Athlete retirement

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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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) pulls down a reception over Washington Redskins cornerback Jimmy Moreland (32) to help set up a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Cowboys and top receiver Cooper have agreed on a long-term contract. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
March 16, 2020 - 11:52 pm
The Latest on NFL free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT): 11:30 p.m. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, right, talks with quarterback Joe Flacco during practice at the NFL football teams training camp in Baltimore. Yanda retired from the NFL on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, with the satisfaction of knowing that he walked away before being kicked out the door. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
March 11, 2020 - 2:18 pm
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Much thinner and chattier than during his playing days, Marshal Yanda retired from the NFL on Wednesday with the satisfaction of knowing he walked away before being kicked out the door. Yanda played his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, who showed their...
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FILE - In this Jule 7, 2014, file photo, Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1. She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?” (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
February 26, 2020 - 2:19 pm
Maria Sharapova was a transcendent star in tennis from the time she was a teenager, someone whose grit and groundstrokes earned her a career Grand Slam and whose off-court success included millions of dollars more in endorsement deals than prize money. And yet, Sharapova walked away from her sport...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1. She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?”(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
February 26, 2020 - 10:37 am
Maria Sharapova quietly walked away from tennis at the age of 32 on Wednesday, ending a career that featured five Grand Slam titles, time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and a 15-month doping ban. She has been dealing with problems in her right shoulder for years and lost the last four matches she...
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Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a backhand return to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
February 26, 2020 - 9:08 am
Maria Sharapova quietly walked away from tennis at the age of 32 on Wednesday, ending a career that featured five Grand Slam titles, time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and a 15-month doping ban. She has been dealing with problems in her right shoulder for years and lost the last four matches she...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws a pitch in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. The Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher's No. 34 this season. The Phillies will pay tribute to Halladay on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
February 04, 2020 - 12:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay's No. 34 this season. The Phillies will pay tribute to Halladay on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. It was the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Halladay...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
January 26, 2020 - 10:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from every...
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People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
January 26, 2020 - 9:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (all times local): 6 p.m. The Dallas Mavericks are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant by permanently retiring his number 24. “Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will...
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