Athlete retirement

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 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 - 8:18 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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April 14, 2020 - 5:20 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce, the career journeyman who broke loose to become the unlikely MVP of the 2018 World Series, says he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. “You know what? It has been a good run. I have 10 years in there. Right now I am officially retired,”...
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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 Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs coach Bill Belichick after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career. The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, that he is leaving the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
March 17, 2020 - 4:49 pm
It didn’t have to come to this, and for that both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady deserve some blame. Patriots owner Robert Kraft does, too, but he’s been blamed for so many things that maybe we should give him a pass. The greatest quarterback of our time — OK, make that all time — is parting with the...
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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 Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) runs a play against the Arizona Cardinals prior to an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto outside linebacker Bud Dupree. The team placed the franchise tag on Dupree Monday, March 16, 2020, just hours before the NFL-mandated deadline for teams to use the designation.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
March 16, 2020 - 4:33 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Ramon Foster is walking away. The team placed the franchise tag on Dupree on Monday, hours before the NFL-mandated deadline for teams to use the designation. Hours later, Foster announced his retirement...
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