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Odd and premature sports retirements

Yahoo SportsMarch 8, 2016

The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that WR Calvin Johnson has retired. Johnson, who walks away at age 30, signed a 7-year contract extension in 2012 worth $113.5 million. Here's a look back at some other odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

  • Adam Silver doesn't love the 1+1 deals signed by LeBron and Durant

    One of the weirdest things about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors is that he’s not committed to his new club past the 2016-17 season. Durant signed a two-year deal with Golden State that includes a player option on the second season, and no one believes he’ll actually accept it. LeBron James has signed similar deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the past two offseasons, and he figures to do the same thing in upcoming weeks in advance of getting his own record-shattering contract next summer.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • PGA Championship: Fed Up McDowell Fires Back at Shouting Fans

    If you've been to a PGA Tour event in person or watched a broadcast on TV, you've heard it before. A new fan favorite on Tour is "BABA BOOEY," and it's that particular utterance that ticked off Graeme McDowell Friday at the PGA Championship.

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  • Now Open in Chantilly – Marbury

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  • Cubs fan will donate to domestic-violence charity for each Aroldis Chapman save

    The acquisition of bazooka-armed reliever Aroldis Chapman wasn’t exactly greeted with glee by Chicago Cubs fans because of the pitcher’s offseason domestic violence incident. While Cubs fans are desperate for their team to finally end its 108-year-old streak without a World Series title, some aren’t desperate enough that they feel comfortable adding a player to the roster who was accused of domestic violence before prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges. Lifelong Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca decided to do something positive to help herself cope with the disappointment she felt in her beloved team.

    Big League Stew
  • In case you missed it on Friday

    Before the Mets take on the Rockies, check out the latest news and rumors you might have missed from Friday. Juan Lagares will have surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss at least six weeks. Brandon Nimmo has been called up to take his spot on the roster. Read more  The Mets have an offer out for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Read more The Angels and Mets have discussed a possible deal involving RHP Joe Smith. Read More Jose Reyes is close to returning from his Grade 1 intercostal strain, but will not be in Friday's lineup. Read more The Mets have interest in Rays OF Steve Pearce, but believe his cost is too high at the moment. Read more

    SNY
  • Did NHL teams suck fun out of 3-on-3 OT? (Trending Topics)

    A little more than a year ago, the NHL announced that it had officially adopted a 3-on-3 overtime as a means of juicing goal-scoring in the league and avoiding the shootout to as great an extent as possible. At the time, we had little understanding of what the NHL looked like at 3-on-3. From 2007 through the end of 2014-15, all NHL teams combined had played a grand combined total of just 87 minutes in that strength situation.

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  • WunderBrow tested by CBS' The Doctors

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  • Chobra given run of League of Legends at IEM events, more teams, regions, and matches this season

    In an interview with Yahoo Esports earlier this week, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL Michal “Carmac” Blicharz provided new details about League of Legends in the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters circuit. “It’s definitely going to be a more high value product for the League of Legends fans,” he said. Cho, who has previous experience hosting the broadcasts, is much more likely to “yelling at his TD in the production room” at this season’s shows.

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  • AAC commissioner: 'It looks like' some members will leave for Big 12

    American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, addresses the media during an NCAA football media day in Newport, R.I., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. The American Athletic Conference will probably lose at least one member to the Big 12. “I’ve been talking to the (athletic directors) and the president of the schools that might leave, and it looks like some of them will,” Aresco told Barnhart.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Patriots’ Handling Of Deflategate Reportedly Turned Entire NFL Against Them

    To say the whole Deflategate situation hasn’t been kind to the New England Patriots would be a massive understatement. After the NFL shockingly handed Tom Brady a four-game suspension back in May 2015, the Patriots fought tooth and nail to try to get that ruling overturned and bring justice to their quarterback. That effort obviously failed, but in a recent article for SI.com, columnist Greg Bedard revealed that New England’s steadfast support of Brady did not go over well with the rest of the league. From Bedard’s column: “Even if Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted to seek retribution and lead an ouster of (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell… it’s not going to happen. NFL owners agreed to the rules

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  • Four best landing spots for Jay Bruce

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has seemingly been on the trading block for two straight seasons. Interest in Bruce has a lot to do with how he’s been performing this season, and especially recently. Entering Friday’s game in San Diego, Bruce was hitting .271 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs through 95 games. Currently, Bruce is enjoying a nine-game hitting streak.

    Big League Stew
  • Doc Rivers: Clippers were third for Kevin Durant

    The Warriors signed Kevin Durant. The Celtics claimed they finished second for the superstar free agent. And the bronze medal goes to… Doc Rivers on The Vertical Podcast with Woj, as transcri…

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Fowler, Thomas, Smylie rooming, living it up at PGA

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – It appears SB2K16 is the vacation that never ends. Three months after Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth took the Bahamas vacation heard 'round the golf world, the group remains (almost) inseparable, especially on the road. Their latest adventure comes at the year's final major, where Fowler, Thomas and Kaufman are rooming together and continuing to have the time of their lives.

    Golf Channel
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  • Back in Chicago, Dwyane Wade hits stage in Lollapalooza surprise

    Dwyane Wade performs on-stage at the Bud Light Stage Moment at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Three weeks after agreeing to terms on one of the more stunning deals of the summer, the Chicago Bulls will introduce Dwyane Wade at a Friday afternoon press conference. The All-Star shooting guard got to town a bit early, though — early enough to check out a crosstown interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and to make a special appearance at the opening of Lollapalooza, the massive music festival held each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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  • Cruz is a full-go as Giants practice for the first time

    Giants receiver Victor Cruz is back a lot sooner than anyone expected.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Giants turn a 5-4-3 double play

    Conor Gillaspie handles a Ryan Zimmerman ground ball at third then throws it to Eduardo Nunez who completes the 5-4-3 double play

    MLB.com
  • Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Burt Opens Up Finally About Sally Relationship.

    Noozley
  • Five drivers to watch at Pocono Raceway

    Keep your eyes peeled for these five drivers during the Sprint Cup race weekend at Pocono Raceway, which culminates with Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 on NBCSN. Matt Kenseth With as much speed as…

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  • Agent: Spurs sign David Lee

    David Lee is signing with the Spurs. Free agent forward David Lee has signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, agent Mark Bartelstein told The Vertical. Lee will have a player option in the second year of his deal, which will be worth the veteran’s minimum.

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  • NFL conditionally reinstates Dolphins' Dion Jordan

    The NFL has decided to conditionally reinstate Miami Dolphins’ pass-rusher Dion Jordan, who was suspended for a year under the league’s substance abuse policy after submitting a diluted test sample. According to the announcement from the NFL, Jordan can join the Dolphins at training camp, allowed to participate in “meetings, conditioning work and similar activities.” He must also secure treatment in the Miami area, and after he’s done that he will be able to play in preseason games. The NFL will re-evaluate Jordan’s case at the start of the regular season, and after meeting with him will determine whether he’s been complying with the conditions of his reinstatement, he will be allowed to participate in regular-season activities.

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Dodgers eyeing blockbuster three-team deal

    The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits. POTENTIAL

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  • Closing Time: The last days of Jonathan Papelbon?

    The Nationals are in a good spot as we get ready for the final third of the baseball season. Papelbon allowed two of three batters to reach in the ninth inning, protecting a three-run lead, and with that, Dusty Baker went to a quick hook. Lefty Oliver Perez faced a couple of batters (one reached, one retired), and then Shawn Kelley ended the game with a strikeout.

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  • Rosberg doubles up in second Friday practice for German GP

    Nico Rosberg made it two-for-two in practice for the German Grand Prix by topping the timesheets at Hockenheim for Mercedes on Friday afternoon. 2014 winner Rosberg topped the opening practice session on Friday morning at Hockenheim before underpinning Mercedes’ impressive pace by leading FP2, beating teammate Lewis Hamilton once again. Rosberg posted a fastest lap time of 1:15.614 to beat Hamilton by almost four-tenths of a second on the super-soft tire, sending out a firm warning to his title rival ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton had a scare after coming across Daniel Ricciardo while exiting the pits late on, but escaped unscathed, although not without telling his team and FIA race director Charlie Whiting over the radio that he felt the Red Bull driver had got too close for comfort.

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Steve Spurrier joins Florida athletics as ambassador and consultant

    Steve Spurrier is headed back to Gainesville. The Head Ball Coach stepped down as South Carolina’s head coach after a rough start last year and now will return to his old stomping grounds, the University of Florida, to serve as an “ambassador and consultant” to the UF athletic department. Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley announced the news Friday morning.

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  • Collins holds team meeting after Friday's loss to Rockies

    Terry Collins told reporters that he held a team meeting after the Mets lost to the Rockies, 6-1, on Frida. The Mets, who have lost three in a row, have fallen to 53-49 and 2 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot.  They are currently batting a league-worst .202 with runners in scoring position, after going 0-for-8 Friday night. The 1969 Padres are the only team with a lower batting average with runners in scoring position over the course of a full season.  "These players, they're smart guys. They're getting it from their friends, everybody else. 'You guys aren't hitting with runners in scoring position,'" Collins said after the game. "And so, it starts to build and starts to build and all

    SNY
  • NHL to arbitrate co-owner’s case against Predators

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A judge has ruled against a co-owner of the Nashville Predators in his bid to keep his lawsuit against the franchise in a Tennessee court and allowed the case to go back to the NHL for arbitration. According to online court records, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle issued her ruling Friday after hearing arguments July 20. But her ruling dismissing David Freeman’s request for a stay of arbitration had not been posted as of Friday afternoon. At least parts of the order likely will be sealed or redacted. The Tennessean first reported the ruling. The former Predators chairman and Commodore Trust sued Predators Holdings LLC and current team chairman Tom Cigarran on June 23 seeking

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweets update on his condition

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted an update on his condition Saturday morning, shortly before Sprint Cup cars were scheduled to practice again without him. This is the third weekend that Earnhardt has missed as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. Jeff Gordon is driving the No. 88 this weekend at Pocono for Earnhardt, who has had issues with balance and nausea. Earnhardt has preached patience in his recovery. Saturday, Earnhardt tweeted: “Update: No change lately. Symptoms have plateaued over the last week. Balance/Gaze Stabilization are only issues. Docs preaching patience.” Earnhardt said last week he would provide an update on his condition Monday on the Dale Jr. Download podcast. Hendrick

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  • The Red Sox's season is in its most perilous position yet

    As Xander Bogaerts tugged his navy blue batting practice pullover down over his muscular shoulders inside the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium on Thursday night, the Red Sox shortstop snuck into an exasperated smile. Boston beat Atlanta 1-0 back on April 25. Coming into Thursday, the Red Sox were 2-27 in games in which they had scored three runs or fewer.

    Big League Stew