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Last Updated: Dec 03, 2016, 01.29 PM IST|Original: Dec 03, 2016, 01.29 PM IST

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Asics to take over from Adidas as IAAF sponsor

Japanese sportswear giant Asics Corp will take over from Adidas as the official sponsor of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a source with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Friday.The IAAF is expected to announce the deal on Saturday. Adidas, who had signed an 11-year sponsorship deal with the IAAF that was set to run until 2019, said on Friday it was ending the deal three years early. "Adidas and the IAAF have agreed to terminate their existing partnership agreement in mutual agreement at the end of 2016," the company said in a statement.

Bolt and Ayana win IAAF awards

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's athletes of the year on Friday. Bolt completed his amazing Olympic "triple triple" of 100metres, 200metres and 4x100m relay golds at the Rio Games in August despite missing much of the season through injury and took the award for the sixth time.

Texas prosecutor may drop assault charge under deal with Manziel

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has agreed to take an anger management course and be treated for substance abuse under a deal that could lead to the dismissal of a charge that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Under the agreement with the Dallas district attorney's office, Manziel must complete the course and enroll in either the NFL's substance abuse program or a court-approved rehabilitation facility, court records show. He must also a attend a panel on the impact of domestic violence and have no contact with former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

Dodt maintains advantage at Australian PGA

Andrew Dodt will tee off with a two-shot shot lead for the third day in a row in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship after a two-under-par 70 kept him on top of the leaderboard on Saturday. Adam Scott looked like reining in his fellow Australian when he eagled the ninth and set off on a back nine which he tore up on Friday, but the world number seven found the water twice and ended up with a 70 and a share of fourth.

L.A. won't lose money if awarded 2024 Games: officials

Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid officials unveiled a "no surprises" $5.3 billion balanced budget on Friday, boasting they will not need money to build any new permanent venues. The bid committee, which is up against Paris and Budapest for the right to host the summer Games, said in a statement its budget includes a $491.9 million contingency in case costs escalate.

I could have won more if I'd got serious: Bolt

Looking back at his astonishing career on the night he was named Athlete of the Year for the sixth time, Usain Bolt said his only real regret was not taking his sport more seriously at an earlier age. "Maybe I would have been at four Olympics," the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday before being crowned IAAF male Athlete of the Year again on the back of his amazing Rio de Janeiro Games sprint triple-triple in August.

Golf-Tiger roars back with bogey-free 65 in the Bahamas

Tiger Woods, in his second round of competitive golf since returning from a chronic back injury that kept him out for almost 16 months, shot a flawless seven-under 65 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Friday. Fourteen-times major winner Woods, who teed off alone after partner Justin Rose of Britain pulled out of the 18-man tournament with a bad back, was three-under on the front nine and four-under on the homeward stretch.

MLB changes World Series home-field format rules

Home field advantage in the World Series will go to the pennant winner with the better record rather than the league that wins the All-Star Game, according to details of Major League Baseball's new labor agreement revealed on Friday. MLB averted its first labor glitch in two decades on Wednesday when it reached a tentative five-year labor deal with the union representing its players.

Cowboys beat Vikings 17-15 for 11th straight win

The Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Vikings 17-15 on Thursday night after Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford's pass sailed high out of the back of the end zone on a two-point attempt with 30 seconds left. Bradford led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that began with just over two minutes remaining, pulling Minnesota within two points. However, he was pressured on the conversion attempt, and his desperation attempt to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone was too high.

Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell

Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. "From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion," the German said in a statement.

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