Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:- NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tiger Woods starts the second round of the Hero World Challenge nine shots behind leader J.B. Holmes. Woods is playing alone because Justin Rose has a back injury and withdrew.- VIENNA -- Formula One champion Nico Rosberg retires from racing at age 31, a startling decision that comes five days after winning his first world championship.- The College Football Playoff is the only thing that really matters this weekend. Championship weekend is all about putting the playoff puzzle together.- SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No. 4 Washington, led by quarterback Jake Browning, can help solidify its place in the College Football Playoff by beating No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 title game. Game starts 9 p.m.- ATLANTA -- Talk about a mismatch. No. 1 Alabamas defense is the best in the nation. No. 15 Floridas offense looks like one of the worst. Theyll face off Saturday in the SEC championships game.- INDIANAPOLIS -- For most of this season, the Big Ten contended it was the nations best conference. No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 8 Penn State get a chance to prove it in league championship.- ORLANDO, Fla. -- Deshaun Watson and No. 3 Clemsons nearly yearlong quest to get back to the College Football Playoff comes down to one game, the Tigers ACC title matchup against No. 19 Virginia Tech.- Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer understand it all too well. Patchwork offensive lines can carve into a teams efficiency, confidence and, ultimately, its win total.- ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a less than artful victory over the Vikings out of the way, Dallas takes an 11-game winning streak into an extended break.- NEW YORK -- Major league teams face midnight deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters.- CHICAGO -- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls. James and Wade played together for four seasons in Miami, leading the Heat to two titles. Game starts 8 p.m.- STORRS, Conn. -- The No. 2 UConn women were supposed to be vulnerable this year after losing their three best players to graduation. But the Huskies have yet to lose this season and have won 81 in a row.- LAS VEGAS -- Jimmie Johnson is honored for his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title and Tony Stewart is seen off into retirement at the sports season-ending awards banquet. Show starts 8 p.m.- LONDON -- A former Chelsea player says he was paid more than $77,500 by the Premier League club to keep a lid on the sexual abuse he was subjected to by the teams former chief scout.- RIO DE JANEIRO -- The family of one Brazilian soccer player is joyful its son survived the Colombia plane crash that left 71 dead. But the family is also struggling with losses of others on the flight.- KIVAL DISERE, France -- Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal finish 1-2 in a World Cup super-G, the first mens speed race of the season. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Dj-Humphries-Jersey/ . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Chad-Williams-Jersey/ . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Josh-Bynes-Jersey/ . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Larry-Fitzgerald-Jersey/ .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Mike-Iupati-Jersey/ . Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day. HOUSTON -- As practices and now games start to pile up, Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller is settling into his new home quite nicely.His skills and quiet, lead-by-example leadership are translating well into Bill OBriens offense.Im getting comfortable every day, Miller said. Im getting used to how the guys block. I think they did a great job the first preseason game of just giving me the opportunity to show the coaches what I could do with my skill-set. So I give all the credit to them, they made my job easy on Sunday.In Sundays preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Miller didnt take long to show off what he can do. A handoff from quarterback Brock Osweiler on the very first play of the game for the Texans offense, Miller found an opening on the right side and went 14 yards.Its always good just to get your feet wet, Miller said. Im here with a whole new offensive line, whole new scheme. So just to go out there and get my feet wet and just having a good run on my first play is always good.Miller finished with 30 yards on four carries, averaging 7.5 yards per attempt in his Texans debut.Entering 2016, Miller comes in among the best running backs in the NFL.During the past two seasons, Miller has led the AFC and ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,971) and average yards per carry (4.89). Miller also ranks fifth among all running backs in total scrimmage yards raccking up 2,643 (1,971 rushing, 672 receiving) during the past two seasons.ddddddddddddHes a very hard worker, OBrien said. Tough guy. People ask me what type of runner he is, he can run inside, he can run outside. He can move the pile. Hes a tough running back and can do different things for us. So its good to have him.After spending the past four years in Miami, Miller decided in the offseason to make a change and come to Houston.With the exit of Arian Foster, who is now in Miami, the Texans needed a leader in the backfield to guide the young corps of backs and he has filled that role.Lamar is great, rookie running back Tyler Ervin said. One thing is hes very patient and not only that, hes just great to be around. Im learning a lot from him.Coming to Houston from Miami there have been some differences Miller said and the biggest for him is having more opportunities in Houston to get the ball in his hands.Thus far everything has gone as planned.The opportunity has been good so far, Miller said. Im just here every day just trying to put in the work and just trying to get better. Its the first preseason game, Im still getting used to the scheme and how the guys block. So you know I still have a lot of room for improvement. Im just trying to get better every day. 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