Odd and premature retirements

6 Apr 1987: Sugar Ray Leonard (left) fights Marvin Hagler during a bout at Caesar''s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leonard won the fight by a decision in the twelfth round. Mandatory Credit: Allsport /Allsport

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30-year old New Jersey Devils player Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement. He retires with $77 million and 12 years remaining on his contract. Here's a look back at some odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

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