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©BOSTON - CIRCA 1955: (UNDATED FILE PHOTO) Baseball legend Ted Williams (1918 - 2002) of the Boston Red Sox (L) laughs as American boxing great Rocky Marciano (1923 - 1969) swings a bat circa 1955. The 83-year-old Williams, who was the last major league player to bat .400 when he hit .406 in 1941, died July 5, 2002 at Citrus County Memorial Hospital in Florida. He died of an apparent heart attack. (Photo by Getty Images)

Odd and premature sports retirements

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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.

  • Mack Brown Left In The Middle Of A Game He Was Calling For ESPN To Catch A Flight

    Flight schedules are pretty rigid, so if you need to leave what you’re doing to make sure you can get on your plane before it takes off, no one will really blame you unless you’re in the middle of surgery or something. Mack Brown had to do this on Friday night. The Cougars ended up winning, but the final score was 55-53, so as you can guess, the game took forever.

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  • Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets due to anti-war stance

    The #Knicks eat with the cadets & listen to a memorable speech @WestPoint_USMA. “It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said. Noah received permission from Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the team function.

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  • Beckham: 'I'm just going to go out and be who I am'

    Even though Odell Beckham's on-field behavior and demeanor have long been in question, the Giants star receiver insists he is not going to change the way he plays.

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  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

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  • Tony Grossi provides some Browns insight

    Browns insider Tony Grossi talks about his reaction to Josh Gordon's announcement, Terrelle Pryor's emergence and what Cleveland fans can look forward to after an 0-3 start.

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  • In case you missed it on Thursday.

    In case you missed it on Thursday.

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  • Michigan State lands second Class of 2017 commitment

    Tom Izzo landed his second commitment in the Class of 2017 as big man Xavier Tillman announced that he will be attending Michigan State. A 6-foot-7, 235 pound power forward, Tillman is a physical-if-undersized player that is rated as a three-star prospect. “Tillman is another big and strong interior presence for Michigan State,” said NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips.

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  • Morning foursomes matches announced for Ryder Cup

    The first four matches were announced for the Ryder Cuo during Thursday’s opening ceremony. The four matches will be played in the foursomes format, also known as alternate shot. Let’s take a look at each match. Match 1: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

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  • Vacc's three keys when Jets host Seahawks

    If the Jets lose this game and fall to 1-3, they will have lost more than just any tiny shot they had at winning their division.

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  • Joe Maddon reacts to Cubs' players' criticism of 'spring training' lineups

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh.

    Big League Stew
  • Jose Aldo explains why he's willing to walk away for good after UFC's latest slap in the face

    Jose Aldo’s decision to request his release from the UFC and essentially walk away from his mixed martial arts career was years in the making and resulted from what he believes was a repeated pattern of disrespect. Globo revealed the news Monday that Aldo was unhappy that he hadn’t gotten a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor and planned to walk away from the sport that had made him rich and famous. Aldo is the former UFC featherweight champion who is ranked fifth pound-for-pound.

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  • Angel Pagan body-slammed a fan on the field

    Don’t interrupt Angel Pagan in the middle of a wild card race. Better yet, don’t interrupt him at all. A fan learned that the hard way during Friday’s Giants-Dodgers game. In the fourth inning, a group of fans ran onto the field with white flowers in their hands, presumably to hand to Giants players. According to eyewitness accounts, one player was reprimanded by San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, while Buster Posey fended off another. Angel Pagan, however, took more extreme and inventive measures. On-field security started closing in on the fan as he approached Pagan, but didn’t appear to pick up the pace until the outfielder dropped him on the field. Vin Scully, who was wrapping up the

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  • Congratulations, Mets! I can't believe it, you're going to the postseason!

    I have so much I want to say, so much I want to write, but I can't get it all straight because, in the end, I'm literally stunned. I really, really am. I can't believe this is happening... again!!! The fact is, back in August, I never thought this was possible. I mean, I hoped it would happen, I rooted for it to happen and I'll always believe anything is possible, especially for the Mets. But, at 60-62, with a 7 percent chance of being where they are today, I wrote here that the Mets needed to go 26-14 to get to the projected 86 wins needed to win a Wild Card spot. They had done nothing to that point, after 122 games, to suggest they were capable of playing .650 baseball. And yet they did. Actually,

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he has practiced on a simulator but is not ready for a race car

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he’s used a simulator as part of his rehabilitation from a concussion suffered earlier this season, but admits he’s not ready to get back into a race car yet. “I feel so much better than I did five weeks ago,” Earnhardt said Saturday at Dover International Speedway. “We’ve got so much time to figure it out,” Earnhardt said of getting back on the track.

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  • Cleveland's Hue Jackson is 'done' with questions on troubled Josh Gordon

    There were some cut-and-dried comments from Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on Friday morning when the topic of receiver Josh Gordon came up. On Thursday, just days before his four-game suspension from the NFL was set to end and he could return to game play for the first time in almost two years as he’s been forced to the sidelines for repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy, the Browns and Gordon announced that Gordon was entering an in-patient rehab facility.

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  • OFFICIAL: Luka Modric's medical report

    Real Madrid released the following statement on Luka Modric. Following tests carried out on Luka Modric at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the articular cartilage in his left knee. His recovery will continue to be monitored. As always, Madrid have not announced how long Modric will be out, but expect him to miss the following FIFA break with Croatia as he tries to recover as soon as possible.

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  • American Ryder Cup fan behavior proves Willett's point

    Danny Willett’s brother was right. The 2016 Masters champion got to come off the bench for the four-ball session after sitting in the morning session of the Ryder Cup, for reasons that European captain Darren Clarke swears had absolutely nothing to do with P.J. Willett’s pre-matches column in part lambasting American fans over the stereotypical boorish behavior of a minority. “They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hot dog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red,” P.J. Willett wrote in a column earlier this week that drew much criticism for its crass characterization.

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  • Another report Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets nowhere near deal as deadline approaches

    Donatas Motiejunas and his agent had given the Rockets a Saturday deadline to make a contract extension offer they liked. But the sides aren’t even talking in a serious way. That was reported early on Friday, and now comes another report — this was from Calvin Watkins of ESPN — that the two sides are nowhere close to a deal. With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the Rockets, but the two sides haven’t had serious contract discussions in a month, the

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  • Hunter Pence goes insane after Johnny Cueto's two-run bunt

    On Thursday night, San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence briefly lost his mind. And he had good reason to. With one bunt, pitcher Johnny Cueto turned the Giants’ one-run lead to a three-run lead. Though it wasn’t really a two-run bunt. Johnny

    Big League Stew
  • Happy Hour: It's never going to only be about the racing

    Matt Kenseth won at Dover in May (Getty). As inspection has dominated the first two weeks of the 2016 Chase, a common refrain is hope that the focus in the NASCAR world will go back to the racing on the track. Just Thursday NASCAR issued a rules update defining what an encumbered finish is.

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  • Who Should Win the Cy Young Awards? Who Will?

    With the regular season ending on Sunday and most of the playoff spots locked up, there’s really only one big thing left to argue about: postseason awards. So let’s spend some time looking at who should win each of the four major awards and who will win them. Which are often totally different things. Next up: The Cy Young Awards.  The Cy Young races are easily the least clear-cut of them all. Neither league has a perfect candidate. Or for that matter, imperfect candidates who nonetheless look like Cy Young winners past of present. As such, the Cy Young Awards will likely be the least predictable honor handed out in November. Not that we won’t guess now. Who should win the AL Cy Young Award? There

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  • How the Rangers want to handle their young forwards

    Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers need to put young players like Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich into situations where they can be successful. He said that the two of them are "both good offensive players" and need to be put in positions where they can show the coaches and their teammates "what they can do." Vigneault said that Vesey wants to prove that he can play at this level and also possess "a great skill set" and is "very determined." (MSG) The Rangers have said that they want to go with three lines that can score and a fourth line that is focused a bit more on defense, faceoffs and penalty killing. Adam Rotter: Pending that the Rangers are healthy, there are only so many spots to

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  • Sixers say Ben Simmons rolls ankle in practice, turns out it was much worse than that

    UPDATE 6:41 PM: So the rolled ankle turned out to be a cover story — Ben Simmons has a Jones Fracture in his right foot. 4:18 PM If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you likely will have to wait a little longer. Simmons rolled his ankle at practice Friday, reports Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

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  • Super Patriotic Crowd Sings National Anthem on 1st Tee at Ryder Cup

    The opening tee shot of the Ryder Cup is one of the most electric scenes in golf. It did seem to work: The duo of Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson were first off the tee and promptly birdied the opening hole. Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) October 1, 2016 Later in the round, the crowds seranaded Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed as they approached a green.

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  • WATCH: Sean Payton, Saints anxious to get Sheldon Rankins healthy again

    New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is "on schedule" on his return from a broken fibula that put him on injured reserve, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.

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