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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Justine Henin of Belgium plays a forehand in her third round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/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.

  • Report: Yasiel Puig has been claimed on waivers

    Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been claimed on waivers by an as-yet unknown team. The Dodgers can now attempt to work out a trade with the claiming team, or simply give that team Puig. In that case, the claiming team would assume the responsibility for the remainder of Puig’s seven-year, $42 million contract, which has two years and $14 million left.

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  • Suspended USC LB Osa Masina reportedly under investigation for sexual assault

    Monday night, Clay Helton revealed that Osa Masina has been suspended for his team’s season opener against Alabama this weekend.  The head coach gave no specific reason or reasons for the sanctions being placed on the linebacker, although a school official subsequently described it as an unspecified violation of team rules. Cottonwood Heights Police have confirmed the ongoing investigation but have not released details about the alleged crime. Cottonwood Heights PD, with the help of the Los Angeles Police Dept., served a search warrant last week at a USC practice facility in Los Angeles.

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  • Lindsey Vonn: Most Broncos players don't understand what I do

    Lindsey Vonn is a downhill skier. A very good one. A gold medalist and a four-time overall winner of alpine skiing's World Cup. She's world-famous. People know her. But the Denver Broncos apparently don't really know what she does. Vonn moved from Minnesota to Vail, Colorado when she was 12 years old and has been a Broncos fan ever since. This offseason, she hung out with some of the Broncos (she and Von Miller rehabbed their knees together back in 2013) and it became clear to her that a lot of Broncos mostly don't understand her job. A photo posted by Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) on Aug 28, 2016 at 8:45am PDT Here, from an interview with DenverBroncos.com: I do take some from them. Not often,

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  • Late show? Chelsea linked with transfer deals for James Rodriguez, Alonso

    Chelsea may be set to do some late business in the summer transfer window. According to Marca in Spain they will sign Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso for $27 million. Alonso, 25, previously played for Bolton and Sunderland in the Premier League but the Real Madrid product moved to Serie A in 2013 and has flourished for Fiorentina. He is able to operate as a left back and in midfield and could provide Antonio Conte with another option in defense so he can switch Cesar Azpilicueta to right back and potentially Branislav Ivanovic to center back. Another player who could be on his way to Chelsea is Real Madrid’s forward is James Rodriguez. This is one we’ve heard before, many times. The Colombian

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  • Yoenis Cespedes unleashes monstrous bat flip after walk-off homer

    If the New York Mets are going to make a second half surge for the second straight season, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is going to have to carry them again. The outfielder proved he was once again up for the task during Monday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins. Cespedes was the clear star for the Mets all night, picking up three hits in three at-bats.

    Big League Stew
  • Joel Embiid feels '100 percent,’ is on track to play for 76ers in preseason

    Joel Embiid has fun with Nerlens Noel during warm ups prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 10, 2016. At long last, from the sound of things, fans of the Philadelphia 76ers might this season — possibly, potentially, with a little bit of luck, maybe — actually get a look at that rarest and most imagination-captivating of theoretical beings: a fully healthy Joel Embiid. The 7-foot-2 Cameroonian prospect, whom the Sixers selected out of Kansas with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft despite pre-draft fractures in his lower back and foot, was front and center during the Sixers’ Beach Bash in Avalon, N.J., this weekend.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Football Fan With Muscular Atrophy Gets Huge Surprise from Tom Brady

    It was a bittersweet moment for a Connecticut man on Sunday when one of his heroes reached out in a very public way.

    WTIC - Hartford
  • McAdoo: Offensive woes are 'correctable'

    The New York Giants' offensive issues continued to rear their ugly head in Saturday's 21-20 preseeason win over the New York Jets. They rushed for only 39 yards on 20 carries and the pass protection was abysmal once again. Head coach Ben McAdoo, who has run the Giants' offense the past two seasons with positive results, is as puzzled as anyone else these days on why his team is struggling moving the football. "Offensively, obviously we need to go forward. We need to a better job of going forward," McAdoo said on his Sunday conference call with reporters. "Everything there is correctable. I'm expecting a lot of questions there about the offensive line, but it's more than just the offensive line.

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  • Year after stunning Williams, Vinci returns to Open with win

    A couple of days before she returned to the site of her stunning upset of Serena Williams at the 2015 U.S. Open, Roberta Vinci was grabbing a coffee at a Starbucks in Manhattan when her breakfast was interrupted by fellow customers. "Some Americans recognized me," Vinci recounted, a mix of appreciation and bewilderment written on her face. Regardless of whatever else may come for Vinci on — or, indeed, away from — a tennis court, the Italian will always be remembered as the woman who stopped Williams' bid to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century.

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  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Washington Capitals

    What can be said for the Capitals 1993-94 team calendar that hasn’t already been said about a JCPenney’s catalog from the 1990s? Rather than just go with the usual in-game action shot (or more recently snuggling up to dogs), the Caps took a hard-left when it came to the calendar and put the players in forced comfortable setting, like when you’re at a family reunion trying to care about the story of your third cousin’s Lasik surgery. While I don’t doubt the Caps went out and about to places in Baltimore and DC to spend their off-days, I do know for a fact Randy Burridge does hang out on above the right field scoreboard at Camden Yards as that was his assigned section for selling peanuts on game nights.

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  • Veteran center Stoll to attend Blue Jackets training camp on a PTO

    The Columbus Blue Jackets will have veteran center Jarret Stoll at training camp on a professional tryout, the club announced Tuesday. Stoll, 34, is approaching 900 career regular season games played in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have made a couple of moves this summer in addressing the center position.

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  • Panthers acquire Browns punter who dogged it on touchdown return

    The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade. First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the

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  • NASCAR does not view Kyle Larson’s celebration as excessive

    A NASCAR executive says the sanctioning body has no issues with the burnout Kyle Larson performed Sunday after scoring his first career Sprint Cup victory. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the celebration was not viewed as excessive. O’Donnell said earlier this month on “The Morning Drive’’ that series officials were seeing a “trend we don’t like to see” with victory celebrations that damage the winning car. He said at the time that “you’ll probably see us sooner than later put something in place that covers us for that as you kind of head into the last quarter of the season.’’ But O’Donnell didn’t

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  • Watch This Woman Effortlessly Make American Ninja Warrior History in a Mini-Skort and Sports Bra

    If you're not already familiar, American Ninja Warrior has undeniably raised the bar for game shows by sending contestants through impossible obstacle courses and severely testing athletic ability for our viewing pleasure. On Monday, Stuntwoman Jessie Graff made show history after becoming the first woman to complete Stage 1 in the show's national finals. And if being a #GIRLBOSS wasn't enough, Graff conquered the obstacle course with 12 seconds to spare wearing a custom-made, Green Lantern costume in all its sparkling, mini-skort glory. The 32-year-old Graff, who's done stunts on Supergirl (how fitting), went on to the finals after running record time in Los Angeles. At the finals, she flew

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  • Sources: Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Kings

    Ty Lawson is joining the Kings. Free-agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told The Vertical. Lawson visited with Kings officials and coaches on Saturday in Sacramento and had planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans officials early this week – until the Kings offered him a deal on Sunday, league sources said.

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  • Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is a sports owner once again

    There aren’t many major league ownership reigns which ended more ignominiously than Frank McCourt’s reign as Dodgers owner. He was granted access to one of business’ most exclusive clubs — one which being a convicted criminal or even a Nazi sympathizer cannot get you kicked out of — and somehow got kicked out. The clear lesson from his saga was that saddling your team with debt, using it as your own private piggy bank and exercising bad judgment at every possible turn will not get you drummed out of baseball but, by gum, having it all go public in a divorce case sure as heck will. McCourt landed pretty safely, though. By sheer luck, his being kicked out of ownership coincided with the vast appreciation

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  • Jennings' passion already resonating with Knicks fans

    Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Brandon Jennings hasn't even stepped onto the NBA hardwood as a Knick yet, but he's already on his way to becoming a fan favorite. Upon joining New York, Jennings quickly took to social media to declare how excited he was to play in the world's most famous arena. Now, he already has a championship in his sights and seems to understand how special it would be to win one in the heart of New York City. If that weren't enough, he's most recently been participating in a discussions amongst fans about which player had the better career: Reggie Miller or Robert Horry. Knicks fans have a certain disdain for Miller for obvious reasons, and Jennings' motivation

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  • Tiger Woods's Home Is Filled With New Golf Equipment

    The battle of the brands has begun, and only Tiger Woods can stop it. According to Woods's longtime friend Notah Begay, a bevy of golf equipment manufacturers have flooded the 14-time major winner's Jupiter, Florida home with their products, all of them vying to fill the void left by Nike's exit from the golf equipment business.

    Golf
  • On Ben Bishop, and his uncertain future in Tampa Bay

    This post is part of Tampa Bay Lightning day at PHT… On the surface, the whole thing just doesn’t seem fair. In this corner we have Ben Bishop — at 6-foot-7, the tallest netminder in NHL history — coming off a banner campaign in which he cemented himself as one of the game’s elite. Those covering Bolts almost unanimously agreed Bishop was the team’s MVP during the regular season, especially over a lethargic first three months in which Tampa Bay hovered around the playoff line. Bishop’s campaign concluded with the appropriate accolades: A second-place finish in Vezina voting, second team All-NHL, and a spot on Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey. At 29, Bishop is smack in the prime of his career

    ProHockeyTalk
  • NBA rookies name Kevin Durant their favorite player

    Kevin Durant faced tremendous backlash for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. But not from NBA rookies. In the league’s annual rookie survey, a plurality of first-year players voted Durant their favorite player: 1. Kevin Durant, Golden State

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  • Eyes on the record? Adam Vinatieri says he's going to retire in three years or less

    Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is the oldest player in the NFL at 43 years old, and will turn 44 just before the end of the regular season. Despite that, Vinatieri revealed on Monday that he’ll play just three more seasons – or fewer. Appearing on the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take,” Vinatieri was asked how much longer he’ll keep kicking.

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  • Big Board: Ranking Fantasy Football's top 50 assets

    The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner

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  • Jamal Crawford tricked defender with a sweet fake behind-the-back crossover

    Jamal Crawford went crazy at the Seattle Pro-Am again. The 36-year-old NBA vet sent one defender flying to the floor, and he made another angry as he shook him with a fake behind-the-back crossover. Ballislife shared clips of the two slick moves. Here’s the behind-the-back fake. It appears that the guy on defense was convinced Crawford carried the ball over or did something illegal. It looked fine to me — in fact, it looked awesome. They don’t call him J. Crossover for nothing. Here’s the stop and fake that sent a defender sliding. Notice how Crawford looks back at the man on the floor, pulls up for a jumper, then gets the and-one. It’s too easy. If you still want to see more highlights, you’re

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  • Brain Bond: Matt Tifft and Dale Earnhardt Jr. connect during their recoveries

    Matt Tifft is getting antsy. Tifft has been out of a race car since he was diagnosed with a low-grade tumor at the end of June. The tumor was removed on July 1. Though the 20-year-old has been cleared by doctors to race, Tifft won’t get back in a race car until a Late Model test next week. “It’s been a little tough for sure,” Tifft told NBC Sports in a phone interview Monday. “You wait so long for it. It’s hard to sit out as long as I have, obviously. You tell yourself that’s the reason you do all this stuff, is to get back in the car. Just waiting for that day to come is definitely a long wait, that’s for sure.” Tifft, a member of the NASCAR Next class, had competed in three Camping World Truck

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  • Bryan Stork fails physical, canceling trade from New England to Washington

    In case you’ve forgotten, since it came before Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo: last Wednesday morning, news came that the New England Patriots were releasing center Bryan Stork, who started Super Bowl XLIX for the team as a rookie. Not long after that, however, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who is now a radio broadcaster in the area, tweeted that Stork had decided to retire.

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