Athlete retirement

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Fuller runs the ball in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Fuller got his first taste of the NFL's business side during his rookie minicamp. One of the receiver's would-be teammates had a bad practice. Not much later, that player got pulled out of a meeting. Not much after that, the player was no longer Fuller's teammate. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
August 19, 2019 - 3:19 pm
Devin Fuller got his first taste of the NFL's business side during his rookie minicamp. One of the receiver's would-be teammates had a bad practice. Not much later, that player got pulled out of a meeting. Not much after that, the player was no longer Fuller's teammate. "I was like, 'Wow, so it's...
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Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto rounds third base on his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
August 02, 2019 - 11:43 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — It had been nearly a year since Alex Wood pitched into the seventh inning, and the oft-injured starter was feeling better than he has all season. "That felt like me tonight," Wood said. "I was happy to throw well against a really good ballclub. They're tough to plan for and so I...
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Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, and Rafael Devers celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees during a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
July 28, 2019 - 1:00 am
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi homered as the Boston Red Sox again hit balls all over and out of Fenway Park, battering the New York Yankees 9-5 Saturday. The Red Sox have outscored the Yankees 38-13 to win the first three of a four-game set. This was the sixth straight game...
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, right, works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)
July 27, 2019 - 2:48 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The red-hot San Francisco Giants keep playing — and winning — extra-inning games. Pablo Sandoval homered with two outs in the 11th and the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Friday night for their 18th victory in 22 games. Sandoval's drive on a 1-2 pitch from Logan Allen (2-3)...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 30, 2019 photo, New York Yankees' Troy Tulowitzki is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning of a baseball game in New York. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki says he is retiring from Major League Baseball following injuries that limited him to 13 plate appearances since July 2017, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 25, 2019 - 8:52 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies who has missed most of the past two seasons with leg injuries, announced his retirement on Thursday, more than three months after he played in his last game for the New York Yankees. "For as long as I can remember, my...
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Comedian Ha Ha Davis, left, announces the arrival of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey to NFL football training camp as he steps from the back of an armored car outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
July 24, 2019 - 7:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey crouched in the back of an armored truck, peered through a small window and waited for his introduction. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback then flung open both doors, revealing dozens of phony money bags and a huge smile. Ramsey put on quite a show as the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2009, file photo, Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) holds up the trophy as he celebrates with teammates Kaluka Maiava, left, and Damian Williams (18) after USC beat Penn State 38-24 in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, in Pasadena, Calif. Former USC star and New York Jets first-round pick Mark Sanchez is retiring from the NFL and joining ESPN as a college football analyst. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 24, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Former USC star and New York Jets first-round pick Mark Sanchez is retiring from the NFL and joining ESPN as a college football analyst. Sanchez played quarterback for Southern California from 2005-08, earning Rose Bowl MVP honors in his final college game. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009...
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July 23, 2019 - 6:07 pm
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — The International Boxing Hall of Fame is making changes to its voting process, shortening the retirement time for consideration and creating two categories for female fighters. The categories for female boxers are Trailblazer, boxers whose last bout was no later than 1988,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 22, 2019 - 6:16 pm
Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019 file photo New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. As teams settle in at sweltering training camps this week, playbooks are distributed (digitally, of course), rookies and other youngsters try to catch the eye of decision makers, and fans wonder what their teams will look like in early September. And beyond. Except, perhaps, in New England. We’re not likely to see much of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady until opening day. We won’t see any of his buddy and standout tight end, Rob Gronkowski, whose battered body caused him to retire. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
July 22, 2019 - 11:19 am
Until the NFL shortens its preseason, there will be one goal in late July and early August. Stay healthy. Unfortunately, nearly every team sustains significant injuries, some of which can be devastating for the regular season. Coaches and general managers will curse under their breath when they...
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