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Schumacher set to end Formula One career


Auto racing

Schumacher set to end

Formula One career

Michael Schumacher's main goal entering his final Formula One race, in Sao Paulo, is to have some fun.

The seven-time world champion will finish F1's most successful career at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, hoping that he can enjoy the moment without the pressure of having to do well on the track.

Schumacher retired for the first time after the 2006 season, when he came to the finale in Interlagos still fighting for the championship.

Out of contention this time, the 43-year-old German driver said Thursday that he comes to the Brazilian GP looking to "just take the best out of it and enjoy it as much as I can.

"I guess I have some experience and that's why, probably, I'm rather relaxed about the happenings," Schumacher said. "On top (of that), we are not in any championship fight compared to last time that happened to me."

Schumacher lost the title to Fernando Alonso in 2006, when he had already announced his retirement plans. He was retiring while on top, but this time it's different. He struggled throughout his three seasons with Mercedes since returning in 2010. He is only 15th in this year's drivers' standings.

"I have tried that mission to end successful," he said. "It didn't work this time, but I'm quite happy to finish from here and go for a different life again."

Nobody has matched Schumacher's seven titles, and he's also the F1 driver with most wins (91), pole positions (68), fastest laps (77) and most podium finishes (155). He is second in the numbers of races entered (307) behind former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.

How would Schumacher sum up his 19 seasons in F1?

"Well, I don't think we have long enough here to sum it up, but let's put it that way: It was mostly 20 good years and lots of fun and lots of excitement," he said.

College football

Texas Christian knocks off

No. 18 Texas, 20-13

Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns, Jaden Oberkrom kicked two field goals and Texas Christian's defense forced four turnovers in dumping No. 18 Texas 20-13 in Austin to get the Horned Frogs their biggest win of their first season in the Big 12.

Tucker scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and the Horned Frogs (7-4, 4-4) dominated the line of scrimmage, running the ball 48 times and passing just 10. TCU had two interceptions inside their own 10 to kill Texas (8-3, 5-3) drives. Case McCoy led a late touchdown drive for Texas before an interception by Sam Carter in the final two minutes sealed the win for the Horned Frogs.

ESPN reaches 12-year

postseason games deal

ESPN reached a 12-year agreement to carry all of the postseason games tied to the new college football national-championship system starting after the 2014 regular season.

The accord runs through January 2026, ESPN said Thursday in a statement. Financial terms of the agreement in principle weren't given. The Sports Business Journal reported the deal for the playoffs and championship is worth more than $7 billion, citing people in the industry it didn't name.

ESPN is in the middle of a four-year agreement to televise the Bowl Championship Series.

Golf

Donald takes lead in Dubai

Luke Donald shot a 7-under 65 early Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

Donald saved par on Nos. 1 and 4 with clutch putting, and some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes.

"It was a nice, solid start," said the Englishman, who made six of his seven birdies in the first 10 holes. "It was very tidy. Just a lot of solid golf. I gave myself a lot of opportunities."

Donald fended off a challenge from McIlroy at the tournament last year to become the first player to clinch both the European and PGA Tour money titles. The Northern Irishman has repeated the feat this season, and he surged into contention at the $8 million event with three birdies on the back nine. The PGA Championship winner could have matched Donald, but his tee shot on the 18th went into a creek

Elsewhere

Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht seriously injured his left knee in a crashing in training for a World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Albrecht has rarely raced in speed events in nearly four years since spending 16 days in an induced coma to recover from brain and lung injuries after he crashed heavily in downhill training in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

• Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared Thursday by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a Premier League match.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel "shut up you monkey" during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, but the FA decided there was no evidence to back up the accusation.

• A Tottenham fan remained in critical condition after being injured with six others in an attack by a group of hooligans in a Rome pub. Italian police said a group of people hiding their faces with helmets and scarves attacked some 30 English supporters with knives and clubs on Wednesday.

• Former Hawaii receiver Chad Owens was honored as the Canadian Football League's outstanding player Thursday night, three days before he leads the Toronto Argonauts against Calgary in the Grey Cup.

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