Athlete retirement

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a free practice at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Friday, May 11, 2018. The Formula One race will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 11, 2018 - 3:26 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Mercedes got off to a good start in Formula One's return to Europe, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton setting the pace in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday. Bottas led the first session and defending champion Hamilton the second at the Circuit de Barcelona-...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
May 10, 2018 - 4:43 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years in the NBA. The 37-year-old Collison announced his decision Thursday through the team. The Thunder said Collison is among five NBA players to have spent the past 15 or more seasons all with one franchise. "...
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Former Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin speaks at a news conference after signing a one-day contract with the team and then retiring as a Titan Monday, May 7, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Griffin, a first-round pick by the Titans in 2007, played nine seasons for Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2018 - 5:00 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Griffin says his 10-year NFL career was a blessing that lasted far longer than some of his former teammates at the University of Texas. The two-time Pro Bowl safety officially ended that career Monday by signing a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans and...
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New York Yankees Gleyber Torres watches his walkoff three-run home run during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in New York, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
May 06, 2018 - 7:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Mickey Mantle. Gleyber Torres is the latest Yankees phenom earning his pinstripes right off the bat. On a day when hits were hard to come by in the Bronx, the rookie second baseman became the youngest Yankees player to hit a walk-off homer , a three-run shot in the ninth...
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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny leaves the field on a stretcher after being injured during the Europa League semifinal, second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
May 05, 2018 - 8:42 am
PARIS (AP) — France defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup after he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles playing for Arsenal on Thursday. It signals the end of his international career since the 32-year-old center half was retiring from the national side after the tournament in Russia...
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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announces his retirement from football at the NFL team's training facility and headquarters, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Frisco, Texas (AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)
May 03, 2018 - 9:00 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten mostly held it together while announcing he was retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys to go into TV. One wavering moment came when the tight end turned to owner Jerry Jones on a stage in front of his family, teammates and club employees in what normally...
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Texas' Connor Williams poses for a photo with Dallas Cowboys fans after being selected by the team during the second round of the NFL football draft Friday, April 27, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 27, 2018 - 11:23 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local): 10:25 p.m. South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was the first of six lower-division players taken on the second day of the draft after an all-FBS first round. Leonard went to Indianapolis with the fourth pick of the...
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
April 27, 2018 - 11:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera has made sure his spot in the lineup is secure. Herrera hit two homers, Jorge Alfaro also went deep and Aaron Nola pitched seven innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 Friday night. Herrera, a 2016 All-Star and the Phillies' best...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2010, file photo, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten holds the ball up as he scores a 4-yard touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas. Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the "Monday Night Football" broadcast, the network reported Friday, April 27, 2018.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 27, 2018 - 5:48 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the "Monday Night Football" telecast, the network reported Friday. Witten met with owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who said no announcement was coming Friday...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, New York Jets' Nick Mangold looks on during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, N.J. Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold has announced his retirement from playing football after 11 seasons in which he established himself as one of the NFL's best at his position. The 34-year-old Mangold announced on Twitter on Tuesday morning, April 17, 2018, that he will sign a one-day contract with the Jets to retire as a member of the team. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
April 17, 2018 - 11:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Mangold has made his final snap after 11 years of consistency, toughness and NFL-wide respect as one of the game's best centers. The former New York Jets star — with his signature blond, bushy Viking-like beard — announced his retirement in a post on Twitter on Tuesday morning...
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