Athlete retirement

FILE - In this May 27, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals bench coach Chino Cadahia (15) and St. Louis Cardinals first base coach Chris Maloney (37) exchange line-ups with home plate umpire Rob Drake (30) before a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, fielders will be encourages to space themselves from baserunners between pitches and managers and coaches must wear masks while in the dugouts under Major League Baseball's proposed operations manual for starting the coronavirus-delayed season. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
May 17, 2020 - 12:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly arriving in uniform, like they did when they were teenagers. Team personnel will be banned from...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2012, file photo, drivers take the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR will re-fire the engines moments after mask-clad drivers climb into their cars at Darlington Raceway. The season will resume Sunday May 17, 2020, without spectators and drivers will have no practice before they pull away from pit road for the first time in more than two months. (Tyler Barrick/Pool Photo via AP, File)
May 16, 2020 - 2:08 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — NASCAR will not be as you remember it when racing returns at old egg-shaped Darlington Raceway. There will be no elaborate infield tailgates, inflatable pools or hundreds of American flags that fly above the campers. The grandstands will be empty gray rows, no spectators...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant listens to a question as he meets with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia. The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by the late Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. The Thousand Oaks-based facility announced Tuesday, May 12, 2020, it would return to its original name of Sports Academy and retire the “Mamba” name to the rafters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
May 12, 2020 - 7:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president, speaks to the media during the owners meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla. The NFL is planning to play a full season though it’s uncertain what that will look like. "The schedule will come out as normal, but we’re doing reasonable and responsible planning as we always do, inside of game operations,” league executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
May 01, 2020 - 4:21 pm
On my office wall hangs a framed NFL jersey. It is dark brown with white and orange stripes on the sleeves, and the broad white number 32. It is signed by Jim Brown, arguably the greatest to ever play the game. This jersey is a daily reminder of the pursuit of perfection as well as the struggle to...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2017, file photo, Matt Kenseth stands in his garage stall after practice for a NASCAR Cup series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. At 48, Kenseth will be the oldest driver in the field when racing resumes. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
April 29, 2020 - 3:29 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth had a blissful year of retirement. He had time to travel with his wife and four daughters, made his first visit to Europe and took up marathon running. It was free time he never had in 22 years of racing at NASCAR's national level. “It was really just spending...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. A year ago at this time, the Los Angeles Rams were fresh off a Super Bowl trip and back-to-back NFC West titles. Now they seem to be looking up at the competition in the NFL's toughest division. (AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox, File)
April 28, 2020 - 3:19 pm
A year ago, the Los Angeles Rams were fresh off a Super Bowl trip and back-to-back NFC West titles, feeling good about where they stood in the division. Now they seem to be looking up at the competition in the NFL’s toughest division. While the Rams got rid of cornerstone players Todd Gurley and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) takes the field for warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. The San Francisco 49ers have acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle from the Redskins. Two people familiar with the deal said Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire Williams. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 25, 2020 - 9:08 pm
The San Francisco 49ers acquired one Pro Bowl left tackle and said goodbye to another. The defending NFC champion 49ers acquired seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on Saturday for a pair of draft picks and later announced that six-time Pro Bowler Joe Staley...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2010, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Mark Reynolds watches his three-run home run against the New York Mets during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday, April 9, 2020, on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he's “moved beyond that, I've retired.” He added that he's enjoying spending time with his family and it was time for him “to find something else to do.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
April 09, 2020 - 7:09 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he's “moved beyond that, I've retired...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 file photo, Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina acknowledges the audience after her routine on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chusovitina had considered retirement before but chose to carry on before qualifying for her eighth Olympics — breaking her own record in the sport. This time around, the 1992 gold medalist said Tokyo will be her last Olympics. “It's already good that they have postponed. Everything will calm down and everything will be fine, and I think then the Olympics will go ahead as normal,” said the 44-year-old Chusovitina, who is training in restricted. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)
March 26, 2020 - 9:51 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Even if it takes an extra year, Nino Salukvadze will still be aiming for an Olympic record. The Georgian shooter has competed at every Olympics since 1988, where she won a gold medal for the Soviet Union. At the Tokyo Olympics — now postponed until 2021 because of the...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Ottawa Senators announced late Tuesday night, March 17, 2020, one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
March 25, 2020 - 10:43 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and...
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