Britain’s Hamilton wins F1 title at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — British driver Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula One title in style with victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, with title rival Nico Rosberg drifting out of contention after failing to recover from a poor start.

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champion, entered the race with a 17-point lead over his Mercedes rival Rosberg, needing only a top-two finish to guarantee the title.

“Woooooo-hoooooo, world champion I can’t believe it! Thank you so much guys,” Hamilton screamed over race radio, before grabbing a Union Jack flag and waving it above his car as his mechanics celebrated wildly.

He kept his helmet on for several minutes, appearing to wipe away tears, as the emotion of his hard-fought championship win started to sink in.

Rosberg started from pole position and, with double points on offer, could have taken his first F1 title with a win providing Hamilton finished third.

That dream scenario lasted three seconds — the time it took Hamilton to overtake Rosberg, whose race turned into a nightmare. He eventually finished 14th.

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa crossed the line in second place ahead of his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas.

As a dejected Rosberg climbed out of his car, Hamilton rushed over to hug his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, who was in tears as she gave him a kiss, and Hamilton then jumped up and down with his Mercedes mechanics in a group hug.

Hamilton joins British drivers Graham Hill and Jim Clark with two F1 titles, with only Jackie Stewart ahead of him on three.

He won 11 races to Rosberg’s five overall this season. Tellingly, the German driver failed to make the most of pole, having bettered Hamilton 11-7 in qualifying.

LSU volleyball sweeps Auburn in home finale

Behind a combined 24 kills from Cati Leak and Briana Holman, 38 assists by Malorie Pardo and 24 digs from Haley Smith, the LSU volleyball team closed its home schedule in style with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 win over Auburn on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers (18-8, 13-4 Southeastern Conference) hit .252 while holding Auburn (12-17, 4-12) to .097. LSU has won consecutive matches going into the final contest of the year at South Carolina on Saturday with an NCAA tournament berth at stake.

“You definitely want to win your last match on your home court,” coach Fran Flory said. “We are glad that we could make a weekend sweep (LSU beat Missouri 3-1 on Friday) against two very good teams.

“Friday night was a tough match, and this was a tough match. Auburn is a very good team, and their system caused us some problems. We adjusted well.”

LSU tennis team signs St. Michael’s Andry

LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown announced Sunday the Tigers signed Cameron Andry of St. Michael the Archangel to close out the early signing period.

Andry is the top prospect from Louisiana as he held the state’s No. 1 ranking for six consecutive years.

“Cameron has done a good job of continuously improving his tennis and maintaining a high academic standard,” Brown said. “He has a big game, and we look forward to having him in our program and working hard every day.”

The Baton Rouge native was 49-0 in his high school career with three state championships.

Compiled from news releases and the AP.