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Caroline Wozniacki announces she's retiring from tennis

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- After nearly 15 years as a professional tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki is retiring from the sport.

"I’m ready to move on to the next chapter in my life," Wozniacki, 29, said Friday on ABC News' Good Morning America. "Australian Open 2020 is going to be my last tournament."

Wozniacki, currently ranked number 37 in the world, won her lone Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open, defeating top seed Simona Halep.

After turning pro in 2005, Wozniacki went on to win 30 Women’s Tennis Association singles titles and was the runner-up at the 2009 US Open and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships.

Wozniacki has also faced good friend Serena Williams numerous times, including at the 2014 US Open, where she lost to Williams in the final.

She and Williams also attended each other's weddings, with Williams serving as a bridesmaid in Wozniacki’s wedding earlier this year.

Wozniacki married former NBA star Daniel Lee in June in Italy.

In addition to being a newlywed, Wozniacki is also pursuing other interests off the tennis court, including studying at Harvard Business School.

She said she also hopes to continue to be an advocate for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Wozniacki revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with RA, an autoimmune disease that causes swelling and pain in and around the joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

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Top sports stories of the decade: From Simone Biles to Usain Bolt

haizon/iStock(NEW YORK) -- From Usain Bolt burning up the track to Odell Beckham Jr. defying physics to the U.S. women's soccer team in Paris, there were plenty of sports moments to remember as the decade draws to a close.

Here are some of the biggest sports stories from 2010 to 2019:

1. Usain Bolt, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics -- Bolt, a sprinter from Jamaica, changed the sport of sprinting throughout the decade. Never was his dominance more evident than in London when he walked into the Olympics as something of an underdog -- despite becoming a worldwide celebrity following the 2008 games. He had lost in his country's qualifiers to up-and-coming star Yohan Blake before heading to London. But big-time stars come up big in big-time situations. The fastest man on the planet came out of the gates slow -- not unusual -- before passing American Justin Gatlin and Blake and shattering the Olympic record. Bolt cruised -- literally, taking a chance to peek at his rival Blake before the line -- to gold in the 200-meter final and then earned a three-event sweep with a gold in the 4x100-meter relay. After the 100-meter final, he called himself the "greatest athlete to live." Four years later, it was pretty impossible to argue he wasn't at least in the discussion. Bolt completed another three-event sweep in 2016 at the Rio Olympics just two days before his 30th birthday. By 2017, he'd won every 100-meter race he'd entered for four years. And while he lost at the 2017 world championships, the 2012 and 2016 Olympics will go down in history forever.

2. Chicago Cubs win the World Series -- finally! -- After Bartman, black cats, billy goats and 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series title in 2016. Back in 1908 -- the last time they'd won a title -- Ford's Model T went on sale for a mere $825, pistol duels were in the London Olympics and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (now performed at every Cubs game) was officially released. Suffice to say, a lot changed. General manager Theo Epstein was in his fifth year at the helm of the Cubs and had brought in manager Joe Maddon one year prior. The pair led the Cubs to a 103-win season, an NLCS title and a spot in the World Series. But they'd done that in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1945. Chicago faced the Cleveland Indians and fell behind 3-1 through the first four games. But Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman -- acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline -- stepped up in Game 5; Addison Russell drove in six runs in Game 6; and eventual MVP Ben Zobrist drove in the winning run in extra innings to give the Cubs a title in seven games.

3. Simone Biles owns the 2016 Rio Olympics -- Can you count to 25? Simone Biles dominated most of the decade of gymnastics -- hence the record 25 world championship medals attained by 2019 -- but finally got a chance to break out in prime time at the Rio Olympics. All she did was win four golds, including the individual and team all-around. Her performance on the floor, also a gold, introduced the world to her eponymous "Biles" -- a double layout salto with a half twist. The 4-foot-11 Biles has achieved something just as rare in gymnastics: sustained dominance. In a sport often-dominated by one-Olympic wonders, she's an overwhelming favorite entering the next decade at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

4. Malcolm Butler seals Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX win
-- The Seattle Seahawks trailed, 28-24, with 27 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX. It was second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. So, of course, they handed the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch and capped a brilliant, game-winning drive. Right? Well, no, not if you're head coach Pete Carroll. Instead, Russell Wilson dropped back to pass and looked for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on a slant. He found Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler instead. The pick sealed the Super Bowl win to cap the 2014-15 season and earned Patriots quarterback Tom Brady his fourth ring (but first of the decade). He'd go on to win two more.

5. Odell Beckham breaks physics -- The catch didn't mean much in the end, but on Nov. 23, 2014, we got one of the most lasting images of the decade in sports. The New York Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round in 2014, hoping to inject some life into an aging offense. On a Sunday night, in front of a massive TV audience, the rookie receiver scored his second touchdown of the game against the rival Dallas Cowboys in the most spectacular fashion imaginable. He somehow contorted his body backward, while being flagrantly held by Cowboys corner Brandon Carr, and extended his right arm behind his head to snag a 43-yard pass out of the sky by just the tips of his fingers. The Giants went on to lose the game (despite 146 receiving yards from OBJ), but some moments are bigger than wins and losses. Beckham's legacy in the league has yet to be fully written, but this catch will be replayed forever.

6. Villanova's Kris Jenkins hits a walk-off, title-clinching 3-pointer
-- Villanova's men's basketball team had been known for the better part of two decades as a scrappy, guard-driven team led by Jay Wright on the bench. They were also known as a team that underperformed when the NCAA tournament came around. All of that changed in the 2016 title game against North Carolina and its collection of McDonald's All-Americans. With 4.7 seconds left in a tied game, 74-74, the Wildcats inbounded the ball to Ryan Arcidiacono, who dribbled to midcourt and flipped it to teammate Kris Jenkins. Jenkins had 14 points in the game, but it was the last three that will be remembered for all time. He took the pass from Arcidiacono and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Tar Heels and win the team's first NCAA championship since 1985.

7. U.S. women's soccer wins the 2019 World Cup -- National pride and a fight for gender equality combined for a mic-drop performance as the U.S. women's soccer team ran through the competition at the women's World Cup in Paris in the summer of 2019. The team's eclectic mix -- including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz -- only made the U.S. like them more. The team opened with a 13-0 win over Thailand, but eventually had to run through European powerhouses Spain, France -- the home country -- and England to make the final. They wrapped it up with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands and a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in front of hundreds of thousands of fans -- many chanting "Equal pay! Equal pay!" -- in New York City.

8. Ray Allen saves the Heat's repeat titles -- LeBron James was the best player on the Miami Heat in 2012-13, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rounded out the Big 3. But it was the greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history who saved the Heat's season and eventually earned the King his second straight title. It was Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs led the Heat three games to two. Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward in NBA history, posted 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the first half. The Spurs led by 10, 75-65, entering the fourth quarter. James took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points, but the Heat still trailed by three with 19.4 seconds left. James, of course, took the shot to tie it up with under 10 seconds left -- but it ended up being Ray Allen who bailed out the Heat. Bosh grabbed the rebound off James' miss and handed it off to the veteran guard, who drilled the game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left. The shot forced overtime, led to a Heat win and -- after an easy Game 7 win -- an NBA title.

9. Steph, Klay and Kevin change NBA calculus -- It only takes until about kindergarten to learn that three is bigger than two. But it took the sure-shooting Golden State Warriors to make that math work in the NBA. Two lightly recruited college players -- Davidson's Stephen Curry and Washington State's Klay Thompson -- brought high-tempo, 3-point basketball to the Bay Area. Later joined by superstar Kevin Durant, the Warriors won three titles (2015, 2017, 2018), set a single-season record for wins in 2015-16 (73) and went to five straight NBA Finals. After a devastating, 3-games-to-1 choke against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, all they did was win 8-of-9 NBA Finals games the next two seasons. At just 31, Curry is already third all-time in NBA history in 3-pointers.

10. UConn women's basketball shoots 5-for-10 -- For pure dominance, it's hard to match the UConn women's basketball team, led by Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, which won five championships in the decade (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). The streak includes four titles in a row for a team led by Breanna Stewart, who won every single year she was in college. She went 151-5 in her career and was the player of the year three times. The versatile, 6-foot-4 wing is now dominating the WNBA as a member of the Seattle Storm. She won the league MVP and a league title in 2018. UConn stars from this past decade dot the WNBA with Maya Moore, Tina Charles, Tiffany Hayes and Kia Nurse all leading their teams.

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Michael Phelps continues racking up gold: For a guy who started his Olympics career in 2000, it's hard to believe he makes the list of the best of this decade three Olympic Games later. He didn't enter the 2012 Games expected to repeat his historic eight golds from Beijing, but he still added four golds and two silvers to his unmatched medal haul in London. He retired after those games, content to rest on his 22 Olympic medals and 18 golds. For, oh, two years. The greatest Olympian of all time returned to the 2016 Olympics and added five more gold medals and one silver when he was expected to take a much-earned victory lap simply.

Chicago Blackhawks win three Cups: In the NBA, NFL and NHL at least one franchise won three titles in the decade. In the NBA, it was the Golden State Warriors; in the NFL, it was the New England Patriots; and in the NHL, it was the Chicago Blackhawks. The most underrated coach in sports, Joel Quenneville, led Chicago to Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith became household names leading a workman-like team, reflecting the city it calls home, to six-game series victories each time.

Ogunbowale drills back-to-back championship buckets: Just one game-winning shot in an NCAA tournament is rare enough. Arike Ogunbowale decided to do it twice -- in back-to-back games -- in the semifinal and final. The Notre Dame guard led her Fighting Irish to the school's second-ever championship in 2018 with a game-winning 3-pointer against Mississippi State with just 0.1 seconds on the clock. Two days earlier, she did the same against undefeated -- and allegedly unbeatable -- UConn by hitting a deep jumper in overtime with exactly 1 second on the clock.

Jeremy Lin phenomenon: Tabloid back pages in New York City screamed with one phrase in February 2012: Linsanity! The league, and in fact the most populous country in the world, were captivated by Harvard-product Jeremy Lin's out-of-nowhere emergence for the New York Knicks in the second half of the 2011-12 NBA season. Lin was a developmental league player and almost cut by the Knicks before injuries and dumb luck led to a star-making turn. It started on Feb. 4 with a 25-point, seven-assist performance in Brooklyn against the rival Nets. The legend of the point guard only grew from there. He scored 28 points in his next game -- his first career start -- as All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire missed the game. The Knicks continued winning and Lin continued his insanity. He scored 38 points against the Lakers on Feb. 10 and hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors on Valentine's Day. Four days later, he had 28 points and 14 assists against the Dallas Mavericks. But cut off by the All-Star break, the firing of head coach Mike D'Antoni and a knee injury, his season ended early. He never reclaimed his magic, bouncing around the league for six more seasons.

Sid the Kid wins it on home ice: Three Winter Olympics ago, Vancouver kicked off the first huge worldwide sporting event of the decade. And of course, it being in Canada, the only gold medal that mattered for the host nation was ice hockey. So why not win it with a sudden death, overtime goal by the country's biggest star: Sidney Crosby? The final pitted the U.S. against Canada in an edge-of-your-seat matchup that saw the U.S. rally from down 2-0 to narrow the gap to 2-1 on a goal by Ryan Kesler entering the final period. Improbably, Zach Parise managed to squeeze a rebound goal past Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo with just 25 seconds left in regulation to force OT. But it was not to be for the Americans. Jerome Iginla fed Crosby for a goal seven minutes into the extra period and he was raising his arms in victory, bouncing off the boards, seconds later.

One out away for the Texas Rangers: Nelson Cruz will likely join the Baseball Hall of Fame once he retires (whenever that may be). But unfortunately for Texas Rangers fans, he'll always occupy a dark spot in their hearts for Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. With the team one out -- actually one strike -- away from a championship against the St. Louis Cardinals, the right fielder misplayed a David Freese line drive that allowed two runs to score. With it, a Game 6 win evaporated and the Rangers lost Game 7 by a score of 6-2 to give the franchise its 11th World Series title.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/5/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 119, Philadelphia 113
Denver 129, New York 92
Houston 119, Toronto 109
Phoenix 139, New Orleans 132 -- OT

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Chicago 4, Boston 3 -- OT
Carolina 3, San Jose 2 -- SO
NY Rangers 3, Columbus 2
Colorado 3, Montreal 2
NY Islanders 3, Vegas 2 -- OT
Arizona 3, Philadelphia 1
Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 4
Dallas 3, Winnipeg 2 -- OT
Calgary 4, Buffalo 3

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Chicago 31, Dallas 24

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Auburn 81, Furman 78 -- OT

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Oakland Raiders RB has been playing through fractured shoulder

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs has been playing through a fractured shoulder for the better part of two months, he revealed on Wednesday.

Jacobs is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards, with 1,061, posted on Snapchat that since Week Seven, "I just play on it."

He initially suffered the injury during a play in the team's October 20th game against the Green Bay Packers. He left that game and received a pain-killing injection before returning. Jacobs has not missed a game since, though ESPN reports his workload has been monitored and managed since.

"Josh is special," quarterback Derek Carr said Wednesday. "If Josh wasn't able to play, I would completely understand, with what he's dealing with. But the fact that he keeps suiting up and going out there and not only running, but running with the style that he runs with, I don't think enough can be said about that guy."

"He's tough, man, he's tough," Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday. "

Jacobs was the team's first-round draft pick -- 24th overall -- in April's NFL Draft.

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Tua Tagovailoa talks NFL Draft, recovery from hip injury

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he would be likely to enter the NFL Draft if he gets assurances that he'd be chosen in the first half of the first round.

Tagovailoa was a Heisman Trophy contender and a potential first overall draft pick until he suffered a season-ending hip injury last month. That injury dropped him from second to thirteenth in ESPN's Todd McShay's latest draft rankings.

The NFL College Advisory Committee provides feedback to underclassmen interested in entering their names for the draft. They only provide three grades: potential first-round pick, second-round pick, or neither.

Tagovailoa could solicit feedback from other sources, however. And if he were told he'd be a top-15 pick, "that'd be tough to pass up," he said. "But there's a lot more to it than that in some aspects."

The junior says he has spoken to Alabama head coach Nick saban about his future. But, Tagovailoa adds, there is no timetable yet for his decision.

"It's something I still need to sit down and talk to my family about," he explained.

Tagovailoa says doctors have told him to expect 100 percent health as far as football activities go. But, he says, he won't be able to move the hip in certain directions -- specifically an inward motion that he says isn't key to running.

Alabama team orthopedic surgeon Lyle Cain told ESPN that he expects the quarterback to return to action within three months of surgery. Tagovailoa could be throwing a football again by Spring 2020.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/4/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Charlotte 106, Golden State 91
Milwaukee 127, Detroit 103
Orlando 128, Phoenix 114
Brooklyn 130, Atlanta 118
Boston 112, Miami 93
Chicago 106, Memphis 99
Indiana 107, Oklahoma City 100
Dallas 121, Minnesota 114
L.A. Lakers 121, Utah 96
Portland 127, Sacramento 116

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Colorado 3, Toronto 1
Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 0
Ottawa 5, Edmonton 2
Washington 3, Los Angeles 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Maryland 72, Notre Dame 51
Purdue 69, Virginia 40
Ohio St. 74, North Carolina 49
Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62
Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43
Washington 90, E. Washington 80
Villanova 80, Penn 69
Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64
Utah St. 71, San Jose St. 59

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New Orleans Saints re-sign linebacker Manti Te'o

33ft/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Manti Te'o is reportedly rejoining the New Orleans Saints.

A source confirms to ESPN that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old veteran linebacker.

The news comes after several Saints linebackers have suffered injuries this season. Middle linebacker Alex Anzalone injured his shoulder in Week 2, forcing him to be sidelined for the rest of the season, and, most recently, middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and strongside linebacker A.J. Klein both suffered injuries during last Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Te'o began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, and joined the Saints in 2017 when he signed a two-year deal with New Orleans. Last season, he was a healthy inactive, appearing in just five games, before his contract expired.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/3/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Detroit 127, Cleveland 94
Orlando 127, Washington 120
Dallas 118, New Orleans 97
Miami 121, Toronto 110 -- OT
San Antonio 135 Houston 133 -- 2OT
L.A. Lakers 105, Denver 96
L.A. Clippers 117, Portland 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 2, Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Columbus 2
Minnesota 4, Florida 2
Montreal 4, NY Islanders 2
Vegas 4, New Jersey 3
Philadelphia 6, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 3, Nashville 2 -- OT
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 1
Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2
Washington 5, San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville 58, Michigan 43
Indiana 80, Florida St. 64
Baylor 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 46
Dayton 99, Houston Baptist 68
Butler 67, Mississippi 58
Duke 87, Michigan St. 75
Memphis 71, Bradley 56

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Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera after nearly nine seasons with the team.

Rivera first joined the team in 2011, eventually leading them to 3 NFC South titles, 4 playoff appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance. The Panthers are currently third in the division with a 5-7 record, but are entering Week 14 on a 4-game losing streak.


In a statement, Panthers owner David Tepper said, "I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best."

Panthers’ owner David Tepper on the firing Ron Rivera: “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2019


Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named Carolina's interim head coach, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will become a special assistant to the head coach, while quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will take over as offensive coordinator.


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'We Deserve This': Megan Rapinoe named top women's soccer player of 2019

Marcus Millo/iStock(PARIS) -- U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe took home yet another award, winning the Women's Ballon d'Or as soccer's women player of the year.

Rapinoe, 34, was not present in Paris to accept the award Monday. She instead delivered a recorded message, calling the win "incredible" and saying, "I can't believe I'm the one winning in this field."

The World Cup-winning soccer star also took to Instagram to share a powerful message about being part of a team, one that goes beyond even her fellow players on the field.

"The TEAM shook the world, and continues to. Yes the 23 players on the field, yes the coaching staff, and extended staff for the team, but the TEAM I’m talking about goes far beyond those who are lucky enough to wear the crest," Rapinoe wrote. "The TEAM is our family, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands."

"The TEAM is the thousands of fans who cheered for a team that asked them to care more about just the game of soccer, more than just themselves, more than just people who looked like them, more than just winning," she wrote. "For that, I am forever grateful. I think this World Cup win, and all the subsequent wins, both personal and team, feel so special because for the first time in a long time, it feels like WE ALL WON."

"And while I am truly honored to win @francefootball Ballon D’Or, I’d like to accept this on behalf of us ALL. WE DESERVE THIS," Rapinoe concluded, adding a special thanks to her family, including her longtime girlfriend WNBA star Sue Bird.

Rapinoe co-captained the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) that won their second consecutive and fourth overall World Cup title this summer.

She was named Best FIFA Women's Player 2019 in September and earned the World Cup's Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.

Rapinoe also stood out this past year for her role in high-profile issues that played out off the field.

She was a leader in the U.S. team's fight for equal pay from the U.S. Soccer Federation, telling "Good Morning America" in August, "We won't accept anything less than equal pay. We show up for a game, if we win the game if we lose the game if we tie the game, we want to be paid equally, period."

Rapinoe also took on President Donald Trump, saying she wouldn't visit the "[expletive] White House" if the U.S. won the World Cup. Her comments prompted Trump to write about her on Twitter, tweeting, "Megan should win first before she talks!"

Shortly after that tweet, Rapinoe and the U.S. women won the World Cup, and did not visit the White House.

Rapinoe, who went viral during the World Cup with a confidence-invoking pose, also scored a book deal this year to write about her life and her activism.

She used her acceptance speech at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 in Milan as a call to action to her fellow pro soccer players.

"We have a unique opportunity in football different to any other sport in the world to use this beautiful game to actually change the world for better," she said. "That’s my charge to everyone.”

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