Athlete retirement

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Clint Bowyer waits on pit road for his turn to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. wyer, popular among his peers and a beloved by fans, would have preferred a proper send-off in his final year as a NASCAR driver. Instead, he’ll settle for a farewell party Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Bowyer is retiring from racing at the end of this season and move into the Fox Sports booth. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
October 16, 2020 - 5:20 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If Clint Bowyer could have scripted his sendoff, it most certainly would have been a proper blowout for NASCAR's best partier. Bowyer would have had fans and friends and celebrated every week all along the NASCAR circuit if he'd had his way. He certainly would not have chosen...
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept.6 , 2020. (Jennifer Lorenzini, Pool via AP)
September 10, 2020 - 2:03 pm
LONDON (AP) — Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel was close to retiring from the sport before deciding to race for Racing Point next season. The team, which will be renamed Aston Martin, announced Thursday that Vettel will be replacing Sergio Perez, who had said a day earlier that he...
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July 22, 2020 - 12:42 pm
When the season starts, plenty of eyes will be focused on the New England Patriots as usual. Only this time it will be to see how 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton fares replacing three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady at quarterback. Newton is far from the only player dealing with big...
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FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Dallas Cowboys defensive end Michael Bennett (79) during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. Bennett, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring. He said Tuesday, July 21, 2020, on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
July 21, 2020 - 11:59 am
Michael Bennett, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring. The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which...
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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 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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