Athlete retirement

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, United States Olympic Winter Games bobsledder Jamie Greubel Poser poses for a portrait at the 2017 Team USA Media Summit, in Park City, Utah. Poser has retired after an 11-year career in which she won a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics. She made the announcement Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, through USA Bobsled and Skeleton. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 19, 2018 - 1:15 pm
Jamie Greubel Poser, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's bobsled team, retired Friday. She announced her decision through USA Bobsled and Skeleton. Greubel Poser started bobsledding 11 years ago, narrowly missed making the 2010...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier celebrates after defeating Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. Cormier will defend the title against Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 230 on Nov. 3 against Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
October 11, 2018 - 4:40 pm
Daniel Cormier had a trio of dream opponents to fight before he retires next year. Derrick Lewis failed to make the cut. But with UFC desperate for a worthy main event to headline a pay-per-view card next month at Madison Square Garden, the promotion enticed Cormier through cash and cachet to skip...
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Houston Astros' Tony Kemp, right, high-fives teammate George Springer after scoring on Springer's two-run home run in the sixth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 02, 2018 - 2:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year's World Series between the Astros and Dodgers was a thriller, ending in Houston's Game 7 victory for its first championship. Might they have an encore in store? Perhaps one with a Hollywood ending this time? Time to find out. After two tight NL division races stretched the...
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Jamie McMurray waits outside his car before NASCAR auto racing practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 28, 2018 - 5:16 pm
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray set a record at Charlotte Motor Speedway by winning his second career Cup Series start. Back for the 16th anniversary of that surprise trip to victory lane, McMurray is just another veteran at a career crossroads in NASCAR. McMurray doesn't yet have a job for...
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Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre tips his cap to the Seattle Mariners bench after being relieved at third base during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am
It was a weekend to honor a couple of baseball's distinguished sluggers. Adrian Beltre received a standing ovation in the Texas Rangers' home finale Sunday. The star third baseman's future is uncertain, but the fans showed their appreciation in case this turns out to be his final season. There was...
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Mike Bryan, right and Ryan Harrison of the US celebrate after defeating Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in their Davis Cup semifinal doubles match, in Zadar, Croatia, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
September 15, 2018 - 2:52 pm
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Doubles specialist Mike Bryan's decision to come out of Davis Cup retirement gave the United States a much-needed lift. Bryan teamed with Ryan Harrison for the first time and helped the Americans outlast Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly...
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 09, 2018 - 6:26 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski sent New England fans into a panic this offseason when they hinted at retiring rather than returning to the Patriots in 2018. On Sunday, it was the rest of the NFL watching in fear. Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The most decorated short-track speedskater in Olympic history, Viktor Ahn, has retired at the age of 32 it was announced on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
September 05, 2018 - 8:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic speedskating great Viktor Ahn is retiring from the sport. The South Korean-born Russian short-track speedskater, who is 32 years old, is the most decorated athlete in his sport in Olympic history. Ahn won three gold medals while competing for South Korea in 2006 as Ahn Hyun-...
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September 04, 2018 - 7:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard has officially retired nearly two years after he last played in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 2006 NL MVP spent 13 seasons with the Phillies and helped them win five division titles and the 2008 World Series. He hit 382 homers and had 1,194 RBIs with...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement, effective immediately. In a statement issued Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, by the Sounders, the 35-year-old Dempsey said he believes it's the right time to step away from the game. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
August 29, 2018 - 6:02 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — All Clint Dempsey ever wanted to do was score goals and go fishing. He'll have plenty of time to do the latter after deciding his goal-scoring days are over. In true Dempsey fashion, he's stepping away from soccer on his own terms, with minimal fanfare on his own part but amid a...
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