Athlete retirement

Steve Yzerman answers a question during an NHL hockey news conference where he was introduced as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Detroit. Yzerman returns to Detroit where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 19, 2019 - 6:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's all-time great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in...
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Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) is introduced for the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 10, 2019 - 12:20 am
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points and then announced his retirement in the 40-year-old's final home game, a 120-109 victory for the Dallas Mavericks over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Nowitzki told the crowd, "As you might expect, this is my last home game." That was...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki gets emotional after a video played during a break in the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
April 09, 2019 - 11:41 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has announced that he is retiring from the NBA. The 40-year-old kept his plans secret until the end of his final home game. After speeches from Larry Bird and others he idolized growing up in Germany, Nowitzki told the crowd, "this is my last home...
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Hall of Fame driver and FOX television announcer Darrell Waltrip speaks to the media during a press conference announcing his retirement from the booth before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
April 05, 2019 - 6:44 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — In the shadows of the Darrell Waltrip Grandstands, ol' DW officially launched the second victory lap of his second NASCAR career. The Fox Sports analyst kicked off his retirement tour Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Waltrip is a 12-time winner and an entire grandstand...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12), Rob Gronkowski (87) and James Develin (46) head back to the sideline after LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)
April 01, 2019 - 2:17 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Don't. Even. Joke. New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools' Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire. The six-time Super Bowl champion has joined Twitter and his first post said simply: "I'm...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor walks out of the arena after he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Superstar UFC fighter McGregor has announced on social media that he is retiring from mixed martial arts. McGregor’s verified Twitter account had a post early Tuesday, March 26, 2019, that said the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion was making a “quick announcement.”(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
March 26, 2019 - 2:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Superstar UFC fighter Conor McGregor has announced on social media that he is retiring from mixed martial arts. McGregor's verified Twitter account had a post early Tuesday that said the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion was making a "quick announcement." The tweet...
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March 24, 2019 - 6:22 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday "it's time to move forward and move forward with a big smile." "It all started at...
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February 19, 2019 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to "Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a...
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Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
February 17, 2019 - 7:49 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 7:35 p.m. Denny Hamlin has won his second Daytona 500 in four years, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological...
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Austria's Marcel Hirscher shows the gold and silver medals of the men's slalom and giant slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
February 17, 2019 - 11:38 am
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on skiing world championships (all times local): ___ 5:30 p.m. Marcel Hirscher says he has likely skied in his last world championships and could even decide to retire at the end of this season. The Austrian says he will compete in 10 more races this season and then...
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