Danica Patrick is saying goodbye to professional racing. Patrick officially announced her retirement from auto racing earlier today (Nov. 17). She plans on racing in next year's Daytona 500 (NASCAR) and Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar) only.
"I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there," Patrick said. "Sometimes it's big nudges and sometimes it's little."
Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press a few hours before her announcement, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are married! The tennis superstar and Reddit co-founder wed in an intimate ceremony on Thursday at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, according to multiple reports.
Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, said “I do” in front of a star-studded crowd, including their baby girl. Venus Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian, Caroline Wozniacki, Ciara, LaLa Anthony, Colton Haynes, Anna Wintour, and Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón have all been spotted in town.
Williams and Ohanian’s nuptials come less than three months after the tennis champion gave birth to their daughter, Alexis. It’s the first child for the pair, who began dating in 2015 after a chance run-in in Rome.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
ESPN is launching a new SportsCenter show on Snapchat. The show, SportsCenter on Snapchat, premiered Monday (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. ET.
Future episodes will be released each weekday at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on weekends at 5 a.m. Just like the original SportsCenter, the Snapchat show will offer a mix of sports news and highlights. But each episode will be less than five minutes and will offer up the news in a more casual way.
The show is Snapchat’s first daily sports show. The first episode was hosted by Emmy-winning sports personality Katie Nolan, who recently joined ESPN. Other upcoming hosts include Elle Duncan, Cassidy Hubbarth, Jason Fitz and Cy Amundson.
ESPN was an original Snapchat Discover launch partner two years ago, producing publisher stories for the platform. Those stories are now transitioning into the SportsCenter shows.
As part of the new show arrangement, ESPN will retire its daily edition, the magazine-like channels that publishers use to share individual stories and videos to Snapchat’s audience. Snapchat and ESPN will split advertising revenue sold alongside the new mini versions of SportsCenter, and ESPN will sell all of the ad inventory, according to two sources familiar with the agreement. The deal is good for two years.
Major League Baseball announced the winners of the Rookie of the Year awards for both leagues today. In the American League, the honor went to New York Yankee right fielder Aaron Judge. The National League awarded the honor to Los Angeles Dodger first baseman Cody Bellinger. Both choices were unanimous.
Judge is the first Yankee to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996. Judge's 52 home runs lead the AL and helped the Yankees secure a wildcard berth in the Playoffs. Judge is also up for the AL MVP award, if he wins he will join Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Fred Lynn (1975) to win both awards in the same season.
Bellinger broke the NL rookie record for home runs with 39 and finished second in the league behind only Giancarlo Stanton in homers. Bellinger led the Dodgers in RBIs (97) and runs (87) and supplied a left-handed bat in the heart of the order of a club that fell just one game short of winning the World Series.
Over the past few weeks, the tension between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have gone into overdrive. Jones has been actively and very publicly trying to get his fellow owners to drop Goodell, and he even found a replacement. Jones has gone as far as threatening to sue the NFL if they approve a planned contract extension for Goodell. Today, the NFL's Compensation Committee has given Jones a cease-and-desist warning in response to the owner's threat of a lawsuit, according to the New York Times.
The committee issued the warning to Jones after holding a conference call Monday to discuss Goodell's potential extension, according to the Times.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank released a statement Monday, saying that the committee is still working toward an extension for Goodell and disputing Jones' assertion that owners have been misled regarding "critical facts" about the negotiations.
The Bulls, the City of Chicago and the NBA will announce Friday that Chicago will host the 2020 All-Star Game, a league source told ESPN.
The announcement will come at the United Center on Friday afternoon. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Bulls president and COO Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls executive vice president John Paxson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are all expected to be in attendance.
This will mark the first time the Bulls host All-Star Weekend since 1988. Michael Jordan was the MVP of that game and also won the Slam Dunk Contest in a famous duel with Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins.