping up on Ben Roethlisberger. There have been times this season when the 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback looks every bit his age, and plays like it, too.

Rockets score 90 in 1st half and rout Suns 142-116

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) slips past Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, back, to get off a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — James Harden looked up at the halftime totals Thursday night and couldn’t believe what he saw, despite how well he and the Houston Rockets had shot the ball.

Landeskog’s hat trick lifts Avs over Capitals, 6-2

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, of Sweden, drives down the ice with the puck past Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Denver. Colorado won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog has been a vocal captain for the Colorado Avalanche. This time, he led by example and carried his team to victory.

AP source: Timbers and Porter part ways

FILE - In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter gestures during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colo. A person familiar with the decision confirms that Porter has parted ways with the Timbers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the team. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision confirmed that head coach Caleb Porter has parted ways with the Portland Timbers.

Collette scores 17, Utah beats Missouri 77-59

Utah's Tyler Rawson (21) celebrates with teammate Sedrick Barefield (0) after scoring a three-point basket against Missouri in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah didn’t earn any style points during Thursday’s win over Missouri, despite leading by 20 for most of the second half.

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