Athlete retirement

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) skates onto the ice after being awarded the number one star of the game after an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, in Sunrise, Fla. Luongo has decided to retire after 19 seasons. The 40-year-old Luongo made the announcement Wednesday, June 26, 2019, on his Twitter account. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File)
June 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo wanted to keep playing and keep chasing the elusive Stanley Cup, largely because he believes the Florida Panthers are finally in position to be a playoff contender. His body wanted otherwise. And Luongo ultimately listened. The most popular player in Panthers...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in East Rutherford, N.J. McCown has announced he is retiring from playing football after an NFL career that spanned 16 NFL seasons and included stints with 10 teams. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, writes in a piece for The Players' Tribune on Monday, June 17, 2019, that he will be helping coach his two sons — also quarterbacks — in high school this year.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
June 17, 2019 - 5:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup — and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in. And there were many. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a piece for The Players' Tribune posted Monday that he...
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FILE - In trhis Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker laughs on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he's retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard played 17 said on Twitter Monday, June 10, 2019, that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an "incredible journey." He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
June 10, 2019 - 2:21 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over. Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision. "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it...
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In this May 29, 2019, photo, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) stands on the field during an organized team activity at its NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas. Witten talks a lot about blending in now that he's back for what will be a club-record 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys following a year in retirement. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
June 10, 2019 - 11:49 am
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten talks a lot about just wanting to blend in now that he's back for a club-record 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys following a year in retirement. Ask about playing time among a group of decidedly younger tight ends, and, well, the franchise leader in catches and...
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Retired Texas Rangers player Adrian Beltre tries on a gift presented to him by the team as shortstop Elvis Andrus reaches for his head during a jersey retirement ceremony for Beltre before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
June 08, 2019 - 10:00 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrián Beltré got one more tap on the top of the head from Elvis Andrus, and a visit by the person who brought the four-time All-Star third baseman up to the major leagues as a teenager. The Rangers retired Beltré's No. 29 jersey on Saturday night after he spent the last...
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Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, second left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Europa League Final soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Olympic stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
May 29, 2019 - 7:50 pm
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — For Eden Hazard, it was the perfect goodbye. For Petr Cech, it was a painful way to retire. Hazard scored twice past his former teammate as Chelsea sliced through Arsenal in the second half of the Europa League final on Wednesday, netting four times in the space of 23...
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Retired MLB baseball player Adrian Beltre responds to questions at a news conference during the SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
May 15, 2019 - 5:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Adrian Beltre isn't missing baseball as much as he thought he would when he retired after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits. The former Texas Rangers third baseman says he's still at peace with the announcement he made last November, which came months after he had actually decided to retire...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2011, file photo, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) reacts after kicking a 63-yard field goal against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game, in Denver. Former Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is set to retire after an 18-year career. Janikowski spent 17 of his seasons with Oakland before kicking last season with the Seattle Seahawks after signing a one-year deal. Janikowski’s agent, Paul Healy, confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday, April 29, 2019, his client intends to retire. Janikowksi, 41, told ESPN over the weekend he didn’t believe his body could handle kicking in the NFL anymore. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
April 29, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski is set to retire after an 18-year career. Janikowski spent 17 seasons with Oakland before kicking last season with Seattle after signing a one-year deal. Janikowski's agent, Paul Healy, confirmed to The Associated Press on...
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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 - 10:00 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 great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in Detroit. Now...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (13) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Sparks during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA finals in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Lynx will honor Lindsay Whalen with a ceremony this season to mark the first jersey retirement by the 20-year-old franchise. The Lynx announced Thursday, April 18, 2019, they will hang Whalen’s number 13 from the Target Center rafters, at their June 8 game against the rival Los Angeles Sparks. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
April 18, 2019 - 3:50 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx will honor Lindsay Whalen by making her jersey the first to be retired by the 20-year-old franchise. The Lynx announced Thursday they'll hang Whalen's No. 13 from the Target Center rafters on June 8 against the Los Angeles Sparks. Shortly after a news...
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