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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.

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  • IOC decides against full ban on Russians from Rio Olympics

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  • The Rangers are expecting a better Kevin Hayes next season

    While speaking about Kevin Hayes on a conference call, Jeff Gorton said that he expects Hayes to come into this season with a chip on his shoulder and "play really well." Gorton said that Hayes is a 6-5 center who has shown at times "how good he can be in this league." He said that Hayes' second year was similar in some ways to a lot of players who have a good first year and struggle the next year to meet expectations. Alain Vigneault said after the season that Hayes is part of the Rangers future but needs to step up. It's been said that Hayes is someone who needs to engage more on a consistent basis. For more on Hayes, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.

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  • Jeremy Lin talks Knicks tenure, Melo and Courtney Lee

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  • Jason Williams Calls Charles Barkley A 'Loser' No One Wanted To Play With For Criticizing Kevin Durant

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  • Ohio State has epic Friday Night Lights weekend

    While you were setting up plans for the weekend, Urban Meyer and crew had their hands full with dozens of top prospects during their annual Friday Night Lights camp. If you took more than a few minutes to eat a cheeseburger or take a sip of lemonade you might have missed Ohio State once again dominating the recruiting trail. Don’t worry, Land-Grant Holy Land has your back. Get caught up with the weekend that was: Buckeyes pick up 3 commitments When you get a large group of prospects in Columbus, Ohio for a camp chances are someone will leave the Ohio State campus verbally committed to suit up for the Buckeyes. This time was no different. To kick off the weekend festivities for OSU, the Big Ten

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    Lionel Messi is back with Barcelona a week earlier than expected, as the Camp Nou set prepares to defend another La Liga title. That means Messi will be on the roster for the International Champions Cup, as Barcelona is slated to play Celtic, Leicester

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  • Iowa State DB Nigel Tribune arrested for OWI

    Iowa State dB Nigel Tribune (34) has started 26 games in three seasons. A starter on Iowa State’s defense was arrested over the weekend. According to the Des Moines Register, defensive back Nigel Tribune was booked for OWI early Sunday morning in Ames.

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  • Red Sox analyst Remy struck by monitor as wind causes havoc

    “The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. The White Sox clubhouse was open to reporters for only 20 minutes before it was closed for a team meeting before the game. Manager Robin Ventura did not discuss the incident later in his pregame availability. Right-hander Matt Albers started in Sale’s place and the White Sox planned to use multiple relievers.

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  • The science of sweat: Giants use technology to stay hydrated in the heat

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  • What to watch for: Hungarian Grand Prix (NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET)

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  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Deserve Gold Medals for Their Pool Game

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    Most people will never be able to say they have a street named after them, but Flyers center Sean Couturier isn’t most people. The 23-year-old’s name is now on a street sign in his hometown of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Sean Couturier Avenue leads to the rink where he began his minor hockey career. “It’s special, it’s a great honour,” Couturier said, per CBC.ca. “It’s not something you dream of growing up, but if you can be an example for other young kids and remind them even coming from a small town like Bathurst, anything is possible if you make the sacrifices and believe in what you can do.” The month of July has been kind to Couturier for the second straight year. Last year at around this time,

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  • Ranieri on Leicester post-Kante: “Don’t worry. Football in Leicester will keep going”

    Claudio Ranieri hasn’t lost his way with words over the summer. The Leicester City boss who famously refused to admit his team was in a title race for most of the Premier League season is keeping it cool in the wake of N'Golo Kante signing for Chelsea. Simply put, Ranieri says everything’s going to be fine. From Sky Sports: “Last season we lost Esteban Cambiasso and everybody was crying,” Ranieri said, after his side drew 1-1 with Celtic in a pre-season friendly. “Now we are crying because we lost Kante. Don’t worry. Football in Leicester will keep going.” Kante was probably the most important part of Leicester’s title capture last season, but Ranieri’s system was also critical. The follow-up

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  • PGA Tour player loses Canadian Open with heartbreaking bunker shot

    If you watched the final round of the Canadian Open on Sunday, you saw what truly is many golfers’ worst nightmare. Needing to get up-and-down from a green side bunker on the final hole of the tournament to force his way into a playoff, Steve Wheatcroft bladed his bunker shot over the green and into the water. It was mortifying, and embarrassing, and it was impossible not to feel at least a little bad for Wheatcroft. That bad shot dropped him down to T-5, disappointing in some respects, but still a major boost to a player who before this week was struggling to cement his status on tour. After his round, he didn’t make any excuses for the shot: “It’s a brutal way to lose a golf tournament. I didn’t

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